Dr Wizard

London, United Kingdom

Dr Wizard's Skills
Product Management

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

About Dr Wizard


A result oriented and highly skilled technology leader and innovator with 20+ years of experience in technology leadership, web and mobile technologies, big data, software development, security, cryptology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithmic trading, smart cards and payment processing.
Strong hands-on engineering and scientific background combined with entrepreneurial acumen and experience of managing teams of up to 90+ members, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills including ability to explain complex technical issues to non-technical stakeholders. Experience in leading a number of large-scale mission-critical projects via agile methodologies ensuring delivery of high quality products on time and on budget while maintaining a high level of motivation and spirit of continuous improvement within the teams.


The problem I solve is best described by Paul Graham in his "The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups" (http://www.paulgraham.com/startupmistakes.html)

"But when I think about what killed most of the startups in the e-commerce business back in the 90s, it was bad programmers. A lot of those companies were started by business guys who thought the way startups worked was that you had some clever idea and then hired programmers to implement it. That's actually much harder than it sounds — almost impossibly hard in fact — because business guys can't tell which are the good programmers. They don't even get a shot at the best ones, because no one really good wants a job implementing the vision of a business guy.

In practice what happens is that the business guys choose people they think are good programmers (it says here on his resume that he's a Microsoft Certified Developer) but who aren't. Then they're mystified to find that their startup lumbers along like a World War II bomber while their competitors scream past like jet fighters. This kind of startup is in the same position as a big company, but without the advantages.

So how do you pick good programmers if you're not a programmer? I don't think there's an answer. I was about to say you'd have to find a good programmer to help you hire people. But if you can't recognize good programmers, how would you even do that?"

I believe I found a solution for this problem. I have skills, experience and reputation in the industry and can easily see how good are the programmers you are going to hire. I can help you to identify best technical talents on the market for a bit of equity.