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We Are Nothing Without Our People

Appster is nothing without its People. Appster’s People Philosophy
follows two key ideas: Hire the best. Retain the best

Appster is a global people centric company with over 400+ fulltime employees. We see attracting and maintaining top performing developers, product managers and other professionals as critical to our mission. When somebody is truly committed to Appster’s mission of creating an unprecedented development hub for the greatest ideas in the world, we call them an Appsterfarian.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Sanjeev Handa

Chief Financial Officer

 

Prior to Appster, Sanjeev was responsible for $2.5 billion in revenue as a CFO and Business Head at Aricent; a Top 20 Global IT services firm with over 10,000 employees. Over 20 years of success in improving profitability, revenue growth and shareholder value in international and multicultural environments. Accomplished in building winning finance teams, and partnering with business leaders, building annual operating plans, profit turnarounds and cost restructurings, information technology integration, governance and controls, deal structuring and pricing, and architecting $100m development agreements.

Robert Kazmi

VP of Sales – Americas

 

Robert Kazmi brings a deep understanding of building high-growth repeatable, scalable, predictable and profitable sales organizations. Over the last 20 years, Robert has successfully started up many companies and divisions within larger Fortune 500 companies taking them from zero to hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues, and transforming declining sales teams to high-growth sales engines. Most recently, as Area VP of North East and Federal at ASG, Robert turned-around a declining team to deliver 173% CAGR over 3 years.

Vince De Stefano

VP of Sales APAC

 

A strategic innovator with a focus on the total client journey, Vince is a true multi-channel sales professional with almost 20 years experience. With a passion and flair for developing high performance sales teams and delivering exceptional customer service, Vince believes that fostering a happy team culture is the key to business success. His ideology forms the cornerstone of Appster’s brand which delivers world-class app development and innovative outcomes – all with an unparalleled customer experience.

Strategic Advisors

Liz Savage

Advisory Board Member

 
Founding team at EasyJet, Virgin Australia

Liz was Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Australia, responsible for $4 billion in global revenue. She was a key member of the Virgin leadership team which delivered the re-branding and transformation of low cost airline Virgin Blue into a full service, more premium carrier. Liz was also on the start-up team of EasyJet, now the largest airline of the United Kingdom, by number of passengers carried, operating domestic and international scheduled services on over 600 routes in 32 countries. Liz is an experienced leader, having fulfilled a variety of commercial and executive leadership roles during eighteen years growing and transforming global brands in the UK, Europe and Australia.

David Jaques

Advisory Board Member

 
Founding CFO of Paypal,
BlueRun Ventures, 500 Start-Ups

David has been instrumental in the financial success of several leading global organisations including PayPal and BlueRun Ventures (Nokia’s venture capital fund). Currently the CFO of 500 Startups and Greenough Consulting Group, David launched his career with Barclays Bank PLC working in both London and New York until taking on the position of Senior Vice President at Silicon Valley Bank. During his time at PayPal, David was instrumental in raising private equity finance totalling $140 million and coordinated the merger of PayPal Inc. and X.com Corporation resulting in a $680 million valuation. Under David’s management as CFO of BlueRun Ventures, assets increased from $150 million to $1 billion in six years.

Kevin Brock

Advisory Board Member

Founder of BrockCRS
Former Deputy Director of the FBI

Kevin has a unique blend of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors. He recently founded BrockCRS, LLC where he helps senior decision-makers in the private sector improve their strategic management of evolving cyber risk. He also served as a senior executive with the premier management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Kevin had a successful career in the FBI where he was exposed to some of the most disruptive challenges of our time. A recognized strategist, he helped create the FBI’s Cyber Division and then led the FBI’s new Intelligence Directorate following 9/11. He was later asked to help establish the president’s National Counterterrorism Center and serve as its Deputy Director. Kevin is a frequently requested conference speaker.

MEET OUR CO-FOUNDERS

Josiah Humphrey

Co-CEO and Founder

 
Challenge Assumptions.
Build Things That Change The World

Mark McDonald

Co-CEO and Founder

 
Disrupt The Status Quo.
Build Things That Change The World

Josiah and Mark have been serial entrepreneurs owning multiple businesses from a young age and are listed in the ‘Top 40 Australian Male Entrepreneurs under 40′. They started Appster both at the age of 19. In 36 months they have aggressively grown to 220 staff and currently have 400+ over three countries, with plans to eventually IPO. They are extremely passionate and obsessed with building a company culture that embodies Appster’s mission: Challenge Assumptions. Disrupt The Status Quo. Build Things That Change The World.

  • Josiah Humphrey
    Co-CEO and Founder

    Josiah Humphrey
    Co-CEO and Founder

    Josiah is a co-founder and director at Appster. His focus is on working with high-end clients working on disruptive startups. If he’s not flying out to see our next biggest client or at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, he’s probably watching soccer or eating way too much Chinese Food. (It’s hard to tell but he’s actually half Chinese!)

  • Robert Kazmi
    VP of Sales - Americas

    Robert Kazmi
    VP of Sales - Americas

    Robert Kazmi brings a deep understanding of building high-growth repeatable, scalable, predictable and profitable sales organizations. Over the last 20 years, Robert has successfully started up many companies and divisions within larger Fortune 500 companies taking them from zero to hundreds of millions of dollars in annual revenues, and transforming declining sales teams to high-growth sales engines. Most recently, as Area VP of North East and Federal at ASG, Robert turned-around a declining team to deliver 173% CAGR over 3 years. As VP of Sales for the Americas, Robert’s focus is to expand existing customer relationships and to grow Appster’s presence into the multi-billion dollar enterprise app space with a strong initial on the US and Canadian markets for the first couple of years.

    Robert’s mandate is to build a multi-channel sales organization that sells direct, and through resellers and development partners.

    When he’s not working 18 hour days, Robert enjoys spending time with his wife, son, daughter and two beagles, volunteering for the charities and causes that he supports, and listening to his 20,000+ song in his iTunes library.

  • Esther Humphrey
    Product Strategist

    Esther Humphrey
    Product Strategist

    Esther has worked at Appster for nearly 3 years and built up a team of growth strategists who take on all kinds of exciting projects. Having worked on over 200 different concepts herself, she is passionate about fleshing out ideas and building them into businesses that have the best chance of success. Esther is inspired by what technology is going to do for the world and wants to be involved with it in every way possible.

  • Jody Chan
    Manager

    Jody Chan
    Manager

    Jody oversees Appster’s San Francisco office and provides operational uniformity that matches the company’s accelerated growth. As the Operations Manager, she provides support in Sales, HR, Customer Support, and Event Coordinating. She also strives to create an interactive and open work culture that’s unique to the ever-evolving San Francisco team – keeping employees happy is her No.1 priority. In her spare time, she loves trying new activities – her most recent interests are boxing and jump roping – but she always finds herself going back to her gymnastics roots and practicing at her hometown club.

  • Steven Fang
    Producer

    Steven Fang
    Producer

    Steve is a Producer with a background in Industrial Engineering. His knowledge of lean processes, love for interacting with others, and passion for technology makes him a versatile fit to the team. By day, he’s a Producer. By night, he’s also a Producer (Music Producer). With his spare time, he loves experimenting with Ableton and Photoshop. Fun Fact: He once won a talent contest by catching a tangerine in his mouth.

  • Ashkan Eskandari
    Growth Strategist

    Ashkan Eskandari
    Growth Strategist

    Ashkan is a Growth Strategist who has been in sales since the young age of 16. With a keen business mind and an enthusiastic approach, he brings loads of experience to the team. He is often reading up on what’s new in the tech world and exploring various apps. “Mastering the art of communication is priceless” and “We never stop learning” are up there with some of his favorite quotes to go by. He strives to continuously grow as a professional and teach others what he knows. When not in the office, he can be found enjoying the sights, playing FIFA or just watching some sports. Oh what the heck…one more quote. “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often” Winston Chruchill said that one. Ashkan said the above two.

  • Zach Munn
    Producer

    Zach Munn
    Producer

    Zach is a Product Manager with a background in Security and Computer Science. Zach works closely with our Senior Project team to review builds, test functional deliverables and coordinate with client’s to keep their projects on track. He is a strong believer in Lean Methodologies and User Experience practices. Zach has been known to work at ridiculous hours of the night to coordinate with our teams and clients all over the world. The secret to his productivity is his addiction to caffeine and in his spare time he likes to spend too many hours on Udemy learning new things.

  • Greg Strand
    Growth Strategist

    Greg Strand
    Growth Strategist

    Greg is a Growth Strategist with a diverse background in Digital Marketing, Technology, and Finance. These industries have taken him from Los Angeles to New York and finally to San Francisco where he found his calling working for technology startups in the mobile space. For the past four years he has been focused on helping companies with their, post development, mobile marketing strategies, helping them building programs that engage users, strengthen brand loyalty and drive revenue. When Greg isn’t ‘nerding out’ on all things mobile, he’s outdoors hiking, golfing, snowboarding or playing tennis.

  • Jacob O’Sullivan
    Business Development

    Jacob O’Sullivan
    Business Development

    Jacob manages Business Development with a background in Enterprise Software Sales and Marketing. As a recent college graduate, he is eager to experience being a part of a high-growth startup. Jacob’s passion for learning, building relationships, and innovative technology make him an excellent fit for the team. When he isn’t working, he’s playing in recreational leagues, traveling, and watching sports

  • Luke Naeem
    Account Executive

    Luke Naeem
    Account Executive

    Luke is an accomplished, seasoned consultant with exceptional relationship building qualities. An expert in mobile and web technology determined to help clients find solutions to achieve their desired outcome. He is passionate about delivering outright driven solutions utilizing a Minimum Viable Product approach. He has a deep interest in Finance technology and in his spare time he goes spearfishing.

  • Vincent De Stefano
    VP of Sales APAC

    Vincent De Stefano
    VP of Sales APAC

    A strategic innovator with a focus on the total client journey, Vince is a true multi-channel sales professional with almost 20 years experience. With a passion and flair for developing high performance sales teams and delivering exceptional customer service, Vince believes that fostering a happy team culture is the key to business success. His ideology forms the cornerstone of Appster’s brand which delivers world-class app development and innovative outcomes – all with an unparalleled customer experience.

  • Chris Maher
    Account Executive

    Chris Maher
    Account Executive

    Chris Maher is a half-breed. Half technical, Half business savvy. He has extensive experience in market research, decision making analytics and has been a trusted advisor to executives at some of Australia’s largest corporates. Almost paradoxically he has extensive knowledge of software quality methodology. This fusion allows him to assist clients to find best of breed solutions, design MVPs and go-to-market strategies that get results. He’s a product strategist you want on your team.

  • Chellie May
    Project Manager

    Chellie May
    Project Manager

    Chellie May is an experienced IT professional with nearly a decade under her belt. With a background in software engineering, quality assurance as well as product management she has been a catalyst behind hugely successful international tech startups. Today she focuses on internal projects as well as maintaining Appster’s core systems to keep our business humming as we scale globally.
    She is also running Disruptive Startup Organisation, you can easily spot her in our Disruptive Startup meetups.

  • Thomas Wilding
    Product Strategist

    Thomas Wilding
    Product Strategist

    Tom is a Product Strategist with an awesome background in Software Engineering, who wants to be the catalyst that turns your idea into an explosive and disruptive app made to rock the mobile app world. His hobby of being the best at slaying internet dragons brings a funky perspective to the design table.

  • Esther Humphrey
    Product Strategist

    Esther Humphrey
    Product Strategist

    Esther has worked at Appster for nearly 3 years and built up a team of product strategists who take on all kinds of exciting projects. Having worked on over 200 different concepts herself, she is passionate about fleshing out ideas and building them into businesses that have the best chance of success. Esther is inspired by what technology is going to do for the world and wants to be involved with it in every way possible.

  • Mathew Barker
    Account Executive

    Mathew Barker
    Account Executive

    Mathew (Mat, yes with just one ‘t’), is a seasoned sales professional with a deep understanding of extracting clients needs, pivoting raw ideas into market focused solutions and determining your least investment strategy to hit the market with.
     
    Mat is here to have a relaxed, in depth conversation with you about your idea and will work with you to turn your dream into a reality.  

  • Chris Moretta
    Account Executive

    Chris Moretta
    Account Executive

    Chris is a well rounded consultant with over 10 years of client management experience. He is very passionate about innovative ideas & working with clients to achieve their desired outcome, utilising a Minimum Viable Product approach. Hailing from the UK, Chris has a keen interest in motorsport & also football (played with a round ball!). Further note, feel free to start a conversation about 80’s music – Chris’ guilty pleasure!!

  • Emilia Walerczak
    Producer

    Emilia Walerczak
    Producer

    As a Producer at Appster, Emilia eloquently coordinates a variety of UI/UX design and wireframe projects with designers. She’s very hands on with both team members and clients and is often a liaison between the two parties. When she isn’t prioritizing product features for maximum ROI, she is busy managing product updates. Because of her past experiences in business management, marketing and UX design, she’s able to grasp a client’s vision quickly and consult with them on strategies for optimum results.
    Be careful, she has a Metalcore music obsession and doesn’t mind pulling others into the music vortex with her.

  • Ben Jarris
    Creative Director

    Ben Jarris
    Creative Director

    Ben Jarris is Appster’s multi-dimensional Creative Director who leads and directs our team of UX designers, front end developers and programmers. His daily priority is to manage all the creative teams globally while focusing on maximizing results.
    Interestingly enough, Ben co-founded a company called, App In The Box, which has sold millions of units worldwide and was rated the 6th most successful app company in Australia.
    Fun Inside Secret: At Appster, Ben is known for #BennyJLifestyle.

  • Emily Scott
    Producer

    Emily Scott
    Producer

    Emily’s background in producing digital assets is what makes her such a talented Producer here at Appster. She develops and maintains projects throughout various stages for clients and also assists them in everything from wire-framing and troubleshooting to technical support and product management. Clients can depend on her to go above and beyond to ensure they are happily meeting their goals no matter how challenging, or deadline driven they are.
    Emily is known as our “Fairy” as she is always there to give a hug when you need it most.

A World Leading “BIG” Development Firm with the Innovation and Scrappiness of a Technical Co-Founder

One concern many clients have is whilst they don’t trust a small firm to execute their project; but how will you ensure that your product development won’t get lost amongst hundreds of other large projects? Appster works exclusively with high potential disruptive startups and every project is important, that’s why we organise our company around YOU.

Instead of having countless departments and cross functional hierarchies we build stable and high performing teams which work with each other regularly and with limited clients, so they get your vision and dream and can truly get onboard executing it. It’s HOW you get the execution power of a global “big” development firm with the transparency and collaboration of having a technical co-founder.

One client one Journey

Want to Join Us?

To find out more about working at Appster, check out Our Careers page. However we’re always looking for talented people looking to work towards our mission. If you’re a high performance person with the ambition to become the best in the world at what you do, then you’ll find a home at Appster.

So What Have We Done So Far?

We’re only 3.5 years old but since then we’ve:

Hired over 400+ Staff with offices in San Francisco, Melbourne and India. Our developers are regularly benchmarked in the top 5% of their technology.

Grown over 2000% in 3 years, with plans to scale our operations to 42 countries and become a billion dollar a year revenue company.

Created the prototype and initial tech for a geo-payments system known as BlueDot. We pioneered methods to reduce battery drain and got accuracy within 1m. This had a $6m valuation in 12 months and was called a potential billion dollar startup in The Australian. It received a large investment by commercialisation Australia, and the founding CFO of PayPal signed on to become a Director.

Helped disrupt the ticketing industry with Bus Transport, building big Data and consumer analytics to provide game changer insights into routes. This solution has been adapted on a white label basis by companies around the world.

Our Four Promises

1

Open Company

No BS

2

Change is good

Be productively paranoid

3

High Performance

Always raising the bar

4

Ownership

Do what you say and take responsibility