Meet Our Global Team

Our leadership combines decades of experience from IBM, Sun Microsystems, Google, eBay, JBoss, EarthLink, Kaltura and others. We've traveled and worked in over 30 countries with our initial focus on Nepal and Kenya. We are old enough to have the experience to pull this off, but young enough NOT to believe the people who tell us it's impossible.

Mark Sears

Founder and CEO

After doing tech startups in Canada and the US for about 10 years, Mark lived in Nepal for 6 years building CloudFactory. He is driven daily by his passion for technology, business and people. Mark lived in Durham, NC the last 3 years to help grow sales and marketing and now is building out CloudFactory's global HQ in Reading, UK. Mark's better half is his beautiful wife Laurel and together they have a lot of fun seeing the world through the eyes of their children Noah and Maya.

He started his career as a software developer with Sun Microsystems before finding his groove in the world of startups. Moving into technology evangelism and product management roles he helped a 5 person startup grow to 130 employees across 4 international offices after raising $48 million in venture capital. Mark then raised angel investment, launched and managed his own startup company for 6 years before coming to Nepal and starting the CloudFactory adventure.

Cary Smith

   

Cary Smith

CFO

Cary brings to CloudFactory 23 years of experience in finance and accounting, with a particular love for fast paced, high-growth, international technology-related companies. JBoss was a technology startup with a distributed workforce spanning the globe.  As the CFO at JBoss, Cary raised capital and participated in growing the company from $1 million in sales to $17 million in 30 months, culminating in an acquisition by Red Hat for $370 million. PaySys provided enterprise systems from offices in Johannesburg, Melbourne, Singapore, London, San Juan, and the U.S. As the Chief Accounting Officer for EarthLink, Cary participated in growing the company to $1.4+ billion in annual sales. Cary loves an adventure; and if an adventure does not exist, he will create one; he is not the stereo-typical CPA.

Cary began his career in audit with Ernst & Young in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Riegel

   

Mike Riegel

Chief Revenue Officer

Mike has spent 20 years driving revenue growth and industry innovation across cloud, SaaS, mobile, analytics, IOT, software and services. Previously, he served as CMO for Cisco Services division – Cisco’s largest single unit driving $11B in revenue and before that as CMO for IBM WebSphere – the world’s #1 middleware portfolio driving $6.0B in revenue. During his 14-year tenure at IBM he launched IBM Mobile First, created IBM's Global Entrepreneur Program to work with startups, technology incubators and venture capital firms, and led strategy and implementation for IBM's On Demand and Utility Computing.

He is a featured speaker on business development and sales, global marketing, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship, business strategy and leadership. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Anselm College and his master’s of business administration from the University of Notre Dame.

John Snowden

 

John Snowden

GM Nepal

John’s technology career started on the front end, moved into SQL Server databases, and eventually came full circle back to a love for the front end. Often self-taught in technology, he was actively mentored by excellent minds at Northwestern University and in business by those at Genex (now MXM) in Los Angeles where he worked starting in 2000. Altogether, he brings more than a decade and a half of experience building and leading projects for large enterprise clients such as Honda, Acura, KB Home, Warner Bros, and Better Homes and Gardens before coming to CloudFactory.

John moved to Nepal in 2012 with his wife and two young sons who are growing up quickly. He enjoys great UI, databases, spreadsheets as well as film, television, baseball and [American] football.

Jon Beardsley

     

Jon Beardsley

GM Kenya & VP Global Expansion

Jon has over 10 years of operational and consulting experience with early & growth-stage startups.  As a founding member of two acquired ad-tech businesses in NYC he’s built and managed operations, sales and business intelligence teams.  He also contributed to the heuristic model of AdLeads, a self-serve mobile advertising platform.

After years of living in Brooklyn he’s heading to Nairobi to scale core operations and capacity there. He’s also busy evaluating opportunities for CloudFactory to expand globally and fulfill its mission of connecting 1 million people in the developing world to work.  Jon loves spicy pickled veggies, watching Sir David Attenborough chat with penguins and unleashing vicious forehands.

Karmath Dangol

      

Karmath Dangol

VP Engineering

Prior to joining CloudFactory, Karmath held leadership positions at two of the top software outsourcing companies in Nepal after returning from the US where he lived with his family for over a decade.

In the States he was an Engineering Contractor at Google Inc and also worked at eBay Inc. as Senior Manager of Internet Marketing Solutions. Karmath holds a degree in Bachelors of Science in Computer Science & Mathematics from Metropolitan State College of Denver.

Joel Montgomery

   

Joel Montgomery

VP Talent & Culture

Joel is a global executive who has worked in 32 countries, lived in six and speaks three languages. He has a unique background that blends business, entrepreneurship, consulting and engineering. Joel’s career includes opportunities working with Fortune 100 companies in Latin America, social enterprises in the Middle East, an impact investor in Asia and high growth entrepreneurs across the globe. As VP of Talent & Culture at CloudFactory, Joel leads our effort to build the best workforce and workplace on the planet for thousands of team members on four continents.

Joel has an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University. He and his wife, Elaine, have two beautiful girls, Sofia Grace and Julia Joy.

Robina Maharjan

     

Robina Maharjan

Associate VP of Delivery

Robina oversees the global delivery of WorkStreams with her amazing "get things done" approach to supporting growth and creating happy faces for both our clients and our cloud workers. She believes in people power and is motivated daily to help see every single cloud worker grow.

Robina has a diverse work experience from banking to venture capital and from education to the social sector. Prior joining CloudFactory, Robina was the Head of Production at Incessant Rain Animation Studios where she oversaw all studio operations including the production of several animated and live action features, TV series and games for Disney, Columbia Pictures and Sony. She enjoys reading, art, and travelling the world.

Paul Christianson

     

Paul Christianson

Associate VP of Client Success

Paul is relentlessly helping our clients dominate their markets by gaining a competitive edge in how they capture data to create amazing user experiences. With CloudFactory he started out as a Solutions Architect, playing a key role in expanding our client base by 700%.

Prior to CloudFactory, Paul was a managing consultant at IBM, working closely with clients in the US and Colombia on large-scale software implementations. He also served in various business development capacities, including managing proposals and negotiating partnership agreements. Paul is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he landed after a brief stint as a hippie musician.

Jason Patty

 

Jason Patty

Associate VP of Business Operations

Jason leads business operations at CloudFactory and loves the challenge of figuring out how to “make it happen” while finding operation efficiencies and helping exceed expectations of our clients and cloud workers. He started his career in the construction industry, growing to work with one of the largest builders in the world, managing key accounts to exponential growth.

Jason has lived in Nepal for the past 3 years while working with CloudFactory and was raised in Eastern North Carolina. He loves his wife, three kids, pork BBQ, offshore fishing, and the crazy adventure of life.