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Ilja Laurs

Founder and CEO, Get Jar Network Ltd.

Ilja Laurs

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 350,000 developers, from one-man shops to brands like Google, Microsoft and Facebook. As of September 2011, GetJar distributes 200,000 mobile applications and has served over 2 billion downloads.

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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