Monday, May 16th, 11:15–11:55am
TRACK 1: Disruptive Startups and Pioneering Brands
Founder & CEO, Shift
George Arison is the founder and CEO of Shift, an online marketplace disrupting the $1.2T car industry by fundamentally reinventing the experience of buying and selling a car. Previously, George co-founded Taxi Magic (acquired by Verifone), the first on-demand mobile transportation booking technology. George has taken his experience creating Taxi Magic and applied it to building a new company that seeks to transform the future of car ownership from the ground up. Prior to Shift, George worked at Google and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). A Georgian immigrant, George was the first student from the Soviet Union allowed to attend a private U.S. high school without a government sponsorship, later graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont. George has also pursued his other professional passion in politics, helping his native country of Georgia transition to a democracy. He co-founded Georgia's first-ever free market-focused think tank, Partnership for Social Initiatives (PSI) and authored the book, Democracy and Autocracy in Eurasia.