At least, that's my hypothesis.
Nice to meet you, I'm Pava.
I'm an entrepreneur & technologist based in Baltimore, Maryland focused on building equitable and accessible ecosystems as a means to drive ground-up economic growth. If you can't tell, I think that entrepreneurs can save the world - but only if everyone who wants to be an entrepreneur has the ability to become one. All of my ventures focus on making it easier for more people to pursue their dreams and build things that matter.
We've designed a society that values money over humanity, the environment, and basic decency. We've accepted that big companies will sell our health and happiness to line their pockets. Our self-worth is based off Instagram feeds, and people have been pitted against each other by political tribalism in an effort to get us to forget about the real problem - our economic system has failed many Americans.
Capitalism is the best economic system for creating growth, but we've misapplied it. We assumed that optimizing for capital (that is, money) alone would develop a society that we find morally tolerable. It hasn't - the rates of poverty, the state of those in poverty, and the levels of economic inequality that we see today should be acceptable to no one.
For the past 50 years, we have pursued a specific type of economic growth - fostering the emergence of corporate giants, and assuming that making conditions favorable for corporatism would lead to favorable effects throughout all of society (trickle down). Not a ridiculous hypothesis, but it has quite thoroughly been disproven.
But what type of economic development strategy does work for reducing inequality and poverty?
Small businesses make up the very fabric of our economy - they are our largest employer. Nonprofits and grassroots orgs hold together our communities. And growth startups produce the technologies and products that further society. But if we want to see the economic benefits that fostering entrepreneurship can create, it requires us all: Consumers need to support local businesses, governments needs to create favorable policies, and we need to get rid of the class, racial, and gender inequalities that have hindered entrepreneurship from the start.
Some people have hobbies, I build things. Ordered by founding date, not importance. Current sole focus is EcoMap Technologies.
Think of them like articles, except I actually defend my reasoning. On topics ranging from economic development, political polarization, drugs, and more.
Here you can learn more about every entrepreneurial pursuit I've ever had - even the ones that failed. Dirty details and all.
Over the course of building so different things, I have amassed a digital toolkit that makes my life about 256% easier. Find them all here.
I'm one of those people - nothing is more pleasing to me than a glass of wine and a good book (well, except eradicating poverty, but I digress). Find my reading list here.
I have found myself speaking at various events over time - at least until COVID shut the world down. You can find those speeches here, if it pleases you.
I'm in the running for World's Worst Responder on pretty much all platforms. Depending on what you want to chat about, here are ways to get in touch.