Hi. I’m Roman. Nice to meet you.

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Hi there!

I’m Roman Grigoriev, Hustler in Chief at Splento.

If you are Splento’s current or potential:
– client
– employee
– investor
– stakeholder
– supplier
– or even competitor

You may be interested to know more about the person who runs the company.

I am – what they call – a serial entrepreneur. Just like boxing is in the blood for Joe Frazier, entrepreneurship is part of my DNA.

I have set up and co-founded numerous businesses in the past 17 years. Some were destined to fail – like selling Oxygen (don’t ask!). Others were profitable, but unscalable – like mobile apps development studio RevelMob, which I closed a few years ago.

A couple of businesses are still going concern and don’t require any of my time (Prime Central London property agency LonGrad and Estonia’s largest language school AtlasNet).

A couple more companies I inadvertently ran into the ground due to lack of startup and management experience (pan-European Groupon-like voucher-site Rewel.Net and gaming studio GuessMate).

If you have plenty of time on your hands, you can get a good idea of what makes me tick from various interviews (including BBC & ITV), but to save you time searching through hundreds of links and photos online trying to understand who “Roman Grigoriev is and what makes him tick”, I’ll lay it all out here, so all of us are literally and metaphorically on the same page.

In my view, there are only 7 things you need to know about me that will give you a clear picture of who I am. Not a full picture, but a picture clear enough to make an educated decision.

1) Efficiency, Productivity & Data:

I care deeply about my efficiency. I don’t do social media, computer/mobile games, TV, general (non-business specific) news, as I feel they all are an unnecessary drain on my productivity.

Furthermore, I love data. I really do. And when you analyse how much of your valuable time all these activities take – you’ll stop doing them, too.

Paraphrasing M. Edwards Deming – my maxim is – “In Her Majesty we trust, everyone else must bring data”. I track and analyse whatever’s possible both in personal life and business.

2) Team & A-Players:

I used to believe that you can solve any problem with people. Then I changed my mind. I fell in love with processes. Then I changed my mind again.

Truth be told, if facts are compelling enough, I’ll change my mind in a heartbeat.

These days I’m rock-solid confident that success in business comes from having the right people with the right skill set (A-Players) in the right job at the right time for the business problem that exists.

In simpler terms: success = (A-team) x (processes) x (strategy) x (market conditions)

3) Honesty, Integrity and Reputation:

I took Warren Buffett’s maxim “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it” to heart when I was very young and have lived by it ever since.

4) Financial Prudence:

You may call it “stingy”, but I call it “financially prudent”. I don’t buy fast cars or expensive watches. I reinvest everything I make.

It holds true for both my personal and business finances.

5) Sport & Health:

I’ve been blessed with friends & family who are very active and tend to eat healthily.

On top of that I love sports and am crazy about running. I run marathons with a PB of 2:59:22. 10 hours a week of strenuous exercise is the norm, but I wish I could do more.

6) Family, Friends & Work/Life Continuum:

I love my family and friends, but I also love my work. I don’t believe work and home is some kind of a zero-sum game and one should exclude the other.

For me work and home is part of the same continuum, but I don’t multitask. I work and rest in focused sprints.

When I’m doing work (whether in the office, at home or on holiday) – I’m 100% in. When I’m with my family (say, playing with my daughter) – I’m 100% in.

7) Lifelong Learning:

I love being the dumbest person in the proverbial room… because I get to learn. I love learning, but I don’t learn for learning’s sake.

To get maximum satisfaction from Lifelong Learning, I need to apply what I’ve learned, which means on most occasions I tend to study work-related stuff, not general academic knowledge. You may be surprised by my outright dim-wittedness when it comes to celebrities and trivia.

That’s about it. However, if you think you still don’t know me, feel free to read through all my posts under the CEO Letter series – they’ll give you a much clearer picture.

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The tale of Splento’s Obsession with Numbers

Investors are like London buses

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My favorite definition of entrepreneurs

There is no good in anything until it is finished

The Three Kings of Business

How will we succeed?

When life gives you lemons…

Roman is a great guy, but…

Jar of Awesome 2.0

Pavlovian Conditioning 2.0

Minimum Viable Business

You are not so smart

10x Grand Slam Experience

Free education is abundant

What doesn’t break us makes us…

Chicken or Egg?

Ambition is the true engine of progress

Measuring What Matters

Three questions of highly effective employees

Don’t Let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good

What do you think about when you fall?

18,242 a day or what I read when I am running

Meetings about meetings, OKRs, A-Team

There is a method to my madness…

Splento’s Definition of A-Players

Joe Frazier on Entrepreneurship

Management its Doing Things Right

Splento MUST-READ List

A-Players in action