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Transcript of My story
This is me...
...or carry on reading my story here...
I also learned that consultancy
- "do as little as possible for as much as possible" -
is against my nature so I decided to leave...
...and I joined Ceska sporitelna as Enterprise Architect
man, the title felt so great!
Pity it came with tough job, incredible complexity, demanding boss...
Great colleagues saved my day though.
Two of them are founders & owners of Zentity - Czech leading mobile apps developer for banking
Then I got noticed for my brilliant skills, sharp sense of humor & beautiful blue eyes in Erste Vienna
and won the role of Architect in newly founded Erste Holding
Just 2 months after I said "Finally no moving" as we moved to our new house, I was moving to Vienna.
This felt even cooler!
Even got paid for all the expenses...
yeah, great times before the crisis
On 200mil EUR program I finally learned architecture, governance, politics...
And also - again - that no title whatsoever makes people listen to you, damn!
In Ukraine I learned that greenfield is never really that green...
and I also spent a year preparing BRASIL in Ceska
yeap, wild times!
Seeking REAL recommendations?
reach any of these, any time, ask anything
eventually, I had enough banking
...and changed to bwin
or I can tell you the real reason when we meet in person :)
Well, bwin was still about the money, after all.
changed my life for good
Startup culture was just so different
bwin celebrated 10th anniversary the year I joined. The company grew from 10 to 1500 employees and was delivering
"thrill & excitement around the world"
...so very different
Also this happened one day at bwin
Imagine this… you run a business in a challenging environment, while all at once you are doing serious reorganization from horizontal to vertical structure, you are in a merger with another player of your size just becoming the world’s largest company in the field, you need to yield merger synergy benefits in less than two years, you need to keep two different business models but slim down the company, you move company headquartes to another country, you merge cultures from Austria, India, UK, Romania, Poland, Sweden, France and bunch of other countries, you are about to enter US market (the largest there is) with your major product, when you wake up one morning finding out…
that US banned your product and you need to immediately refocus most of your efforts and start doing something else.
So I had to forget everything I had known, like...
how to dress to work
how to motivate employees
how to innovate
how to talk to managers
how to do business
how to print
Reading books wasn't considered "academic", so i read a lot...
This one made me finally start my own business
This one helped me convince my parents to move to another country, buy a plot of land and build a house after living in the same flat for 30 years...
…it took two years, they just moved in few days ago with no debt
This one taught me how to play with business models...
...and understand what business people actually talk about
and many more...
By now you must wonder
why I changed to KB...
I wonder too.
But it did take 4 months of negotiations until I said yes.
And I knew I wanted to apply everything I had learned from bwin in a bank.
And I did.
I formed an internal "social network" of people thinking differently,
called "New Spirit".
I managed to convince management
with a picture that looked like
drawn by a 5-year old.
I drew a multi-billion transformation roadmap
for top management as a board game.
I proved to the vendor and to the bank that DMS project design was so wrong that it probably wouldn't work at all.
They loved it! See for yourself what I did, all by myself, no tricks...
But that's not all I do.
I put my money where my mouth is...
helping parents find their babysitting the easiest way, adding housekeeping, senior care, pet care & more soon
frustrated? project in a deep s...? boost by poster!
FOUNDER & INVESTOR
FOUNDER & INVESTOR
CO-FOUNDER & INVESTOR
not to be revealed yet:)
launching in august!
On a side I also facilitate creative workshops on strategy & business model innovation
I study online at universities too
@University of Pennsylvania [coursera]
DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE IDEAS
@University of Maryland [coursera]
+420 777 621 453
Thanks for watching!
STRENGTHS TO SOME CAN BE WEAKNESSES TO OTHERS
how to do architecture
...so that you can not only serve customers, but sell part of the company or provide your underlying platform in B2B
bwin had the largest MS SQL installation in the world, every year testing new version directly in Redmont
Every week we were sending A0 company roadmap print-out to Gibraltar by plane for board meetings
I learned to print BIG!
until they bought their own plotter:)
search for opportunities, buy and sell companies, do spin-offs, care about customers, deliver "Jaguar" experience
and that real "Open door policy" is when you need no policy for that
and deal with pressure, stress & commnunication issues
and that the dress has very little influence on the business
and that just any change doesn't necessarily mean innovation
SO WHAT CAN I ACTUALLY DO?
most of my domain experience is from banking, apart from en excursion to telco and e-commerce
I have quite intimate knowledge of IT landscape in Ceska sporitelna, Slovenska sporitelna, EB Hungary, EB Ukraine, EB Austria and KB
Let it be banking (Bank 3.0, simple.com, mint.com, Square, lifestyle banking, …), non-banking (crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, location-based services, always addressable customer, BYOD, Big data...)
Every day, day by day, following new-startups, ideawatch, startupcamp, tyinternety, google ventures, entrepreneaur, businessinsider, twitter, twitter, twitter...
Practiced enterprise architecture for over a year, being eventually responsible for half of the systems at EA level, participated almost a year on preparation of BRASIL and still keep in touch with former colleagues
We are such a small market that everybody knows what others are doing. Me too:) Let's not publish details online, ask me should you be interested.
business transformation architect
business strategy expert
@Erste Group Bank AG
principal enterprise architect & author
architect / consultant
all purpose genius & great guy
I joined LogicaCMG with fresh ink on my diploma and got better salary than both my parents together
Got some good lessons, finished RNDr. and made my biggest mistake as well
Check out my boring stuff on
BRINGING IDEAS TO LIFE
I managed to take whole retail marketing dept. to an outdoor whole-day innovation workshop showing them importance of emotions for customer decision making and using customer journeys for finding opportunities for innovations.
Used to talk to management, very interested in persuasion and communication methods, keen on finding cool ways of making a message stick...
This one taught me that
you can earn more just by adding an option that nobody wants
WHAT I CANNOT DO...
coding - all the frameworks & tools change too fast to keep up
I can read any code very well
Distinguish good design from bad design
I can learn what's necessary
I still have RNDr in system design & distributed systems, once upon a time I was a developer familiar with all the IoC, AOP, SOA, MDA...
When tripadvisor started, nobody believed people would trust peer recommendations?
System design & Distributed systems
But of course I was developing commercial software since I was 14
DO I HAVE ANY
But most of all...
I always try to see things in wider context...
Did you know it's incredibly easy to study online at many universities around the world? 80.000 people actively took the Gamification course.
make my kids go to sleep (by falling asleep first)
build a house
read & walk at once
sleep very little
and much more
forget all the luggage of my wife
(and turn it into a benefit)
WHY AM I INTERESTED?
I want to meet the guy who managed to convince the bank to open such a position
...and see if we share the passion for new things
Written by a guy who took silly idea of selling shoes online and turned it into a business sold to Amazon for $1.2bil...
...after he sold his first company to Microsoft