Team

We love what we do and come to work every day hungry to change the world of work!
   

Meet Team PPH. We’re a quirky bunch, but we all share the same core values: we’re passionate, energetic, committed and gutsy! Most of all we believe and celebrate our cause: empowering people to live their dream.

Our full-time team span the globe; from London to Athens, Manilla to Hyderabad and more! The best bit? Whenever we need a helping hand, we can turn to our ever-growing PPH community to hire one of thousands of skilled freelancers around the world. They help bring PPH to life and are full of great ideas as they use the site, contributing to the magic every single day!

We are based in

  • hello!

    London, United Kingdom

  • χαίρετε

    Athens, Greece

  • namaste

    Rajahmundry, India

 

 

Founders

Xenios

Founder & CEO

Simos

Co-founder

Engineering

Spyros

CTO

Tom

Web Developer / DevOps

Spyros

Web Developer

George

Web Developer

Aris

Web Developer

Stavros

Web Developer

Dimitris

Web Developer

George

Web Developer

Anton

Web Developer

Stelios

Web Developer

Alexandros

DevOps Engineer

Tasos

UI Engineer – Developer

Spiros

Web Developer

Thrasos

Web Developer

Nikos

Web Developer

Marketing & Community

Juste

Creative Marketing Manager

Aylish

PR Manager

Kelly

Email Marketing Manager

Product

Dimitris

Product Manager

Christina

Product Director

Fotis

Product Manager

George

UI/UX Designer

Data & Analysis

Periklis

Senior BI/Data Engineer

Giorgos

BI/Data Engineer

Fotis

BI/Data Engineer

Shaan

BI Ninja

Payments

Penny

Payments Manager

Meletis

Payments Guru

Dimitris

Payments Ninja

Akis

Payments Ninja

Sophia

Payments Ninja

Customer Support

Michael

CS Manager

Stratis

CS Guru / Assistant Manager

George

CS Ninja

Natalie

CS Ninja

Pawan

CS Ninja

Ashok

CS Ninja

Suresh

CS Ninja

Jaswanth

CS Ninja

Sai

CS Ninja

Business Support

Xenia

Virtual Assistant

Human Resources

Katerina Stoli

HR Director

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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!

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.

Spyros Lambrinidis

CTO

I’m in charge of the company technology, building scalable and robust systems and infrastructure, whilst constantly on the lookout for great talent and time to do some actual coding. I have a special knack for new tech and large-scale engineering solutions. I prefer not to talk a lot and tries to avoid long meetings – and have optimised agile methodology to suit that need. I enjoy laughing loudly at my own amazing joke even if, in retrospect, I admit their poor quality. I have many hobbies, which have been mostly been abandoned after having two sons.

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 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.

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.

Aris Belii

Web Developer

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.

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 of life.

Dimitris Zotos

Web 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 collaborating with great open-minded people.

George Lavdanis

Web Developer

Proud Web Nerd, Professional coffee junkie, devoted Web Developer, ruining Front and back ends since 2007. I 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…

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.

Alexandros Sapranidis

DevOps

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

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.

Spiros Gerokostas

Web Developer

Passionate with software engineering, music enthusiast, cyclist, coffee geek, gamer ( i can play Dark Souls all day) building websites since 2006.

Thrasos Barkouzos

Web Developer

Hello, I’m Thrasos. One of the newest members of PeoplePerHour team. I usually don’t like talking about myself but if I have to put it in simple words here goes: I’m curious, concise, passionate and self-driven in what I do. As a tech geek and a back-end developer wannabe I’m trying to absorb and learn whatever I can from the rest of the awesome team members and tech we use. Besides coding I’m into literature and music. Always trying to find awesome new and old bands for myself and my blog.

Nikos Aneziris

Web Developer

Frontend Developer, tech enthusiast, self-motivated and perfectionist.Proud to be a member of the PeoplePerHour team and involved in projects using cutting edge tech .Passionate about travelling, sports and movies!

Juste Semetaite

Creative Marketing Manager

It takes me ages to find the words to describe myself but, hey-ho, every story has to start somewhere. A writer at heart, I joined the team at PeoplePerHour to find and shape their true voice through captivating content. Forget complex strategies, clever hacks, and guerilla marketing – in the noisy world that we live in today, the only truly effective way to be noticed and remembered is through storytelling, consistently A class content and a flaming mission. Driven by the philosophy that one changes the world by doing, I’m always up to something (usually, something good, like learning or shopping online). But then, I’m Lithuanian, so you never know. If we’re at a party, I’m the weirdo going through your bookshelf. And that says it all.

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.

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.

Dimitris Koufakis

Product Manager

I joined the team in May 2016. Starting off in accounting, then for 8 years at one of the leading banks in Greece, it was time for a change of pace. I was attracted to the niche startup world and PPH is where I can finally let my creativity blossom (insert wink emoji). Technology might still be in puberty, though undeniably it has improved our lives in many ways and I am thrilled to now be part of its growing force. May it always be with us!

Christina Peraki

Product Director

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.

Fotis Chatzidakis

Product Manager

With such a great product and brilliant people, it’s no surprise that PPH is such a successful company. My passion is creating new, more powerful and profitable product improvements in order to maximize growth. Words I love: Success, creation, inspiration, hard work, team work and self-improvement. Hobbies: Compulsively interested in kindly demolishing any kind of competition

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, the 90s was a lot of surrealism, graffiti, street art, the Walkman and the 00s was rounded corners, pale yellow, noise backgrounds, glass effects, PNG transparency fixes, hover mega-menus, tabs, Tahoma, WAP, mobiles… Nowadays typography, color theory, aesthetics, rhythm, positive stimulation are the words of the moment. 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 into 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. Good design takes effort and team work. Great design just happens!

Periklis Vasileiou

Senior BI/Data Engineer

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…

George Kanellis

BI/Data Engineer

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

Fotis Athineos

BI/Data Engineer

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.

Shaan Dalwadi

BI Ninja

Hi! I’m a BI analyst working out of London, with a background in maths. I’m always looking for new methods to analyse and present data, and constantly trying to learn new techniques for this purpose.
In my spare time, you’ll most likely find me playing basketball, cooking or eating.

Penny Gkokga

Payments Manager

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 Galanis

Payments Guru

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.

Dimitris Karagounis

Payments Ninja

Coffee Master by day, Payments Ninja trainee by night. I am really excited to be part of this wonderful PPH team. I love working to resolve any payment processing issue in a timely manner with a keen eye for details. My favourite quote? “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein.

Akis Dimitroulas

Payments Ninja

After years in accounting I suddenly landed in payments and now I have the opportunity to learn more about fraud and grow my knowledge more about different aspects of economics and apply that knowledge on everyday growing business. I recently became a member of the PPH team and I am excited that I am a part of a very happy and creative group of people.

Sophia Kostoletou

Payments Ninja

Coming from the banking sector, now I get to be part of the PPH group and the Payments team. I like being surrounded by happy people that enjoy what they do and I hope that this opportunity will allow me to expand my existing knowledge and development

Michael Luna

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!

Stratis Karagiannis

CS Guru / Assistant Manager

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 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 mountains. A citizen of the world and a hitchhiker of the galaxy, I was 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.

George Triantafyllopoulos

CS Ninja

It was a cold, winter day when I was born… Wait that is way back – I guess you don’t want to know that. What you need to know though, is how much I love working as a Customer Support Advisor. I love helping people and I am really happy I get to do that in the wonderful family that PeoplePerHour has created. Other than that, I am a pretty simple guy, enjoying life to the maximum and hoping one day I will get to win a Best Director Academy Award for the awesomest movie you will all get to watch and go “Wait! I have talked to that guy on PPH Support!”. Let the Support begin! (Movie Reference)

Natalia Chatzidimitriou

CS Ninja

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, trying harder until you close your Inbox with a big smile on your face. I have an artistic virus running through my veins which gives me a creative and romantic point of view and makes me very emotional when I listen to Freddie Mercury

Pawan Kumar

CS Ninja

I graduated with a degree in Computer Science and I have more than 16 years experience in Customer Support and Administration. I have worked in travel, electronics and IT and spent more than 4 years working as a Call Centre Executive / Senior Agent for US and UK companies including British Telecom and Earthlink (Internet Service Providers) and joined Peopleperhour in 2010 as a Customer Support Agent. In my spare time I love playing with my 3 year old, listening to old Indian melodies and Cricket (watching, rather than playing!)

Ashok Rukkam

CS Ninja

I am an Engineering graduate (Information Technology) and completed my studies in 2012 and am particularly string in C, C++, Core java, Javascript and Advanced Java. I joined an Engineering college as a Lab Faculty also taught for 4 years until I joined PeoplePerHour. I was very active in extracurricular activities at school and College, participating in several programmes conducted by the management (quizzes, technical seminars, etc). My interests include listening to music and playing cricket.

Suresh Kumar

CS Ninja

I graduated with a degree in Computer Science and worked for Reliance BPO and HSBC Hope before joining PeoplePerHour in December 2013. My Hobbies are playing basketball and listening to music.

Jaswanth

CS Ninja

I graduated in electronics and communication engineering and my hobbies are surfing the internet, checking out new tech and software and rectifying computer hardware and software issues. I like to spend most of my time with my PC! I’ve been working in Customer Support for PPH since November 2014 and my responsibilities include answering queries relating to the website.

Sai Prasanth

CS Ninja

I completed my B.Tech, specialising 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 optimistic, dedicated and I try hard to achieve my goals.

Xenia Botsoli

Virtual Assistant

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

Katerina Stoli

HR Director

After spending 10 years in corporate business settings, I decided to take a turn and immerse myself into a world full of wonders, the world of tech…that’s is how I landed on PPH. My job is to take care of PPH greatest asset: people. I believe in solutions and in human will. Here, there is plenty of both!