Ivo Hristov is one of the brightest and most experienced entrepreneurs in the country.
He was the co-founder of Komfo, a leading IT company. Previously, he was working for the Microsoft branch in Denmark.
Now he is founder and CEO of the IT networking website DEV.BG
He is one of the StartUP Next Conference key speakers this year.
Let’s see what he said to us:
What is your own definition of being an “entrepreneur”?
Entrepreneur is someone who is proactive, thinking outside the box and always looking for ways to achieve his/her goals no matter if that is business or not.
When did you realize that entrepreneurship was “your thing”?
I was very young, perhaps 10 years old. Ever since I knew I will go the entrepreneur way sooner or later.
Photo: Ivaylo Hristov’s private Archive
What were your first steps at it?
When I was about 9 years old my brother and I decided to sell some of the stuff we’ve had at home. It felt very good to make some money. Then we got punished since we were not supposed to sell my mother and father stuff. But it was a very good start.
How would you describe your entrepreneurial journey – jumping and falling or smoothly walking – and explain why?
It is a roller-coaster up and down, sometimes more down then up. Entrepreneurship is always breaking vicious circles. It is really hard and sometimes it doen’t work.
What is the key message you would like to share at UPVenture Week?
The founders of a startup are the pilots and their motivation, well-being and ambitions are the fuel that will make it or break it for the startup.
If you want to meet him, don’t wait anymore and REGISTER for StartUP Next 2015 Conferece!