• CEO, TransparentBusiness
    TransparentBusiness SaaS platform was designated by Citigroup as the Top People Management Solution
  • International Entrepreneur
    Created the largest bank in Russia by age of 25 before defecting to the United States in 1992 and starting from scratch.

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El reto de ser…y de permanecer

En una economía signada por la velocidad de las innovaciones tecnológicas, las grandes compañías de hoy pueden ser sólo un recuerdo en la próxima década. Claves y desafíos para los líderes de negocios.

Si hay una característica que define a la nueva economía digital es el impulso irrefrenable hacia la innovación. Desde hace un par de décadas, los avances tecnológicos vienen transformando por completo nuestro modo de vivir. A nivel corporativo, estos cambios tampoco han sido menores: los negocios ya no son lo que eran y los “ciclos de vida” de las empresas, tampoco.

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Negocios siglo XXI: ¿estar online o ser visible?

Internet ha modificado sustancialmente la relación entre las empresas y los consumidores. Cuáles son las claves para gestionar una presencia online exitosa y no morir en el intento.

La expresión “economía digital” tiene hoy un atractivo innegable. Empresarios, analistas de marketing y apasionados de los negocios y la tecnología la repiten insistentemente con una mezcla de entusiasmo y fanatismo. Sin embargo, resulta fundamental subrayar que la economía digital no es una mera suma de negocios y alta tecnología sino que implica un auténtico cambio de paradigma. Una parte esencial de ese cambio atañe directamente a la visibilidad de marcas y compañías que -en medio de una incesante circulación de información y conocimiento- pugnan para no naufragar en un océano de datos cambiantes.

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Emprendedores de hoy: ser y querer serlo

La revolución tecnológica y el talento para innovar son los dos grandes motores de la economía digital. Pero además de ideas e insumos, los emprendedores necesitan contar con las actitudes adecuadas.

Del escenario económico mundial sólo sabemos con certeza una cosa: que se "mueve" constantemente. En una era definida por la permanente transformación tecnológica y el creciente valor que adquieren las ideas, los negocios han dejado de ser una mera cuestión de cálculo y beneficio para convertirse en un terreno dónde la información –y el manejo de ella– requieren nuevas habilidades.

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Tercerizar con éxito, esa es la cuestión

El dilema de "tercerizar" o "no tercerizar" parece haber quedado en un segundo plano. Hoy, los líderes de negocios están más atentos a la elección del socio indicado y a las ventajas de adquirir tecnología como un servicio.

La decisión de tercerizar parcialmente los procesos productivos de una compañía está siempre sustentada en razones de costos, y destinada primordialmente a aumentar la rentabilidad y la eficiencia. A pesar de ello, muchos líderes de negocios son cautelosos –cuando no directamente desconfiados- frente al outsourcing. El principal motivo: el temor a "perder el control".

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Innovación y negocios: la tecnología marca tendencia

Los avances en la comunicación virtual y los cambios en los modos de consumo inciden cada vez más en la adopción de nuevos esquemas de negocios.

El futuro no puede adivinarse pero algunas de sus principales tendencias sí pueden advertirse. Así como semanas atrás, a propósito del Día de Internet, destacábamos las enormes transformaciones que la web supuso para el ámbito actual de los negocios, hoy propondremos compartir una mirada hacia adelante.

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Washington Post:
Konanykhin, one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the commies, left in 1992 and was granted asylum here in 1999. He's built a very successful Web advertising business in New York City. He had been chosen "New York Businessman of the Year." "As such, you will be honored and presented with your award," NRCC chairman Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.) said, at a "special ceremony" April 1. " President Bush and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger are our special invited guests.
CNN:
Alex Konanykhin controlled Russia's largest commercial bank in the 1990s
Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Konanykhin was a whiz-kid physics student who became a pioneering Russian capitalist in early 1990s, building a banking and investment empire valued at an estimated $300 million all by his mid-20s. He was a member of President Boris Yeltsin's inner circle.
The Sun:
Alex Konanykhin fled Russia in 1992 and won asylum in the US after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The entrepreneur had set up 100 different companies in Russia and had an estimated net worth of $300million by the time he was 25. He is regarded as one of the first Russian millionaires after the fall of the Iron Curtain. One of the newly open country's leading lights, he even met with US President George HW Bush in 1991 on a joint visit with Russian leader Boris Yeltsin. However, he was then kidnapped in 1992 while visiting Budapest and all of his business assets were seized in Russia. … Being hunted by the Russian state, Konanykhin won asylum in the US in 1997 and set up a new life - but the shadow of the Kremlin continued to loom over him.He went on to rebuild a business empire and set up multimillion dollar firms such as TransparentBusiness in the US.
The Deal:
... a New York-based software startup called TransparentBusiness Inc. has drawn backing from Fortune 500 executives through a relatively new type of securities offering called 506(c) as part of an effort to raise $10 million this year ... Alex Konanykhin, CEO of TransparentBusiness, said he decided to reach out directly to accredited investors by purchasing ads in financial publications. One particularly bold ad includes the figure, 90,000%, with a question mark next to it. Konanykhin said the ad speaks to the large market opportunity for his company's software, which helps governments eliminate fraud by verifying billable hours charged by outside contractors. ... One of the investors, Ken Arredondo, told The Deal he invested in TransparentBusiness and agreed to serve on its board of directors because of the company's strong management team and the huge market opportunity to increase transparency of outsourced contracts worldwide. He believes in the company's product and said it's unique. "It's a Saas-based, easy-to-use tool," he said. "There are a lot of technology players out there that are a lot bigger, but none of them have what they have. There will be competition, but they have the product now. They have first-mover advantage."
The Baltimore Sun:
Business whiz kid.
WJLA TV / ABC:
Russian Bill Gates.
The Times:
By the time he was 25 he was one of the most important figures in post-Communist Russia. But in 1992, while on a business trip to Hungary, Alex Konanykhine was kidnapped.
The New York Times:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation notified Konanykhin that Russian organized crime figures had paid to have him killed.
Los Angeles Daily Journal:
Representing himself through much of the process, Konanykhin managed to convince an immigration judge of an alleged INS and KGB conspiracy and cover-up. Following the court's admonishment, the INS agreed to drop all charges and also pay $100,000..The judge also ordered an investigation of the Justice Department. In separate actions, Konanykhine subsequently won multimillion dollar libel judgments against two Russian newspapers. A $100 million lawsuit against the Justice Department is pending, alleging perjury, fraud, torture and witness tampering by U.S government officers on behalf of the Russian Mafia.
Profit Magazine:
Imagine you are a teenage physics genius who quickly amasses a $300 million empire of real estate and banking ventures, has dozens of cars, six hundred employees, several mansions and two hundred bodyguards—but you are nonetheless kidnapped by those you trusted, threatened with torture and death, and have your entire empire stolen from you one dark night in Budapest. You escape with your life by racing through Eastern-block countries and flying to New York on stashed-away passports—only to have the KGB and Russian Mafia hell-bent on your hide and the U.S. government jailing you and conspiring to serve you up into their clutches. All this before your 29th birthday. Sound like a Tom Clancy thriller? No. . . just a slice in the life of Alexander Konanykhine.