Being in a privileged position, I want to give back. During my last 12 years as an entrepreneur, I have found myself in many good and bad situations. I have made millions of mistakes, yet found the way out often thanks to other people I considered smarter than myself. Merely seeing a different perspective through their eyes on a situation I wanted to change often was the first step to find a solution whether that was business, life, or career. Being in a privileged position as a unicorn co-founder (Vinted), I want to give back: I am offering my experience & perspective to young entrepreneurs and other fellows who believe I can provide a helpful perspective on their business problems. I will not solve your problems. Only you can do that, yet, I might offer a different approach to your problem. I have already reserved 1-2 slots per week for whoever wants to talk to me. During last year, I have already done close to 100 such meetings/calls, and, based on the feedback, people were happy (5 out 5 stars). Yes, I am doing this through this platform. I charge a symbolic fee for a meeting because I learned that there is a massive difference in people’s motivation, whether they pay or not. Well, there is no free lunch, after all. And yes, all proceeds automatically go to a local dog shelter as a charity. Some of you might know that I am a big fan of dogs 🐕. I will respond to all meeting requests, yet will accept only those which I believe are relevant to me. So, please be specific on your problem/situation prior sending me a request. Also, I might have a queue of requests/meetings, so please give me time to come back to you. To those who don’t know me, briefly: I am an engineer in my heart. I was coding since I was 10. I represented Lithuania in international olympiads in informatics when I was at school (yet, never got the medal). I made my first exit when I was 14 and since then worked as a software developer. At age of 24, I co-founded Vinted, which 12 years later became the first Lithuanian unicorn. I left my own company when I was 34 (it was both a happy and painful experience). Today I am building Qoorio, a platform to connect people like you and me. I experienced working, studying, and building a company all at the same time by day & night. I have hired over a hundred people and fired tens. I raised tickets from €5k to €25m. I pitched to hundreds of investors of all kinds: angels, seeds, growth, PE, investment banks, etc. I was micromanaging people, bullying people, empowering people, making their dreams and nightmares come true. I was the best leader and the worst one. I have seen teams coming together, I have seen teams breaking up. I have seen companies dying, and I have seen companies skyrocketing. I made brilliant decisions, and I made terrible decisions. I was in euphoria many times, and I was in hell even more times. I have been the winner, and I have been the looser. I was loved by some people, and some other people hated me. Some people thought I am a genius, marketing guru and a mastermind, while other people thought I am a delusional psychopath. Well, after all, if you think I can be of any help to you, then let’s talk! If not, then share this message with those who might want to talk. 🙇‍♂️🚀💪🦀
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Povilas GodliauskasFounder & Coach @ coach.lt
Justas, thank you for your good intentions! However, do you really believe that being in a 'privileged position' is (ethically speaking) a good reason to give back? From what I understand, you are in a privileged position because you earned it through hardwork, fueled at least by careful thinking, experimentation, patience, and the courage to ask good questions. Nowadays, a considerable number of charity initiatives are driven by guilt or fear of being criticized for one's privilege, while a more conscious and calculated decision to make the world a better place should be granted. Anyway, I feel that your heart is in a good place. Keep up the good work!
16 days ago
Guna Janusevska
Hey, I saw your post in LinkedIn, I would appreciate online conversation with you regarding marketplace. Thanks!
16 days ago
Morten BarkfeldCEO Keywordio
Hi Justas. I saw your post on LinkedIn. I'm starting a self financed SaaS platform with a partner and have many questions and would love to hear some wisdom from someone like you. My girlfriend is a Lithuanian Googler and I come often to Lithuania. Let me know if you'd have time to connect. Cheers Morten
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Mauricio PatiñoCreator and dreamer, guitarist, painter, physics, science fiction
Hi Justas, how are you? . I Find you a year ago through linkedin. I'm the founder of Birdi, the postmates for second-hand products in latin america. It Would be great if you can share your experiences and insights from developing a big marketplace like vinted. We are in a pre-seed round making traction an revenue. Thanks!
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Marijus KrasnickasValue Creator Through Unity. Founder of UNO Parks. Your Gold Fish.
Justas Janauskas thanks for sharing. #SharingIsCaring
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As a CEO, I often have no clue what I am doing, what is my job/role, and where this company is going to. I often think that the company I am building is a total BS 💩. Also, I sometimes feel that we are implementing the most genius idea, and it will turn over the world. And then I have a crystal clear clarity of the future and how we are going to get there 🚀. Then I ask myself if I am slightly bipolar, and googling around that proves true 😭. If you can relate to this, don’t worry, this does not prevent you from building a unicorn 🦄. Surprisingly 🤷‍♂️. #fridaymood #ceoconfession

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Sam Altman, CEO @ OpenAI, ex President @ Y Combinator writes about idea generation: “The best ideas are fragile; most people don’t even start talking about them at all because they sound silly. Perhaps most of all, you want to be around people who don’t make you feel stupid for mentioning a bad idea, and who certainly never feel stupid for doing so themselves.” “Finally, a good test for an idea is if you can articulate why most people think it’s a bad idea, but you understand what makes it good.” Read full post here: https://blog.samaltman.com/idea-generation
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Povilas GodliauskasFounder & Coach @ coach.lt
Well said, Justas Janauskas. Allowing people to act on their ideas and fail requires courage and trust.
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