Igor Faletski and fellow SFU alumnus John Boxall founded Mobify in the living room of their Burnaby basement, but they knew they could go bigger. To say they succeeded is an understatement.
Today, Mobify is a global mobile commerce platform with almost 100 full-time employees, powering some of the largest retailers in the world, including Starbucks, Garmin, Toyota and Expedia, and tens of thousands of developers globally.
Mobify was born out of Faletski’s frustration at regularly missing his bus. Using his creativity and knack for problem solving, he took matters into his own hands and developed an SMS service to deliver Translink schedules by text message. Following the success of the app, Mobify has grown rapidly by continually looking for new opportunities and adapting to the demands of the fast-changing mobile apps and mobile web market.
Faletski and Boxall met as undergraduates at SFU, where they founded a bi-weekly club called Mobile Mondays that brought students together to discuss mobile market trends. Many of these connections continued to flourish after graduation – some attendees even became fully-fledged Mobify team members.
Mobify and its founders have been recognized through several awards and distinctions. In May 2010, Mobify was named one of Backbone Magazine’s Top 25 Up and Comers. In January 2013, CBC News identified Mobify as one of the 10 Canadian tech companies to watch in 2013. This year, Faletski and Boxall each netted a BC Business Magazine Top 30 Under 30 award.