Once upon a time Martin was an engineer, and changed his path to make his product into a business. Tonight he will share his experiences starting and running that business, and try to shed some light on the challenges which are involved.
"But I don't want to start a business", I hear you say.
You will still work for businesses, build products for businesses, or help to sell products to those businesses. Understanding the problems of those business will help you to build better software, addressing those problems more directly, making you customers and managers happier!
[Martin Basiri](https://www.linkedin.com/in/martinbasiri/) is the Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyBoard. At ApplyBoard, Martin’s team is using technology to change the entire application and university recruiting process. Martin received a master’s degree in Mechatronics engineering from the University of Waterloo after coming to Canada as an international student. Martin’s passion for helping international students is personal to his life story. He helped his brothers immigrate to Canada for their education. This seeded the idea and the future business of automating and disrupting the study abroad ecosystem to democratize education to more than the top 1%.
[ApplyBoard](https://www.applyboard.com/ca/) is a SaaS-enabled marketplace uniquely designed for international students to apply to study at the best institutions of higher education globally. Founded in 2015, the company revolutionizes the way students experience the application process. ApplyBoard has 160 employees and based in Canada’s tech hub, Waterloo region, and with offices across various countries including China, Nepal, Vietnam and India, the platform also acts as a secure space for students to keep the required documents to make the process as seamless as possible. ApplyBoard is a powerful solution for the industry and provides students with everything they need to successfully study abroad.
Our schedule for the night is approximately:
* 1900, arrive and have something to eat and drink
* 1930, presentation
* 2030, Q&A and networking
* 2130, head home
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