My NativeAdVantage: Startup Guru
Vitaly M. Golomb is the Founding Partner of CCC Startups. He is also an award-winning designer, author, and keynote speaker. A Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur, Vitaly grew up in Cupertino and has been involved with startups since his teenage years. He has founded and exited multiple companies and raised millions in venture capital. He holds a degree in Computer and Video Imaging and has guest lectured at Stanford, UC Berkeley, St. Mary’s and other universities around the world on entrepreneurship, innovation, and design. Vitaly is passionate about improving society by nurturing entrepreneurship around the world. He has guest written articles for TechCrunch and other publications and has been a consistently top-ranked mentor at a number of startup accelerator programs in US and Europe, including 500 Startups. He travels to over 20 countries every year as a sought-after speaker at conferences and events. He consults and teaches workshops to the next generation of entrepreneurs, as well as enterprises and governments seeking to foster innovation.
His new book, Accelerated Startup – The New Business School, is the Pocket MBA for the 21st century. Traditional business schools are not prepared to provide the evolving skills and mentorship required to build tomorrow’s billion dollar companies. Many are choosing to apply to accelerators instead of MBAs and learn by doing at a rapid pace. The book provides all of the latest tools and techniques used by the world’s top accelerator programs to manufacture successful startups. Pre-order is available at: www.golomb.net/book.
Vitaly is the Director and Executive Producer of Startup Spring – How Middle East Tech Entrepreneurs are Rewriting Their Future, a feature length documentary shot during the Startup AddVenture Middle East tour. Coming in the fall of 2015.
What do you do best?
Coach the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes and shortcut to success.
What makes you the best?
Entrepreneurs have to be generalists to succeed. I was exposed to entrepreneurship since my early teenage years and was fascinated with it. In the 20 or so years since, I’ve gotten pretty good at most components of business. This now allows me to have a very strong strategic filter and to be able to quickly break down complex strategic problems. This is how I would explain my strength as a mentor, advisor, or coach for next-generation entrepreneurs.
How will you stay the best?
I have an insatiable appetite for knowledge, experiences, staying current with technology, and looking into the future. Many people become pure managers and stop being hands-on when they get to a certain point in their careers. Technology is evolving faster than ever and it is important to be part of it to assure that you don’t fall behind. It is also important to remember that skills guide tactics and, in turn, strategy.
What are your aspirations: business & personal?
Personal: I’m a digital nomad already, travelling to 20+ countries each year. I’d like to see as much of the world as possible, get to know different cultures, and pass on this curiosity to my kids.
Business: I’ve accumulated a broad and deep knowledge and experience base in innovation and startups. I’ve come to believe that the future of entrepreneurial education will not be based on the theoretic or case approach of business schools of the past. My book, Accelerated Startup – The New Business School, is a framework to encourage entrepreneurs to go from idea to product to company. I would like to see my methodology help produce numerous next-generation success stories. And of course I’d like a university name a building after me. ☺
What fascinates you?
Nothing worth doing is easy.
Entrepreneurs and drummers, mostly.
San Francisco. Kyiv, Ukraine. Dubrovnik, Croatia. Anywhere I haven’t been yet.
Can’t live without my iPhone, MacBook, Concept 2 Rower, and Bose Noise Cancelling headphones.
My kids’ smiles. Music (playing), travelling, movies, motorcycles, startups.