Spotlight Interview: Scientist and Technology Entrepreneur Maxim Silaev
March 31, 2020
1. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! Please tell us a bit about yourself and what you do currently…
Hi, nice to meet you! To start with, I am a scientist, businessman, researcher with over 20 years of experience and I am also a technology entrepreneur with unique practice of building great technical products and running businesses at the same time.
I passionate in technology and technology passionates me. I wrote my first computer program when I was 8 and since then have run a numerous amount of successful ideas, startups and products.
Although my interests are in deep intersection of blockchain, artificial intelligence, behaviour psychology and quantum computing industries, I am open to ideas from everywhere and passionate of making right steps both tactically and strategically.
I blueprint financial tools and perform financial modelling.
2. What inspired you to start doing your own business venture?
My business activity has a very long track record, it started over two decades ago, when I was a software engineer with a passion to research and building tools for everyday business use. Soon I found myself surrounded with business people, who are making business decisions. That was challenging – taking into account all my developer experience, I needed to combine a business approach with constant looking for the best technical solution and act appropriately. So, my journey as a businessman started very suddenly and I got used to combine both taking business decisions and technical, and I love it in that kind.
3. What has been your biggest achievement so far?
I have several things I built and am proud of – an investment adviser, which runs a strategy with a Sharpe ratio 2.7 to 5, financial modelling is my passion, I can speak about it for a very long time… The another thing is SmartView platform, which recognises and tracks customer behaviour in a store floor and then gives individual offers in real time, based of customer classification… There are heaps of other things and useful services I launched – all are designed to make this world a bit better.
But the most valuable thing I achieved is that I lived in 6 countries so far and traveled across other 70… Despite of being a workaholic, I really enjoy traveling, when it helps me to breath a fresh air somewhere at a new location, charges me to work hard to achieve great things.
4. What fuels you to keeps you going each day?
Although there is no specific type of “fuel”, I prefer preparing a plan for every single day I approach and make a detailed analysis if something goes wrong. I prefer to avoid mistakes from occurring twice.
5. Who are the top 3 celebrities/experts you’d love to work with? And why?
I do not start with celebrities, instead, I try to grow them in my team. Therefore, I do not intend to attract someone to work with.
6. Take a moment to close your eyes. Where do you see yourself in 5 year’s time?
I am going to write a book about modelling of human behaviour. That was my dream for a long time. So highly likely I will be writing it!
7. Can you give our readers 2 key tips for success in business?
The first one – do what you love. The passion is a key to success. Find something you love and be ready to dive into.
The second one – is never give up. Once you got an idea – validate it, change it and you will definitely find your market.
Obstacles you see are your friends, not enemies. As my judo teacher told me once – if something would be easy, everyone will achieve that.
Build a plan and follow it step-by-step every day. It is much better to make a small step every day rather than not to move at all.
8. If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring 3 things what would they be?
Ha. I will pick something from my home, something to keep the memory. Memories are essential for me – often only they help me to achieve success.
9. How do you describe yourself in 5 words?
Researcher, Businessman, Traveler, Father and Live lover
10. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me! Where can we find and follow you online?
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