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    Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber

    Today, my guest is Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber, where she manages a team of over 200 lawyers to ensure the global presence and long term growth of Uber. Prior to joining Uber in 2012, Salle was a partner at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine where she represented energy, telecommunications and technology firms.  Salle serves on the Museum Council for the Asian Art Museum and was named one of San Francisco Business Times‘ Most Influential Women in […]

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  • Steven Rodgers (Intel) and Coffee Roasting

    Steven Rodgers (Intel) and Coffee Roasting

    Today, my guest is Steven Rodgers, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation, whose hobby is coffee roasting.  Steve got into this hobby when his college roommate started roasting his own beans and he realized what a difference it made.  I never realized that making coffee involves everything from selecting the bean, how the bean is roasted (over 200 variables), how it’s brewed and even what kind of water is used! Had a blast talking for 30 minutes with […]

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  • Mark Chandler, Cisco systems

    Mark Chandler, SVP and General Counsel at Cisco

    Today, my guest is Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at Cisco, where he oversees Cisco’s global legal activities and policies.  Chandler joined Cisco in 1996 when Cisco acquired StrataCom, Inc. where he had been general counsel. In 2010, The National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and in 2013, American Lawyer named him among the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years. Chandler received a J.D. degree […]

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  • Augustine Yee, CLO and Head of Corp Dev at Hoya Corp

    Augustine Yee, CLO and Head of Corp Dev at Hoya Corp

    Today, my guest is Augustine Yee, Chief Legal Officer and Global Head of Corporate Development and Affairs at Hoya Corporation, who talks about recently taking a C-level role at a public Japanese multinational company leading legal, M&A/business development, venture capital investments and a number of other global functions for this highly diversified high tech and life sciences company.  Prior to joining Hoya, Augustine was AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals’ Head of Asia Pacific Regional and Corporate Business Development where he was an expat based […]

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  • Matt Fawcett, SVP and General Counsel at NetApp

    Matt Fawcett, SVP and General Counsel at NetApp

    Today, my guest is Matt Fawcett,  Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer at NetApp.  Under his leadership, NetApp’s legal team has been recognized for many achievements, including the Best Legal Department of 2014 (Best Legal Departments 2014, Corporate Counsel), one of the most innovative departments (The 2013 IC-10: Inside the Legal Profession’s Top Innovators, Inside Counsel Magazine, 2013), and as a top GC (America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel, The National Law Journal, 2014).  He frequently writes about effective […]

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  • Ron Bell,  General Counsel of Yahoo!

    Ron Bell, General Counsel of Yahoo!

    Today, my guest is Ron Bell, Vice President and General Counsel of Yahoo!  Ron was very gracious to take the time to sit down with me at the Yahoo! headquarters to talk about what it’s like being the Yahoo! GC and the exciting challenges he faces. Only the Company’s 4th General Counsel, Ron talks about his predecessors, the influence they had on him, and his own style of management and leadership. Through hard work, foresight @HsuUntied cornered the lucrative GC […]

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  • Don Liu, EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Target Corp

    Don Liu, EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Target Corp

    Today, my guest is Don Liu*, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Target Corp, where he oversees all legal, corporate governance and governmental affairs.  Prior to joining Target, Don was EVP, General Counsel and Secretary at Xerox Corporation; and he has also held legal leadership roles at Toll Brothers, IKON Office Solutions and Aetna U.S. Healthcare. A strong advocate and speaker on promoting diversity — specifically Asian Americans — in the legal profession, Don is a member of […]

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  • Brett Pletcher, General Counsel at Gilead Sciences

    Brett Pletcher, General Counsel at Gilead Sciences

    Today, my guest is Brett Pletcher, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences.  After making partner at the prestigious law firm of Gunderson Dettmer, Brett decided that he wanted to do something different and joined Gilead — a company he had never heard of at the time — when it was still a relatively small public company.  I have known Brett since 1998 so it was nice to be able to catch up with him in his office in Foster […]

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  • Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Today, my guest is Yul Kwon*, Head of Privacy Program at Facebook.  Yul is most well known for being the winner of the CBS TV show Survivor but he has a number of incredible achievements: degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School, legislative assistant to Senator Lieberman, Second Circuit Law Clerk, McKinsey, Google, FCC, FBI, CNN — and all before the age of 40.  What’s even more incredible is that Yul self-classifies himself as an introvert — perhaps even a bit of […]

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  • Michael Dillon, Adobe

    Mike Dillon (Adobe) and Cross-Country Cycling

    Today, my guest is Mike Dillon, General Counsel of Adobe Systems, who bicycled across the country from Florida to California. When he started the trip, he was nothing more than a weekend cyclist and honestly didn’t even know if he would even complete the ride.  He eventually not only finished it, but he blogged about it every day and was inspired to write a book about it called Changing Cadence, the proceeds of which go to support the Aldar Academy. […]

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  • Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Today, my guest is Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer at McAfee (division of Intel Security), who was invited to represent McAfee Online Safety for Kids and The Identity Project as a runway fashion model for The Moms Struts for a Cause at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in New York City.  Michelle shares a surreal experience of being a fashion model for a day with hair extensions, 5-inch heels and the NY Knicks but at the end of it all, it was to support […]

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  • Mark Herrmann (AON) and “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law”

    Mark Herrmann (AON) and “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law”

    Today, my guest is Mark Herrmann*, Chief Counsel of Litigation and Global Chief Compliance Officer at AON Corporation who is the author of “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law.”  Originating from a conversation with a summer Associate while he was a partner at Jones Day, Mark’s book (which was highly rated by the Wall Street Journal) on how to practice law written in the style of a curmudgeon has sold over 50,000 copies, which makes it the ABA’s second highest all-time […]

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  • Rick Weber (Oracle) and Model Airplanes

    Rick Weber (Oracle) and Model Airplanes

    Today, my guest is Rick Weber, Sr. Intellectual Property Counsel, Patent Strategy and Portfolio Management, at Oracle Corporation, who talks about model airplane gliders.  Now these are not the plastic airplane models you built on your kitchen table, this is a 40-50 lb carbon fiber airplane glider with a wingspan of over 20 feet that needs to be towed into the air or launched off a cliff (see video below)!

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  • Brian Schar (Dextera) and Zymurgy (Beer Brewing)

    Brian Schar (Dextera) and Zymurgy (Beer Brewing)

    Today, my guest is Brian Schar, a former colleague from Lyon & Lyon, who talks about zymurgy, which is the technical term of beer brewing.  Not only does Brian brew his own beer in his backyard, he is also a beer tasting judge.  It turns out that getting a beer judge certification is not altogether different from passing the bar exam: it involves study groups, flash cards and 3 hours of essays!  Brian has attained a certification level of a “Master” level judge, one short […]

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  • Brian Martin (KLA-Tencor) and Family Supportive Housing

    Brian Martin (KLA-Tencor) and Family Supportive Housing

    Today, my guest is Brian Martin, General Counsel of KLA Tencor, who talks about Family Supportive Housing where he is on the Board of Directors. Family Supportive Housing tries to keep homeless and displaced families together, which maximizes their chances of getting back on their feet. The organization has had a lot of successful programs and Brian has been a big part of their success.

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  • Mary Fuller (Maxim Integrated) and Beekeeping

    Mary Fuller (Maxim Integrated) and Beekeeping

    Today, my guest is Mary Fuller*, who is Managing Director and Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Maxim Integrated, who talks about beekeeping.  Inspired by her neighbor, the world renowned Stanford Biology Professor Craig Heller, Mary purchased a bee hive which has now multiplied to 4 bee hives!  In addition to having fabulous honey, Mary loves the fact that the bees have greatly increased the productivity of her vegetable garden. *with special thanks to Annie Rogaski

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  • Frank Goldberg (Zynga) and Rock Musician

    Frank Goldberg (Zynga) and Rock Musician

    Today, my guest is Frank Goldberg, Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Zynga, who is the founder and bass guitarist of a rock bank called Talk Tonight.  Described as fun, intelligent pop music tangled with melodic soul, Talk Tonight has played to packed audiences at some of the Bay Area’s most iconic venues such as Café du Nord, Brick & Mortar, and Hotel Utah.  Their music can be found on SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

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  • Paul Roeder (Hewlett Packard) and Extreme Cycling

    Paul Roeder (Hewlett Packard) and Extreme Cycling

    Today, my guest is Paul Roeder, Deputy General Counsel, Litigation and Brand Security at Hewlett Packard, who is an extreme cyclist. Just like the movie Breaking Away (1979), Paul started riding in college and now averages about 11,500 miles per year. Paul self-characterizes himself as “obsessive compulsive” and gets up every morning at 4:30AM and rides 2 hours before work plus another 100 miles every weekend.

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  • Sean Patrick Butler (Cisco) and Ecological Living

    Sean Patrick Butler (Cisco) and Ecological Living

    Today, my guest is Sean Patrick Butler* who was General Counsel of Meraki (acquired by Cisco) and now Sr. Corporate Counsel at Cisco. Unlike most of us, Sean eschews the dense urban life of the Bay Area and has chosen to live in Sebastapol — about 2 hours north of San Francisco – where he can grow his own food, have his kids play in the mud, have wild animals walk through his backyard and as he puts it “see the […]

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  • Matt Goldberg (Service Source) and Oil Painting

    Matt Goldberg (Service Source) and Oil Painting

    Today, my guest is Matt Goldberg*, Vice President and General Counsel of Service Source.  Although he discovered his talent for art relatively late in life, he found he had a real gift and passion for painting.  Starting originally with oils, he has expanded to acrylics and now paints commissioned works for clients.  You see more of his work on Facebook or his website MLG Paintings. *With special thanks to Susan Tien

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  • Geoff Brigham (Wikimedia) and Classical Flute

    Geoff Brigham (Wikimedia) and Classical Flute

    Today, my guest is Geoff Brigham, General Counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation, who is a trained classical musician. Geoff started playing the flute in high school and after getting into the prestigious Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins, quickly realized he was not going to have a career in music.  So he moved to Paris and made a living performing in the underground subways of Paris.  Eventually, he gave up being a classical musician and became a successful lawyer, […]

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  • Richard Russeth (Leprino Foods) and Street Photography

    Richard Russeth (Leprino Foods) and Street Photography

    Today, my guest is Richard Russeth*, Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at Leprino Foods, who discusses his passion for photography.  Born deaf, Richard credits his disability for giving him the “eye” to appreciate the silence in photography.  He is a big believer that having a second dimension or “side hobby” helps to make one a better lawyer — something which I happen to wholeheartedly agree.  His first public exhibit was on September 19 at the Emerge Gallery […]

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  • Mark Meltzer (Intuitive Surgical) and Skydiving

    Mark Meltzer (Intuitive Surgical) and Skydiving

    Today, my guest is Mark Meltzer, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Intuitive Surgical. An electrical engineer by training, Mark describes the science of skydiving and how the thrill of skydiving never wears off, even after nearly 50 years and hundreds of jumps.  He does about 30 jumps a year and hopes to keep skydiving well into his 80’s! You can see one of his recent landings below:

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  • Darron Flagg (Intel) and Opera Singing

    Darron Flagg (Intel) and Opera Singing

    Today, my guest is Darron Flagg*, Senior Corporate Counsel at Intel Corp., who is also a semi-professional opera singer. His interest in opera was originally noticed by his grade school teacher on a field trip and has since become an accomplished opera singer while pursuing a very successful legal career.  Known as a bel canto tenor, the highest of tenors, Darron has performed with numerous opera companies, including the Oakland Opera Theatre and the San Francisco Opera. *with special thanks to […]

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  • Chris Leslie (Hitachi Data Systems) and Winemaking

    Chris Leslie (Hitachi Data Systems) and Winemaking

    Today, my guest is Chris Leslie, General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Hitachi Data Systems.  Chris decided to plant some grapes in his backyard in Livermore which now produces about 600 bottles of wine per year.  With his own label “Grip Fast,” he admits it’s not exactly Chateau Margaux or Caymus but he has learned a lot about both the science — and the art — of winemaking.

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  • Iain Cunningham (Apple) and Astronomy

    Iain Cunningham (Apple) and Astronomy

    Today, my guest is Iain Cunningham*, Senior Litigation Counsel at Apple Computer, who talks about his interest in astronomy.  Iain discusses both the theoretical and observational aspects of astronomy, which are actually 2 very different aspects of astronomy.  What struck me most about this hobby is that it is one that forces you to SLOW DOWN to the pace of nature and Iain was similarly patient in explaining this celestial hobby to a novice like myself. * with special thanks […]

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  • Riley Russell (Sony Playstation) and Magic

    Riley Russell (Sony Playstation) and Magic

    Today, my guest is Riley Russell*, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel and Sr. Vice President of Corporate Development at Sony Playstation, who does magic as a hobby.  Riley has performed as a street magician on Pier 39 and is a member of The Magic Castle.  “Listen” to the twinkle in his eye as he talks about how the real magic in magic is in the performance. *with special thanks to Stephen Kong

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  • Wayne Brown (Quest Diagnostics) and Chess

    Wayne Brown (Quest Diagnostics) and Chess

    Today, my guest is Wayne Brown, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Quest Diagnostics, who is a tournament chess player.  Wayne has a chess rating of “Expert” (top 5-10% of all tournament players) and has played competitive chess his entire life – in fact, he cannot remember a time when he did not know how to move the chess pieces.  Wayne discusses his lifelong passion for chess, including his favorite chess openings and how he started beating his dad when he […]

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  • Shane Glynn (Google) and Base Jumping

    Shane Glynn (Google) and Base Jumping

    Today, my guest is Shane Glynn*, Product Counsel at Google, who is a base jumper.  After learning how to parachute out of an airplane, he tried base jumping (which is the subject of an excellent documentary movie Sunshine Superman) off a bridge and instantly became hooked.  But despite the thrill of base jumping off cliffs with wingsuits and all, he decided to retire last year at the ripe old age of 36 and returned to the calm sport of skydiving! […]

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  • Michael Moore (Rambus) and Pheasant Hunting

    Michael Moore (Rambus) and Pheasant Hunting

    Today, my guest is Michael Moore*, Vice President of Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel at Rambus, who talks about pheasant hunting.  Originally from a rural part of Ireland, Michael finds hunting to be a pleasant way of enjoying the outdoors with his dogs.  Michael has also taken me to trap shooting and it is not as easy as it looks! *with special thanks to Alan Seem

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  • Robert Lattuga (LeapFrog) and Woodworking (Pilot)

    Robert Lattuga (LeapFrog) and Woodworking (Pilot)

    On my inaugural show, my guest is Robert Lattuga, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of LeapFrog Enterprises. A former Harvard physics Ph.D. student, Robert shares his passion in woodworking, a hobby which requires the skills to operate large power tools as well as the dexterity of hand craftsmanship.

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