Built two startups and managed for 10 years own IT outsourcing company in Ukraine, with 50+ employees in two cities. The company served such brands as Samsung, Siemens, and BenQ. Managed clients and coded myself.
Before closing my last startup RocketStart (DIY marketing suite for SMB) launched and developed in Ukraine representative office of leading Polish media-corporation ITI Group: prepared launch of satellite network, TV channel, and network of movie theaters. Played a leading role in building the company's media assets, including acquisition negotiations.
Prior to ITI Group launched for investors in Ukraine successful international lifestyle magazine MAX (European GQ competitor, with HQ in Italy): bought license, set up office, developed country-wide distribution, and made it profitable.
Previously I was a consultant helping to bring international businesses in Ukraine. Under my leadership three foreign businesses entered Ukrainian market and brought $15 million investments.
- Give lectures to entrepreneurs and small businesses on the ways to avoid mistakes while building tech companies, products, and communicating to customers early on; -...more Founded "Co-founder Anonymous Club"—local events that help to find a co-founder with similar interests and required expertise; - Actively participate in development of Ukrainian start-up ecosystem, organize events, and speak publicly.
Founded the company, built beta, achieved substantial growth, and managed it at all levels: strategic vision, business development, strategic partnerships, financial projections,...more product management & development, customer development, relations with press, presentations to investors and during conferences.
Launched the product beta during "The Next Web" conference in Amsterdam, became finalist of IT conference "42 Conference" in Moscow and was featured in the book "Customer Seduction".
Head of Representative Office in Ukraine
2008 - 2011 (over 3 years)
Launched and developed the branch in Ukraine:
- Prepared a strategic vision - Managed profitability - Developed objectives, operating plans - Set target partners,...more developed relationships - Determined product strategy - Built strong, motivated team - Conducted media projects - Established and managed relationships with customers, suppliers and state authorities - Initiated, negotiated and supervised co-productions - Managed sales and acquisition of intellectual properties - Negotiated ad sales
Responsible for company strategic development, investor and partner relations, financial and HR management. Managed the company on a day-to-day basis. Conducted client liaison,...more negotiations, contracts, and administrative activity. Supported and provided consultations to new IT & media start-ups.
- Presented the project to investors; - Negotiated and acquired the license; - Set up office and build sales, production,...more and editors teams; - Built distribution network and negotiated with key industry players; - Managed the company on day-to-day basis serving also as company COO & CFO; - Responsible for strategy, budgets, financial, marketing, and advertising; - Organized big gala launch event in join efforts with Armani Italian and Ukrainian offices.
Conducted 3 projects in leader role on investment consulting, market research, trade finance, research and analysis, and project presentation:
- Developed investment...more financial statements for American construction company Perry Construction; - Surveyed English language periodicals in Ukraine for multinational business magazine and compiled data into a 170-page report; - Developed new business for Italian food processing equipment company, managed a representative office in Kyiv.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
"High Output Management" by Andrew Grove
What's your favorite non-business book?
"Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Projects that I'm excited about without focusing first on them to make money.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
Start meditate sooner. It can improve concentration and result in better emotion balance, health, and productivity.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
Apart from craft works and web-projects I managed to make at some point very complex deal with small budget that required to get at the same table three companies w/ different interests and make each one to make a concession to align all of them.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Elon Musk, Tesla, SpaceX
What's your super power?
Think big with 10-15 year focus
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