Growing up as an Eastern European transplant in Central Massachusetts, Sergei’s entrepreneurship education started at 12 years old while working at his dad’s shopping mall kiosks as the de facto chief English/Russian translator.
While getting his formal business education studying Economics and Finance at Bentley University, Sergei worked on a few side projects, including a peer to peer ad network (which he financed by selling his beloved 1999 Toyota Solara) and a website for cat memes and flash games (which, surprisingly, made more money with less investment!). After a year and a half working in finance, and about 300 hours of studying to pass level I of the CFA, he joined his first startup, Edhance, to help run sales and marketing at the 10-person company. Soon after Edhance was acquired, Sergei moved to NYC to do enterprise sales at AppFirst while plotting his next venture! Within a year Tascit.com was born, which he bootstrapped with his two co-founders for the next 1.5 years as they built and sold software for sales teams.
Later in 2015, Sergei shifted his focus on developing curriculum and training for aspiring techies, right around the time that VFA was looking for an Entrepreneur-in-Residence to help run our new accelerator for Fellow founders. Sergei joined VFA at the start of 2016 and is excited to help Fellows build companies and create opportunities in their communities.