Helping Entrepreneurs Change the World

Posted by
Sterling Parker
Former Intern
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 13:47

Typically, when a company hosts a group of businesspeople, it's all suits and ties. But when LivePerson hosted the US Israel Business Council (USI) Tech Series earlier this week, our CEO Rob LoCascio showed up in a Brownsville sweatshirt. Not only was it a shout-out to our community outreach program in the Brooklyn neighborhood (more on that later), but it reflected the entrepreneurial theme of the evening and our values and mission at LivePerson as well.

Our mission of creating meaningful connections is at the core of everything we do, from our product and services to events like this. Before dozens of entrepreneurs, businesspeople, and investors, Rob told the story of LivePerson’s fledgling years and explained how we’ve been connected to the Israeli tech scene for a long time. Nearly two decades ago, he met face-to-face with the five founders of start-up and direct LivePerson competitor HumanClick in the most unlikely of tech hubs — a converted chicken coop in Israel. LivePerson eventually acquired the company and has continued to nurture its relationships in the country ever since. With more than 400 employees, our Ra’anana office has become our center of research and development.

Hosting this event gave us the opportunity to connect upstarts with investors and executives that can help take their business to the next level. The dynamic Shark Tank-style panel evaluating each entrepreneur's business highlighted both the complexity of making a company successful as well as the importance of being part of a supportive community.

There are so many entrepreneurs out there with great ideas that can change the world. Sometimes they just need the mentorship and resources to make their ideas possible. Our community outreach program in Brownsville, Brooklyn, under the umbrella of Rob’s Dream Big Foundation, strives to help the next generation of entrepreneurs make the world a better place. We are giving local entrepreneurs the help they need to become owners themselves. The foundation has funded its first start-up in the neighborhood: a coffee shop designed to serve as home base for the many other start-ups to come.

We are grateful for the opportunity to help even more entrepreneurs connect with investors and mentors through the USI Tech Series. They all show great promise, and, as fellow entrepreneurs here at LivePerson, we understand how important it is to make connections and receive feedback. We want to change the world, and this was just one of the many ways we can help others do so, too. Everything we do aims at making meaningful connections and embracing ownership. This event was a perfect way to continue the valuable connection we have with Israeli tech while helping these young entrepreneurs become owners to better the world in their own way. 

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