Who is Jevgeni Kabanov?
Creator of JRebel, founder and CEO of ZeroTurnaround, husband and a father.
What does your typical day look like?
Some meetings, some writing, some thinking. My working tools are now Powerpoint, Word and Excel (or their Google Docs analogies) more than anything. Not to mention Skype.
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy the free time, there’s not much of it to hand around. I spend it with my family, read books, watch movies. No cool hobbies to speak about, I do bike once in a while.
Where and when did you start programming?
I think I was 12 or something, I had this ZX Spectrum with built in Basic interpreter. Not long before I was writing some text-based games and just fooling around. I did some Visual Basic after that, but Delphi was my first serious language. When I was 16 I wrote my first shareware, I think I made a few thousand bucks with it, all in all. It was decent money at in the end of 90s in Estonia.
Favorite: Programming Languages, Frameworks?
I tend to use the best tool for the job, I went through Visual Basic, Assembler, Delphi, C, Java, Perl, PHP and Haskell. I tend to prefer Java or its derivatives for most of the things today, I just like the platform, the ecosystem and the community that goes with it.
What OS do you prefer?
Mac OS X. I spend some time on Windows, some time on Linux. Mac for me combines the best of both platforms.
Evernote, Echofon, Dropbox. I’m also a fan of the Offline Gmal in Chrome.
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Name something that has inspired you recently?
My beautiful wife Ragne and my darling daughter Ruby (named after the stone, not the language, by the by).
What do you prefer? Freelance work or full time employment?
I like employing other people the most :) Building a great team is awesome, because it gives you the power to do great things and the satisfaction of having a bunch of awesome guys to work with.
What are your goals for 2012?
Finishing my PhD is the big thing for me. I’ve just finished the last article and now it’s behind doing one last course and packaging the published articles into a dissertation. It’d be easy enough if I had any free time to work on it, so wish me luck.