Astrails is a small company working on big ideas.
With a comprehensive list of tools, skill-sets and best practices accumulated over the years, we approach our work with a great deal of experience, curiosity and vigor. Astrails has also worked with, evaluated or otherwise formed an opinion on the most current technologies in its surrounding technology community. The fast pace of development keeps Astrails always intrigued, always interested and never bored. This makes us happy campers.
Today, Astrails specializes in Ruby on Rails applications, as well as all related frameworks and solutions that have grown around Rails.
Vitaly has more then 20 years of industry expeerience in a wide range of technologies, from Sinclair Basic to Linux kernel drivers. Vitaly started using Rails in 2005, and it still serves as the primary "weapon" at Astrails for developing web applications and mobile backends.
Vitaly is a public speaker and has been promoting Ruby and Rails in Israel since 2006 when he helped organising and managing first Israeli Ruby Group. Vitaly speaks at conferences and teaches Ruby on Rails courses.
Dressed to the nines and always ready to program, Boris Nadion combines his Fred Astaire moves with over twenty years of professional programming experience to get the job done, whatever it may be.
When he isn’t working, Boris enjoys listening to jazz and beating Michael at tennis.
Known for his remarkable listening skills and most intrigued by the interaction between human and machine, Michael Mazyar has accumulated over twenty years of experience in a range of usability programming, including telephony applications, speech recognition, text-to-speech software, and large-scale Windows applications.
After purchasing his first Mac computer just a few years ago, Michael shifted his focus to developing web-based applications, maintaining his specialty in usability and user experience. Michael founded Astrails with his friends Boris and Vitaly. When he’s not beating Boris at tennis, he enjoys listening to techno and sipping a fine glass of single malt whiskey old enough to be his father.
Almost as though in a Zen-like trance, Michael Mazyar approaches his programming with a calm mind and a steady hand. Buddha? Never mind him, what would Michael do?
Pavel brings user experience to pixel perfection with his strong artistic skills.
He started his career in the early 90's as a graphic designer and he’s devoted his life to it. In 1997, Pavel started to play with Flash (then called Future Splash Player) and entered the field of interactive design. Over the years, he’s worked as an art director, interactive designer, web designer, GUI designer and graphic designer on an enormous number of projects. He currently focus on user experience design for both client- and web-based applications.
Pavel still loves to do branding, graphic design, iconography, illustration and animation. He has very strong artistic skills and is proficient in Adobe CS.
A natural-born autodidact, Daniel Lurie entered the programming world by buying a computer and "just figuring it out". Almost everything Daniel's learned he's learned by reading books and blogs, consulting with experts, trying out tutorials and just tinkering with scripts to test out and learn on his own, much like that movie with that guy and that girl and them apples.
Over the years he's accumulated a number of programming methodologies, the likes of TDD, BDD, etc and he's also known for his deep and close relationship with linux console-fu.
Daniel joined Astrails in July of 2010 as a Ruby on Rails developer. In addition to his autodidacting skills, Daniel is also known for his problem-solving endurance. With Daniel no problem is too large, no bug too big; the man just doesn't give up until the problem says Uncle.
Known for addressing not only the symptoms of a problem but getting to the root cause, Costa Shapiro (superhero alias: The Professor) digs deep into his work and doesn't come up for air until the problem is solved and the world is made right again.
A researcher at heart and a firm believer in the superpower potential of information management, Costa has helped pioneer some of the first professional Internet tools, production and testing components, and web-mining and communication systems; all this without a cape or a Batmobile.
With over twenty years experience in the industry, Costa has worked for companies such as Qualcomm, Intel, Nielsen and NetManage.
He joined Astrails in early 2011 where he works as a software engineer and consultant. If you look up to the skies, you probably won't see Costa, but if you're wondering who's the guy that answers the distress signal when your software isn't working? It's Costa, that's who.
Dmitry is obsessed with security and privacy, thinking the whole world is conspiring against him ;)
Dmitry speaks web development fluently. His experience includes but is not limited to: social networking, internet payments, Unix systems administration, concurrent computing, inter-process communication, performance optimisation, TCP/IP Internet protocol suite, system level programming in C, user experience and customer interaction.
Dmitry really shines when it comes to information security, cryptography, and privacy aspects of all things web.
Tor compensates for his short stature with agile moves.
After years of specializing in high parallel computing and image processing, leading SW development troops in large companies, Tor finally fell in love with web development and the lean startup movement. Tor likes to spend time on mentoring others on all things software, mainly on TDD, object oriented SW design and architecture.
When not trying a new framework or programming language, Tor likes to swim, ride his bicycle or chase his 2 boys.