While everyone wants to be successful, only a handful of people ever make it to the top in any field or industry. That is just the nature of competition. Only those who are truly excellent and experts will thrive and make a name for themselves. But that doesn’t stop everyone from running to reach the top. If anything, it makes their ambition and determination that much fiercer.
Today, I want to introduce you to a man who has fought with grit and determination to find and achieve what every businessman is chasing.
Meet Andy Altahawi. Mr. Altahawi is an accomplished lawyer. But he is not just an international practicing attorney/litigator who handles complex business litigation and litigation in many areas of law. Mr. Altahawi also has 27 years’ experience in the investment banking industry. He joined Prudential Securities in the early 90s, and he excelled in corporate finance and investment banking. Later, he moved on to start his own boutique investment bank in 1998 “Adamson Brothers” Adamson brother grew to about 10 offices around the country with about 300 employees. Adamson Brother has played a big role in the industry by helping many startups raise capital and go public. Mr. Altahawi has also had his own share of startups. He was the founder of high level investment bank Adamson Brothers, a fashion TV network “Lavish TV”, and music TV network “Dandana TV.”
As remarkable as that is, Mr. Altahawi is not done yet.
He still has a few new, innovative ideas cooking right now. With more on the horizon and more times in the spotlight ahead of him, he still has a long reign on top to look forward to. While keeping an appropriate amount of discretion, he revealed “I believe I am on the right track to incubate a few potential unicorns that will solve problems and create wealth in the next five years. They are disruptive.” Aside from consulting and giving advice to startups, Mr. Altahawi is preparing his own game changing ideas to throw into the fire.
One of Mr. Altahawi’s recent startup project is Nowigence, Inc. Mr. Altahawi is an early investor in the company in addition to his role as its legal and capital market advisor, for which he handles all its SEC regulatory filings, structuring, building its fundraising network, and working on its product development. Mr. Altahawi says, “I believe in Nowigence and its capable management team. This company is poised to disrupt the AI market.” Nowigence is a fast-growing SaaS company that develops and sells a ready-to-use artificial intelligence (AI) robot called PluarisTM. Its human-like capabilities allow it to comprehend data with precision when retrieving, extracting, and analyzing information; benchmarking; and creating outputs for its users in real time. Mr. Altahawi believes that Nowigence is a unicorn, and the company is planning to offer its shares to the public in 2021.
And even beyond all that he is doing with his own legacy, he is helping other entrepreneurs do the same. Acting as a legal consultant, Mr. Altahawi is offering his services and expertise to startups to help them navigate the web of trickly legal procedures and get rooted on solid ground. As an attorney, he has successfully represented startups in complex, high level, high value public offerings, private offerings, mergers and acquisitions and reverse mergers. He says that his current business is “as a legal and financial consultant focused on helping startups in structuring, SEC filings, mergers and acquisitions, listings, and IPOs.” He also helps startups build syndicate networks for successful fundraising.
The business and startup world is an ultra-competitive, high stakes world, where a lot is changing on a daily basis. Navigating this world and finding success on the other side takes a large degree of wisdom, intuition, and experience. Mr. Altahawi states, “The main challenge is that navigating a business is extra tricky these days. The speed of economic and technological changes means that the right path yesterday may not work today and could be a disaster by tomorrow. Solving these dynamic problems is what separates those who excel from the companies who are closing the doors.” Business and startups need someone with the knowledge of Altahawi to separate themselves from the rest.
Mr. Altahawi is a business and legal force to be reckoned with. He has discovered where his ambitions are and what his potential is, and relentlessly pursued it. As a businessman and mentor, we would benefit from Mr. Altahawi’s example.