Milena Monova at Centroida JSC

Milena Monova, Senior Software Consultant at Centroida JSC


What's your story? What drew you to FinTech?

Four years ago, I entered university to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science while tutoring math on the side. During my second year in university, I decided that an internship would be a good opportunity to apply my skills. Similar to many students out there, I sent my first applications to the biggest IT companies in Bulgaria but after a while I realized that I didn't feel like working at a big corporation and that I was more likely to go through a steep learning curve and have more responsibilities at a smaller place. This is when a friend of mine told me about a startup called Centroida which had just opened its first office in Sofia. I spoke with one of the founders and was immediately drawn to the company’s culture and team. As a result, I accepted Centroida’s offer and joined the company as a backend developer.

Having joined the company at such an early stage, I saw how Centroida quickly evolved into one of the top end-to-end product development companies in Bulgaria with a focus on AI and Blockchain solutions. My work was focused on Blockchain over time which is a technology that has the potential to solve some really interesting problems. This prompted me to dive deeper and deeper into that space which involved in-depth research into Hyperledger Fabric, a private blockchain technology. Eventually, I was given the opportunity to lead the development of a proof of concept as part of a product we were developing for a prominent South African client in the FinTech space.

What makes FinTech an exciting area to build your career in?