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CRN Exclusive: Veeam's Ratmir Timashev On Post-Veeam Plans And How To Succeed In Tech

Ratmir Timashev, who along with longtime friend and fellow entrepreneur Andrei Baronov co-founded Veeam, told CRN about the planned transition time for the two after Veeam is acquired by Insight Partners, and gave tips to future tech entrepreneurs.

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If a young person came up to you today, a smart person, and asked you what would be a good thing for a young entrepreneur today to invest in technology-wise, how would you advise that person?

I always say that to be successful in technology, you have to do three things. You have to be at the right time, at the right place, and create a brilliant product. You don't want to be the first. You don't want to be last. Google, Microsoft, Facebook, they were not the first. Apple wasn't the first to invent a smartphone. So you want to come at the right time, at the right place, and create a brilliant product.

So just think about this. Don't be the first. Wait. Work some deals. Create the market. What's the name of the social network which was before Facebook? Myspace? Let a Myspace create the marketplace for you and you do it better. Just a more brilliant product.

Anything else?

That's three things. Number four and number five is sales and marketing. Of course be aggressive in sales and marketing. But if you don't have the first three, being at the right time at the right place with a brilliant product, let's talk about Facebook or Apple, then number four and number five, sales and marketing, you'll have difficulties. So yeah, I mean, the genius of the young entrepreneurs is finding those three things, and that's just a gut feeling: Right place, right time, with a brilliant product.

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