Arts Entrepreneurship – The Intersection of Creativity and Innovation

To close out the panel discussions at the Bay Area Tiger Entrepreneurs Conference, Ted Gagliano '82, Ruth Gerson '92, Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen '90, Khalil Sullivan '04 and moderator Erik Blachford '89 discussed how artists are indeed entrepreneurs, as they traffic in creativity and innovation just like any startup founder. 


One takeaway: While artists are entrepreneurs, there needs to be a structure of business around it, almost as important as the art itself. 

Erik Blachford, '89

  • Venture Partner, Technology Crossover Ventures
  • Arts entrepreneur and investor

Ruth Gerson, '92

  • Singer and vocal coach

Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen, '90

  • Food writer and critic

Khalil Sullivan, '04

  • Band manager and theatrical producer