Make smart decisions, even when the stakes are high.

The Wharton Club of New York is delighted to host Meetup CEO David Siegel in this intimate forum to share his experience as a sitting CEO. He’ll explain why platitudes like “nice guys finish last” and “you can’t control your luck” are not only false but are dangerous when making important decisions. Get insight into the counter-intuitive decision-making framework David drew upon while navigating the sale of Meetup from WeWork during a global pandemic. Learn to apply these decision-making rules of thumb during times of crisis and calm.

About the Speaker
David Siegel is CEO of Meetup overseeing its global business, which has 52 million members, hosts 15,000 events daily, and has events in 193 countries. As a business leader and expert in building personal and professional communities, David hosts Keep Connected, a podcast dedicated to the power of community. David has 20 years of experience leading technology and digital media organizations focused on community, healthcare, and finance. He has a significant background in innovative product development, rapid revenue growth, and digital traffic acceleration. His work evidences this at Meetup. In his first 18 months, he brought the social media platform to its most profitable state in the company’s 18-year history. In March 2020, he oversaw its acquisition from WeWork to a consortium of investors led by AlleyCorp.
  • From 2015 to 2018, David was the CEO of Investopedia, the largest finance and investing education website. He helped that business grow to amass 30 million unique visitors monthly. After tripling its revenue and driving a nearly fivefold increase in its valuation, David led the successful merger of Investopedia with DotDash.
  • Before that, from 2013–2015, David served as President of Seeking Alpha, a crowdsourced investment research business with more than four million registered users.
  • David served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Everyday Health’s Local Division from 2010–2013.
  • David was previously the Senior Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development for 1-800-Flowers from 2006–2010.
  • Before that role, he served as GM, New Businesses at Duane Reade (2003–2006).
  • David began his career working as a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting and William M. Mercer and as the Director, of Organizational Development for DoubleClick. While at DoubleClick, David managed the merger integration of the $700 million NetGravity acquisition.
  • David holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Thursday, July 28, 2022
12:00 PM ET - 1:00 PM ET

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