Alex is a serial entrepreneur with degrees in Computer science and MBA. His career started in the Soviet Mars program “Phobos” in 1988. After Perestroika he worked as a business consultant for EBRD. In 1998 he participated as a security specialist in one of the first implementations of VPN/IPsec with Sun Microsystems. In 2004 his NavMaps company introduced the car navigation industry in former USSR and was sold to TomTom in 2006. Later on he launched an NGO in road safety and then led the highspeed rail construction. In 2011 Alex founded the izi.TRAVEL in Amsterdam, which is now the largest storytelling platform for tourism & museums in the world, with 50000+ content providers (incl 3000 museums). In 2020 Alex started the Post-Platforms Initiative with an ambitious goal to reshape the world of platforms via the introduction of competition between them in a very simple way: by disconnecting data from platforms. It will return the control over their content to people and introduce the new Web 3.0 Data Space. It is being developed now in banking, telecom, education, culture&heritage, accommodation, real estate, and other domains.
Alex was born in Severodonetsk (Ukraine) and now he lives in the Netherlands.