was born in Stara Zagora and studied Business Adimistration in a joint programme of the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and University of Lincoln, UK. Further qualification includes Sofia University’s Programme on Competitiveness and Economic Growth (so-called “Harvard Program”). From 1997 to 2007 he was part of the Capital Weekly team, especially the business section, where he was journalist, editor and deputy editor-in-chief. He was author and part of numerous investigations in the field of public procurement, privatization and post-privatization issues. In 2008-2012 he was part of several web-related projects and participated in several investigation projects in the private sector, ranging from reputation checks to serious fraud investigation, as a consultant.
In 2013 he was co-founder and speaker of the noresharski.com – a volunteer-led civil media that was born from the 2013-2014 civil protests. Staykov and a team of volunteer experts made investigations, including the one on MP Delyan Peevski’s offshore links and assets in Bulgaria, Greece, UK, Bahamas and Seychelles. He was part of the group of 13 citizens who triggered the investigation in BNB and the KTB by submitting a formal letter to the Prosecution and DANS in February 2014. As a speaker of noresharski.com, Staykov’s opinions has appeared in a number of foreign and national media, including The New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, Reuters, ARTE TV, Deutsche Welle and many others.