Vadim Zaliva

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Professional


I run a small consulting business helping startups build innovative products. Please feel free contact us if you want to learn more about it.

Ideas are born everyday, and they die just as quickly. That's because the single hardest part of any new idea is actually taking initiative and doing it. But today, startups and enterprises are running leaner than ever. Talent, quality talent, is in short supply, and development teams have less and less experience working with each other. Weak talent produces weak products, and rookie teams make rookie mistakes.

That's why we built Codeminders, to provide startups and enterprises with access to our veteran team of experts who work together to turn big ideas into reality. Since 2004, we've been partnering with entrepreneurs, startups, and enterprises across the US and EU, from two man teams to global Fortune 10 companies, collaborating to release amazing products into the world. Established in Silicon Valley, Codeminders is a passionate, energetic, team split between the US and Eastern Europe. We focus on Big Data, Machine Learning, Mobile & Internet of Things, and Web Development. With many complex projects under our belts, we're a highly specialized, development powerhouse for entrepreneurs, startups, and enterprises.

Codeminders for Entrepreneurs, Startups, and Enterprises

Entrepreneurs: Have a big idea but don't have an engineering team in place already? Let us be your one-stop-shop. We'll work together with you to evaluate your needs, develop a game-plan, and create a product you can be proud of.

Startups: Need to augment your team with highly specialized members who can integrate seamlessly with you? We can provide an extremely talented, focused team that will work alongside you for incredible results.

Enterprises: Can't find the internal resources for a new project or request? Let us help. We understand the pressures of designing for Fortune 10 companies and the scalability and security concerns that come with them.

Academic


I am also pursuing my PhD at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). My academic interests include: Gesture Recognition, Formal Methods, and Machine Learning

"I think it's extraordinary important that we in computer science keep fun in computing. When it started out, it was an awful lot of fun. Of course, the paying customers got shafted every now and then, and after a while we began to take their complaints seriously. We began to feel as if we really were responsible for the successful, error-free perfect use of these machines. I don't think we are. I think we're responsible for stretching them, setting them off in new directions, and keeping fun in the house. I hope the field of computer science never loses its sense of fun. Above all, I hope we don't become missionaries. Don't feel as if you're Bible salesman. The word has too many of those already. What you know about computing other people will learn. Don't feel as if the key to successful computing is only in your hands. What's in your hands, I think and hope, is intelligence: the ability to see the machine as more than when you were first led up to it, that you can make it more."

Alan J. Perlis (April 1, 1922 - February 7, 1990)

Personal


Photography

Back in school I did a lot of black and white photography. Yes, that's me in the photo above, in 8th grade. I've spent many hours in the dark room developing my films and printing photos.

Over the years, I have realized that the secret to good photography is not in expensive equipment and complex processing, but in the ability to see things. I do not aspire to be an artist, I just shoot whatever I find interesting. I upload my photos into my photo album which you are very welcome to visit.

Motorcycles

"You see things vacationing in motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In car you're always in a compartment, and because your're used to it you don't realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it's right there, so blurred you can't focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness."

Robert M. Pirsig, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values"

I have been riding motorcycles since 1997. Outside the occasional commute to work, I have taken several longer trips to Los Angeles, Seattle, and the Grand Canyon.

My first bike was '76 BMW R90/6 which I crashed, restored, and finally sold. There were few more bikes after that, but my current ride is a BMW R1200R.