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

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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

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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

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Teymour Farman-Farmaian is currently Head of USA at XAPO, one of the world’s largest Bitcoin custodians, and recently acquired by Coinbase. 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 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. 

Spencer G. Feldman, Independent Director

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Mr. Feldman is a partner in the New York City law firm of Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP, where he has been a member of its corporate and securities group since September 2013. He was previously a principal shareholder in the law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP, practicing in its corporate and securities department, which he joined in 1993. Mr. Feldman has more than 30 years of experience practicing corporate and securities law and concentrates his practice in the areas of initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, shelf takedowns, confidentially marketed offerings, registered directs, PIPEs and other private financings, and mergers & acquisitions with public companies, with an emphasis on representing computer, Internet, media and other technology-driven companies.

Desmond Glass, Independent Director

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Since November 2017, Mr. Glass has served as Group Chief Financial Officer and company Secretary at RWS Holdings PLC (RWS.L), an AIM-listed multinational language and professional services provider, where he is responsible for shaping and executing upon the financial strategy of the business. From April 2008 until October 2017, Mr. Glass served as the Chief Financial Officer of GAN PLC, a provider of enterprise online gaming software, operational support services and online game content development services to the casino industry. Mr. Glass is a dynamic and hands-on Chief Financial Officer, with proven international leadership experience gained in both public and private venture backed companies, who brings a rare blend of strategic and commercial acumen coupled with a pragmatic and open leadership style. Prior to his time at RWS Holdings PLC and GAN PLC, Mr. Glass held positions at Evexar Limited, Rodale International Limited, ABC Inc., and Deloitte, among others. Mr. Glass received his Bachelor of Commerce from University College Dublin, his ACA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, and his MBA from Imperial College London.