I am an entrepreneurial leader with 14+ years experience and deep expertise in developing and rapidly operationalizing business models and brand strategies.
My chief professional success was founding and leading Kolektiva as CEO. Kolektiva was the first and largest daily deal site in Central Eastern Europe (CEE). Initially launching in one city with self-funding, I set the vision and led the execution thereof to expand Kolektiva to eight countries, raise $10+ million in VC (a first in the region), employ 150 FTEs and build a $35 million business.
I am most proud of my role in building, coaching and motivating Kolektiva’s exceptional executive team, which was responsible for pioneering widespread consumer adoption of daily deals, eCommerce, mCommerce and online travel packages in the region. Kolektiva was acquired and merged with CEE internet powerhouse Neogen in 2014.
Post-acquisition I returned to the US where I later joined Shoutem, a leading mobile app development platform for SMEs, in a senior business development role. At Shoutem, I doubled revenues in my first year by securing new Enterprise deals with Fortune 500 media and communication companies.
At work, I am all-consumed. My motivation is to positively change the world around me through entrepreneurship, ethical leadership and technological as well as brand/product innovation.
Outside of work, I enjoy hiking and skiing in beautiful Colorado, learning new skills such as mobile app and web development, and mentoring the entrepreneurs in my network.
I earned my MBA degree from Harvard Business School and my BA from Tufts University.
Specialties: New project / new venture development, general management, operations, cross-functional leadership, go-to-market strategy, business planning, fundraising, business development and partnerships, key account management, brand management, consumer goods, empathy.