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American Dreams: Key's to Life's Success

Listen to Alan Olsen's American Dreams: Keys to Life's Success radio show. Each week expert guests will join Alan as they discuss how to make businesses thrive during challenging economic times and overcoming adversity.

Alan Olsen's American Dreams: Keys to Life's Success airs every Wednesday Evening from 6:00-7:00pm. on KDOW 1220am.

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Stanfords Entrepreneurship

What comes first, bootstrapping or venture money? Dr. Douglas Park teaches entrepreneurship classes at Stanford University discusses the pitfalls and factors of success that entrepreneurs face when dealing with startups. "Starting a new company is a big challenge," says Dr. Park. "It takes persistence and resilience. There will be a lot of obstacles along the way. If you don't have a real commitment to your business, it's going to be difficult to succeed." Learn more of what Dr. Park has to say on American Dreams.

About Dr. Douglas Park

Douglas Y. Park is a Partner and Chief Sustainability Officer at Rimon, PC, in Palo Alto. Doug has spent his career helping companies succeed by tackling difficult issues that cross clear functional and disciplinary lines. With a passion for working with companies that seek to change the world, and an expertise in both business and law, his practice addresses complex situations that cut across corporate governance, corporate and securities law, and strategy.

Throughout his career, Doug has worked with students and business leaders from all over the world. Doug has taught classes in Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and Organization Theory. He received several Citations for Excellent Teaching Performance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, School of Business and Management, where he was a tenure-track faculty member. Doug currently teaches through the Stanford University Continuing Studies Program, where he has taught Starting Startups, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Gain a Business Advantage Through the Law.

While advising companies on corporate governance, strategy, and organizational behavior, Doug saw close connections between business and law. He felt that understanding the law would allow him to better counsel companies. This realization of the blurry boundaries between business and law led Doug to pursue studies in the law. Before joining Rimon, Doug founded DYP Advisors, a business and legal advisory, and earlier practiced corporate and securities law at Orrick and business litigation at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy. He has worked on corporate governance, securities law and regulation, mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, compliance, financial fraud and shareholder derivative litigation, and intellectual property matters. Through seeing the close connections between business and legal issues, Doug came to believe that a great legal advisor should help clients succeed in their business, not just reduce legal risk.

His expertise in helping companies with complicated issues is well recognized. For instance, Doug's views on corporate governance and principled business have been mentioned or quoted in, Corporate Secretary, Boardroom Insider, Agenda (a Financial Times service for corporate directors), and other media outlets. Doug earned his A.B. magna cum laude with highest honors in Sociology from Harvard College, his Ph.D. in Business from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School. He is serving the third term as President of the Harvard Club of Silicon Valley.

Upcoming Guests 

Nikhil Arora
December 4th, 2013 Co-founder of Back to the Roots

Darrell Claridge
December 11th, 2013 Certified Financial Planner

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