Vlada Bortnik

Vlada Bortnik

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vlada
Twitter: https://twitter.com/vladab
United States
Member since April 07, 2015
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Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Joya Communications Inc, AdNectar, AdNectar, Agoost
Companies I work or worked for:
Microsoft, Sprint
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

- Awarded Gold Star Award for Excellence at Microsoft
- Named top 50 app of 2013 by Time's magazine
- Featured in Messenger Platform launch at F8 in 2015

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I wanted to work on something personally meaningful that could make a hugely positive impact in the world.

My favorite startups:

Asana, DoorDash, CookSmarts, GoodEggs

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Most frustrating is the feeling that we could always be moving faster and doing more. Most rewarding is making impossible happen!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Not being able to prioritize and confusing priority with urgency.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Prioritization is key. It's the only way I can manage being a Mom of two young kids and a founder of a VC backed company.

2. It's important to work on something that you are passionate about. That's the only way one could get through the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur

3. Surround yourself with people who support you. I'm lucky to have co-founded with my husband - I can't imagine going through the entrepreneurship journey without him. I also have my family near me and I'm fortunate to be part of the StartX community.

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