GSD partners with Russian innovator Eugene Ivanov

On a recent trip to Siberia, GSD Co-founder Derek Distenfield met with many budding and experienced entrepreneurs. Derek had the opportunity to tour one of the top startup accelerators in all of Siberia called A:Start Academpark. This accelerator is one of the best programs in Russia for launching innovative start-ups in the field of instrumentation, information technology, nano-biotechnology, and medicine.

Throughout the tour, Derek got a feel for this exciting entrepreneurial eco-system which resulted in forming several partnerships. GSD will partner with the accelerator serving as mentors with the ultimate goal of helping them #GoGlobal.

One of the entrepreneurs that stood out to Derek was Eugene Ivanov. Eugene plays an important role at the accelerator helping other startups succeed so we felt it was a natural fit for him to join GSD as our partner in Siberia on their path to going global.

“We are excited to welcome Eugene to the GSD family!” - Gary Fowler

Eugene is skilled in technology, e-commerce, and decentralization. Eugene’s latest venture is called I:Knock which is a smart remote lock as a service for Airbnb & VRBO hosts and any homeowners. It allows you to use your phone to control access to your premises from anywhere in the world. All your properties are contained in one app under the reliable protection of the iKnock lock system.

“I am thrilled to share the exciting news of our new partnerships with key players in the Russian entrepreneurial landscape” - Derek Distenfield