One of the Romanian entrepreneurs that we look up to here, at MavenHut is our adviser, Radu Georgescu (Romanian blog). Serial entrepreneur (sold several companies to Microsoft, Naspers and, recently, to Francisco Partners), he’s been close to our company for the last year and a half, since we launched. He helped with advice and, most of all, with his experience of going through all the trials and tribulations of building a startup.
He’s been recently interviewed by inventures.eu (here is the full interview). Some things I found interesting:
I have had my share of failures. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula for success. Being at the right place at the right time with the right product and the right team is an entrepreneur’s dream. I have always tried to learn from my failures and my mistakes and have had no hesitation in getting back on my feet to try yet again.
On people to work with:
I usually look for individuals who are very committed to the vision and have the ability to build, lead and work with high quality teams. I rarely get involved with the day to day of any business and self-starters are my favourite people.
On how to get him onboard:
Tell me the problem that you are trying to solve and how your product or service is going to do this. Talk about the people behind the startup and the skills that they bring to the table. Convince me that what you are going to do is going to make a difference. And: please do this in no more than 10 PowerPoint slides.