ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Vadim Kravchenko Vadim Kravcenko
Co-founder & CTO @ mindnow AG ๐Ÿ“ Zรผrich
Partner at mind ventures GmbH
I grow teams, build products and solve problems - occasionally a computer is involved.

Series: Founders Guide

๐Ÿš€ So you want to be a founder? This series was made for aspiring entrepreneurs and people who are looking to go from early-stage startup to late-stage business. I've helped companies release multitudes of products and here are some proven guides that will help you turn your idea into MVP, find your first customers, grow your business and become a unicorn.

Founders Guide: Complex Projects 101

15 min read

Founders Guide: How to Hire a CTO for Your Startup

13 min read


Series: Building Teams

๐Ÿ„โ€ Scaling your team is hard. Finding the right talent and making sure they stay is a challenge. I have experience growing from zero to multiple teams working seamlessly with one another. It wasn't easy. This series was made for management and tech leads to help you grow by empowering & enabling your employees.

Self-Organizing Teams

7 min read

How to build remote teams properly

12 min read

How to run efficient meetings with engineers

6 min read


Long essays

๐ŸŽฏ What does a Product Owner do all day?

5 min read

๐Ÿ’€ Every app has its skeletons

5 min read

ย ๐ŸŽญย Owning up to your mistakes

5 min read

Managing technical debt at an agile company

9 min read

Growing your interns

9 min read

Lessons learned from becoming CTO of a small startup

10 min read

Short Essays

๐ŸŽฏ What does a Product Owner do all day?

5 min read

๐Ÿ’€ Every app has its skeletons

5 min read

ย ๐ŸŽญย Owning up to your mistakes

5 min read

๐Ÿฅ‡ The unfair advantage

5 min read

โš™๏ธ So what does SLA really mean?

5 min read

๐Ÿ”ฅ Battling daily procrastination

5 min read

๐Ÿ”ฅ Do things, tell people

5 min read

โ›ณ Moving Forward in times of uncertainty

5 min read

About me

๐Ÿ”ฅ I co-founded a digital agency four years ago, growing from zero to 60 people. I helped the company grow from zero $0 to millions in revenue with a sustainable profit and solid development. The result is a well-structured and oiled innovation machine that can build products of any size. We've built neobanks, ecommerce projects, automation tools and even tightly-integrated SaaS ecosystems. Lately, I've been consulting mid-stage startups to make sure they're ready to take it from 3 devs to 50 devs.

๐Ÿ‘ถ Growing up, I was always into computers and electronics. I had my computer, played around with BASIC, DOS, learned some scripting languages, and built my first PHP project when I was 13. After that, it kind of snowballed.

๐Ÿš€ During the past 15 years, I've had the privilege to launch dozens of different products for different industries - as a software developer, architect and team lead. I've worked with many startups, and released several open-source libraries.

๐Ÿ”ง Nowadays my expertise lies in building proper development processes as well helping early-/mid-stage startups grow their products. I've done this all my life so I've gotten pretty good at it. So instead of coding, im focusing more on the big picture stuff and managing chaos inside of it โ€” making sure the whole engine works as efficiently as possible.

๐Ÿ’Œ I like writing. As a matter of fact, I like it so much that I write weekly on my linkedIn. Each Thursday, I share some reflections about things I've been pondering as well as the daily struggles of a CTO. Might be interesting for you, so subscribe.

โ˜•๏ธ I love meeting up with people in real life. So here's an offer - if you live somewhere around Zurich (Switzerland) and want to chat, I'll buy you a coffee, no questions asked. I generally enjoy my Coffee on the weekends from 10:00 to 12:00, and you're welcome to join. Drop me an email, and we can work something out.