Justas from Qoorio asked:
“Vilius, you were a very successful engineer, had a great position at Facebook. What made you come back to Lithuania and start your own company in real estate?”
In short, when my qooriosity to approach some problems in real estate industry became bigger than excitement to work on solutions at my organization at Facebook that was the moment when I decided to quit and start my own business.
First, I am not outsider in real estate business. Back in 2006, I was market analyst for the biggest real estate development company in Lithuania. I knew what are the biggest pain-points (not vitamins) while working on my daily tasks. For example, one of the challenges is to collect market intelligence efficiently: track your competitors, their sales, determine market trends. When I started my business in 2018, I knew exactly what needs to be built and the journey was much straighter. Today the business is growing, adding new customers every month an expanding range of services. For almost 10 years I thought spending so much time in unrelated industry (I am software engineer) was wasteful, but now I find it super valuable.
Second, throughout 7 years of career at Facebook, I gathered enough experience which I need to build new product. I grew up corporate ladder to become senior engineer and also tried management role. I took advantage of many training programs - one of key advantages of big-tech to get new skills. I worked with some of the most talented data scientists, product designers, researchers in the world and learned from them. I also have adapted culture from Facebook - good things take stamina and time to build. CityNow, new construction map I currently work, will take years to perfect - but I am commited to work it out :)
Last, It felt that its time to give back to community where I grew up - starting from Vilnius, my hometown. It felt that I was net gainer from growing here (free education, medical insurance, no student debts, etc) and decided to contribute back by sharing my knowledge of building products, helping other to choose their dream home, and maybe - inspire someone else to go back to Lithuania and make impact.