The Rady School Blog

  • Alumni Spotlight: Sam Chi

    May 23, 2017

    Sam Chi (MBA ’11) is the founder and CEO of Icecold CO. Ltd., the first and leading company in China providing closed loop light therapy technology in insomnia treatment. Chi enjoys working to build new, innovative companies, is a huge fan of science fiction and believes technology is the key to change the world for the better.

    1) What impact has Rady had on your career progression?

    Rady helped me in two ways. First, it taught me how to operate a company. I started a company before joining Rady, but as the company grew, I realized that I did not have the necessary skill sets, such as the knowledge in accounting, finance, marketing and operations, to successfully manage a company. Rady has a great team of faculty members that I learned so much from and I am applying what I learned from them to my current company, a leading corporation focusing on sleep quality improvement and monitoring. I am now raising Series B investments. Without my two years at Rady, I would not be where I would am today. My time at Rady connected me with many well-established companies to build my network. This is very important when one decides to move into a new professional field.

    2) Has your Rady MBA enabled you to change industries or functional areas or even achieve a promotion? 

    Before joining Rady, I was mainly in the research and development field. When I started my Rady education,  I chose most of my classes in marketing and venture capital, as I saw them to be the most relevant to my interest and future career. After graduating from Rady, I joined Mindray, the largest medical device company in China, working in the international marketing department. This transition from research and development to marketing was important for me to gain much experience in a different field, and eventually I got enough resources to start my current company in the field of sleep care.

    3) What event or realization served as a “turning point” for during your Rady School and/or professional career?

    I consider joining Mindray after Rady a turning point in my professional career. It helped me realize the career transition from working in research and development to being a marketing professional. More importantly, this job was a tremendous opportunity for me to quickly build a necessary network in the health care industry in China, which laid a great foundation for me to start my current company.

    4) Tell us a fun fact about you, or something people may not know about you. 

    My background is in biochemistry and medical care, but my friends all know that I am a big fan of Sci-Fi movies. I have watched most films directed by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Christopher Nolan more than once. I also have a plan to produce Sci-Fi movies on my own in the future. If you are also a science fiction fan, I think we will have a lot to talk about.

    5) What was the most valuable thing you learned while at the Rady School?

    Time management. As the head of a company, I need to multitask almost at all times. Without good time management and prioritizing, there is no way for me to finish the work while maintaining high quality. The busy Rady life gave me great training on how to prioritize and optimize the use of my time and energy.

    6) What advice do you have for prospective students?

    Time is limited – if you think about doing something, go for it. Rady focuses on entrepreneurship, and offers many classes such as Lab to Market, which teaches you how to commercialize a technology. I would say that there is no better place than Rady to prepare you to start a company.

    7) What is the best thing about being a Rady alumni? 

    Rady alumni and faculty have a very close relationship. Even Dean Sullivan and Ernest Rady are willing to spend time meeting with us in person to learn about our projects and offer their help. This will inspire more alumni to start up their own companies and in turn to build a healthy feedback loop for both its alumni and the Rady School itself.


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  • UC San Diego’s Veteran Entrepreneur Initiatives Take Flight

    May 19, 2017
    by Michelle Franklin, photos by Erik Jepsen

    New programs to help veterans launch second career after military service.
  • Research at Rady: Shifting Toward Mobile Banking

    May 17, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    A Rady School professor and her students studied consumer attitudes regarding mobile banking.
  • The Search is On – Tips for Job Seekers

    May 16, 2017
    by Terra Saltzman-Baker

    Graduating? On the hunt for a job? The Rady School director of Career Connections offers tips and tricks for job seekers.
  • The Return on Investment of the Rady MBA

    May 11, 2017
    by Kelly Vo

    To be successful, business professionals must constantly pursue new knowledge, skills, and experiences.
  • Entrepreneurial Focus: Creating Value with Your Rady School MBA

    May 10, 2017
    by Del Foit

    Lecturer Del Foit explains the prolific nature of entrepreneurship.
  • Rady Entrepreneurship Summer Course for High School Students – with 6 units of College Prep Credit

    May 5, 2017

    Special summer program geared toward high school students encourages entrepreneurship.
  • Expanding the Rady Network

    May 5, 2017

    Rady Referral Program is revamping to encourage alumni to refer future students.
  • Visiting Rady Alumni Around the World

    April 24, 2017
    by Zachary Smith

    A Rady contingency recently visited China and Japan to meet with alumni.
  • Pinnacle Pitch Prepares and Promotes Talent

    April 19, 2017
    by San Diego Business Journal

    mystartupxx pitches impressed at a recent Pinnacle event.
  • How do TV Ads Influence Searches?

    April 18, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    Post-ad search spikes are important for marketers to consider in conjunction with other metrics.
  • Globier Wins Pitch Contest at StartR Demo Day

    April 13, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    StartR teams showcased innovative ventures at the StartR Demo Day event.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Seyi Oshinowo

    April 12, 2017

    Seyi Oshinowo (MBA '14) graduated from the Rady School of Management and began working for Boeing.
  • Introducing the New CIID Advisory Board

    April 10, 2017
    by Aleena Karamally

    The California Institute for Innovation and Development (CIID) at the Rady School of Management was founded to support and catalyze the University of California’s innovation leadership and entrepreneurship initiatives.
  • mystartupxx Teams Dominate Pitch Competition

    April 6, 2017
    by Hallie Jacobs

    Two teams from the Rady School accelerator took the top prizes at a recent pitch competition hosted by Athena San Diego.
  • Alumni Spotlight: Anna Runyan

    April 6, 2017

    Anna Runyan (MBA '11) talks about starting her company, Classy Career Girl, and how her time at the Rady School set her up for success.
  • Innovate Like Apple with Genius Games

    April 4, 2017
    by Rebecca Johannsen

    A special Executive Education course helps participants get in touch with creative thinking.
  • E-mail: The Struggle is Real

    March 24, 2017
    by Jenny Baranick

    Learn the ins and outs of proper business communication in this Executive Development course.
  • Snapchat: The One Millennial That Marketers Need In Their 2017 Social Marketing Strategy

    March 17, 2017
    by Nik Souris and Steven Bellach

    Two marketing experts will discuss the importance of the mobile application changing the face of marketing.
  • My Bay Area Healthcare Trek

    March 10, 2017
    by Ashmeeta Maharaj

    A second year Rady student travels to the Bay Area to learn more about healthcare industry companies and opportunities up north.