Ben Engber

CEO & Founder

Ben has made a career around building highly reliable internet-scale applications. Prior to founding Thumbtack in 2003 he was VP of Operations Technology at, where he built the back-office and e-commerce architectures needed to support millions of digital and physical transactions per day. During his tenure he became acutely aware of the need for outsourced labor that could both understand core business concerns and drive high-quality and robust software infrastructure projects. His inability to find such a partner led him to establish Thumbtack.

Ben holds a BS in Mathematics from the University of Chicago and a MBA from Boston University.

Dmitry Pashkevich

CTO & Co-Founder

Dmitry formerly ran the computing center at Omsk State University in Russia, where he was surprised by the number of top engineers graduating with limited prospects in Siberia. He brought several former top students and faculty to start the Omsk branch of Thumbtack, and continues to leverage his engineering connections to bring the best and brightest to the team.

Dmitry holds a BS in Physics from Omsk State University.

Elizabeth Gallagher

Chief Revenue Officer

Elizabeth brings two decades of success in growing digital business through marketing, sales and product development to her role as Chief Revenue Officer at Thumbtack. Prior to her work as a strategic business consultant for New York startups and digital businesses, Elizabeth was Co-founder and CEO of the award-winning ed tech company, Pixeldream, where she brought dozens of high revenue technology products to market for leading organizations including McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Under Elizabeth’s leadership, Pixeldream grew organically and steadily over the course of a decade exceeding revenue targets, achieving and maintaining profitability from its very first quarter.

Elizabeth combines her expertise in business strategy, creative innovation and execution, and her proven leadership skills to build and cultivate high-value sales and marketing teams at Thumbtack, and to solidify exceptional fit between Thumbtack and the markets it serves.

Jonathan Hansen

VP of Operations

A technologist by trade, a process maven in practice, and a team builder at heart. Jonathan is the versatile software development leader responsible for implementing and maintaining our operational core competencies and processes. He focuses on customer needs and implementing metrics to ensure daily operations meet those success requirements through predictable, repeatable performance with continuous improvements. Jonathan is a coach and evangelist of Lean & Agile Methodologies; he leads the Kanban meetup in NYC. He finds himself more productive with cold beer in hand and loves listening to jazz music (but not while he’s working, because of science).

Andrew Gusev

VP of Engineering

Andrew has worked in IT for 15 years as a programmer and software manager. As Thumbtack’s Vice President of Engineering he leads the Global Development and QA. Prior to joining Thumbtack he participated in a number of complex, multi-platform, highly reliable IT solutions for large companies such as Boeing. His diverse experience includes CAD/CAM software development, middleware product development, and warehouse logistics and optimization.

Andrew holds Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Technology from Omsk State Technical University.