Our Story


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.


Eliran Sapir

Eliran Sapir

Founder & CEO
Eli@apptopia.com

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.

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Jonathan Kay

Jonathan Kay

Founder & COO
Jon@apptopia.com

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Jonathan originally made a name for himself in the startup community as the Ambassador of Buzz at Grasshopper, a company that provides Virtual Phone Systems for entrepreneurs.

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Serge Balyuk

Serge Balyuk

VP of Engineering

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.

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Sergey Yanovitsky

Sergey Yanovitsky

Sr. Data Engineer

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.

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Chris Lackey

Chris Lackey

Director of UI & UX

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.

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Vitaliy Zheludkov

Vitaliy Zheludkov

Integrations Manager

Vitaliy joined Apptopia’s development team with one simple goal in mind: Conquer The World. Vitaliy started coding in high school as he was trying to build his own social web portal. He failed. However this motivated him to learn everything about computer science he possible could. He quickly taught himself how to program for different areas including microcontrollers, embeddable real-time systems, desktop applications and scientific calculations using a wide variety of languages (anything from ASSEMBLER and C to Java and Fortran). In his journey of computer science he got to work with JavaScript and Ruby. He quickly realized that his true passion was in writing Rich Web Applications.

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Artem Kramarenko

Artem Kramarenko

Sr. Data Engineer

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.

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Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan

Data Scientist

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.

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Marjan Krekoten

Marjan Krekoten

Senior Developer

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.

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Victor Gushek

Victor Gushek

Sr. Mobile Engineer

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.

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Alex Ulianytskyi

Alex Ulianytskyi

Software Engineer

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.

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Ivan Kukobko

Ivan Kukobko

Front-end Developer

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”.

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Geoff Hladik

Geoff Hladik

Sr. Insights Advisor
geoff@apptopia.com

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.

Michael Magliozzi

Michael Magliozzi

Insights Advisor
michael@apptopia.com

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 Suchoff

Tess Suchoff

Marketing Specialist
tsuchoff@apptopia.com

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.

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Natalie Gryvnyak

Natalie Gryvnyak

Recruiting Specialist
natalie@apptopia.com

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.


Advisors

David Hauser

David Hauser

Co-founder of  Grasshopper

David is a passionate serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He helped create Chargify, Grasshopper, PackageFox, & PopSurvery.

David Hauser

Avi Goldberg

Partner at  GreatPoint Ventures

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 Medvedovsky

Vlad Medvedovsky

Technical Advisor at Apptopia
Founder of  RailsReactor

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.

Investors

ExpansionVC

Expansion VC

Joseph Melohn
Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Entrepreneur & Owner of Dallas Mavericks