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Jump into 2021 with a clear perspective about what “starting something” is really all about

The true survival rate of most startups is quite low. We usually only hear about the rarefied few who have actually made it all the way through: companies like Airbnb and Doordash who recently reached the pinnacle milestone of having IPO’d to liquid equity. But these sorts of success stories are few. For most founders, it's a journey of unrelenting challenges for several years, before the company simply stops operating due to acquisition, merger, or bankruptcy. One of the things that most of the successes have in common is that the founders all seem to have a key point in their story when they “had no fucking clue if this would work.” …


When you’re fragile and everything gets disrupted, and you use this moment to change the world

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When we first decided to pivot Bizly to an enterprise platform, I thought we were going to go with a self-service SMB offering. But the very first time we presented Bizly to the world, one of the largest insurers in the United States wanted to immediately move ahead with a contract. They understood our vision, they had significant pain, and they loved our solution. Weeks later, this story repeated with one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. All of a sudden, we were a platform for large enterprise customers, with average contract values starting north of $50K, hundreds of captive users per customer, and we quickly got thousands of meetings running on the platform. …


It’s been about 50 years since the first big wave of Indians immigrated to America, when will we finally find our voice?

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I’ll never forget the feeling. It was 1987. I was 7 years old. Intense worry, fear, and confusion had me pacing around my house in Jersey City. The night before, a gang who called themselves “The Dotbusters” attacked our home while we were out for dinner. My parents tried to shield me from what they graffitied on our garage, but I had to know. My memories are blurry on the specifics but I remember “leave this country or we’ll kill you” and other violent threats plastered on the crisp white paint. They also blasted our living room window. I recall beer bottles and shattered glass all over the floor. Shortly after that horrifying incident, I recall being in the car with my parents and seeing a member of this group pointing at the bindi on my mother’s head and clutching his baseball bat. At 7 years old, I truly feared for my life and my parents. It’s a feeling you most definitely never forget. Ultimately my parents eased my worries, the city took action on the gang, no one in my family got hurt, and life moved on. Thank God.


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We’ve done it again. We’re thrilled to announce the world’s most advanced all-in-one meeting platform.

We’ve been working to answer the same question since we launched Bizly in 2016: “can we enable anyone to build great meetings”? The way in which people meet is what defines businesses. Better sales meetings lead to more growth. Engaged community gatherings lead to more fervent fans. Nurturing a strong employee culture enables you to attract and retain better talent. The challenge is that organizing these group experiences is difficult and there isn’t a simple way to do all of these very well.

Bizly began addressing this challenge in 2016 by focusing on simplifying the logistics — specifically booking meetings at hotels and restaurants. This evolved into a powerful enterprise platform designed to drive cost-savings and best practices around key uses like training, sales, and team-building. After thousands of meetings planned on Bizly with the world’s leading companies, we’ve been able to develop the ultimate system. …


The virtual meetings & events software market is on fire — here is the crash course

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In April 2020, we crossed 11 billion minutes per day in online meetings. That’s a run rate of 4 trillion minutes per year. And that‘s just across the big four: Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, and Webex. This number has been growing exponentially since then. The way we do business has fundamentally changed, and it’s changed forever. Online meetings are currently the “front lines” for every business on the planet. …


“Don’t take anything for granted.”

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It took our species tens of thousands of years to get to 1 billion humans on Earth. That happened in around the year 1800. Just 220 years later, we’re now at 8 billion humans. There are some harsh realities that will surface in the wake of our exponential growth curve. The gross depletion of Earth’s resources is inevitable. We must face the responsibilities and challenges that our children’s generation will face over the next 100+ years. I remain a staunch optimist. I believe in the limitless potential of our species and world. Improving our odds of success lies in our ability to accept the brutal facts of our reality and develop our best and most hopeful plans for the future accordingly. …


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How do you keep composure when nothing is certain?

We were holding onto our hats, riding fast into 2020. I celebrated my 40th birthday on January 2nd which I was fortunate to share with great friends. It was a new decade for me and the world — “the roaring 20s”, we called it. Our company Bizly had great momentum. We galloped into January and February, doubling our revenue and customer count in just a few weeks. Our product was ripening and excitement filled the air. My last flight in February was a trip to London where we competed at a major industry conference and earned the top prize.


Work smarter, be happier, get further ahead.

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Honing my Jedi skills
Mastering Non-Verbal Communication

Over the last decade, we seem to have forgotten that a significant share of our communication is conveyed non-verbally. Humans use facial expressions, body language, and other non-verbal cues to evoke emotion, meaning, and care. This type of communication is enormously impactful, particularly for founders.

For example, a simple message like “we could do better” can mean completely different things when written vs when communicated face-to-face. The feelings of care and mentorship that may be underlying the message are often lost in written form. Recipients of these messages can feel confused and hurt. When founders rely only on e-mail and Slack, the pain reverberates across the organization. …


Bizly’s takeaways from business travel’s most tech-forward show

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Bizly on stage at Innovate

New York | October 22–23, 2019

We had a great time at one of the leading business travel technology conferences in North America. Over 300 corporate buyers in attendance, 13 leading technology innovators presenting, and a vibrant community of hospitality groups, innovators and thought leaders. Some of our takeaways from this year’s big show:

  1. User experience is gaining ground. With presentations by Pana, HRS Invisible Pay, our company Bizly, and TripActions; it is clear that the employee experience is gaining mindshare and importance to all corporate buyers. …

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Since introducing Bizly to select enterprise customers last year, we’ve been hard at work advancing our product and supporting thousands of events. From recruiting, training, and education to team-building, sales, and marketing, employees are building more of their own events to succeed and get ahead. Hundreds of millions of working professionals depend on in-person gatherings to do their life’s best work, yet until now, they’ve lacked modern technology to create efficiency and unlock the power of these events.

Bizly is a new kind of enterprise software that allows any employee to build great in-person meetings and events. We use the power of context — understanding the objective of your event — to deliver the world’s easiest way to build events from start-to-finish. …

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Ron Shah

CEO of Bizly, Lifelong Conquerer of Obstacles

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