I have always had a constant stream of good ideas, but I usually had to nurse them to a separate feasible path and leave the noise behind. Often, what I thought was a brilliant idea would pale in the brutal light of current day economic events. When your business becomes a melting pot of money and dreams, when the revenue is too small to justify the efforts and time given to work, you’re on a treadmill to nowhere.
My salvation came from the limited business groups and entrepreneurial seminars available in my provincial town: I attended courses, trainings, devoured personal development material and studied everything I could find in the field of building businesses: development and management of startups, systems and procedures, legal and finance, leadership, teams, equipment, scaling, you name it.
The book that made me stop and think the most by far was ‘The Entrepreneur’s Myth’ [E1] [MBP2] by Michael E. Gerber. This new route taught me to prepare; I became better than the day before, than the previous week, the previous year, and finally shed some light on never setting off alone on a new journey.
Having the core of the departments in check, it was easy to understand where and why I stand out. To this day, I am a humble, attentive student turned professional listener. I am all ears when people talk, complain or express their joy or suggestions. “Leave your pride at the door” was the encouraging phrase my dad served me on multiple occasions, and, funnily enough, it became the foundation for my success. I turned my customers’ opinions into the running wheels of my business, increasing the good output and constantly developing what had to be improved.
Since my early days as an entrepreneur, I’ve built a network of teammates. I wholeheartedly believe that if you want to go fast, you should go alone, but if you want to reach far, you need a good team.
LA FIERARIE – BOHEMIAN PUB
My first entrepreneurial venture La Fierărie – PUB Boem was born in 2008, a business that is growing steady, although as of 2022, I am no longer a partner.
Teaming up with the same associates, we opened Talcioc Cultural, an underground, less- -than-formal club that would take our pub’s concept to new dimensions. As the number of events grew, so did the number of participants: we managed acts with over 600 people.
FRANCHISES: SYSTEM BRAIN, NANOSHINE, FRANCIZA JAPONIA
It was the opportunity of a lifetime: my life in Japan began as I explored my avenues as an entrepreneur, designer and inventor; and culminated with two startups I founded and launched.
Technology: Elefin, Perspective-Management app
I’ve been passionate about technology since I was a teenager, but the computer technology penetrated Eastern Europe later on, so coding was unheard of. Out of a desire to innovate in the field of IT, I decided I needed to learn how programmers think.
Puffinest – Gourmet Coffe & Pastry
- The next joint project was Puffinest, Gourmet Coffee & Pastry, a business aimed at promoting Japanese delicacies. Here we implemented new strategies for employees and standardized internal procedures regarding daily tasks.
HOW DID I GET STARTED?
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