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Matt Kurleto - I got fired and it's the best what happened to me


Matt Kurleto

October 16 · Issue #6 · View online
I'm sharing my lessons learned, updates from projects I'm involved in and insights on a global startup ecosystem. I'm a serial entrepreneur, the founder of Neoteric, one of the fastest-growing software companies in the CEE region. My current focus is Startup Hansa, the idea of integrating major business and technology hubs into a sustainable startup ecosystem. I'm always happy to hear from you!

I have passed the last part of operations to my partner and COO, Mateusz Paprocki, in May. That means I am unnecessary to any operations and we can reach our goals without my involvement.
Freeing my time and mind from moving things forward on a daily basis let me take the bigger perspective and work on our long term goals. Let’s see what benefits that brought over just few months.
Firstly, I took time to support Inkubator Starter and we have founded winning the EU-grant we can now offer a $50k non-equity investment and the acceleration program in Gdansk for 18 foreign startups.
I’m very happy that I had a chance to have a strategic approach to building such an important program. I truly believe that mixing the business expertise of western founders with tech skills of Polish people and companies can lead to amazing businesses and development of both ecosystems.
Later, we have had a 3 days strategic workshop in Kiev where we have outline the strategy for the next 5 years. It was extremely challenging as we still have more questions than answers but we created a solid, measurable objective that we can guide our decisions and help us judge our progress.
One of the key things we’ve done was identifying the gaps in our skillset and deciding on the next strategic hires. 3 months later Darek Kociecki has joined us from Netguru as the Head of Business. We’re building the top sales team in Poland, if you want to join us, you just reach out :)
Being free from day-to-day work I have made my childhood dream and took my first trip to the US. It was very rewarding to go there not for holidays but to develop the relations with customers and partners that we already have and find new opportunities.
The trip made me think a lot about the customer experience and the cultural differences that come from what you can expect in the US and in Europe.
The business trip followed shortly by my holidays. Between Aug, 23rd and Oct, 8th I’ve only spent 2 days at the office. My absence didn’t slow us down a bit. The team has helped Darek start-off quickly and we’re currently assessing over 120 candidates for the business development team.
Letting go of the operations let me work on our company rather than in it. Having more time to look further at the horizon I can make impactful decisions more thoroughly because nothing that I do will impact the company in the next few months.
Everything is about agility and swiftness and robustness only to some point. Now it’s about planning, hiring top managers, assessing opportunities against the strategy and trading risk for growth.
Seems like I have just started a new job and strategic management seems more exciting than anything I’ve ever been doing.
As always, you can find some great readings that I recommend and… feel free to get in touch and talk about business, tech and how it will change the future!

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
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