Miroslav Wicha: A Late-Blooming Entrepreneur Finds Success With His Own Company

er-wichaBased in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision is the world leader in advanced video networking, digital signage, and IP video distribution solutions. The first company to develop high-performance, low-latency H.264 codec technology, Haivision is also the only company to offer complete end-to-end technology for video, graphics, and metadata in its field. With a focus on the education, medical, enterprise and retail, military and government, and sports and entertainment markets, Haivision distributes its technology through integrators and resellers worldwide.

Haivision was founded by company president, chief executive officer, and chairman Miroslav Wicha, who has nearly 30 years of experience working in sales and executive management for various technology companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Alias Research, Silicon Graphics, and Discreet Logic. Wicha came out of retirement to start Haivision in 2004 and has since led the company’s growth. Though he began his career working for other companies, managing large teams for big companies and helping startups get off the ground encouraged him to start thinking like an entrepreneur as well as honed his leadership skills.

Wicha’s leadership style involves treating everyone equally and fostering a family-like company culture. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the CEO or the receptionist – every person is treated the same.” Wicha has taken it upon himself to act as Haivision’s “chief culture officer.” Having previously worked with people like Silicon Graphics and Netscape co-founder Jim Clark, he has learned the importance of having a good culture in the workplace.

Haivision, which is the first company Wicha’s built from the ground up, has been profitable since 2008. Almost all of its annual revenue comes from the US, with the rest split between Asia and Europe. From a team of 13, Haivision now has 200 employees.

“Do what you love to do,” is Wicha’s advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. “Then find yourself a mentor.”

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