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Steve Mezak is the founder and CEO of Accelerance Inc., changing how companies everywhere search for and partner with high-quality global software teams. In this role, he oversees Accelerance’s overall operations, drives strategy for business development and leads the cultivation and recruitment of international partner firms. A technical entrepreneur and internationally recognized outsourcing expert and speaker, Steve has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry, moving from writing software code to facilitating and managing software development teams and budgets.
Steve came up with Accelerance’s business idea based on his own experience working with an outsourced programming team in Russia in 1998. Then he realized there was no easy way to find qualified engineering firms overseas. He founded Accelerance in 2001 with the goal of helping clients find and select an outsourcing partner that best serves their technical needs and aligns with their corporate culture. Steve has spent the past 15 years traveling the globe and interviewing thousands of software development teams to build Accelerance’s network of partner companies.
Prior to joining Accelerance, Steve co-founded and served as CEO of SendOrder.com Inc., a B2B e-commerce site. Before that, he served as vice president of technical services at Digital Market Inc., an online marketplace for electronic parts that was acquired by Agile Software in 1999. He also co-founded and served as the director of engineering at Aspect Development Inc., a B2B software development company that was acquired by i2 Technologies in 2000.
Throughout his career, Steve has guided hundreds of software and IT executives through the strategic advantages of outsourcing their software development. He is also the author of Software Without Borders: A Step-By-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the proud father of five children, two of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enjoys recreational water sports including wakeboarding and wake surfing.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Steve Mezak and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.