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My Story

As the founder and CEO of Makers – Europe’s first coding bootcamp – I learned leadership lessons on how to run and scale a business the hard way.

I had the privilege of learning from some of the best executive coaches as a CEO. Being coached didn’t only change the way I did business; it changed me as a person.

After stepping down as Makers’ CEO, I became an executive coach myself, helping others achieve transformational growth.

My coaching journey began when I started helping beginners grow into professional software developers in 2013

It started in the back of a black cab. I had studied Computer Science at Imperial College London and then gone to work for Forward Internet Group, where I started Forward Labs. This is where I met Rob.

I was struggling to hire qualified software developers. Rob had been through an arduous process of teaching himself to program through a book on Objective C. We both saw that traditional education was broken.

"As well as a great business Evgeny built a strong culture at Makers. He is a person of deep integrity with a strong sense of caring, character traits he imparted to Makers that are a huge part of what makes it such a special company today."
Nic Brisbourne, Managing Partner at Forward Partners

In early 2013, we launched Makers, the first coding bootcamp in Europe. These days, you can read about Makers’ successes in the press. We trained thousands of people and placed them in hundreds of companies like Financial Times, Deloitte, Google, Accenture, and the BBC.

Through my experiences leading the organisation, I learned that transformation does not happen by accident. It happens when people invest in a growth mindset. Makers’ mission has always been about changing lives.

Little did I know how much running Makers would end up changing my own life too. A pivotal moment of my leadership journey was going on the CEO Bootcamp run by Reboot. I joined CEOs from high-profile companies, and at first, I felt like I didn’t belong.

I thought we’d be talking about strategy and vision. Instead, we got friendly with our emotions and shared our childhood stories, our hopes and dreams. I learned that love and unconditional acceptance of all experiences are the foundation of good leadership.

First team photo at Makers, done on a 30 second notice :)

My meditation practice has always been a big part of my life. Like many, I started meditating to learn to deal with stress, yet instead of offering relief, meditation helped me face the pain I was carrying inside.

I practice both on my own and together with others as part of the Buddhist Geeks network. My primary practice is samatha-vipassana as taught in The Mind Illuminated, but I draw inspiration from many teachers, including Sam Harris and Pema Chödrön.

"To say Evgeny cares is an understatement. His background in engineering made him pay attention to minute details, which translated incredibly into his way with people. It is something rarely seen."
Ross Holland, Sales Director DACH at Cyber Monks GmbH

Now, I am an executive coach helping entrepreneurs to grow, together with their companies. I believe that building a company is one of the most exciting ways to impact the world. But there is no guidebook. You have to create it as you go.

As the founder of a VC-backed startup, I developed the business philosophies that I still apply today: build companies on trust, not fear. Ask for help. Build good things. Admit mistakes.

Most importantly, always do the right thing.