Ilja Laurs is Founder and CEO of GetJar, the worlds largest open mobile application store. In 2009, Informa Telecoms & Media included Ilja in the Top 40 most influential people in mobile communicationsâ€.
Since 2005, GetJar provides global distribution and monetisation services to 350,000 developers, from one-man shops to established brands like Google, Microsoft and Facebook. As of August 2009, GetJar has 50,000 games and apps and serves 50,000,000 downloads per month through its own site and network of OEM and carrier partners that include Vodafone, Sony Ericsson, Blackberry and others.
Born in 1976 in Lithuania, and attended school at a time when the country was part of the Soviet Union, Ilja enrolled in an American student exchange program and graduated from Jackson high school in Ohio in 1994. He came back to Lithuania to attend Vilnius University where he studied Economics, financing his education by teaching English to school students. Serial enterpreneur since 1999, Ilja's launched over 20 successfull projects, as diverse as Lithuania's largest hotel reservation system LithuanianHotels.com, mobile payments system MicroPay.lt and mobile games studio Gaxo Interactive. Fluent in Lithuanian, Russian and English, he holds a keen interest in Basketball, Tennis, Chess and Watches, and enjoys traveling.
Ilja Laurs is the Founder and CEO of GetJar, world’s largest open mobile application store. “European Manager of the Year 2011” by European Business Press Association, “25 European Tech Leaders” by Wall Street Journal, “Top 40 most influential people in mobile communications” by Informa Telecoms and Media, “10 Start-ups That Will Change Your Life” by TIME magazine and “Technology Pioneer 2011” by World Economic Forum are only a few of his numerous industry achievements. As a recognized thought leader, Ilja speaks on all major telecommunication conferences and is regularly quoted in CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and many other news sources. In February 2010, Ilja made the cover of the America's leading entrepreneurship magazine "Entrepreneur".
Since 2005, pioneering in the app store concept, GetJar provides app distribution to 500,000 developers, from one-man shops to brands like Google, Microsoft and Facebook. As of December 2012, GetJar distributes 750,000 mobile applications and has served over 3 billion downloads.
GetJar's virtual currency GetJar Gold, one of the best monetization solutions for Android developers, reached 75 million users in less than a year and is quickly becoming a dominant virtual currency in the mobile world.
Serial entrepreneur since 1999, Ilja has launched over 10 successful projects prior to GetJar, as diverse as Lithuania's largest hotel reservation system LithuanianHotels.com, mobile payments service MicroPay and mobile games studio Midas Mobile. Passionate about 3D photography, Ilja is also famous for his photoblog GeoGlance.com.
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