5 questions with our CEO Jonas Klimantavičius
For the next few weeks, we’ll be profiling the people that power UVIRESO. This week we sat down with Jonas Klimantavicius, our Chief Executive Officer. In case you missed it, read our first blog post on idea to UVIRESO in 48 hours.
What have you learned so far working on the project?
Our core team was established during the hackathon but it quickly expanded in the days following. A good idea is contagious as they say and I’m so grateful as it’s connected me to Lithuanians distributed across our country of Lithuania and even as far as Canada. Given this, we’re now working with a team fully distributed and a handful of team members I’ve never even met before - in person that is. So our team, along with the rest of the world, is transiting to remote ways of work. I’m learning how to collaborate with previous partners and how to connect with new team members, simultaneously. It has been a huge learning curve.
What are some of the challenges you face daily?
The devil really sits in the details. Since our team is working distributed and we are communicating across different time zones and different tools like Wrike and Slack, it’s even more important to be detail-oriented to ensure everyone receives the most accurate information, the first time, and at all times. And of course, with a global crisis on our hands, there never seems to be enough time in the day. Managing my time and the priorities of the team has been a balancing act.
What inspires you to keep charging forward?
This is my way of helping my country of Lithuania and the thousands of healthcare and patient populations that are in imminent need of protection. I also enjoy working to build and manage teams. It’s been an inspiring project and a great team of people to work with day in and out.
Wild card question: If you could have a virtual coffee chat with any thought leader in the world next week, who would it be and why?
Immediately Barack Obama comes to mind for me. His ability to discuss complicated societal and political matters to a variety of audiences, across global communities, in a consistently diplomatic way is admirable.