Team

We’re all fighters in our own way and we love what we do!
   

Meet Team PPH. We’re a quirky lot, each with his or her own ways, but we share the same core values. We’re passionate, committed, and feisty.

Most of all we believe and celebrate our cause. In true PPH spirit, our full-time team is spread across London, Reading, Sherborne, New York, Athens, Manilla, Maringá, Hyderabad and more! Best is that whenever we need an extra hand, wei just turn to the our evergrowing community of PPHers around the world. They help bring PPH to life by often contributing some of the best ideas!

We are based in

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    London, United Kingdom

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    New York, United States

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    Athens, Greece

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    Berlin, Germany

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    Rajahmundry, India

 

 

Founders

Xenios

Founder & CEO

Simos

Co-founder

Engineering

Spyros

CTO

Tom

Web Developer / DevOps

Panagiotis

Lead DevOps

Periklis

MPhil – Software Engineer and Data Analyst

Spyros

Web Developer

George

Web Developer

Aris

Software Engineer

Stavros

Web Developer

Dimitris

Front-End Developer

George

Web Developer

Anton

Web Developer

Stelios

Web Developer

Alexandros

DevOps Engineer

Tasos

UI Engineer – Developer

Fotis

Full Stack Developer

Miltos

Front-End Web Developer

Marketing & Community

Ariele

Head of Community Development

Aylish

PR Manager

Andrew

Marketing Director

Regina

Marketing Analyst

Laura

European Community Events Manager

Pilar

Social Media Manager

Kelly

Email Marketing Manager

Product

George

Product Manager

Christina

Head of Product

George

UI/UX Designer

Data & Analysis

Giorgos

Data Scientist

Dimitris

Chief Data Scientist

Alexandros

Payments Data Intelligence

Payments

Vicky

Payments Manager

Penny

Payments Specialist

Meletis

Payments Specialist

Customer Support

Michael

CS Manager

Stratis

CS Senior Advisor

Dimitris

CS Senior Advisor

Natalie

CS Senior Advisor

Pawan

CS Agent

Gopi

CS Agent

Suresh

CS Agent

Jaswanth

CS Agent

Sai

CS Agent

Business Support

Catherine

PA to Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Xenia

Virtual Assistant
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Simos Kitiris

Co-founder

I have been a part of the PPH family from the beginning as CTO although in the early days that more or less meant sitting in a room with Xenios for hours, working our way through a huge ‘take over the world’ to-do list while trying to come up with solutions to a seemingly never-ending list of problems. :-)

Fast forward a few years and that room was significantly bigger and we were tasked with filling it with talented team to help drive the company forward. I couldn’t be happier about what PPH has achieved, helping so many freelancers and businesses across the world on a daily basis, and I am super proud of Xenios and the team who keep growing PPH from strength to strength.

I love startups and technology and a couple of years ago inspired by my PPH journey I decided to take on a new challenge and founded Yumbles, a marketplace connecting food lovers with independent food makers.

In my spare time I love hanging out with my family and friends and trying (somewhat extreme) sports most people have never even heard of. I (somehow) ended up holding an M.Eng. (first-class honours) from the University of Cambridge.

Andrew Miller

Marketing Director

Having learnt marketing at Royal Mail – MarketReach, I added more experience and expertise whilst at Dell and Vistaprint. I’ve managed consumer and business-to-business marketing, across pretty much every online and offline channel, with a bit of telesales thrown in. I joined PeoplePerHour, to test new channels and new messages, to boldly go where other PPH marketers haven’t gone before.I have two young daughters, so have been brainwashed into knowing every word of the Disney Frozen movie songs… let it go… let it go…

Tom Fotherby

Web Developer / DevOps

Having been at PeoplePerHour since Nov/08 I remember the days where the technical landscape was quaint – where we didn’t use Amazon Web Services, or github, where adding rounded-corners to a button took a hour to do, where being a “full stack developer” was actually possible. Technology is changing fast, things are becoming easier and easier to build. It really is ever so exciting! I love being a part of it!

Spyros Lambrinidis

CTO

In charge of the company technology, building scalable and robust systems and infrastructure. Constantly in the lookout for great talent and time to do some actual coding. Special knack for new tech and large scale engineering solutions. Prefers not to talk a lot and tries to avoid long meetings – has therefore optimised agile methodology to suit that need. Always trying to find the fastest and easier to maintain solution to every problem while minimising technical debt. Regards himself as very humorous and laughs loudly with his amazing jokes, even if on second thoughts, admits their poor quality. Holds many hobbies and desirable activities, which have been greatly abandoned after having two sons. So has his spare time. Answers irrelevantly to irrelevant questions.

Panagiotis Moustafellos

Lead DevOps

I am a self driven Senior Systems Engineer. My main professional passion is Automation (can’t stand having anything not automated), Distributed Systems, High Availability and Fault Tolerance. My focus is keep things running while bridging the gap between Development and IT Operations teams.

George Tavantzopoulos

Senior Web Developer

I’m a Jedi knight with light-sabre mastery that uses the Force to build and maintain the payment systems for Peopleperhour since 2011.

Alexandros Sapranidis

DevOps

I am Software Engineer – DevOps worked with many languages / frameworks my personal preference is JAVA, I like working on solving problems mainly in distributed environments and also play tennis (not strictly on that order) my favorite quote is automate everything.

Stavros Foteinopoulos

Web Developer

My main duties in PPH is to participate in the Payments Development Team. My professional experience extends in almost whole lifecycle of Operations and Development process. (Systems and Networks Administration, Automation & Backup Solutions, Cloud infrastructure Designs & Setups, Logging Systems, Security Auditing). I am almost obsessed with Systems visibility and clarity. But among all clouds I ‘ve ever dealt with the most interesting and valuable is my little daughter Nefeli. She is my main inspiration and gives me reasons to be better in all aspects.

George Margaritis

UI/UX Designer

I remember my first freelance sketch in ’95 when i was thirteen and got 50 german marks from a 70 year old WW2 veteran. For me 90s was a lot of surrealism, graffiti, street art, walkman and 00s was rounded corners, pale yellow, noise backgrounds, glass effects, PNG transparency fixes, hover mega-menus, tabs, Tahoma, WAP, mobiles and many more.

Technology emerged, we know how to talk to machines but still don’t know how to talk to people.

Now typography, color theory, aesthetics, rythm, possitive stimulation is in everybody’s mouth. User Experience is not about design only, it’s about humanism and the love of the human being. We want to change the world, to make it a better place. We put our souls to it, every single time.

I’ve seen the Fight Club about 99+ times, i hear Pixies everyday, i’m a big fan of B.F.Skinner and D.Rams and my favorite UI/UX is the light switch. “Hey”, in matter of fact i’m hearing Pixies right now and drawing rectancles with my 2 kids. Not bad don’t you think :)

Good design takes effort and team work. Great Design just happens!

Tasos Dervenagas

UI Engineer – Developer

I am passionate about design, web standards and typography. I started my professional career as a graphic designer and my intuitive curiosity led me to learn HTML, CSS and JS in order to code my own designs. I am a fan of functionalism, brutalist architecture, krautrock and cheap beer.

Spyros Soldatos

Web Developer

I am best known as the guitarist of the heavy metal band Valor but in my spare time I work as a web developer in PeoplePerHour. Since 2011 I have witnessed, built, tested and destroyed most of the PeoplePerHour webpage. I am passionate about backend developing but I can stand frontend/UI coding (with the help of a couple of beers). I am also into sports, I can play Pro Evolution Soccer or watch football games all day long.

Dimitrios Lyras

Dr. Ing. – Chief Data Scientist

Having nearly ten years of concrete working experience in Software Engineering with leading research on Data Mining, Natural Language Processing and Statistical/Stochastic Modeling, I am responsible for providing the company with strategic actionable insights that foster informed decision making and for making the PPH algorithms and systems more data-centric and as intelligent as the ones we see on the movies! Being a good KISS-er (follower of the “Keep It Simple and Straightforward” principle) I like to tackle complex tasks with simple yet efficient solutions. On my free time I like training, but not too much, to avoid overfitting :X!

Periklis Vasileiou

MPhil – Software Engineer and Data Analyst

Being a member of the PPH tech team since 2011, I contributed in rebuilding the app from scratch and cleaning up the legacy mess. During this time I also mastered the skills of extracting/combining data from the database to produce (hopefully) meaningful reports and became a supporter of the DevOps movement. Currently I’m working side-by-side with our Data Scientist and DevOps engineers to implement complex algorithms using cutting-edge tools. I like things to be clean, consistent and efficient. I’m in favor of adopting new tools but detest hype and wasting time on solutions that do not fit my purpose. I enjoy working with others and often wonder why they put up with me. Must be my amazing sense of humour…

Michael

CS Customer Support Manager

I have been a proud member of the PPH team since 2013 and the Customer Service Head Ninja! Customer support runs in my blood as I am not only passionate about it, it is the essence of my adult career (Rockstar didn’t work out) My goal is to provide support that is not just the best, but legendary!! I am proud to have a great team of little ninjas that I call family who have a passion and desire to provide their very best day in and day out. Customer service is not a department, it’s a philosophy! Cheers

Vicky

Payments Manager

An e-commerce guru who refuses to live without music and a sense of authentic goodwill as well as zero-waste time enthusiast, committed to safeguarding PPHers through their payments journey.

Penny

Payments/Fraud Specialist

I am excited to be part of the Payments Team, helping to ensure that PPH is a safe and trustworthy place! Prior to PPH, I worked in the banking sector while earning my Master in Business Mathematics. I love data, analytics, and fighting bad guys. When I am not at PPH HQ, you will most likely find me knitting, gardening and eating chocolate.

Meletis

CS Senior Advisor

Payments Ninja by day, SuperDad by night. I love my work but I can’t get enough of my family. No matter where I’m at though, I’m surrounded by amazing people. I’m very lucky to be part of this great PPH team.

Natalie

CS Senior Advisor

My job title is Senior Advisor though I do not enjoy this description. I prefer the term of ‘People Per People’. First, because I came up with this name and second of all because I just enjoy helping people. Most of the times I find myself trying to put a smile on people’s faces making then forget their troubles and if, I do not manage to succeed, I will try harder. Trying to by pass any expectations I will make sure you close your Inbox with a big smile on your face. Plus I have this artistic virus inside my veins providing me with a creative and romantic point of view for life making me very emotional while listening to Freddie Mercury. Other than that I am pretty awesome.

Alexandros Argyropoulos

Payments Data Intelligence

A professional with strong commercial skills and extensive experience in several industries, having undertaken projects in various business functions; result orientated with excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills. Joined Peopleperhour to make payments ”smoother”. Working mentality can be summarised from the following quote: ”When a gift is deserved, it is not a gift but a payment”.

Stratis

CS Senior Advisor

Senior Advisor because “amazing multi tool miracle worker” is not an actual job title. Always available and always active, here to solve your issues and answer your questions, and wish you a great day at the end. I am sure that most of you already know me from my long and detailed answers, and the use of any little widget, gadget, etc. to make my replies as comprehensive as possible, but what you don’t know is that I am a really happy person, eager to please and help, and always ready for an adventure whether that be a night out in the city or a trip to the mountain. A citizen of the world and a hitchhiker of the galaxy, raised in different countries and travelled a lot, but as my favourite author said “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams”.

Dimitris

CS Senior Advisor

Born in Greece, raised around the world, and in a constant search for the next challenge. I love communicating, getting to know new cultures and embracing the diversity of people. With studies in Finance, a love for competitive debating and brazilian jiu jitsu, I dissect arguments with surgical precision and make sure to deliver in smashing fashion. Also, I will not hesitate to bet tomorrow’s lunch on a table tennis match, because I know I’ll double up.

Aris Belii

Software Engineer

Sincere, curious, friendly, ambitious software engineer who loves building user interfaces and delivers smooth experience to the end user. Simple things should be simple, complex things should be possible.

Dimitris Zotos

Front-End Developer

I’m a passionate web developer, coffee lover and tech geek. I like to build web apps using cutting edge technologies. Being part of PPH team is a great experience; using cool tech and collaborate with such great-open minded people.

Stelios Mavroudis

Web Developer

Hi I am Stelios!I like coding and using edge cutting technologies and that is one of the reasons I wanted to join the awesome team of PeoplePerHour. As a new member of the “PPH family” I enjoy everyday developing for such a large scale project. Biking,gym and hanging out with friends are few of the things i enjoy doing besides coding.

George Lavdanis

Web Developer

Proud Web Nerd, Professional coffee junkie, Devoted Web Developer, Ruining Front and back ends since 2007. Love coding and learning new technologies..

Anton Tuyakhov

Web Developer

I am proud to wear the title of “Web Developer”. It is very exciting to be engaged in technologies that are changing the world. Modern society gives us a lot of interesting challenges and I am glad to be a part of PeoplePerHour team, helping to solve at least some of them…

George Kanellis

Data Scientist

Hi there! I work for PPH at the BI/data sector, learning & getting in touch with lots of modern technologies, getting to know great co-workers, enriching former knowledge with exciting new stuff! Always interested in spending time with tech & informatics and finding shelter in the good company of friends and family.

Giorgos Balafoutis

Product Manager

On my way from an engineer to a Product guy. Definite lover of technology and innovative concepts. I adore simplicity and clarity. Utterly bored of endless chats which rarely get to the point. I consider myself pretty lucky for some reason. I get along just fine with developers as long as there is no ping-pong match involved.

Aylish Jarvie

PR Manager

I originally joined PeoplePerHour as a freelancer in 2010 and therefore know first hand just how important our platform is for self-employed people across the globe. Now, I manage the PR at PPH and oversee our presence in both online and offline media. I get to tell people every day about the ways PPH is changing the future of work and speak to our wonderful community about their inspiring freelance stories.

Ariele Krantzow

Head of Community and Events

Can you work any projector or sound system? Have you conquered the powerpoint/keynote battle? Can you calculate time zones faster than you can tell time? Then you too have been a community and events manager for a global company for 5+ years. After a hard day’s work of killin’ it with events, Ariele spends her free time reading on her brand new kindle, scoping out coffee shops (she’ll actually admit to rarely finishing a full cup), listen to her vast vinyl collection, and trolling Etsy for her next favorite thing.

Kelly Bolton

Email Marketing

Known for unprecedented levels of ambition, drive and work ethic, I joined PeoplePerHour to take charge of email marketing efforts. I am in love with the science and maths behind marketing (although my parents would laugh at reading I have taken an interest in those subjects since I got older)! I have a passion for growing things (although I’m not very good at gardening – that’s a job for my husband), testing and experimenting. I like to help people, and show brands how they can stand out of the crowd and be memorable. Like many other members of the team, I am also a parent and have many hobbies (if by hobbies you mean changing nappies). I am what you would call a “girlie-girl” and therefore it is my duty to like make-up and keeping up with the Kardashians! I like to read, learn and explore the outdoors. I love comedy and a little TV show nobody has heard of called Game of Thrones.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou

Founder & CEO

Born on labour day Xenios has been tasked by cosmic forces to disrupt the labour market. He started PPH in mid 2007 manually micro-brokering small projects between business and freelancers using pen, paper and a phone (occasionally email too!).

Today, 700K+ lines of code later, the site serves over 1m people worldwide, and Xenios has gone from pen % paper to being on BBC News, Bloomberg, Wired, Forbes, the Financial Times, and many more, as a thought leader in the burgeoning freelance / on-demand economy.

When not working (which isn’t very often), he blogs , paints, visits Art galleries, cooks a messy meal (more often than not too close to burring his place down), plays sports or watches movies. He holds an MA & MEng from the University of Cambridge and did a short stint at Harvard Business School – enough to convince him never to do an MBA!

Pawan

CS Agent

Myself, Pawan, I have graduated with a degree in Computer Science and I have experience of more than 16 years in Customer Support / Administration. I have worked in different industries which includes Travel, Electronics and ITES. I spent more than 4 years working as a Call Centre Executive / Sr. Agent for US and UK companies including British Telecom and Earthlink (Internet Service Providers) as a Technical Support (Voice Support) Officer. I joined Peopleperhour in 2010 as an Agent – Customer Support and working till date. I look into moderations and all CS related tasks of the website in the backend. What do I do in the free time – Unfortunately I am tied up with so many things that I really have so little time – of course whenever I get some time, I play with my 3 years old kid. I like Old Indian melodies and Cricket too (of course only watching).

Gopi

CS Agent

I am Gopi. I have completed my Engineering degree in 2011, with specialization in Electronics and Communication. I’ve worked for HES Infra (Construction company) from May 2011 to April 2012 as a Supervisor and later on joined Peopleperhour as a CS Agent, working till date. My best skills are teaching in electronics, communication and I can do computerized work online/offline. My strength is my flexibility to handle multiple situations as a Customer Support Agent. I can turn around a negative working environment into a positive one. Regarding weaknesses, I feel that my management skills could be stronger and I am constantly working to improve them.

Sai

CS Agent

I am Prasanth, I have completed my B.Tech with specialization in computer science and engineering in 2015. As soon as I graduated, I joined Peopleperhour and working as a CS Agent – Emails. My interests are playing cricket and watching TV in my leisure time. I am still new to this environment and always trying to learn things. I am optimistic, dedicated and I try hard to achieve my goals.

Suresh

CS Agent

This is Suresh. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science. Coming to my experience, my first Job was with Reliance BPO for 8 months as a Customer Care Support Executive. After that I worked with HSBC Hope for 4 years as a Customer Care Representative and got promoted to Senior Associate after 2 years of joining the company. I joined Peopleperhour in December 2013 and I’m currently working part time. My strengths are possessing excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills with proven abilities in Customer Relationship Management. My Hobbies are playing Basketball and listening to music.

Jaswanth

CS Agent

My name is Medisetti Jaswanth Nath. I have graduated in the stream of electronics and communication engineering. My hobbies are surfing the internet, checking new technologies and software, rectifying computer hardware and software issues. I like to spend most of my time with my PC. My strengths are adjusting to the situation and trying to mould myself accordingly. I am working as a Customer Support Agent – Emails for PPH from Nov 2014 till date. My responsibilities are to answer queries related to the website within my scope of support.

Laura Cuttiford

European Community Manager

One of the newest additions to the PPH team, I have come on board as European Community Manager. Based in Berlin but with the best part of my career spent working alongside start-ups and small businesses in the serviced office and co-working industry in the UK. I will be using my experience in this field to bring together communities throughout prominent cities in Europe. My event repertoire has covered everything from Hackathons, through to 5 star catered dinner parties and a more recently a 500 guest conference for a global start-up accelerator. I love cooking almost as much as I enjoy eating, music is everything to me and I feel endlessly blessed to live in a city like Berlin where I am inspired on a daily basis.

Christina Peraki

Head of Product

Joined PPH as head of product to dynamically expand an already successful product and take it into new paths. I’m a people person, love talking to people, grasping their needs and their potential and turning these into solutions they love. For the past ten years I have designed product solutions and managed numerous projects for companies worldwide across a number of industries. Studied electrical engineering, did research in engineering and applied math. Started ballet again at 29. Everyone thought I was too old but I had to dance on the pointes or die regretting. Never too old to chase a dream I think.

Kelly Bolton

Email Marketing

Regina Vitsentzatou

Marketing Analyst

Marketing has always been one of my passions. Since I was little, my favorite game was to play “shop owner” and “sell” products to my parents, brother and friends. Being a graduate in both a managerial and technological discipline, with a first degree in Management Science and Technology, i am on my way to become a Data Driven Digital Marketing Professional. Prior to PPH, I worked in the sales and promotion sector and voluntarily involved for 2 years with event and community management.
Having deep fascination with the intensely dynamic environment of growth marketing, I joined PPH to run customer acquisition and customer retention experiments, while I earned my certification in digital marketing.
I am eager lover of learning and sharing, with top-notch creativity, analytical thinking, growth hacking mindset, self motivation, social perceptiveness and interpersonal sensitivity. T.E.A.M means Together Everyone Achieve More and I do believe in its power. I just find myself happy with the simple things. I am coffee and chocolate addict, inspiration seeker and tools geek. When I am not working, you will most likely find me pretending the photographer, dancing everywhere while i am listening to music and looking for the next pic to upload on Instagram. Started latin at 17. Having danced twice in front of public was fascinating and now I am preparing for my next performance.
Some day i am gonna become a real dancing queen. This is what my name wants it to be 😉

Pilar Nalwimba

Social Media Manager

Struggling to secure your first freelance gig?
Wasting hours trying to put together a DIY website only to realise if you want it done properly you need to hire an expert?

Been there, done that and if you head over to the PPH Facebook page you’ll see i’ve definitely worn the T Shirt. I joined PPH as a seller in 2012 after discovering the world of outsourcing in the 4 hour work week book by Tim Ferris. I started out with a Social Media Hourlie that quickly picked up momentum, so when the opportunity came about to work for PPH as their Social Media freelancer I jumped at the opportunity. The best part is I get to share real stories, helpful tips and insightful lessons from people all over the world who are using PPH to make their dreams happen. I love music, cooking, travel and all things leopard print.

If you ever have a story to share on the blog, drop me a line on community@peopleperhour.com

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Xenia Botsoli

Virtual Assistant

The universe conspired to make me leave my career as a Financial Analyst in large multinational companies and land in Athens for good instead of travelling and working mostly in North America and Europe. So I toyed with the idea of freelancing and landed at the PPH office as a virtual office manager. That, I realized was really my cup of tea as it enabled me to do things I love and never really had time to do. Love books, music and riding my bike up a steep hill.

Catherine Simpson

PA to Xenios Thrasyvoulou

I defected from a career in UK government policy a year ago and gave up office life, a dwindling pension and one too many long meetings to become a freelance virtual assistant. This not only allows me to work from home in my pyjamas, but also utilises my planning and organising skills to best effect. When I’m not working I can be found running ultra marathons, cycling around London or travelling the world with my virtual office.

Fotis Athineos

Full Stack Developer

I am a web developer and I like the problem solving aspect of programming. I love working in small teams, pair programming, sharing knowledge and brainstorming with the other team members while building well structured applications. When I grow up I want to be a game developer.

Miltos Stamos

Front-End Web Developer

He is a lifelong student and tutor. He longs to learn the state of the art technology technics in order to be able to use the most appropriate in his job and to spread the word in other. His passion is javascript and front-end developing because he can see things done immediately. On his free time you can find him to practice his skills in basketball.