Cofound.it Team

We come from different backgrounds, but what makes us a team is our shared dedication to learning and adapting in a fast-changing field. We don’t compromise our long-term vision for short-term gains. For us Cofound.it isn’t just a job; it’s our chance to leave a mark on the world and change the rules of the game.

Team

Jan Isaković

Co-founder, CEO

Jan Isaković

Co-founder, CEO

Jan spent the last 20 years working at the intersection of business and innovation. After getting twin university degrees in Economics and Computer Science, he worked for companies ranging from IBM and Microsoft to 5 person start-ups. As an entrepreneur, funded startup founder, Seedcamp mentor, experienced product and project manager, he’s excited to be building the future of startups.

Daniel Zakrisson

Co-founder, Evaluations & Mentoring

Daniel Zakrisson

Co-founder, Evaluations & Mentoring

Daniel is an entrepreneur and technologist and over the last 10 years he held positions bridging advanced software development and business development in startups and growing companies, positioned as CTO and CEO. Daniel is known in the Ethereum community as a proponent of a structured and sane approach to token crowdsale evaluations and is frequently advising crowdsale teams.

Erika Pogorelc

Head of Development

Erika Pogorelc

Head of Development

Erika has over 10 years of experience with software development. As a full-stack web developer, she has worked on projects for Google and MIT in multi-cultural teams across different time zones. She is also a prominent regional organiser of meetups, conferences, and other tech-focused events, and an enthusiastic advocate of greater diversity in IT.

Zenel Batagelj

Team Strategy

Zenel Batagelj

Team Strategy

Over the past few decades, Zenel has assisted in optimizing the business strategy and brand experience of a number of key companies in the SEE region. His infallible intuition helps crowdsale teams clarify and enhance their vision and communicate their brand clearly and effectively.

Alja Isaković

Head of Communications

Alja Isaković

Head of Communications

Alja has over a decade of experience with online communities, startups, and user experience design. She was the product manager for several community-oriented platforms and products and has written extensively about how people interact with technology. In her last startup, she led the development and crowdfunding of an IoT product. She is also the founder of Europe Code Week, co-founder of CodeCatz, and an active advocate of greater diversity in IT.

Mitja Pirc

Head of Evaluation & Coaching

Mitja Pirc

Head of Evaluation & Coaching

Holding a PhD in Economics and Management from the University of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Mitja is a specialist in strategic marketing with nearly two decades of impressive experience. He has managed business strategy and development in IT and communications fields at companies as diverse as SAS, A.T. Kearney, Pristop and Indigo Data, where he held top management positions.

Neža Rejc

Head of Projects Communications

Neža Rejc

Head of Projects Communications

After attending Cultural Studies at Faculty of Social Science, Neža was quickly knee-deep in the business world developing her skill set as digital marketing and communication strategists. In the last eight years, she acquired various experiences from digital marketing and content strategy, social media management to sales process and user experience optimisation.

David Prais

Head of Cofound.it Seed

David Prais

Head of Cofound.it Seed

David has vast experience in the business world. He’s been through it all - a Founder, Board Director and Chairman. He’s worked in the the VC, Public & Private Equity, digital and Marketing Industries and his skills cover everything form Strategy, Business Planning, Executive Coaching, to Blockchain, Business Tokenization, Fund-raising, Digital & Integrated Marketing, and E-commerce. A strong entrepreneurship professional with an excellent record of delivering exceptional results.

Irena Dimitrič

Head of Operations & Legal

Irena Dimitrič

Head of Operations & Legal

Irena is an expert in corporate law. With almost 10 years of experience, including providing advice to management boards and participating in the development of applicable legal standards, she is well acquainted with both regulatory and operational legal aspects of corporate management.

Meta Vrhnjak

Finance

Meta Vrhnjak

Finance

After finishing her bachelor's degree in communication and media studies in 2006, Meta continued her academic career in business and management by attaining a master's degree from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. During this time she was a project manager at Pristop who then jumped board to special operations at ICONOMI. She was quick to find her footing in the crypto world, and with the experiences from ICONOMI, Meta joined the Cofound.it team as a Head of Finances.

David Sabo

Global outreach

David Sabo

Global outreach

David is a technologist and an entrepreneur. His colorful career path took him through various fields - from sales, marketing and product roles to launching and growing several businesses of his own. As Head of Global, he's bringing in a diverse set of skills and experience in management, leadership, a deep strategic sense of the startup world and innovation.

Matija Pipan

Head of Support

Matija Pipan

Head of Support

Matija built his career in BI/DI consultancy, managing solution implementation for clients, primarily in the banking and telecommunications. 10 years at SAS Institute earned him the position of Team Leader and later Senior Data Architect, where he managed and coordinated implementation teams, as well as provided customer and internal support.

Matjaž Slak

Evaluation and coaching

Matjaž Slak

Evaluation and coaching

Matjaž has over 20 years of experience in enterprise sales from IBM. Breaking free from the dark side, he went to consult SMBs and Startups to set up and improve their sales efforts. Now he made it his personal mission to find the best projects and coach them to rock the market.

Miha Martinjak

Head of Design

Miha Martinjak

Head of Design

Miha has been a freelance designer for 15 years running. He's experienced with a multitude of design forms; from visual to mobile and web design, which are also his main occupation.

Primož Lah

Infrastructure

Primož Lah

Infrastructure

Primož's 22-years experience in the IT world covers anything from old-school technologies to the contemporary datacenter with associated hardware, network and service design, its implementation, administration and more. He did everything; from computer assembly technician to the Head of production and service departments, key customer technical support and later CTO.

Jan Ferme

Support

Jan Ferme

Support

Jan holds a degree in Graphic and Interactive Communication and is an experienced web designer and blog writer. He also dabbles in mobile and computer repair and is a Co-founder and president of humanitarian association Vez-je.

Mayank Jain

Developer/Communications

Mayank Jain

Developer/Communications

Taking things apart and finding flaws is Mayank’s passion to which he sticks as a developer as well. He’s been writing code for helpshift.com for over five years, and before that, he helped his dad run a business. As an avid supporter he joined the then-nascent Cofound.it community, became its moderator and is now a member of our team.

Andrej Čebokli

Communications

Andrej Čebokli

Communications

For the last 10 years, Andrej has worked as a journalist working for Slovenia's financial daily Finance and national broadcaster RTV Slovenija, covering everything from the economy to science. Right now he's struggling to find the time to finish his second studies in electrical engineering.

Iztok Hočevar

Communications

Iztok Hočevar

Communications

For the last 10 years, Iztok worked as a journalist, editor and a founder in print, TV and digital media - both international and domestic. He co-organized 50+ international business conferences and local events. He co-founded a consulting company that helps startups grow and big companies to do business in the Balkans. He is a versed public orator with a decade of experience.

Nika Bergant

Communications & Support

Nika Bergant

Communications & Support

Nika is a young student who is currently writing her MA. She has experiences ranging from journalism to tutoring. As an avid language learner and constant inquirer, Nika radiates curiosity and willpower to learn new things. She is a blockchain enthusiast, polyglot, volunteer dog trainer, and a pun connoisseur.

Petra Božič

Communications

Petra Božič

Communications

For the past nine years Petra worked as head of the Art Cinema Odeon Izola and cultural events coordinator for the cinema and other projects. She is well versed in promotion and social channels, and at the moment intensely exploring crypto while diving into the blockchain sea.

Luka Tišler

Designer

Luka Tišler

Designer

An artist from tip to toe, Luka is the driving force of creative design at Cofound.it. Having graduated from the SAE Creative Mediate Institute in Ljubljana, he has worked as a compositor, animator and motion designer in various capacities over the past ten years, gaining a range of invaluable skills, from graphic design and computer animation to visual effects, video editing and production.

Lan Filipič

Evaluation and coaching

Lan Filipič

Evaluation and coaching

Holding an MSc from Cass Business School and a BSc from London School of Economics, Lan is currently Senior Manager at Deloitte Slovenia. Previously, he has worked as Associate at A.T. Kearney, Head Asset Manager at NLB Fonds and Risk Analyst at NLB.

Marina Markežič

Evaluation and coaching

Marina Markežič

Evaluation and coaching

Holding degrees in law and business and management, Marina's experience encompasses legal and business advisory, with specialization in alternative financing for startups. She's also a cofounder of a crowdinvesting platform and is fascinated by the innovation the technology brings to the society.

Vlado Milošević

Evaluation and coaching

Vlado Milošević

Evaluation and coaching

Vlado is an entrepreneur and an engineer, experience in power engineering and technical innovations; one of his ventures involved electric vehicle infrastructure in 2008. The last venture before Cofoundit was co-founding a crowdinvesting platform in Slovenia. His biggest and most inspiring challenge is helping Cofound.it choose and coach some of our amazing projects.

Svetlana Sapelova

Developer

Svetlana Sapelova

Developer

Born and raised in Saint-Petersburg, Svetlana found her home in Slovenia. She was working as a researcher at the Jozef Stefan International Postgraduate School. Over the past decade, she has worked as a database engineer, a backend web developer, a frontend developer and researcher. A true coding wizard and enthusiast, she is an active member of CodeCatz.

Miha Zelnik

Developer

Miha Zelnik

Developer

Miha has been in web development for 7+ years now. Besides gaining experience in web development, he was also actively involved in creating and managing startups. Before joining the Cofound.it team in July 2017, Miha worked as a software engineer at Lyst in London.

Rok Carl

Developer

Rok Carl

Developer

Rok has 10+ years of experience building web sites and business applications, putting a lot of emphasis on user experience. He honed his skills developing full-stack applications while being actively involved in the planning phases and managed a team of developers to the best of their potential.

Erik Šimer

Developer

Erik Šimer

Developer

Erik is a young but experienced engineer of computer sciences with formidable experience in tech support. During his school years, he was involved in several projects for developing web and mobile applications.

Petra Vovk

Developer

Petra Vovk

Developer

Petra is our inquisitive developer that is interested in everything, how it works and why it works the way it does. Air, earth, trees, grasshoppers, sea, everything. Her motto is: Be inspired by nature and new ideas will bloom. She's constantly looking for new inspiration.

Miran Lipovača

Developer

Miran Lipovača

Developer

Not much is known about Miran, except that he was involved with web development even prior to his landing on Earth. It is rumoured that he is the author of a popular Haskell book. His brain is now connected directly to Cofound.it's code repositories, where it takes care of the front-end code.

Aleš Fakin

Developer

Aleš Fakin

Developer

Aleš is a web developer, freelancer and a music enthusiast, with more than 15 years of experience in the field. He found his inner peace building progressive web apps with Javascript while losing a large amount of hair over typos, IE bugs and caching issues.

Attila Varga

Developer

Attila Varga

Developer

Attila has 5 years of experience in web development and has worked in different layers of the stack using various programming languages and technologies. He designed and implemented scalable, real-time and Big Data backends, but his passion lies in the latest frontend technologies, and he's able to implement pixel-perfect designs and UX.

Anže Škerlavaj

Developer

Anže Škerlavaj

Developer

Anže is a veteran software architect, tech lead and full-stack developer with over 20 years of programming experience ranging from web and desktop applications, to servers, mobile apps, and big data crunching. Other people enjoy training pets, he enjoys training neural networks in his spare time.

Alenka Semeja

Operations & Legal

Alenka Semeja

Operations & Legal

Advising management boards of pharmaceutical and wholesale companies, Alenka acquired extensive experience in corporate, commercial, contract and public law. Her previous work also took her in the judicial branch.

Sandra Šporar

Operations & Talent

Sandra Šporar

Operations & Talent

With a degree in Andragogy, Sandra has a colourful background in HRM, HRD and accounting, mixed with the organisational and operational experience she gathered working jobs both in the public sector and in the world of startups from Silicon Valley.