The evolution of a startup can be a bumpy road. Even if you have that million dollar idea in hand and the right set of skills, there are a few stages to go through before becoming a successful business.
The most important step is finding that Product-Market Fit and this is usually acquired through a time-consuming market research, to find out if there is a relevant number of customers to be looking after your product. Only after a lot of experimenting and pivoting, the startups can begin to build their business model.
Credit: Bartosz Mozyrko (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-running-startup-like-crossfit-your-brain-bartosz-mozyrko/)
Thousands of founders build and grow innovative businesses in today’s new economy through the help of acceleration programs. At AlphaHub, we’re hoping to make this road easier for you with a set of mentors that can provide on-point insights for these stages to run smoother. When entrepreneurs are able to ask questions of experienced leaders, they can get up that learning curve without making the same mistakes as their predecessors.
Paula Tibre – General Manager at Betfair Romania
“Product and Technology passionate with 12+ years hands-on experience in building products from concept to customers. With a 360◌ view of business experience, setting new standards and adapting to multiple geographies and cultures, characterized by an outstanding drive to reach clear outcomes, while investing to grow others, set up new teams, boosting engagement across all areas and teams.”
Sean Whelan – Program Director, Responsible Gambling Strategy at Paddy Power Betfair
“With a solid base of both technical and business acumen, results driven and highly motivated with demonstrable leadership and communication skills, both with team members, executive management and third-party organizations. I am highly analytical and process driven, with a proven record of identifying and reporting risks and the implementation of mitigating controls to be managed within the Internal risk management framework. Ability to support large projects, providing subject matter expertise and support.”
Dean Heap – Director Customer Operations Strategy and Development at Paddy Power Betfair
A results-driven, action orientated, a personable leader in the development of world-class, customer-focused strategies and efficient operations in a fast-paced e-commerce environment. Dean also has an extensive knowledge of, and passion for the horse racing and betting and gaming industries, and is a qualified accountant.
Rob Smith – Head of Alpha Hub at Paddy Power Betfair
IT guy at heart, with studies in Electronic and Electric Engineering, Robert can bring a strong input when it comes to investment banking or capital markets, also. His aptitudes recommend him as a great project manager with a strong knowledge base in this industry.
Jamie Kenber – Head of Data Science Projects at Paddy Power Betfair
When it comes to taking better business decisions, Jamie Kenber knows best as his background as a Data Analyst speaks for itself. His BA Degree in Mathematics from Oxford has been a strong foundation for transforming data into important decisions for companies.
Tom O’Brien – Head of Fraud at Paddy Power Betfair
Tom has a responsibility for leveraging tools and technologies to drive continuous improvement and automation of our fraud and verification processes within PPB.
“Ensuring we execute fully on existing tools as well as identifying and assessing emerging technologies that can further enhance our fraud defenses.”
He is responsible for a team of Fraud Analysts working across multiple locations, focusing on a number of areas including chargeback management, fraud cyber threats, customer verification, and fraud tool performance and analytics.
Doru Supeala – Head of Communications & External Affairs at Betfair Romania Development
“Senior-level global expertise in Management, Marketing, Communications, Procurement & Supply Chain. I am a playmaker: a creative, ambitious, and pragmatic teammate. And a trustworthy colleague and friend. The guy not only ready to play the piano but to carry the piano as well.”
Bogdan Colceriu – Serial Entrepreneur; Co-founder, CEO; Frisbo Co-founder Trilulilu
Diversified tech entrepreneur and investor with a background leading media startups, e-commerce, and logistics, with a strong background consulting for offline businesses, especially those of a delicious variety. Specialties include branding, go-to-market, and marketing strategy, and business developing strategy.
Jennifer Austin – Partner; Risky Business Global Strategy & Business Consultant
Entrepreneur, investor, and consultant with experience on 4 continents. Professional writer, amateur conservationist. Skilled in strategy, marketing, business development, and generally skilled at getting **** done.
Andreas Cser – Partner; Automat Ventures, Angel Investor
“Investor, entrepreneur, and start-up executive, ex-banker working for the Light Side.” He has a strong background in Advising Technology and Media companies and their investors on M&A initiatives and exits and has also worked on a specialized investment vehicle to invest in European ad tech and related businesses. He’s currently a Partner at Automat Ventures and ready to bring a great input as a mentor in this program.
Radu Iuhas – Serial Tech Entrepreneur and Product Creator; Partner at Risky Business
Technology artist with experience building b2b and b2c products for diverse industries. Specialties include product vision, strategy, and road mapping; and investment strategy. Avid poker player and tech investor.
Marcel Petrutiu – Global Business Development and Strategy Executive
“Business professional with experience in strategic planning, entrepreneurship, corporate development, finance, and international sales. Industry experience includes biotechnology, venture capital, consulting, distribution, and travel.”
Stefan Fulop – Head of Gaming Product Delivery at Paddy Power Betfair
Stefan is currently the Head of Gaming Product Delivery for PaddyPower Betfair based in Cluj, leading a team of passionate product professionals. With over 16 years of experience in IT businesses in the last 8 years his focus was on building world-class products that customers love.
Our list of mentors continues with more bright minds from Paddy Power Betfair, whom you’ll get the chance to know better in the following period:
Now, we want to take a moment and congratulate you on how far you’ve come with your product. And then, think about how even farther you can go with the access to all this know-how and industry experts.
See you soon! Stay in touch on www.alphahub.tech.