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George Ivanov

Entrepreneur • Advisor Greater Seattle Area, US

Leading teams to deliver Web solutions with focus on business value, expert in building highly scalable service APIs and mobile front ends

Leading teams to deliver Web solutions with focus on business value, expert in building highly scalable service APIs and mobile front ends

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Primary Skillsets

  • Business Development
  • Full Stack Engineering
I have an idea, but I'm open to other ideas
Part-time now, full-time if it takes off

Primary Cofounder Skillsets

  • • Business Development
  • • Full Stack Engineering

Involved In

Advisor

Stanford University
Stanford University

Side Projects

FamilyBuk

Positions

Engineering Manager Groupon August 2014 - present
Startup Advisor/Mentor Stanford University January 2015 - March 2015
Principal Software Development Lead Accretive Technology Group May 2013 - August 2014
Senior Software Developer Getty Images May 2012 - May 2013
Software Design Engineer II Microsoft October 2006 - May 2012
Senior Software Development Lead Sciant March 2003 - September 2006
Senior Team Lead Braincoders September 2001 - December 2002
Software Engineer WebMessenger March 2001 - August 2001
Software Engineer Riflexo Research March 2000 - March 2001

Education

University of Washington Machine Learning Foundations: A Case Study Approach 2015 - 2016
Stanford University Technology Entrepreneurship 2014 - 2014
UC Berkeley Software As A Service 2012 - 2012
University of Washington, Michael G. Foster School of Business Business Administration 2009 - 2010
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" Distributed Systems 2003 - 2006

Interested In

Cofounder With
  • • Business Development
  • • Fundraising
  • • Marketing
  • • Product
  • • UI/Design
Advisor With
  • • Marketing
  • • SEO
  • • App Store Optimization
  • • User Experience Design
Markets of Interest
  • • Advertising
  • • Education
  • • Enterprise Software
  • • Mobile
  • • Music
  • • Payments
  • • Photos
  • • Small Businesses
  • • Sports
  • • Travel
  • • Video
  • • Wearable Tech

You Should Know About Me

Key Strengths

Node.js • .NET • Scalability • Angular.js • C# • REST • Web services • Service oriented architectured

Key Accomplishments

After finishing my master's at distributed systems and mobile technologies, I've relocated to the States hired by Microsoft. I've worked for AdCenter API - a highly scalable API handling millions of transactions per day. I was awarded with Microsoft Gold Star award for improving design of the Campaign Management API. Then I joined Bing Mobile API while the team was still about 10 people. I was tasked to build a mobile friendly API which would be consumed by Verizon devices to provide default Web search. I was the main person responsible for the API and had to collaborate with Verizon developers to provide a mock API to allow them to integrate sooner. I also had to come up with a API design that would be suitable for a wide variety of devices and scenarios, yet being performant and compact in payload. I also worked on other projects related to improving local search relevancy (business search). I decided that I want to learn about open source technologies slightly before leaving Microsoft. I started taking classes for MongoDB, SaaS, Ruby on Rails. At Getty Images, I've contributed to improve the performance of the image search API. I also developed a metadata service API that is now consumed by Yahoo and Instagram. At my current role, I'm leading the SOA initiative at the company. I'm working with developers to improve their coding skills. I'm also designing and architecting the new search product based on Node.js, Redis, PHP, AngularJS.

By passing the Business Administration certificate at University of Washington, I became familiar with what it takes to create a business plan and present it in front of investors. I worked with a team on building an idea for the development of a mobile app for kids education. We worked on completing the business plan and its parts - financial, marketing plan, SWAT analysis and presented it in front of a group of investors.

Recently I've been spending my free time educating myself in open source technologies and how to create startups. I passed a class for startup engineering at Stanford which taught me how to leverage open source technologies to create a startup mobile idea. I also passed several other online classes covering other open source technologies.

How I like to work with people As a Cofounder

In person, or over Skype. Work on coming up with a plan and executing it, as each person is contributing to their part. I bring technology experience and will can lead that initiative. I am passionate about technology and have track record of delivering challenging technological problems. I'm looking for people with similar aspirations in marketing and UX design.

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Anusidh Pavamontri
We worked together
He is a very good engineer with eyes for further improving his skills and find and learn about new technology. He is well on his way to find ... the next big thing.
Vanya Petkova
We worked together
He is very good at what he does and he is a very motivated individual.
Wissam Tabbara
They're my friends  •  Experienced Entrepreneur. CEO, Founder. Developer at Heart. Previously Director @ Symform, a peer to peer cloud storage.
Vassil Popovski
Sr. Director R&D, VMware. Previously Director, R&D, VMware.
Georgie is a great entrepreneur because he is really passionate about technology

Okalo Ikhena
MBA Candidate, Harvard Business School. Previously Program Manager - Bing Mobile, Microsoft. Harvard Business School grad. Stanford grad.
Worked with him at Bing Mobile. Very smart person. The features he was in charge with were always well thought out in terms of business valu ... e and proposition. He worked closely with developers to make sure the final implementation was what was expected. Very easy to work with.

Victor Robinson
We worked together  •  Software Development Engineer, Microsoft. Previously Information Analyst, The World Bank.
Has a broad technical background and experience. Been with large corp for long time and now is eager to create his own business.

Wissam Tabbara
Experienced Entrepreneur. CEO, Founder. Developer at Heart. Previously Director @ Symform, a peer to peer cloud storage.

Vassil Popovski
Sr. Director R&D, VMware. Previously Director, R&D, VMware.
Vasko has tons of experience in software engineering and a can-do attitude.