Cloapp hires new CTO, former Rebtel and Swedish quiz-app Genifejden


Cloapp ( announced today the hiring of new CTO, Rikard Askelöf.

Rikard is the founder of the successful Swedish quiz-app Genifejden and has a background working together with Cloapp CEO Alex Lewerentz at Rebtel where he was Technical lead and Web Team Manager for three years before leaving in 2015. Before that he also worked at Isotop and Doberman.

Rikard will start right away, and he'll be tasked with overseeing the development of the new Nearby Web platform and the 'Cloapp Relationship Hub' that also serves as a backend to both of the company's mobile apps Closr and Nearby. Rikard is also a highly skilled Android developer and will help speeding up the process of the Closr for Android release next year.

I'm thrilled to join the team during this time and to set the direction for a scalable and robust technical platform to support Cloapps exciting new services.

Rikard Asklöf, CTO at Cloapp

And according to Alex, he has been trying to get Rikard involved in Cloapp for some time now.

Since our time together at Rebtel in 2014 I have been trying to get Rikard involved in Cloapp. With the things we did together at Rebtel in mind, this time we will move mountains. This is big news for us, and in the exact right moment!

Alex Lewerentz, CEO & co-founder at Cloapp

Speaking of the right moment. Cloapp is currently in the middle of their biggest investment round to date with a valuation of a staggering 200 MSEK that will be completed over the next few months. With already over half of the capital secured within the first two weeks, Alex thinks this winter will be a real turning point for Cloapp.

We went from a thousand to over 10.000 users the first six months this year and we learned a lot. We also launched the first premium feature this summer so now we understand more of how people are willing to pay for our services. That is why we are now splitting Closr in two apps, adding a powerful eBusiness card designer and launching a new Web interface. This way we will have innovative offers for both our private and business users on our relationship platform.

Alex Lewerentz, CEO & co-founder at Cloapp