Alexander Batalov, CEO of Flant:
- I am pleased that I have been to the “Island”. During these days, my understanding of the state’s view on export companies has become much better. I understood for myself how export can look like in the eyes of the state, and I like it. The main thing is the synch of the Federal Tax Service and the structures that control foreign economic activity with what was declared on the “Island”.
What could be improved in terms of content:
1. If we talk about a vibrant technology business: the main interface for working with the state is, oddly enough, not NTI, not RVC, not ASI, but the Federal Tax Service and banks. Andunfortunately, there are very few representatives of these structures on the “Island”, although they should be the first.
Financial literacy and business rules, available benefits from the state for IT companies - very few people know about this, and this is very important for small companies that cannot keep 500 consultants in their staff and are forced to collect all the information bit by bit on the Internet. Small companies learn it hard way at the cost of their own experience and mistakes, for which you have to pay dearly. Therefore, master classes on finance and the nuances of currency control are necessary! It is actually quite difficult to enter money (precisely to get in) into Russia.
Again, the requirements and legislation are changing very dynamically, accountants and lawyers do not always have time to keep up to it, and so more popularization is important. Especially in terms of how to open a company abroadin a right way, in order to properly work out issues with CFC and foreign bank accounts. We need to add focus to thisexplicitly. Invite banks, companies such as “Kontur”, “Elba” and other organizations that work with small businesses: they are interested in bringing this information to market participants, and this is a mutual interest! Any export starts anyway from the Russian Federation and you need to understand how to work in the approved mannerand not to fall under fines and violations.
2. An excellent idea with a digital footprint, but it is much more important to collect such a footprint not only based on the results of master classes and lectures, but also based on events in the real world of business. Roughly speaking, if there was some kind of service in which it would be possible to upload thoughts and feedback on events in real life, even if it would be processed only automatically and then analyzed, highlighting the most frequent problems- is already a great help!
3. The “Island” is great, but as Bill Kenney said, look for the place where your fish lives. I can say about IT structure: there are many specialized conferences at which live IT companies from Russia present themselves;there are many developers and engineers who work in the field;and there are always HR departments of all large banks and corporations. But there are no representatives of the state. Therefore, the community has a very poor idea of what the state has to offer, what kind of support can be expected from the state (and this is not about money at all): there is PR, personnel, and the opportunity to convey interactive feedback not in the format “email us, you will receive the answer within 30 days).
The most precious thing now is time, so do not expect the business to come into your community by itself, but integrate into existing ones.
On the “Island” I learned about the activities of Andrei Komissarov, spoke with colleagues who are making the University platform 20.35. Very understandable and interesting. Let them come to the IT community and talk about their achievements: these are also specialized conferences (Oleg Bunin’s conferences: Highload and RIT, DevOops and others), write articles on Habr, develop YouTube. You have a lot of technological experience that can and should be shared.
1. I wanted tomeet with the representatives of the state who are engaged in the technological development of the country. To understand whom they are, what and how they think.
2. We are exporting. It was interesting to know someone else’s experience and the tools available.