Scaling a business - what, when, who, how...endless questions, but no clear cut answers. The best way to learn how we could go to the next level is to ask someone who's already been there and has done it. Nikola will share his story and experiences of building one of the biggest IT companies in Bulgaria - Programista. He has played an instrumental role in building the company from 5 to 300 people in year 6. He will talk about the challenges he overcame, the lessons he learned, the do's and don'ts of scaling a company.
Nikola will also share his unique experience of scaling not just a business but his IT academy as well at the same time. Moreover, as he has recently made a switch back to the startup life - founding Ulpia Tech, his latest venture, he will share his views on the differences and similarities between the life in a corporate and in a startup and when is the right time to press the reset button again.
Nikola is a seasoned technologist and is being working in the IT sector for 15+ years. He is a successful entrepreneur - co-founding the popular IT academy Pragmatic Llc and the software company Programista Jsc. He also shares his knowledge as an assistant professor at the University of Plovdiv and is passionate about novel technology, solving problems and educating bright minds.
Nikola Valchanov is working in the software industry since 2005 and in parallel he’s been involved in Bulgaria’s higher education system for the past 13 years.
At the age of 29, Nikola Valchanov defends his doctoral thesis in Computer Science in the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”. The results of his thesis were used in the design of IT products that were successfully integrated in Bulgarian and foreign retail companies.
Currently he works as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics at the Plovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”.
In 2013 he co-founds the popular QA focused IT academy PRAGMATIC LLC. Later that year he co-founds PROGRAMISTA JSC and until 2015 is the active CTO of the company. In 2015 he takes leadership of the PROGRAMISTA JSC academic/research team.
Currently he is the founder of a Plovdiv based IT company ULPIA TECH LLC and in his spare time prepares training materials and organizes the competitive programming section of “Аз мога - тук и сега”
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