Kasem Mohsen is a data scientist by trade and a serial entrepreneur by passion. He has been a part of over 25 startups from the ideation phase to bootstrapping, fund raising, acquisition and everything in-between. He has helped many small businesses raise money, scale and grow, including leading two startups through successful exits.
Kasem began his career in 2003 working as a data scientist for the US Navy, where he focused on human and organizational performance. He stood up some of the very first digital dashboards in the DoD and in 2006 he moved to London, UK to work with data 0teams at the Ministry of Defence.
In 2009, he returned to the States and joined his first startup team based in Raleigh-Durham, NC. The company, TheraSim, built and successfully launched a web-based patient simulation platform for doctors. After raising multiple rounds of funding TheraSim ultimately sold to WebMD in 2014. After this exit, Kasem moved to Portland, OR to support entrepreneurs full time on the West Coast.
His most recent bootstrapped startup, called Bitwater, focused on using the IoT and AI to grow protein crops using less water. This work earned the company a feature at South by Southwest Eco and an invitation to the White House in 2016 for the South by South Lawn event.
Kasem currently lives and works in Asheville, NC. He leads his own company called Bustelo Solutions, a business focused on helping early-stage entrepreneurs and reducing barriers for people of color and members of traditionally underserved communities. His current portfolio includes work as an advisor and fractional executive in two startups who both have a mission to scale and exit in the next 3 – 5 years.
Kasem is also the facilitator for our Evolve Operations Bootcamp. We'll spend some time discussing what growth stage founders can expect from this course, so come prepared with any questions you have for Kasem.
Evolve is designed to provide a resource for startups who have raised a round of funding and are seeking to scale their business operations. Business leaders at this stage have little time and company-specific problems. To that end, this workshop offers self-paced learning to respect your time and personalized consulting to immediately contextualize and apply your learning to your specific business needs.
This 4-week program will consist of:
At the end of this bootcamp you should have:
✔ A shared definition of what operations means for your specific business
✔ A current and target operating model
✔ A set of S.M.A.R.T. operational key performance indicators (KPI)
✔ A scaling strategy specific to the needs of your business
✔ A company “North Star”
✔ A strong community of relationships with other growth-stage entrepreneurs, advisors and investors