|Urals State Technical University, Diploma||2001|
Alexey Kostarev is CEO/Co-founder of i-Jet Media, one of the worldâ€™s largest distribution networks and publishers of social games. In 2001, after graduating from the Urals State Technical University (first Russian President Boris Yeltsinâ€™s alma mater) in Ekaterinburg, Russia, he founded the Internet provider Medialt.
In 2005, Alexey Kostarev co-founded i-Jet Media. In 2007, the company published its first game projects. In April 2009, i-Jet Media launched Happy Harvest on Vkontakte.ru, and it remains the most popular and profitable social game in the history of the Russian market. Nowadays, 70M+ users play multiple applications made by 40+ developers from various countries and published by i-Jet Media on 30+ social networks across the world.
Alexey is one of five finalists of the Mashable Awards in the Entrepreneur of the Year category, the IT Person of the Year in Russia, and winner of the Communication for Future award presented in Davos (Switzerland).
As a social media expert, Alexey Kostarev is often invited to speak at the most popular international events for the game industry professionals. He is also frequently asked for comments and interviews by Russian, European and American mass media and blogs including Vedomosti, Forbes, Moscow News, Gamasutra, Inside Social Games, Kommersant, and many others.
Main speaking engagements of Alexey Kostarev, CEO/Co-founder of i-Jet Media: 1) February 8-10, 2010. Casual Connect Europe 2010. Hamburg (Germany).- The panel, â€œQuiet Profitability: Successful Social Games Developers Youâ€™ve Never Heard Ofâ€. 2) May 13, 2010. Flash GAMM! Moscow 2010. Moscow (Russia).- The lecture, â€œThe Market of Social Networks Games: Secrets of Successâ€. 3) May 14-16, 2010. Game Developers Conference (KRI 2010). Moscow (Russia).- The lecture, â€œSecrets of the Russian Social Games Market, and the History of i-Jet Mediaâ€. 4) October 18, 2010. Sociality Rocks! Kyiv 2010. Kyiv (Ukraine).- The lecture, â€œRussian Social Games Market: Social Internet Perspectivesâ€- Organized and moderated a workshop for game developers, â€œThatâ€™s Five: Games of the Futureâ€. 5) October 20-22, 2010. Casual Connect Kyiv 2010. Kyiv (Ukraine).- The panel, â€œPerspectives of the Eastern European Social Games Industryâ€. 6) December 1, 2010. Social Gaming Summit East 2010. New York (USA).- The lecture, â€œThe Social Games Opportunity in Europe and Russiaâ€. 7) December 2010. Deep Dive â€“ IT in Silicon Valley. San Francisco, CA (USA).- The lecture, â€œConsumer Internetâ€. 8) February 8-10, 2011. Casual Connect Europe 2011. Hamburg (Germany).- The panel, “Obsolete!? Publishers Work Harder than Ever to Provide Scalable Social Game Services!”- The lecture, “Social Games in Europe: Battlefield or Bonanza”. 9) February 16-18, 2011. Communication on Top: Forum Davos. Davos (Switzerland).- The lecture, “Let Them Play, Make Them Buy: Social Game Opportunities for Marketing of Everything”. 10) March 31 - April 1, 2011. Socialize: Monetizing Social Media. New York (USA).- The panel, “Small and Medium Social Game Developers: Strategies for Success”.
About Alexey Kostarev’s i-Jet MediaAdded: 5/20/11