A select few are privileged with the ability to reconceptualize an industry thoroughly. As the masses are familiar, most of those emerge from an unlikely underdog story with a cradled entrepreneurial spirit that awakes in young adulthood. As they succeed through business ventures in their adult years, they gradually become leaders of a new way of thinking, influencing consumers and producers alike with their perspective on the industry. While vocational at heart, these trailblazers have an academic understanding of their specific practice and have developed an adept skill to bring it to market.
However, the one unifying factor among these industry leaders is their reliance on the system before them to produce results. By way of illustration, Zuckerberg would never have found success with Facebook but for the initial establishment of the internet at large. This dependence on broader societal institutions to achieve desired outcomes can limit or expand the prospects of a business. One revolutionary, @centuroglobal CEO Zain Ali, operates both as the system and as a business person at the same time. By playing both sides, Ali can conceive a better future for his projects and the global market as a whole.
Perfectly placed throughout his young career as a specialist in a profound corner of the market, Zain Ali, through his platform Centuro, has reformulated how businesses can understand international expansion. Traditionally built upon the prestigious advice of professional experts, the notion of expanding a business into foreign nations forms a watershed moment for many globally-minded companies. Zain Ali believes the professional services industry lends itself to outdated and inefficient practices and thus set about creating a solution from scratch geared towards bringing the process into the 21st Century.
The pioneer’s story begins as he graduated with a History degree at university and set about a career as a lawyer. Ali has long been an advocate of the necessity of travel to broaden one’s ambitions and horizons. A particularly striking anecdote came at 19 when he reached out cold for an internship at a Bejing law firm. The sheer tenacity he showed in the face of what would be a daunting prospect for many overshadowed his lacking proficiency in Mandarin, and Ali was offered a month of experience at the firm. Salient is the link between Ali’s current ventures in international expansion and his earlier dedication to the prospect of networking abroad.
In tune with his predisposition towards global commerce, Ali settled on the international firm Bird & Bird, where he spent time working with a mixture of multinational corporations and tech start-ups. While the roots of Centuro Global’s ethos had already formed, it was with the firm that Ali gained practical insight and experience to inform the later start-up. “After working with numerous clients on an international basis over the years, I saw a number of inefficiencies that did not make sense to me,” Ali explains. “I also met many great start-ups that struggled to scale internationally, which led me to question the impact on companies across the world who might want to expand to new regions. It became clear that there had to be a better way of doing things.”
As alluded to earlier, the culmination of Zain Ali’s experiences led to the development of Centuro, a cutting-edge platform designed to accommodate the international expansion of businesses. Primarily, it brings the process into the modern age, collecting all aspects of assessment and preparation in one place online, in contrast to the weighty reports of traditional professional services firms. The hope is that the costs and complexities that previously prevented smaller companies from taking advantage of foreign expansion are overcome, and growth is accessible to all. By leveling the playing field, Ali and the Centuro Global team have the opportunity to change the worldwide marketplace for those who wish to embrace new technology.
On a more specific level, Ali’s platform utilizes community to create a smoother process for everyone. Rather than producing lengthy, inaccessible documents with long turnaround times, professionals are empowered to work with clients on a one-to-one basis, acting as account managers for their international expansion queries. Users, on the other hand, have access to a vast knowledge base containing market reports, local laws, and taxation requirements to ensure a compliant transition into a new country. Placing the entire process online allows teams to work dynamically on expansion preparation regardless of their size.
Zain Ali could have acted as a leader in the legal space, the tech space, or the professional services space. Instead, he stands apart as someone who reconciles the opportunities of three sectors into a solution of the future. His belief in international expansion carries forward the Centuro Global mission and the trajectory of commerce at large.