We had the good fortune of connecting with Olga Batygin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Olga, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
Being an immigrant shaped my access to opportunities and how I worked to achieve my goals. I knew how much people who loved me gave up for me to thrive in the US, and what it was like for the older people I loved. Never having to face those same problems was a driving force behind me, and continues to be when I think about providing a life for my family now. The challenge with being an immigrant is that there are unique obstacles to navigate related to access. For example, I was the bane of my school counselors’ existence because I had no direct path to where I was going. I took all the classes, was super curious about everything and wanted to explore hundreds of options. I didn’t know what the “right” career was, and I didn’t really know what the opportunities were, to be honest. Then came the cultural lack of confidence–the desire to be modest, not be cocky or stand out, which was not helpful in the early stages of my career. These experiences were really improtant because they gave me a lot to work towards, both in terms of personal development and in relation to helping and mentoring others, not to mention being one of the great forces in starting Lucinetic. The first-gen experience as a student and as a founder, have allowed me to give my best to others because I stood in their shoes. And, it gives me a very meaningful connection to other first generation entrepreneurs, who inspire me and provide an anchor and motivation; help me be diligent and intentional, and continue pushing through.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Starting a business is always a little terrifying because you are putting yourself in a very vulnerable position. Lucinetic was founded out of a great deal of empathy and desire to challenge ourselves and the status quo, so from a very early time, we looked at the business not as an extension of ourselves but more of a solution to a problem that deserved to be solved. This perspective was very helpful! Working with the most amazing team and partners, the desire and ability to make an impact in creating access to opportunities, and having the privilege of doing cutting edge research and experiencing the thrill of discovery, is what continues to drive us.
Lucinetic was born from my co-founders and I coming together to bridge our talents in teaching, AI and educational administration to solve a personal pain point. We realized quickly that we can create a way for talented people to better express themselves in academic and career documents while collaborating, so we created a tool to facilitate.
We started with tackling the hardest and most critical problem: the exchange of trust through the letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation have been around since 45 BC but have not evolved. Applicants find it challenging to ask for them and to advocate for themselves. Writers struggle to find the words, keep their processes organized, and meet the demands of their work while supporting the applicant and meeting their deadlines. The question might even come up–do we need them at all? And the answer is yes. Language is at the core of our humanity, and we need to figure out how to exchange trust and discuss each other’s accomplishments in a way that creates supported and enabled communities. We need to learn to adapt in the world of technology while keeping our humanity. I have been a long-time believer that good tech enables, not replaces us. The humble calculator allowed basic computation to be done so that more creative and advanced theory could be developed. As a result of this tool, and later more advanced technology, we are now able to work with big data, and simulate natural processes to improve our lives in a variety of ways.
In the same spirit, at Lucinetic, we created a workflow tool that helps applicants request, keep track of, and specify accomplishments while supporting writers in creating more equitably written, grammatically correct, and well-structured letters with the support of ethically trained AI, 90% faster. We have lowered the barrier for applicants by normalizing the self-advocacy process and have supported the writers in creating more impactful letters, faster, allowing them to engage more meaningfully in mentoring, teaching, and research. We are excited to offer many more career tools in the very near future, all underpinned by our patent-pending technology.
Lucinetic is creating access to opportunities by enabling you to exchange trust through elevated written communication.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
What I love about Los Angeles is the breadth of different options and communities to visit. One of my favorite places in LA is the La Brea Tar Pits. I am fascinated by the glimpse into history that is smack dab in the middle of downtown. A perfect day in downtown would be a visit in one of the various museums, the La Brea Tar Pits, lunch at Bottega Louie, a stop by my favorite shop Fold where Jena Priebe and team have curated an incredibly eclectic collection of goods, and then dinner and drinks at the Perch LA. A longer vacation for me would definitely include a stay in Manhattan Beach, with daily morning surfing and day trips all around the valley. I love the Huntington Gardens, Griffith Park, all the various hiking paths, and the amazing places to eat. Los Angeles authentically encompasses a melting pot of different foods from so many cultures! The contrarian in me wants to say that If I had a week in LA, I would not have an itinerary. There is so much to this great city, that I would want to be like a child, in awe of all the experiences that come my way.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people who have rallied around me to support me in becoming who I am. At this stage of the journey, the person who is the biggest champion and inspirational leader in my life is Anna Neverova of Phi Networks. Anna possesses an incredible and rare combination of astounding intelligence, authenticity, empathy, dedication, and success.