Where can you imagine going with DT.LA as your venture partner?
Mori Fatehi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University where he spend most of his time as a Director of the Human Gait Laboratory. Mori loves to build. Combine that passion for building with his intelligence, and further combine it with his love for mathematics, science and physics and you get one of the best engineers in the world. And, I'm not even joking. He is one of the best engineers in the world. He can build anything you can imagine as long as it abides by the laws of physics. This is why we are a red diamond firm.
Keyvan Fatehi is a computer science graduate of University of California, Irvine. The youngest member of our team, he has the greatest technical skills in the field of computer software. He can architect any software based on customer requirements, often in a single day. His abilities are truly impressive.
At the time that we won TOP 10 TECH STARTUP OF ORANGE COUNTY, CA (Oct. 2019) our organization only consisted of Keyvan, Mori and Paul. As we've grown, we have recruited two more valuable employees into DTLA. Learn about them below:
Our weekly video host is a Registered Behavior Technician and her depth, wisdom and knowledge of psychology and psychiatry have always impressed me. I have known Tess for over 5 years professionally. She will be starting with DTLA this week as host of the DTLA Mental Health & Well-Being Podcast.
AJ Shastry has a Biomedical Engineering Degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Columbia University. He helps with Paraplegia projects on an as-needed basis because his MATLAB skills are second to none. However, AJ can be found mainly at the CFO helm.
I believe that with the right tools, the disabled can offer the market a creativity and perspective that is critically needed to bolster California's entrepreneurship economy and to generate a large number of successful companies, thereby redistributing wealth into the hands of the many, as opposed to our current, innovation-starved system where wealth is controlled by so few.
It appears to me that true inclusivity will be adopted at the entrepreneurial level.
I have tried to feel out large corporations and Federal Agencies to determine their perspectives on inclusivity of individuals with severe intellectual and/or psychiatric disorders... There seems to be no compassion there at all. Just an interest in corporate dollars. I sense that the leaders and most execs don't have a solid vision of our future, which to me is clear as day (refer to my track record of product launches; I comfortably live ahead of the innovation curve and have been this way since I was a youthful patent clerk, and probably before).
We desperately need more disabled individuals in the workforce; if we fail to accomplish this goal, America will continue down its current path, where human potential is wasted. There is no good reason for the disabled to be 40% less likely to be employed. We cannot afford to keep doing things the same way where we make the disabled feel as if they are less human and have less potential than the non-disabled. Barriers and blockades to accessibility (both physical and virtual) must be broken down by policy, technology or disruption.
The patent office in America basically told me fuck you so many times that now I'm laughing. My innovative brothers and sisters out there... let's get our entrepreneurship on and grow small businesses and tech startups! Corporations have run out of new ideas long ago and they're just in cash preservation mode for the next few years; Federal Agencies have only a modicum of talent. Really, talent is sitting on the sidelines not sure who to look up to as a leader. This is precisely the time to be looking back at yourself. It is the goddamn best time to create the world you imagine. The key is in building marketable technology. With the right team and partners in place, you can repeat this process over and over again (naturally, you will experience many failures along the way, but we all got into this knowing the nature of this game).
At some point I will be re-offered the job of Regional Director of the Silicon Valley Office of the USPTO. I've decided to ride out this ADA dispute over the long haul and so there will be no friendly resolution between myself and the patent office for the next couple of years. This works out perfectly because now is our time to build all this tech and build this ecosystem of many decentralized California nodes (i.e. small business & startups). I'll do my victory lap at the Patent Office when I run out of entrepreneurial energy. It will be with the clear conscience of knowing that I've used my life for a good purpose that will impact many for generations to come. To me, that is a prize worth more than any monetary gain.
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