Kevin Chou, BS 02, and Sheldon Kimber, MBA 07, were named to this year's "40 Under 40" list of young professionals who "hit home runs," compiled by the San Francisco Business Times.
Chou, 32, is co-founder and CEO of Kabam, a free-to-play video game maker. Kimber, 35, is chief operating officer of Recurrent Energy, a solar energy developer. They were recognized at an event at AT&T Park March 7.
Chou has grown Kabam into a company with more than 500 employees, more than 4 million players a month in 100 countries, and $180 million in annual revenue. A former venture capitalist, Chou was named by Fortune as one of the “Smartest People in Tech.”
In his interview with the Business Times, Chou also made a plug for another Haas firm, noting his guilty pleasure was suits made by AlbertMing, a custom-suit company co-founded by alumnus Albert Shyy, MBA 12. Chou's goal by 40: Earn a place on “50 under 50.”
The Business Times called Kimber "one of the youngest, most successful executives in the solar industry." Kimber has led the expansion of Recurrent Energy’s development strategy from a small-scale rooftop developer with less than 100 megawatts in the project pipeline to a leading utility-scale solar developer with hundreds of megawatts of contracted projects and a pipeline of over 2 gigawatts. His goal by 40: "inner peace."
Kimber, who lectures on project finance at Haas, also recently co-wrote an article about solar power in BerkeleyHaas magazine.