About Zigi

Zigi

Zigi's radical new take on mobile advertising creates new opportunities for retail brands, mobile game developers and their players. For the first time ever, retail brands get an ad medium that delivers verified foot traffic directly to their stores - all within a rigorous ROI framework. With Zigi retailers eliminate waste from advertising, paying only for customers brought to their stores.

Game developers increase their revenue, earning high value bounties with each player who visits a retailer store, as well as significantly boosting user retention. And the player? They get free rewards in their favorite games, just for visiting retail locations throughout their day. Zigi really is a win-win-win.

Zigi is a backed by some of the best names in the tech industry: Greylock Partners (behind successes like Facebook, LinkedIn, Pandora, Instagram and DoubleClick), Sunstone Capital (investors in Layar, Asetek, Issuu, Prezi, Trunk and Neotechnology) and Intel Capital.

Executive Team

Juha Christensen

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Juha Christensen

Chairman and CEO juha@zigi.com

Juha is a serial entrepreneur with a remarkable track record. Voted one of the 25 Most Influential Europeans in Technology by Time Magazine, his passion is in nurturing and investing in growing start-ups.

Juha is Chairman & CEO of Zigi, the leader in location-based advertising, and CloudMade, the leader in cloud-based navigation and map services.

Juha is also Chairman of Oysterfields, the investment firm, and of Cogniance, the design, engineering, marketing and back-office services company. He is Founding Partner at Progression, the accelerator company behind a dozen successful companies and a Venture Partner in venture capital firm Sunstone Capital. In addition, Juha holds board seats at Brandworkz, Buttonwood Financial and Pelican Imaging.

Previously, Juha co-founded Symbian, brought Pocket PC and Smartphone to market at Microsoft, was President at Macromedia and built and sold numerous technology companies.

Nick Black

Nick Black

VP Product nick@zigi.com

Nick's expertise and passion spans people, products and places. A trained anthropologist, Nick has carried his skills into the technology world always approaching problems from the user's perspective.

An early pioneer of location-based communities and products, Nick was a founder member of the OpenStreetMap Foundation, graduated from the acclaimed Geomatic Engineering department at London's UCL, has prototyped numerous location based advertising systems and was creating location based apps before phones had GPS. In 2006 he founded CloudMade - the location based developer tools company.

At Zigi, Nick leads a crack team of product thinkers, doers, designers and engineers whose products are changing the way people experience mobile games, creating new revenue opportunities for mobile game developers and creating transformative opportunities for retailers.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

CTO jim@zigi.com

Jim is responsible for the technology and infrastructure of Zigi. He has spent over 25 years in the retail, telecommunications, and database/ERP industries driving strategy, building technical operations and delivering to plan. Jim has a significant corporate background with Kmart, Oracle, Sonopia and Symbian along with CIO/CTO roles in number of startups and smaller technology organizations.

Michael Farrow

Michael Farrow

Chief Financial Officer mike@zigi.com

Before joining CloudMade, Mike served as a CFO for NetShelter Technology Media, which delivers internet advertising across technology-related websites. Previously, he was CFO of Jumpstart Automotive Media, a leader in both automotive content and advertising, and the top Financial Manager for fastest growing division at EarthLink, a Fortune 1000 company.

Management Team

Iryna Liashchuk

Iryna Liashchuk

Head of Brand Partnerships iryna@zigi.com

Iryna's team ensures that the leading retail and restaurant brands make Zigi an integral part of their marketing mix. With the background in media buying for global consumer brands and marketing at the innovative technology companies, Iryna truly enjoys working in the space where tech and media join forces to deliver more enjoyable mobile experiences and more effective brand advertising.

Taras Bublyk

Taras Bublyk

Product Manager taras@zigi.com

Taras is addicted to innovation. He has spent most of his career building disruptive products in the geo-location and mobile / social space. In his current role at Zigi, Taras is responsible for transforming the requirements from the two very different markets - mobile gaming and retail - into a well-performing business tool and an exciting consumer product. In the spare time Taras enjoys motorbiking and skiing.

Pavel Stelmakh

Pavel Stelmakh

Project Manager pavels@zigi.com

Pavel believes that building new technologies should be both efficient and fun. At Zigi, Pavel manages the complexity of development processes and ensures that clients' campaigns are executed flawlessly. Pavel leverages his extensive experience in navigation and location-based gaming projects in the daily efforts to build out and perfect Zigi platform. Soccer is his huge passion outside of work.

Pavel Baiborodin

Pavel Baiborodin

Design Lead pavelb@zigi.com

Pavel is a Design Lead at Zigi. He has 10+ years experience in graphic design and 4 of them dedicated to UX. Pavel strongly believes that design is all about finding a solution for a problem and thus making peoples' life in the digital world easier and more fun. Aesthetics comes next because any product should be beautiful by default. His interests vary from motion design and filming to hitting waves,snow slopes or asphalt with all the types of boards.