GORAN (KIMA)

KIMOVSKI

Chief Executive Officer

"I love learning. I am curious about many things, but particularly human nature and how our minds work. I enjoy solving problems and really like bringing talented teams together, enabling them to work on interesting challenges."

Kima's story

Kima was born in a village near a small town in Macedonia. After high school, he moved to the capital, Skopje, where he studied and worked until he moved to Canada (with two breaks living and working in Austria and Germany). Since 2006, Kima and his family have lived in Vancouver. They were seeking a place to raise their family and continue to grow his career. He was attracted by the beauty and the milder climate Vancouver has to offer. Kima and his wife moved with their two-year-old daughter and since has had a second daughter (now both in their teens). He enjoys spending time supporting his eldest daughter’s ringette and hockey career. With his youngest daughter, he likes playing Minecraft and re-watching Harry Potter and the Avatar series.

What are you passionate about?

I love learning. I am curious about many things, but particularly human nature and how our minds work. I enjoy solving problems and really like bringing talented teams together, enabling them to work on interesting challenges.

I have a wide variety of interests, but one thing I have been doing consistently throughout my whole life is reading. As a child, I used to read a lot of comics. As I grew older, I gravitated toward some of the greatest science fiction writers ever published and devoured nearly every book I could get my hands on.

Lately, I enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks while biking or hiking up the beautiful North Shore mountains in Vancouver.

How did you get to where you are in your career?

Upon moving to Canada, I was very fortunate to have met many great friends and mentors. I give a lot of credit to them for supporting my career development and encouraging me to take on new projects and challenges. This ultimately gave me experience and confidence to continue to take career risks. 

Eventually, the path led me to becoming an entrepreneur. My previous business, TriNimbus, was where I truly developed a love and passion for building businesses and teams that create a legacy through the people that join the journey with me.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Reflecting back on my life and career, I would have loved to be more open to asking for help and seeking out mentors sooner. While I enjoyed being largely independent and often relied on my “work hard and learn fast” attitude, it was often unnecessarily difficult and I am not sure learning from my mistakes was often justified over accepting advice or getting support.

Why is data important to you?

I am very interested in data because it helps me make better decisions. Without data we all have to rely on guesswork all the time. 

I like coming up with hypotheses and experiments to test them out, and then using data to decide which ones are successful and worth implementing.

I think businesses should be open to running experiments and measuring outcomes so they can make decisions that improve their business through better processes, more innovation, optimizing operations, etc. Without data, that is really hard. 

Moreover, collecting data without creating the ability for different teams to try different approaches, measure relevant outcomes, and make data-driven decisions, limits an organization’s opportunity to unlock the value of their data.

What do you love about working for Infostrux?

As a CEO, I get to make decisions about the strategy of our business, which includes building an exceptional leadership team that loves working together and building a great organization. This is my favourite part.

It also includes talking with technologists and learning from them. I enjoy discussing business challenges with organizations across many different industries and looking for opportunities to help them drive specific business outcomes.

Through innovative technology partners such as Snowflake, we can jointly drive transformation with cloud-native technologies aimed at bringing innovative and powerful tools in the hands of our customers.

What is your favourite quote?

“It takes curiosity to learn. It takes courage to unlearn. Learning requires the humility to admit what you don’t know today. Unlearning requires the integrity to admit that you were wrong yesterday. Learning is how you evolve. Unlearning is how you keep up as the world evolves.”

– Adam Grant

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