[29] Power of Networking: Abundance and Community

by Megan Burns, Director - Catalyst


Shared in our last Insights, Catalyst is a strategy. Networking is key and an intentionally strategic priority to expand Azafran's vast global business network. Our goal is to build a community to:

  • Support technology founders and entrepreneurs

  • Introduce applied technology to global enterprises

  • Connect with Channel Partners

  • Share insights from impactful thought leaders

  • Establish and leverage best practices with world-class partners

  • Improve access to financial resources.

At Azafran we do this with an abundance mindset!


Stephen Covey in his widely-acclaimed book titled The Seven Principles of Highly Effective People, illustrates what he calls the Abundance mindset. According to Covey, an abundance mindset is “a paradigm that there is plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. It results in the sharing of prestige, recognition, and profits of decision making because it opens possibilities, options, alternatives and creativity.”


Abundance from the Catalyst Community!


Our valuable partners and technology leaders understand the importance of building community through openly sharing with abundance.


Since 2020, The Open Voice Network (OVON), Executive Director Jon Stine has been fostering the open-source community of the Linux Foundation. Its origins can be traced to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Auto-ID Laboratory, Capgemini Consulting, and the Intel Corporation.


OVON, a non-profit organization, seeks to make voice technology worthy of user trust—a task of critical importance as voice emerges as a primary, multi-device portal to the digital and IOT worlds, and as independent, specialist voice assistants take their place next to general purpose platforms.


Innovating and leading with abundance to execute this vision, Jon is joined by Target, Microsoft, Wegmans Food Markets, Deutsche Telekom, and Gap Inc. Through communal development and adoption of industry standards and usage guidelines, industry education and advocacy initiatives, and the development and documentation of voice-centric value propositions, collectively, they’ll achieve their goal.


Atexto’s CEO and Founder Esteban Gorupicz is building a voice data solution to replace keyboards with voice. He recently attended Voice of the Car Summit and in the spirit of an abundance mindset he shares his highlights.


Robert Fletcher is leading and driving event based networking in Latin America (LATAM). He shares, ‘Innovation is coming out of LATAM at an accelerating pace. Forward thinking companies are establishing early relationships and partners to sell into LATAM now.’


AI-LATAM is helping to foster ‘relationship building’ for AI buyers and sellers. Major brands of LATAM are ready and open for building relationships now. “First comes the relationship, then comes the business.” AI-LATAM kicks off their event series 23-26 March, 2022 in Panama. To watch virtually or to access recorded sessions please registering here.

The team at Modev are excited about what's brewing for October’s VOICE 2022 — including the return of the main stage, exhibitor hall, interactive breakout sessions, after-hours entertainment, community-organized meetings and events, startup expo, and partner-led networking opportunities. Azafran looks forward to participating and engaging our community. An excellent example of abundance.


"We believe that human connection is vital in the era of digital transformation” is the ‘Why’ of Modev. Voice Summit producer and Modev Founder, Pete Erikson, states, “We may just need to shorten this to - We believe human connection is vital. Period.”


Next, we look forward to sharing insights and takeaways, along with connecting with Voice Technology and Ai Conversation leaders at Project Voice held on 25-28 April, 2022 in Chattanooga, TN. This vibrant networking community is led by industry pioneer and Project Voice’s Founder and CEO Bradley Metrock. Able to join us? Register Here


Another upcoming industry event, VOICE Global, is one of the best places to virtually connect with organizations and communities from around the world. Join us 15-16 June, 2022 for 24 hours of insights and interviews about the market, where the big investments are being made, and how members of the community are driving change.


As quoted by Adam Gopnik “What drives innovation is abundance…”