I was born in Russian Far East, at a controversial Sakhalin island. The island belong to the chain of islands of the east cost of Russia that is contested by Japan as their own. Around 1950, USSR was colonizing second half of Sakhalin island, as a result, a lot of young people was sent over or came over to build out the island’s economy. My parents were among those settlers. With musical and railroad engineering background, they end up serving in police force and military intelligence division - KGB. Their carrier defined my early childhood. Soviet military took our family across continental USSR and stationed us in many parts of the country such as Ural mountains and finally in central Russia - City of Ivanovo. All of that taught me to travel and to adapt to new surrounding from early days of my life.
Historically, Russian intelligence and military officers are often most educated people in Russia. Through out hundreds of years, they were a part of Russian elite - Intelligentsia. My family was not an exception. My parents taught me to love and respect books, science, technology and nature.
As I grew up, I was spending sleepless nights reading books. My face was well known in the local libraries. Eventually, local libraries were not enough and I became youngest reader who attended City Science library at the age of 9. I was reading away everything I can put my hands on in the library reading room. Till this day, I keep large library of books in the house which I read daily with my daughter.
Books helped me to developed interest in the radio electronics and technology. While I was attending school, I developed practical knowledge to make a variety of electronics devices from amplifiers to tape reel magnetic recorders. Our afterschool electronics learning group received donated Electronic Analog Computer. That event sparkled my interest in computers and introduced me to the concept of programs and computation. Looking back, I think this is where I seeded my carrier in Computer industry. During that time, I built several basic computers on i8080 and Zilog Z80 microprocessors, learned assembler programming and concepts of software development utilizing advanced languages such as BASIC. Even before I finished school, I was spending all available time at University Data Center, growing and practicing new skills. It was that time when, I put a group of fellow students together to learn and develop software on PDP-11 computers. That group carried me through a whole period of my life in Russia.
As I was deeply submerged into Computers, Russia was evolving under Eltsin leadership. One of the radical change brought was to open a door back again for Soviet Entrepreneurs. That change created a slew of software development companies which begun changing Soviet Union from the inside out. Few of my friends and I went on and open software development startup. By that time, I was attending 2nd year of University and was working as computer...