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 Sam Brasch, Doug Collom, Donald Landwirth and Irina Yuen, 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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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.

Donald LandwirthDonald Landwirth

Donald Landwirth is a serial entrepreneur with a broad background in software, infrastructure, and online marketing. Currently consulting COO to Spreaker.com and a Board Member of 4-Tell.com, Mr. Landwith was previously COO at Inflection.com and was the founder or first C-level executive of 4 other ventures. In addition to being an advisor and mentor to several entrepreneurs and startup ventures, he is the host of The Free COO on Spreaker.com, a show which offers free advice for building and running a startup company. Donald earned his MBA at the Wharton School. You can follow him on Twitter @dlandwirth

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 a recurring Guest Host on Bay Area Ventures. Chris 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.

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