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Marijus Andrijauskas is the founder & CEO of Teamgate, a CRM software company based in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. After university, and from day one, Marijus started his entrepreneurial journey, initially commencing in the USA. After some cool projects he returned to Vilnius and and got involved in some new projects, including Teamgate, which was awarded – two years in a row – as the Number 1 most-user-friendly CRM on a market.
Marijus’ strength and passion is in imagining and building new products and turning them into real businesses – with an expertise in the spheres of Cloud Computing, SaaS, Product Management & Product Strategy.
Where did the idea for Teamgate come from?
From the obsession to make things around me better. From inspiration because I simply believe I can do this thing. From the imagination which allows me to see things clearly in my mind. You feel that you want to improve something that is already invented, something which already exists. But, not just to improve it but to make it better and to make it more efficient.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
My typical day is about 16 hours long. Mornings are really my most productive time with my evenings being the most creative – that’s how it works for me. But, I have to say, that I enjoy every moment of each day.
How do you bring ideas to life?
I think this is the most serious and important side of my ideas2life vision. Many ideas come to me at night. I wake up, I write them down, I draw them, and then go back to bed. If I don’t do this I know I will forget about them. Then comes the simple part – just do it. Do not doubt.
What’s one trend that excites you?
AI. Definitely AI. I enjoy the times in which we live. Every day I can read or watch something amazingly new, and I find this to be both brilliant and endlessly fascinating.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Many things are already done, already invented, someone has already been there. I read, I learn, and I research. It helps me a lot.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stay young, Stay foolish.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on?
Maybe I will wake up tonight with an answer to this question?
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Read. Read more. Then read even more. Stay tuned. Be up to date. This world is running faster than it ever has done before.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
People are all you need to really grow your business. Be good to your people, they will help you grow not only your business, but they will help you to grow also.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I honestly believe that one failure is not a failure. Failure is a process which helps you to grow. So-called ‘failure’ offers you all the tools you need in the process of learning to overcome any obstacle.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
I love table games. And I love VR. But I did not see any table VR game yet. So… For that, only 10% of shares.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Two hours ago I bought a Pirate Summit 2018 ticket 🙂 It’s a really good and worthwhile summit; a place where I can spend some personal time, with a combination of relaxation and professional networking.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
Teamgate (yes, it’s our software) makes my day productive. Trello helps me to be organised. Siri reads my emails when I drive, and, 20 other software apps, so my 16 hours look like heaven 🙂
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak (1963). Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited. Remember to read kids books sometimes.
What is your favorite quote?
Stay away of negative people, they have a problem for every solution – Albert Einstein.
- Never stop being a student. Hire more experienced people than you have. It’s not only the fastest way to grow your business, but it’s also a sure-fire means of gaining more knowledge in a much shorter time.
- Never stop being a teacher. Share your knowledge, your passion, your energy. The things you can do faster in your way takes longer than teaching someone to do it right. But, the returns can be amazing.
- Never stop being young and foolish. Entrepreneurship is not only about business, it’s about joy, freedom, expression, people, and fun. Take all your crew’s animals to the office sometime, and make one big fun mess. Hey, that’s the only way you’re ever going to find out how a rabbit communicates with a frog.
- Never stop failing. Make it part and parcel of your normal learning process, it will help to eliminate stop stress, panic, and you will grow as a stronger leader into the bargain.
- Never stop dreaming. We are all kids inside, but now with much more capabilities to make our dreams come to life.
Marijus Andrijauskas on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marijus-andrijauskas-3742403/
Marijus Andrijauskas on Twitter : @marijusan
Teamgate on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Teamgate
Teamgate on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TeamgateCRM/
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