Steve Mezak is the Founder and CEO of Accelerance, Inc., a leader in global software development outsourcing. In this role, he oversees Accelerance’s overall operations, drives strategy for business development and leads the cultivation and recruitment of international partner firms. A technical entrepreneur and internationally recognized outsourcing expert and speaker, Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, moving from writing software code to facilitating and managing software development teams and budgets.
Steve came up with Accelerance’s business idea based on his own experience working with an outsourced programming team in Russia in 1998. Then he realized there was no easy way to find qualified engineering firms overseas. He founded Accelerance in 2001 with the goal of helping clients find and select an outsourced partner firm that best serves their technical needs and aligns with their corporate culture. Steve has spent the last 15 years traveling the globe and interviewing thousands of software development teams to build Accelerance’s network of partner firms.
Prior to Accelerance, Steve co-founded and served as CEO of SendOrder.com, Inc., a B2B e-commerce site. Before that, he served as Vice President of Technical Services at Digital Market, Inc., an online marketplace for electronic parts that was acquired by Agile Software in 1999. He also co-founded and served as the Director of Engineering at Aspect Development, Inc., a B2B software development company that was acquired by i2 Technologies in 2000.
Throughout his career, Steve has guided hundreds of software and IT executives through the strategic advantages of outsourcing their software development. He is also the author of Software without Borders: A Step-By-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development and coauthor of Outsource or Else! How a VP of Software Saved His Company.
Steve earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. He is the proud father of five children, two of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enjoys recreational water sports including wakeboarding and wakesurfing.