4-5PM, Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Title: Being an Entrepreneur
What youll hear most often from friends and family if you say youre starting your own bussiness, is that its a crazy idea. People will try to talk you out of it. Truthfully, if people really knew what was involved beforehand, they might never want to do it. But having your own business is one of the most rewarding ways to work. There are also aspects of thinking like an entrepreneur that will make you noticed if you are working for someone else. Finally, having a computer science and engineering background is actually a great advantage for anyone that wants to run a business. Find out what skills you are learning now will give you an edge in building a business.
Paul Trapani is co-founder of XT Group, a rapidly growing IT consulting, Web application development and computer support company in East Meadow. XT Group is a full service IT solution provider and helps businesses and government integrate new technologies into their existing IT architectures. Together with Peter Xenakis, Trapani has grown the firm from a fledgling consultancy working on folding tables to a thriving six person operation in the LISTnet High Tech Incubator. While Trapanis responsibilities at XT Group involve overseeing web development and software consulting, he has carefully nurtured all aspects of the business, including strategy development, technology research and project management as well as sales and marketing. As a sales person, Trapani has worked to form new relationships and alliances, expanding the client base beyond local businesses to include government IT departments and agencies. As a manager, he has recruited and supervised a multi-talented staff. As a technologist, he particularly prides himself on his flair for matching the optimal software to each clients needs.
Prior to XT Group, Trapani logged eight years of consulting and programming experience, including five years running his own startup. He holds a bachelors degree in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a masters degree with distinction in Computer Science from Hofstra University. Passionate about education, Trapani has taught several classes in computer science and computer ethics at Hofstra University.
A committed believer in the sharing of technology know-how, Trapani enthusiastically offers his experience to the community, actively participating in LISTnet special interest groups, and presenting web application development workshops to local organizations. A supporter of the arts and of reading, Trapani provides pro bono technical assistance and consulting to Babylons burgeoning arts community and helps organize collection and donation campaigns for libraries as well as for troops overseas.