You often read stories of entrepreneurs who came up with their million-dollar idea over a couple beers with friends. Not us. You even hear those feel good stories of college roommates, and best friends who started a company together. Not us either.
We came together because we believed what we could do with Apptopia would represent a shift in how people perceive mobile apps. See, apps are not just products that you buy for $0.99; they are complete businesses with revenues, customers, technology, and partners. A mobile app is an asset.
Apptopia is the marketplace that will broker the sale of these apps. We will manage the entire process through to completion. Starting with recommending app valuation & connecting sellers with buyers. Concluding with escrow services, code review, and interfacing with Apple & Google on your behalf until the deal is done.
Eli drives Apptopia’s overall strategic vision while overseeing all facets of the company’s operations. Eli originally started coding (Visual Basic) at the young age of 12, and his passion quickly grew into starting businesses. His first big success was a mobile app called GPush, which in 2009 was the 17th most paid for iOS app. It was his experience with GPush, and difficulty in selling what was a very profitable business, that led the concept behind Apptopia.
Previously Eli served as the EIR at GreatPoint Ventures. Even before that he was involved in several startups, including: Oasys Water, GreatPoint Energy, and DVTel.
Eli served as a teaching assistant in information systems, while pursuing his B.S. in business administration, with a concentration in finance, at Boston University’s School of Management.
Eli considers himself a “survivor”. He is a strong believer in paying it forward, and will do everything in his power to help the people in his life. In his free time he organizes hackathons. Eli is powered by Whiskey, Chocolate, and Hummus.
Jonathan leads the daily operations and strategic direction at Apptopia. He is the point person for anyone trying to sell their app, buy an app, or become a revitalization partner. Jonathan is extremely passionate about branding and story telling. As someone who believes deeply in the importance of customer engagement, he is constantly striving to find scalable intimacy.
Jonathan originally made a name for himself in the startup community as the Ambassador of Buzz at Grasshopper, a company that provides Virtual Phone Systems for entrepreneurs.
He created their “Buzz Department” from the ground up and was responsible for over 600 press mentions and a handful of big partnerships over his 3 years there. Jonathan is also the author behind Learn2Buzz, and a co-founder of the Barcamp Tour. More than anything, Jonathan loves meeting new entrepreneurs and helping them create what they are passionate about. When he isn’t helping people broker their mobile apps, he is watching sports with friends (Celtics, NY Giants, & Red Sox).
Serge works on a handful of strategic projects within Apptopia. His focus tends to be on backend architecture and infrastructure. He loves finding elegant solutions to interesting problems, as well as just simply making things work. Serge has 10 years of software engineering experience and holds Master Degree in Physics.
Before Apptopia, Serge worked as the Senior Software Engineer at Fiksu. He has also worked on number of projects including: network and systems programming for VoIP, desktop applications, web services for online and mobile marketing.
He’s really enjoyed playing an active role in helping scale applications as they grow from initial ideas into successful businesses.
Serge's is very passionate about artificial intelligence, machine learning, functional programming, and analytics. He also shares his son's obsession with cars and robots! They have no choice but to eventually build a self-driven toy car together!
As Product Manager, Sergey is responsible for taking all the amazing ideas around Apptopia and translate them into requirements for our development team. Together with our development team he then implements these requirements and makes them into living, breathing features on the site that all Apptopia users get to enjoy.
Before joining Apptopia, Sergey co-founded iVOCS, a small technology company where he has been leading the development of opensource based VoIP products line.
In addition, they built custom products like auctioning telephony system for Flora Holland and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI) - the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands.
Sergey has been with Apptopia since day 1, and helped take “Apptopia” from an idea of the founders to a tangible, online marketplace. Sergey loves working with non-trivial issues and finding unusual yet effective solutions for them. Outside of Apptopia he was spotted enjoying virtual piloting and martial arts.
Chris has joined Apptopia as the Director of UI & UX, where he creates in all aspects of front end development, from wireframing to coding in HTML 5 and CSS 3. His mission is to design an easy and meaningful experience for the users of Apptopia’s services and products.
After working for a web design firm in Central Massachusetts for several years, Chris’ interest and skill set in user experience design drove him to work closer to the amazing creative community in Boston.
This led him to redesigning the Afternic domain secondary market site which was recently acquired by GoDaddy, as well as the soon-to-launch redesign of Photo.net.
With over 7 years of experience in creating and sustaining awesome, intuitive user experiences for the web and mobile, Chris has a passion and focus for making interactions with web services as easy as possible. No matter the technical constraints, he’ll find a flow that works smoothly.Chris is a uniquely skilled and resourceful pro who’s proud to be a part of the Apptopia team.
Vitaliy graduated from National Technical University of Ukraine Kiev Polytechnic Institute with a Master Degree in Computer Science and continued his education with a graduate degree. He is working on a PhD thesis about improving the efficiency of GRID systems execution and plans to finish this once Apptopia takes over the world.
Outside of computers Vitaliy is also really interested in modern philosophy and physics. He loves traveling around the world, fishing in the Dnieper river, and snowboarding all across Austria.
As our Senior Developer, Artem is part of the original Apptopia team, and contributed greatly to their first release of the product. In Kiev, Artem is the organizer of RubyC Conference and is very active in the local developer community. He is also the maintainer of a top used ruby gem called “Acts As Taggable On”.
He has over 6 years experience and graduated from National Technical University of Ukraine Kiev Polytechnic Institute with a Master Degree in Computer Science.
Before Apptopia, Artem thought that all startups sucked, and that most founders are guys with a lot of money, and know very little about business. Jonathan & Eli have changed his opinion on this (and startups). He has really enjoyed the adventure thus far. When Artem is not coding he likes traveling, reading books, and going to the gym.
As Apptopia's Data Scientist, Tom leads the company's data analysis and analytics projects. He believes that there are few problems that can't be solved using a data-driven approach, and he brings this mindset to work every day to make sense of Apptopia's growing data sets.
Prior to joining Apptopia, Tom held positions as the lead data analyst at RPX Corporation in San Francisco and in Baseball Operations with the Baltimore Orioles.
He has a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Boston College and a Master's in Statistics from Stanford University, and is excited to have the opportunity to utilize his skills in an exciting new space.
When he isn't working, Tom enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, and a good game of pub trivia.
As a senior member of our development team, Marjan is trying to add value to all technical parts of Apptopia. His motivation each and every day is to help Apptopia be as stable and useful as it possibly can be for its users. Marjan joined Apptopia as he is passionate about large scale architectures and big data challenges. He sees how interesting the data Apptopia provides today is, and wants to take it to the next level.
He has over 10 years of experience in software engineering and knows Ruby, Python & Scala. Marjan is a big believer in open source & tries to contribute when he has free time.
His favorite open source projects are Topaz & Rubinius (both are implementations of Ruby language). More than anything Marjan just loves being surrounded by smart and motivated people who care about the project they are working on.
Victor runs iOS and Android development at Apptopia. He graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine Kiev Polytechnic Institute with a Masters degree in Computer engineering. Victor started working as a Win32 programmer on music mixing software for DJs at the university.
Soon he heard about Apple. Victor was totally impressed by their products and became a Mac developer. A few years later he learned almost everything about development for Mac and got bored. Fortunately Apple came up with new iPhone, completely new SDK to learn and great opportunities to became iOS developer.
Victor likes difficulties and to fight with them. So when debate "Native vs. HTML5" arose he decided to try his hand at HTML5+JS+CSS3. He choose native for himself as a result.
Victor is a perfectionist and agrees that if you want a thing done well, do it yourself. So with Android launch he had no choice not to add Android SDK to his mobile skills.
Outside of Apptopia Victor likes skiing (whether alpine or water skiing), bicycling and playing professional badminton.
Alex joined Apptopia as Integrations Engineer for working on integrating external services with Apptopia. His expertise is in both web application and server-side development.
He graduated from Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University of Kyiv with bachelor degree in chemistry. In this time he first discovered his love of programming and he decided work in IT area. He taught himself many of his skill in industrial software development, and gained a lot of valuable experience as a PHP developer in a small web-studio company. Now Alex has 6 years of software engineering experience.
He loves software engineering as it provides beautiful capabilities for people and often makes life easier. This leaves the creative things for humans and routings for machines.
As Front End Developer, Ivan is responsible for making Apptopia not only look but feel like a completely well oiled machine. Ivan takes all user interactions and user experience on Apptopia to heart. He joined Apptopia as he has strong ambitions, superhuman abilities, and unwavering will to conquer the world.
Ivan has his Bachelor Degree in engineering, which is where he discovered his passion for making better products. He loves programming and development as its his way of creating and implementing amazing idea which don’t currently exist in the real world. In fact, he loves the entire “universe behind the screen”.
Outside of his love for web technologies, Ivan works on few pet projects and someday will learn how to sell them. Ivan plays guitar, draws manga, and likes video games.
As Apptopia's first data salesman, Geoff joined the team with the intention to bring Apptopia's Insights product to the next level. He has been instrumental in the process of designing, building, and launching Apptopia's insights product. Geoff brings a methodical sales approach, coupled with unique insight and spontaneity. His goal is to build a sales team that is knowledgeable, passionate, and not afraid to get loud.
Geoff brings training and experience from an advertising background at AOL and Amazon and holds a degree from Northeastern University. His past experiences have given him a strong set of sales skills and unique attributes that drive him to success. Geoff spends his spare time climbing in the mountains or catching waves at the beach.
Mike is part of the growing sales team here at Apptopia. He brings a solid business background from Suffolk University and a passion for mobile apps. His previous roles involved selling traditional media (grand format print advertising). He’s excited to be a part of this fast moving industry and wants to help other people learn as much about it as possible.
His main responsibilities at Apptopia include tirelessly meeting new people, providing his clients with exceptional customer service, and enjoying the delicious Cliff bars in our office kitchen.
When Mike isn’t selling, he enjoys skiing, playing hockey, and relaxing on the beach. He’s also a die-hard Boston Bruins and New England Patriots fan.
Tess is Apptopia’s “nuclear reactor”, always on, doing whatever needs to be done. You will find her in the middle of marketing, sales, client experience, purchasing, and everything else. If you are not quite sure who to go to, look for Tess. She gets things done.
Tess comes to Apptopia from academia where she has been involved in the inner workings of the human interaction at Harvard and Brandeis Universities.
When not at Apptopia, Tess loves to network with others and travel. Tess’s network of business partners and friends rivals that of the Clinton’s and she is always looking for new and interesting connections.
While in college, Tess, had a personal goal to complete a double major and double minor in 3 ½ years (done). She spent 5 months studying in Scotland and while there had a goal of visiting 10 additional countries, meeting people, learning the culture/customs and networking (done with a total of 12 countries).
Tess runs on caffeine and the synergetic possibilities when people come together.
With more than 6 years in the communications and start up space, Natalie is helping Apptopia with recruiting and branding tasks in Ukraine, and CIS countries. Natalie has her Business Administration diploma from International Christian University, and Journalism Masters from the renowned Kiev-Mohyla Academy. When it comes to networking tasks, Natalie is here to help.
She is also an experienced PR specialist with specialization on communication and branding strategies. She has also helped several startups with growth related business development tasks. Natalie loves journalism and when it comes to new ideas she thrives on helping make them a reality.
David is a passionate serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He helped create Chargify, Grasshopper, PackageFox, & PopSurvery.
Avi is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of GreatPoint Energy. Previously, Avi was the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Coatue Corporation.
Vlad has been at Apptopia since the very beginning. He played a crucial role in helping form and grow the company’s awesome engineering team. He continues to provide strategy and business guidance to the company.