Hassan Syed: Bringing People, Ideas, and Solutions together
Hassan Syed's Bio:
Hassan Syed is the Founder and CEO of Bir Ventures, a technology incubator that brings ideas to reality. A technologist at heart, he has broad international experience and an impressive track record to convert concepts into successful products. Since 2012, Hassan amalgamated and leads a collaborative network of 85 professionals from diverse backgrounds. Harnessing the power of this network, using the lean startup practices, he has launched three products in the market.
Hassan firmly believes that behind every success story was a good idea, and every good idea needs a robust execution plan. He has brought numerous products to the market from when they were just an idea. The success Hassan brings to the table is his ability to lead teams by creating seamless synergy where everyone is connected to the vision, understands what roles they play, and find personal fulfillment as well. His colleagues describe him as visionary, big-picture thinker, and innovative.
Hassan has broad hands-on technical experience, making him a good problem solver, when leading any technology team. He enjoys working on large databases, where he can convert raw data into business intelligence.
Before starting Bir Ventures, Hassan worked as the Executive Director for Twycross Zoo in the UK, leading Finance, IT, Fund Raising, Project Management and HR. Before that, as the Chief Information Officer at International Species Information System, Hassan led a global team on the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) project since its inception in 2002 through to its launch in 2010. ZIMS is a SaaS-based solution for the global aquarium and zoo community, currently in use by 800+ institutions worldwide.
Hassan is always interested in new ideas and always willing to hear about them. He is an advisor to many technology startups and actively participates as a charter member of TiE Minnesota, a global organization of entrepreneurs.
Hassan Syed's Experience:
Chief Executive Officer at Bir Ventures InternationalSeptember 2012 - Present | Minneapolis, MN
Bir Ventures is a 21st century technology incubator, tapping into the power of social media and crowds, to bring new technology products and solutions to the market.
Executive Director of Resources at Twycross ZooApril 2011 - September 2012 | Twycross, UK
Direct and manage all financial plans including cash flow and forecasting, ensuring that sufficient funding is in place at all times. Direct IT strategy to ensure appropriate IT is in place to meet organisational needs in a cost effective manner and ensure availability of all business critical applications Lead the development of HR strategy and ensuring HR policies and procedures are implemented. Oversee reporting and monitoring of organizational performance metrics. Lead the preparation of Management Accounting reports and present them to CEO/Trustees/Directorial team. Manage and oversee the human resource function including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, benefits administration, professional training and development, new employee induction, retention strategies, regulatory oversight and legal compliance Oversee risk management and legal activities: letters of agreement, contracts, leases, and other legal documents and agreements
Chief Information Officer at International Species Information SystemJune 2003 - April 2011
Spearheaded business and technology transformation initiative to improve management of animal population and care in aquariums and zoos worldwide. This initiative â Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS) realizes the vision that fundamentally changes how aquariums and zoos manage animal populations worldwide and improve lives of animals in their care. ZIMS is currently in use by 50+ aquariums and zoos worldwide. ZIMS is Software as a Service (SaaS) based product using Microsoft Stack, providing one, single, real-time, animal record on the web. ZIMS Release 1.0 was developed with an investment of ~$5M, valued at $19M by a third party assessment of total earned value.
IT Manager at Toronto ZooJuly 2002 - June 2003
Initiated Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) program and introduced the business concept to the executive management. Prepared business cases with ROI projections and secured funding from the City of Toronto for the Project.
Vice President / CIO at Xentek CorporationOctober 1996 - April 2002
Radically transformed Xentek by adopting best project management and software development practices. This restructuring helped improve repeat business from existing customers and referrals from clients. The services revenue grew from CAD$500K to $4.5M in four years
Client Server Specialist at Kellogg CompanyAugust 1995 - September 1996
Initiated and developed once a day automated backup solution for hundreds of laptop users across Canada which resulted in better disaster recovery and reduced data losses for the users. Initiated network storage analysis tool to maximize the server storage investment.
IT Manager at Hempel A/SOctober 1992 - July 1995
Led development and enhancement of Quotation, Sales Order Processing (SOP), Bill of Materials (BOM), Material Requirement Planning (MRP), Production and Inventory Modules of Hempel Information Management System and its integration with accounting software which resulted in operational efficiencies throughout the organization.
Business Systems Analyst at Softek W.L.L.December 1991 - September 1992
IT Manager at Sind Agriculture Development AssociationMarch 1991 - August 1991
Led the implementation of a hospital management system project and successfully implemented it ahead of schedule.
IT Manager at Abbas Bhai SonsOctober 1989 - March 1991
Led development of the computer financial model ($340M) for a Thermal Power Generation Unit. In-sourcing of this initiative helped saving more than $1M in consulting services.
Developer and System Analyst at Fateh Group1986 - 1989
Initiated and developed remote print and job queuing on different VAX/VMS servers which distributed the workload on multiple machines. This initiative saved an investment of $0.5M in VMS Cluster.
Hassan Syed's Education:
University of Sindh1985 – 1991BSc
Hyderabad Institute of Computer Science1984 – 1988
Government Collage Hyderabad
Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences
Mehran University of Engineering and Technology Jamshoro
Hassan Syed's Interests & Activities:
Technology Innovation, Technology Startup, Software Development, Infrastructure Design, Knowledge Management, Partnership Building, Vendor Relationship Management, Customer Relationship Management, Team Building, Operational Efficiency, Business Strategy and Planning