About

As a CEO, I face hundreds of decisions every day on all fronts: product, engineering, servers, marketing, PR, earning and spending, hiring and firing, overall moral, vision for the future, inspiring the team, evolving, etc... You name it. As a human being, I am faced with even more decisions. Every second  there’s a new decision to be made.

I have always believed that in order to make the best decision, it’s crucial to be able to look at the situation from as many different angles as possible. To gain insight into new perspectives, I read a lot of biographies. I strive to learn from people who have achieved personal and business success as a result of a unique decision-making processes. I learn how they approach the same kinds of problems I face, because while solving difficult issues requires experience, it doesn’t necessarily have to be your own experience.

Many of us in the technology field often wonder what people like Elon Musk and Peter Thiel talk about when they are in a private room. What type of advice do they give each other? What do they learn from observing the other’s way of thinking?

So, as I lead LiveJournal towards a successful future, I ask a lot of questions. I continue to learn from friends and role models in different industries, observing the ways they come up with their creative solutions.

This blog will serve as a record of these conversations so that we all can learn from each other a little more. I hope this will become a platform where creative people can exchange ideas and continue their personal growth. Welcome!

Katya Akudovich, Chief Executive Officer
LiveJournal Inc.

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*The name for this blog comes from one of the incredible concepts that Napoleon Hill described in his books - Mastermind Principle.

"It is the principle through which you may borrow and use the education, the experience, the influence, and, perhaps, the capital of other people in carrying out your own plans in life. It is the principle through which you can accomplish in one year more than you could accomplish without it in a lifetime, if you depended entirely upon your own efforts for success."

Here is the video of him explaining the MasterMind Principle:

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