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Vlad Voskresensky - InvisibleCRM - Ukraine - Stanford Engineering - Jan 5 2015


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Talk by Vlad Voskresenksy at Stanford on Jan 5 2015, as a part of our panel on 'Startups Under War & Censorship::Ukraine & Russia'.

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Vlad Voskresensky - InvisibleCRM - Ukraine - Stanford Engineering - Jan 5 2015

  1. 1. Vlad Voskresensky CEO  &  Co-­‐‑founder,  InvisibleCRM   Kiev,  Ukraine   •  One  of  the  original  founders  of  invisibleCRM.   •  Was  also  co-­‐‑founder  and  CEO  of  Afortio,  an  offshore  software  development   company  (2002-­‐‑2008),  merged  with  EPAM  (NYSE:EPAM) •  Two  Masters  Degrees  -­‐‑  Computer  Science  and  International  Business  Relations •  A  bit  of  political  flavor:   –  Ukrainian  School  of  Political  Studies –  Aspen  Institute –  In  Oct  2012  was  elected  to  Ukrainian  Parliament  (within  “Samopomich”  party  list)       January  5  2015                                                                                                                                              European  Entrepreneurship  @  Stanford  Engineering
  2. 2. InvisibleCRM: •  Provider of Productivity Tools which integrates back office applications (CRM, ERP, DM) with user environments (Windows, Email, Social) •  ~100 people, headquartered in USA, all R&D in Kiev, Ukraine (historically also in Moscow, Russia) •  Key customers: •  Named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner; Bill Gates and Larry Ellison showcased our software in trade shows keynotes, etc… Don’t change people, change software Bridging the gap between Personal and Enterprise
  3. 3. Ukraine & Russia within InvisibleCRM • Co-founders are from both countries • Company started in Kiev and Moscow. Only Kiev office now. • One Board Director is Russian • Some Russian customers client
  4. 4. •  Historically •  Great source of talent •  Huge outsourcing but weak product eco-system •  Small internal market = people are global- oriented •  Was (and still is) very hard to raise money •  We have no direct business in UA = no influence of current economical situation •  Today it’s a mix of very social active and patriotic people though no clear predictability, only hopes yet Why Ukraine? And how it is now?