What is different in people who achieve their dreams? How do they think? What was different in their mindset, in their behavior?
These questions motivated us to invite successful Iranian-American entrepreneurs who have built category-defining tech companies, to share their stories and discuss their journey starting from when they were a student, how they were able to overcome the barriers to pursue their innovative ideas, and explain pivotal points in their career.
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Ali Ghodsi is the CEO and co-founder of Databricks, responsible for the growth and international expansion of the company. He previously served as the VP of Engineering and Product Management before taking the role of CEO in January 2016. In addition to his work at Databricks, Ali serves as an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley and is on the board at UC Berkeley's RiseLab.
Keyvan is the Founder and CEO of SoundHound, audio and speech recognition company that develops voice-recognition, natural language understanding, sound-recognition and search technologies. Before SoundHound, Keyvan was founder and CTO of Zumo Software, as well as CTO of InsuranceHotline.
Dr. Narges Baniasadi has led multiple initiatives and businesses in the intersection of Technology and Life Sciences for more than a decade. She founded Bina, a pioneering Bioinformatics company, out of a decade of research at Stanford and UC Berkeley. Narges is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Emergence program and serves as an Adjunct Faculty at Stanford University.