GSD is proud to announce the addition of two new advisors to our team - Dmitry Butyanov and Ivan Kopytov. Dmitry and Ivan both lead business partner development efforts for Microsoft in Russia and around the world. We are excited to have them join us.
Dmitry Butyanov is an experienced business partner with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. He is skilled in sales, partner management, customer relationship management (CRM), go-to-market strategy, and IT strategy. Dmitry is a strong operations professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Automation and Informatics from Moscow State Mining University.
"We could not be more excited to have Dmitry join our team," said GSD Venture Studios CEO and Co-founder Gary Fowler. "His extensive experience in the helping businesses grow and scale will be invaluable to our portfolio companies."
Ivan Kopytov is a veteran marketer, partner manager and sales leader who excels at bringing tech entrepreneurs together. In his nine-year career at Microsoft, he has made a name for himself as a brand evangelist with strong tech connections. Currently, Ivan focuses on recruiting ISVs to build solutions on Microsoft's Azure platform.
"Ivan's has spent his career leading and growing some of the most dynamic and successful teams in business today," said GSD Venture Studios COO and Co-founder Derek Distenfield. "He is now sharing that expertise with GSD and with our portfolio companies, and we are very excited to work with him"
GSD Venture Studios travels the world inviting resilient teams to establish partnerships that ensure organizations grow the right way, without games or gimmicks. Unlike traditional investors, GSD executives take senior operational (often co-founder) roles in these companies, capitalizing on their trusted reputation, experiences and network to drive explosive growth.