The title “Deal Professor” has dual meaning for Steven Davidoff Solomon. He’s both a professor at UC-Berkeley School of Law and a columnist for The New York Times, writing weekly under the scholarly moniker.

Davidoff joined the Berkeley faculty last year from Ohio State University, and he serves as co-director of the Center for Law, Business and the Economy in addition to teaching courses on mergers and acquisitions and deals theory. He covers much of the same material for the Times, applying an analytical eye to the deal market and its players. Davidoff, who once practiced law at Shearman & Sterling, recently sat down with The Recorder to discuss Silicon Valley’s bubble moment, workers in the on-demand economy and what makes deals go off-track.