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It seems that every company in the Bay Area is seeking a quality web designer or illustrator. Many designers have the choice of whether to go the consulting route or become a full-time employee.

In this session of "The Design Business", we will have Yan-David Erlich, who has worked at Google & Microsoft and sold two companies to Linkedin & Qualcomm go head to head with Andi Galpern, an experienced freelance designer to discuss the pros and cons of both lifestyles.

We will also share web sites and tips that will make your life easier, so you can focus on the quality of your work.

*Tickets will include food and beverage cover.

**All tickets are transferable for next event, but non-refundable.

About Yan-David Erlich (Full-time Advocate):

Yan-David Erlich is the Founder & CEO of Happiness Engines, Inc. ( and a Founding Partner of MuckerLab (!/muckerlab). Most recently, he was the Founder & CEO of ChoiceVendor, acquired by LinkedIn (LNKD) in 2010. He was also Founder & CEO of Mogad, acquired by iSkoot (part of Qualcomm: QCOM) in 2008. Yanda has been an EIR at Matrix Partners, Trinity Ventures, and Battery Ventures.

He's also held software engineering and product roles at both Google and Microsoft. Yan-David is an active angel advisor in companies including Mixer Labs (acq. Twitter), iSkoot (QCOM), Thumbtack, Loosecubes, BetterWorks, Camino Real, and BoostCTR.

He holds BS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

About Andi Galpern (Freelance Designer):

Andi Galpern ( is a freelance web designer and front-end developer, working in the industry for 8 years. She has worked both full-time and consulted for various clients including Disney, UrbanSpoon, Miami Dolphins, NFL, Sundance Catalog and more.

As the founder of CASCADE, @cascadesf (, a network dedicated to exploring the latest CSS tips and tricks in the web design industry, Andi is on the forefront of new developments in the tech design world. Her deep connections and market insights have enabled her to work on a great variety of design projects on every platform including the latest web and mobile interfaces, product, marketing and branding designs.

She began her career at Zimmerman Advertising working on brand development and print advertising before relocating to San Francisco to pursue her interests in web and app design.

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