Founder + CEO @Vango; Former design-thinking consultant in the Middle East; background in strategic consulting, human center innovation, design, training; pitching. #500Startups (B12), Bazillion Dollar Club (Syfy)
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.
Having pitched at numerous startup weekends, demo days, and to VCs. I have a knack for story telling.
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.