Bijan Khosravi
Founder & Principal

I am the Founder and Principal of InBounce, Inc. We build companies from idea to successful exit. Previously, I was the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Cartiza, a company founded in 2006 with Comcast. Prior, I founded Movaz Networks. When I sold Movaz, we had over $100 million revenue. In 1998 I co-founded Siara Systems which we sold to Redback for $4.3 billion. I’ll be writing about how to build a startup from just an idea into a multi-billion dollar company.

TEAM, CULTURE and ATTITUDE can make or break a company.
Culture, even more than a good business plan , can impact the success of a company. Without a strong, positive culture, employees will struggle, customers will leave and revenue will suffer.

The key to developing a solid company culture is to build it into the initial business plan. Culture should be inclusive and celebrate diversity and it should be driven from the top down. Some of the best ideas and companies don’t make it because of lack of leadership. Build a winning culture and your chances will significantly increase tobring about success.

AI, ROBOTICS and 5G will shape our economy for the next 20 years.
We are at in inflection point—moving from a digital economy to a machine learning one… AI and robotics are evolving everything from healthcare and education to national security and communications. Countries, such as China, look at these technologies as an opportunity to gain global leadership.

One of the key drivers to bringing these technologies to life is 5G. 5G promises to connect everything around us to a network that offers the speed, responsiveness and reach to unlock the full capabilities of virtual reality, artificial intelligence and the internet of things. Once 5G happens, the question isn’t how these technologies will launch—it is when.

NEW HEALTHCARE TECH will revolutionize the industry—and our lives.
The U.S. healthcare system is broken. It is huge and inefficient. Millions of people—especially seniors—can’t afford the care they need. According to the United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs, there are 71 million people in the U.S. over the age of 60—and this number is growing three times the rate of the rest of the population (ages 0-59).

Technologies to reduce cost and increase the quality of care in the U.S. and worldwide are critical—and not far off. Entrepreneurs, major tech companies and VCs alike are investing in the latest healthcare technology. We are on the cusp of a revolution that will change our lives for generations to come.

EMERGING FINANCIAL TECH will put consumers in the driver’s seat.
Historically, big banks have made the banking process difficult and unfriendly tolock out everyone else. Until recently, banking technology was not necessarily built with the end-customer in mind. That is all changing. The availability of app-based mobile devices is forcing the evolution of the financial industry. Consumers are gaining more control over when and where they do their financial transacting. The message to the financial industry is clear: the change is coming with our without you.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION will solve the talent gap in our workforce.
A global skills gap has left many companies struggling to fill key positions. Many of these positions are in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as communications and leadership. One of the leading causes of the skills gap is the fact that some 50% of the population doesn’t fully participate in the workforce. Women and minorities are key to solving the global talent shortage, but we as a society haven’t done enough to develop this talent.
An increasing number of programs aim to change this by encouraging women and minorities to participate in STEM and startups. Still, none of them go far enough. Startups should make diversity and inclusion part of their business plans. As a society, we need to demand and follow through on change. The true difference will come when society puts equal effort into cultivating the careers of all people regardless of gender or ethnic background.