Interview with Maxim Silaev, Who is a Technologist, Leader, Speaker, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Scientist. Let’s have some questions with him to know better what he is doing and how he is facilitating people around the world.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to start your business?
I started my business around 20 years ago after I became a C++ software developer. I had the passion to develop something useful, but I didn’t entertain that thought. At that time, the trend was to become an engineer and get a reputable job – and that’s what I did. I wrote a number of system-level utilities and soon started working in a cyber-security company. Most of the specialists working there usually had very limited room to operate within and a small set of operations, which meant that if you were an engineer, you had to be highly qualified to be successful.
So the first thing I did was that I trained myself to work on my own, without any supervision. It wasn’t easy; in fact, it was the toughest decision I had to make. I left a job with a stable monthly income and started my own business. Since I had just started it, I wasn’t in a position to employ anyone. This meant that I had to play the role of a project manager, director, scientist, engineer, sales, all-in-one. Initially, it was really hard, but what kept me going was the absolute freedom that came with it. I wasn’t taking orders from anyone – I could do my work however I wanted.
That is the path I always wanted to choose; where hard labor, constant self-improvement, analysis, and new research lead you to success. I am now the successful CEO of Digital Dream Lab, something that I wanted to achieve since I was young.
How did you get your idea or concept for the business?
While I was working in the field of cyber-security, I kept looking for an opportunity to apply it in cryptography and artificial intelligence. Once I got the answer, I left my job and started on my own. That is how the Digital Dream Lab was built. This idea became the cornerstone of my company.
Now, at Digital Dream Lab, we provide quick and reliable solutions by connecting AI technology with cybersecurity and integrate into people’s everyday life.
How many people work for you currently?
The people who work in the Digital Dream Lab are my team members, not my employees. I love when people come to work with me, not for me.
The number of people doesn’t matter to me; I believe in building a team of real professionals. Our core team has less than 20 members, but all of them are experts in what they do. They work with maximum effectiveness and with minimum bureaucracy. I trained them in the beginning, and now they know what they need to do – even better than me – and do not require any supervision.
What advice would you give other new entrepreneurs?
I would advise them to do whatever you think is necessary to successfully pursue their dreams. If you have an idea that you believe nobody has explored yet, that there is a market for this or you can effectively create one, then work hard to turn that idea into reality and never give up.
How much potential market share can you achieve in the next 3 years?
Although my initial aim was not to increase my market share, I think it came to me naturally. Currently, there are very few people in this field, and this gives me an edge. I believe we will be able to achieve a significant market share in the next 3 years, considering that the market for AI technology in cybersecurity is increasing day by day.
What are the best and worst purchases you’ve ever made?
My best purchase would be everything I bought while I was setting up my office. I remember it gave me so much happiness, knowing that I’ve finally achieved what I wanted from the beginning.
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In contrast, my worst purchase was an expensive pair of shoes that I bought when I started working. I spent a significant chunk of my income on them and yet they were no different than normal shoes. After this, I decided I will never spend a hefty sum of money on expensive clothes and shoes until I really like them.
Who supported you the most in your life?
I know this sounds cliche, but my mother was my biggest support during my struggles. My father was a strict man who believed that becoming highly qualified and securing a 9-5 job is enough for my man. When I gave up my job, he was disappointed in me and that made me upset. However, my mother encouraged me to keep going. I wouldn’t be standing where I am today without her.
What are your future plans?
My plan is to become so successful that I can travel anywhere without worrying about my company and calculating how much the trip will cost. I love traveling. I lived in 6 countries and have been to over 70 countries and my plan is to travel to every country in the world at least once in my life.
How people should contact you?
People can contact me on email: email@example.com