Sam is an expert in mobile, consumer, and enterprise technologies with over 12 years in the wireless industry. In 6 years at Nokia, he designed and deployed large-scale consumer services with 25+ wireless carriers in over 20 countries around the world, and previously he played an integral role across a series of technical and business-related activities for the $36bn Sprint-Nextel merger, has led sales and marketing efforts into numerous Fortune 1000 corporations, and has been responsible for portfolio enhancement and business expansion to new markets and verticals for a number of large and small organizations.
He has been featured and interviewed in numerous media outlets including CNN Headline News and USA Today. Sam is also a mentor to 500 Startups, Four Athens, and The Iron Yard, and is an advisor to several early- and growth-stage startups.
Dr. Ferdowsi is a Magna Cum Laude Founding Physician at Healthtap, a web service that connects a medical expert network of over 40,000 high quality US doctors with people seeking answers to their health related questions. He is also the CEO and Founding Physician at Concierge Medical Services, a concierge based medical service that provides patients with home-based, compassionate care with an unwavering commitment to excellence for their healthcare needs.
Dr. Ferdowsi completed his undergraduate studies at Emory University with B.S. in Biological Anthropology in 1999, and attended Midwestern University for his postgraduate medical studies, graduating with D.O. in Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. After completing his internship year, Dr. Ferdowsi attended Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an anesthesiology resident until 2006. After Vanderbilt University, Dr. Ferdowsi completed his residency in Family Medicine in 2008 in Miami, and has since been practicing in a variety of urgent care, family medicine, and sports medicine roles in different capacities from attending physician to medical director.
Nafis is a startup advocate, technical evangelist, and full-stack hacker with 15 years of experience in the tech industry. His prior work includes a heavy user and product focus in mobile, social and consumer products, particularly those with large-scale backend systems.
Nafis started his career in the dot-com era by designing cloud-based infrastructures for offline data storage and retrieval. During his time at the National Institutes of Health, he led evangelization efforts for semantic web-based medical bioinformatics and public health solutions, and was instrumental in coordinating standardization efforts including Section 508 compliance for user interfaces for distributed health informatics systems. At Nokia, Nafis re-architected the company's massive provisioning and configuration backend services used by nearly a billion mobile devices. Most recently at Google, Nafis was a technical advisor to 25 of Google's key partners that collectively contributed billions of dollars annually in ad revenue. He also represented Google for Entrepreneurs as a product expert and technology mentor to startup companies.