How Crisis Changed These Entrepreneurs' Perspectives on Money and Business

Released Tuesday, 24th March 2020
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Episode 134: Long-time friends, Pavel Chaploutskiy and Victor Rakovich talk about how growing up after the collapse of the Soviet Union impacted their views on money, business, and comedy!
Guest Biography
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During the painful collapse of the Soviet Union, the economy was fractured, the currency changed overnight, there were no jobs which paid. My parents as well as millions of other adults went to work without pay. Naively believing that the government would fix things quickly. We had to find ways to make money, so I’d say the struggle made me an entrepreneur. I was 11 years old when I started hustling on the flea market with my grandmother.
In this episode, you'll learn:
  • Perspectives on money from two entrepreneurs who have lived through crisis
  • What it was like to build a flooring business from scratch in New York City
  • One of their niche businesses, a ceiling system, that they brought from Europe to the USA
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