Meet Zdravko Verguilov, ServiceNow Senior Platform Developer at Do IT Wise. A person with an undeniable passion for technology who is unafraid to try new ideas and bring them to life.
Famous for his great sense of humor, he is also our board games guru and always manages to bring people together to play and have a blast both in the office and online.
Hi folks, my name is Zdravko Verguilov. I know it is a bit of a strange and rare family name – it comes from White Sea settlers. Born and raised in Sofia. As long as I can remember, I have been drawn to technology and always had the urge to disassemble all devices at home and bring them back together. Well, the last part has not worked out every time, but that was the beauty of it. So I can say that it became my hobby as a child. I was inspired by my older brother, who studied Computer science and gave me a lot of knowledge from a young age.
But my way in IT was not that straightforward. I studied in the Spanish high school with a French major, then decided to study archeology at Sofia University because of my fascination with history. I quickly realized it was not my jam, and I switched to physics, but then I had my first child and did not finish it and focused on my family.
My role in Do IT Wise
Continuing the random, not random events in my life, I first heard about Do IT Wise because they were partners of the academy. At the end of the program, we had organized meetings with all the companies, and you can guess… I was sick and missed it. Then, later, HR sent me an email expressing interest in me. But of course, somehow, I have not seen that. Again… 😀 However, my colleagues shared very positive feedback about the presentation of Do IT Wise and how awesome the boss is. Maybe it was faith, but I am super grateful to our HR Filipa, who did not give up and contacted me on the phone, and I started one month before the lockdown. The rest is history.
Currently, I am a Senior Platform Developer. Deeply technically oriented, I usually take on hard coding projects – both front and back end.
Why Do IT Wise?
I have pretty much summed it up in the previous question, but really, what has made Do IT Wise stand out for me was the culture and the growth opportunities within this niche field of ServiceNow. I have never felt more relaxed and in place during my interviews, and this was how I knew I was making the right decision to join the team.
What I love about Do IT Wise?
First for me is the feeling of stability in terms of process organization – you know exactly what you will work on and when, but you also have a clear sense that you have a team behind you and there is always someone to help you if needed. It sounds like a cliche, I know, but teamwork makes the difference.
Secondly, and I know not many people would think about this aspect, but the company is giving the opportunity to so many people to start a family. Precisely, this sense of stability, growth, and trust that we have in each other gives you the freedom to work on your personal life and goals.
And talking about freedom – the other very important thing for me is that I have the freedom to have my own ideas and work on realizing them, supported by the company. Every year, I have at least one finished project, app, or article that started as a random thought in my mind and then got in hand with our professional projects.
My favorite moment in Do IT Wise
Tricky question – there are many, like our team buildings and team gatherings. The sense of community is very strong with us, so each time we are together, even in these hybrid times, it is pure enjoyment.
One moment that stands out for me personally is when I managed to build a couple of multiplayer games on the ServiceNow platform, which is traditionally strictly business-oriented. It gives me joy to go so deep into the technical part that I can twist it and play to create something fun.
My most significant achievement
Wanting to share some ideas and experience, we self-initiated the “Friday calls,” where we had sessions about coding, how to improve our skills, solving work problems, but also play with the platform. I am super happy that everyone who joined gained much additional knowledge they implemented in their work projects around the fun topics.
The second thing I am very proud of is the creation of a platform designed to help refugees find new homes and work when the war started in Ukraine. I wondered how I could put my knowledge to work and support those in need. Turned out there were many people thinking the same way, and we started working together on that.
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My biggest lesson
When I started my career, I had no idea how important the experience was. When I was younger, I found it very funny that people stated how many years they have spent in a specific position. But with time, I have seen the difference – how quickly and effortlessly things start to happen when you already have experience. Everything goes much more smoothly.
But the biggest lesson would be that it is very important to learn what not to do.
I am a simple man – I love football, board games, and everything computer-related. I think I am one of the few people who still like Bulgarian football, and I often go and watch games in person at the stadium. 😀
In the office, I am famous for organizing board game nights, which every single time turn to 5 hours of laughter, especially when playing “Cards against Humanity” (the uncensored version).
I am a sucker for single-player video games with a good long story. So far, Fallout and all the post-apocalyptic scenarios are my favorites.
Favorite book or movie
Lately, I have fancied the work of the so-called “dean of science fiction writers,” Robert A. Heinlein, and especially “Starship Troopers.” However, my favorite book would be “The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress”. Set in the year 2075, the story unfolds on the Moon, which has been turned into a penal colony. The novel explores themes of individual freedom, self-governance, and the consequences of rebellion. Heinlein weaves a tale of political intrigue, revolution, and the challenges of forging a new society on the harsh lunar frontier.
Among my other favorite authors of mine are names such as Dmitry Glukhovsky, Terry Pratchett, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
The same applies to movies – again, I enjoy Sci-fi the most. I love Star Wars and the first two movies of the “Terminator” series. And being my dark humor-loving self, I cannot miss the hilarious animation “South Park.”
A word from the wise
If you have ideas and want to be in an environment that would support you, then Do IT Wise is an excellent place for you. The pure pleasure you get from seeing your idea live and being used by actual clients is unmeasurable.
If I was a superhero, my power would be…
The power of eating without getting fat. And a shield like Captain America to use as a somewhat bigger plate. I’ll also probably have a nice jetpack so I could fly away when I’m annoyed. Also, a Zdravmobile, which would have nothing interesting about it, except for maybe breaking a bit less often.
3 famous people I would want to meet
Interesting one. I will start with the legend of Bulgarian football – Hristo Stoichkov. He was my childhood idol because he was the best in the entire world in what he did, and there are not many people who can say that. I believe there is so much to learn from him and his level of professionalism in his field. A true inspiration for millions.
The second person I would have loved to maybe not meet but rather watch live is the American comedian George Carlin, who is unfortunately no longer with us.
The third one would be that Kansas guy – the sports journalist Ivo Ivanov. I started reading his stories in the mid-2000s in a basketball forum and later bought his books just to have a hard copy of them. He has a real talent that you can rarely see these days.
To be a left-winger like Stoichkov, even though my left foot game is not as strong as his.. 🙂
If I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life, it would be…
Definitely pizza. All kinds of it.
What is one thing I will never do again?
To work as a support again. Don’t get me wrong, it gives you invaluable experience, but I have passed that phase in my life.
In general, the place I feel the best is the forest, regardless of the location. I would go live there at any given time.
Otherwise, the place I want to visit most is Argentina. Not a particular place, but I want to explore the whole country. My dad was part of the expeditions to Antarctica, and his stories about his time in Argentina sparked that interest within me.
Another interesting place would be some small towns in the United States. I want to see if it looks like in movies like “Stranger Things“ or if that is a myth.
Check out the stories in our series “Meet the Wise Team”. Discover more about one of our Practise Architect – Nenko Neychev, in his interview.