AppDirect offers a platform and API technology to enable every aspect of distribution for cloud-based software and services, including product integration, single sign-on, provisioning, billing, and storefront administration. With its industry-leading solutions, AppDirect is creating a world where companies have easy access to the technology tools they need to thrive. The company works with some of the biggest companies in the world (Samsung, Deutsche Telekom, Comcast, etc.) to empower some of the smallest, from a hair salon down the street to a farmer in Africa. AppDirect is headquartered in San Francisco and has offices in Boulder, Ottawa, Montreal, and Munich. Since launching in 2009, the company has grown to reach more than 20 million businesses in 150+ countries.

  • Industry: Software
  • Year Started: 2009
  • Organization Type: For-Profit
  • # of Employees: 112 ( as of Dec 31, 2013)

Daniel Saks


Daniel Saks is Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and President of AppDirect. Daniel plays a key role in the growth and development of the company, from attracting a leading team to nurturing relationships with customers and partners. After receiving a BA in political science from McGill University and studying finance and accounting at Harvard, Daniel worked at Viant Capital, a boutique tech investment bank. Daniel is also an established thought leader in the rapidly evolving cloud services industry. He frequently advises Fortune 500 executives and boards of directors on SaaS distribution strategies and the cloud space. In addition, Daniel has spoken at a variety of events, including CeBIT, the world’s largest technology expo and trade show, as well as Telco Cloud World Forum, Interop, the Cloud Channel Summit, and others.

  • Age: 32
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

Nicolas Desmarais


Nicolas Desmarais is Co-Founder, Co-CEO, and Chairman of AppDirect. Nicolas is focused on the evolution of AppDirect's product, investor relations, and overseeing the implementation of new marketplaces for channel partners. As a teenager, Nicolas started a driveway sealing and repair business, and in college he led a business training and placement organization. After college, Nicolas worked at Bain & Company as a management consultant focused on media and business services. Nicolas holds a bachelor's degree with a double major in economics and political science from Amherst College.

  • Age: 31
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian

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