What We’re All About2018-09-21T17:26:01+00:00

We think that PLM should be easy. We think that connecting teams within organizations is important, and that people should be allowed to use the tools that they like to do their job. We think that for too long, PLM has been too slow to implement and too expensive to buy for small and medium-sized companies, and that makes building real things harder than ever.

We think that technology should work for people, not for resellers or software companies or multi-national corporations.

So we built Upchain. It’s the world’s easiest to use PLM, which extends functionality far beyond the engineering and design teams.

Our vision is a completely connected value chain from the first nut to the final bolt, where collaboration is the default setting, and where mission-critical data is simultaneously accessible and secure. We think process doesn’t have to be as hard as it is, and we intend to make it a whole lot easier for everyone. We hope you’ll join us.

Our values

Simplicity

PLM should be simple. We don’t believe in online modules or week-long training sessions. Our goal is to make your PLM feel like the rest of your digital experiences – fast, intuitive, and easy.

Customer-centricity

We put the customer at the heart of everything we do. We think the best form of success is when our customers are happy. That’s why we always go the extra mile to ensure they’re getting what they need. If the people we serve are winning, then so are we.

Collaboration

We believe the best results come from people collaborating — and we don’t think collaboration should need 150 emails and 47 attachments. It should be easy. So we made it easy, all the way through the value chain.

Affordability

PLM isn’t just for the enterprises of the world. We think PLM is for everyone. So we made a PLM that anyone can afford. It’s PLM for the people.

Executive team

John Laslavic

John Laslavic
Founder & CEO

John is the CEO of Upchain. He’s a PLM and software veteran and for the last 25 years has been managing every single stage of software development and implementation projects. He’s helped some of the largest companies in the world, including Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, GM, BMW, Fiat, Sandvik, Husky, and, Magna.

Laurence Gutcher

Laurence Gutcher
Chief Financial Officer

Laurence brings a wealth of financial management experience to Upchain in his role as CFO. An expert in operations, strategic and business planning, and debt and equity financing, he has a deep understanding of both enterprise and startup business challenges and he excels at solving them.

Mike Domazet

Mike Domazet
Chief Revenue Officer

Mike is focused on making sure clients get what they need to succeed. He lives in a world driven by innovation and loves disrupting the norm to help clients maximize value. He lives and breathes the revenue generation cycle, from sales and marketing strategy through to solution delivery and ongoing customer success.

Michael Aronzon
Chief Technology Officer

Michael leads every aspect of product development, from product management and architecture to quality control and DevOps / cloud operations. Over the past 20 years, he’s developed a deep expertise spanning SaaS, mobile, security, hardware / firmware, and large-scale enterprise applications.

Board of Directors

John Laslavic

John Laslavic
Founder & CEO
Upchain

Ron Keyser

Ron Keyser
Former CIO
ATS Automation

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Richard Black
General Partner
OpenText Enterprise Apps Fund

Sean Brown-Lee

Sean Brownlee
Partner
BDC Ventures

Gerry Beard

Gerry Beard
Chief Financial Officer
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