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Max Polyakov (born 30 June 1977) is a Ukrainian and American entrepreneur in the field of space technology and IT, economist, public figure, investor, philanthropist. He is a founder and co-founder of the aerospace company Firefly Aerospace, IT companies EOS DATA Analytics, HitDynamics, Maxymiser, Murka LLC, Cupid Plc, Renatus Media. He is an inspirer of the Noosphere Association non-profit civil organization, Noosphere Engineering School  (Ukraine) and a General Partner in the Noosphere Ventures Partners LP Venture Fund.

Max Polyakov
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Max Polyakov
Поляков Максим Валерійович

(1977-06-30) 30 June 1977 (age 42)
Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
EducationOles Honchar Dnipro National University
OccupationBusinessman and philanthropist. owner of Firefly Aerospace

Education and ResearchEdit

Max Polyakov was born in the city of Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. His parents were engineers at JSC "Khartron" (Hartron), one of enterprises in the Ukrainian rocket and space industry, engaged in the development of control systems and electronics.

In 2000, he graduated from Zaporizhzhya State Medical University.

From 2009 to 2011, he graduated from the graduate school of Dnipro National University.

In 2013, Polyakov received a degree in the field of international economics, having defended his thesis "Paradigm – A Model for the Development of Information Technologies in the Global Economy, And Forms of Its Realization".

He is the author of several scientific papers and co-authored 10 patents for inventions.


After graduating from high school, in 2001, Polyakov created outsourcing company AlarIT Ukraine, which was engaged in developing software for foreign clients.

In 2005, Max Polyakov, in partnership with a foreign investor from the United Kingdom, Bill Dobby, founded the IDE Group with its head office in Edinburgh. The business group included such projects as EasyDate (renamed Cupid plc in 2010), Murka, HitDynamics, Maxymiser.[1]

In 2006, the partners sold their project HitDynamics to British business analyst company Hitwise. Later, in 2015, another project, Maxymiser, was bought by the American corporation Oracle[2][3].

Since 2006, Polyakov develops his own national IT projects in Ukraine, such aggregator sites as:,,,, Project offices were located in Dnipro, Kharkov, Zaporizhzhya and Kiev.

In 2010, Cupid plc service goes from IPO (Initial Public Offering) to the London Stock Exchange. A year later, the company was recognized as the fastest growing technology project according to the auditing company Deloitte[4].

In 2012, Max Polyakov creates Renatus Media – a company to publish social and mobile gamesl. First, the project develops software for the post-Soviet countries, but later begins to publish products for the Apple Store, Google Play, Amazon and Facebook.[5]


Since 2015, Polyakov creates EOS DATA Analytics with offices in the USA and Ukraine. The project is developing and implementing a cloud platform for processing and analyzing satellite data.

Firefly AerospaceEdit

In 2017, Polyakov and Noosphere Ventures acquire American space startup Firefly Space Systems from a rocket engineer Tom Markusic, who had previously worked at Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, SpaceX.[6]

In May 2018, the Firefly R & D Center was opened in the city of Dnipro (Ukraine), which today employs 140 Ukrainian specialists.

The first launch of the rocket Firefly Alpha is scheduled for the end of 2019. In the spring, the Firefly test site in Texas passed tests of 1 and 2 stage engines. Firefly has signed start-up service contracts with companies such as D-Orbit, AirBus, SSTL.[7][8]

Social ActivitiesEdit


In 2014, Polyakov laid the foundation of the engineering school in Dnipro (Ukraine) – the Noosphere Engineering School (NES). The project is a network of laboratories created on the basis of technical departments of the leading universities in Ukraine, where students have the opportunity to acquire special knowledge in the field of engineering and advanced technologies, to test and implement their innovative ideas. For 5 years, NES has opened 7 laboratories in Dnipro, Cherkasy, Kiev, Zhytomyr and Rivne.

Association "Noosphere"Edit

In 2016, Polyakov creates a non-profit public organization Association "Noosphere", which is engaged in the organization and holding of specialized scientific and technical events. Since 2015, the Association begins to cooperate with the World Air sports Federation (FAI) and annually organizes event management and scoring system competitions – Cup Navigator.


He is married, and is a father of 4 children.

Awards and achievementsEdit

2009 – Max Polyakov gets ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Scotland according to Ernst & Young[9].

2017 – Max Polyakov was awarded with the title of FAI Companion of Honour for a significant contribution to the improvement of sports event management systems and scoring.

2018 – He was awarded with the national prize of Ukraine ‘Man of the Year’ for a significant contribution to the revival of the Ukrainian space.


  1. ^ Northrop, Alasdair (6 October 2011). "THE BIG PROFILE- Bill Dobbie of Cupid: Boom time for online dating boss". Business Insider. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Oracle Buys Maxymiser". Retrieved 4 July 2019. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |website= (help)
  3. ^ Team, Trefis. "Oracle's Cloud Strategy: If You Can't Beat Them, Buy Them". Forbes. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  4. ^ Northrop, Alasdair (6 October 2011). "THE BIG PROFILE- Bill Dobbie of Cupid: Boom time for online dating boss". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Bloomberg Are you a robot?". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Факты ICTV | Как Макс Поляков делает космос доступнее". ФАКТИ. 22 April 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  7. ^ Howell, Elizabeth. "Firefly Will Use Beresheet Lander Tech To Land on the Moon". Forbes. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Return to the Moon. Max Polyakov and Firefly Aerospace on NASA's lunar program lists – TechWalls". Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Поляков Макс". Retrieved 3 July 2019.