Most of you must have seen the amply-broadcast and highlighted story about a fatal accident involving a Tesla in autopilot mode. Commentators were quick to blame, chastise, or at least question, Tesla’s autopilot software. The government watchdog NHTSA is investigating Tesla.
I spent 2 years after undergrad working for my family’s agricultural company launching a new product line. I basically worked as a one person startup company establishing the legal entity, the marketing and branding (naming the product, creating the graphic design of the label, etc), and doing sales. I realized that my liberal arts background wasn’t sufficient for the hard skills I needed to be in business beyond my ‘guess and check’ method of trying things to see what worked, and abandoning those that didn’t.
A big group of us went to the Net Impact conference, held at Cornell University this year. There were 27 of us, both first- and second-years. Big turnout! You should read about the conference (and the organization), but suffice to say, it’s about social responsibility in the business sector. Traditionally, businesses have been focused on the bottom line (profits) but for many companies in recent years, the focus has shifted towards the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit).
In October we put out a call for applications for the next generation of UC Davis Ambassadors. The class of 2011 responded en masse — we received 17 applications for six spots! All of the applicants would make amazing Ambassadors and all will make fantastic campus hosts. It was an incredibly tough selection process – thank goodness we don’t work in the admissions office – but with lots of discussion and back and forth we have our list of six ambassadors. Here’s a little background info on each of them. You’ll be hearing more from them soon.