Baynote was searching for a VP of Engineering and specifically wanted to find someone that not only had an interest in our technology, but who also had a passion for innovation. Enter Srdjan. Besides a doctorate degree in Computer Science, he has also studied intelligent interfaces, worked on adaptive user interfaces and applied machine learning. Srdjan sat down for a few minutes to tell us about himself and why Baynote was his number one choice.
What is your name? Srdjan Kovacevic
What is your current title? VP of Engineering
Tell us a little about your education and professional background. I have a PhD in Computer Science with minors in Artificial Intelligence and Human Factors. I have experience in a wide variety of areas, including software tools, healthcare and finance. I’ve also done research on intelligent interfaces, worked on adaptive user interfaces, applied machine learning – the last three areas are very relevant to what Baynote does and that’s one of the reasons I was attracted to Baynote.
When you were a kid, what profession did you think you would pursue? Hmm, I always liked to build things. That was always fun to me. I built race cars, airplanes; anything that I could put together. And I liked to take things apart, to see how they work. So, I guess an engineer.
What is your motto or personal mantra? Follow your dream, don’t give up.
What attracted you to Baynote? I’m very excited about the space, it also relates to things I’ve done in the past. Personalization – understanding user needs, interests and tasks they are trying to accomplish and making it easier for them – is something I worked on in the past and have a strong interest in. I also like the stage of the company and the company positioning.
So far, what are your favorite things about Baynote? I like the culture, my team, and the people I work with. I like that we are doing something new – building a new platform – in the space that the company has experience with. Building a platform that will allow us to expand our reach to many new verticals is an exciting opportunity to make a mark.
What are your top three favorite web sites you visit all of the time? Probably more than three and it varies, but at the top of mind, Yahoo, New York Times, Quora. I check Quora fairly often. It’s refreshing to find answers to questions that are intriguing to you. There are a lot of interesting topics and discussions on Quora.
Do you play an instrument or have a favorite sport? My favorite sports would have to be tennis and soccer. Instruments? Not really… but I like to listen my daughters play and I tried playing some of their instruments a bit – the trumpet is pretty hard to play!
If you could have lunch with a famous person (living or dead), who would it be and why? Leonardo da Vinci – such a great mind, extremely well rounded, someone who excelled in so many different areas, balancing so effectively art and science, logic and creativity … that would have been a treat!