Tapinator was founded by a visionary team that has worked together to build mobile games and applications since 2007 and has achieved successful exits for their investors.
Meet our Executive Team:
Ilya Nikolayev, CEO
Ilya Nikolayev is an accomplished technology executive who previously served as the CEO and Co-Founder of Familybuilder. In 2007, Mr. Nikolayev created one of the first successful Facebook applications, Family Tree, and grew the property to over 6 million monthly active unique users and 45 million total users. Mr. Nikolayev raised venture capital funding, grew the business to profitability, and successfully sold Familybuilder to Intelius in 2011, generating a significant return for all of its investors. Mr. Nikolayev was also a co-founder at InAppFuel, a patented minigame software for mobile game developers that was sold to Tapinator in 2014. Prior to Familybuilder, Mr. Nikolayev worked in banking for JP Morgan. Mr. Nikolayev is a frequently cited industry expert who has appeared recently on Fox Business, Bloomberg and TheStreet. Mr. Nikolayev graduated cum laude from New York University.
Andrew Merkatz, President
Andrew Merkatz is a finance executive with 20 years of experience as an operator and investor in media and technology growth companies. From 2008-2015, Mr. Merkatz was a Managing Director of Investments at Vision Capital where he managed investments in digital media and software technology. Mr. Merkatz began his career at private equity firm, Interlaken Capital. He later served as Chief Operating Officer for Site-Specific, one of the first internet advertising agencies (sold to CKS Group), Vice President of Corporate Development at FLOORgraphics, a pioneering in-store media company (sold to News Corp.), and President of Predict It, a venture backed digital media company. In 2007, Mr. Merkatz co-founded Familybuilder, a leading Facebook app developer, which was sold to Intelius in 2011. In 2013, Mr. Merkatz co-founded InAppFuel, a developer of patented minigame software for mobile game developers that was acquired by Tapinator in 2014. Mr. Merkatz joined Tapinator as the Company’s President in June of 2015. Mr. Merkatz holds a B.A. in Economics, with distinction, from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Teymour Farman-Farmaian, Independent Director
Teymour Farman-Farmaian is currently Head of USA at XAPO, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin custodians. Previously, Mr. Farman-Farmaian was CMO at Spotify, the world’s leading music streaming service, a company he joined in 2011. Mr. Farman-Farmaian was responsible for subscription revenues and led a team of over 100 employees. He helped triple revenue growth to hit a $500 million run rate, and achieve 7.5 million DAU. In 2012, Mr. Farman-Farmaian left Spotify to focus on various start-ups with heavy viral and engagement components. Before Spotify, Mr. Farman-Farmaian spent close to two years with Zynga (ZNGA) as GM of Partnerships. There, he was responsible for Zynga’s multi-billion dollar partnership with Facebook as well as relationships with Yahoo (YHOO) and Google (GOOG). Mr. Farman-Farmaian
Tapinator develops and publishes mobile games and applications on the iOS, Google Play and Amazon platforms. Tapinator’s portfolio includes over 300 gaming titles that, collectively, have achieved over 450 million player downloads, including games such as ROCKY, Video Poker Classic, Solitaire Dash, and Dice Mage. Tapinator generates revenues through the sale of branded advertisements and via consumer transactions, including in-app purchases and subscriptions. Founded in 2013, Tapinator is headquartered in New York, with product development teams located in North America, Europe and Asia. Consumers can find high-quality digital applications from Tapinator wherever they see the ‘T’ character logo.
joined Zynga after six years at Google where he held various roles including Director of European Sales Operations. Mr. Farman-Farmaian has a BA from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard University.
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