NativeAdVantage 10-Q2BA:

(10 Questions 2B Answered)

What do you do best?
What makes you the best?
Biggest success?
What are your aspirations?
Most challenging moment?
Favorite Motto?
Favorite People?
Favorite Places?
Favorite Products?
Current Passions?

Featured NativeAdVantage:

Andy Weir: Author of "The Martian"

John Philipson: VP, Six Senses Resorts

Tom Sito: Chair of Animation, USC Film School

Elizabeth Wynn: Broker, Sotheby's RE

Leonard Greenhalgh: Professor, Tuck-Darmouth)

Ryan Blair: NY Times Best Selling Author/Entrepreneur


Featured NativeAdVice:

Shai Reshef: Founder of University of the People

Paul D'Arcy: SVP of Indeed

Susan Hatje: GM of Mandarin Oriental, NY

Dan Laufer: Co-Founder of RentLingo

Hilary Laney: President of Tri-Digital

Greg Marsh: Co-Founder of onefinestay

Omar Qari: Co-Founder of Abacus

Gabriell Weinberg: Founder of DuckDuckGo

Stacy Rauen: E-I-C of Hospitality Design Mag

Jon Gray: CRO of HomeAway

Joe Speiser: Co-Founder of

Ben McKean: Co-Founder of HungryRoot

John Boiler: Founder/CEO of 72andSunny

Wayne Pacelle: CEO of The Humane Society of the US

Tom Guay: GM at The Sagamore Resort

Dr. Alejandro Junger: Founder of The Clean Program

Rob Flaherty: CEO of Ketchum

Neil Thanedar: Founder/CEO of LabDoor

Andy Grinsfelder: VP of Sales/Marketing, Delaware North Resorts

Laura Frerer-Schmidt: VP/Publisher of Women's Health

Avi Steinlauf: CEO of

Kathy Bloomgarden: CEO of Ruder Finn

Gabriel Flateman: Co-Founder/CTO of Casper

Mark Bartels: CEO of StumbleUpon

Bill Hagelstein: President/CEO of RPA

Adam Singolda: Founder/CEO of Taboola

Jonathan Plutzik: Proprietor of The Betsy-South Beach

Jessica Scorpio: Founder/VP of Marketing at GetAround

Ralph McRae: CEO of Leading Brands

Warren Berger: Bestselling Author

Liz Kaplow: Founder/CEO of Kaplow Communications

Dave Girouard: Founder/CEO of UpStart

Dave Asprey: Founder of BullectProof Executive

Douglas C. Smith: President of EDSA

Val Difebo: CEO of Deutsch NY

Guido Polito: CEO of Baglioni Hotels

Doyle Graham, Jr.: CEO of Valencia Group

Oscar Farinetti: Founder of Eataly

Angelo Sotira: CEO of DeviantART

Ali Khwaja: CFO of Safecharge

Zach Erdem: Proprietor of 75 Main

Jim Beley: GM of The Umstead Hotel

Alexis Gelburd-Kimler: Proprietor of West Bridge

Elie Georges: Proprietor of Hotel San Regis

Kalen Caughey: Founder o VOKE Tab

Michael Friedenberg: CEO of IDG

Donna Karan: Founder of DKNY

Edward Nardoza: Editor-in-Chief of WWD

Scott Dadich: Editor-in-Chief of Wired

Rhona Murphy: Former CEO of The Daily Beast

David J. Pecker: CEO of American Media

Lilian Roten: VP of Swissotel Hotels

Kenny Dichter: Founder/CEO of Wheels Up

Joshua Tetrick: Founder/CEO of Hampton Creek

Paul James: Global Brand Leader of The Luxury Collection

Dr. James Wagner: President of Emory University

Amy Thompson: President of ATM Artists & Management

Neil Gillis: President of Round Hill Music

Brett Matteson: President of Columbia Hospitality

Jonathan Reckford: CEO of Habitat For Humanity

Phil Harrison: President/CEO of Perkins+Will

Chef Bill Telepan

Tony Horton: Founder of P90X

Beth Weissenberger: Co-Founder of The Handel Group

Michael Fertik: Founder/CEO of

Dana Cowin: Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine

Bob Proctor: Chairman of Proctor/Gallagher Institute

Dennis Turcinovic: Owner of Delmonicos

Vittorio Assaf: Co-Founder of Serafina Restaurant Group

Shafqat Islam: Co-Founder of Newscred

Matt Williams: CEO of The Martin Agency

Bruce Rogers: Executive Chef at Hale & Hearty

Caleb Merkl: Co-Founder of Maple

Candy Argondizza: VP of Culinary at ICC

Neil Sazant: President of The Sagamore

Matt Straz: Founder/CEO of Namely

Terry Couglin: Managing Partner of Marta/Maialino

Andrei Cherny: Co-Founder/CEO of Aspiration

Ronen Nissenbaum: Managing Director of Waldorf Astoria NY

Patrick Godfrey: President of Godfrey Q

Sarah Berman: Founder/President of The Berman Group

Michael Schwartz: Owner of Genuine Hospitality Group

Stephan Aarstol: Founder/CEO of Tower Paddle Boards

Peter Shaindlin: COO of Halekulani Corp.

August Cardona: Founder/CEO of Epicurean Group

Nick Kenner: Co-Founder of Just Salad

« Andrew Margie: Co-founder & CEO of Alumnifire | Main | Dennis Mortensen: CEO & Founder of »

Reza Chowdhury: Founder & CEO of AlleyWatch

My NativeAdVantage:


Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Reza offers more than 15 years experience in emerging technology, which he brings to AlleyWatch as CEO and Founder. Through the course of his career, Reza has had the privilege of working to drive businesses from conception to eventual exit by deploying the acumen gained in his previous roles. His latest professional endeavors have allowed him to work very closely with thriving global technology and startup ecosystem.

Reza is also the founder of New York Startup Lab, which brings technology and knowledge based solutions to the entrepreneurial community with a specific focus on early stage companies. He began his career as securities trader on Wall Street.

Reza is often a featured international speaker, moderator, and judge at numerous events on technology and global entrepreneurship and was a featured presenter at the first Facebook Developer Garage in NYC. Both Reza and the companies he has been involved with have received accolades and recognition from prominent organizations including the fbFund. Reza was recently recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek and is a 2015 NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scale their ventures.

Reza holds an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from Georgetown University and completed his bachelors in Economics at the University at Albany. Reza has also completed certification programs in Private Equity and Venture Capital at Oxford University as well as International Business at New York University.

What do you do best?

Synthesize large amounts of information and build an execution plan around it. I’ve head the privilege of working in a variety of different industries across a number of verticals through my career. There have been a number of common themes but in the majority of instances these ventures all tended to be data focused. I have built an ability to make data driven decisions by evaluating the factors of where the business is presently and where it needs to go, while keeping mindful of the steps needed to execute both at a mechanical and management level. Often the data or metrics may not seem apparent and need to be unlocked.

What makes you the best?

Tenacity. One of my bosses earlier in my career emphasized that knowledge and capital will come and go through the course of one’s life but time is a commodity that no one is getting back. These words resonated with me and have been a guiding force for my professional and personal activities. As a result, I bring a strong level of conviction, intensity, and tenacity to any venture that I get involved with the hopes to not only do things better and more efficiently but also faster in order to capture or define a market.

How will you stay the best?

To continue evolving. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a number of “AHA” moments that have significant impacted the trajectory of my life. In order to react and respond to these moments and survive the day-to-day rigor of building businesses, it’s critical that I maintain an open mind, be mindful of lifestyle choices, and yearn to learn every day. I strive to maintain a dynamic mindset that evolves as situations dictate while maintaining a firm foundation of experiences that shape my decisions and activities.

What are your aspirations: business & personal?

Personal: It is very important for me to build a lifestyle that caters to my entrepreneurial ambitions while keeping cognizant of my personal life and set a path that feeds my thirst for knowledge.

Business: At a professional level, I’d like to focus more on building solutions that impact a large number of people.

What fascinates you?

Currently, I am really fascinated by the convergence of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing. I think the anthropology of communication in a written form is going to change dramatically over the near future with lasting implications.

Favorite Motto?

“Smart people speak from experience; smarter people with experience don’t speak.”

Favorite People?

My father. His immigrant story has always been a tremendous source of inspiration and pride for me.

Favorite Places?

New York in the spring and fall, Thailand in the winter, and Mallorca in the summer. Any beach with powdered sand and close to the Equator also works!

Favorite Products?

Shoes – I wear them on most days. Sidewalks – I use them on most days. Food – I eat on most days. Air conditioning – on days like today.

Current Passions?

Meditation - I can’t get enough of it. As a sleep deprived New Yorker and an entrepreneur, it’s very easy to let your health and relaxation suffer. Meditating has brought me back into a more balanced state and my energy levels have shot through the roof. Travel. As much as I love the city, travelling is extremely important to me as every trip yields a collection of varied life experiences that always provide a unique perspective when I return. I firmly believe that without travel, stagnation in the thought process seeps in.

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.