Our Vision

YUZA was created to deliver new approaches to mobile. We create and incubate platform based mobile ventures.

Mobile applications are the future of mobile services. With 75 billion apps downloaded since the App Store was established, we are a truly mobile-first group.


The Company

We are based in the heart of London, right at the centre of the world-famous Carnaby Street.

Our areas of focus:
1 - Partnerships through IP licensing.
2 - The creation and incubation of disruptive and innovative platform based mobile ventures.
3 - The acceleration of mobile opportunity - placing developer talent at its core - with the deployment of capital, support and networks.


Work at YUZA

If you want to work with us here at YUZA, check out our jobs board.

The Team

Richard Skaife

Richard Skaife

CEO, Co-founder

@yuzarichard

Richard has worked in the mobile industry for over 20 years, launching a number of high-profile mobile music projects.

Before co-founding YUZA, Richard was the Managing Director of the Mobile Content division for US-based Phoenix Media Group.

Tom Cohen

Tom Cohen

CTO, Co-founder

@yuzatom

Tom is responsible for the architectural and technical aspects of a diverse portfolio of product-focussed businesses and has overseen the deployment of over 150 mobile apps, many of which have received national and international recognition.

Marcello Alessi

Marcello Alessi

Chairman, Co-founder

As well as being the Chairman and Co-funder of YUZA he is Director and Co-Founder of Richmond Globex, a data driven and technology enabled Swiss investment and management company. In the “physical” world Marcello co-funded a clean energy company in Italy and has been the Founder and Managing Director of a UK based music, food and entertainment group.



Liam Houghton

Liam Houghton

Chief Product Officer

@LiamHoughton

Liam was recently named one of Mobile Entertainment’s “30 Under 30” rising stars to watch in mobile (2014).

Liam leads product development & growth for the YUZA group and has successfully brought to market a range of digital applications in areas as diverse as mental health, automotives, and gaming, which have commanded global media attention on launch. He draws upon an extensive background in Architecture where he qualified with two academic scholarships.

Ken Franklin

Ken Franklin

Software Director

Ken has worked in software development for nearly 30 years, starting in 1984 when the first Macintosh hit the markets.

As well as having founded a video game and multimedia development company of his own, he has developed products and managed large software development teams for such prestigious companies as Lotus Development, IBM, AOL and Netscape.

Isaac Applbaum

Isaac Applbaum

Ventures Director

Isaac has built a career at the intersection of business, wine and philanthropy. Through the years, he has provided counsel to venture-backed early stage companies. "Yitz," as he is often referred to, also serves as a Senior Advisor to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat for public-private partnerships.

In the 1990s, Isaac built Concorde Solutions, providing banking applications for the internet. He sold the firm to Bank of America where he later served as a Senior Vice President. He has served as a partner at Lightspeed Ventures and as a GP and Founder at Opus Capital.


Tracy Fennell

Tracy Fennell

Group Legal Counsel

Tracy is a corporate and company lawyer with 15 years experience in private practice, including 4 as a partner. He specialises in seed and development funding into early stage companies and throughout their lifecycle to exit including sale, MBO or IPO. He has extensive M&A experience and advises on all aspects of corporate and company law.

Tracy joined YUZA Group as in-house general counsel in September 2014 and heads up the Group's legal function. He is a director and shareholder of SNAPCAM, a YUZA joint venture project.

Gordon Fitzjohn

Gordon Fitzjohn

Special Advisor

Gordon spent 25 years at Deutsche Bank were he was the MD of the global corporate trust services business. He subsequently founded Grapevine Capital Partners, a Jersey based advisory firm focused on creating value by bringing together people, opportunities and capital.

Gordon is actively involved in a number of businesses, ranging from hotels and restaurants in the UK hospitality sector, the provision of auto-enrolment administration services, and the world's leading supplier of rugby training and support equipment, Rhino Rugby.

Denzyl Feigelson

Denzyl Feigelson

Special Advisor

An entertainment-industry entrepreneur with a proven track record of pioneering ideas and leading companies, Denzyl brings a unique depth of experience and insight to the YUZA advisory board.

In 2002, Denzyl became a strategic advisor and music synergist to Steve Jobs and Apple, and has been integral to the global success of iTunes ever since its launch in early 2003.