Vladimir Baranov

Tech Leader and Founder Coach
3x-Founder/Executive Coach/Mentor. COO/CIO/CEO Engineer and Tinkerer at heart.
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$300 / month

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2 calls per month (45min/call)

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๐Ÿ…Certified Executive Coach

๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ+ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ+ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜-๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. ๐ŸŽฏ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ด๐˜† & ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ. ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ!

If you are eager to start a new business or make changes to your strategies, you have come to the right place. I specialize in converting your signals into aligned outcomes.

Outcomes I can help you create include:

โœ… Milestone Based Go-to-market Strategy (GTM)
โœ… Business Development Strategies
โœ… Fundraising Traction
โœ… Cleaner and Meaningful Deck
โœ… Effective Team Structure and Communication
โœ… Improved Conflict Resolution Approaches

Why Work With Me?

During my 15+ years of professional experience, Iโ€™ve been an executive myself at various companies and in different sectors, from start-ups to large companies. I have shared this experience and mentored over 100 entrepreneurs on their business journey.

These learnings allow me to approach business solutions in ways you may never have considered. Even better, Iโ€™ve got a consistent track record of it working.

How Do I Do It?

1๏ธโƒฃ Understand what your business is, what is the current state is and where youโ€™re actually at NOW
2๏ธโƒฃ Learn where you want to take the business in the FUTURE (Whatโ€™s actually important)
3๏ธโƒฃ Identify the exact resources needed to make it possible
4๏ธโƒฃ Create a prioritized plan with manageable action items
5๏ธโƒฃ Schedule it all on your calendar and give you impeccable accountability support

Clients Often Ask Me For Help With

๐Ÿ”ธ Creating a Pitch Deck
๐Ÿ”ธ Developing a Business Plan
๐Ÿ”ธ Funding Consultation
๐Ÿ”ธ Contract Negotiation
๐Ÿ”ธ Business Development Strategy
๐Ÿ”ธ Talent Management and Culture Strategy
๐Ÿ”ธ Executive Coaching
๐Ÿ”ธ Strategy Consultant
๐Ÿ”ธ Business Case Analysis

Examples of The Types Clients I Often Support Include:

๐Ÿ”น Executives, CTOโ€™s CEOโ€™s, CFOโ€™s
๐Ÿ”น Technology Start-Ups
๐Ÿ”น Small/Mid-Size Business

Running your business is one of the most exciting experiences this world has to offer. Let's do it right!

Looking forward to meeting you!


Vladimir is a three-time founder with two exits under his belt. His broad entrepreneurial experience brings SCOUT a unique perspective on how to build the best data and technology services possible, and oversees SCOUTโ€™s software development processes. He has core competencies in developing Software-as-a-Service models and scaling businesses from start-ups to technology leaders.

Vladimir was previously CTO of AdvisorEngine, where he oversaw growth from a team of 4 to 150+ employees, and led due diligence for multiple acquisitions and significant investments. Previously as a CTO and COO he directed InfoSec, customer-oriented product strategies, and non-monolithic software architectures. Vladimir has worked as a Software Engineer, building and managing continuously-iterated software products and datasets within the banking industry, leading and mentoring small teams of engineers.

Vladimir holds MBAs from the Columbia and London Business Schools, and dual Computer Science and Computer Engineering degrees from Stony Brook University, where he focused on software development and robotics. Vladimir forged his own path into the space industry. He is an advocate for improved communication strategies, enjoys organizational and social behavior studies, and is a voracious reader. Vladimir is a naturalized US Citizen and immigrant from Russia.

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What mentees say



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
2 months

I appreciated how insightful Vladimir's advice was for our start-up company. It is great to have a mentor like Vladimir who I can rely on to check my thinking. He also gave us resources critical to our fundraising process. Invaluable advice.



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

It was a great pleasure to be mentored by Vladimir. First a walk he inspires me with his achievements and wide experience in topics related to business, and startups. Even before meeting Vladimir, I already had certain results, though now he helps me to get to the next level in my startup. Yes, it is not easy. My brain is overheating while trying to absorb all the information and implement the advice into the startup. But we are moving step by step. I have to say that in addition to business knowledge, the mentor has a large life wisdom. He gave me really helpful pieces of advice on life structuring and a more conscious approach. The main topics we are working on are: - structuring the startup - defining the target audience - focusing on the most important actions and results - defining life goals, and moderating them to become satisfied in the life There is a long path ahead. I am looking forward to becoming the best version of myself and reaching the goals I've set to achieve. The fact that I am not alone on that path gives me energy and increases the certainty that I will reach the mountain peak.



5 out of 5 stars

Standard Plan · 
1 month

I am very pleased with my experience so far with Vladimir as a mentor. He has offered very helpful advice and exercises that have helped me collect my thoughts and refine my career goals. I am thankful for him holding me accountable to the things I said I would do. I've had many outstanding items on the to-do list that I viewed as difficult/daunting tasks, such as traveling to conferences and meeting people online, but they'd ultimately help me get closer to my goals. Happy to say I've finally crossed off many of those items off my list. Vladimir has also connected me with people from companies that I wanted to learn more about, pushed me to be more introspective and question my own opinions/beliefs, and provided excellent book recommendations based on my needs. I've only had 3 sessions with Vladimir thus far but I can say that I've already had a significant shift in my mindset and outlook on life, and I hope it will continue this way. Expect to meet every 2-3 weeks for ~45 minutes per session. You will need the time in between sessions to complete "homework assignments," which are action items that Vladimir will assign to you as you share your needs.

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