Oleg Gutsol

Internet entrepreneur, co-founder and founding CEO of the photography social network and photo distribution platform 500px
EDUCATION
Gutsol was born in Kiev, Ukraine and moved to Canada as a teenager. He studied Applied Computer Science at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada from 2002 to 2005, and dropped out from his senior year to run the company he started, GSM Toronto, full-time.
CAREER
Gutsol started learning to write software at the age of 9, after receiving a ZX Spectrum computer as a birthday gift. In 2000, he became interested in website design and development. In 2003 he launched GSM Toronto, a company specializing in distributing, modifying and unlocking GSM phones and development of mobile games for Nokia Series 40, Series 60 and Symbian platforms.

In late 2007 he joined Evgeny Tchebotarev to create 500px out of a LiveJournal community that Evgeny was curating at that time. While working on 500px, Gutsol also took a software development contract with Filemobile, SaaS video platoform.
500px went live on Halloween 2009, launched from Gutsol's apartment in downtown Toronto. The company saw exponential growth for the inception and raised a seed round from ffVC and other early stage NYC venture funds in May 2011.The company raised additional $8.8M in August 2013 in Series A funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz, and $13M Series B in July 2015, led by Visual China Group.
In September 2014 Gutsol was ousted from 500px, following a disagreement within the leadership team about the direction 500px should take.
In May 2015, together with his wife, he launched Pickapaw, a global community for responsible animal breeders.
In December 2016, following his passion for machine learning and artificial intelligence, Gutsol started working on the collective governance algorithm company, Consensus.
Awards

Under Gutsol's leadership, 500px won a PwC Up-and-Coming Technology Company award in November 2012.
Personal life
Gutsol is an amateur Ironman triathlete, having competed in 2014 Ironman North American Championship, 2015 Ironman Muskoka and a number of other races. Additionally, his personal interest is in yoga and meditation.

Appearances
Gutsol was a guest speaker at the EBE conference in Seville, Spain, 2012
Grow Conference in Vancouver in 2013
The Next Web conference in Amsterdam, 2015
iForum Conference in Kiev, 2015
Gutsol also appeared on the episode of the Chase Jarvis LIVE in 2012 with Lawrence Lessig and Richard Kelly, discussing the future of photo sharing.

In addition to building software companies, Gutsol works with early stage companies through their partnership, O2 Ventures.
Business & Sales
The future of Governance and Business