Hub Berkeley Weekly Roll-Up: What’s New

When people ask me what’s new, I’m often at a loss for words.  I rack my brain for exciting developments, but all I usually come across is the unremarkable narrative of my daily activities, which while new to someone else, do not seem very novel to me.  Lacking a quick witted response, my usual answer is: “Not much.”

But this week, I’m happy to report, I have an answer to the question of what’s new.  A few answers, actually.  Here’s a quick list:

  • We have a new “Who’s Here Today” board at Hub Berkeley up by the sink.  Members have a card with their picture, name, and organization on the side of the refrigerator that they can put up on the board when they get here (and take down when they leave).  We hope this helps you learn other members’ names and familiarize yourself with what they’re working on.
  • We’re now offering an a la carte option for mailboxes for Hubsters whose membership level doesn’t automatically include the service.  If you’re below the Hub 25 level and would like a mailbox, please email us at to find out how to get one.
  • We’re piloting a new structure for our workshops and office hours this month, with two workshops and one set of office hours this week.  Details follow.

Tomorrow night Peter Liu, Founder of New Resource Bank, is teaching a workshop on Fundraising for Green and Social Businesses.  This will be a small workshop where you’ll have the chance to ask questions particular to your situation about raising money from friends and family, banks, VCs, angels, and foundations.  For more information or to register, click here.

On Thursday, Julian Loren is teaching a lunchtime workshop on Innovating with a Purpose: Getting Better at Designing and Delivering Positive Change. He’ll talk about some bad habits that we bring with us from the world of single bottom line design and innovation and how we can avoid these pitfalls.  Fore more information or to register, click here.  If you prefer one-on-one advice for your design questions, Julian will be providing free consultations on Friday at Hub Berkeley.  Sign up for a spot here.

Finally, mark your calendars for next week: July 29 we’ll be having our second Member Mixer at Hub SoMa (discount code JulyHubMixer).

Feel free to ask me what’s new this week.  I promise there will be no more awkward silences or lackluster answers for at least another few days.

Upcoming Events*

*Hub produced events in Red; Member produced events in Gray.

The Hub Berkeley Short List
Best Practices: Fundraising for Social and Green Entrepreneurs, July 20
Sexy Salad, July 21
Innovating with a Purpose: Getting Better at Designing and Delivering Positive Change, July 22
Designing for Positive Change Office Hours, July 23
Wine Down, July 23
Sexy Salad, July 28
[HubSoMa] Member Mixer!, July 29
Wine Down, July 30

This Week

Best Practices: Fundraising for Social and Green Entrepreneurs with Peter Liu

Tuesday, July 20, 6:30-8:30pm, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public) Peter Liu raised a total of $25M to launch New Resource Bank in 2006, with a vision to run an institution that is a part of the community, and which focuses on serving entrepreneurs and sustainable businesses.  He has been a private investor and strategic adviser to several clean energy technology companies, and also serves as the resident entrepreneur of the California Clean Energy Fund.  Peter serves on several non-profit and foundation boards and was on the clean technology investment advisory boards of the California Public Employees Retirement System.

In this interactive workshop Peter will discuss how green tech and social entrepreneurs can leverage their double bottom lines when asking for funding, and how they can best prepare for challenges along the fundraising process. This best practices workshop will cover aspects like:

  • What is the appropriate stage for your business to approach outside funding
  • How to raise money with expansion in mind·
  • When are you ready for bank financing
  • How to build a team that makes fundraising easier
  • Key differences between reaching out to angels and VCs
  • Specific questions investors and lenders want answered before committing funding

Whether you are an entrepreneur looking for seed capital, you recently launched your company, or you are looking at expanding, this workshop will give you the resources you need to successfully embark in the fundraising journey.  To RSVP, click here.

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, July 21, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  Sexy Salad is officially a Hub tradition every Wednesday!  Join us this Wednesday to relax, eat, chat, and get to know other amazing Hub members–entrepreneurs, freelancers, academics, funders, leaders, movers and shakers working for good.   We’re now inviting potential members to join us for some salad and check out what the Hub community is all about.

Participation is easy: just show up, bring an ingredient, and learn how tasty collaboration can be.  Need ideas?  How about spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, almonds, apples, or your favorite salad dressing.  Bring bread or spread or pasta or potato salad.  Bring something you cooked and prepped or bought at the market on the way to work.  Most importantly, bring yourself!  Your mission: to prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  And best of all, no need to RSVP!

Innovating with a Purpose: Getting Better at Designing and Delivering Positive Change

Thursday, July 22, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  Are you involved in a social venture, green technologies, sustainable design, or other innovation for the greater good? A lot of bad habits, pernicious myths, and flawed frameworks are following us from the world of “innovation for competitive advantage” to the world of “innovation for shared benefit.” There will be a brief presentation to identify some of these problem areas followed by a deep-dive collaborative work session to see what we can do about them. Please come share your experience, your insight, and your passion.

MODERATOR:  Julian Keith Loren is a serial innovator, big-and-messy-stuff designer, and builder of multi-disciplinary creative teams. Some of his approaches are outlined here [“Next Scene” button at lower right provides easiest navigation]. Questions can be directed to @jkloren or

Designing for Positive Change Office Hours

Friday, July 23, 9am-12pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Serial innovator and designer Julian Loren will offer one-on-one consultations for members wanting help with a design or innovation issue.  See description just above for more on Julian’s expertise and bio.  Sign up for a session here.

Wine Down

Friday, July 23, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members Only) Wine down is back!  Come work out of the Hub on Fridays then join us for an informal social hour (or however much you can spare) to decompress after a productive week, chat with other members, and transition to the weekend.  We’ll provide a bottle of wine, but feel free to bring more if you’re so moved.

Next Week:

Sexy Salad

Wednesday, July 28, 12pm-1pm, Hubble Meeting Room, Hub Berkeley

(Open to the Public)  See description above.

Wine Down

Friday, July 30, 4:00pm, Hub Berkeley

(Members and Invited Guests Only)  See description above.

Hub SoMa Events
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, July 19
[Hub SoMa] Unreasonable Institute West Coast Pitch Fest, July 19

[Hub SoMa] Hub Fast Pitch Lunch Series!, July 21
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad Wednesday @ Hub SoMa!, July 21

[Hub SoMa] Intersection Gallery Opening of Recology Exhibit, July 21
[HubSoMa] Brown Bag Lunch: Jorge Calderon, July 22
[Hub SoMa] Reos Partners Social Sculpture event, July 22
[Hub SoMa] Hub SoMa Wine Down with Net Impact SF, July 23
[HubSoMa] Waffle Bash, July 26

[Hub SoMa] Brown Bag with SF Emerging Arts Professionals, July 26
[Hub SoMa] Sexy Salad Wednesday @ Hub SoMa!, July 28
[Hub SoMa] Bay Area Green Business Meet Up, July 28
[Hub SoMa] Triple Pundit Office hours, July 29
[Hub SoMa] Member Mixer!, July 29

[Hub SoMa] Brown Bag Lunch Eschewing Apocalypse: Investing for a future you choose, July 30
[HubSoMa] Wine Down, July 30

[HubSoMa] Brown Bag Lunch: Jorge Calderon

Thursday, July 22, 12pm-1pm, Hub SoMa

(Members Only)  While studies continue to show the benefits of diversity, most organizations wait until they are large enterprises before implementing diversity programs.  At Springworks we are intent on driving diversity within the startup community, especially at the management level.  We are interested in discussing how founders are currently weaving human capital diversity into their strategic plans to create a competitive advantage.  For this brown bag, I’d like to encourage informal participation from anyone who is already implementing this strategy, anyone who wants to but doesn’t know how to and anyone else who is curious about the topic.

[Hub SoMa] Member Mixer!

Thursday, July 29, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Hub SoMa

(Members Only) Hub Bay Area is organizing a monthly mixer for members to meet one another, catch up with each other, and generally bask in the amazingness that is the Hub community.  We’ll have some spare wine to get the evening off to a good start, but please bring some drinks to share!

We encourage members to share to the larger group what their up to, so if you’d like 5 mins of fame, please email  We’re only going to have a few people get up and say something, so first come, first serve and you have to be a Hub member!   Additionally, there will be opportunities to table at this mixer.  Again, we’ll have a limited amount of tables, first come, first serve for members only.  Contact for more details.  To register, click here.

For details on other Hub SoMa events, click here.

Hub News

New Members

Please help us welcome our new members:

Chad Woodford, Headstand, The Law Office of Chad Woodford
Julia Dvorin, Archer Web Solutions
Sarah Gill
Jeffrey Young, Coignite
Trinh Wong
Arline Rogers, Intersection for the Arts
Anne Nicklin

Member News and Events

Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp

Saturday, August 14, 7:30am-5:30pm, UC Berkeley campus

Hub Bay Area is excited to participate in Craigslist Foundation’s 7th annual Boot Camp.   This one-day, high-energy conference brings together and showcases effective community leaders.  Through a series of inspiring panels, interactive workshops, collaborative programs and networking opportunities, Craigslist Foundation Boot Camp cultivates conversation and empowers people to affect a positive impact in their neighborhoods and communities.

Hub Bay Area will appear on a panel at the event on fostering collaboration among social entrepreneurs.

All Hub members are eligible to register at the lowest (Level 1) rate, regardless of their size.  For more information or to register, click here.



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