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Thank you so much for giving us your time! Before we begin, could you introduce yourself to our readers and take us through what exactly your company does and what your vision is for its future?
Nebojsa Angelov: I co-founded MarketingPlatform 10 years ago and sold it to LinkMobility this year. Currently, I lead the development operations within the company. We have developed an email and SMS marketing platform with many advanced features. My vision is to enable the platform to reach people on a vast variety of channels such as different social media and messaging platforms.
NO child ever says I want to be a CEO/entrepreneur when I grow up. What did you want to be and how did you get where you are today?
Nebojsa Angelov: I never had a strong picture of what I wanted to be. I was always exploring. I think I owe that to my father who was a high-ranked military officer in the former Yugoslavia. He was always discussing the options in front of me, but never made a decision about what I should choose. He was only strict with me about discipline and sport. That was mandatory. Everything else was a choice for me.
Tell us something about yourself that others in your organization might be surprised to know.
Nebojsa Angelov: Research about old communities and cultures that have disappeared.
Many readers may wonder how to become an entrepreneur but what is an entrepreneur? How would you define it?
Nebojsa Angelov: It’s a person that wants to constantly learn and develop. Of course, that mission is also important and for me, the mission was about impact. For me, it was creating an environment for talented people to create something big together.
What is the importance of having a supportive and inclusive culture?
Nebojsa Angelov: It’s really important that everyone ENJOYS achieving the goal. It’s always about the journey. If the journey is not exciting, then you will not get the commitment from the people. Success is measured by progress. For me, it’s always about progress. If you make daily progress, eventually you will get to the goal.
How can a leader be disruptive in the post covid world?
Nebojsa Angelov: It should offer flexibility to employees. Our company has always done that. It is based on trusting people, not on controlling them. That also has lots of challenges but if you work closely with your people you will know who is taking care of this culture and who is taking advantage of it.
If a 5-year-old asked you to describe your job, what would you tell them?
Nebojsa Angelov: It is a big kindergarten. If kids have 5 toys to play with in kindergarten I have hundreds.
Share with us one of the most difficult decisions you had to make for your company that benefited your employees or customers. What made this decision so difficult and what were the positive impacts?
Nebojsa Angelov: Moving to the Cloud. The difficulty was about changing the mentality of both employees and customers. It’s always like this when new technology is introduced. The positive impact was that now we have a much more stable system with faster operations.
Leaders are usually asked about their most useful qualities but let’s change things up a bit. What is your most useless talent?
Nebojsa Angelov: Football.
Thank you so much for your time but before we finish things off, we do have one more question. If you wrote a book about your life until today, what would the title be?
Nebojsa Angelov: My rollercoaster.
Mike Weiss, VIP Contributor to ValiantCEO and the host of this interview would like to thank Nebojsa Angelov for taking the time to do this interview and share his knowledge and experience with our readers.
If you would like to get in touch with Nebojsa Angelov or his company, you can do it through his – Linkedin Page
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