Faculty member, Bill Rindfuss, will share updates on some of the innovative ventures that Haas finance students have started that have the potential to change the status quo.

2015 Haas MBA grads will discuss their experiences starting up and launching their ventures:

Zach Knight and Nick Wobbrock, co-founders of Blue Forest Conservation, will talk about how their for-profit company can provide a return on investment to private investors through proactive forest restoration, which can generate up to 366 additional gallons of water per day per acre while minimizing the risk of wild fires.

Willy Chu, co-founder of WeFinance, will talk about how they are using crowdfunding and leveraging social media, so individuals can borrow or lend money and access the best financing terms.

Networking – there will be networking activities prior to the presentation with additional opportunities following the presentation Q&A

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Berkeley-Haas School of Business
Cheit Wing
Room C135

Map of Haas School of Business: http://www.haas.berkeley.edu/haas/building/level1.html

Parking: New Maxwell Parking Garage, directly across Piedmont Ave., just north of the football stadium.

BART: Downtown Berkeley station, about a 15-minute walk to Haas.
Map of campus: http://www.berkeley.edu/map

Cost: $20 for alumni and guests, $10 for students
Light refreshments will be served.
Limited seating, so register early.

(Please note that registration fees are transferable, but non-refundable

About the Presenters:
Bill Rindfuss is the Executive Director of Strategic Programs for the Haas Finance Group. Previously, Bill was the Head of Credit Risk Management on the West Coast for JPMorgan Investment Bank and Vice President of Chase Manhattan Bank with positions in Syndicated Finance, Credit Risk Management, Restructuring, and Client Coverage.
For more info on Bill: http://facultybio.haas.berkeley.edu/faculty-list/rindfuss-william

Zach Knight was a high-yield bond trader and started his career at Merrill Lynch working in structured finance, derivative structuring and correlation trading.
Nick Wobbrock worked at the Nature Conservancy as a consulting engineer for Brown and Caldwell, and managed water and sanitation projects for the Peace Corps and Doctors Without Borders.

Willy Chu has worked in Business Development for Credit Karma, a consumer finance technology company. He also worked on Strategic Initiatives for Kiva.org and as a Senior Consultant for Kurt Salmon, a management consulting firm.
For more info on the event: contact Bruce Meibos, bmeibos@sbcglobal.net