The feeling of being a winner in competition is great. As I was talking with many students during the last week of BEST Engineering Week, few of them will accept the challenge, the unknown, to take the risk, to give there 100% and hopefully to win the prize.

I was wondering, “why this young people like me, don’t take the guests and to compete”, I mean what will they lose?
Being less than 25-year-old, the world is still a head. Some people say that experience is gain during the good times and bad times. There is no such thing as a bad experience. You can always learn from the situation and hopefully not make the same mistake in the future.

From the students taking part of the challenge, I learn a lot about their passion to compete. Because theory is something that university can teach you, but in real life, business is all about practice.
If your idea is good but you cannot sell it to someone than it’s worth nothing.

You can find more about the BEST Sofia’s engineering week at: http://eweek.bestsofia.org

Aleks Vladimriov is a Senior Software Developer, recognized Project Manager and Soft-skilled trainer and a coach.

Aleks Vladimirov

Solution Engineering Manager at Thales | Senior IT Professional | Startup Mentor and Product Manager

Aleks is experienced Product Manager with an engineer background and over 10 years of experience as a software developer. He works with different governments and is responsible for negotiation features and requirements, understanding the customers’ needs and supporting the senior management with regular reports and analysis. He held various positions starting as a software developer, moving to a team leader and software architect.

He strives in waterfall and agile environment alike. He is certified Scrum Master and Prince2 Practitioner and he knows how to design business processes and help teams optimize their work.
During his tenure, he had to wear many hats, prioritizing business requirements, delegating work and mentoring team members, creating mockups with Balsamiq, providing MS Project plan to the senior management.

He had worked in many international teams, located in the same city or distributed in different countries and continents. He had been a team leader of cross functional international team of 8 people.

In his current position, he is very much client focused. He has excellent presentation skills.
He delivers training sessions on presentation skills and leadership and he had helped hundred of people to improve their presentation skills.

He is also interested in creating more positive changes in the workplace by using entrepreneurship skills.
He had won startup competition where his team had validated and develop a business idea from scratch.

In his free time, he writes in his blog about effective product development.