What is Happening?

Here you can view events, talks, and interviews of Reza Ghiabi as they happen. Stay in the loop and follow Reza on his journey.
October 28, 2019

Herfe Honarmand Magazine’s Interview with Reza Ghiabi​

Herfe Honarmand magazine published a part of Sahar Maktabi’s interview with Reza Ghiabi on the topic of “Community Building” and how we need it in today’s world. Read the article here:
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October 22, 2019

Jostarhaye Shahrsazi Magazine, Interview with Reza Ghiabi

Jostarhaye Shahrsazi Magazine interviewed Reza Ghiabi. The interview focused on how events and communities can drive change and creativity in a city.
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September 6, 2019

Idea Designers Magazine is out with Reza Ghiabi’s Article in it

he article is the original and extended version of this blog post titled "There Are No Shortcuts in life, Deal with it!".
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August 21, 2019

TEDxTehran: Responsible Optimism – An interview with TEDxStockholm​

TEDxStockholm, in its new blog series, explores TEDxes from around the world, and their first post featured Reza Ghiabi who shares his take on TEDx culture.
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August 7, 2019

6th Oppmakr Heroes Meetup Recap

On August 2nd, the 6th gathering of what we call the Oppmakr Heroes" has been organized by Vahid Zamani.
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July 28, 2019

The Art of Community Building, a 4 Days Workshop by Reza Ghiabi

From the 50,000 years old gatherings of neanderthals caves to about the daily 20 TEDx events all over the world, human beings need to gather to share, discuss, learn, receive support and most importantly feel safe among others. In the absence of special social places…
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July 9, 2019

Reza Ghiabi and Ramin Sadighi at TEDxTehran Podcast

TEDxTehran podcast has launched as another platform for spreading worth ideas. In this podcast, the event team will be introduced to you. You will be informed about team experiences and how they have organized the event, the speakers and their worth ideas and everything you…
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June 23, 2019

Reza Ghiabi at the Silk Road Startup

On May 2,2019 Reza Ghiabi spoke at the Silk Road Startup event. “Silk Road Startup” is the first and biggest international startup event in Iran. The event aims to gather local and international entrepreneurs, startups, investors, financial institutes, VCs together each year. Watch the video…
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June 21, 2019

Reza at Kaarmaan Evening: Event Organizing

Reza Ghiabi spoke at the event organizing panel at Kaarmaan House. During the panel, Saman Khosravani, Hamidreza Ahmadi and Reza Ghiabi discussed how there is a need for the next generation of community building.
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June 14, 2019

Oppmakr breakfast @ Kaarmaan House

In today’s world, we are constantly in need for more communities of those who share the same vision. That is why together with the @kaarmaan.house and @oppmakr.institute we started a series of breakfasts to bring thought leaders and doers. Special thanks to @ramin.faroughi, film maker and thinker who treated us…
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June 12, 2019

Reza Ghiabi at INOTEX 2019 Exhibition

From the organizing committee to the Inotex Stage, Reza Ghiabi helped the Inotex Exhibition to cover more innovation related contents and communities.
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May 29, 2019

Reza hosted Ramadan’s Iftar with the Theme of “Long-termism”

Our need for "longtermism", was the theme for the latest version of Oppmakr breakfast series on 30th of May. This time we hosted an Iftar event!
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May 10, 2019

5th Oppmakr Heroes Meetup Recap

The 5th Oppmakr Heroes meetup has been organized on May 2nd, 2019 at the the beautiful Karmaan House of Tehran. Event organizers Amir Fazeli and Marjan Fazli provided room for around 40 young enthusiasts to think and rethink what they do and why they do…
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May 6, 2019

Reza Ghiabi Helped Startup Weekend Women in Tehran

Tehran’s Startup Weekend Women (In-Tech) was a platform for young Iranians to discuss and learn about women-related issues at work. The event also provided an opportunity for future women leaders lead their teams throughout the competition and have fun. Along side with other veteran entrepreneurs,…
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May 5, 2019

Reza Ghiabi Talked at the Annual Event of the Shaparak Consulting School

Reza Ghiabi accompanied Ali Noorian and Mahmood Olyaiy on Emad Ghaeni’s panel discussion to talk about ups and downs of management consulting in Iran for the Shaparak School community.
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April 29, 2019

Iran’s Managerial Need for Long-Termism, Ghiabi’s Note On Hamshahri

Reza Ghiabi’s note about Iran’s managerial need for long-termism published on Hamshahri Newspaper today. Read the article here in Farsi:
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April 19, 2019

Reza Ghiabi at Radio Full Stack

On April 15th, Behzad Moradi founder of Sokan Academy came to Reza’s office to record the latest episode of Radio Full Stack podcast. While the episode is rather long for a podcast (almost 3 hours!) it contains everything from Reza’s professional background to his views…
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April 11, 2019

Chris Anderson Answers Reza Ghiabi’s Question About TED’s Vision

Chris Anderson and Jay Herratti took TED stage to talk about TED2019 curation and the year’s TEDxLive program. TED filmed this hangout using the new TED World Theater technology, which allows remote viewers to watch, chat, and be promoted to the TED stage to interact…
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February 25, 2019

4th Oppmakr Heroes Afternoon Recap

Some of those who find meaning in Reza’s thoughts, aka Oppmakr Heroes, gathered in slightly cold Tehran on 21 February for the 4th Oppmakr Heroes afternoon. Reza and Oppmakr Heroes gathered at the National Geographic’s place in Tehran for an afternoon of connecting with members…
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February 23, 2019

Reza Hosted KarenCrowd Investment Panel

KarenCrowd, Iranian crowdfunding platform hosted it’s event to end this year’s Iranian year at the University of Tehran. Reza hosted a one hour panel at the event seeking for best practices of investment in Iranian ecosystem.
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January 18, 2019

Another Ghiabi’s Breakfast has been Organized at the Institute

Reza hosted another breakfast event at the Oppmakr Institute. As always, the breakfast hosted selected economic activists. Inspired by the book “Who are you, really?”, the theme of the event was “Stop, Start” where the audience have been asked to talk about what do they…
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December 28, 2018

Oppmakr Heroes Gathered in Tehran

Prior Instagram followers, now called Oppmakr Heroes, organized their third gathering to invite Reza and discuss transformational thoughts, this time, Starting a Movement, in specific.
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December 28, 2018

Reza Ghiabi’s Article Published on Idea Designers Magazine

In this article Reza describes 5 principals that makes us a professional.
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December 21, 2018

Happy New Year from Reza Ghiabi

As we end a remarkable 2018, I don't just look back at one year for tech-entrepreneurs in Iran, but an entire decade with incredible accomplishments.
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December 7, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at the 6th Iran Nano Technologies Forum

Reza Ghiabi and his guest Farid Shokrieh hosted a Q&A session at the 6th Iran Nano Technologies Forum. The theme of the session was how to cope with the reinstalled sanctions on Iran. 
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November 22, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at OPPMAKRs Gathering #2

The second get together of Reza’s social media followers happened today at the city center of Tehran. The session’s theme was “Resilience” and the event organized 100% by the community it self.
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October 19, 2018

Reza Ghiabi Met His Instagram Followers in Person

OPPMAKRs get together organized by the loyal viewers of Ghiabi’s Instagram page, happened today. The event is an open Q&A session of Reza and his select social media followers to network and discuss the future of their community.
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October 8, 2018

TEDxTehran Organized TEDxGlobalDay 2018

As a "transformer", Reza Ghiabi talked at the Liechtenstein-based Think- and Action-Tank THE HUS.institute on September 1st, 2018. 
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September 26, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at the Opening Ceremony of Idea Designers Magazine

Idea Designers Magazine officially started working, and as it's Editorial Board member Reza Ghiabi talked on "Why we Need Idea Designers" in the magazine's opening ceremony.
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September 10, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at The HUS Institute

As a "transformer", Reza Ghiabi talked at the Liechtenstein-based Think- and Action-Tank THE HUS.institute on September 1st, 2018. 
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August 16, 2018

OPPMAKR Breakfast Guests Discussed “The Art of Survival” for Iranian Companies

OPPMAKR Breakfast guests discussed "The Art of Survival" for Iranian companies. Read the gist of their thoughts here. 
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August 15, 2018

Behtarin-e Khodet Show Hosted Reza Ghiabi for a Podcast Episode

Ali Yekani's Behtarin-e Khodet Sho podcast hosted Reza Ghiabi. The 40 minutes episode is released today and accessible for free. Listen to it NOW!
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August 13, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at Sharif University: Diving Deep on OPPMAKR Blog Articles

Today, Reza Ghiabi have been hosted by the Sharif University Students to talk about some of his blog posts and a round of Q&A. Watch a part of it's video here!
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August 9, 2018

Reza Ghiabi’s Article on Idea Designers Magazine: What is an Idea?

What is an idea? Our ideas are our inner guides. However, it seems many people stil don't have a proper definition of what an idea is.
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August 5, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at Tehran Startup Week: History of Iran Startup Ecosystem

At the opening ceremony of Startup Week Tehran, Reza describes the important events of the community as well as suggesting looking back to its founding values.
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July 29, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at Tehran Creative Mornings: Understanding the Game we Are Playing

Going back to Tehran's Creative Mornings stage, Ghiabi's talked at the 1st birthday of the event, about "Game" and "Understand the game we are in" using game theory. We play life, love, and business, to win while the game is not designed to have a…
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July 13, 2018

OPPMAKR Institute Helps INOTEX 2018 to Kick off in Tehran

INOTEX 2018 made the largest summit of Iran startup ecosystem possible via its partnership with the OPPMAKR Institute.
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June 23, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at Tehran Wirtschaftsjunioren: Why we Work?

On the June 21, Reza talked about "The False Rationale" for Young Professionals Club (Wirtschaftsjunioren) of Iran-Germany Chamber of Commerce in Tehran. 
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March 21, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at Tehran Creative Mornings: Anxiety and Opportunities Within

Following our news on Ghiabi's talk CreativeMornings Tehran about "Anxiety", Ghiabi's has been published. Watch it online here!
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May 18, 2018

OPPMAKR Breakfast Gathered Community Builders of Tehran

From Tehran Creative Morning organizers to TechRasa co-founders, to Tehran Startup Weekend organizer, discussed months theme: "Monkey See, Monkey Do", exploring ideas about how to avoid creating bad copies in Iran innovation scene.  
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April 18, 2018

Reza Ghiabi to Meet with Entrepreneurs and Future Leaders via OPPMAKR F2F Program

You can now meet Reza Ghiabi at his office, OPPMAKR Institute announced Face-2-Face program today. Ghiabi now dedicated a few hours per weeks for meetings with entrepreneurs and doers to discuss strategy with them.
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March 26, 2018

Reza Ghiabi Shared Thoughts with the First Vice President, Vice President and Minister of Industry, Mines and Businesses

Dr. Eshaq Jahangiri (First Vice President of Iran), Dr. Sorena Sattari (Vice President of Iran and Head of National Elites Foundation), and Mohammad Shariatmadari (Minister of Industry, Mines, and Business) visited Pardis Technology Park yesterday on March 26, 2018, to get a better sense of Iran startup…
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March 21, 2018

Happy Nowruz 1397 and Iranian New Year!

Happy Nowruz and Persian new year. I wish you a year in which every step you take is on the way your endless path of growth and maturity. I also wish prosperity for your time and a year in which you are surrounded by people…
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March 1, 2018

Another OPPMAKR Breakfast has been Organized

Inspired by Martin Reeves TEDTalk, the theme for discussion was “How to Create Long Lasting Businesses”. The event included some of the brightest minds of Iran in a private and cozy discussion.
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February 20, 2018

Reza Ghiabi at the Industrial Management Institute February MITM Gathering

Reza Ghiabi talked today at the MITM conference of the Industrial Management Institute. The talk topic was about “how to start something that needs to be started”. For the audience, you can view the presentation slide deck here, or download it right away! http://ghiabi.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/961106-Effectuation-MITM-Presentation-V1.0.compressed.pdf
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February 10, 2018

Watch the 3 Episodes Series of Reza Ghiabi and his Guests on Entrepreneurship and More!

Reza loves to tap into the unknown with trusted friends and visionaries. That is why OPPMAKR Video episodes can take you beyond business. The 3 published episodes of the series are samples of deep conversations. The episodes include amazing guests like Dr. Meissam Sharafi, Dr. Kia…
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February 8, 2018

TEDxTehran Organized Another TEDxYouth@Tehran

The TEDxYouth@Tehran is organized by TEDxTehran team today, Feb 8 2018, at Salam Gallery of Sam Sam Center.
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January 30, 2018

Reza Ghiabi’s Interview on 12 Challenges of Startups in Iran

For her thesis, an MBA student asked Reza Ghiabi: What are the reasons Iran startups fail? Here is Reza's answer. We have made a gist of detailed challenges Iran startups face, and of course the cure for them!
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January 15, 2018

Reza Ghiabi’s Talk at TEDxCannes about Effectuation

Reza Ghiabi talked at the TEDxCannes 2016 in France. In this short video, you can watch a short version of the video giving the main idea of why and how we all need to start with what we have, instead of waiting for everything to…
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January 1, 2018

Happy New Year 2018, Here is our Activity Report!

It is my pleasure to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful year ahead. Yet, to understand future, one must take a moment and look back. While I invite you to make highlights of your 2017, here is what happened at my end.
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December 22, 2017

TEDxehran 2017: Crossroads Has been Organized

TEDxTehran 2017 took place on December 22, 2017 at Milad Conference Hall from 9am to 2pm. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, featured local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of Crossroads.
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November 25, 2017

Reza Ghiabi Helped Rooyesh Accelerator as a Mentor

Ghiabi mentored at Rooyesh Accelerator on Azar 12, 1396. Read the full report on Rooyesh Website >>
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November 22, 2017

OPPMAKR Institute Supported the First Ever Tehran Travel Show

Organized for the love of travel with the participation of travel record holders from around the world, the first ever Tehran Travel Show organized in the city on November 23 and 24 of 2017. OPPMAKR Institute supported organizing Tehran Travel Show. Tehran Travel Show was an…
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November 16, 2017

Another OPPMAKR Breakfast has Been Organized

The third OPPMAKR private breakfast has been organized at Ghiabi’s office, today. Inspired by an article by Diplomatic World, the theme for discussion was “The way we run our planet”. The event included some of the brightest minds of Iran in a private and cozy discussion.
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August 16, 2017

Reza Ghiabi at Tehran Startup Weekend Fashion

Ghiabi spoke and mentored at Startup Weekend Fashion. Read Reza’s comments about the event here at Modir TV.
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July 25, 2017

Reza Ghiabi Shared his Thoughts with the Vice President

Ghiabi Commented on the Role of Government in Startup Eco-system in Front of Vice President of Iran, Dr. Sorena Sattari. Watch parts of the comments here:  
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July 21, 2017

Reza Ghiabi’s Interview with Inotalks at Elecomp 2017 is Now Available

Innotalks interviews Ghiabi at Intl Exhibition of Electronic, Computer & e-commerce.  Watch the full episode here or parts of the conversation below:  
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May 25, 2017

Reza Ghiabi at Shetab Accelerator

Ghiabi spoke at the Shetab Accelerator opening. Watch the talk online:  
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April 13, 2017

Reza Ghiabi Mentored MENA Region Startups at Seedstars Swiss 2016

Reza Ghiabi mentored startups from MENA region at Seedtars Swiss 2016 in Lausanne city. 84% of the world’s population is located in emerging markets. Naturally, in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 defined by the UN, the focus, support and investments…
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March 18, 2017

Reza Ghiabi at the Dialogue Podcast

Hamed Jafari —a startup community builder in Tehran. who is passionate in tech, entrepreneurship and innovation, hosted Reza at his well-curated Dialogue Podcast. All you should know about Ghiabi and more are included in this podcast. Listen to <a href=”https://hearthis.at/hamedjafari/4-interview-with-reza-ghiabi/” target=”_blank”>Dialogue Podcast – #4 Interview…
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February 9, 2017

Reza Ghiabi at Startup Grind Rasht

Ghiabi goes to Rasht City to meet the Startup Ecosystem there. View news reference here. Watch Reza’s talk here online:
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November 25, 2016

Kar Bank Podcast Hosted Reza Ghiabi. Here are The Full Episodes

Ghiabi Comments on Kar Bank Podcast: “Why most of the teams doesn’t work” and “Why we work?” Listen to full episodes here:  
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October 21, 2016

Reza Ghiabi at Tehran 5G Conference

Ghiabi talked at the first Tehran 5G conference about Importance of collaboration between all role players of the ICT sector. View ISNA coverage of the talk here. 
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September 11, 2016

Reza Ghiabi Has Been Featured at Mostanad TV

Reza Ghiabi showed up on Namagard program of Mostanad TV, having fun with stereo types of Iran startup eco-system. Watch parts of the episode here:
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August 24, 2016

Reza Ghiabi at Soft Launch of The HUS Institute

Reza Ghiabi spoke at the Liechtenstein-based think-tank THE HUS.institute soft launch event about opportunities and potentials of doing business with Iran. For more information about the institute you may visit www.thehus.institute.
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August 11, 2016

Fig & Quince Podcast Hosted Reza Ghiabi, Here is the Full Episode

Fig and Quince podcast hosted Reza Ghiabi for a full episode. Azita Houshiar and Reza talk about everything but startups! Listen to full episode here:
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June 25, 2016

Reza Ghiabi’s Interview With Agahan Amlaak Magazine is Out.

Agahan Amlak magazine hosted a dialogue between Reza Ghiabi and Dr. Hooman Tasdighi on how to make Iran’s real estate industry more intelligent. Read the full article here: http://ghiabi.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Agahan_RezaGhiabi.pdf
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March 3, 2016

Reza Ghiabi Hosted “Knowing Iran” Session at TEDxCannes

Talking about social and economical situation and potentials within Iran, Ghiabi hosted “Knowing the real Iran” Session at a corner of TEDxCannes event.
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December 27, 2015

Read Reza Ghiabi’s Interview with Tejarat Farda Magazine

Tejarat-e Farda magazine interviewed Reza Ghiabi to find out his TED story and more about TED, TEDx and TEDxTehran. Read the full article at this link or here:
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October 13, 2015

Reza Ghiabi Interviewed on IRIB National TV

Reza Ghiabi gone live at the bazar TV, being introduced on the national TV channel as an innovation activist and entrepreneur. Watch part of his interview here:  
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October 7, 2015

Reza Ghiabi at SW Urban Design Tehran

Reza Ghiabi spoke at the Startup Weekend Urban Design Tehran about what makes an entrepreneur entrepreneurial.
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September 30, 2015

Reza has been Featured by The Humans of Tehran Page

Reza Ghiabi has been featured by the Humans of Tehran page to share his quotes and stories. In the post he states: I create business opportunities for people and organizations. What I’m always curious about, is the amount of “trust” people are willing to put…
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August 28, 2015

Karya Podcast Hosted Reza Ghiabi, Here is the Full Episode

Karya podcast of Hamidreza Ahmadi and Hadi Farnoud hosted Reza Ghiabi to talk about entrepreneurship. Listen to the full episode here: Listen to Reza Ghiabi byHadi Farnoud on hearthis.at   
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August 26, 2015

Reza Ghiabi at Startup Neuroweekend

Reza Ghiabi spoke at Startup Weekend Neuroscience about entrepreneurship and team building skills.
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August 25, 2015

Iran’s National Radio Featured Reza Ghiabi

Reza Ghiabi commented on why publishers need to leverage digital world at Radio Farhang. 
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June 25, 2015

Reza Ghiabi at industrial Management Institute MITM G 27 Conference

Reza Ghiabi is spoke at the MiTM G27 conference f Industrial Management Institute. Here is gist of Reza talk covered by Tadbir Magazine, and you can download the slides he created for the event on building a “Golden Brand” here on this blog post. http://ghiabi.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Tadbir-274.pdf
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June 7, 2015

Radio Eghtesaad Featured Reza Ghiabi

Ghiabi talked about leading business models that can be used in Iran at Tejarat-e Electronic program of Radio Eghtesad. Read the news reference here.
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June 6, 2015

Reza Ghiabi at Startup Weekend Social innovation Tehran, Featured by Digiato

While mentoring at Tehran’s Social Innovation Startup Weekend, Digiato.com interviewed Ghiabi about the future of Iran startups. Read the full article here: The Future of Iran Startups  
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May 13, 2015

Tadbir Magazine Interviewed Reza Ghiabi

Tadbir Magazine —Industrial Management Institute’s press, interviewed Reza Ghiabi where he stated that there are countless innovation opportunities within Iran. Read the full article here: http://ghiabi.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Tadbir-272.pdf
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May 11, 2015

Agahan Amlaak Magazine Interviewed with Reza Ghiabi

Agahan Amlaak Magazine covered challenging dialogue of Reza and a veteran real estate agent. Read the full article here: http://ghiabi.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Agahan-2.pdf
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March 17, 2015

Eghtesaad News Featured Reza’s Article

Eqtesad News Published one of Ghiabi’s LinkedIn Post on Who’s Entrepreneurship is for? Read the full article here on Ghiabi’s LinkedIn or read parts of it on Eqtesad news: Who’s Entrepreneurship is for  
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March 11, 2015

Reza Ghiabi at Startup Weekend Sharif

Startup Weekend Tehran – Sharif University hosted Reza Ghiabi. View event page here.
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February 19, 2015

Reza Ghiabi has Been Featured by the TEDxInnovations Blog

As a veteran TEDx organizer, Ghiabi answers to 5 key questions of TEDxInnovations Blog. What do you wish someone told you about managing a team before you organized a TEDx event? Ghiabi: That it is not “management.” It takes “leadership” instead. It cannot feel in…
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November 20, 2014

Reza Ghiabi Has Been Featued by The TEDBlog

Becky Chung wrote an article at the TED Blog interviewing Reza, about how TEDxTehran’s model of mentorship helps TEDx grow in Iran: Ghiabi’s TED journey started when he first stumbled across the talk, “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz. From that point on, he…
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