On April 17, 2014, Easton Technology Leadership Program hosted the Business of Technology Panel with moderator Angela Hsiao (MBA 2014) and panelists Kambiz Aghili (FEMBA '11), Managing Director of Tech Private Equity, Rajesh Jha (FEMBA '11), Co-founder and CEO of the app KinderTouch Inc. and Farbod Hagigi, Founder & CEO of ClinicalBox Inc. They spoke about current tech trends and business strategies for using technology as a competitive advantage based on their personal experiences as they transitioned from working at larger corporations to starting their own companies. Angela Hsiao asked, “How has tech impacted your business model decisions?” The panelists discussed how they attributed the launching of their businesses to the proliferation of mobile devices; on the flip side, because apps and mobile devices are so commonly used, is easy to copy those apps. Hagigi spoke about how his app idea may not be competitive enough on its own, so he augmented it with additional information compiled from several sources. Through the years he saw this as an advantage as competitors would need to not only copy him, but also catch up. Jha talked about using a freemium model to attract users and slowly grow his customer base using network effects.
When asked what part of the speaker’s message and style was most valuable to them, Easton students said, “Having panel and multiple perspectives.” “Day to day insights and examples from their experiences.” “. . . it was actually one of the more interesting tech talks, particularly with biz aspect.”
To read more about the panelists and their tech companies check out their Linkedin!
Please also be sure to check out the blog from our friends in FEMBA Admissions to read more about this event:http://dylanucla.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/giving-back-rajesh-jha-11-and-kambiz-aghili-11/
Special thanks to Angela Hsiao ('14) for contributing to this blog.