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    Gryphn Co-Founder Bobby Saini Speaks to EIP Students

    Gryphn Co-Founder Bobby Saini Speaks to EIP Students

    Gryphn Co-Founder Bobby Saini
    Gryphn Co-Founder Bobby Saini

    Bobby Saini, Co-Founder of Gryphn Corporation, a mobile security company and creator of ArmorText, which enables secure text messaging, spoke recently to Mtech's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program freshman class, HEIP 144, Contemporary Issues in Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

    Saini detailed a career path that includes a leadership role at RDB's South Asian music label Three Records and a government consulting company he started while attending George Mason University.

    "I thought he was a real down-to-earth guy and not that much older than us so I could see me being in his shoes," said EIP student Allan Nicholas. "I liked how he went into the music business first. It was really interesting to see his journey and how he helped create a really cool product and put the power in the sender when sending messages."

    Saini emphasized to students that they should broaden their view when considering career paths.

    "Working for "the man" is great, but the vibe and creative freedom you have when working at a startup is amazing," said Saini. "I've also found that students in the D.C. region feel they have to go to the West Coast to work for a cool start-up. That is absolutely wrong! There are great companies being formed in D.C. everyday, and overall the tech vibe is awesome here. We are just miles away from the most powerful city in the world. They can knock on hundreds of doors of agencies and companies to help them solve problems in innovative ways. It's easy to get involved in the tech scene here in D.C. I got started by attending a few events in the area: Bootstrap Maryland, which is hosted at UMD's College Park Campus and was started by UMD Alumn Jared Goralnick, DC Entrepreneurship Week, where I re-connected with Navroop Mitter, co-founder and CEO of Gryphn, and MoDevDC, put on by Pete Erickson, where Navroop met our third co-founder, Aaron Huttner."

    May 10, 2012

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