I want to personally update you on the steps we are taking to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and to express my deepest sympathies to all who are being affected.
Dealing today with the challenges of COVID-19 reminds me of other challenges we have been through. In 2008 we had the most difficult crisis is banking, real estate, and the auto industry. As you know, each of those industries can bring down the whole economy, however, with the leadership of President Obama and his positive attitude and principles, we focused on the future. That was the beginning of 10 years of productive and positive growth, not only for the US, but for the world.
This is another challenge that we are facing now but with collaboration, communication and teamwork, I am sure we will overcome this.
Our first priority is the health and safety of our team members, corporate partners, entrepreneurs, and investors across the globe. To that end, we have been working closely with health authorities to assure we are doing all we can to align our practices and contribute to positive response efforts. Most of our global team is working remotely and we have suspended all in-person events for the time being. We are also working with government agencies and several partners on sourcing solutions to manage the situation. I invite you to partner with us in this.
As the world’s largest innovation ecosystem, we are proud to be adaptable and resilient in times of change. For many years, we have leveraged virtual platforms for collaboration, events, dealflows, and knowledge sharing—and I am energized for us to continue to create a positive impact by taking our programs online during this season.
Last week, we held our first virtual Selection Days with our IOT, Mobility, Energy, and Real Estate programs, which were a great experience (see the photo below). Without geographical barriers, we can introduce our partners to the very best solutions, entrepreneurs, investors, and companies from around the world.
Over the coming weeks, I will be listening to your feedback on how we might partner in new ways and make a positive difference around the world. We are working on several opportunities that will be announced shortly. Thank you for joining me in our journey in making this the best innovation platform in the world.
Please take care of yourself and your families.
Thank you and truly yours,
Founder & CEO