Ivan Mazour is a Russian-born London-based serial entrepreneur, investor, author and the CEO and Founder of Ometria—a technology company with an ecommerce intelligence platform. Ometria is his seventh company, in a career spanning various industries from property to education. Alongside his main role, Ivan is also the Founding Partner of Innova Kapital—an early stage VC firm investing in UK-based technology startups.
A few years ago I wrote about my communication protocol – the four channels of communication that I was willing to use, and which of them had to be used for which purpose when trying to get in touch with me. After a little bit of training, everyone in my life adapted, and it’s worked great since then. Although the people who pick up the phone in the Ometria office do sometimes feel awkward telling people that "Ivan doesn’t take incoming calls of any kind – please see his blog." There was a...Read more
For the past couple of weeks, I’ve found myself watching, analysing, and comparing some rather strange fictional characters. From Lou Bloom, the main character in Nightcrawler, to Christian Grey, to Frank Underwood, these guys are all similar – all trying to get things done while facing constant, intense pressure, and neverending setbacks. Whenever a season of House of Cards comes out, it tends to get binged almost immediately, and this was certainly the case this time around. Frank Underwood...Read more
Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to build a space company. My mother was an applied mathematician whose PhD was focused on solar energy collection for spacecraft, and who worked on the Soviet space programme at a time when space travel was close to science fiction. I didn’t realise it at the time, but that had a subconscious effect on my own passions and ambitions, and together with her relentless motivation, it led to my inability to be interested in setting and achieving goals which...Read more
In what has become one of my favourite annual traditions, I woke up early this morning to go and dig out my pink "Key Decision Analysis" notepad, and have a look at what I have learned from analysing the decisions made in 2013 – just as I did last year, and the year before. For anyone who hasn’t read the previous posts, I follow a rather self-explanatory process which I call Key Decision Analysis, where every month I write down the most serious decisions that I make – the ones that are most...Read more