01a: Kahiga Tiagha - The Journey
NOTE: inclusion I hack has moved to November 1st!
Kahiga’s career highlights include:
AWS Certified Solution Architect –Associate (March 2017)
4x selection to Pennsylvania SuperLawyers "Rising Stars" in Business and Corporate Law (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015).
2x awarded Certificate of Recognition, City of Philadelphia - City Council Resolution (2011, 2014).
Selected for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program (2014).
Appointed to Board of Directors of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ and DE.
Chair of Legal and Immigration Committee of the Mayor’s Commission of African and Caribbean Immigrant Affairs.
Treasurer, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter campaign (2006 - 07).
In 2015, Kahiga founded the ITEM, an 1100+ member non-profit initiative promoting diversity in the local tech industry via consulting, education and training, talent development, and entrepreneurship. Same year, also founded The ITEM Ventures, a technology advisory firm providing capital, management bandwidth and mentorship services to minority and female entrepreneurs in the Greater Philadelphia area and beyond.
Kahiga was born in New York, but grew up in Africa
He received his JD from George Washington University
Moved to Philly in September of 2000.
Young Involved Philadelphia works to keep graduating students in the Philadelphia area.
Amazon gained expertise in cloud-solutions through its e-commerce platform and created certification programs to meet the demand.
Kahiga went straight from undergrad to law school
He was a business attorney for the past 17 years.
Ran the boutique law-firm, Tiagha and Associates from 2009 to 2014.
Realized they were not differentiating themselves enough in the market place
VALUE: Novice entrepreneurs need to have written agreements amongst partners in the firm to have a predetermined course of action when and if things go wrong.
VALUE: All entrepreneurs should rethink their view of lawyers — looking at them not just as a problem solver, but also as a value creator and risk manager.
VALUE: An existing client is worth 5x more than a new client.
Check out the inclusion I hack on November 1st!