Have you ever thought that you can get a logo designed for $50? No? Than maybe you know already that you can have get it done for $20. No kidding. I checked myself. I was afraid to go for $20, but I ordered mine for $50. Check www.elance.com Of course, if you are a multibillion valued public company, then you should go to Landor Associates or other creative guys, pay hundreds thousand dollars and sleep well. But, if you are a startup or a small company, Elance is the best option. There is actually another service – Odesk, but I did not like the user experience and interface there. So I chose Elance. Everything works pretty simple – you just register account, connect your PayPal account for ease of payment processing and start creating jobs.
Having created a job and put a job description and you will start receiving offers from freelancers across the globe. Some offers will be amazing. Really. The level of some freelancers is great. I myself went through this process. I created a number of jobs: texts for the web-site, info graphics, powerpoint templates, brand book elements, logo, etc. The quality of work was super fine. The designers were very responsive, talented and professional. And they were very quick. Everything went well. I became an Elance addict and I highly recommend to use this platform.
It happened! We launched it! At last!!! I am so happy to announce that a project once inspired and supported by my beloved wife Hanna was launched. Valley Wizard Corporation, an innovative inbound marketing agency incorporated in Delaware, headquartered in San Francisco, the heart of Silicon Valley and one of the most lovely cities on the planet.
I invite you all to the web-site www.valleywizard.com Please spread the word and tell everyone to sign up to the blog and be update pd on everything new we are going to launch.
I thought a lot about launching my own company, but something interfered me all the time. I had enough job offers and I was ok in my own comfort zone. However the first red flag appeared in 2008 with the world financial collapse. Later on I was lucky to live in San Francisco during my MBA and I was a frequent guest in Silicon Valley. I got to know a lot of intelligent people and I was blown away with the spirit of freedom and entrepreneurship. I came back to Ukraine and witnessed the collapse of the ruling party, President resignation and complete relaunch of power. This signaled that even at first sight the most powerful and wealthy may fall. We truly live in turbulent and volatile times. Recalling Taleb’s Antifragile concept – entrepreneurs are antifragileby nature. Guess it’s worth the shot.
The new journey started.
Posted in California, Kiev, MBA, personal, San Francisco, service innovation, service thinking, Silicon Valley
Tagged digital marketing, inbound marketing, new project, startup, success
I should have written this post long ago. But it happened so that I decided to postpone it and leave it for later. This post should give a general understanding of what I am going to write about in future. A kind of a short summary of my interests. This blog was intended to be a pure business blog. I will cover the most acute business practices and will touch what I like and don’t like. I am passionate about best business practices and implementation of innovations into regular business operations. I am a software geek. I adore all sorts of CRM, ERP systems and all their constituents. I truly believe that software is eating the world and present day business has no right to neglect it. Either you keep your hand on business pulse, or fail. I spent a year in Silicon Valley talking to a lot of people from IT/technology companies, various entrepreneurs, etc. That year gave me an understanding of new business dimension. In terms of development they are far many years ahead of us. If you want to feel the pace and breath of innovation, you should go yo Silicon Valley. If you want to give an impulse to your child and to open future career possibilities, your children should go to Stanford, the cradle of entrepreneurial spirit.
During my MBA I gad a chance to dive into the world of innovations. I had consulting academic projects at PayPal and IBM. I was lucky to work with Shahid Khan from Ebay/PayPal, Jim Spohrer from IBM and Yassi Moghaddam from ISSIP. That experience formed my future vision. I became a service innovation addict. Service thinking was an inspiration for me and gave me understanding of where we should go and which projects to start. Later in my posts I will cover deeper the service thinking ideas and how they are applicable to the business community.
Posted in Business school, California, digital media, ISSIP, MBA, personal, San Francisco, service innovation, service thinking, Silicon Valley
Tagged business, future, ideas, thinking