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Interview with Pylyp Matiukhin from Yes Man Enterprises

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Pylyp Matiukhin, CEO of  Yes Man Enterprises – American multinational technology company with headquarters in Miami, Florida. Pylyp’s company develops and manages a massive portfolio of digital assets including mobile apps, cryptocurrencies, adult content & social networks. Founded at 2016, Yes Man Enterprises launched over 800 startups in the blockchain, real estate, entertainment & adult industries many of which were acquired by large corporations and individual investors.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

Thank you for having me. My career path began in 2006 when I launched the biggest fashion-oriented social networking website in Eastern Europe while still studying at the university. It was a pre-Facebook era in the region and network had a viral success allowing fashionistas to connect online. At its peak network had over 200,000 active users. We also had curated original content and landed massive advertisement deals unseen for the local digital space in those years. Later I briefly moved into political consulting and promotions while starting to build and sell digital companies in the entertainment niche. In 2013 I started my research into the blockchain technologies and the possibility to integrate them into mobile apps and websites. Throughout the years I have worked closely as a co-founder and advisor with businesses of various sizes and in diverse industries, including crypto, banking, social media, adult & entertainment.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

I’ve been starting various companies since the age 18, and the only particular feeling that never gets old – not having a boss and being in charge of everything. Interesting stories created every day when you have full control in your hands.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I don’t really regret anything, but I can say that my biggest mistake is the fear to say “no” to the clients you never wanted to work with and to the partnerships that were doomed to fail. Learn to say definite “Yes’ and “No” and you will save a lot of time and avoid unnecessary stress.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

We own multiple proprietary technological solutions that allow us to develop & launch ready-to-use digital products within days. This helps our portfolio of assets integrate technology trends much faster than competitors and extract revenue out of fast-changing digital landscape more efficiently for us and our investors.

Usually, when you look for the company to do the business with, you choose between the TOP 3 – “most innovative”, “strongest brand” and “cheapest solution”. We combine all 3.

Even after building over 800 digital companies we are always trying to improve and learn new overlooked technologies and niches.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Acknowledge your weak sides and avoid doing them. Delegate these tasks to your employees or contractors. Maximize the use of your strongest skills. Take a break if needed. Only do what you love and never chase that hot industry you have zero knowledge about.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

I am the type of person that can be fueled by criticism.  Without naming any names the best teachers in my career were haters and people that say you can’t do stuff. People might tell you that your business will never succeed or that you will never accomplish your goals. You should use negative noise as a motivation to succeed. You do not need to prove anything to anybody. You might receive deeply personal insults that attack your beliefs, goals or character. That said, you do not have to conform to anybody else’s tastes. Instead, you should be proud of what makes you special. I prefer to use criticism as a validation that I have been doing the right types of things.

Beyond that, I would like to thank my friends and family for continuous support in my journey.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

Besides my numerous contributions to environmental charity organizations, I think the best goodness to the world that Internet entrepreneur can do nowadays is to educate people for free using the power of numerous digital platforms. At the beginning of my path, I learned many technologies simply by accessing public educational videos and articles. Now I feel it’s my turn to give back.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Confucius.

Very powerful for the people stuck at the career crossroads. This is pretty much how I live every day. If you do what you love it’s easy to get up in the morning and feel pumped. It’s hard to go to the bed because you still have so many ideas to accomplish.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1) Pick your business partners very carefully


When you start a new company, make sure the people on your team are of high integrity and you know their strengths and weaknesses. A great business is built on great people. Perfect scenario, you do completely different tasks and have 100% trust.

2) Overdeliver on your promises

Don’t focus on only selling and making money. Focus on providing value. Customers love exclusive perks and feel special when you exceed their expectations.

3) Work hard & don’t forget to have fun


Being 100% serious works, being 90% serious + 10% fun works better. For most founders, your business is your life. So why not enjoy the process as much as you can? At my company Yes Man Enterprises, we believe that having some fun can make everything better. Proven to work. Period.

4) Keep an eye on your competitors

Understanding what is going on outside of your company is an important part of success. As with many other areas of business, knowledge is power.

5) Fail fast

Prove the concept to work before going all in. Do not invest too much and money into the business before you see the first results. If you’re bleeding cash, move on. It is very similar to the stock market, better take a fast loss than become a bagholder.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

Throughout the years of working in digital space, I have unique insight into the complexity and power of government and corporation influence on technology, civil liberties, and privacy. This urgent matter in our modern society needs a closer attention and involvement from technology influencers. In my books and public speeches, I push my audience to educate themselves and defend our rights on digital platforms and to take responsibility for the future of the Internet.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Absolutely, I will be happy to connect with new people. I always try to respond ASAP.

I am active on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/yesmanpylyp/) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/yesmanpylyp/  )

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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Achieving Success And Overcoming Obstacles In The Modern Entrepreneurial Industry; The Rio Osorio Way!

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As Entrepreneurs, we face obstacles and setbacks that seem impossible to overcome. The good thing about this is that each time, we often come out better off in the end than we were at the start. Yes, I won’t lie. Entrepreneurship is totally different from what society portrays. 

Every day, entrepreneurs are subjugated by their fears, inconsistencies, and losses; but what most individuals tend to forget is that failure is the condiment of their success. 

Amongst these entrepreneurs is brand strategist Rio Osorio. Widely Known as The Hustle Mentor, Rio is an entrepreneur who’s risen above his failures by putting in outrageous amounts of hard work to perfect his craft, and building long-lasting relationships with partners by providing more value than he receives. 

Some time ago, I had the opportunity to discuss entrepreneurship with Rio; he reveals the principles he applied to attain his level of success. These principles transformed his life and can change yours too.

Principles of Business Success

1.Loyalty

Loyalty is something that’s lacking in the entrepreneurial society today. Rio explains that a lot of entrepreneurs chase cheques, are selfish and don’t bother about the end goals of their clients.

Most successful businesses today are obsessed with making sure their customers achieve their goals. Essentially, they put the customer first before any other thing! This is a mantra that shouldn’t be overlooked when running a business.

2.Continuous learning 

They say that the average CEO reads a total of 54 books every year. This habit might seem overkill, but I guarantee you it’s not. Business owners have to observe this habit to flow with current industry trends.

Staying conscious of what’s happening in the corporate world is crucial to running a thriving business and setting the standard for excellence in your field.

Continuous learning, as some might call it, has given Rio a competitive edge in business, and he shares that this is one of the key factors contributing to his success in business.

3. Mentorship

Starting a business is a daunting task for many. You’ll face opposition from loved ones, pressure from the competition, time restraints, and a host of other obstacles.

At the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Rio faced most of these challenges. He overcame them by seeking out mentors who guided him through every one of those problems. 

Not only is this an easier alternative to figuring things out yourself, but it’s also a way to shorten the path to success.  Don’t get me wrong, the road to success is treacherous, but having the right people to hold your hand can make the journey less challenging.

Try not to be the smartest person in the room- Michael Dell of Dell Technologies.

Handling the Stress of Being an Entrepreneur

1.Disconnect

There are some days when we feel like our world is coming down on us, and for those of us whose businesses operate mostly online, the effect of this is triple-fold.

The endless messages from clients, problems sprouting from every corner, and the need to over-deliver can be overwhelming. When you notice your stress levels picking up, Rio recommends you take some time off work; you could call it a work detox. 

Start by switching off your phone and any other device that might bring in disturbances from clients and team members. This will significantly reduce your stress levels, and in a day or two, you would be back to your healthy self.

2.Friends and family

Mental health is another overlooked aspect of entrepreneurship. We often engross ourselves with work and forget that human beings are social animals; we can’t stay alone forever. 

Rio shares with us that spending time with our loved ones is also a great way to disconnect from all the noise. Little things like hanging out with friends, going to a baseball game, or even watching a movie can mean the difference between you having a mental breaking or building a successful business.

Facing Fears

Uncertainty is a common trait all entrepreneurs possess. We see ourselves asking questions like, ” What if the client doesn’t accept my offer?”Are my services not good enough? Should I fire this team member? Will I break even this quarter?

The questions are endless, and we often find ourselves getting caught up in answering them. This uncertainty is the primary reason most individuals don’t venture into entrepreneurship. 

Why would you leave a secure job to start a business you’re not sure would see the light of day? After years of being in the business, Rio affirms that there is nothing as rewarding as being an entrepreneur. 

Yes! The tasks at hand might seem impossible, and your efforts might look silly, but if you’re willing to put in an ample amount of work and provide enough value to your clients, you’ll uncover an endless stream of income no 9-5 job can guarantee.

At the end of our discussion, Rio spoke about the chances he didn’t take when he was younger; he shared a few words of advice to anyone who’s just starting their journey.

This is what he said;

Entrepreneurship requires you to do things that would make you feel uncomfortable. You’ll have to learn to leave your comfort zone.

I understand your fears, but you have to realize that you’ll miss every shot you don’t take. So instead of sitting and whining about the opportunities you missed, I suggest you do it scared, deal with the fear and go for it! 

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Achieving Success As a Student Entrepreneur, The Robert Carpenter Way.

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College Student Robert Carpenter is on a mission to change the world by improving on the current online educational system.

Today, we will learn what Robert feels every student who is striving for success should know. Here’s Robert’s take on success, stress, and motivation.

Achieving Success

As a student, success in your studies should be your number one concern. 

But let’s face facts; success is not something that can be easily achieved. There are a lot of factors that determine whether you will be successful or not.

And one of those factors is how you spend your time. Would you prefer to play video games all day with friends, or would you feed your mind with tons of valuable information at the library?

You see, these little choices and actions we make daily can significantly affect our chances of success. Robert is a major believer in learning something new every day. As a matter of fact, he spends hours daily perfecting his craft.

It might not look like it, but Robert is actually giving himself a competitive edge against his peers. Think of it this way;  an overweight individual goes to the gym to lose some pounds; the first day, he notices that he doesn’t lose any weight. He felt bad but kept on visiting the gym and working out.

Subsequent visits to the gym proved successful. He lost over 60 pounds. The key takeaway here is consistency and determination. Apply these principles started here, and you’ll be on your way to achieving success in no time at all.

Avoiding Stress & Drawing Inspiration.

Every day, students face a lot of stressful situations. And a lot of times, this leads to mental breakdowns, illness, and burnout. 

Robert avoids this by proper planning. Today, most students don’t acknowledge the fact that proper planning can significantly reduce the stress they experience and increase their chances of success. 

Planning your day the night before can help you split the task thought out the day and complete them faster based on decreasing priority. 

So you’ve tried this, and you still ended up experiencing burnout. Well, here’s the thing; everyone has experienced burnout at some point in their lives. And in this state, they undergo emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. You will feel less motivation to accomplish tasks, and your overall output will be little.

When Robert experiences burn out, he takes a break and finds a quiet place to sit down and reflect on his goals, why he started, and what he’s going to achieve at the end. This helps him prioritize his goals, and instantly, a strong desire to fulfill those goals overwhelms him.

In Recent Times

Robert plans to study and practice math every day. This is the only way he can make an impact on society and help fellow students around him who strive to attain success.

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It runs In the family: Amel Elezovic and Anes Elezovic

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Director Amel Elezovic and athlete Anes Elezovic are mega-talented brothers, working in the same industry. They share their favourite memories of stealing candy, running with cheetahs, and being there for each other when things get rough

What’s your first memory of each other?

Amel: One of my earliest memories is of Anes learning to sit up. I was asked to take care of him one evening. Normally he would just roll over but that afternoon, he just balanced himself and sat up. I was thrilled.

Anes: Me and Amel are twins so I remember when we were 12 and we celebrated halloween together and Amel dressed up really weird, at first I thought it was another person. He had long hair in a ponytail, a beard, and was wearing black. He created a late-night commotion in the house and I was like, “who is this guy?”

What is the craziest thing you have done together?

Amel: We haven’t had the opportunity to do a lot of crazy things together but I know we will…soon.

Anes: We went running with some cheetahs on leashes in Kruger National Park. We were also the only two people there when my grandmother passed away. It was very sad and emotional, as she was someone we both adored deeply.

What did you get punished for the most as a child?

Amel: I was a very assertive and curious child, constantly challenged my parents and got on their nerves, and got reprimanded. I never got punished as such.Anes: At age eight, I stole some money from my dad’s wallet, ran all the way to the market alone and bought the most expensive Japanese candy I could find. My mum wasn’t very happy when she heard about all this.

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