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Rayyan Islam

A former Wall Street investment banker, Rayyan Islam provides “edutaining” wisdom to AlleyWatch readers from a youthful-heart-wise-mind perspective. Rayyan’s passion to positively change the world has brought him to become a traveling tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist, Google Glass developer, writer, and co-founder of a Los Angeles-based public relations firm. When he’s not consulting start-ups or watching Dallas sports, the young executive and fashion connoisseur cooks, reads and partakes in adventure sports with friends.

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Advice - As a Founder and Partner of a Los Angeles based Public Relations firm, Wilshire Austin, I get quite a bit of deal flow from startups that are struggling to get press for their amazing world changing products and services. You had...
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Tech - We've all been awestruck by movies like Her (a comedy about a withdrawn writer played by Joaquin Phoenix, who falls in love with his computer's highly advanced operating system) or "Jarvis" from Iron Man, that have helped us to...
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Advice - Creativity is a nebulous, murky topic that fascinates me endlessly — how does it work? What habits do creative people do that makes them so successful at creativity? I’ve reflected on my own creative habits, but decided I’d...
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Advice - In light of recent events such as the Tesla Model S receiving the highest owner-satisfaction score consumer reports have seen in years, to the latest news of the hyperloop, I found it fitting to explore the man who is challenging all...
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AlleyTalk - With March Madness in full gear, sports fans and enthusiasts start packing bars and clubs around the nation with speculative chatter. Who is the best team? Who is the best player? Our creativity and memory rapidly dives through stats,...
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Advice - What’s your plan? We have heard this annoying question in various forms throughout our lives. When we’re kids in elementary school, adults would ask “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Parents asked us this question...
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Advice - Lots of people who start businesses try to control outcomes: 1. A vision for your business’s success. 2. Goals to get you to the successful vision. 3. Try to get the most productive day (out of yourself, or...
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Advice - Erik Straser, partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, said that the most important thing you can do for your career is to "figure out how to ride a long wave - some immutable trend that is going to permeate most of the tenure of your...
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AlleyTalk - I love trade shows. They serve as one of the birth places of my entrepreneurial spirit (more about this later). As a regular at some of the largest trade shows in the world, I wanted to do a quick highlight at one other: CES. The...
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Advice - I hope you have all been enjoying the series through the Wasabi Ventures Academy thus far. Personally, I've found it to be a great refresher tool on the startup world, and I wanted to turn what I have learned into a resource for all...
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Advice - The startup world is like the Hunger Games. You, the entrepreneur, are Katniss Everdeen, placed with a daunting task – to compete with others players in order to survive and win. In the battle of revenues, user acquisition, and...
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Advice - Recently, we covered how to perform due diligence on startups. This is obviously helpful whenever you’re assessing a startup and whether or not it’s worth a closer look for a potential investment. So now, here you are, your...
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Advice - Hey everyone, I hope you all enjoyed my last two pieces with the “Top 5 Startups to Watch from CES 2014” and “How to be an Authority and Influencer”. On the agenda today we have “How to perform effective startup due...
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Advice - I hope everyone enjoyed my last post on 'Idea Brainstorming' as we explored ways to come up with startup ideas and what ideas are worth pursuing. Today we're discussing how to become an authority and influencer. So imagine this,...
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Advice - Hey everyone, I hope everyone enjoyed my last post on “2014: the Year of the Entrepreneur” – The introduction of the Wasabi Ventures Academy. In it, we discussed how the essence of entrepreneurial spirit is greater than ever...

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