Nikita Filippov's career path is as exciting as a roller coaster. It all started at Samara State Aerospace University where he studied rocket building, but ended up creating software versions of language labs after the third year (2004) and sold three versions for $3000. Happily, he went to Kazantip with that money and left everything behind. After returning, he realized that the destiny of a rocket engineer was not so appealing. In 2007, he became a product manager at Begun (the leader in contextual advertising technology in Russia in the second half of the 2000s, they didn't call them managers back then, but nevertheless).
Seeing problems in production, he became interested in modern engineering approaches. He then co-founded ScrumTrek (2008), a consulting company that helped the top 50 Russian companies improve software development processes using Agile and Lean approaches. Nikita built development and product processes, helping to set up entire departments from scratch as an external contractor on a scale ranging from small teams to development departments of 300+ people.
After spending some time in consulting and understanding the processes, Nikita returned to the idea of product development as a service and founded Octoberry, a product company that launched projects with large organizations: the Sense project with Alfa Bank (a personalized banking concept with an interface that adapts to the customer's behavior, which became mainstream in Belarus and Ukraine), and the NoName Bank project for Modulbank (a concept of an ascetic bank for individual entrepreneurs on the phone, which later evolved into the Hiys product).
After some moderately successful products with large companies, Nikita launched his startup in the field of automated text support for large companies, Magneta.io. Despite the fact that the project and team were shortlisted for the YC16 interview, it was not the best experiment in terms of product development. However, the experience gained was valuable for his future colleagues and became part of the ANNA.Money (Absolutely No Nonsense Admin Ltd, UK) company, where Nikita became a co-founder and product leader, a role he still holds today. ANNA is a banking and automatic accounting service for small and medium-sized businesses. His product development skills were crucial in defining the vision and product strategy of ANNA.Money.
Now, in addition to the main job, he advises young companies as a product and organization-building advisor in various fields: http://zipsale.co.uk
(Space as a Service), https://codabra.org/
(Programming School for Children), https://presentum.io/
(interview practice for large IT organizations), http://Volee.io
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