It was a great pleasure to attend the special lecture of Kamran Elahian, Global Entrepreneur, and World Philanthropist. Mr. Elahian founded Global Catalyst Partners in 1999 and his headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
His life story is amazing and exciting: at the beginning of his adult life he faced considerable challenges to achieve his goals, including getting a high quality education, a successful career and self-realization. Mr. Elahian explained, through his personal experience, how it is important to make crucial decisions in our life, and follow our dreams. Kamran told us how, despite his parents’ fears, he went far away to an absolutely new country and society. This step defined all his future destiny and success as he exited his comfort zone and well known.
Mr. Kamran explained how much of his success in the US happened because he had the courage to follow his dreams. He was not afraid to get refusal from his top-managers at HP on his request for a promotion, and tuition to enter one of the best universities.
Moreover, Kamran never gave up when he applied to different universities in the US. Mr. Kamran explained how the failure of one of his first companies (Momenta Computers, 1991) taught him a valuable lesson and made a huge impact on his view of his life and values, making him redefine his purpose.
Thirdly, he never stopped working, obtaining new knowledge, and searching for unique opportunities, etc., even though he had already earned millions of dollars.
In addition to all of the above mentioned, it is important to underline Kamran is also a World Philanthropist. For instance, the social value of his information technologies application and Internet initiative in an extremely useful way – Schools-Online- is huge.
The life of such great people as Kamran Elahian is a great example for all young people who want to improve not only their life but to create a better life and a better world.
Assel Aimusheva, Full-Time MBA’16 Student