Here’s a quick snapshot about me, as well as the opportunities I’m looking for, some of my philosophies, a short bio and my current work.
Please note:
  • Don’t contact me trying to reach Vitalik! I can’t help with that.
  • I am not a blockchain tech expert, that's not my core expertise.
  • I had no involvement in the creation of Ethereum — all of that is credit to Vitalik and his collaborators.
  • Before scheduling a meeting or a call, lets chat over email/messaging first.

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Dmitry Buterin: a quick snapshot

  • Serial Tech Entrepreneur. Founder of three multi-million dollar businesses, including the top-ranked membership management SaaS, Wild Apricot, which serves over 20,000 non-profit organizations.
  • Cofounder of BlockGeeks.com and L4V.io
  • Coach, advisor, mentor, angel investor for blockchain startups.
  • Voluntarist. Personal growth geek.
  • Proud father of Vitalik Buterin - creator of Ethereum.

Opportunities I am looking for

I am looking to get involved with a small number of technology companies who are building a better world through decentralized blockchain technologies — as a mentor, coach, and  advisor.

Blockchain technologies have already begun to change the world, and their potential to radically disrupt it is massive. Right now, we are in the midst of a hype phase driven by crazy ICOs. Lots of pain and grief will follow, but that won’t alter the long-term potential of this technology, which is what I am focused on.  

I can’t help you with in-depth insights of blockchain tech; I have a decent level of understanding but I am not a blockchain tech expert. Where I can help you is with your personal growth and business leadership. This can’t be done remotely, so I primarily want to engage with companies based in Toronto, (or, with companies outside of Toronto so long as there is some way to meet in person at least a few times a year). Personal fit is key.

My learnings and philosophy about business and more

Here are some of the key learnings and philosophies that I acquired over the years:

  • Business results reflect the personal beliefs of the team, especially those of the leaders. If you want your business to grow, you have to identify and grow out of your limiting beliefs. This is hard!!!

  • Key tools for personal growth are:

    • Ongoing learning on your own — books, conferences etc.

    • Having an awesome group of peers and a way to connect and share with them deeply.

    • Working with the best coaches and mentors. I am grateful to many amazing people who have helped me in my journey, including Colin Collard and Philip McKernan

  • If you want to build a great business, attract great people. They will not stand for politics and other bullshit. Culture is key. Building a good culture is a long-term process. It’s not about posting a bunch of fancy posters about your mission and core values around the office.

  • You can only achieve great business results if you focus on what your customers want and help them solve their problems. Many businesses seem to be going at it backwards —  focusing on a particular revenue/profit/growth number and thinking of customers as an afterthought.

  • Most startups overcomplicate things and have very complex and fragile business models built on a mound of assumptions. I am a big believer in finding a very specific set of customers who have a specific problem and then validating your assumptions about the problem and your proposed solution through a series of iterations.

  • Successful businesses of the future will be built on new organizational models which help everyone in the organization to be their best. (One model I really like is Teal, featured in the book  Reinventing Organizations. We have been implementing Teal at Wild Apricot since January 2016. It has been hard to do, but very rewarding.)

  • A living, growing business has to be a learning business, which requires everyone in the business to constantly learn and grow, professionally and personally.

  • Great businesses are transparent. Everyone working there understands the full context and has full access to information, including good news and bad news.

  • Nonviolent communication is a great framework for better communication and conflict resolution, whether in a personal or business context.

  • People always overestimate what they can do in the short term and underestimate what they can do in the long term.

Short bio

I grew up in the Soviet Union, in Grozny, Chechnya, then moved to Moscow at the age of 17, to study Computer Science at the Moscow Institute of Electronic Engineering (MIET).

In 1994, I started my career, working briefly at DialogBank as a software engineer, then at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting as a computer systems consultant (ERP/Financial systems).

In 1997 I co-founded my first business, Columbus Russia, a financial software reseller and consultancy. I have been a serial tech entrepreneur ever since. Each venture has been bootstrapped, and I have never raised outside capital.

Three of my businesses have reached 7 figures in revenue (Columbus Russia, Bonasource, Wild Apricot), and one of them 8 figures (Wild Apricot).

At the end of 1999, I moved to Canada, and have been living in Toronto ever since.

I’m the proud father of three —  my son Vitalik and two daughters.

My current work

  • L4 Ventures: L4V.io, Toronto-based home for blockchain technology startups. Working with my friends Ethan Wilding, Jeff Coleman, Josh Stark, Liam Horne, Richard Moore and others.

  • Wild Apricot, founder and CEO. SaaS serving over 20,000 small non-profits. Note: Wild Apricot has been acquired in September 2017 and I am transitioning out by end of December 2017

  • BlockGeeks.com, cofounder and advisor. My friend and business partner Ameer Rosic runs it. BlookGeeks strives to help many more people learn about blockchain technology and get involved.

  • Angel investor in:

    • Nuco (Enterprise blockchain platform)

    • Augment Partners (known for their prediction market Augur)

    • Highline Beta (startup co-creation company)

    • 4Scotty (new kind of tech recruitment company)

  • Advisor to SwarmCity