Kiyan Foroughi
I am an entrepreneur, investor and advisor. Currently the CEO and Founder of Boticca, a content-led, global curated marketplace that allows you to connect with independent designers of fashion accessories around the world, discover their stories and shop directly from their studios. I am third generation in my family to work in the luxury and jewellery industry after starting my career in investment banking and private equity. I am also an active angel investor and advisor in such companies as Boppl, PayPlug, Watsi, Ometria, Fotolia and AVG Technologies. I studied at Tufts University in Boston, grew up between Paris and Dubai and have also lived Boston, New York and London. I speak fluent French, English, Italian and Farsi and am currently learning Japanese.

Entries by Kiyan Foroughi

For the Entrepreneur, Perseverance Is a Personal Evolution

(0) Comments | Posted 28 May 2013 | (17:56)

I was recently asked to speak on a panel at a conference on Entrepreneurship put together by London Business School on the topic of perseverance. It's a personality trait that is often overlooked by the media who prefers to report on the more glamorous parts of seemingly overnight...

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Cheap Products Aren't Worth Dying For

(0) Comments | Posted 2 May 2013 | (15:08)

Like most people, I was devastated to hear about the tragic factory collapse in Dhaka, Bangladesh, which left over 400 people dead. As diggers continue to pick through the rubble, rescuers have all but abandoned efforts to find survivors in the wreckage. And all over what? £10 jeans.

The factory...

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If Your Website Is Not Built in Responsive Design, What Are You Waiting For?

(1) Comments | Posted 9 April 2013 | (16:58)

Recently, I came across an article from Econsultancy that pointed out that only 1 out of the top 20 UK online retailers uses responsive design. To my shock and dismay, the only one using this development method is... Currys. 14 of those retailers have mobile sites but that...

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Common Traits of Successful Fashion Designers

(0) Comments | Posted 11 March 2013 | (23:04)

I'm blessed to be able to see many successful, talented designers at various stages of their lifecycle: whether it is at conception, their initial design, their first or second collection, or even when they've made quite a name for themselves after a few years in the business.

Most newcomers...

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Three Things Men Can Learn From Women in the Workplace

(0) Comments | Posted 5 March 2013 | (16:27)

With International Women's Day being celebrated across the world this Friday, I thought I'd reflect on a few lessons I've learnt the past three years, having gone from a work environment that was almost entirely male-dominated to one where men only make for a bit more than 20% of the...

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The World's Next Fashion Design Hubs

(1) Comments | Posted 21 February 2013 | (23:00)

As the eyes (and stilettos) of the collective fashion world descended upon New York and London, and are making their way to Milan and Paris, the industry will witness the latest 'trends'. These are usually a different kind of animal print, a new twist to the 1920s and '30s, more...

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