Find an amazing team that is both imaginative and gets things done fast.
Olga is an infinitely curious serial entrepreneur with strong product vision backed by 15 years of expertise in stock markets and creative industries. Her professional experience includes working as a trader and portfolio manager at international markets, producing unique events and spaces in culture and education, and building startups in creative industries & in fintech.
Where did the idea for Zeus Exchange come from?The founding team, all very well-experienced in finance, investments, fintech, exchanges, have been brainstorming for a few months before we started the company. And after that we have changed a model and an idea multiple times. That’s what a startup is about, right? Keep digging till you get there.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?I don’t think I know what a typical day is, getting things done comes in many ways. Being productive means being curious, focused and balanced to me, and those are the things about a person, not about the day schedule. Sometimes most productive thing to do is to get some rest.
How do you bring ideas to life?With amazing, curious, inventive, adventurous result-oriented teams. It’s impossible to create something bigger than you alone.
What’s one trend that excites you?The speed and the power of changes in the world. There is always something to learn, and that’s the best state of the mind. Besides, managing an uncertainty is an ultra cool job.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?The ability to change habits, I guess?
What advice would you give your younger self?No advice, only full support for whatever I do. 🙂
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?Learn!
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?Find an amazing team that is both imaginative and gets things done fast.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?I had multiple failures in life, and I loved each on of those. Unless you try to do things, you never know what’s out there, unless you fail, you never know if you are able to get up and start again.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?IOT+AR in industrial engineering to control the construction & get early signs of failure or breakdown? Smart certificate for the life-long learning, with information about your skills courses and degrees on any type of education you ever had? Ask me questions on some specific industry, and I can shoot a few more, it’s a good learning practice – to keep thinking about solutions for the things you see around.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?Either investing in business or in education, or both.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?Asana!
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?Just go and read books, as many as you possibly can. It expands horizons.
What is your favorite quote?For example, “fail early, fail often, but always fail forward.” – John C. Maxwell
Key Learnings:– One of the super-powers of the future is to manage an uncertainty in collaborative teams.
– It means that one needs an ability to stay open, curious, resilient, the ability to learn, and to be conscious about how you learn, and why you do things.
– It also means that one needs an ability to attract open, agile, curious, get-things-done people helps to build solutions that are sensible and that are bigger then any person in particular.
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