Startup interview

Andrej Raspor
/8.1.2015, Author: Elvisa Basailović
Andrej Raspor, tourism expert, founder and CEO of CEATM, is developing the online and mobile service AITO, which helps Chinese travellers plan journeys to the Balkans.
Andrej Raspor, founder and CEO of company CEATM, is a mechanical engineer by general education and has a PhD in management sciences otherwise. He has been working in tourism for 25 years, including ten years in direct operations. Later he held different management positions and has experiences from the fields of management, staffing, marketing, lobbying, gambling business, and hospitality and tourism. Within the Hit company, he led the reform of marketing business processes and organized business operations for Chinese guests from the Italian area as well as organized the gambling and hospitality school and school for potential leaders. Years of work in tourism have led him to develop the solution AITO, which helps Chinese travellers plan and organize trips to the Balkans.
What is your startup life currently most marked by? 
A combination of excessive work, which on the one hand consists of the work necessary to obtain immediate income for survival, and on the other hand working on the application and solution AITO that will change our lives.
What is the most important area you are currently working on in the company?
We are currently in the stage of building a team of colleagues who will work besides the main team, finishing the prototype and finding customers (providers of tourism services) and test users. 
Best and worst advice you got on your startup path?
The best advice I got was simply to “jump” into entrepreneurial waters. There is no bad advice, because we can always learn something from every advice.
Biggest mistake or worst decision you made? What about the best business decision so far?
The best business decision was to quit a relatively well-paid regular job and start an independent entrepreneurship path. In practice, it is most difficult to jump, because once you are in the air, you aren’t thinking anymore about what was but about what and how you can.
The biggest mistake is losing time with co-workers, business partners, investors, who can’t decide what they even want. If somebody rejects you or gives you negative feedback, that isn’t a problem. It’s a problem when somebody wastes an incredible amount of your time, but there is no yield at the end.
Your formula/recipe for success? 
Even when you fail, always have your goal in mind.
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