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Florin Lohan, PhD.
Software architect and developer
Passion for writing software
IT Expert, Entrepreneur, Investor
I am Florin Lohan, an experienced IT professional, entrepreneur, investor, ex-public speaker (Toastmasters, workshops). I architect and develop mobile, server and desktop applications/systems that are related to multimedia, fintech or cloud/personal cloud. I can provide complete solutions, where I select the technology and deliver a turn-key solution, or I can work with your team. I am a good communicator and I can quickly grasp the requirements of a project. I can also work with incomplete information.
I have a PhD in multimedia architectures from Tampere University of Technology (Finland), I worked for Nokia for almost 9 years in various positions and I founded/co-founded three companies so far. Over the years, I have also developed several open-source projects.
Florin is a remarkable system architect and programmer. I have worked with Florin during the last 4 years. He has designed, developed, and maintained the complete software solution of the Odyssey Project, the mentoring and networking platform I am coordinating for the international non-profit organization, Toastmasters. Florin has shown extraordinarily good and extensive programming skills, optimizing the code and its components for efficient and smooth operation. He has been very quick in adjusting to new requirements and guiding users who needed technical support. He is a pleasant to work with person, with a very sharp mind and witty spirit and ready to offer support when asked for.
Florin is a true "one man army" when it comes to software development. He is able to deliver a complex software application from end to end, and is passionate about code optimization which has real benefits in terms of app speed. Additionally, Florin is very passionate about security and privacy, and has a deep understanding of how to protect users' data.
One of Florin's most notable projects is the programming of GWAP (www.gwapfinancial.com), a complex wealth management application that was delivered on desktop, mobile, PC, and Mac. This application was designed to be user-friendly and efficient in terms of its data handling, something that GWAP users commend us on.
In addition to GWAP, Florin programmed RestoApp, a restaurant POS system specifically designed to work in frontier markets with poor internet connections. This was a challenging task, but Florin was able to design a system that was robust and reliable, despite poor network conditions. Restoapp is already used by 3 of the more successful restaurants in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
I have worked as Florin's line manager and business partner. In Florin you get a great package of strong SW development skills combined with good communication skills and customer focus. He is able to quickly identify solutions that make sense to the customer and to implement them efficiently and successfully. Furthermore, he has always shown strong long term accountability for the solutions that he has developed.
25+ Years of Experience
1998 - 2004
PhDTampere University of Technology
My PhD and research was about multimedia architectures and video on demand.
MSc"Politehnica" University of Bucharest
Major in Computer Science.
Apr 2016 - 2023
Technical Co-FounderGWAP Financial
As technical co-founder I had to make sure we have a product/service to sell. I did almost all the technical work (excluding UI design and UX).
Apr 2013 - Current
Owner & FounderPhotostovis Oy (now MakeGo Oy)
In April 2013 I started working on my own product, but in 2015 I switched to freelancing. Most of my time goes into software development work, but I also take care of the business, so I am used to wearing many hats.
Sep 2004 - Apr 2013
SW Architect, Expert (Senior)Nokia
Held various technical roles, including interfacing Nokia business customers, multimedia expert, SW architect for various technical studies. Developed a very good handling of the Symbian C++ language.
Apr 1998 - Jul 2004
ResearcherTampere University of Technology
Researcher in the Signal Processing Laboratory while doing PhD.