Hi, I'm Nikolay.

tl;dr: I solve problems with
software. On a mission to revolutionize Men's Health.

🚀 Co-Founder & CTO @ Kranus Health

📝 Contributor @ Towards Data Science & Hacker Noon

🤓 Currently interested in: digital healthcare, big data, open source, deep learning, quantum computing, fintech, DeFi, software engineering, EVs, space, carbon capturing


I occasionally like to write about business and technology. Here are some links.

What’s behind a simple SQL query?
Towards Data Science | Aug 6. 2020

A brief behind the scenes examination of what happens when an app/developer runs a SQL query to fetch data from a PostgresDB database.

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How to build Spark from source and deploy it to a Kubernetes cluster in 60 minutes
Towards Data Science | Mar 20. 2020

Get on the hype train for Big Data in Kubernetes with this Spark tutorial

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Big Data
Making big moves in Big Data with Hadoop, Hive, Parquet, Hue and Docker
Towards Data Science | Jan 24. 2020

Jump and run in this brief introduction to Big Data with Hadoop, Hive, Parquet, Hue and Docker.

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Celonis Snap
Quickly understanding process mining by analyzing event logs with Celonis Snap
Towards Data Science | Sep 9. 2019

Get up and running with Process Mining by trying out Celonis Snap and analyzing your first process.

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ELK Stack Spring Boot
A hitchhiker’s guide to Spring Boot, Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, PostgreSQL and Docker
Towards Data Science | Jul 10. 2019

Up and running with Spring Boot, Docker and the ELK stack at break-neck speed.

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Deep Learning
On the state of Deep Learning outside of CUDA’s walled garden
Towards Data Science | Jun 05. 2019

The current state of training artifical neural networks on non-CUDA GPUs.

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Android Automotive
On Android Automotive and why Android will "win" while Apple makes all the money in the world
Hacker Noon | Apr 12. 2019

A short deep dive into Android Automotive and how Apple and Google are doing in the new mobility wars.

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On AIaaS, Embedded AI and the AI business models of the future
Motius @ Medium | Mar 21. 2019

A brief intro to how AI business models work and whether your startup could ever potentially break even with AI.

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Work Experience

This is a short intro to what I've been up to lately.

Co-Founder & CTO

Kranus Health GmbH
October 2020 - Present | Munich

Scaling Product & Engineering at the next gen digital men's medical care platform.

Kranus Health is a global provider for Men‘s Health Digital Therapeutics. We make the latest medical care for male patients more accessible and affordable, so they can live a healthier and longer life.

Scaling out Celonis globally (US, EU, Russia, Japan & exploring new regions) as the PM for 2 teams:
- Platform Infrastructure: Dev/GitOps, CI/CD, public cloud infrastructure, Kubernetes, monitoring & logging, automation & infrastructure as code, cloud native security, internal tooling, audit compliance (e.g. SOC 2)
- Data Lake: building data platforms with HDFS, Hive, Tez, YARN, Ranger, ...

Tech Executive (2018-2019): Managed large enterprise software engineering projects end to end with personal sales targets and a more strategic role within the company with a direct line to the CEO and CTO. Total managed project volume (10.2017-09.2019) was 1+ MEUR and total acquired project volume (07.2018-09.2019) was 1+ MEUR.

Project Owner (2017-2018): POs are a mix of Product Manager, Project Manager, and Lead Engineer. Managing agile software development projects for enterprise clients like BMW, Siemens, Audi and Allianz. Main focus on web and mobile development.

React Native Developer (2017): Worked on a hybrid React Native/Redux mobile app with a Django-based REST backend.

Researching the strategical impact of digitalization on Compliance in the German Financial Services sector. Specifically looking at emerging technologies like big data, Blockchain (as a ledger system), crypto currencies, machine learning in order to help KPMG's customers, which are going through their digital transformation, to transition without negatively impacting their regulatory compliance.

Worked with the Process and Workflow Optimization team (IT in-house consulting) on building and extending AngularJS apps with SharePoint 2013 as a back-end - further development of an internal project management tool and a project reporting tool, developed an issue & bug tracking app for an internal ERP-Software, helped project team lead with other web development tasks.
Tech: AngularJS, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap 3, SharePoint, SharePoint Designer, SOAP etc.

optile is a fintech company, which offers a distributed scalable payments system with 100+ payment methods and processes worldwide. Developed and refactored front-end code for web apps, wrote Confluence docs, used JIRA & Git, made code reviews & charged the technical migration of optile's homepage to WordPress.
Tech: JavaScript, jQuery, LESS, Bootstrap 3, XML, JSP, REST, WordPress etc.

Co-founded a brand for premium handcrafted leather goods and accessories. Responsible for web development, e-commerce, UI/UX. The company got featured in Sueddeutsche Zeitung, TextilWirtschaft and others.
Tech: PHP, Shopware 5, Bootstrap 3, WordPress, WooCommerce etc.

Worked with TelefĂłnica's team that was responsible for O2's social media presence in Germany. Support and community management of the O2 customer forum & realization of small projects (building web widgets, creating forum campaigns etc.); organization of community events (incl. the first official meet-up of forum super users and moderators at the O2 Tower); social media activity & analytics (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)


Studied Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Software Engineering. Recently decided to deep dive into business administration with a certification from HBS.

CORe Certificate Program, Business Administration and Management
Harvard Business School Online

CORe (Credential of Readiness) is a certificate program from Harvard Business School. It is developed by leading HBS faculty and delivered in an active learning environment based on the HBS signature case-based learning model. CORe is comprised of three courses:
- Business Analytics by Professor Jan Hammond
- Economics for Managers by Professor Bharat Anand
- Financial Accounting by Professor V.G. Narayanan

M.Sc. Media Informatics
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Mßnchen
2016 - 2017

Minor: Business Administration for New Media
Thesis: "A text mining and NLP based approach to exploring the incentives for consumer health wearables" at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media
Learned & worked with: Scala, Java, Python, JavaScript, Node.js, PHP, HTML5, CSS, MySQL, MongoDB ...

B.Sc. Media Informatics
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Mßnchen
2012 - 2016

Minor: Business Administration for New Media
Thesis: „A systematic literature overview of the different alternatives for integrating third-party software“ at the Institute for Information Systems and New Media - focused on the main differences when purchasing and integrating OTS & OSS software components and APIs
Learned & worked with: Java, C, Python, Haskell, JavaScript, PHP, HTML5, CSS, MySQL ...


From time to time I'll do a course or a certification. Here is a list.

Structuring Machine Learning Projects
Coursera, deeplearning.ai
Feb 2018 - present
See certificate
Improving Deep Neural Networks: Hyperparameter tuning, Regularization and Optimization
Coursera, deeplearning.ai
Dec 2017 - present
See certificate
Neural Networks and Deep Learning
Coursera, deeplearning.ai
Dec 2017 - present
See certificate