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  • Dear All,

    My name is David Chang and as of today I'll be joining (Insert Company Name Here) as a (Insert Job Description Here).
    I'm writing this email just to let you know that since this is my first day at the job, I'd like to get to know you in person and maybe exchange some experiences and ideas.

    First of all, I'll tell you a bit about my background so you can get to know me a bit better. Honestly, I don't like to talk about my accomplishments, but HR asked me to, so I'll try to be the least boring as possible. Who knows, maybe we went to the same school!

    I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in technological innovation and the arts, and how they can work cohesively to create positive cultural impact.
    I graduated in Computer Science in 2007 majoring in Multimedia Systems in Ecuador's best university, ESPOL, after which I worked in design and interactive media companies as a developer/designer. I also worked on a TV broadcast network as an assistant director.
    In 2008, I went to New Orleans for a Masters in Engineering Management. While in NOLA, I worked as Graduate Assistant in The Exceptional Entrepreneurs of Louisiana, helping people from all backgrounds into building their business ventures. After my graduation, I returned home to Ecuador.
    As I got home, I got a job at ESPOL's Information Technology Center as a Research Commercialization Consultant. In an effort to build a better innovation ecosystem, ESPOL granted me a scholarship to get a Graduate Certificate in Research Commercialization at the University of Queensland (UQ), in Brisbane, Australia.
    Since I love surfing, I said yes right away!
    After my scholarship, I developed a strategy for ESPOL to start a Research Commercialization Company called Inventio-ESPOL. This came to reality one year later.

    During my time in Australia, I also met with several technological entrepreneurs from class, and we decided we needed a club to foster an innovation and open sharing culture at UQ. This came to be known as UQ IDEA Network, an initiative I brought back home. Since Ecuador's innovation ecosystem is incumbent to nonexistent, this was a huge step for new ideas and businesses to emerge. Nowadays, IDEA Network Ecuador has almost 300 members constantly sharing ideas and organizing events.

    Nowadays, I'm still reading a lot of material and trying to do some research on building innovation ecosystems through cultural change. I have seen a lot of initiatives trying to build an ecosystem focusing on the ingredients and actors, but I believe these ecosystems are more like rainforests than farms on a petri dish.

    My work on this company will focus on learning what makes these new initiatives work, so I can bring this knowledge to developing economies.
    I'd like to know if you're interested in some of these topics, so we can discuss them in person.

    Maybe we could set up a meeting in a spot you like around town. This city is so big, that I'm convinced I need a tour guide!
    Finally, If you're into photography, surfing, or video games I'm sure we'll be great friends!

    Best regards,
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