Never before did founders, entrepreneurs and leaders of even the smallest companies need to think that their command of and understanding of:
... and tracking where they all intersect from moment to moment would ever be so important to how they, their family, their team, their firm survives just the next couple days... and the next couple weeks... and the next couple months, let alone plan for next year.
The fact is that most entrepreneurs today didn’t have to lead through the great recession, they weren’t CEOs during the dot com bubble, they likely didn’t study the economic impacts of the World War I and Spanish Flu one-two punch on the global economy.
How are they to be expected to do anything but follow their guts or the reactionary examples of their peers?
The pandemic has been and will continue to be the great global leveler.
As leaders, entrepreneurs, and business leaders we should be informed, rational, analytical and rigorous in our thinking.
We would like to develop this into a global conversation, and we will try to have guests to speak on different topics and markets over the next weeks and months.
Startup Grind Grand Rapids is honored to host George Katsanos, a turnaround and crisis management expert with expertise in Behavioural Finance and Corporate Re-engineering as we give global market updates followed by an #AMA where founders and entrepreneurs can come for immediate and actionable advice for their startup or business.
Occasionally, we'll have special guest interviews for deep dives from various industries and institutions to help inform us.
Friday, May 22, we are pleased to host Arzish Azam, Chapter Director of Startup Grind Islamabad. Arzish is also the Chief Evangelist at Daaster, aWe connects world-class remote software engineers with challenging roles at growing companies.
Vetted, pre-trained & ready to start working immediately.
They invest in top selected engineering talent by providing intensive industry-relevant training until they land an offer they are happy with and get hired remotely.
Arzish will give us some insight on how the epidemic is affecting the startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem in Islamabad, Pakistan as well as provide advice to entrepreneurs at the event.
This event is a recurring event every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY @ 12PM EST.
Depending on how many people show up, we can have people breakout into separate rooms for roundtable brainstorm sessions, and if we have enough experts, we can even pair people off with experts for 1:1 advice.
iCore Partners, Inc.
Startup Grind / Ejad Labs
Director / CEO
Experienced Investment Banker and Corporate Finance Executive, George successfully completed engagements with governments, colleges and universities, privately owned and publicly traded companies in Europe, the U.S. and in emerging markets. Broad-based expertise includes family offices, private equity, portfolio management, manager selection and real estate management. In banking, previous engagements included commercial and residential banking, sales and marketing of financial products to individuals and companies, wealth management, retail and corporate lending, small business lending, compliance, risk management, cybersecurity, and KYC. In the hospitality sector, experience includes hotels, restaurants, food and wine producers, and supply chain management. In higher education, George has assessed the sustainable competitive advantage of colleges and universities, with a view to improving outcomes for students. Dedicated to building effective relationships with clients and providing support to stakeholders and management teams.
Arzish specialises in community building, entrepreneurship, youth advocacy and innovation travel. The youngest global graduate from Founder Institute, a highly celebrated Silicon Valley accelerator, has hosted 35+ leading entrepreneurs, technology experts and investors including Haseeb Awan, Idris Kothari, Ali Mukhtar and others in his talk shows and has directly helped 100+ startups and SMEs in global exposure.
He is the brain behind PAK-US Tech Exchange, the largest private tech exchange program connecting Pakistan and Silicon Valley. His exposure from being Pakistan's youth representative at Obama's Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 in Stanford, Organization of Islamic Corporation's Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2017 and 2018 in Kazan, Russia, Startup Grind Global Conference 2018 in Silicon Valley, Web Summit 2018, Startup Grind Barcelona Conference and SXSW2019 etc. brings the gamut of relevant experiences and rich understanding of the field. He uses this to empower the youth of his nation with similar worthy global exposures, network and experiences.
He further leverages his leadership at the local chapters of international technology communities like Startup Grind and Google Business Group to create a robust and well knitted entrepreneurial ecosystem. He is also an alumnus of Plan9 – Punjab Information Technology Board’s Technology Incubator and the National Incubation Center in Islamabad.