Try, Fail, Innovate & Kick Ass
Innovation through disruption and focus. How is it possible to transform – within the space of three years – a childhood idea into an international start-up with staff from more than 15 countries and hundreds of clients, totally shake up the Human Resources sector and receive multiple awards from the UN, the EU and European organizations? Ali Mahlodji tells how he launched an international success story after dropping out of school and taking more than 40 different jobs in succession. He explains how he managed to put the established players in the ‘hot seat’ and what the companies of the "old economy" can learn from an innovative start-up approach.
Ali, Co-Founder, Chief Visionary and Chief Storyteller at whatchado, is Viennese with Iranian roots whose parents once fled from the revolution in Iran to start a new life in Austria. He was raised in the refugee camp at Traiskirchen, Austria, and later moved to Vienna. He is a former school dropout and later university graduate who has until now pursued more than 42 professions, including construction worker, teacher at a high school, and IT consultant at Sun Microsystems and Siemens AG. Loving to ask people questions on their lives and backgrounds, he and his childhood friend, Jubin initiated the video storytelling platform whatchado to empower young people to find their calling. On whatchado, people from every walk of life tell their stories, regardless of position or rank. As he himself experienced the great difficulties one can have in the job market, he decided to inspire young people to seize their opportunities. In 2013, he was appointed European Youth Ambassador for life by the European Union.
This speaker series is organized by the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center / Informatics Innovation Center (i²c).
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