Max Kuzmin is the Founder and CEO of Karmann Digital Production.
Once, Max turned to a renowned outsourcing provider in the IT world, drawn by their promises of meeting strict deadlines, staying within budgets, and delivering top-tier secure code. However, his expectations were dashed when the provider not only exceeded the budget twice but also significantly stretched the deadlines and delivered code that needed a complete overhaul.
Determined to offer a better experience, Max assembled a strong team a year and a half later, and they launched their stress-free production studio. They are now in the process of developing Karmann App, a reputation aggregator aimed at helping individuals make informed decisions, sidestep mistakes, and inspire greater honesty.
What is your typical day, and how do you make it productive?
In business growth, it’s vital to consistently spotlight key actions and delve deeply into them, pushing aside minor distractions. From the moment I start my day, I set my sights firmly on my goals and direct my energy towards achieving them.
The inner high energy I have is the driving force behind my decisions, leading to standout results. It’s essential to fill your days with activities that elevate that energy level. For me, it’s about hitting the gym, connecting with inspiring individuals, and traveling to new places. These activities keep my days vibrant and purposeful.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Visualizing a scenario where the ideas have already come to fruition is a powerful tool. However, taking action is even more crucial. And the true magic happens when you amplify the impact of those actions with a strong team behind you.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Artificial intelligence truly excites me. It’s undeniably the tool that will propel humanity to the next stage of our evolution. AI specialists are crafting something greater and far more intelligent than any individual. That’s where all eyes should be focused.
What is one habit that helps you be productive?
I’ve adopted a “one chance” mindset. Every day, I make a small progress, and if I don’t progress, it feels like a loss. This approach has been incredibly effective for me, and I continue to embrace it.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Everything around you will change at a rapid pace. People, events, political headlines, economic realities, your surroundings, and even your beliefs. Despite all this, always bravely chase your dreams. Dive into the unknown, learn from the best, and step out of your comfort zone — that’s how real wonders are made. Try to avoid anything that drains your energy and weakens you. On the contrary, strive to strengthen your stance every single day. Bit by bit, but consistently every day.
Tell us something you believe almost nobody agrees with you.
As for what I personally believe in, it’s very delicate and personal. However, whatever your beliefs are, they should come from a pure heart, from the soul. There will always be those who judge you and those who genuinely support you. Choose to be among those who uplift and inspire.
What is the one thing you repeatedly do and recommend everyone else do?
I always start and end my day with gratitude. Gratitude towards myself, the people around me, and the universe. I highly recommend everyone to embrace this practice.
When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, what do you do?
Regaining focus often comes from changing your activity. Remember that good sleep, quality social relationships, proper nutrition, sports, a strong supportive environment, and a vibrant healthy lifestyle are the key components to maintaining your focus and uplifting your mood.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business or advance in your career?
One strategy that has been instrumental for me is embracing the “art of small steps.” Every single day, without fail or exception, I take small actions towards my goal. Over the years, these consistent efforts compound, leading to results that many find astonishing.
What is one failure in your career, how did you overcome it, and what lessons did you take away from it?
I was quite fortunate; however, after my initial success, I faced a series of setbacks. One of my business partners ditched me when I was exiting a venture, and I also lent money that never returned to me. I found myself with nothing, forcing me to sell my car and turn to the subway and occasional taxi rides.
This experience taught me several valuable lessons. I learned how to stay focused on my goals, taking small daily steps toward my dreams. Also, I stopped lending money beyond an amount I could part with for good.
As of now, I operate without business partners, although I’m okay with a partnership in the future. It just has to meet specific criteria and genuinely benefit both me and the business.
What is one business idea you’re willing to give away to our readers?
Me and my team are working on a reputation review platform, Karmann App. Our app will benefit many people seeking to choose reputable providers, partners, and products. They will make more informed decisions and avoid mistakes, while the Karmann App will also encourage businesses and individuals to become more honest.
I view Karmann App project as my mission, investing not only the budget but also my heart into it. It’s a deeply personal endeavor, and I’m dedicated to bringing the project to fruition and making it thrive.
What is one piece of software that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
Interestingly, it’s the absence of certain software, namely apps, that boosts my productivity. I’m talking about time and focus drainers like social media apps. I recommend tucking away those app icons and turning off their notifications. It works wonders! On the other hand, I rely on the basic calendar app on my phone for scheduling and planning my tasks. Simple, but effective.
What is the best $100 you recently spent?
Today $100 might seem like a modest amount, roughly the cost of a dinner for two. However, with that amount, I recently bought a collection of valuable e-books. I believe this is the best way to spend $100 because self-improvement is the most valuable asset after health. Reading and learning from these books offer immense value, far exceeding the monetary cost.
Do you have a favorite book or podcast from which you’ve received much value?
One of my favorite books that has provided me with significant value is Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. It’s a handbook on the most critical aspect of our world, which is woven from interpersonal relationships.
What’s a movie or series you recently enjoyed and why?
I enjoyed Oppenheimer. It’s a compelling story about how great teams come together, and how unique projects are born. It also delves into the realm of human ethics, making it a thought-provoking and engaging watch.
- There is an external power greater than ourselves, an entity that is smarter, unifying, caring, and guiding. Strengthening our connection with this power can bring significant benefits.
- The “art of small steps” can lead to substantial achievements. Taking consistent small actions toward your goals can yield tremendous results over time.
- People and their positive emotions are the most valuable aspects of life. Great results often come with exceptional teams. The ability to understand people and assemble outstanding teams is a crucial business skill.
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.