Ilya Pozin (this week’s live chat host -- click here to RSVP) didn’t start off with a multimillion-dollar business. Or event a multimillion-dollar idea.
In school, he was a loner and a self-professed “computer nerd,” whose family immigrated from Russia when he was just 8 years old. The family left St. Petersburg little more than the cash in their pockets. His parents, both of whom have Master’s degrees, had to work menial jobs just get by.
Luckily, a computer -- a gift from his parents in the third grade -- quickly became his favorite hobby, and a job going door-to-door selling newspapers taught him firsthand how to build trust (the secret to making sales naturally). Both experiences were key in his next job as a teen salesmen at CompUSA.
That’s also where he met his mentor, Tom Antioch, who gave him the third valuable tool he needed to turn his talents into a full-fledged business: Internet marketing.
Ilya started building websites here and there (Ciplex was officially founded when he was just 17), but it was Tom’s teaching -- as well as Ilya’s self-taught love of computers and the Internet -- that catapulted Ciplex from a side gig to a multimillion-dollar, global digital marketing agency.
The rest, as they say, is history (though you can get Ilya’s full story on Mixergy). Today Ilya is an accomplished entrepreneur, writer and investor. He’s a regular columnist for Inc., Forbes and LinkedIn. And Ciplex has grown many times over -- it’s been around now for over 13 years and is the recipient of multiple awards, including Inc. Magazine's INC 500/5000 award for three consecutive years.
Plus, Inc. Magazine recognized him as a 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur in 2012. And this year, LinkedIn selected Ilya as one of 100 Influencers, along with the likes of Richard Branson, Barack Obama, Tony Robbins and Mark Cuban.
Through Ciplex, Ilya has been behind the build and marketing of over 2,000 websites and startups -- which means he has a unique and highly valuable perspective on how to help YOUR business grow.
This Thursday at 3 PM EST is your chance to talk to pick Ilya’s brain about all things related to the build and marketing of startups and their websites during our hour-long #StartupLab live chat presented by Citi. Ilya will share his thoughts on user acquisition, getting your startup idea to market, hiring employees who actually stick around, the art of automating your lead generation (so customers come to YOU), and the top mistakes you might be making on your website, to name just a few topics. Make sure to bring some questions for him.