Winter 2021 ❄️ Week 8

BE Newsletter: Product Development Cycle!

Three weeks until the end of the quarter! Good luck to everyone finishing up their second round of midterms.

Tomorrow, on Tuesday, Feb 23 @ 7:30 PM PST, two of our very own BE board members will be reviewing the product development cycle! If you’re interested in product development, learning how a product goes from ideation to finalization, or what careers in product development look like, make sure to mark your calendars! Here’s the link:


ICYMI (Some Current Events)

Big Tech Sues to Stop Digital Advertising Tax

Lobbying groups representing Big Tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google are suing Maryland to stop the first digital advertising tax. Read more here.

Facebook Restricts News Flow in Australia

Facebook is restricting sharing links to news articles following a newly-proposed law that forces tech companies to pay publishers for linking articles. Read more here.

Upcoming Events + Opportunities

Y Combinator @ UCLA

Join Bruin Ventures on Tuesday, February 23rd from 6-7 pm PST for a fireside chat with YC Partner Harj Taggar and Verge Genomics founder Alice Zhang.

Harj Taggar was previously the co-founder & CEO of Triplebyte, a technical skills assessment for software engineers, funded by Y Combinator in 2015. Harj plans to cover some of the myths that exist around starting startups, what you should do while you’re still in school if you want to start a company, and talk about how YC can help you get started.

Alice Zhang is the founder of Verge Genomics, a platform that finds drugs to treat brain diseases 1000x more cheaply and quickly. Alice will talk about her startup journey and YC experience.

Register for the event here.

Florian Friday: Breaking Into Product Management

Join Florian on Friday (2/19) at 3 pm PST as Clement Kao walks you through how product managers get hired and how you can increase your chances of landing a role as a PM.

Clement is a co-founder of Product Manager HQ, a community dedicated to providing career advice for aspiring product managers and experienced product managers. He’s written more than 70 best-practice articles and has been a featured speaker and writer for more than 50 different organizations. Outside of Product Manager HQ, Clement is a Product Manager at Blend, a San Francisco-based startup that partners with lenders and technology providers to re-imagine consumer finance.

Florian is a community of alumni helping students pay for school without loans and get ahead in their careers. You can learn more at

You can register for the event here if you’re interested.

Understanding Careers in Business Panel

The Understanding Careers in Business panel empowers freshmen and sophomore students to discover what they want to do professionally so they can confidently navigate the next steps and understand how to secure a position in their desired field!

Hosted by the Sharpe Fellows program and UCLA Alumni Career Engagement, the 2020–21 Cohort is proud to feature three diverse speakers from PayPal, Morgan Stanley, and EY-Parthenon who will help students navigate the complex and overwhelming range of business opportunities available post-grad. Tech? Consulting? Entrepreneurship? Banking? We have it all!

After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation about joining the webinar with a unique link to join. Register here

K1 Event

Join Managing Partner, Hasan Askari, on February 25th at 12 pm PST to learn more about the world of private equity and how he co-founded his own firm –K1 Investment Management! During this session, he will share more about his journey into private equity from undergrad, what it’s like investing in the early-stage technology market, and K1’s unique culture and philosophy.

K1 hires students directly out of undergrad and has opportunities available for students of all different backgrounds and interests!

Register for free by going to Handshake, clicking on events at the upper left-hand corner, and typing in “Private Equity from Undergrad?!” For questions, please contact their recruiter, Doreen Etaat, at

Spring Quarter Tech Bootcamp

Bruin Young Tech Professionals, an Innovate@UCLA student group, is hosting a 6-week tech bootcamp during spring quarter to give students the skills they need to break into product development and project management. Throughout the program, students will learn from real industry leaders, address a social issue, and learn the steps required to produce real results that help the local community.

The topics this year are smart city tech, health tech, clean tech, and edtech.

Sign up by March 7th here!

Startup UCLA Social Entrepreneurship Survey

Interested in social entrepreneurship? Let Startup UCLA know how they can create social impact programming that best suits your needs! The first 25 respondents to their social entrepreneurship survey will receive Startup UCLA masks, and all respondents will be entered in a raffle to win one of five T-shirts and a $50 Amazon gift card. You can find the survey here.

Bear @ UCLA

Bear is a student consulting organization that helps build and scale fellow student organizations to stand out and increase engagement. Its objectives are to improve the experience of navigating the complex student organization network, to enhance the quality of student organizations and maximize their impact with its free consulting services, and to connect students with the resources to start an organization.

Learn more at their website here!

General Members Discord

If you’re a general member, make sure to join us on Discord to get updates on BE, chat with board members, and get exclusive resources and opportunities. The link to our Discord is below!

Join us on Discord!

UCLA Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Map

Bruin Entrepreneurs’ very own Startup Labs director, Paolo Shamoon, compiled a UCLA Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Map to give our general members a list of all of the entrepreneurship resources available on campus. This includes clubs, organizations, accelerator programs, and even non-UCLA affiliated programs, complete with descriptions and links. If you’re interested in entrepreneurship, click the button below to check it out and shoot Paolo an email to say thanks!

Handy-Dandy Entrepreneurship Map

Relief Organizations


GiveDirectly is a nonprofit working to deliver cash directly to families living in poverty, particularly those heavily affected by COVID-19. They're currently on a mission to raise $200 million to respond to the financial effects of the pandemic in the U.S. If you’re willing and able, you can support their mission by using the button below to donate.


Direct Relief

Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization providing financial relief to those in poverty - regardless of religion, politics, or ability to pay. Right now, their focus is providing PPE, essential medical items, and emergency funding for healthcare workers across the U.S. If you’re willing and able, use the button below to donate.



Americares is a health-relief organization whose primary focus is providing medicine, care, and supplies to disaster-stricken communities. They’re focusing on providing critical supplies and clinical care to healthcare workers and the most vulnerable communities. If you’re willing and able, use the button below to donate.


Hang in there,

Bruin Entrepreneurs 💓