Evgeny Tchebotarev is co-founder and CEO of Sloika.xyz, a new NFT marketplace for photographers and collectors. He previously founded 500px, a global photo-sharing marketplace, and after that was Chief Growth Officer at Skylum for over 3 years.
Originally from Moscow, Ev has earned a BA in Commerce and Finance from Ryerson University in Toronto, graduating with honours in 2007. He began photography in 2002 and since then he has spent the entirety of his professional career dedicated to the betterment of visual creativity, focusing on photography and design.
Ev is an active photographer, and has been honored to judge many world class photo contests, including Red Bull Illume, Photo Life, and Sony World Photography Awards.
Since 2016, Ev has travelled to Asia to explore and consult various companies, where he was focused on helping build world-class product management expertise for 2 years.
In July 2018, Ev joined Skylum Software as VP of Growth Asia, applying years of hands-on expertise of working with Asian companies to expand Skylum’s award-winning products to the Asian markets. In June 2019, Ev was promoted to Chief Growth Officer to grow Skylum’s business around the world. In his role, Ev helped grow Japanese business by 22X and South Korean business by 44X in 3 years.
In June 2021, Ev co-founded Sloika to build a new NFT experience for photographers. He serves as a CEO in this new venture.
Sloika aims to empower creators to build direct connections with patrons through NFTs and innovative tools built on top of Ethereum. So at Sloika, we are building a two-sided marketplace platform for photographers to "mint" NFT photos that is customized to their needs, and join collectives to share revenue and success. On the other side, we at Sloika build tools for collectors to benefit from an asset appreciation (fractional ownership, staking, etc). Behind Sloika is a team that built 500px into one of the largest photo communities. Sloika will be going live by the end of 2021.