Alex (Draivn CEO, CPO, CMO)
: To mirror Zahars’ words, I should say that it was a perfect match from the very beginning.We are both keen on mobility, automotive and want to make a big story in these niches.We are pretty much aligned with the expertise of:- how to build and scale start-ups- how to build telematics productsWe are both from the IT community, so have a pretty strong network among developers and engineers with a clear understanding of how to build a highly loaded SW.So we decided to shake hands, start brainstorming ideas, doing market research for a couple of concepts, and validating them. At the same time, we were looking for developers and constantly exchanging new hypotheses.We were pretty much excited about all these activities, but August 2020 in Belarus changed everything. While the people of Belarus were on the mission to democratize the society, we started a new mission for Draivn – to democratize mobility data. Here, Draivn matured.
In our next post, we'll discuss how we moved further being at the very edge of the civil and political crisis, why we decided to stay in Minsk, incorporate a company abroad, and what were our next steps.
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As we want to help startups avoid our mistakes, here are a few lessons learned during this period.
- Even if you work for some company, build strong relationships with people in your industry. It will help you much in your journey as a start-up.
- Keep detailed logs on your friends – someday, they will help to debug your life and business.
- Try to find a Serbian friend. You better pray his name is Milan Suletic
- Before you start a blog, make sure your inner marketer is not your part-time CPO and CEO.
- While writing the post, avoid references to mass culture, like “The Hobbit,” “How I met your mother?” “Rick and Morty,” etc.- Don’t give up. Rocky didn’t. Be like Rocky.
- Chit-chat and Gachimuchi are two different things.
- Women’s health apps may be more efficient than LinkedIn and Tinder in finding the perfect match.
- Let the idea stay with you for some time before you turn it into a start-up. 5 years is enough.