Managment Team & Advisors

Universal eXperience Ventures LLC


Management Team

These are the people who feel passionate about our product and dedicate their time to do something better for everyone, to leave a trace and make an impact!

 

Ivo Georgiev
CEO & Founder

 

Ivo has started his 25 year professional career as a software developer, later transitioned and established himself as Enterprise Technology Architect and experienced Network Engineer specializing in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning and procedures. He has expert level knowledge for design and implementation of Enterprise level messaging using Microsoft Exchange, and is well versed in building complex network infrastructures using Microsoft Windows Server Active Directory. Ivo’s passion in the professional world today is everything around mobility and communications, and this is how the idea for this company was born. Ivo’s personal time is divided between his family, sports and his Hi-Fi audio vintage electronics collection, which he proudly shares and continues to grow.

Yana Kotseva
VP Business Development ​& Co-Founder​

Yana has graduated from the Jewish Lauder School in Sofia in 2017 with special classes and specialization for five years in digital design and media. Yana has spent three years studying as a bachelor in Graphic design and Advertising at New Bulgarian University for two years. Her greatest professional success so far is first place in Bulgaria Innovation Hackaton 2020. Yana has participated in several Advertising Academies and seminars. At the last Academy in 2020, she won first place again. Yana is still a student and in her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends and family, she loves to travel, paint, and discover new places.

Nicky Nikolaev
CMO ​& Co-Founder​

 

Nicky is a digital strategy expert, a thought leader, a problem solver, a collector of futuristic curiosities, and innovative ideas. His work ranges from strategic planning and rough prototyping in the early stages, to creating strong full-fledged long term digital marketing strategies focused on business growth. Nicky has experience working for companies like Nestle, building inbound marketing strategies that have acquired B2B clients like Etsy.com, and consulting 100 million dollar companies in the US, UK, and European markets. Today Nicky is mainly focused on helping growing founder-led mission-focused, digital-first businesses that want to grow.


Advisors Team

These are the people who guide us in our venture, share vision and experience to make sure we stay on track and are able to deliver our solution to the market.

George Emilov
Advisor

 

Product Manager @ Cisco

 

George brings 30 years of professional experience as CTO in various companies. He was CTO at WebMessenger where he oversaw 120 developers spread over 5 countries and managed all of the key projects. After the WebMessenger exit in 2008, George went to CallWave (now FuzeBox) to continue his managerial duties. He is in charge of overseeing development projects and selecting new talent for VoiVoda. Currently George works as Product Manager at Cisco, but he is involved in advising many startups and mentoring their progress. In his personal time George loves to work on his collection of vintage radios and Hi-Fi audio equipment, troubleshoot problems and building the perfect audio set for his home.

Valeri Nenov
Advisor

Adjunct Professor (retired),

Neurosurgery @ UCLA​

 

Micro-electronics (Dipl. Ing. Prague CVUT);
Computer Science (PhD UCLA);
Neuroscience (PhD UCLA)
Research Interests:
Clinical information systems (CIS);
Clinical trials;
Imaging (MR, PET);
Artificial Neural Networks (ANN);
Artificial Intelligence (AI);
Natural Language Processing (NLP);
Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR);
Air Traffic Control (ATC);
Wearable electronics;
App development (iOS, Android)
Founder:
Brainventions Corporation, Inc. (1991);
Global Care Quest, Inc. (2002);
VAL9000, Inc. (2013)

Val Babadjov
Advisor

Lead Investor / Chairman of the Board /

President @ VideoEngager, DBA LeadSecure​

 

Serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist coming from a background of more than thirty-five years of software development and business management experience. Active early-stage investor and member of Band of Angels, Sand Hill Angels, Keiretsu Forum, Tech Coast Angels, and Pasadena Angels. He is currently the lead investor and chairman of the board of VideoEngager. Val is also the founder of VoiVoda Ventures and the only financier in the fund with proceeds from the exits of his software companies including Webmessenger.


Omo Velev
Advisor

 

Senior Development Engineer @ Rivian

37 years working in Research and Development of Alternative Energy Sources, battery and fuel cell system for automotive and aerospace applications.

Project manager and lead engineer of complex energy storage systems for military and civilian applications

Specialties: Advanced Battery Systems, Fuel Cell Systems, Energy Storage Systems for large and small UAVs, Large Automotive Battery Testing

 

R. Victoria Jodis
Advisor

Founding Partner @ Steel Wolf Ventures

 

R. Victoria Jodis has cultivated enduring relationships by successfully navigating complex transactions worth hundreds of millions of dollars. She couples finance, entrepreneurial spirit and corporate structure in the real estate, banking, manufacturing, technology, and entertainment industries. Consequently, she heralds a lucrative prospect/client database.

Victoria initiates capital raises and equity formulation, and designs strategic marketing for client success. Her deep skills in analysis and forecasting cemented while managing investment properties for Family Trust, Family Office and Private Equity RE Investments.

When high-end residential and commercial real estate markets were dominated by men, Victoria successfully completed scores of new and rehab developments throughout the Midwest and West Coast.

Leveraging experience and contacts, she created a business/entertainment broadcast which streams to global affiliates in over 80 countries. Episodes feature cutting edge products and services spotlighting entrepreneurs, inventors and business leaders. News of capital markets with economists and investors provides context and spark deals.

Victoria earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Irvine.  She is a sponsor of Children’s Cancer Care and Sparrow House for Battered Women.

Mark Dirkse
Advisor

Principal @ Steel Wolf Ventures

 

Mark Dirkse brings fierce business acumen and tenacity to conducting finance investing, capitalization structuring, profit avenue building and exit strategies.  For more than three decades across most continents, he helmed his own successful company in Live Entertainment working with Universal Studios, Sony/MGM, Warner Brothers and Paramount.

A breadth of world travel and professional collaborations sharpened Mark’s forecasting of economic trends for investment. Dealing with a diverse range of people and cultures, he drills deep to evaluate Founders that can pass muster to deliver on time and budget. He brings artisan craftsmanship to building a business, rather than simply financing it. A Midwestern upbringing keeps Mark grounded in "his word is his bond" commitments.