The kindling was ready. It just needed a spark. And in 2013, the match was struck. “I realised there was a disconnect between the skillset of computer science graduates and what companies actually required”, Evgeny explained. Technology had advanced too quickly for university syllabuses to keep up, so graduate software developers, just like Evgeny himself, were ill-equipped to fulfil the needs of their employers.
So Evgeny decided to fix that by founding his own company, Makers, which would train “complete beginners all the way to being employable software developers ten times cheaper and ten times faster than universities could.”
Makers was – and is still – a remarkable success. In under a decade, the academy has helped over 3,000 people escape unfulfilling careers and replace them with the stimulating sphere of software development. Evgeny’s decision to found the company was a bold one. He had no experience in educating others, but Graham’s promise – too great to ignore – armed Evgeny with the resolve he needed to make the leap.
But that was just the beginning of the written word’s influence on Evgeny’s career, with its next major impact coming in the form of a book by Daniel Goleman, entitled ‘Emotional Intelligence’. Goleman’s extraordinary exposition of emotion bestowed Evgeny with an acute awareness of self and a confidence in his own intuition, boons which combined in 2015 – a particularly stressful period during Evgeny’s tenure as Makers CEO – by compelling him to visit a CEOs’ retreat.