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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

children g to school

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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My new project – Valley Wizard Corporation

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 http://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.

What am I going to blog about?

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.

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.