Truly outstanding success is achieved by those who see opportunities, accept a bigger degree of risk and follow their dreams with a strong will.
Leonid Boguslavsky is the founder of RTP Global. He was one of the pioneers of IT and internet tech investments, being one of the first to back Yandex, now one of Europe’s largest tech companies. As an investor, he’s involved with some of the world’s most successful companies, including Delivery Hero, Ring Central, Epam and Datadog among many others.
In the early 1990s, prior to becoming a venture capitalist, Leonid built one of Russia’s largest IT solutions integrators. After selling the company to PwC in 1996, Leonid stayed on as a Senior Partner responsible for Management Consulting Services.
Leonid started his career as a scientist, specialising in the areas of performance evaluation, the modelling of computer systems and networks at the USSR Academy of Sciences and the University of Toronto. He has a PhD and a Doctorate.
A known sport enthusiast, Leonid has a keen interest in triathlon, and in 2017 he launched Super League Triathlon – a new format in the global Sportainment market.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of the job you do?
Meeting talented people and helping them achieve their dreams.
What expertise do you bring to the founders you engage with?
Sharing my entrepreneurial experience with them. Helping them avoid mistakes and define the road map to their own success.
What’s the best piece of business advice you have ever been given?
Any founder with a great idea needs to build a very strong team to help them make it happen. Even the best idea accounts only for 30% of any success. 70% depends on its implementation.
What’s the biggest business risk you’ve ever taken? Did it pay off?
Once I invested all my savings in a tiny company that did not have any revenues. I quit my executive job at PwC to become co-founder and CEO of an investment start-up that worked with them. That company was Yandex. 11 years later, at its Nasdaq IPO, it was valued at $8B.
What’s your greatest life achievement so far?
My 4 children.