Alumni Stories | Artem Tolmachev
What were you doing before you joined the Uprise Academy program?
I’ve been part of my family business for the last 15 years helping to scale the business from 1 Daycare centre location to now 6 and still growing! Around 100 employees and over 500 kids a day! I studied at business at university and expanding my skills in UX Design was my new goal that helped me better support our Dev team in expanding our App (another part of the business). I have a young daughter and work is pretty much 24/7 so this was a chance to create space to learn new skills and adjust my mindset to lead our business better.
It hasn’t always been like this. Let me tell you that right before Uprise, a deep point in my life has been reached. I had achieved a great deal of business success but was totally unhappy. Going to work was a burden, no longer seeing the light, having lost my motivation. Day in day out … I no longer saw the bright colors of life. Everyone was hinting at midlife crisis haha, but that wasn’t it… the inspiration was lost, the routine was the same and even though business continued to grow…. The question was always… why… there must be more!?
How has your career changed since graduating from Uprise Academy?
Since the Uprise Academy ended, I’ve spent time in India with the Dev team helping us develop the UX design to make it easier for our parents to use and have found a 25% increase in user engagement. Reporting stats I never even had before - thanks Uprise!! We have had 6 major App updates from there and since attending some tech conferences in China and even Armenia, we have exciting things in the pipeline for 2020. One of the most important things which have come from Uprise is that we have started doing better workflows for our employees and the division of key areas of business between us 3 Directors! Something which I guess (as a growing family business) needs to be addressed at some point and Uprise has actualised this and I highlighted the importance sooner.
What was the biggest lesson you learned after joining Uprise Academy?
Meditation has been an absolute game changer for me and without Uprise academy, it’s unlikely I would have ever have discovered the importance of this. Everyone in the office has noticed how much focused and chilled out I am compared to when I went so it’s really helped me gain a new perspective! I also found love there - the biggest surprise! Not just from my Gf (that I met at Uprise) but from the tribe members. I’ve seen most of them since the Uprise academy ended and even introduced my daughter to some members! Looking forward to our 2020 reunion. Deep friendships forged for life!!!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about applying for the program?
Apply and never look back!! My brother is joining the next nonMBA program. Sure you have your initial goals of why you’re applying but release those expectations and be open to everything. The people, the learnings, the experiences - say yes to everything, make the most of your weekends to explore the wider area or nearby countries. What you’ll probably find is you go with one intention but when reflecting back the experience was just so much more! It’s possibly the indirect learnings, the moments in-between. The people really. Life changing. Truly life changing.
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