Ilya Shabanov

I was born in a country that doesn’t exist anymore, the soviet union. Moved to Germany as a child and grew up mostly in Berlin. With a family scattered over 10 timezones, my lack of a home country has made me a nomad hungry for freedom and a sense of home.

My travels force me to do most of my work remotely, unless I am around wherever my clients are located. Preferably I  work with project budgets, rather than hourly rates, since this is more transparent for both of us.

Here is an obligatory CV of the last 15 years or so of my life.

since 2015
Freelance Web Development, Brand Design and artwork 

2015 – 2016
Sabbatical and Yoga Teacher Training

2010 – 2015
CTO and Co-founder of NeuroNation, a brain training app and website, currently having more than 10 million users.

2006 – 2010
Teaching „Fundamentals of Computer Science“, „Fundamentals of Operating Systems“, „Computer Security“, „C for Beginners“, „Webservices“ to under-grads at the Technical University of Berlin.

2004 – 2010
Diploma (MSc equivalent) in computer science at the Technical University of Berlin. Major in machine learning. Graduated with distinction („cum laude“).

2001 – 2007
Freelancer at multimedia agencies Scim and Primy. Programming of websites, games and back-end in Java and Adobe Flash.

Creativity

/ˌkriːeɪˈtɪvəti/
the use of the imagination or original ideas, in the production of an artistic work.
Creativity

The creative force is the fuel in any process that seeks to beget something new in this world. In my work I strive to culture aspects of creativity through original designs, original technical solutions and original approaches to building a customer relationship. Sometimes the question I ask you will baffle you and hopefully the answers we find will surprise you even more.   

Empathy

/ˈempəTHē/
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Empathy

The most intangible aspect of my work is to understand my clients. Over the time I had many different clients, from Yogis in Texas, to freelancers in the creative field of Berlin, to high-tech companies and big real estate agencies.

There is one aspect of these clients that binds brings it all together: All of them are humans.

Building a connection and a trust relationship is the first step, (pro-tip: Works well with romantic partnerships too!). This is also one of the most rewarding aspects of it, getting to know you. Because it is this ability that allows the best result, or how can you gift a person, without knowing them a little bit?

Curiosity

/ˌkjʊəriˈɒsəti/
A strong desire to know or learn something
Curiosity

Every client is different. Growing up in a 12 sqm apartment in post-soviet russia of the 90’s I knew little of real estate business, nor did I know anything about cars before a road trip let me stranded with a non-moving car on a Texas Junkyard in bitter cold winter for almost 2 weeks.

Curiosity is what allows me to figure out what it is about your business that needs to be done, combined with the experience of years as the CTO of a brain training company, I see myself as someone who wants to study the big picture of your business, not just some technical or aesthetic aspect of your website. I won’t be snobbish about it though, just coding is kind of my thing too.

Diligence

/ˈdɪlɪdʒ(ə)ns/
careful and persistent work or effort.
Diligence

Technical skills require careful execution. If there is one thing I was imbued with by my upbringing is to always do the best possible work, or sometimes to the detriment of character, try to be the best. Diligence to me also means meeting deadlines, be available and approachable. Diligence is the sharpened knife to a chef’s kitchen.

Experience

/ɪkˈspɪəriəns/
the knowledge or skill acquired by action over a period of time, especially that gained in a particular profession by someone at work.
Experience

I have been working with Wordpress for many years now and with computers so much longer - Yada yada yada,  you will find this “X years in the field” pitch on every other developer website. I can tell you that I have been coding for a solid 20 years of my life, check out the portfolio if you are interested in getting to know my technical background.

More importantly having experience to me means to an even higher degree finding answers to unanswered questions efficiently, to communicate with you and to understand your situation. Real understanding sparks excitement and triggers interdisciplinary connections on getting things done for your particular situation, a website is rather a means to an end for me. More than anything this is what I find pride in: Finding complete solutions for you, rather than just being the provider of excellent Wordpress templates.

Magic

/ˈmædʒɪk/
the use of special powers to make things happen that would usually be impossible
Magic

Yes no technical exposition is complete without a sense of magic: A sense of making the impossible happen. More so magic is the transition from a vague idea to a tangible reality. When we speak for the first time it is this idea that you present and when we raise a toast to the completion of the project, it is the tangible reality you go out with. With magic I understand finding means to make your dream a reality, it encompasses a sense of completion. That is why I focus on making design, development and consulting, to be able to give a one-stop solution to the success of your endeavour.