Meet Vlad Pranskevičius, CTO and Founder at Let’s Enhance:
Vlad Pranskevichus is the founder and CTO at Let’s Enhance, an AI company specializing in image enhancement and processing. With over a decade of experience in the tech industry, Vlad has worked in various deep tech startups and remote teams, gaining valuable expertise along the way. Prior to founding Let’s Enhance, Vlad served as a CTO for a healthcare startup in the Netherlands, where he honed his leadership skills.
In 2017-2018, Vlad and his friends embarked on a new venture and founded Let’s Enhance, a product that utilized AI technology to enhance images, offering a capability that was previously only seen in science fiction movies. The product quickly gained traction, capturing the attention of audiences seeking advanced image enhancement solutions. Building upon their success, Vlad and his team also launched another product called Claid.
With his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for leveraging AI advancements, Vlad continues to push the boundaries of technology and innovate in the field of image processing. Through his journey, Vlad brings a wealth of experience and insights to the world of global entrepreneurship and remote work, making him an ideal guest for the Default Global podcast.
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Quick Read: Vlad Pranskevičius, CTO and Founder at Let’s Enhance, Interview Highlights
Can you talk about some of the obstacles you had to overcome along the way to come because you’re a founder based in Ukraine, right?
Vlad explained, “We started with this idea that we are building something which is global, which is kind of for the internet. And if this thing is for the internet, it means that it’s global by definition.” He also highlighted the importance of having founders with international backgrounds and their ability to adapt to different markets.
What strategies have you used at Claid to overcome fundraising challenges, and what advice do you have for founders in similar locations?
“We wanted to raise from VCs where our market is. Our market is pretty well distributed, but around 50% of our market is in the US, so our main B2B customers are US based.”
He advised founders to raise funds in their target market and leverage the reputation of well-known accelerators, adding, “It’s important to raise from VCs where your market is.”
How do you handle recruitment at Claid and choose the country and location to hire from?
“We hire people who can arrange a good intersection with European time zone… That’s basically the criteria for location.” He emphasized the importance of cultural fit, saying, “We decide if this person is ours or not, like something like that.”
Have you used AI technologies in the hiring process at Claid?
Vlad stated, “No, we have not used just yet anything AI-based in the hiring process… We want to rely on the human aspect of it.” He expressed a preference for maintaining the human element in the hiring decisions.
What challenges have you faced while scaling up to serve a diverse user base, and how did you tackle them?
Vlad highlighted that their product was not tied to a specific location, making scaling to serve a diverse user base smoother. He said:
“We did not have much of a challenge… because the technology… can be used in many areas… in many companies.”
How do you keep everyone on the same page and motivated despite the distance in a globally distributed team?
Vlad mentioned their use of asynchronous communication and shared:
“We do almost everything which we can in Slack… We favor group discussions versus direct discussions between people… We schedule our calls… there should be agenda defined, and there should be some form of documentation.”
Are there specific roles that you see being more affected by AI replacing tech roles in the future?
Vlad believes that AI will transform tech roles rather than completely replace them. He stated, “AI will definitely transform the space… It’s important for people in tech to become good operators of AI tools.” He emphasized the need for tech professionals to adapt and learn how to utilize AI tools effectively.