At CEO (Boardroom Media) we track over 1,000,000 startups and over 5,000,000 people who hold key positions in these companies. We use this directory of startups to highlight top employees, founders and board members we think deserve more appreciation than they are currently getting.
This list showcases the top Columbia based CEO’ operating in the Mobile Apps space. If you think a CEO’ is missing from this list, feel free to contact our editor on [email protected]
The individuals on this list have been included because of exceptional performance in one of the following categories:
- Innovation – Operating as a key part in an extremely innovative business or startup.
- Growth – Operating as a key figure in the growth and upscale of a market leading business or startup.
- Management – Showing exceptional management skills.
- Societal impact – Putting their business on the map for their positive societal or environmental impact.
Our Data – We source our data from OSINT (open source intelligence) and public directories such as Crunchbase, SemRush and many more. The data from these sources should be treated with a degree of caution and verified yourself.
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Urgently
Chris Spanos is the Co founder and CEO of Urgent.ly. He is the Advisor of Startups. Prior to this, he worked as General Manager at Repair.com. He was the Founder & CEO of SeniorChecked. He worked as General Manager, Vice President, Director, International Product Management, Sr. Manager, Brand Development and Marketing Consultant at AOL LLC. He worked as Award Winning Producer at Independent Film Producer. He was the Consultant to CEO of 1-800 Members/DHL. He worked as Consultant to President at VidiSolutions. He served as Consultant to VP Product Management at RealNetworks. He worked as Consultant to U.S. Director of Business Development at Moonfruit. Before that, he worked as Consultant to VP of Broadband at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
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About Pax Momentum, Urgently: Urgently features a roadside assistance industry to the benefit of global brands and roadside assistance professionals.
CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Studios
Ryan Peterson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Finger Food Advanced Technology Group. He sets the course for the organization with his extraordinary vision, strategic planning, and unshakeable passion. Under Ryan’s leadership as CEO, Finger Food has seen tremendous growth, transforming from a small basement startup to a multi-million dollar company with 180+ employees. Finger Food builds custom technology solutions to solve some of the most complex and challenging problems faced by businesses today in industries including games, retail, oil & gas, education, healthcare, mining and more. The company creates a competitive advantage for its clients by helping them own their technology stack, rather than simply deploying on the same technology platforms as their competitors. In-house expertise in AI, AR/VR, Blockchain, Robotics, and IoT, enables Finger Food to create impactful and elegant cloud, web, mobile, machine and advanced-interface solutions built on top of emerging technologies. Finger Food sees an unprecedented market opportunity. Within 3 years, the cumulative R&D spend of the Global 1,000 will reach USD 1T. A conservative estimate would put the innovation spend of each of these companies at around USD 100MM annually.
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About Finger Food Studios: Finger Food delivers technology-driven business solutions that enable companies to move and innovate faster.
Co-Founder and CEO of Picniic
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About Agents Only, Picniic: Picniic is every family’s personal assistant, keeping households organized, productive, and connected.
CEO, Co-founder & Board Member of Goose Insurance Services
Dejan is no stranger to leading a flock into unknown territory. As the founder of Cityfone™ Telecommunications (Canada’s first independent mobile virtual network operator), Dejan successfully launched their wireless brands, leading Rogers Wireless. Most recently, he was VP of Corporate Development at airG™ Wireless, a global mobile-first social entertainment platform serving over 100 million consumers worldwide. As a co-founder and board member of Square One Insurance Services, Dejan has easily migrated all his boundless industry expertise and insight to Goose. And like all of our flock, Dejan loves to travel. He’s been to 40 countries across 4 continents. His favourite spot to date is the Australian Gold Coast for its stellar beaches, climate and sumptuous seafood.
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About Goose Insurance Services, Square One Insurance: Mobile First B2C Insurance Platform
Co-founder & CEO of Hurdlr
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About Hurdlr: Hurdlr helps the self-employed economy track their real-time business numbers and profitability.
Founder and CEO of Anra Technologies
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About Anra Technologies, George Mason University: AnraTechnologies provide operators with an off the shelf, field proven DroneOSS operational platform.
Founder & CEO of Reyets: Social Justice Network
Wa’il has an extensive professional career across a range of industries and geographies including roles at Pepsi, Walt Disney World, HSBC, and Rooam Inc., with experience both domestically and abroad. Having spent more than 15 years in financial services, Wa’il now oversees Unstuck Labs business operations, including product development for Reyets, and Fotomo. Leading marketing, partnerships, sales, finance, and business development strategy. Experience In addition to his primary role at Unstuck Labs, Wa’il serves as the Cofounder and Board Member for The Global Advisory Group, an international consulting firm that facilitates cross-border business alliances and transactions between companies in North America and the Middle East. In this role, he works closely with U.S. and international companies, including tech startups to provide strategic counsel on funding, marketing, negotiations, and business development. Prior to Unstuck Labs, Wa’il served as Vice President of International Commercial Banking at HSBC USA, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. In this position, he managed over $1 billion in assets and structured and executed private placements. In addition, he helped U.S.-based companies assess, formulate, and implement financial strategies and solutions to support operations, sales growth, compliance and facilitate expansion into international markets. Before that, he was the Regional Manager of Government and Institutional Banking at HSBC USA, with a primary focus on Embassies. During his tenure at HSBC, he built relationships with numerous government and business leaders worldwide and analyzed their organizations’ strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, and internal business processes. Expertise Wa’il is a Board Member at the American University KOGOD School of International Business and a US State Department Professional Fellow. He is a published columnist and guest speaker at panel discussions and conferences on topics related to hospitality, business, banking, fundraising, and more. He is passionate about environmental issues and has partnered on education and research projects with the National Environmental Education Foundation, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, and World Wild Life Foundation. Education He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from California State University and a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He went on to receive Certifications in International Compliance from the University of Manchester and Business Strategy from Harvard Business School.
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About Reyets: Social Justice Network, Unstuck Labs: Reyets empowers safer community / police interactions through mobile enabled education, resource sharing, reporting and data analysis.
Co-founder & CEO of PocketPills
Raj Gulia is a Co-Founder at PocketPills.
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About PocketPills: Pocketpills is Canada’s leading online pharmacy, delivers medication by the dose, straight to customer’s door.
Founder and CEO of Buzz Design
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About Buzz Design: Buzz Design is a leading Digital Agency. We grow companies in the digital world.
Kristoffer Vik Hansen
CEO & Co Founder of Spare
Kristoffer is CEO of Spare where they are creating the next wave of transit software that will help shift transit agencies into on-demand and autonomous vehicles. With current customers such as Dallas Area Rapid Transit, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, Spare is well on its way to being a major player in the on-demand world. Recently Spare raised $6M from the Mitsubishi Corporation.
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About Spare: Our mission is to accelerate the shift to efficient and autonomous mobility
Co-Founder & CEO of PayWith
A respected entrepreneur and small business owner with a passion for developing game-changing solutions and technologies in the mobile payments, social media, lead generation and daily deal space.
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About PayWith: PayWith is a mobile application development firm that enables businesses to track data and run gifting, marketing, and loyalty campaigns.
David H. DeWolf
CEO/President of 3Pillar Global
David DeWolf is the founder and CEO of 3Pillar Global, one of the Mid-Atlantic’s fastest growing technology companies. In this role he has guided 3Pillar to a leadership position within the Product Development Services sector, establishing 3Pillar as the go-to innovator for content, information, and data-rich companies looking to grow revenue through software. David is passionate about software product innovation, entrepreneurship, and principled leadership. He is an active member of the business and technology communities in Northern Virginia and sits on multiple boards. David is a member of Legatus and is a graduate of Mindshare, a forum of CEOs of the D.C. area’s most promising technology companies. He is an angel investor in various software startups, and he enjoys providing leadership advisory services to entrepreneurial companies and philanthropic organizations. In 2012, David was named one of SmartCEO Magazine’s “Future 50.” In 2011, he was recognized by the Washington Business Journal as one of “40 Under 40” who are Washington, D.C.’s brightest young business leaders. In 2010, he was selected a winner of the Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award. David is honored to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Franciscan University and previously held advisory positions with iMPACT Ventures and Verdant Strategies. He also sat on the Development Advisory Committee of the Franciscan Sisters of the 3rd Order Regular. Before founding 3Pillar, David was a Principal at Digital Focus, where he oversaw the development of custom software solutions. He has consulted for a wide variety of businesses, from Fortune 500 companies to startups. David earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he studied Communications and Theology. He and his wife, Teresa, have six children.
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About 3Pillar Global: 3Pillar Global is a software product development company providing solutions in the areas of mobile applications and SaaS-based enablement.
Kirsten Brecht Baker
CEO and Co-Founder of Jeenie
Kirsten Brecht Baker is the CEO and co-founder of Jeenie.
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About Global Professional Search, Jeenie: Jeenie is a mobile platform that connects the user to a community of language experts to help them with any communication needs.
CEO of Hatch Apps
Param Jaggi is Founder & CEO at Hatch Apps
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About Ecoviate, Hatch Apps: Build software without coding.
Team member – CEO of iyotee inc.
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About iyotee inc.: Focusing on personal and community network.
Cofounder, Chief Scientist & CEO of NotionTheory
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About Cravety, NotionTheory, PrimroseVR, The VR/AR Association: NotionTheory is a boutique development & design agency based in Washington D.C.
Chief Executive Officer of Expression
Marcus is the founder & CEO of Backbone, one of Canada’s leading web development companies, and EXPRESSION, an innovative cloud-based web development platform that empowers coders and creators to deliver amazing digital experiences. He believes the power to utilize and communicate through the web should be accessible to everyone and that each digital experience should build strong relationships. He can often be found discussing his experiences in web dev and building cloud-ready infrastructure.
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About Expression: XPR is developer platform that lets you build anything online and works as your digital OS to connect the digital world for your customers
CEO of FreshWorks Studio
Samarth is a resilient, passionate and “people-friendly” tech entrepreneur with expertise in designing and developing Mobile Application. He is the CEO & founder of FreshWorks Studio, a Victoria/Vancouver based mobile app development firm. FreshWorks is a brand under AirSenze Solutions Inc. It is incorporated and registered in Canada and pioneers in the development of iOS and Android apps. Samarth was working full time with India’s leading technology consultancy firm Tata Consultancy Services before coming to Canada to pursue his master’s education (MBA). Samarth is a passionate, result-focused, and enthusiastic entrepreneur with strong people skills and ability to perform under pressure. He is a seasoned mobile app developer, a consultant and manager with a rich & diverse experience of more than 6 years in deploying mobile applications in business settings. Samarth possesses the ability to succeed in time constrained and unfamiliar environments, He showed highly effective time and project management capabilities through successes in managing AirSenze’s overall operations simultaneous with a full-time load of MBA courses and case presentations. Samarth has obtained an extensive knowledge of process optimization, client communication, problem identification and producing creative action plans. Samarth is a holder of the MBA degree (Entrepreneurship) and Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in the domain of Information Technology and developed a strong base of Software Engineering.
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About AirSenze, FreshWorks Studio: Your Technology Partner – Custom Software Development, UX/UI, Mobile Apps, and Digital Product Strategy
CEO and Co-Founder of Tutela
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About Tutela: Tutela crowd-sources mobile usage and experience data from millions of mobile devices every day to provide insight to the mobile industry
Co-Founder & CEO of Warranty Life
President/CEO at Warranty Life
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About Warranty Life: Providing Usage-Based Mobile Device Insurance
Co-Founder and CEO of Karate Health
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About Karate Health, Rhythm VC: Gamified healthcare driving better outcomes
CEO of Ready
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About Ready: Ready app is the fastest way to pay at restaurants! Review the bill on your phone, press pay and cruise on out.
CEO of Boomerang Parental Control
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About Boomerang Parental Control: Our team of three dads are passionate about kids, education and technology. Helping guide parents with their family technology use.
Founder & CEO of uCampaign
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About uCampaign: Our platform makes it easy to launch powerful iOS/Android apps to engage supporters.
Chief Executive Officer of Agents Of Discovery
Mary Clark is the visionary Founder of Agents of Discovery, a gamified way of encouraging kids to be active, engaged, and to learn. With over 25 years of experience in education and technology, Clark serves as Agents of Discovery’s Chief Executive Officer. A dynamic leader, she has spearheaded a wide range of national initiatives in the public and private sectors, including the Canadian Centennial of Flight and the Trudeau Family Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign. In BC, she organized a huge linear park initiative- the Mission Creek Greenway- and catalyzed the reintroduction of the anatum Peregrine Falcon. Clark is a contributing author of two international science textbooks and a gifted public speaker who brings a fiery passion to her role at the helm of the Agents of Discovery team. Clark’s professional career began in the Edmonton Public School system, where, after winning the Louise Mckinney Scholarship at the University of Alberta, she was nominated for the Edwin Parr Teacher Award for best first-year teacher. In her 10 years with the Edmonton Public School system and subsequent career, Clark has continuously responded to gaps in complex systems with innovative solutions. In 1994, she led a city-wide campaign with Premier Ralph Klein to launch Kids Kottage in Edmonton, a respite care service to prevent child abuse and neglect. Clark has also worked alongside internationally renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman for over a decade as the Director of the Get to Know Program, an initiative aimed at meaningfully engaging youth with the natural world through the creative arts. In addition, Clark has served for 20 years as the President of Morningstar Interactive, a company that develops educational digital media products. In 2015, Clark returned to school to earn her Master’s degree in Education, where her research explored the capacity of mobile educational gaming to improve the way students learn. Her findings underlie many of the strategies behind Agents of Discovery. Clark holds a B.Sc. (Honours) and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master’s degree with a focus on Education Technology from the University of British Columbia.
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About Agents Of Discovery: An educational tech platform & app that gets kids active, engaged and learning about the world around them
Founder and CEO of H+ Technology
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About H+ Technology: H+ Technology is a digital display solutions company that develops customizable, gesture-based systems, and 3D projection displays.
CEO of VitusVet
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About : VitusVet transforms the way veterinarians share medical information for the benefit of pets and their people.
Co-Founder & CEO of Dex
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About Dex: A platform that will revolutionize the way that people connect with others and empower users to build smarter networks.
CEO & Co-founder of Notice Enterprises, Inc.
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About Notice Enterprises, Inc.: Notice is a cloud-based enterprise platform that allows businesses to communicate real-time ETA information to their customers.
Founder & CEO of Traipse
Darren is the founder of Traipse Inc. and is responsible for day-to-day operations and strategic planning. He holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. He has more than 15 years of experience in urban planning and economic development, including policy work, advocacy and technical assistance for a nonprofit, and grant-writing, making him familiar with the world of local economic development and tourism. Darren has also designed individually or led design teams in developing interactive games and activities for training programs and public workshops, which provides expertise in how to shape the experience of Traipse app users and give them both educational and entertainment payoffs. Through past computer programming and application development endeavors in previous professional roles, he is familiar with relevant technologies and programs to guide the implementation of the Traipse vision. Darren lives with his wife Caroline and 3-year-old son William in Washington, D.C. He enjoys playing board games and participating in group activities such as scavenger hunts. He also enjoys traveling and exploring new places with friends and family.
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About Traipse: Mobile app focused on self-guided, gamified tours of a city, region, or destination.
CEO of Embraceware
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About Embraceware: Embraceware develops games and applications for Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Android.
CEO of Kinzoo
Founder of Kinzoo, a video-sharing app where children can connect and parents can be sure they’re safe. Kids use Kinzoo to access the best of what technology has to offer — empowering creativity, connecting with friends and family, and learning about the things they love — within closed, managed communities. Entrepreneur, CFA Charterholder, and business leader with extensive experience ranging from founder and CEO to project manager and corporate finance analyst.
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About Kinzoo: Kinzoo is a new private messenger that turns screen time into family time.
CEO / Lead UX Consultant of GOCITY Mobile Inc.
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About GOCITY Mobile Inc.: GOCITY.io is a digital strategy agency specializing in customer centric product design.
CEO and Founder of TerraStride
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About TerraStride: TerraStride designs and produces mapping software for high-value niche markets.
Founder & CEO of Frandom
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About Frandom: Two people in the same room blindfolded
Founder & CEO of Raheem
Brandon Anderson is the Founder & CEO of Raheem AI, a startup funded by My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, now an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Raheem AI is committed to increasing police transparency, accountability, and building a world free of police violence. Brandon is motivated by a desire to improve the quality of life for black & brown families and other victims of systemic discrimination. It was during his service in the U.S. Army as a satellite engineer that he began using technology as a problem-solving tool. Following the loss of his partner to police violence and realizing his own risk of victimization as a black man, Brandon recognized an opportunity to integrate his skills with his commitment to the pursuit of justice. Anderson holds a BA in Sociology from Georgetown University, is a 2017 Halcyon Fellow, a Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award Nominee, and was named one of 100 Black LGBTQ Leaders to Watch by the National Black Justice Coalition.
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About Raheem: Public safety infrastructure for a world without police
CEO of Smartful Studios
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About Smartful Studios: Mobile Application Development