Hesam Panahi

Hesam Panahi

Essays, projects, and other adventures

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👋 Hi, I’m Hesam.

30 second bio:

  • Nearly two decades of experience teaching university courses and workshops. I’ve taught courses in management information systems, entrepreneurship, industrial design, and engineering.
  • Former DJ during my years studying in grad school. I was (and continue to be) obsessed with the art of DJ’ing and crafting memorable experiences.
  • I’m a former software startup founder.
  • Currently, I build and launch new courses and programs as part of my work at the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Lilie) at Rice University.

What I’ve done:

  • In 2016, I helped start the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rice University. I’m currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Programs. I’m also a Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Jones Graduate School of Business.
  • Previously, in 2013, I founded the University of Houston’s startup accelerator and technology entrepreneurship program, RED Labs.
  • I’ve had the chance to build study abroad courses in Peru, Brazil, France, and the Netherlands.

What I’m interested in:

  • I’ve been creating email based courses. I have written ones on how to find good problems to solve, how to craft a demo day style pitch, and how to prepare to be a coach in our programs. You can try out one if you’d like: the search for good ideas.
  • I’m currently experimenting with chatbots. I built one that helps you make a mixtape.
  • I am curious about longevity, fasting, and metabolic health. I do a five day water fast quarterly and regularly test my reactions to foods with a continuous glucose monitor.

On this site, you’ll find:

  • current and past projects
  • essays on higher ed, pedagogy, and entrepreneurship

Twitter: @Hesam E-mail: on this page