Speaker – Jalal John Azar

About Jalal…

Jalal has been fascinated by failure since his early days in investments and banking. He is a seeker of new ideas and a consummate advocate for business creation and entrepreneurship. His upcoming debut book The Failure Doctrine, tackles the notion of using deconstructive learning to teach failure to produce progress and innovation. As people learn the anatomy of a failed enterprise through relatable stories, they will in turn realize it’s opposite. Jalal was born and raised in Aleppo Syria in a family that valued entrepreneurship even in turmoil. He immigrated to the United States when he was in his teens and started his own journey of failures and successes. Today he is a Managing Member of MACC Venture Partners, a Commercial Real Estate firm based in Charlotte NC. He is also a co-founding Member of Peak 15 Ventures, a Fintech focused firm.

Jalal is a fan of mentoring and coaching and gives back to the community of aspiring business entrepreneurs through active mentoring, webinars and podcasts. Jalal served on the boards of directors of a few non-profit organizations. He is also the founder of a Charlotte based mentoring and education networking organization for the Commercial Real Estate industry.

Jalal has been a guest lecturer on entrepreneurship and finance and is a continuous advocate for several business growth initiatives. Jalal holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and an MBA from Boston University Questrom School of Business, and resides with his family in North Carolina.

Learn more about Jalal’s Talk…

Title: The Failure Doctrine
Description: If failure was used as a teaching tool; we could reverse engineer success by using a formula of HTF (High tolerance to Failure) plus DL (Deconstructive Learning) multiplied by a constantly changing numeral of failure to equal PI (Progress and Innovation). Hence the biggest hindrance to progress and innovation (PI) is the fear of failure. Here is how to embrace failure and succeed.
What would the news headline about your talk? Teaching failure is the ultimate learning tool
What do you want people to learn from your talk? Failure is awesome
What action items do you want people to take away from your talk? Never be afraid of failure, but rather embrace it.

Learn more about Jalal…

Where is your hometown? Complicated. Born in Aleppo Syria, raised between Charlotte NC and Boston MA.
What are your hobbies? Running, hiking, reading, mentoring, writing
What are you passionate about? Learning and mentoring
What is the best compliment you’ve received? You have helped me become a better human being
What do you want to be remembered for? A voice for embracing the unconventional wisdom and cherishing family and friends.
How do you push the boundaries? Make myself uncomfortable
What does your happy place look like? Books, a comfy couch, my loved ones nearby and a slice of coconut cake.
What is one thing that you would like to share that isn’t commonly known about you? I am a great cook and baker.

Thoughts on Charlotte…

What part of town do you live in? he southwest side in Gastonia
What draws you to Charlotte? The spirit of progress, change and immense growth
Where do you see Charlotte in 5 years? Bigger, better with a more active and better capitalized innovation and startup culture.

Our most important question…

What animal will most likely be our future overlords? The Wolf