Engineering Entrepreneurship Series 2017-2018 Speakers

Maxim Antipin & Saif Abid

Taking the G out of GUI: Engineering Invisible Solutions

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 5-6 p.m.
Sanford Fleming, room 1105

Abstract: In this talk we’re going to discuss how we started SwiftPad and spent hundreds of hours building rich mobile & web applications for healthcare until realizing the expensive lesson that the most powerful solutions are ones that are invisible to the user.

Bios: Maxim Antipin holds a BASc in Electrical Engineering with a Minor in Engineering Business from the University of Toronto. He is the co-founder of the healthcare technology company SwiftPad, which is an IBM Innovation Partner and 2016 UTEST alumni. Maxim also volunteers his time as an executive committee member at IEEE Toronto where he received the “Outstanding New Leader award in recognition of leadership in the first year. Maxim is passionate about the intersection of engineering and business in the healthcare industry. His capstone project “Indoor Auditory Navigation” was the recipient of the “2017 CNIB Hochhausen Prize”. He continues to strive for positive change in Canada’s healthcare system by empowering & connecting pharmacists with innovative technology.

Saif Abid is a Computer Engineer from the University of Toronto and CTO of SwiftPad – a healthcare company which is also an IBM Innovation Partner. Saif has a deep interest for Golang, distributed systems, data engineering and as of recent, functional programming. When he’s not reading research papers and textbooks for fun, you can find him in the gym or out on a jog. Saif is a big believer in solving problems which impact individuals on a global scale. For example, as his Capstone project, he helped build an “Indoor Auditory Navigation” system for the visually impaired. The project went on to receive the “2017 CNIB Hochhausen Prize”. Ultimately, Saif’s passion is to build novel engineering solutions to help those who need it the most.

 

Aditya Kapoor

Entrepreneurship- When you don’t know what you don’t know…

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5-6 p.m.
Sandford Fleming, room 1105

Abstract: In this talk, I will go through my journey as an entrepreneur trying to organize an informal sector like astrology in the Indian market through a family venture (www.astroYogi.com), the challenges of replicating the experience in digital healthcare with my start-up OyeHelp.com, and why not to build businesses for VCs and angel investors.

Bio: Aditya Kapoor is a second year full time MBA student at Rotman School of Management. He trained as a lawyer in India and briefly worked as an energy lawyer before quitting to join his family venture, astroYogi. astroYogi started as a content licensing company, tying up with MSN, Yahoo and Google, among others, and eventually transitioned into a service platform connecting astrologers/tarot readers to customers in a marketplace model. Using this experience, Aditya co-founded OyeHelp, a digital healthcare platform, aimed at connecting doctors to patients using video and cloud telephony.

Aditya also headed the digital marketing and technology initiatives for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s campaign in 2014 and aims to be involved at the intersection of social media, technology and political campaign management.

Steve Cosman

Scaling from Zero to Millions: Lessons from growing a consumer startup

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 5-6 p.m.
Sandford Fleming, room 1105

Abstract: Steve founded Shoebox in 2012 and has grown it to millions of users. In this talk he’ll discuss various lessons learned about growing an early stage startup spanning technology, marketing, culture and more.

Bio: Steve is the co-founder and CEO of Shoebox. Shoebox is a consumer cloud service used by millions of users to help people relive their best moments everyday. Prior to Shoebox, Steve worked in computer vision and augmented reality at Microsoft.