The quality of the startup is directly proportional with the quality of the team
Emi started his first company, Brainient, when was was 19 and spent the following 10 years building it into one of the leading ad-tech companies in Europe. Brainient was acquired by Teads in September 2016 and he then spent two years scaling the Brainient business unit (now called Teads Studio) globally.
Outside work he enjoys spending time with his wife and learning new things. To address the latter, he has taken on a new experiment every year since 2008. Some of the most challenging and interesting ones were sleeping 2.5 hours per day for two months (polyphasic sleep), reading a book per week and training my memory with a world memory champion.
Emi has a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Spiru Haret University.
Ezra just came out of stealth with $4 million.
I am a(n):
Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Company exits (of companies you founded):
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):
- Started Brainient, led it to one of the leading ad-tech companies in Europe, and sold it to Teads in 2016
- Forbes Top 30 under 30
- Raised $MM in funding for my startups
If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to invent something cool.
My favorite startups:
Stripe, Uber, Airbnb, Evernote, Things, Calm, Zoom, WeWork, DocuSign, InVision
What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur is inventing something that didn't exist before.
The most frustrating part of being an entrepreneur is having to manage your own psychology - https://techcrunch.com/2011/03/31/what’s-the-most-difficult-ceo-skill-managing-your-own-psychology/
What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Not paying attention to details.
What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
- The quality of the startup is directly proportional with the quality of the team
- You'll always need more funding than you think you do
- Never giving up is half the battle