Learn what's happening now and what's coming up next in the San Francisco Bay Area. Broadcasting live from the campus of Wharton San Francisco, you'll hear insights and opinions from entrepreneurs, financial experts and academic leaders in the tech and biotech industry who will give you clarity on what you need to know in order to stay ahead, whether you're on the entrepreneurial or investor side of the equation. With your hosts Doug Collom, Irina Yuen, and Chris Tsakalakis, it's your graduate-level course on the San Francisco way of doing business. Join us live, Mondays 7:00pm-9:00pm ET.

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  • Past Guest Mon 3/19
    Lisa Alderson

    Co-Founder & CEO
    Genome Medical, Inc.

  • Past Guest Mon 3/19
    Wade Chambers

    CTO & SPV of Engineering
    Grand Rounds

  • Past Guest Mon 3/12
    Carol Broadbent & Tom Hogan

    Founders and Principal; Authors of "The Ultimate Start-Up Guide: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, and Hard-Won Advice from Leading Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors"
    Crowded Ocean

  • Past Guest Mon 3/12
    Michael Lock


  • Past Guest Mon 3/5
    Kara Goldin

    Founder, CEO
    Hint Water

  • Past Guest Mon 3/5
    Andre Haddad


  • Past Guest Mon 2/26
    Karim Galil

    Founder of Mendel.ai

  • Past Guest Mon 2/26
    Russ Fradin

    CEO & Co-Founder
    Dynamic Signal

  • Past Guest Mon 2/19
    Chris Anderson

    Co-founder and CEO
    3D Robotics

  • Past Guest Mon 2/19
    Dennis O'Malley


  • Past Guest Mon 2/12
    Danny Leffel

    CEO & Founder

  • Past Guest Mon 2/12
    Dan Widmaier

    Co-Founder, CEO
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Doug CollomDoug Collom

Doug Collom was a corporate partner for more than 20 years at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, a preeminent technology law firm based in Silicon Valley. In his practice, Doug represented companies ranging from early-stage startups to significant public companies. Doug is an Adjunct Professor of Management and co-teaches a course on Venture Capital and Startups at Wharton | San Francisco and at Wharton’s main campus in Philadelphia. Doug received his JD from the UCLA School of Law and his BA from Stanford University.

Irina YuenIrina Yuen

Irina Yuen is the Director of Penn Wharton Entrepreneurship at Wharton, where she earned her MBA. An experienced online media, technology, and non-profit professional, her career in Silicon Valley has included a range of entrepreneurial, operational, and leadership roles, including as a member of CBS MarketWatch’s (acquired by Dow Jones) founding management team. In 1991, Irina co-founded Minds Matter, an educational non-profit organization that continues to thrive and serve youth nationwide.

Chris TsakalakisChris Tsakalakis

Chris Tsakalakis is an entrepreneur and CEO with more than 25 years of experience developing and leading consumer technology businesses.

Chris is currently an advisor to several startup technology companies. His most recent role was as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Benchmark Capital. Prior to that, Chris served as President of StubHub, the world's largest online ticket marketplace. Under his nearly 8 years of leadership, StubHub grew the value of tickets sold from $400 million to $3.1 billion while doubling customer satisfaction and increasing brand awareness by over 50%. Because of StubHub’s influence on the entertainment industry, Chris was named to the Sports Business Journal’s 2011, 2012 and 2013 lists of the 50 most influential people in the sports business, the Billboard 2012 and 2013 Power 100 lists and the 2010 and 2011 Huffington Post Sports Game Changer lists.

Chris led the acquisition of StubHub by eBay and began running StubHub in 2007, when the acquisition was finalized. Chris was an eBay Marketplaces executive from 2003 to 2014. Prior to StubHub, Chris managed the Advanced Solutions Group which provided solutions for advanced buyers and sellers and included eBay Stores, ProStores, Trading Platforms, Seller Marketing and Tools, the eBay Developers program and Shipping.

Prior to joining eBay, Chris was a managing partner at Trefo, a consulting firm focused on high-technology startup companies. Prior to Trefo, he held management positions at two e-commerce startups, and was also a consultant with Bain & Company. He started his career in technology in 1996.

Chris graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is chairman of the San Francisco Greater Bay Area Division of the American Heart Association and in his spare time is a fitness and automotive enthusiast.

Sam BraschSam Brasch

Sam Brasch joined Kaiser Permanente Ventures as senior managing director. He has returned to lead the corporate venture fund’s activities after serving as a venture partner at New Leaf Venture Partners and as a senior advisor to Health Catalyst.

Sam’s health care industry experience spans more than two decades. During his tenure at Kaiser Permanente Ventures from 2011 to 2014, Sam led the group’s investments in iRhythm Technologies, Health Catalyst, and Nordic Consulting, and other companies. Earlier in his career, Sam was a vice president with Frazier Healthcare Partners, a Seattle-based venture capital firm, and a senior manager with Medtronic’s U.S. and European offices. Sam has also worked in multiple healthcare technology start-ups. He began his career as a management consultant with APM/CSC Healthcare.

Sam received his bachelor of arts in Public Policy from Stanford University and an MBA with a focus on Health Care Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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