Founder & CEO
After university, Jon’s career began with a young start-up on the MIT campus in Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts which set him off on an international quest to build the perfect product. He traversed the globe professionally visiting 35+ countries while skiing every powdery slope encountered until finally permanently landing in Engelberg, Switzerland. He has held international roles in technical support, development, project management, program management, and product management working both as employee and consultant across multiple industries including telecom, oil and gas, banking, pharma, manufacturing, vending, and transportation. Along the way, he noticed a major lack of technological innovation in the vending industry and with his team of vending and software specialists, started Invenda to disrupt and revolutionize.
MEET THE TEAM
Product Development Director
Srdjan is a passionate craftsman with ten years of experience. He started his professional career in parallel with his studies at a local consulting company, but Srdjan’s passion for programming began at the age of seven, when he wrote his first program. During his career, Srdjan has worked globally on projects across varying industries including automotive, telecom, education, e-commerce, logistics, pharma, vending and transportation. Srdjan advocates education and can often be found lecturing at conferences or meet-ups.
Head of Testing
Milena is hardworking and uncompromising when it comes to software quality. After completing a Master’s degree in Mathematics at the University of Belgrade in 2012, she started testing various vending and transportation software products for international clients at a Novi Sad based consulting company which eventually led to an extended assignment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Searching for new challenges and excitement, she joined some of her former vending colleagues at Invenda with the shared vision to change and revolutionize vending.
“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” John Ruskin
Oleg Epelbaum is a senior software engineer/software architect with 18 years of experience designing and developing point of sales and cloud-based solutions. He has extensive experience within the fare collection and vending industries having designed and implemented numerous front and back-end ticket/fare vending applications. Oleg’s specialties include integration of vending peripheral devices with host systems using custom messaging and protocols. He specializes in integration of front-end vending terminals with back-end management systems.
Upon receiving his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Milan started his career as a software engineer specializing in Cloud technologies. He is passionate about programming and the agile approach making him the perfect fit as the Invenda Scrum master. He keeps the team focused and ensures the concepts are fully leveraged throughout the Invenda development process. Milan is a tech enthusiast; always in pursuit of the latest and greatest in software engineering and methodology.
Petar is a software engineer specializing in embedded and cloud enterprise solutions. His knowledge and experience have been paramount to Invenda’s groundbreaking solution. He is extremely passionate about clean code and software architecture aiming to solve issues efficiently while policing the team to ensure compliance with Invenda’s best practice standards. He loves a challenge and regularly finds himself out of his comfort zone pursuing ingenuity and innovation. He has dedicated himself to ensuring Invenda’s product is, and will always be, the best in market.
Branislav has earned a Master’s degree in mechatronics, robotics and automation and is currently completing his PhD studies as Chair of Mechatronics, Robotics and Automation at his alma mater, the Faculty of Technical Sciences in Novi Sad. Professionally, he has worked with the design of embedded and IoT devices (hardware and software) and both industrial and nonindustrial automation. He holds 2 patents with more than 10 technical solutions. His studies and experience are a perfect match for Invenda and our mission to disrupt the vending machine industry. He has earned the title of Hardware Guru by smiling and laughing when listening to each of Jon’s seemingly crazy ideas while instantly turning them into real products.
After completing his university studies in London, Jonte went on to work as a strategy consultant in Dubai. From there, he moved on to strategic communications in Afghanistan and Jordan managing complex programs in a range of environments, from conflict zones to emerging markets for governments, international organizations and the private sector. Jonte has acquired experience in behavioral change, media production, telecoms, marketing, F&B, MICE, tourism, real estate, and the humanitarian sector. When he is not pounding away on his laptop, he spreads his time skiing and travelling the world.
Following an unconventional path, Nenad is a “self-taught” indefatigable software engineer. Coming from traditional engineering management, he brings with a broad view of systems and organizational processes. He discovered his passion for programming during his studies and learned programming for fun. He soon found himself working as a back-end software engineer at a local IT company working with enterprise information and database systems. He remains passionate about self-development and is constantly acquiring new skills and learning new technologies.
For Dejan, quality is never a consequence but the primary mindset and expectation of software testing. Consulting for 4 years, Dejan developed and implemented testing strategies for global government and institutional transportation vending and mobile ticketing solutions. Looking for adventure, Dejan joined the Invenda team bringing with a fresh perspective and the goal of revolutionizing the vending and retail industries.
With a Masters in Industrial Management, Jasna has held various roles in sales and administration within the Serbian IT industry. At Invenda’s Novi Sad offices, her ever smiling face greets employees and guests alike. She successfully keeps all the wheels turning, motivates the team, and lightens the mood. She has joined Invenda at a critical juncture seeking new challenges and adventure.
Marko is a software engineer with a MSc in Computer Science. After 5 years of developing enterprise software solutions within the electricity and gas management industry, he decided to seek out new challenges and venture into the unknown together with his Invenda teammates. He remains dedicated to teamwork and agile core values while passionate about software craftsmanship.
LEAD INVESTORS & ADVISORS
Paul Philipp Hug
Investor & Advisor
After completing studies in Switzerland and Sweden, Paul worked as a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. In 2009, Paul was able to take over his family’s traditional Swiss bakery through a management buy-out. After fundamental restructuring, the company is organized as a holding company with three subsidiaries for production, retail, and gastronomy. In 2017, the majority of the largest subsidiary was successfully sold to Migros.
Investor & Advisor
Oliver is a passionate entrepreneur, a visionary, pioneer, and technology enthusiast. He is a recognized specialist in the area of IcT, telecommunications and the Internet of Things. As an entrepreneur, he has successfully established, led, and sold (exited) several companies, and as a member of the Board of Directors he helps multiple firms meet the digital challenges of the future. He regularly shuttles between his home base in Switzerland and Silicon Valley, where he seeks out the latest trends. Having gotten his entrepreneurial start at an early age, today he supports various young startups as an investor, adviser and good friend.
Investor & Advisor
After completing studies in graphic design, Mischa co-founded the Wave advertising agency in Luzern. While he and his partners successfully grew and managed the agency, Mischa continued his studies in business management. Upon completion, Mischa has gone on to open and operate 4 retail shops in Switzerland and Germany while also managing multiple real estate ventures. Mischa has proven himself to be a true and successful entrepreneur across multiple industries.