Kurt Beyer

Lecturer, Haas School of Business
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Dr. Kurt Beyer is a member of UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School (Entrepreneurship) and Graduate School of Information Science faculties, where he teaches the entrepreneurship program to MBAs, undergrads, and grad students.  Kurt also serves as a senior partner at Parallel Advisors where is advises executives at recent IPO startups Yelp and Marin Software in addition to many successful earlier stage companies.   
 
Kurt is also an adviser to entrepreneurs and start-ups through Morgan Stanley. He has served as a CEO of his own startup and currently works with Yelp, Marin Software, Incredible Labs, and Socialwire.  
 
Kurt is the author of Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age, published by MIT Press in 2010, which highlights the rise of the computer industry through the amazing career of Grace Hopper, the woman responsible for the development of computer programming. The book was in the Top 10 Science/Technology book for 2010/2011.
 
Kurt received his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley, Master’s degree from Oxford University in England, and attended the U.S. Naval Academy as an undergraduate.  After graduating the U.S. Naval Academy Kurt flew F-14 Tomcats for the Navy and received the Navy Commendation Medal and National Defense Medal for his service.
Academic Background 

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, History of Science and Technology, emphasis: Technical Innovation

MA, Oxford University, Economics and Philosophy

BA, United States Naval Academy (Annapolis), Engineering/History

Publications & Media

Videos 

Discussion: Grace Hopper & the Invention of the Information Age

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Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

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Books 

Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age

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Awards & Honors 
  • Graduation Commencement Speaker, CDTM Technische Universitaet Munich 2016
  • ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Grace Hopper 2015 
  • Keynote Speaker Berkeley Haas Homecoming 2014 
  • NPR Special on Grace Hopper 2010
  • Grace Hopper top ten science and technology book of 2009/2010, Booklist
  • Google Author Series, 2010
  • Computer History Museum Soundbytes Keynote Speaker, 2010
  • Naval Postgraduate School MOVES Keynote Speaker, 2010
  • USAA Nexus for IT Distinguished Speaker Series, 2010
  • Evening Keynote Speaker Commonwealth Club/NPR, 2010
  • Keynote Speaker ICCA National Conference, 2009
  • Nominated for Annapolis award naming best new faculty teacher
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • National Defense Service Medal
Academic Background 

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, History of Science and Technology, emphasis: Technical Innovation

MA, Oxford University, Economics and Philosophy

BA, United States Naval Academy (Annapolis), Engineering/History

Publications & Media

Videos 

Discussion: Grace Hopper & the Invention of the Information Age

WATCH VIDEO

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE
Books 

Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age

VIEW BOOK
VIEW MORE