PandoLabs names new director, plans entrepreneur network
Entrepreneurship has always been a central theme in David Bieber’s life. So when the Park City-based entrepreneurial network nonprofit PandoLabs was searching for a new director, Bieber felt inclined to step up.
PandoLabs recently named Bieber its managing director. He brings several years of entrepreneurial and business consulting experience, and he currently operates a consulting firm that specializes in the rehabilitation health care industry.
He plans to reorganize the nonprofit’s education and outreach efforts by launching a new program called the Entrepreneurs Execution Network. Bieber said the goal of the program is to build a network of people with diverse skills who can help each other with their startup endeavors. The network will include monthly events where subject experts educate members about topics such as how to run the financial side of a business or the best way to pitch to investors. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share the projects they are working on.
Bieber wants to create a collaborative environment and help pair like-minded individuals who can support each other. Ultimately, he said, he wants the network to be able to fund some member’s projects.
“We want to create this ecosystem to problem-solve our members’, partners’ and supporters’ most urgent and important challenges,” he said.
Bieber said entrepreneurship has always been important to him. He grew up in the Washington, D.C., area and, after he graduated from Duke University, started his first company — a strategic consulting firm and micro venture capital fund for young entrepreneurs.
He then worked in product management positions for a few years, operating his consulting business on the side to help startups launch.
He enjoys entrepreneurship because it is all about confronting problems with unique solutions. As a consultant, he must be creative to come up with solutions for businesses to improve their strategy or workflow.
Three years ago, Bieber and his wife moved to Park City after she was accepted into the University of Utah’s physical therapy school. Bieber said he was thrilled to move to the area, because he and his family had visited Park City to vacation during the last 20 years.
When he arrived in Utah, he continued his consulting firm. He helped his dad design and launch a new shoulder sling for people with injured arms, and he started consulting for businesses in the health care industry.
He soon discovered a niche group of health care providers trying to bring innovative medical ideas to the market. Bieber began working with businesses in the rehabilitation health sector.
While helping to launch businesses in Park City, he heard about and became involved with the Park City Center for Advanced Professional Studies (PCCAPS) program at Park City High School. The program is managed, in part, by PandoLabs.
He was attending PandoLabs events and working with PCCAPS when the former director of PandoLabs, Juliana Duran, announced she was leaving the organization. Ted McAleer, former executive director and board member of PandoLabs, helped run the nonprofit while the board searched for a new leader.
McAleer said Bieber’s experience and passion for entrepreneurship made him stand out as a candidate. Bieber recently stepped into the role.
Bieber is eager to build a stronger entrepreneur community through PandoLabs. He hopes to have entrepreneurs, capital providers and students from Summit County and beyond attend the monthly networking events and gain connections.
He said PandoLabs will continue to partner with the Park City Angels investing network and the PCCAPS program, and he hopes to build more partnerships in order to connect groups and organizations. He wants to match entrepreneurs with programs and people that will help them “move their ventures forward.”
“Being able to meet with the right people at the right time can help you spend money in a way that is actually going to make your business be successful,” he said.
Bieber said Rick Lindquist, a former CEO of the software company PeopleKeep, will help Bieber manage PandoLabs.
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