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Start-up Ethics

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010

What are the ethical challenges to starting up a company? To putting together your team? To meeting with venture capitalists when the financials aren't as promising as you'd like? To creating a company culture? Bryan Wargo and Kevin Beals, both SCU grads, will speak Nov. 17 in Lucas Hall about the ethical challenges in their extensive experiences over the last 15 years in start-up companies in Silicon Valley.

Wargo is CEO of Nearbuy. Before founding Nearbuy, he served as the general manager of Aruba’s AirWave product line. Prior to AirWave, Wargo founded 2Roam to address the proliferation of mobile Internet devices. He also served as senior business development manager for VeriFone's e-commerce software products and was a territory manager for Hewlett-Packard's Unix division.

Beals, CFO of Nearbuy, was formerly the Worldwide Sales Controller for Aruba Networks. He joined Aruba after they acquired his previous company, AirWave Wireless, where he was the VP of Finance. Beals got his entrepreneurial start as co-founder and CFO of 2Roam Inc., which was sold in 2002. He started his career in public accounting, where he earned his CPA license and was an audit manager at Frank, Rimerman and Co.

This event is co-sponsored by SCU's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. The event is also associated with the Hackworth Fellowship of Meghan Skarzynksi, a senior finance major and Hackworth Fellow at the Ethics Center.

Tags: business ethics, start-ups