Team

Ownshelf is built by a small team mostly from the East Bay near San Francisco (Hella cool!).  We are friends and colleagues that have worked together before in various pairs, but have now come together like Voltron to form something super.  You can contact us via rick AT ownshelf dot.com

Rick Marazzani – Founder/Managing Director Rick’s vision for Ownshelf came from a need to share his ebooks with his family.  Prior to Ownshelf, Rick managed content and publisher relations for the world’s largest PC and Android games on demand platform.  His background is in creating mobile and computer games.  Rick’s favorite books are The Fountainhead, Moneyball, and Sherlock Holmes.
Jason Akel – Operations With years of executive management and marketing experience, Jason optimizes how we spend our resources. He has experience working with big brands and companies on sales, marketing, monetization, and P&L.  He has managed online and mobile accounts for Verizon, Cartoon Network, The Knot, and Orbitz.  He even once produced a real Hollywood movie!  Jason loves novels by Daniel Silva, Vince Flynn, and Conn Iggulden.
Leon Atkinson – Technologist Leon has been making web software for over 18 years.  As a lone hacker, or as CTO of a 150 person agency, he has built solutions for clients like Clorox, UC Berkeley, games for Facebook, and AutoDesk.  As an author, he literally wrote the books on PHP and MySQL.  Leon’s favorite books are Atlas Shrugged; God, No!; and The Razor’s Edge.
Victor Dubiniuk – Web Engineer Victor grew up in the final days of communist USSR, and and ironically went on to develop e-commerce software.  His specialties are PHP, MySQL, LAMP, and JavaScript.  He has a Masters in Physics and speaks four languages.  Victor’s favorite books are The Good Soldier Svejk, and Alice in Wonderland.
Hsiung Chen – Mobile Engineer Chen’s development experience goes back to the Amiga, through to Java and J2ME, on to Android.  He has made great games for EA, Hasbro, iQ212, and more.  Recently, he has made app clients for almost every mobile platform and OS.  His hobby is collecting video games, and his collection would make the Smithsonian envious.  Chen’s favorite books are about coding. Really!