Ilja Laurs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs and angel investors in Lithuania. “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 Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg and many other news sources. Ilja’s book on business, entrepreneurship and investments “Business in a New Way” has broken multiple book publishing records in Lithuania and is currently #1 non-fiction bestseller in the country.
GetJar app store, founded by Ilja in 2005, now serves 600,000 developers including companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook, distributes 800,000 mobile applications and has served over 4 billion downloads. GetJar's latest product, virtual currency GetJar Gold, reached 200 million users worldwide in just 1 year.