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Our Company

Our Company

Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Apporto was started in 2014 with the mission of “Enabling users to access desktops and apps anytime, anywhere”.

The Vision

We all loved the user experience offered by Dropbox – it made it easy and simple to access our files anywhere on any device – yet we were struck there was no similar service for desktops and desktop applications. To be blunt, the existing options weren’t awesome — VDI, XenApp, and other traditional solutions were expensive. They were complicated. And worse, they often provided a poor user experience.

We saw a need and knew we could fill it — our solution would run (awesomely!) in the browser, offer multiple OSes (Windows, Mac, Linux), be very simple to administer, and, most importantly, affordable! Apporto is the product of that vision.

A Leadership Team with Big Ideas

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Antony Awaida

Founder and CEO
Antony Awaida holds an MS degree from MIT. Spent decades in Silicon Valley with large (Oracle) and small companies (Intellicorp). Antony is passionate about taking complex matters and making them simple. When he is not working with the Apporto team, Antony can be found tending to his grapes and olives.
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Daniel Hutchison

Chief Technology Officer
Leads the DevOps and Unix teams at Apporto. Daniel has a background in Computer and Electrical engineering. He has over 24 years of experience working in the development and operational sides of IT. When not tinkering with computers, Daniel can be found exploring the Rocky Mountains on mountain bike or snowboard.
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Heather Wasserlein

VP, Product
Heather Wasserlein heads up Product Management and UX Design. She led transformative products at Intuit, Yahoo, and Travelocity. Heather is passionate about product market fit and solving customer pain points. She has 3 degrees from MIT and is an avid traveler, photographer, and yogi.
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Sergii Vinnikov

VP, Infrastructure
With over 18 years of experience in IT infrastructure and system architecture, Sergii brings a wealth of expertise. As VP at Apporto, he has overseen critical projects, optimized performance, and consistently delivered results. His proficiency spans cloud computing and network design. Outside of work, Sergii is passionate about martial arts and racing on sailboats.
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Max Lushchan

Director, Customer Success
Max heads up the Customer Success and Support departments for Apporto, ensuring customers receive the best consultation and configuration of their environments, as well as best-in-class support. Max has almost two decades of experience in engineering and administration. Max enjoys classic car shows and is an avid pickleballer!
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Pritesh Patel

VP, Engineering
Pritesh Patel holds MS degrees from Cal Berkeley and University of Florida. He has built and led successful engineering teams at several leading tech companies and startups. He leads the global Engineering team at Apporto focusing on efficiency at scale. When not working, you’ll find him golfing or skiing.
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Andy Tynes

VP, Sales
Andy leads sales and alliances for Apporto. A seasoned EUC veteran, he helped build FSLogix from a start-up to 1200+ customers, which led to its acquisition by Microsoft. He has also led teams at Microsoft, IGEL and Rimo3. Andy holds a BA degree from Wake Forest and is all about golf and college football.
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Mike Smith

Director, Marketing
Mike heads up Marketing with over 16 years of building and leading high-performance marketing teams. He has a deep background in technology and holds a BBA from Texas State University. His passions are traveling, endurance running, food, exploring, and bringing happiness to his daughter Kaileia.
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Phil Spitze

Solutions Architect
Phil has spent his whole career in the EUC space working with a variety of organizations and technologies. He is passionate about helping customers find strategic solutions to their mission critical problems. He's also passionate about artisan bread, lattes, photography, and snowshoeing.
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Phil Morgan

Managing Director, Apporto UK
Phil holds a BSc in Management from Lancaster University. He's worked with HE, and corporate clients in over 15 countries, and leads the growth of Apporto in EMEA. Phil loves to enhance the end-user compute experience, using technology as an enabler. He's also a keen chess player and an aspiring pilot.

Our Journey

“There’s a way to do it better. Find it.“
-Thomas Edison

2016-ish
Windows Desktop (client required)
In the beginning, it all started with a scrappy entrepreneur with an idea working at his kitchen table. Initially, it was like the Model T - you can choose any color as long as it's black ;). In short, we had a Windows desktop. Initially it required a client.
2016-ish
2017-ish
Delivered a near native virtual desktop in the browser.
Delivered the first near-native virtual desktop in a browser. The company introduced advanced compression and decompression techniques to provide users with a highly responsive user experience - even for applications such as SolidWorks, Adobe, or videoconferencing.
2017-ish
2017-ish
Virtualization of hundreds of apps
Higher ed utilizes hundreds of applications ranging from the most popular labels (e.g. SPSS, AutoCad, and Photoshop) to the most specific (chemistry visualization, machine shop tooling, and nutrition software). Our packaging engineers learn how to virtualize over 300 labels, deploying them on right sized servers, with the optimal configurations. As we gained expertise, setting up new instances became "turn key" and our sales team helped size subscriptions optimally, helping universities have a predictable cost for their subscriptions.
2017-ish
2019
Delivered the first LMS integration to virtual desktop environment
2019
Feb 2019
1st customer "Town Hall"
1st of many open discussions with customers (2x annually). Apporto shares future product vision. Customers provide feedback on possible features. The result of this first Town Hall was a clear request for the ability to easily access cloud drives from the virtual desktop. 2 weeks later, we hired an engineer with expertise in this area. He found solutions to issues google had not yet resolved. 2 months later, the Apporto Cloud Mounter was delivered. Initially, users could mount Google Drive and One Drive to their Windows Desktop File Explorer. Later, Box and Dropbox were added. And, finally, the ability to mount a university network drive.
Feb 2019
Apr 2019
Cloud Mounter
See notes above regarding 1st Customer Town Hall..!
Apr 2019
Jan 2020
Hyperstreaming
Significant improvements for graphics and video performance available in beta.
Jan 2020
May 2020
Canvas LMS Integration
The first of many LMS integrations, enabling students to login to Canvas and easily find Apporto along with other course resources. The integration simplified the job of the Apporto Admin by automatically passing the class roster and role information.
May 2020
Jul 2020
Delivered the first Mac virtual desktop in the browser
While Windows virtualization has been around for decades, there was no good solution for Macs. Using VNC to remotely access a Mac worked very poorly and required a client. Apporto introduced the first browser-based remote access to the Mac OSX - with a highly performant user experience.
Jul 2020
Aug 2020
Virtual Classroom
The Virtual Classroom provides faculty with a bird’s eye view of students’ desktops. Faculty can monitor student progress, students can raise their hands, faculty can click to open a larger view of the desktop or request remote control – similar to walking around a physical computer lab to assist students.
Aug 2020
Aug 2020
Server Management Tools
While Apporto offers a full DAAS solution, including application virtualization (over 300 types of software), we know some universities want to manage this in house. So, we added the ability to create and deploy images.
Aug 2020
Oct 2020
Cyber Lab
Special desktop utilizing nested virtualization to provide multiple OS's and networks where students can practice ethical hacking.
Oct 2020
Feb 2021
Hybrid (on-prem + cloud)
Ability to utilize existing on prem computer labs - running Apporto - for remote access. Rather than let an existing Mac Lab on campus gather dust, for example, Apporto was able to route students to these machines (or to the cloud if the number of studnets exceded the number of physical campus machines).
Feb 2021
June 2021
Video Conferencing (in the desktop)
For very secure environments that require all work is done in a virtual desktop, we have enabled video conferencing in the desktop. This will allow your staff and students to use tools like Teams and Zoom, that require a video camera, to be used within the virtual desktop.
June 2021
June 2021
Desktop Variants
After installing software on the base image server, Admins can create desktops with a subset of the software easily by selecting from a checklist of available software.
June 2021
Aug 2021
USB Streaming (POC)
Ability to communicate back and forth between the virtual desktop and a USB device connected to the user’s physical device.
Aug 2021
Jan 2022
Network Objects
For Zero Trust initiatives, ability to grant access to particular network objects by group.
Jan 2022
Feb 2022
Next Gen Apporto (beta)
Rearchitected for performance and scale.
Feb 2022
Current
Asynchronous collaboration tools
What are we cooking up next? Since students and faculty are not always able to communicate in real time (especially with online courses in which both faculty and students may be working professionals with "day jobs").
Current

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