The smartest people work every day to provide the best service and to make STeX users happy

Nick Price


He is our insurance that this project will pass through any technical difficulties smoothly and with sufficient extra capacity to deal with growing load and high speed data streams.

36 years old. A founder of a renowned KeyCAPTCHA ( which was a candidate for buyout by Google, Nick worked as a technical director, architect and a team lead. Since its creation in October 2010 KeyCAPTCHA project has had 99.99% uptime up to the present. It has more than 40 million users a month and protects more than 20,000 sites from spammers around the globe. KeyCAPTCHA is being used by such well-known companies as TeamViewer, ESET, BinDB, Bethesda (publisher of Fallout, Doom, Elder games), SamMobile (one of the world's largest portals about smartphones).

Started programming when he was nine years old.

Programming Languages: C++ (GNU C, Watcom), C#, Assembler x86 (including x64, SSE, MMX), Python, PHP, JavaScript, Transact SQL, SQL, ECLiPSe Prolog, MQL (4,5), Delphi, HTML5, CSS3. Database management systems: MS SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, Cassandra, LevelDB, CouchDB. Including working with large volumes of data. Web servers: Nginx, Apache. Virtualization: Microsoft Azure, VMWare, HYPER-V. Other skills: NoSQL, MapReduce, Django and other Python's frameworks, NodeJS, jQuery, Bootstrap, Blockchain, Neural Networks, Parallel computing, Big Data, Data Mining.

Large experience in cross-platform development applications for Windows, Mac, Linux and mobile applications for Android, iPhone

Has experience in the design and implementation of highly loaded systems (horizontal scaling, millions of users per day). Deep knowledge in the development of crypto-currency inter-exchange arbitration systems. Highly experienced in management of large databases (billions of records, hundreds of gigabytes).

From 2013 until present, Nick is working on lead generation service in VK social network (Electron(NodeJS) + Python(Django) + MySQL). As well as optimizing high load systems to work with databases having billions of entries in social graphs.

Maxim Vladykin

CPO and
Project Manager

Maxim is the person who will be responsible for the timing, resources and the project risks.

And this is where he can be trusted, because his experience in this field is more than 12 years. It is important to note that all the projects for which Max was responsible for were delivered on time and made a profit finally.

36 years old, Project manager. He possesses unique ability to systematize and sort out any chaos. He managed development teams in companies from various fields, from web studios to the banking sector. He is the co-founder of KeyCAPTCHA service. Max has known Nikolas Prays for 21 years, during this period an unprecedented level of mutual understanding has developed.

In KeyCAPTCHA, Max served as CBDO and Product manager. From the significant achievements in the project, one can note the entry into the largest Russian accelerator IIDF and buyout negotiations with Google.

Also Max managed the development of banking software with a distributed database, which was successfully implemented and operated in 4 regions of Russia, located at a distance of 4 000 km from each other.

Expert: team building, project management, Scrum, Lean Startup, Help Desk, risk management, team motivation, conflict resolution.

Ivan Mityaev

Compliance and Legal Department

Ivan is responsible for all financial background, including market-making activities, HFT algorithms, stress testing of trading systems, etc.

43 years old. CFO, Compliance and Legal Department, experience in crisis management, building successful startups and marketing. In the last 10 years Ivan developed many projects from websites network to vast variety of stock trading instruments for private companies, including backtesters, statistical analysis tools and so on. From 2008 until 2016 managed online retail distribution networks for various businesses. Ivan catches the gist on the fly, absolutely balanced emotionally, has the ability to focus on multiple tasks simultaneously and find non-standard solutions.

Expert: market-making activities, development of HFT algorithms, stress testing of trading systems, bias-free backtesting, practical knowledge of statistics, quantitative trading methods, profound technical analysis, deep understanding of market cycles, value and growth investor, algo-trader, php, c++ programmer.

Related skills: Investor relations, HR, public events

Although Ivan does not tend to be a public person, some of his webinars on statistical trading and practical use of genetic evolutionary algorithms in developing trading systems can be found on Youtube.

Josh Clow

Marketing Officer

Josh is an experienced marketeer and business planner with hundreds of successful campaigns under his belt.

Having been involved in the crypto community since 2014, Josh has worked closely with a number of fintech and cryptocurrency service providers to bolster lead generation, increase service adoption and encourage ICO participation through the management of PPC campaigns and the deployment of growth hacking strategies in marketing efforts.

Alexandra Mukovozova


Alexandra is a specialist in user-centred design with more than 10 years of experience in wide range of projects. Having worked in Moscow, New York and now based in Berlin, she focuses on spatial design and visual communication.

For STeX Alexandra will be producing infographics and data visualisation, ensuring efficient knowledge transfer and the highest level of accessibility and legibility of content.

STeX Advisers

Serguei Popov

Professor of the University of Campinas, Brazil
PHD in Math

Serguei Popov is also one of the founders of IOTA and WINGS projects.

He will advise on stochastic processes (in particular, discrete-time Markov chains and Brownian motion) for market modeling.

Serguei is a research mathematician working in the field of Stochastic Processes and living in Brazil. He became interested in crypto in the end of 2013, and made a number of contributions to the theoretical aspects of the Nxt cryptocurrency and PoS in general. More research publications from Prof. Popov can be found here.

Mark Zhong

Expert in Unix system, IT PM, MBA, Six Sigma Green Belt Project Leader

14 years UNIX admin and IT project management experience in fortune 500 MNC (like HP).

Senior Crypto Investor, know crypto market and crypto exchanges well.

Mark has experience in many big telecom level projects, based on Linux cluster and Oracle DB to support 20 Million users above. And once played a key role in a Hugh IT Data Center migration project in USA, Help moved 5000 UNIX servers and 30 EMC storage clusters from San Jose to Vegas in 3 days.

Gigi Janelidze

Expert in UI/UX and design

Ex Art Director / Lead Designer in Yandex.
Head and co-founder of the TOPOS Studio.
Gigi will advise STeX on how to build its tools and interfaces with a user-first approach.

Gigi has a proven track record of bringing professional and engaging products to life across many different industries. He is able to quickly detect potential usability and UX issues at a glance even before a product goes out to testing - a skill that STeX will make use of to consistently deliver top-notch products on or before schedule. Gigi has worked closely with the STeX team already, delivering a top-quality whitepaper and website design.