One of the great benefits of being a veteran in the entrepreneur community is the opportunity to give back. Making it big in the business world isn’t easy. In an often harsh, unforgiving, and cutthroat world, how is a young MBA student or eager first-time entrepreneur ever going to adapt to this ever evolving morass that involves new media, economic hardship, and social responsibility? While the final word on these topics has not been written or spoken, engaging in the conversation is part of the journey. Seeing the next group of great business minds become inspired and think more deeply about how to impact the world for good is its own reward.
Cristina Martin Greysman, the EVP of Business Development at DDC, recently sat on the Marketing panel for the third annual MBA and MS Student Association Conference held at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. The topic was an interesting one: Corporate Social Responsibility. DDC has had several outstanding interns from Temple, a testimony to the fine caliber of student the school attracts, and it was a delight to be invited to participate in the ongoing dialog of the role of businesses in promoting a world that is more ethical and healthy.
This past week DDC CEO, Farid Naib, was one of the keynote speakers at Founder Factory, an annual event put on by Philly Startup Leaders. Founder Factory is a place for entrepreneurs to learn, get inspired, and network with others who are themselves experiencing the same issues or have words of wisdom from past experience. As a serial entrepreneur, Farid is the ideal guy to talk plainly about both the wins and the woes of what he describes as the “best worst job” he’s ever had — being an entrepreneur. His topic was ideation, the process of taking ideas and turning them into realities, which is really the very heart of the entrepreneurial spirit. Along the way he had some immensely practical advice for those in the throes of fundraising, management pivots, and growing pains, which we will be sharing in more detail this week on the blog. If you’d like to see more now though, watch this video from Starter Stories in which Farid shares some of his tips for growing companies.
The fall has been a busy time at DDC
with some exciting news just around the corner. In the meantime, we’ve been to a number of venture events and recently were featured in an article by Flying Kite
, an online news magazine in Philadelphia with a special focus on entrepreneurship and business development in our great city. If you read closely, you’ll find a little preview of some of the big changes coming to our growing company mentioned within the article “DDC adds jobs to expand data security product offerings, marketing efforts
.” Stay tuned!