“During my first year of university, I started freelancing as a Web designer," he explained.
Adel co-founded Despark in 2003, and OpenBuildings in 2010. Both feature international teams, with offices in London and Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as international audiences. So, how did Adel start thinking on a global scale?
“The idea for OpenBuildings started as a hobby project; my ambition in the beginning was much smaller - to create something for the community. When we started working on it the 'largeness' of the idea slowly started becoming clearer and our ambitions quickly expanded; our aim is to collaboratively archive the world's built environment, be it historic, contemporary or conceptual buildings.”
After placing as a finalist in the Intel Challenge, Adel’s OpenBuildings garnered the attention of a few investors, and recently raised $2M. In spite of his ambition and progress, Adel reminds his team to stay focused and avoid celebrating too soon.
“I think we've had a couple of minor successes so far: launching our site, launching our iPhone app, getting that first user to upload a building and also our funding round. Having our users, as well as BlueRun and Index trust us gives me a real sense of accomplishment. I do think that we're still in the early days though and just at the beginning of a really exciting journey with hopefully many "pop the bottle" moments coming; like earning our first dollar of revenue!”
According to his VEQ (Vator Entrepreneur assessment test), Adel is a thought leade, and excels in product management and negotiation.
I want to change the world.
Popping the bottle too early :)
1. Celebrate failure
2. Celebrate success
3. Love what you're doing