As I set foot back in Boston, it is time to reflect about my experience at Nordeus. From the very first day to the succesful presentation at the end, it is hard to imagine a better experience.
During three weeks we had the chance to deeply understand the gaming industry and more especifically Nordeus, a company that in just four years could transform one single game into the most successful start up in the country. The story of the three founders was very inspiring. It sets a good example for all those willing to start their own business, specially in countries where entrepreneurship is not part of the culture.
Everything comes down to how much you believe in your ideas and those you can get on board to help you through the initial phase. I had a company before coming to Sloan, and I can guarantee that it is crucial to start on the right foot. Nordeus has done from day one an impressive job at selecting the right people. This was crutial in the beggining, and becomes even more important as the company is growing at an unprecedent rate.
During GLab I, most of our class discussions were on how dificult it might be to become an entrepreneur in countries such as those we all went. After being in Serbia I realize that the opportunities might be even bigger than the challenges in many cases. There is an expression in Portuguese that goes: "In the land of the blind, those with an eye are kings". In other words, Nordeus is an exception in Serbia, an for sure is profiting from that. The company has won many awards and receives tons of CVs a day from all over the world from people willing to be part of this successfull story. They could think of transfering their headquarters to the US west coast for example, but they see no reason for that, and neither do I. They could grow their staff in hundreds, but they see no reason for that, and neither do I. They are taking one step at a time to guarantee a solid and sustainable growth, and I could not agree more! They have always been humble, and for smart entrepreneurs, this is the key for success.
I will not start a business right after Sloan, rather I will join a consulting firm. However, I want to be back to entrepreneuship in the long run, and when I do that, I will certainly look back at Nordeus and this wonderful experience I had during GLab.
Thanks Serbia! Thanks Nordeus! See you soon...