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If Alex was asked why did you choose the profession of a venture investor? He would answer: What else could I do? Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and go where your heart takes you. We believe that Alex’s heart is somewhere between AI and Software, albeit his soul and body actively approaching FoodTech. :o:
Alex is not able to sit still and wait for new opportunities, but proactively creates them. For 15 years in private equity and venture capital investments, he took part in more than 50 transactions with a total volume of over $3.5 billion. Alex's strengths include: structuring deals, finding new opportunities, finance, strategy and sales.
To charm Alex, the project needs strong and unique leaders, tested and digitized hypotheses, and a vision of the team on a long horizon (Alex's planning horizon is rumored to be the longest in history). Unlike most VCs, Alex loves to read long letters and study detailed decks from the founders.
Alex is passionate about Begin and our portfolio 24/7, except when his favorite football team is playing. But we are very lucky that they lose all the time and have few matches per year.
Before dedicating his life to venture capital Ruslan tried himself in all other roles: startup founder, corporate and strategy consultant. Now, two facts he knows for sure: “VC is the best job in the world” and “being a startup founder is awesome, but freaking hard!”
To make founders’ life somewhat easier Ruslan is always happy to share his experience. From building sales teams in US and China to raising $50m+ investment rounds. Prior to Begin Ruslan spent 5 years with Runa Capital where he worked with awesome startups like Mambu, NGINX, and Brainly.
Ruslan is passionate about partnering with entrepreneurs who are focused on building product-driven companies and share Ruslan’s love of excel. You can melt his heart with deep industry knowledge and 5-years product plan.
If you can’t reach out to Ruslan, it is probably because he got lost while exploring jungles in India or national parks in Africa. He also used to sail the ocean and freeride in mountains, but his skills were so poor that his wife wisely banned all life threatening activities.