Innovators. They come in many forms. They dream big but they aren’t just dreamers. They form raw ideas into cool products with disruptive business models. They shatter entire industries and leave established leviathans running scared with their tails between their legs. The Innovators interview series connects you with the most driven people on the planet. What makes them tick? What advice do they have for tech founders? What tools do they use to get the job done? Read on to find out.
Ilya Beyrak, CEO of Resultly has been a software engineer and entrepreneur for over 12 years. In his last endeavor, as CEO, he founded and grew an ecommerce company from 0 to $12MM in revenue in 1.5 years by combining his business acumen with software design and development experience. His passion towards optimization and efficiency allowed his previous venture to thrive against its less tech savvy competitors and to quickly become one of the most recognized tech savvy companies in the sporting goods industry.
Ilya attended school at DePaul University in Chicago where he studied Business Administration. His software engineering skills came to him at an early age when he started playing with computers and he was instantly drawn to being able to write programs. He saw that he had a natural talent to understand programming languages as well as systems architecture and used this to score his first job as a programmer at the age of fourteen. During his late teens and early twenties, Ilya operated several successful online ecommerce companies in which he sold things ranging from cellular phones, computer equipment, and printing supplies.
Ilya currently lives in Chicago with his wife. During his free time he enjoys, skiing, tennis, and driving fast cars. He has advised clients such as DSW, Darden Group, Best Buy, Macy’s, American Idol, Pier One, Starbucks, Bushnell, and Nikon.
What do you enjoy most about your work and why?
I love coming into the office early before the rest of the team arrives and having those few hours to really focus on achieving something to show them by the time they come in. My team is what makes my work enjoyable and what I love most about it. You will often find me working side by side with them through complex tech problems and issues. We also frequently grab lunch and dinner during the long nights so we truly need to ...