Hey Hackers! I’m Daniil Okhlopkov, and I’m the Data Lead @ Runa Capital.
First of all, a huge thank you to the HackerNoon community and staff for nominating me for a 2021 Noonies award! I’ve been nominated in the following categories; please do check out this award page for the Instagram Noonie: https://noonies.tech/award/2021-hackernoon-contributor-of-the-year-instagram
As someone in the parsing industry, I believe that the most exciting technology of the present is Python & Selenium because you can parse any website. Learn more about my thoughts and opinions on Startups and Tech and my journey in the tech industry via the interview below.
Right now, I am a Data Lead at Runa Capital (Venture Fund). I’m a solo creator of Runa Data Platform - an internal tool that aggregates data from Crunchbase, Techcrunch, Twitter, Github, Producthunt, and many more to find out the best companies to invest in. I also help with hiring, DD, and competitor analysis.
For now, I am still passionate about open data. The idea that I can parse publicly available data and extract value from it gives me passion.
I have a ton of pet projects. It all started with open source Instagram automation library. Then I created several Telegram bots, including (famous in Russia & Ukraine) FFmemes bot - infinite personalized meme feed-in messenger.
I also created several small SaaS startups. My current big project is WeBill.io - Stripe for subscriptions in crypto. My team created a dApp where anyone with a crypto wallet (Metamask, Rainbow, Gnosis, WalletConnect …) can be a merchant: create an offer (subscription, one-time-payment, or donation) and withdraw funds using our decentralized smart contract. We are growing fast and already raising money from USA VC crypto funds. Stay tuned!
I started as a Data analyst, then in 2017 helped my friends in their crypto consulting startup to launch several ICOs (I was a Product Architect that tried to attach blockchain to existing projects. I also wrote Whitepapers).
Later, I was a Chief Data Officer at Sweatcoin: I created the whole Big Data infrastructure for a mobile app with 5M DAU.
Later, I was unemployed for one year. This time I’ve created a dozen of pet projects; I created a personal blog on Telegram (link, rus). And then guys from Runa Capital found my Telegram channel and invited me to join their VC fund to create an internal platform that will accelerate associates and analysts.
Since I’m creating a blockchain project, I’m passionate about DeFi stuff and smart contracts. I just imagined that the world could be operated in a decentralized manner without authority.
Remember, I’m from Russia, and we really value any kind of decentralization.
I’m worried about Metaverse stuff and overall Facebook. All that VR/AR stuff will definitely change the world soon, and all large changes might have unpredictable consequences.
I would invest in Metaverse - because it will definitely change the future. I also believe in DeFi world - so I’d try to find another dApps and invest (equity / tokens).
I also believe in myself, so I’d spend money on my projects. One of them should definitely blow up.
I’m diving into the new blockchain technology, DeFi, smart contracts in Solidity, and Rust for Solana. I’m also learning how to manage & lead a dev team since I’m a (junior) CTO of my own startup.
Create 10 pet projects as fast as you can. One of them should be your profitable (!) startup. Create passive income and repeat, repeat, repeat…
Do sports, call parents, don’t be afraid to fail.
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