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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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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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Motorcycle riding

While still at school I became crazy about motorcycles. In Ukraine we can get driver’s license at 16. I was getting ready to get one and to buy a motorcycle. Actually as a schoolboy the huber of motorcycles available at that time in Ukraine for a student with a small budget was limited. My ultimate dream was 125cm3 Minsk from Belarus.

minsk motobikes

My friend had a far better option – 350cm3 Jawa

jawa motobike

I had some savings and was about to spend them on Minsk as Jawa was expensive and the supply was limited. But something changed in my plans and I postponed the idea to buy a motorcycle until now.

Imagine my surprise when I googled Minsk and found these motorcycles

minsk motorcycle

 

minsk motorcycle

 

But even more changes happened in my life – my wife Hanna became obsessed with motorcycles. She was the first one to go and the the motorcycle driving license. So, she is the first mover in our family and I am a fast follower. In December 2013 when Hanna had a birthday I decide to give her a good memorable present – KTM Duke 390

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This is an awesome motorcycle. We have tons of enjoyment riding it in the streets of Kiev. This year we have early spring and we are lucky to spend some evening every week riding this magnificent KTM Duke. I highly recommend KTM as a motorcycle brand.

 

Educating my daughter

My daughter Mariia will be turning 7 this October. This means that starting from September 1, she will go to school. It happened so that my wife and I decided that Mariia will get the base education in Ukraine. Educational system in Ukraine may be a subject of a separate post, so much can be said about it. Anyway, I made a decision that starting from 9th grade Mariia will go to study to Europe and then to the US to get her Bachelors and Masters. Maybe something will change  in the course of time.

What I actually wanted to say is that Mariia started reading when she was still 5. She read in Russian and Ukrainian first. Right now she can read in English as well. Probably there is no more happy and proud father than I am. Observing how children grow up, evolve and develop is the best happiness one can get. There were times, though, when I could not understand that. But times change…

An interesting feeling when your child comes home  from a kindergarten with a poem assigned to learn by heart. But there is no need to do this, because your child can read, learn and recite it herself. Great feeling!

Reading aloud with my daughter is a kind of a ritual in our family. This all started when Mariia was a baby. Nowadays its a good habit that we practice every evening. First I was the only one to read. Now my daughter reads to me. This way we spend our evenings in a healthy, warm family environment.

 

MBA experience. Part 1. Idea and preparation

What is all this hassle about? Do you need an MBA? When do you need an MBA? Which country, school, and many, many more questions one will ask. I myself went throughout this journey. It took me more than two years to complete: 1 year of preparations and 1 year of full-time program. My recommendation is certainly yes! Its worth the shot. No matter the school, no matter the country, you should go for it. I will recall my personal experience and share my story. I decided to split this into several separate posts.

The first one will be the initiation – how I came to that crazy idea. My story is a long one. To cut the long story shot, I once got bored at my previous job. Not that I am a lazy bone, but my boss decided to go out of real estate development business, sell his assets and disappear(a very common approach and way of thinking in Ukraine and many other ex-Soviet countries). My beloved wife Hanna first recommended, then insisted that I go and study further. The same happened when I was finishing my BBA – I was so busy with my business that it took me 7 years to graduate, unlike my group mates, who graduated 3 years before me. And my wife was the driver in this decision. Same with an MBA – Hanna told me to try my luck with local schools in Ukraine. I made a research, talked to many people and then suddenly a crazy idea appeared – I decided to quit my job and go abroad.

I surely kept that decision in secret from everyone. Just my wife was aware of it as she observed me spending hours studying and cracking GMAT. GMAT was a nightmare! I could not even imagine how weird and strange this could be. I downloaded tons of tests, books, prep materials. I signed up for GMAT courses. I bought latest edition of Manhattan prep and Kaplan books. I even had an iPhone app with more than a 1000 questions. My best advice would be – schedule at least 6 months just for GMAT. I didn’t have that time. I was torn between my job, my family, a lot of problems and a bright idea to get an MBA. Not the best combination, frankly speaking. Anyway, I took GMAT three time – once every month(the first test after 6 weeks of prep, which was vey stupid idea). After got tired of GMAT after 3rd attempt. My best score was 630 and couldn’t proceed further with preparation. I decided to stop and move further.

In my next post I will explore the issue of business school research, essay writing and many more.