Hi, Could you introduce yourself?

Hello! I am Anastasiia Iskandarova-Malaia I am the CEO and  Founder of IT company, Senior Web Developer, PhD in CS, Education Content Producer and IT-Volunteer. I am 27 years old and I was born and live in Ukraine.

I have been passionate about computers since I was little. My parents and computer science teacher always supported me, but others often repeated that "programming is for boys".

I knew from the age of 15 that I wanted to study software development. I have a bachelor's, master's and PhD in computer science.

After graduation, I worked in various IT companies, but quickly realized that I wanted to work for myself. My husband and I created our own business.

What are you working on?

Currently we are working on API and Web tools for the medium-sized businesses. Recently, we completed the development of large-scale web projects for the city government. Our technology stack: Vanilla JavaScript, React, Angular, NodeJS, Python, PHP, Java, Kotlin, C#.

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How did you get into your current field?

I really loved computer science from school and this gave a strong start to my development after graduation. I quickly started freelance work at university. When I worked and did internships in companies, I realized that working in the office does not suit me. Also, I immediately wanted to participate in all stages of software development. I went through a lot of interviews, internships and teamwork - this is a great important experience.

What are your goals?

Of course, I want to improve our company and our team. My goal is to create meaningful projects. I really want my current projects to be successful enough for me and my partners to sell them for a good profit. Also, I want to direct my efforts to support the community of junior programmers and girls in IT.

Do you mentor anyone?

In 2015, I created my programming courses, I am a mentor of projects and the beginnings of my students. I’m also a mentor for startups, for example, now I am helping a team from Kazakhstan to develop a social charity project. In addition, I started my IMAOTAG HUB project to help beginner developers and openly share knowledge and experience.

What could the tech industry do to better foster female talent?

We need to talk about girls in IT as much as possible, share experiences, and most importantly - share the process and the result. It is important to show that there are many of us, we are succeeding and that development is interesting and diverse.

What advice would you give to people getting into your field?

Let's share our knowledge, experience and be open! It is also very important to constantly learn, develop and not stop. But also, let's not forget about the rest!!!

Whats the best and worst advice you have received?

The best:

You don’t need to be afraid and embarrassed of your mistakes, this is an indicator of the process.

The Worst:

"Choose one language and one technology and study only that".

My experience shows that it’s very important for a developer to know a lot of tools.

Who do you follow? what blogs do you read?

I read a lot of Medium, InformationWeek, TechRepublic, TopDevelopers articles everyday, as well as TechCrunch, The Next Web, Wired, Tech2. I’ve subscribed to blogs of many companies, for example, Google, Microsoft, Apple, etc. I love the inspirational profiles of female programmers on Instagram - @codemyjourney (read her interview here), @codergirl_, @jocee.holladay, @hellomayuko etc.

What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?

My instagram: @imaotag.hub