Yuri: “We are a truly international team working with all kinds of bleeding edge technologies and that makes my job fascinating.”
Good afternoon Yuri,
You worked at Peerwith from the very beginning. Can you share a few words about your background?
I lived a more exciting half of my life in the Netherlands but I was born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. My mother was an editor-in-chief of two medical magazines so I grew up with surgeons and science books all around me. After graduating from the university in 1991 I moved to Holland to realise soon that my papers weren’t worth much, and that I had to start from scratch. Luckily for me, public internet has just arrived and I learned to surf its treacherous waves in the early nineties using a noisy monster of a 2400 baud modem. Its endless horizons tricked me into making my second career choice and I worked with internet-related projects ever since.
You were the founder of the one of the first professional marketplaces in the mid-nineties. Can you tell me a few words about this project?
In 1992 I started my own translation and localisation company because I enjoyed languages and computers. They seemed such a perfect match! Most translation companies work with freelance translators because of the variety of languages they offer. It is more logical to hire someone for a project than to employ a person for each language combination you sell. In the early nineties it involved a lot of international phone calls and faxes. Internet made communications digital and opened a possibility to instantly hire French translators directly from France and Japanese translators from Japan. The quality went up, the prices went down and delivery times went down to zero. In 1994 I decided that I can attract even more qualified resources to work with if I put our database of translators online and so https://aquarius.net was born. A year later it was turned into an open marketplace where translators could meet and deal with their clients. It was the first marketplace of its kind and it is still used by professionals today after 23 years online. Aquarius taught me a lot about running an online marketplace and allowed us to grow from a small operation into a solid business that was eventually sold in 2008.
What is your role with Peerwith?
I’ve been involved with Peerwith from the very start as a head of technology, being responsible for the the stability and all future developments of the platform. Peerwith is all about connecting experts. Running the platform itself requires a group of experts who develop new and exciting services. We are a truly international team working with all kinds of bleeding edge technologies and that makes my job fascinating.