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 has spent the last 4 years living in Nepal and using his unique blend of technology and business experience to develop CloudFactory towards creating work for 1 million people.

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


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.

John Snowden


John Snowden

VP Solutions and Platform

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.

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.

Damian Rochman

VP Product Marketing

Damian brings more than 15 years of experience in R&D, technical services and product management. He joined CloudFactory from Kaltura where he was the Director of Product Management for MediaSpace and Social Business (SBS) extensions. In this role, he productized multiple application and services on top of the Open Source Kaltura Online Video Platform.

Prior to Kaltura, Damian headed the Application Performance Management (APM) product line in BMC Software. Damian joined BMC following the acquisition of Identify Software, where he was responsible for building and scaling the professional services organization and help Identify Software's customers optimize their development and support procedures using AppSight Application Problem Resolution. Prior to that, he led a development team back in Israel that worked on automating the support process for end-users via the web using the AppSight technology.

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.

Robina Maharjan


Robina Maharjan

Director of Global Workforce

Robina oversees the global workforce, which means spreading CloudFactory's effort to transform the way work gets done all over the world. She uses her approach of "getting things done" to support growth, create happy faces and execute on building the best workforce in the world. She believes in people power and desiring the best for every single cloud worker motivates her. 

Robina has a diverse work experience from banking to venture capital and from education to 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, traveling and art; and desires to travel the world some day.

Paul Christianson


Paul Christianson

Director 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.