Brandon Andrews is a senior consultant at Values Partnerships. He leads the company's work on technology and entrepreneurship including leading a nationwide casting tour focused on bringing more diverse ideas and voices to ABC’s Shark Tank. Brandon also advises and invests in entrepreneurs. He is a consulting producer on Steve Harvey's Funderdome; a new seed-capital show on ABC.
In addition to working with entrepreneurs Brandon has helped lead nationwide engagement campaigns including Fences (2016), ROOTS (2016), and Concussion (2015).
In 2015, he worked with A+E Networks, iHeartMedia, and the United Way to develop the Shining A Light Concert for Progress on Race in America, Shining a Light Fund, and Conversations on Race in America documentary.
Previously, Brandon worked as a consultant assisting disruptive and social impact organizations with digital strategy, online advocacy, and navigating the federal system. He spent 5 years in the United States Senate where he handled technology, small business, and defense policy.
Brandon currently serves as a Director of IMPACT. He was appointed to the D.C. Commission on National and Community Service by the Mayor of Washington, D.C., where he is Vice-Chair. He is also a Commissioner on the DC Commission on Fashion, Arts, and Events. Brandon serves on the Board of Advisors of the OpenGov Foundation; an organization that builds tech tools to bridge the gap between citizens and government.
He provides commentary on policy, politics, and technology on TV, radio, and the web. A former Division-1 track athlete, Brandon is a graduate of Oral Roberts University.
Aibek served as Relations Manager at Ideagrad startup incubator in Bishkek.
He has experience in marketing and launching a marketing agency, as well as in the field of online retail. Member of the international community Global Shapers, which is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Member of the international community Global South Tech.
At the moment, he is a co-founder, CEO of Makers company and is focused on creating an IT hub in Bishkek. The company is engaged in teaching programming, development, and also works on technological products.
Southeast Asia market entry expert
Digital transformation strategist working with organizations both large and small on navigating the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital age. His clients are global and regional brands across multiple sectors including telecommunications, government, pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail, beverages, and advertising. He has done work for clients such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Government of Montenegro, Social Innovation Laboratory Zagreb, Publik (for Alkaloid Skopje), Regional School of Public Administration (ReSPA).
Co-founder of Digitalizuj.Me, a non-governmental organization helping citizens and organizations in Montenegro to understand and realize exciting new opportunities for social change and business in the digital environment. Program Director of Spark.me conference, one of the most carefully curated tech/business conferences in Southeast Europe organized annually since 2013. Recognized as “Project Manager of the Year” by the Association of Montenegrin Managers. Teaches “Transforming Business in the Digital Era” at the COTRUGLI Business School (E)MBA program, one of the leading business schools in Southeast Europe. Has 12 years of experience teaching Strategic Management at the University of Montenegro. Keynote speaker in 20 countries across 4 continents, from Peru to Taiwan. Three-time TEDx speaker, including a talk at TEDxZagreb in front of 1,000+ attendees.
Bill Aulet is changing the way entrepreneurship is understood, taught, and practiced around the world. Bill, who has degrees from Harvard and MIT, has over 25 years of business success first at IBM and then as a three-time entrepreneur. He has directly created hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value through his companies.
During the past seven years, he has been responsible for leading the development of entrepreneurship education across MIT, where he has been recognized with numerous awards. His book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship, which was released in August 2013, has become an award-winning international bestseller due to its accessible and methodical approach to entrepreneurship. In April 2017, the companion book, the Disciplined Entrepreneurship Workbook, was released. Bill writes and speaks logically on how entrepreneurs are created and the importance of both education and ecosystems. He has been widely published in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, the Boston Globe, the Kauffman Foundation, the Huffington Post, and more.
He has also been a featured speaker on shows such as CNBC’s Squawk Box and Bloomberg News as well as at events and conferences around the world. He is a board member of MITEK Systems (NASDAQ: MITK) and XL Hybrids Inc. (Private). In addition to his academic work at MIT, he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde (Scotland) and is on the Faculty Committee at the Asian Business School.
Rustem is a founder and former CEO at Robo Technologies (Robo Wunderkind), the pioneer in the educational robotics market. Arkley was lead investor in Robo Wunderkind’s seed round. Rustem with two co-founders started Robo Wunderkind in 2013 during studies at the Vienna University of Technology and brought the idea to a successful company with customers from 58 countries. During 2014-2017 Rustem lived 1,5 years in Shenzhen, China working with factories and building up a supply chain for his robots. Prior to Robo Wunderkind Rustem worked at Pioneers (acquired by Startup300 AG) in Marketing & Sales team.
Rustem is included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 and New Europe 100 List by Financial Times & Google. Graduate of HAX and finalist of Techcrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield 2015. Rustem has spoken at TedX and other events in Taipei, Innsbruck, Munich, Astana, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. Rustem holds an international patent in the field of modular robotics. During free time he enjoys playing tennis, piano and reading booksRustem is based in Vienna, Austria and responsible for Arkley’s investments in DACH and CIS regions.Rustem Akishbekov is a Partner at Arkley VC with a focus on helping DACH & CIS entrepreneurs to succeed at the global stage | Founder at Robo Wunderkind | Forbes 30 Under 30