Building an empire from a basement: Vision

It has been a while since I last posted. A lot has happened over the last three months and I am happy to share that I quit my job and have joined a very early stage startup (OpenFin) as Head of Product & Marketing.

I spent the last 3 years working a regular 9-5 in corporate America. Everyday was an internal conflict for me. My entire family, spanning back generations all the way to Lithuania, are entrepreneurs. As I have written previously, I have grown up around it and don’t know much else. Dont get me wrong, I definitely learned a lot the last 3 years while at Citi and I am grateful for the opportunities my job afforded me. My reason for quitting came down to one major factor: I could no longer handle the lack of self-fulfillment I felt. I was spending my time doing something that I was truly not passionate about. Enough of that, I am now going to be writing more frequently about what I am learning. I have learned so much over the last month that I feel I need to start document it moving forward.

If there has been one thing that has stood out to me over the last month it has been vision. I have realized that in order to be successful you have to be able to:

  • Own a unique vision
  • Build your company around it and
  • Pursue it in perfect balance with how you scale.

Our CEO at OpenFin is really great at keeping us all focused on the vision. He is able to keep blinders on and filter out the noise that may derail or push us off track. I have also noticed that while keeping us sharply focused on this vision he is able to decode the market signals and understand how and when to scale.

I will leave you with this: having the vision to scale at the right time is critical for startups and understanding when to take a step back and tweak the vision is just as important.




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