Interview with Mario Peshev from DevriX

Who are you?
Mario Peshev
Which startup are you working on?
How would you categorize your startup?
  • Enterprise/SaaS/B2B Startup
  • Technology Innovation
Describe your product/startup in 100 words or less
DevriX is a distributed WordPress development agency specializing in high-end WordPress solutions, Multisite networks and Software as a Service platforms. We build software applications for the web and help businesses grow faster and automate their processes.
What’s your title there?
What’s the URL?
Who are you? Give us a quick introduction to yourself!
I’m the founder and WordPress Architect at DevriX. With 12 years of software development experience and 7 years of training and project management, I’m the main guy behind several successful SaaS products and a few high scale WordPress-based projects.I am a WordPress community contributor with plugins, themes and Core contributions, and a co-organizer of WordCamp Sofia and Europe.As an Open Source advocate we’ve been relying on Open Source while building scalable architecture platforms and reliable web applications that automate business processes. I’ve worked with banks and telecoms and conducted training courses at numerous organizations and corporations including CERN, VMware and Saudi Aramco.
3 words that describe you the best
  • reliable
  • skillful
  • insightful
3 blogs you read every day
3 web apps you use for your projects
  • WordPress
  • MailChimp
  • Buffer
3 smartphone apps you can’t live without
  • Gmail
  • Twitter
  • Audible
3 books that you read lately
  • 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More
  • Rework by 37signals
  • The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
What’s the quote you live by?
“I don’t care what hours you work. I don’t care if you sleep late or if you pick a child up from school in the afternoon. It’s all about your output.” – Matt Mullenweg
What would you say that you are really good at?
My engineering background allowed me to apply my enterprise technical skills in the WordPress world and take advantage of the powerful framework of the CMS. This way we can produce high quality software while reusing existing components, and focus on the business logic instead of some tedious and repetitive tasks required for each and every web application.My trainer portfolio and mentoring experience were invaluable for me as a team leader and a better communicator. Being able to deal with diversity and cultural differences on a global level was the main reason I was able to build a distributed team working remotely, on their own time, by producing high quality.
What was the last project you were working on?
Currently working on a multisite network for a large automotive corporation. Our last project was an international event management magazine, migrated to WordPress from a custom platform, integrating various marketing and event management 3rd party platforms and tools and being synced to existing mobile apps as well.
What was causing you problems? How did you manage to prevent/solve it?
Non-realistic deadlines or delayed communication are the main problems we’re dealing with. We estimate carefully and add enough buffer for beta testing, internal iterations and polishing. Our contracts include several clauses related to miscommunication or AWOL customers.
Since when you are a Freelancer or Working in your profession?
I’ve started in the IT industry in 1999, and moved to full-time freelance in 2008. DevriX was founded in late 2010.
How do you keep yourself organized?
I use Asana for project management and I have a personal organizer project that includes my daily and weekly tasks. I start with an easy task first in order to get a kick start for my backlog, and distribute a lot of work which allows me to oversee and focus on quality reviews instead of digging into a long and tedious implementation (whenever possible).
What are your biggest accomplishments?
I’ve managed to teach courses in some Fortune 500 companies and large international organizations. I have several certificates in different fields, and managed to build a successful distributed model for working with anyone, anywhere, at any time, without the need of supervision or micromanagement.
How quickly can you adapt to a new working environment?
Depends on the type of environment, but I’m fairly flexible and adjustable in general.
Do you prefer working with others or alone?
I have a team so our work includes a lot of collaboration, but as a regular cofficer I enjoy working alone at a coffee shop with my headphones playing great music that keeps me in the zone.
Do you have some ideas on how we could improve this interview form?
So far, so good 🙂
What’s the best way to contact you?
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