Raomal Perera – Consultant, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD, Entrepreneur

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    Raomal Perera is a veteran of multiple entrepreneurial ventures and an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at INSEAD and UCD, where he currently teaches and studies entrepreneurship, innovation and the management of rapidly growing companies.

    Raomal is an educator and loves to work with entrepreneurs. However his primary role is helping established businesses make innovation work. He uses an interesting mix of his hands-on experience of building successful companies and the more recent experience of academia and research in helping companies GET, KEEP and GROW their customers, using a number of highly effective tools and processes. Follow his work on www.LeanDisruptor.com

    Raomal has over 30 years of experience in the IT, Communications and related technology industries. He is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded two technology companies and is one of a handful of Irish entrepreneurs to have taken a company public on NASDAQ (ICOR).

    Raomal co-founded ISOCOR and was the Senior Vice President of Engineering and listed as one of the two ‘key employees’ in the listing documents when it was floated on the NASDAQ in 1996. The company was subsequently acquired by Critical Path in 1999. He then founded Network365, a provider of merchandising, payments, settlement solutions and managed services. The company acquired US company iPIN in 2003 and rebranded to Valista. Valista which was a leader in developing mobile payment technology was acquired by Aepona in 2009 and Aepona was acquired by Intel in 2013.

    Raomal has experience in setting up off-shore engineering facilities and developing products across multiple regions. He has an extensive international network of contacts, having built global companies, with a vast geographical footprint. Raomal raised over €27 million to create Network365/Valista, setup overseas offices across the globe from East (Japan) to West (USA) and grew companies through acquisitions, partnerships and entering new markets.

    Raomal is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Entrepreneurship Department at INSEAD, www.insead.edu. INSEAD is one of the top five business colleges in the world as listed by the Financial Times. Raomal lectures on business planning, fund raising, leadership using your emotional capital and customer development using lean methodologies.

    Raomal has been a guest speaker at the University College of Dublin (UCD), Trinity College, Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, University College Cork, Irish Management Institute (IMI), IE Business School, Cartier Women’s Initiative Programme (Paris), Google Marketing Academy & SalesForce.Com and at a number of international conferences.

    Raomal is on the Advisory Board of SLASSCOM (www.slasscom.lk), Sri Lanka Association of Software and Services Companies. He has a keen interest in social entrepreneurship and mentors social entrepreneurs through the Ashoka foundation (www.ashoka.org).

    Raomal was the first ever recipient of the Irish Software Association’s (ISA) Outstanding Software Achievement Award in 2003. He was also a finalist in the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards. Raomal was one of 40 entrepreneurs worldwide chosen to the prestigious World Economic Forum (WEF) as a technology pioneer. Headed by Raomal, Valista also won a number of industry accolades, ranging from the Wall Street Journal Innovation GOLD award for business, and the Mobile World Congress Award for the most innovative product.



    Title: How Design Sprint concepts may be used by Researchers?

    Synopsis: How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you have the right solution?

    What’s the most important place to focus your effort, and how do you start?

    What will your idea look like in real life?

    Many researchers face big questions every day. Now there’s a surefire way to answer these important questions; the SPRINT. Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Google X. These concepts may be easily adapted for Researchers.

    You may have noticed Facebook’s updated Newsfeed. This was a direct result of a Sprint. Design Sprints are used for updating existing products as well as creating and testing new ones. Here’s a medium post from one of their lead designers: https://medium.com/facebook-design/evolving-the-facebook-news-feed-to-serve-you-better-f844a5cb903d

    Blue Bottle Coffee is valued at $700 million due to Néstle acquiring a majority stake in them. Before they ran a Sprint they were not selling outside of the U.S. They ideated and tested their new website using this process with Jake Knapp. https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/14/nestle-acquires-a-majority-stake-in-blue-bottle-coffee/

    This introductory talk will give you a taster of what a Design Sprint is about and the mindset necessary to be involved in one. Facebook, Slack, Savioke, Bluebottle Coffee, Lego, Microsoft, Google have all run very successful Sprints using the Jake Knapp’s Sprint process. Why can’t you?


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