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November 5, 2019

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Michael Shmilov © 2019
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ABOUT ME

I am an experienced technology product manager and an active tech community member and contributor.

Since October 2018, Michael co-founded a company called ROX Financial. Currently we are operating in a stealth mode.

I am also serving as an advisor at Rakuten Viber. Before ROX, I was the COO of Rakuten Viber and have been a key member of the Viber Management team working alongside with the founding team since the launch of the company in December 2010. As Chief Operating Officer, I was responsible for the operational running of the fast-moving business.

In my previous role as Viber’s Head of Product, I was responsible for the long-term vision of the Viber platform, product planning and design. The company gained over 1 billion million users since its launch and constantly improving the product and delivering new experiences. In February 2014, Viber was acquired by Rakuten.

Prior to Viber, I was a Product Manager at iMesh, one of the world’s first peer-to-peer file sharing services. My love to product design and user experience drove me to start ‘UX Storytelling’, a hub designed for the UX and product management community to share stories and ideas.

 

Before that, I established a design and development studio called YAM and with another partner, we provided web design and development services.