A Systems-Based Approach to Startups: Why They Fail and How They Can Succeed

MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

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Fady Saad, SDM ’11

Fady Saad, Strategy, Research, and Business Development Director, Vecna Technologies; SDM Alumnus

Date: March 7, 2016

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About the Presentation

Any evaluation of the life cycle of established companies will reveal the importance of taking a holistic approach to fundamental business challenges such as product development, customer acquisition, financial growth, and employee and leadership recruitment. Making progress on all fronts simultaneously is critical for companies at all stages of development, but it is especially important for startups.

In this webinar, SDM alumnus Fady Saad, director of strategy, research, and business development at Vecna Technologies, will:

  • explain why mature companies can afford delays in responding to a broad set of internal and external issues while startups cannot;
  • reveal how early business and policy decisions can help and/or hurt a startup during subsequent phases of its life cycle; and
  • explore how an understanding of these business dynamics can impact the formation and growth of companies in both the short and long term.

A Q&A will follow the presentation. We invite you to join us!

About the Speaker

Fady Saad is the strategy, research and business development director at Vecna Robotic Solutions, as well as the co-founder and Director of Partnerships of MassRobotics, and was previously cofounder and strategist of ePowerhouse. Prior to coming to MIT, he worked at Nokia Systems Networks in North Africa and Europe and consulted for the World Bank. As an SDM alumnus, Saad holds an MS in engineering and management from MIT. He also earned a BS in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo.

About the Series

The MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series, sponsored by the System Design & Management (SDM) program, features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges. Recordings from prior MIT SDM webinars can be accessed here.