Hi, I'm Branimir!
Engineering Manager • Mobile
or just Brani
branimir [at] petakov.com • b.petakov [at] gmail.com
Master of Computer Systems and Technologies
Technical University of Sofia (2 Years) - Graduation Dec 2011
Two years spent in learning different programming languages and patterns. I got broad view over a wide range of technologies. This helped me to define myself.
Bachelor of Industrial Management
Technical University of Sofia (4 Years) - Graduation May 2009
A mix of economic and engineering disciplines, where the idea is to be successful manager of companies dealing with some kind of production. At the end of day, am I economist or engineer? The answer is "a combination of".
Introduction to Machine Learning for Data Science
Udemy - Graduation: Ongoing
A primer on Machine Learning for Data Science. Revealed for everyday people, by the Backyard Data Scientist.
Docker Mastery w/ Swarm and Kubernetes
Udemy - Graduation: Jan 2020 UC-9K5826BW
Build, test, deploy containers with Docker, Kubernetes, Compose, Swarm and Registry.
RayWenderlich.com - Graduation: Nov 2019
An introduction to the basics of the Dart programming language, used for development with the Flutter SDK for mobile, web, and beyond.
Flutter & Dart
Udemy - Graduation: Aug 2019
A complete guide to the Flutter SDK & Flutter Framework for building native iOS and Android apps. Dart programming language specifics are covered as well. Simply put, Dart is a language optimized for client-side development for web and mobile.
Deliver an Exceptional Accessibility Experience
Udemy - Graduation: Mar 2019
Go beyond the basics and create apps with an exceptional accessibility experience. Learn how to design elements that appear in your app for maximum clarity and accessibility. Discover how to enhance the way users interact with your app even when presenting custom views, or drawing complex UI.
Udemy - Graduation: Dec 2018
The hands-on course walks trough different techniques how to create advanced art that will stand up as professional work.
Presentation Skills in English
ES Bulgaria - Graduation: Oct 2018 30.10.18/1137
This presentation skills course is aimed at non-native speakers of English seeking to improve their ability to present clearly and effectively in English. It helps with developing the necessary language and presentation skills to express your ideas as well as techniques for the effective structuring of a speech. Tips and tricks are provided how to tackle issues such as using visual aids, cultural influences, body language and creating rapport.
Sketching for UX Designers
Udemy - Graduation: Feb 2018 UC-HZUMG6R0
Learn how to boost your UX design workflow with sketching user interfaces, animations and story-boarding.
UX Research for Apps
Udemy - Graduation: Nov 2017 UC-NY2UGQ6T
How do you design apps that connect with customers and get them excited?
Agile Software Development: Scrum Methodology
Udemy - Graduation: Mar 2017
Overview of Agile Project Management methodology called Scrum. It's organized as training and the idea is to prepare for the Scrum Master Certification. After taking the course, I had multiple SCRUM Open Assessments sessions with 100% score.
UX Design Fundamentals
Udemy - Graduation: Jul 2016 UC-5DL7X50D
This dynamic course guided me through the critical elements of user experience -- strategy, scope, structure, skeleton and surface.
iPhone Interface Design
Udemy - Graduation: Nov 2014 UC-BUWTQ7J5
Essentially the idea is to learn how to create an "attention" to your iPhone design. Some insights about mobile design and how to polish everything related to mobile. Getting real expression of the whole process - from prototypes to the "living" images.
IT-Academy.bg (2 Months) - Graduation: Jun 2014
MMSoft (3 Months) - Graduation: Nov 2008
This course was the turning point of my "career", if we can talk about career at this time. At least it was really good start and changed my thinking when we talk about web. Well maybe it sounds a bit grandiose, but it really gave me the direction I needed.
Engineering Manager • Mobile - Apr 2021 - Current
I joined the the Workspace ONE Apps team that distributes a bunch of mobile apps for both Android and iOS. The main one is called Boxer, which combines email, calendar, files and contacts into a single app.
i:FAO, an Amadeus Group Company
Engineering Manager • Mobile - Aug 2015 - Mar 2021
Leading Mobile Solutions team, which delivers native apps for Android and iOS. The team is also responsible for a mobile backend, which supports the mobile apps. I'm not only managing the team but I'm directly involved in the development process when it comes to user experience.
IT-Academy.bg • part-time
Lecturer Cryptocurrencies Essentials - Feb 2018
One day course explaining the technology behind cryptocurrencies as well as what is forking and mining. More details are provided for crypto wallets, what is crypto trading and what are the different types of strategies when it comes to trading.
New Horizons Bulgaria • part-time
Lecturer @ UniCredit Bulbank - Dec 2017
One day course/workshop related to Mobile Applications Management. I shared my hands-on experience about the following key topics: idea validation, value of user personas, design principles, building MVP, go to market and metrics assessment.
IT-Academy.bg • part-time
Lecturer HTML(5) / CSS(3) - 1st Edition: Jan 2015 - Feb 2015, 2nd Edition: Apr 2015 - Jun 2015
This was something totally new for me, but when I got the invitation, I've never considered the option to decline it. I wanted to extend my communication skills and to try to impart my knowledge and experience to the students. In first place, I had some doubts about the final result, but it really worked out. The feedback was positive and this fact makes me happy.
i:FAO, an Amadeus Group Company
User Experience Designer • Mobile - Jan 2015 - Jul 2015
Started as backup UX designer for the cytric Mobile app and in one month took over all activities related to our Android and iOS app.
i:FAO, an Amadeus Group Company
Front-end Developer - Aug 2011 - Dec 2014
Implementing UIs for i:FAO's main product cytric Travel & Expense as well as for some internal apps.
Web Developer / Administrator - Jul 2010 - Jul 2011
Simply said, One-Man Show, when we talk about the company's e-shop.
Online Survey Developer - Aug 2009 - Nov 2009
Pro Studio Ltd
HTML/CSS Developer - Jul 2008 - Oct 2008
Firebase Remote Config
28 Nov 2019 - Work & Share Co-working Space, Sofia, Bulgaria
How to better control your app behavior using Firebase Remote Config.
27 Feb 2019 - Kanaal, Sofia, Bulgaria
Web apps best practices. Open discussion with JS architects and developers.
Digital Product UX
11 Mar 2018 - Betahaus, Sofia, Bulgaria
Presentation and discussion about Mastering the end-to-end Customer Experience.
Web Summit 2017
06 - 09 Nov 2017 - Lisbon, Portugal
This is the largest tech conference in the world with more than 60k attendees and 1200+ speakers. It was intriguing to meet a lot of interesting people who are working on various products/ideas.
User Experience Workshop
23 Dec 2016 - Online @ GiveGoodUX.com
It's an online workshop that addresses three critical questions that have to be asked before starting developing new product or feature. (1) What's worth doing? (2) What we are creating? and (3) What value does it provide?
How.Camp 2016 - #JS and #UX Workshops
21 Feb 2016 - Betahaus, Sofia, Bulgaria
Useful workshops on User Experience and Java Script by world famous instructors: Sebastian Witalec (Angular2 + NativeScript), Dory Zidon (Ember.js), Anna Dahlstrom (Storytelling for multi-device design) and Danielle Reid (From concept to MVP).
Balkan Business Analysis 2015
07 October 2015 - Belgrade, Serbia
Balkan Business Analysis Conference has been established with the goal to advance profession by providing an opportunity for regional IIBA Chapter members as well as wider audience from businesses and government to share experiences and know-how in the field of Business Analysis.
90% CompleteAdobe Experience Design (Xd)
80% CompleteAdobe Photoshop (Ps)
75% CompleteAndroid Studio, xCode, Visual Studio Code
60% CompleteAdobe Illustrator (Ai)
30% CompleteFramer X
90% CompleteHTML / CSS / JS
50% CompleteJava, Kotlin (Android SDK)
90% CompleteBootstrap / Foundation
25% CompleteReact Native
User Experience is my passion, because it encompasses not only the interaction with the product, but all aspects of the end-user's interaction with the company and its additional services. Plus, not only the user's needs have to be met, but the business' too.
I am always excited to explore new technologies. It helps me to stick to the newest trends in both mobile and web.
This is the way of switching myself off the reality and to 'refresh' my mind. In the same time, it helps me to get inspired for new ideas.
Beer is great, we can all agree on that, so for fun I am tasting and reviewing beers from microbreweries. Once, someone said: "Anyone can drink beer, but it takes intelligence to enjoy beer."