Marketing and introducing startup companies
Before coming to the U.S., Hamidreza Afzal worked a a private company designing websites for startups, tasked with developing marketing ideas to introduce their new products on the internet. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Afzal received the UC Davis Graduate Fellowship in 2017.
Afzal received his B.Sc. in electrical engineering from K.N. Toosi University of Technology and his M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology.
What drew you to the Keller Pathway Fellowship program?
I want to look at starting a business from a different perspective. I’m quite familiar with the technical aspect of a business. However, I still have to learn a lot about the commercial and marketing side. In addition, I would like to expand my professional network, meet new people and listen to new ideas.
What excites you about growing your entrepreneurial mindset?
I believe having the entrepreneurial mindset is the most important skill. It’s the ability to turn ideas into action, and without it, ideas are just ideas. I’m eager to change my view and mindset from pure technical to a combination of technical and leadership and business management.
What does innovation mean to you?
Innovation is not just coming up with ideas and plans; it is coming up with great ideas and then creating something new and useful that can be sold to any one.