Basic Info

Name:
Vlad Mamut
Contributor Status:
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Gender:
M
Initial Contribution Date:
05/31/2017
Primary Location:
New York, NY, USA

Career Info

Primary Industry:
Technology
Personal Career Headline:
CEO & CO-FOUNDER, BOWMO
Business Description (One-Liner):

HR technology.

:
31-40 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

Vlad Mamut is the CEO and Co-Founder of bowmo. He is leading bowmo’s rapid and  growth from ideas to revenue. Vlad is driving innovation and execution across the key areas of product delivery, technology, cash flow, corporate development and investor management. Vlad leverages 30+ years of professional experience and passion for technology, people, software design, cognitive computing and big data and a deep understanding of business. He has an outstanding record for delivery, execution and strategic leadership, and an open minded approach to solving everyday puzzles. His leadership style inspires cross-functional teams and categories owning, elevating and integrating their core competencies to create company-wide success.

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How did you get into the industry?:

For me the “industry “is Technology and always has been. As an elementary school kid I used PlayDoh and found it unfulfilling as a toy. My father was an electrical engineer and so I ventured to give energy to things first with batteries. I built my first electrical toy car at 8 years old, fixing the eletric motor to the chassels with PlayDoh I had. I guess I wanted things to evolve and move quicker while using things I had and so that is exactly what I did with that toy car and that is what I look to do with bowmo. I understood automation early and that you had to build something quicker and faster and better to get into the race. I ignored the toy box instructions of how to build it and built something better based on a new theory. That car was followed up by the electrical engineering studies then software and programming. I was inspired by my mentor, who just in his twenties at the time, was the youngest professor at my university. I worked wth him on my Doctorate Studies in Computer Science back in the USSR at the Kharkov Transport Institute, and then Georgia Tech. That all pushed me forward to today. However being a hiring manager always in search of more intiutive and faster candidate results helped me to develop the idea that today is bowmo.

Emerging industry trends?:

Mobile services; working and building from different spaces and collaborative efforts are the way forward. I also have affinity for the ability that provides to be accessible to clients and customers 24/7. At bowmo this translates to our efficiency of “ALWAYS ON”

Industry opportunities and challenges?:

We are focused on our second round of funding while rapidly building the customer base. The challenge is always having people who you are with limited attention spans, long standing legacy systems and long tenured systems or software relationships already in place. The thinking can be old and with HR Tech we find that some decisionmakers have become complacent and efficiency is not always seen as a necessity. They grew too comfortable doing things the way that they have always done it.

bowmo is changing the culture of recruiting with its SaaS. A bigger challenge is the speed at which decisions are made, there is a tsunami of change happening in the recruiting industry and the sales cycle is long to convince a potential customer and gain synchronicity. Finally securing investors with a long-term vision of realizing the benefits of bowmo without expecting immediate ROI but delivery of real value is really hard. We see a strong correlation between what is expected and how to balance those expectations.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?:

Frustration of my own as a hiring manager, with recruiters who seemed unable to find the best candidates for the roles I had opened and the likelihood of missing out on a great candidate to work on my business was the inspiration for building and offering bowmo. We seek to make organizations better equipped for the future by offering them the software to integrate.

What's next for the Business in the near future?:

What comes next for bowmo is to exploit its implications for other industries; HRTechnology is definitely not the only place that it can be used.

Your key initiatives for the success of the Business? Greatest Accomplishment?:

The main initiative is to approach all people, customers and clients as learning for lifetime opportunities.  Being structured and not indulging in thoughts without action is also a key initiative that leads to encouraging people to deliver and be at the top of their centers of excellence. Having team members with views of their role as part of the future of the bowmo business is a strong initiative and well as moving at rapid pace to capture growth opportunities. I want to make sure that people understand that bowmo is a verb and have structured thinking while still embracing boundary-less behavior. If people know a better way it is good for them to feel invited to share it. We must honor the efficiences matrix while pushing for better collaboration.

Your most difficult moment at the Business? (and what did you learn?):

Learning the limitations of “partnership” has been hard, Acknowledging what can and cannot be done and who is capable of what without seeming that you are giving up on people. The Albert Einstein saying of “…if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid,” …that rings true in this business.

Ideal experience for a customer/client?:

The ideal experience is one where customers are using bowmo as a verb and reporting a quicker connection with the right candidates and a shorter time to fill their requisitions. When they are recommending bowmo to others in the industry, we will have delivered and ideal experience.

How do you motivate others?:

To motivate I dress for the role that I am in. I hold the mindset of leading a team and I stay alert.

Career advice to those in your industry?:

I advise people to be a sponge for knowledge and invest in a lifetime of learning. I also recommend reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel. It is a great book for those who need insights and notes on building a modern startup.

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What do you do best?:

Depends on degree of separation. I strive to always be at the top of my intelligence and pushing that knowledge further and further, but I truly believe there is an immense pool of talent in the industry, and so there must be someone out there better than me and I want to find those people. It is my job as the leader of bowmo to find them, motivate them, and to really excite them about my business.

What makes you the best?:

I’m a really good dancer ( laughs) No — but really, my courage. My courageousness is what makes me the best. I have the courage to say no. I have the courage to say, “ I’m wrong” — the courage to say, “  you are wrong and we will not be doing it this way. “ You must have the courage to think and act objectively for the greater good. You must have the courage to put things into perspective and sacrifice that pride.

What are your aspirations? (Personal and Business):

As far as my business aspirations are concerned, I of course want bowmo to be super successful. I want bowmo to be a unicorn. Our company’s potential has already been recognized as a valuable and vital tool that is delivering the evolution of recruiting. My aspiration is to achieve that potential to the fullest degree and beyond.

In terms of financial, prospect, and client aspirations — I want bowmo to succeed and to succeed fast, but I also don’t want bowmo’s success to be heavily weighed on the people who make bowmo successful. Planning fast vs. learning faster. I highly respect the people that I work with and I do not want bowmo’s success to lead to personal failures. We have to be balanced.

Biggest Success?:

This is a tough question. Personally, I believe my biggest success was recognizing and exercising my potential early on and moving from the Communist Regime in Russia to pursue opportunity in the United States. I believe that is my underlining lifetime achievement. There were many factors to consider in making this move, for I had a successful scientific career in the Soviet Union. My success was attributed to recognizing the shortcomings and reputations of that community. I had to fearlessly cut off all ties when coming here.

Most Challenging Moment?:

Looking at Carvaggio’s painting of the Angel Gabriel helps in difficult times. Gabriel has a special meaning to me. He is my navigator and my avatar. Gabriel is an inspiration of recognizing and acting on being in the right place at the right time and executing the right things.

The painting leads me to reflection on several personal situations or things that  in a sense I feel an emotional attachment to over a particular occasion that may have been difficult in my life.

Motto?:

I have many. Be true to yourself. Don’t do your best, do what’s necessary/required.

Winston Churchill once said, “In critical situations, it is not enough to do your best, you have to do what’s required.”

Favorite People/Role Models?:

Winston Churchill. I have art with him in my study at home. He had the courage to stand alone when everybody else was not recognizing dangers and implications. In business, it is really Elon Musk. I like his drive, his courage.

Favorite Places/Destinations?:

I love Italy. If you ask me where I want to go tomorrow – Italy. I like all of it, south and the north and in between. It has flavors and colors and tastes and sites. I really like discovering good wines. Wines that talk to me. I love the process of discovery. My wife and I went to wide ranges of Italy and stopped at places and talked to people who would point us in the next direction off the beaten path. Of course if you get off the streets of Milan, everyone is a celebrity. It’s the Italian way of doing things that it has a lot of contradictions. To me, I’m amazed at how much they were able to achieve even with these contradictions. They have incredible artists, movie producers, when you think about the war in the 60s. The paradox to me, with so much talent, why hasn’t Italy achieved much more. The parallel at bowmo, we are the best. Without the structure we’ll never get where we need to be.

Favorite Products/Objects?:

I really appreciate fine things — fine objects. Not in terms of luxury, but in terms of design and metaphors. The time and thought that goes into these objects is fascinating. The idea of crafting something, with no immediate meaning, but then coming to realize its beauty and impact after looking, touching, playing with, experiencing it is truly something special.

This is why I appreciate and gravitate towards Japanese netsuke. These figures are so organically original and hold a lot of layers of meaning — especially the classical ones. The craftsmanship and philosophy behind each piece builds meaning that becomes more and more powerful over time.

Current Passions?:

My passion now is bowmo. bowmo really consumed my life and my family. I eat, sleep, speak, and breathe bowmo. bowmo  is everywhere. I’m not a spring chicken and so I really feel that I was very fortunate to come into a realization of this opportunity in this stage of my life. I know this is going to be big. I believe that  I have enough knowledge and experience to bring bowmo forward into success, and that we are cultivating the right team and the right science behind the product.

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