Donatas Jonikas (PhD)
World’s Top 30 Startup Guru for 2020 | Founder | Consultant
I’m ranked as one of the World’s Top 30 Startup Gurus for 2021 among Eric Ries, Steve Blank, Peter Thiel, Pat Flynn, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk. I’ve worked with multiple science and technology parks as a tech business development expert. Government agencies trusted me to create four startup pre-acceleration programs.
I’m regularly invited as a speaker, mentor, or judge to events like The Brain Race, Product-Led Summit, LOGIN, Grand Founders Day, and multiple other startup competitions and hackathons. I work hands-on with startups, investors, and startup ecosystems as a marketing advisor.
I hold a Ph.D. in Economics and a Master’s in Marketing Management with over 16 years of experience in the field. I helped implement winning marketing strategies for more than 50 businesses in different industries during my consulting practice.
But there was a time when I had more doubts than answers. Long ago, I’ve tried to launch a medical tourism platform and failed miserably. I’ve burned all my savings, wasted tons of time with developers, and built nothing valuable. After two years of trying, I’ve made a hard decision to close the project. OUCH! That was a tipping point when I turned 100% into startup marketing. I became obsessed with an idea to find out how to build a successful startup.
A few years later, I did a global research surveying 1,447 startup founders and running close to 500 in-depth interviews on developing a startup business successfully. Based on the findings, I’ve published the book ‘Startup Evolution Curve.’ It was highly rated by more than 30 international experts, including CEOs of startup ecosystems, serial entrepreneurs, angel, and VC investors. My book was featured on FORBES and became one of Amazon's top 5 best-selling books in startup and business innovation categories.
I’ve personally gone through the process I’m teaching in this course. Using the same methodology, I’ve got more than 14.000 people signed up and waiting for my book release. Not surprisingly, it got into best-seller charts.
I hope you enjoy my course!