Chicago Booth Alumni Finance Roundtable

Finance Roundtable

May 9, 2017: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lessons in Entrepreneurship with David Kalt: Music, Code & Finance


Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Event Details

David Kalt has three passions: music, code and finance. Inspired by the music of Tom Petty's "Damn the Torpedos" album and the great record producers of the 1980s, David set out to pave a career in the music industry after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1989. However, after years of hard work as an engineer and producer, he witnessed technology disrupt the music industry as the digital medium began to displace the analog equipment in recording studios. At that point David decided to learn how to code. His newfound passion for code took him on a path that eventually led him to co-found the online brokerage optionsXpress, which as CEO he took public in 2005 and subsequently sold to Charles Schwab. However, his passion for music never waned, leading him to his currrent role as founder and CEO of Whether you are interested in music, code, finance, or all of the above, we welcome you to join us for an entertaining discussion with David Kalt.


$10 - includes a drink ticket


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Registration is now closed. You may register at the door. We will only be accepting exact cash/check.

Deadline: 5/8/2017

Speaker Profiles

David Kalt (Speaker)
Founder & CEO,

Since launching in 2013, David has been working side-by-side with his growing team to make the online marketplace the best place for musicians to buy and sell new, used and vintage music gear. As the company's evangelist and product visionary, David has grown into the most popular music gear website in the world.

David started shortly after purchasing well-known musical instrument shop, Chicago Music Exchange, and growing frustrated with the process of buying and selling guitars online. Prior to that, he made a name for himself as co-founder and CEO of online broker optionsXpress, which he took public in 2005 before the company was sold to Charles Schwab, and as founder of ClientBASE, the first CRM solution for travel agents and tour group operators.

Prior to finding success as an entrepreneur, David began his career as a recording engineer/producer. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master's degree in computer science from DePaul University.

Dustin Weinberger (Moderator) '06
Managing Director, Coda Capital LLC

Dustin Weinberger is managing director of Coda Capital, a private investment firm focused on acquiring equity control positions in lower middle market companies in the United States. Coda provides flexible long-term capital, transaction expertise and strategic support, along with an extensive network of experienced C-suite advisors to provide our portfolio companies with the resources needed to increase value over time.

Prior to co-founding Coda Capital, Dustin Weinberger was a managing director at GE Capital Corporation ("GECC") where he led deal teams and managed client and intermediary relationships. Over the course of fourteen years at GECC he was responsible for advising corporate clients on structuring financings for mergers & acquisitions, management buy-outs, restructurings and general corporate purposes, as well as structured finance, project finance, interest rate management, second-lien, mezzanine and equity for clients in the metals, general manufacturing and food & beverage industries. Prior to GE, Dustin worked in various strategy consulting and sales & marketing roles for Borg-Warner/Burns International and the Atlanta Committee of the Olympics Games.

Mr. Weinberger holds a BBA from the University of Oklahoma Price School of Business and a MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Dustin lives with his wife, son, daughter and black lab in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago.


John Salvino, '06