Experts in Nearshore & Offshore Software Development
Founded in 2001, Accelerance is a leader in the offshore software development industry for good reason. We know and have lived offshore software development and outsourcing. With extensive experience integrating in-house and global outsourced development teams, the Accelerance team has led dramatic cost reductions and time savings for client companies everywhere. With more than 25 years of software development experience, the Accelerance team will simplify the process of working with offshore, nearshore and onshore IT outsourcing vendors in the development of great software applications and products for your company.
Meet The Team
Steve Mezak, Founder and CEO
Steve Mezak Website Bio (long version, but I could make it longer!)
I fell in love with programming in High School using FORTRAN on punched cards in 1972. A lot has changed in the world of software since then, and with me too. After getting a degree in Computer Science in 1978 from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, studying at City University in London in the process, I came to California to attend graduate school at UC Berkeley. But I dropped out of graduate school to live the entrepreneurial dream in Silicon Valley.
In fact, after a few years my very first software startup was acquired and overnight my stock options made me a thousandaire. Yes, I learned many lessons about business and the software development process in my startups. Happily this meager success was followed by larger ones including Aspect Development (sold to i2 for $9 Billion) and Digital Market (sold to Agile Software for $75 Million).
But enough about me. Well, just one more thing. At Digital Market I had to hire software engineers to build a programming team. That was very difficult to do in 1996 at the start of the dot-com craze! It took us about 8 months to hire the first part of our team and to just start creating the software. Today there is a similar shortage of talent in North America and it is perhaps even more difficult to hire a team of experienced programmers now.
But I solved this problem in my next startup in 1998 by using an outsourced team of Russian programmers in St. Petersburg. Darn they were good! So good that after my dot-com folded (I mean when my continuing business education reached another milestone) I started Accelerance in 2001 to represent this Russian software development company in the U.S.
Although we completed several successful projects, we encountered a more fundamental client problem. Around 2002 it became “easy” to find outsourced software development firms –it seemed like anyone with a brother in Bangalore or a cousin in Kiev was offering software development services. The problem clients had was how to pick a service firm that could really deliver. In other words how to separate the companies with only a sales guy who could talk a good game from the companies who were really expert at software development (and coincidentally, usually had limited sales and marketing experience).
That’s when the Accelerance network of certified outsourcing partners was born. With my technical background I was able to separate the wheat from the chaff, the technically excellent firms with the right corporate culture from the posers who don’t deliver. Along the way I wrote the book Software without Borders: A Step-By-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development, so you can teach yourself what is important in selecting a global software development firm.
But you don’t have to go it alone! Use our free Rapid Referral service to select one of our certified partners… but hey, we have a whole web page that describes that in detail. And it’s not just about me now – we have a whole company to help you!
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Andy Hilliard, President
Andy Hilliard is President of Accelerance, Inc. Prior to Accelerance, he was CEO, Oneworld Technology, Inc, a firm which provides operational and business development consulting services to offshore IT service firms. His experience includes being a Director, Co-Founder, and Chief Business Development Officer of IsThmus Inc., an offshore technology services provider based in Costa Rica. He specializes in global technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing, competitive positioning among offshore providers, and tradeoffs between global offshore outsourcing destinations.
Previously, he was a Division Manager at Cognizant Technology Solutions; Regional Manager at Siebel; Director of Latin America at YOUcentric; and Vice President at Bank of America. He attended the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, London Business School, University of Denver and Phillips Academy.
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Scott Pollov, Chief Operations Officer
Scott Pollov is Chief Operations Officer for Accelerance, Inc. As a results oriented professional, Scott has more than fifteen years of experience in planning, developing, financing, marketing, and managing entrepreneurial ventures as a consultant, capital advisor, board member, and investor.
Throughout his career, he has focused on bringing together a strong business plan, with the most appropriate capital, connections, and resources to help companies catalyze growth and profitability. In 1997, Scott founded BizPlanIt, a management consulting firm that has provided business and strategic planning services to hundreds of growth oriented companies across the globe.
Scott holds a B.S. in Accounting and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona, and is an inductee in the University’s Berger Entrepreneurship Program Hall of Fame for his role in developing BizPlanIt.
Andrew Bloo - Chief Marketing Officer
Andrew Bloo was most recently the Vice President of Marketing at Tarkenton Companies while also maintaining active interests in several start-ups. Previously, Chief Executive Officer of SciTech Software, a company whose innovative-systems approach to device driver development were instrumental in providing the tools and cross-platform device drivers required by the world’s top hardware manufacturers (IBM, ATI, HP, Intel, ..) and early 3D game developers with products like SciTech SNAP and SciTech UniVBE. Mr. Bloo has also worked as Chief Marketing Officer of Jian Software where we successfully transitioned the company from a traditional "boxed" software solution provider to an online leader of business software solutions. Under Andrews leadership JIAN experienced double digit growth for 16 straight quarters culminating in a licensing agreement with Tarkenton Companies.
Andrew holds a degree in Information and Communication Studies with an option in Visual Communications from California State University Chico and has been recognized by the SIIA for his software package design work (WinWay Resume). Andrew currently lives in Chico California.
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