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Kurt Beyer

Continuing Lecturer
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By Appointment, F450
Twitter: @drkurtbeyer
Personal Homepage: http://www.admiralgracehopper.com/
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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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

Positions Held

At Haas since 2011

2014 – Present, Lecturer UC Berkeley Graduate School of Information Science
2013 – Present, Lecturer Berkeley Executive Education
2011 – present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business
2009 – present, Advisor of Entrepreneurs and Start-ups, Morgan Stanley
2003 – 2008, Founder/CEO, Riptopia Inc.
2002 – 2005, Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy (Annapolis
1990 – 1997, Naval Aviator F-14 Tomcat, United States Navy

External Service and Assignments

Senior Partner, Parallel Advisors

Author and Lecturer, Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age


Current Research and Interests

  • Intrapreneurship in large organizations
  • Ecosystems of Innovation
  • Impact of disruptive technologies on IT and media industries
  • Entrepreneurship and innovation during recessions
  • Government supported innovation

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Grace Hopper Mini-Series for Television, Affleck/Middleton Production, Pending (2019)
  • “Grace Murray Hopper, Visionary Pioneer,” Core Magazine December 2012
  • Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age. MIT Press, 2009.
  • “Seven Facts Audiophiles Need to Know about Digital Music,” Consumer Electronics Professional, November 2007
  • “The Magic of Metadata,” Consumer Electronics Professional, May 2006
  • “The Digital Music Revolution,” Consumer Electronics Professional, March 2006
  • “Grace Murray Hopper: Technical Innovator,” in Leadership Embodied, 2005
  • Multiple technical entries for the Dictionary of American History, ed. Stanley Kutler
  • Biographies of notable engineers for the American Society of Civil Engineers


  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UGBA 195A
  • Entrepreneurship, MBA 295A
  • Information-Centric Entrepreneurship, 290M
  • Independent Studies, MBA 293

Honors and Awards

  • Graduation Commencement Speaker, CDTM Technische Universitaet Munich 2016
  • 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

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