VMware people are passionate about making a difference, creating game-changing products, and committed to empowering our customers with innovative solutions to simplify IT complexity. It’s because of these people that VMware is the leader in cloud infrastructure, business mobility, and virtualization software. Connect with Member of Technical Staff, Sabo Rusev, and discover how his love for innovation and the community at VMware Bulgaria drive him to refer his friends to join VMware’s inventive culture.


DSCF2861Name: Sabo Rusev

Role: Member of Technical Staff

Office Location: Sofia, Bulgaria

Years at VMware: 2

Favorite VMware Milestone: The release of vCloud Suite 6.0 – “I am proud to be a part of such a huge success.”


Share what inspired you to pursue a career in Information Technology.
This is quite a complex question – I have many things that inspire me, so I’ll try to list some of them. It is kind of a family business for me as my father is also involved in IT. When I was about 12 years old, he showed me how to write my first line of code spelling out “Hello World” using Pascal. I felt like a real hacker when I saw the black console for the first time. My love for computers has grown stronger ever since then.

I think that programming can be really addictive – let’s take the “Hello World” for example. To illustrate this, I will list my thoughts when I first wrote my first program (and yes – I do remember them, even though it was quite a few years ago):10338235_10204047773214016_4539677485654923393_n

  • I made the computer print “Hello World.” Hooray!
  • Why do I need this?
  • Can I do something else with this?
  • I know – I’ll try to make it print my name.
  • Hmmm… How do I tell the computer my name?
  • Ok now I am seeing my name! Hooray!
  • How can I print it 100 times in a row?
  • Hooray! I did it. Why do I need that? Let’s do something more useful… how do I make it colorful now?
  • Ok – can I make the Snake game now?

This can go on and on forever – whatever your imagination can come up with. When I was answering this question I realized that my twelve-year-old self had been asking “What’s next?” over and over again – a question often asked here within the community at VMware.

Also another reason for me to pursue a career in IT is that I was quite good at math in school, so that’s why I chose Computer Science as my major.

So in general, I am involved in IT because it is both fun and challenging, and computers are the closest thing to magic that we have at the moment (and people love magic).

What’s a typical day for you and your team at VMware?

20140627_141546Coffee with my colleagues, stand-up meeting to discuss project statuses, reading and writing emails, fixing and creating bugs, as well as writing features. There is a lot of communication going on within the team because most of the problems are quite complex (that’s what makes them interesting). When the workday is over, sometimes I play table tennis, go to the gym, or grab a beer with my colleagues.

What inspires you to innovate in your career?

VMware’s internal employee-led events like Borathon (hackathons), RADIO (R&D Innovation Offiste), XLR8 (innovation program to accelerate the development of solutions to hard computer science problems). The whole idea of innovation for me is coming up with the next “vMotion-like” feature, which will change the IT world. This is what I remind myself of when I am asking myself “What am I doing?” at 5 A.M. when I am participating in a hackathon. It fuels my drive.

What drives you to refer friends to VMware? 

I believe that VMware is the best place to work and grow. The work is interesting and I want my friends to be a part of this journey with me. I’m proud that some of the people that I’ve referred through the Employee Referral Program are colleagues with me at VMware now.


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