About me

Max Ivak

Entrepreneur, Angel Investor, Software Developer

Founder/CEO @ FriendlyData

Previously software architect @ VC backed GalacticExchange,
Co-founder, CTO @ FPB, Explainum, NBexpert, Knolum.

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Angel Investor


  • SaaS
  • Machine learning
  • Knowledge management


I’ve been a co-founder and CTO of 6 companies in the past 10 years: 1 VC backed, 1 angel backed, 4 bootstrapped. 1 acquired, 2 shut down, 2 TBD.
I’m currently focused on finding the next company I want to build.
I am consulting and advising a few selected companies on growth and reach product market fit.

Software developer

I’m a business focused developer.
Focusing on building complicated apps and improving apps performance.

DevOps engineer
  • Docker
  • Chef, Ansible
  • Kafka, RabbitMQ, Elasticsearch, Solr, Redis, Zookeeper
  • Fluentd, Flume
  • Sensu
Web developer
  • Ruby on Rails
  • jQuery, Javascript
  • Databases: MySQL, MS SQL Server
  • Redis, Elasticsearch, Solr
  • HTML frameworks: Bootstrap v4, Material design
  • Spree e-commerce
  • API: Slack, Facebook, Paypal, Youtrack, etc


A properly designed application has a balance of long term robustness and easily alternation in the future.
Every project deserves a unique approach.


Projects I worked on as a software developer recently.


Template-driven CMS for multilingual web sites on Ruby on Rails.
Open source project.

Interactive charts. A web service to create and embed customizable charts from users’ data, scheduling system to update data from various sources (yahoo finance, msn money, csv files, Google Analytics, and others).
Online photo service

Web service to create pictures from user’s photos

Open source projects

Autocomplete input
Autocomplete/typeahead input ready to be used with Bootstrap 4 and Rails 5.
Search filter forms
Create forms for search filters.

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