I am a front-end architect & engineer, with over 11 years of web development experience, and more than I can count in programming.
Having immersed myself in all aspects of web development, I have come to know myself better. I know exactly what makes me happy. It is building UI, creating the front-end, and receiving gratification from seeing a user navigating the UI without thinking. I catch myself multiple times examining other websites' source code while surfing the web.
In addition to knowing what my passion is, I have taken a number of personality and natural abilities tests with career coaches. They confirmed that I have the natural abilities to be directing front-end development. When one is using one's natural abilities in work, one is happy. And a happy person is passionate and does much better professionally than those who are doing it just for the money. Getting paid is the side effect of a job well done.
I am available to work for your start-up or established organization on a contract basis, part-time or full-time, preferably telecommuting. Please email me to find out my current availability.
I am based in Chicago (Wicker Park) but occasionally I work from Europe, and am open to considering gigs world-wide.
I have spent the past decade architecting and implementing websites and web applications from concept, to back-end, to front-end. I have worked on various size projects: from developing the web presence of self-employed professionals, to architecting and developing quarter-million dollar proprietary systems.
I had worked for a consulting company (SynNet, sold in 2009) and as a consultant through my own company BrowseWorks. I decided to focus exclusively on front-end and UI during the last 3 years. In addition I have been fascinated with mobile UI and mobile web, where my skills have translated very naturally.
I wrote my first program when I was 10 on an 8-bit, Bulgarian-made, Pravetz-8D.
I studied at a 5-year technical high-school (classes taught by university professors), where I graduated 3rd in the class, with a Microprocessor Technician degree.
I spent one year in the Technical University in Sofia. Then I transferred to Monmouth College, and Elmhurst College in Illinois, where I graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Computer Science degree.
I extended my Computer Science knowledge by taking graduate level classes at DePaul University's Software Engineering program. While education is essential, real world experience is indispensable.
When I decide to implement something, I can become obsessed until it is done. I have discovered that when other people claim "this cannot be done", I become inspired to do it, and succeeded! Yes, everything is possible if one believes it is possible. I could not have possibly chosen a better tag line for myself.
I am passionate about front-end. But there is life beyond profession. Some of my other passions are traveling the world, skiing, sailing in the Mediterranean, my dog Boris the vizsla, visiting my close friends all over the globe, speaking Spanish, and experimenting with cooking vegetarian dishes that take less that an hour to prepare.