Who am I?

Hi there. My name is Juraj (it's pronounced your-eye 👀) and I spent the past 6 years helping build and grow Slido, the Q&A and polling app acquired by Cisco earlier this year. I joined as one of the first employees and held leadership roles overseeing areas spanning from product to partnerships and operations. Before working at Slido, I co-founded Sure, a restaurant recommendation chatbot backed by Just Eat.

I live in Vancouver, BC with my wife Alex and our shepherd-mix rescue Simba. I’m originally from Slovakia but I moved when I was 17 and have called Copenhagen, Hong Kong, London, San Francisco, and New York my home.

Follow me on Twitter here.

Why am I starting this Substack?

Over the past few months, people have started to approach me, wanting to learn from my experience or get my perspective on a specific decision related to their company or career journey.

Even though I found these conversations super energizing, one day I realized that they could be even more effective if the lessons became broadly accessible to others too. Founders and builders would avoid minefields, build upon prior work, and as a result, improve upon it.

This is an experiment where I want to practice my writing and share my learnings in a true and honest way. My main goals are to:

  1. Express my authentic story and share what I have learned about startups, mental health and more

  2. Support other startup leaders' growth

Join me on this journey and let’s see where it takes us…