By: Stephanie Scott
Photos by: Deniece Griffin
For this weekly meeting, CEO partnered with E-House, Georgia State’s Entrepreneurship House Living Learning Community. Tech entrepreneur and Robinson College Computer Information Systems alum, Musaddeq Khan (B.S. ‘00) was a guest speaker, providing insight on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to successfully start a business. Khan was born in Bangladesh and is the founder of four startup companies – Prominus, Verdeeco, Spoor HQ, and Ritzy, Inc. Khan says that out of the four startups that he founded, only two were successful, but he turned his failures into learning opportunities. Khan says that “Entrepreneurship is the willingness to take chances, to make mistakes, and to get comfortable with failure.”
Khan told CEO members that “Starting a business is 1% an idea and 99% execution.” Starting his first tech startup in 2002, there weren’t as many startup and tech incubators as there are in 2018, with over thirty startup and tech accelerators around the Atlanta area, including Georgia State’s LaunchGSU. There has never been a better time to start a company in Atlanta. Khan encourages aspiring startup founders to share their ideas as much as possible in order allow for feedback and learn who their audience is. “It takes more than passion to have a successful business; it has to be an obsession,” says Kahn.
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CEO’s mission is to inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and seek opportunity through enterprise creation.
The Entrepreneurship House Living Learning Community (E-House LLC) provides students with the opportunity to live learn and participate in activities that have an entrepreneurship and innovation focus.