Entrepreneur David Yang has been developing electronic dictionaries since the late 80s. This business has evolved over time into ABBYY with offices in ten countries. In addition, Jan developed handheld computers for teenagers Cybiko, opened establishments like FAQ-Café and the Squat club in Moscow, while working on an IT system for the iiko restaurant business. In addition, he wrote a book on good nutrition, "Now I eat everything I want!" The platform for launching startups #tceh organized a meeting with a businessman at which he talked about his new project, Russian business abroad and ways to relax after hard work. Life around gives fragments of this conversation.
How to do everything
“I calculated: I have about 70-75 working hours in a week, 40 of them I give to one project, I give another 20 to the second project, and I give the rest to all other projects. Still, if you work on several projects, then the only chance to do it well is to have a strong team in everyone.
At the same time, my wife is an accomplice in the crime, and together we respond to my inbox. In fact, if not for her, then even half of all this would not have worked out. We started ABBYY with her, she is one of our first employees, she quickly became vice president of business development, then she went with me to make a Cybiko handheld computer, we moved to Chicago, and now she mainly deals with children and Helps me manage 300 letters a day.
And the FAQ-café appeared when I was on a creative vacation, I lived right there. I had a jackhammer, my friends and I were picking up layers of red royal branded brick in a historic building, we cleaned all the walls, I graduated from barmen courses, barista courses, waiters courses, worked as a chef, that is, I knew how the restaurant works directly from the inside. Now with a similar business in Moscow is not easy. Last week, ArteFAQ closed due to the fact that we were rented twice. For the same reason, the Grimm Sisters and the beautiful Workshop restaurant also stopped working. Now a sufficiently large number of places can not pay the rent, which is determined by the contract in dollars, and for some reason not all landlords understand this. Nonetheless, “De facto” and the FAQ-café exist. "
“Most recently, we made an iPhone application called HiClub - it's a secret club of interesting people. You download the application, answer only two questions: your gender and age, that's all. There are practically no buttons in this application, that is, almost none. You’re nothing you can’t do it, besides shutting down the application and living your life, but this application will pick you up your interests within 24 hours or within a week and connect it with an anonymous voice call.You will hear a free call, an automatic voice will say that HiClub welcomes you, think up a topic for conversation, introduce yourself and have fun.The system with the permission of the user recognizes the voice and gradually learns more and more about the owner of this application and connects each time more and more accurately with those people who may really be of interest to him.
Go to a dating site - it's such a frustrationis like putting yourself on a shelf
If you do not want to talk, you can switch to chat and chat. This is completely anonymous until you yourself want to reveal yourself. This is such an application for people who have taken place who do not want to go to dating sites and do not have time to go to a bar on Friday, but, in general, it would be worthwhile to solve the problem of loneliness.
We released it recently. Basically, we have users in North America after all, and in Canada. We had a five thousandth user somewhere in Europe, in Zurich. In short, we just launched it just recently and we are registering all over the world, including countries such as Oman and Pakistan. These are mostly North America and Europe. People say that yes, there is a problem that there is no one to drink a cocktail on Friday night. But going to a dating site is such a frustration, it's like putting yourself on a shelf: you have to describe yourself humiliatingly, look for no less humiliating other people, write letters to them, not receive an answer, and in general, in short, many people don’t want this "
How to relax
“My friend once gave me to listen to the First Bach Concerto for piano and orchestra in D minor. I suggest that everyone just find 40 minutes, turn off the phone, listen to the First Bach Concerto for piano and orchestra - ideally performed by Glenn Gould. This is a fantastic piece, which allows you to gain new strength.
Well, if on the other hand to talk about it, then I can say that, of course, you begin to feel the foundation under your feet thanks to your loved ones. In difficult moments when you are awake. I had a case when I slept for two hours for a month and as a result saw hallucinations, I had a waking dream at the airport and almost collided with a pillar. I missed the plane, fell asleep right in front of the reception. It’s difficult, it’s difficult in life, but those close to you and your family are probably your friends who do not let you completely give up. Responsibility to the rest of the team, to investors, to customers. "
How to learn to think globally
“I want to say that today, it seems to me, the big problem that Russia has is the isolation that Russia falls into. And the isolation that many people have in their minds. This is really a big problem. People should be open to new ones.” technologies, to new cultures, they must travel, it is very important to spend a lot of time in other communities, start-up communities, meet, talk, shake hands, get acquainted, and this accelerates the development of the company so much as it is impossible to describe or explain with any reasonable Braz, what it happens.
But I can give an example. I meet with guys, an excellent Ukrainian startup, it was easier for us to meet at University Avenue in Palo Alto. They arrived, I was there, we meet, I had a conference call that I could not finish, I arrive one and a half hours later than the time we agreed on. They waited for me, but they have the next meeting. As a result, we talk for 15 minutes in a restaurant and move to Menlo Park, literally two miles from there, we meet at 11 pm with another person whom I did not know. At the same time, they tell me: “David, you will surely be interested in this man.” I meet this person, and he is so interesting to me that I put off my trip, we meet with him for breakfast, then we meet for dinner, the next day at lunch, and we are starting a project that is developing at a completely wild pace. It is impossible to explain or predict this. That is, it is a boiling broth in which one must constantly be present, participate in its boiling - both in Russia and in Silicon Valley, and there are very interesting centers in Asia, Singapore, and Europe.
A person begins to move much faster, his thoughts on how to build a business, with whom to cooperate, with whom not to collaborate, ideas, they are accelerated not only multiple but tens of times
A person begins to move much faster, his thoughts on how to build a business, with whom to cooperate, with whom not to cooperate, ideas, they are accelerated not only multiple, but tens of times. In many of our projects, we did not get the desired speed of development simply because we were in Moscow. We thought that we were the smartest, we thought that our learned minds are the best, and this is true to some extent, but with little communication with people who, relatively speaking, think easier about technologies, but are much closer to market ones realities, changing the balance of power. Therefore, it seems to me that we don’t need to talk about whether Russian business or not Russian business, we need to talk about world business.
In fact, there are very good, very, very strong guys, very strong teams. The same team of Hrachik Ajamyan “Budist”, which simply tore everyone here. This is an amazing project. Absolutely independent, there are no analogues in the world. Now they have launched a project in America, they have such a powerful energetic team that I am sure that they will succeed. There are several more projects, in fact there are a lot of them. There are projects that come from here technologically, but have long been sitting completely in terms of marketing there. If you are driving along the 101st road from San Francisco to Mountain View, you will see such a giant Api.ai sign on the right. You think: "E-mine, the new IBM has come!" - and these are our guys. "