Director of Product @Art.com, Founder @VangoArt; Podcast Producer, Design Thinker, Worked in MENA for 6 years
I lived in Abu Dhabi (near Dubai) in the United Arab Emirates (2008-2013) and still work there part-time. I worked across public and private sector and in a mix of environments including all expatriate to all Emirati. I was able to gain amazing perspective as to how to navigate the unique and complex work environments. The benefit I can provide is to give perspective to people considering moving to the UAE (both personal and professional) as to what to expect, how to thrive, and things to do.
I am an experienced Design Thinker with training from Stanford's D.school. I have taught Design Thinking (US & international), used it as a consulting approach, and created a startup (ARTtwo50) using the Design Thinking process. So regardless of your role, scope, company type/size, location - I have strong experience being able to teach, tweak, and apply design thinking.
As the founder of the hottest online art marketplace, I have extensive experience as to how to create, launch, and build an e-commerce platform.
I launched two podcasts State of the Art and Future State in less than 30 days. Both featured by Apple. I can teach you how to move quickly, become a better host and build a lasting brand.
Having pitched at numerous startup weekends, demo days, and to VCs. I have a knack for story telling.I can help you to pitch a company, product, or idea.
I reached out to Ethan about a Startup Weekend event and he was very helpful in providing advice and constraints pertaining to the concept. He was available same day, which I greatly appreciated. The conversation was rapid-fire and Ethan endeavored to be thorough, yet concise. I'd highly recommend his consultancy to anyone working out a proof of concept, developing a client facing business strategy, or curious about design thinking.