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A modern IT leader is a visionary and a strategist

Ilya Stekolnikov, Information Technology Director of Kolesa.kz.

The company Kolesa Group is the owner of the trademarks «Kolesa», «Krisha», «Market» and manages the Internet sites of kolesa.kz, krisha.kz, market.kz, avtoelon.uz. The projects specialize in services for the placement and publication of private ads for the sale and purchase of cars, real estate, goods and services in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

During the interview, they discussed the need to expand work with large-scale clients, personnel hunger in IT and the portrait of a modern IT leader.

Main interview questions:

  • About the company — what it does, what problems it solves.
  • How do priorities change over time? What is the company aiming at now?
  • In-house developers or third-party software vendors? And why?
  • Key tasks in the field of development and customer service.
  • What difficulties did you have to face from the point of view of technology and how did you cope with them?
  • Plans for the near future.


The company Kolesa.kz is engaged in the construction of classified products in large volumes, being the only company providing such services in Kazakhstan.

*Classifieds is a resource with ads from individuals and legal entities with various offers grouped by topic. Initially, the classifieds, as a «bulletin board» was presented in print media (for example, the newspaper «From hand to hand»), now — on the Internet. A classic example of modern classifieds are sites such as Slando, Craigslist, Avito, Yula, CYAN*

Currently, the company aims to expand all segments in its niches. It aims to do more for the B2C sector — to meet market professionals, for example, car dealers, developers, realtor companies, i.e. large-scale clients. It strives to expand its influence in the regions and make platforms as convenient as for large cities.

As a rule, the company uses its own forces in software development, trains its personnel, because the outsourced specialist does not delve into the product, acts strictly according to the TOR.

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