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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is internationally recognized as one of the finest educational establishments in the world, with alumni spanning across technology entrepreneurs, senior policymakers and world leaders.
For George Popescu, former CEO of BTPrime, which entered insolvency last month following the market volatility caused by the Swiss National Bank’s removal of the 1.20 peg on the EURCHF pair, the Cambridge, Massachusetts educational institution represents a new phase in his career, as he assumes the position this month as Startup Mentor.
Mr. Popescu’s remit will involve advising MIT entrepreneurs (students, alumni, faculty, and staff) focusing on their personal development. The objective is to help them personally become successful.
Delegates are able to gain advice usually in conjunction with a startup from early idea stage up to the point when the startup has its own board of advisers or 1st round of venture capital funding.
The program is completely free, and Mr. Popescu considers the strength of the program to be its team mentoring approach where there are at least 2 mentors per mentee.
This position follows two other interests which were held over a short period by Mr. Popescu.
In December he embarked on an advisory post with Alt-Options LLC which is a broker in the Bitcoin and crypto currencies derivatives space, a post that he currently continues to hold, as well as an 8 month period as Head of Strategy at Currency Mountain Holdings where he with the group’s strategy and was an adviser to the Chairman.
Five years at the helm of BTPrime came to a conclusion in February 2015, when the company entered administration, preceded by his leadership role as CEO of Boston Technologies, which he assumed in 2007.
Mr. Popescu himself is an alumnus of MIT, having graduated with a Master of Science degree in Material Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science in 2007.
He also studied further Masters degrees at at Universite Paris XI between 2004 where he graduated with Masters of Science; Master of Science, Nanosciences; Math, Physics and Chemistry between his Batchelors and Masters degrees at MIT, having graduated from the Ecole Superieur d’Electricite in France with a qualification in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Mr. Popescu then embarked on his career which involved the publication of a litany of extremely scientific journals including subjects such as the use of real computers to simulate virtual cells, and the fractal dimension of human chromosome 22 at the East European Symposium on Interdisciplinary Approaches in Fractal Analysis in 2003.