Monthly Archives: April 2014

Services for Startups from Valley Wizard Corporation

Check the new section on my company web-site http://valleywizard.com/for-startups/

We added a separate section on our web-site – “For Startups” http://valleywizard.com/for-startups/. We introduce a number of services for companies, projects and teams that only started their business journey. We are here to help startups overcome the death valley and become successful eventually.

We all know about the three sources of funds for startups. They are usually referred to as “the three F’s” – friends, family, fools. In the best case scenario these funds will cover the prototype creation, which is vital and cool. But still you will not have enough funds to hire professional marketers to help you grow. Marketing is the blood system of every company. Inbound marketing is vital for every company that wants to grow high and fast.

If you are a US company, I doubt that you will be able to hire even a lousy marketer for $60K annually. If you are a non-US company, than you are even in more difficult and dangerous position as you will need an expert in the US market. In both cases Valley Wizard is here to help you. We are experts in digital marketing solutions. We are experts in North America business and market and we are credible and have a good reputation in Silicon Valley. And we are very startup-friendly. We want to grow with you. We want to help you grow and prosper. We promise to boost your bottom line!

We crafted some packs to make it easier for you to understand how we can help you. Every pack will be customised and tailored to the needs and necessities of the company we work with. Choose the one you think will fit you and contact us to make it happen!

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MBA. Part3. Preparation for the tests

Basically there two tests – GMAT and TOEFL. There is nothing hard with the TOEFL. Just buy the official guide. Crack it and you are ready. GMAT is another pair of shoes! Allocate at least 6 months to get ready. Although my advice not less then 12! I heard some crazy stories that it took some people two years to pass the test. I could not believe that. I was sure I was smart enough to pass it in three months. I was so wrong!!! Yes, it’s too complicated. GMAT will take a lot of time and efforts. GMAT is hell! It will swallow you. It will destroy your free time completely. Just be ready to devote much efforts to it. My list of important things to do to get ready for the GMAT prep:
1) sign up for GMAT basics course in your city – this will give you a basic idea of what this is. Usually such courses are 4-8 week long. I went to MBA Strategy courses in Kiev http://www.mbastrategy.ua They are excellent experts in preparation and admission consulting. If you are in Ukraine or Russia, I highly recommend to call these guys.
2) after you pass the group course, you will understand your weaknesses. The next step would be to work individually. Buy the full set of official guide books – latest edition. I also bought Kaplan books and used Manhattan GMAT – 8 books set. Read the books and do the assignments. My weak point was critical reasoning. That’s why I also read GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible.
3) if you have some troubles with understanding some concepts while you do the individual study plan, you should take the Skype-classes with a consultant and address the questions
4) sign up for online service like GoGMAT. Download an iOS app with a thousand prep questions and answer explanations. Online platform is a very good option to track your success.

There is no single answer to the question of what’s the best way to beat GMAT. The test was designed by very smart people. The test is changing and constantly evolving. You should start the journey and find your own way to pass it. You need a lot of patience and do not give up!

MBA. Part2. Schools

The choice of school is extremely important for any MBA program.

I would recommend to pay attention to the following factors:
1) school rankings – there is a number of the – Wall Steer Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes to name a few. They differ in methodology and show sometimes contradictory data. But you ought to study them
2) geography – The easiest option is to attend a local school, maybe evening lasses or something. I do not recommend this option unless you live in Silicon Valley or Boston and you local school is Stanford GSB or HBS. However, a lot of people go to local schools. So the most wise decision is to change geography and go somewhere else. There are some strong and reputed schools in Europe like Insead, London School of a Business, IMD, IE, maybe some more. All the rest are at least second tier school.
3) program duration – the best option is two-year classic full-time program. But there some red flags here. This is the best option when you are single, under 30, want to change the three domains of you future: function, industry, geography. I should warn you – in no case this is a success factor. Neither business school guarantees you a jib after graduation. You can be lucky to get into the program(element if luck is always present), but you should work hard all the time, under constant pressure. I chose one-year full-time, accelerated program. It was tough, but I am glad I did that. I am married, I have a daughter and I was 29 when I graduated.

I would recommend the following while choosing the school:
1) do a deep research of the rankings and choose the 10-20 short-list
2) study the business schools web-sites. They are usually big portals with a lot of information.
3) find alumni in your circles and approach them with an informational interview request. You can even find some people whom you do not know on LinkedIn and ask for the same. It is considered a good practice and refusal is very unwelcomed in this community. Every worthy MBA graduate should find time to talk to potential students.
4) visit an MBA fair that is held every year at least once in many big cities
5) find a good GMAT tutor or sign up to online and offline courses

I recommend to apply to at least five schools not less. You can have one or two schools of your dream, but do not limit your choice just to them. Be clever enough not to underestimate the risks and odds of not bring accepted. But you should have some schools with which you will feel chemistry and magic traction.

Study hard and get ready!

My daughter goes to school

children g to schoolIt seems that my daughter was born just a moment ago. It turned, however, that already 6.5 years passed. She goes to school this fall! I take this seriously. I myself was an academic addict. My daughter is a smart one. Not just because she is the best one for me as a father. I try to be unbiased – she is cool I am very proud of her.

This week we had a first interview to Intellect Lyceum, one of the best elementary schools in Ukraine. It is so reputed because of the academic faculty. Besides graduates of this school receive a Cambridge diploma as well, which is cool!

So we had an interview this week. My wife and I worried a lot. Mariia seemed to be calm and confident. everything went well. At least I hope so. We are waiting for the result on Monday afternoon. Only then I will be able to tell if it went well, or not.

Parents of the whole world are proud of their children on September 1. But the images differ from country to country. I upload here some images of September 1 in Ukraine

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91068992_68444169_1293512142_155146and here is an image common to the US. Note how the uniform, children, habits, behaviour and surroundings differ

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