Andre Marquis, executive director of the Haas School’s Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, served on a March 5 panel on entrepreneurship in the city of Berkeley. The event was hosted by Berkeleyside, a news website for the city.
Marquis, who has experience launching startups in Berkeley, was part of a panel with Judith Iglehart, chief of staff for the Mayor of Berkeley, and Randy Butler, the senior VP of retail banking for Mechanics Bank. Each brought different perspective, but all addressed the conditions that need to be present in order for entrepreneurship to thrive.
Marquis emphasized the importance of building a sense of community and talked about how the university’s new Skydeck, a startup incubator-accelerator based in downtown Berkeley, is fostering just such community for students and recent alumni in search of cross-disciplinary insights. Marquis said a local component to community matters a tremendous amount. “A startup is by nature high-bandwidth and hard to do at a distance. I know that when I work with even one other person, my productivity goes up ten times from being able to bounce ideas back and forth.”
Read more about the Startup Berkeley Forum in this post on Berkeleyside.