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Industry experts Vincent Serpico and Carine Dieude host a monthly peer-to-peer information and strategy sharing event aimed at accelerating growth for early-stage entrepreneurs.
There are no limits on what new business opportunities can look like. Some come to you, others, you need to create. As an early stage entrepreneur, you know the drive it takes to see them through, but you might not know where to start to build your empire. What is the best path to capitalize on your secret sauce to generate immediate revenue while advancing your big idea? How can you create more traction? Every innovation or technology has more than one application. Your critical path or strategy to market can make or break your business. Get answers before the mistakes!
Carine Dieudé is a Partner and Director of Strategy at Altima Business Solutions, an 18-year old startup that funds, mentor, coach and support business owners and entrepreneurs from decision-making to execution. Engineer by education, Carine has over 25 years in business strategy, operation and process experience internationally in a wide range of industries. Focusing on critical path, commercialization of technologies and growth strategies, Carine Dieudé contributes to startups and small to medium-sized businesses by poking and probing their business model to discover gaps and develop the answers before the mistakes. Peer Collaborator for the Nelson Mandela Fellowship Program, ASU Venture Devils Mentor, WP Carey School of Business Entrepreneurship Expert Mentor, National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR Grant Reviewer, Carine expanded her support to the community by joining the board of the Phoenix Chapter of Girls in Tech, a global non-profit focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology. She chairs the Mentorship Committee to create a culture of diversity in the Phoenix tech scene.
Vincent Serpico has worked in software development for over 20 years. After graduating Cum Laude with honors from Florida International University with a degree in Computer Science, he began his career as a software engineer and progressed to VP of Product development at Flypaper Inc and then Trivantis Corporation. Entrepreneurship is near and dear to Serpico’s heart. As such, after leaving Trivantis, Serpico started a near-shore software development company that specializes in early stage projects where he can help entrepreneurs realize their vision. Starting with just 1 developer and himself, SerpicoDEV now has over 3 dozen people on staff, and caters to early stage mobile and web applications. While running SerpicoDEV, it become necessary to manage dozens of near-shore resources remotely. Serpico created a web and mobile application to specifically manage remote developers, called Spotlight. The application worked so well, Serpico spun it off as a separate company and raised capital to help it grow. Spotlight went through a major pivot and attracted new talent and major funding. Serpico then started Task Messenger, a task assignment and management app that positions perfectly between heavy-weight traditional task management apps and emailing / texting tasks. A life-long learner, Serpico is always abreast of new technologies, and spends most of his “free time” studying, researching and experimenting exponential technologies, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, IoT, Blockchain, and robotics.