Anton Yakushin

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Experienced Entrepreneur and Software Engineer Looking for Co-Founders
Anton's Skills
Programming
Technical
Strategy
Product Management
User Experience
Design
Management
Business Development
Marketing
Operations
Background

Startup Experience

Founded 2+ startups

Age Group

25-35

About Anton

I'm looking to co-found a new company, and I'm looking to connect with others whose skills complement my own. I'm mostly industry-agnostic, but areas I'm most interested in are listed above.

My favorite part of startups is the early stage, finding product-market fit, interviewing customers, prototyping, and early execution. I'm the guy who gets version 1.0 of the product built, and builds it so it can scale and grow with the company. I'm a proponent of agile processes and constant customer engagement--we are building apps for them, not for us!

I'm an experienced founder and software engineer who spent most of his professional career building startups (2 profitable businesses, 3 that did not succeed). Although I wear many hats and any given day may involve coding, planning, managing operations, support, customer development, sales calls, and marketing, my biggest strengths are by far coding with a focus on constant customer feedback and engaging the customer from the beginning--before writing a single line of code.

As a software engineer I've built many different kinds of projects. I even study the tools and practices of my industry to stay ahead (and get various developer certifications). At this point in my career I've built:

• Web applications including data analysis, medical, government, CRM, and portals (LAMP full stack)
• Mobile apps for iOS (Objective-C and Swift)
• Scalable server and database infrastructures (AWS and RackSpace)
• Software for desktop computers (.NET)
• 3D simulations (Unity)

One of my biggest takeaways from my failed startups is that the best co-founders have different, complementary skills. I'm a coder and business strategist/planner first, so I'm looking for people who excel in other areas like marketing and sales.

Message me and let's explore what we can build together!

Quote

People who say it can't be done shouldn't interrupt those doing it - Anonymous

Work Experience

CEO, Co-Founder, and Lead Software Engineer

VentureBlocks LLC

March 2014 - Today

I manage a team of 80 contractors to build VentureBlocks, an online simulation that teaches entrepreneurship students to interview potential customers and explore the needs of a new or unfamiliar market. VentureBlocks is used in over 30 colleges and universities including Babson College, GWU, and Berkeley Haas.

Software Engineer (Consultant)

Launchpad Corporation

February 2013 - Today

I work with a government contractor's internal and client teams to develop various web and desktop applications for federal, state, and local governments, as well as the U.S. EPA and other organizations.

Founder and Principal Software Engineer

IT Launchpad, LLC

December 2011 - March 2014

I built Outline Pro, an educational iOS app that helps students, speakers, and writers plan their work on mobile devices. Outline Pro has been featured by Apple on the App Store in 125 countries and is used in over 100 classrooms.

Education

Babson College

B.S. Business Administration

2004 - 2008

Certification

Zend Certified PHP Engineer (ZCE), PHP 5.5

Zend Technologies, License ZEND028846

Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), MySQL 5.6 Developer

Oracle

Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), MySQL 5.6 Database Administrator

Oracle

Accelerator/Incubator

Babson College Summer Venture Program

2009