1. Passion for understanding complexity
Apkudo is Redefining Smart Device Testing
Founded in 2011, Apkudo is a smart device test company that helps the world make sense of the billions of experiences smart devices enable. Because we understand that smart devices are now app platforms, we have moved beyond traditional pass/fail testing to build the wireless test platform providing the smart device ecosystem with a way to measure user experience. Our patent-pending technology exposes issues on and promotes understanding of experiences so the device ecosystem launches better smart devices. The Apkudo team includes deep research expertise with the Android operating system including optimization, usability and performance testing and is focused on helping the ecosystem deliver the best possible user experience to all device owners.
We are headquartered in Baltimore, MD with offices in San Diego, CA and Sydney, Australia.
Josh MatthewsCo-Founder & CEO
Josh Matthews, a serial entrepreneur and experienced visionary, is Co-founder and CEO. His background in technical innovation combined with a strategic outlook on sales, enables him to see industry pain points and create forward-thinking, disruptive solutions that revolutionize the experience delivered to end
users through the smart device ecosystem. Josh sets the company’s strategy and vision while contributing to the technology development efforts. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been included in Forbes, Bloomberg TV, and PC World.
A transplant from down under, Josh leads the Baltimore office.
Ben LeslieCo-Founder & Chief Technical Officer
Ben Leslie, engineer and operating system expert, leads Apkudo as Co-founder and CTO. With experience directing all aspects of R&D, engineering, and product development in a start-up environment, Ben is passionate about software design and technology to deliver on real world requirements. He was previously VP, Engineering of Open Kernel Labs, a startup that was later successfully acquired by General Dynamics. With responsibility for overall technology direction, architecture, and product design, Ben heads up teams across Apkudo locations.
Benno leads the Sydney office and acts as the interim CFO.
Melissa BlankenChief Operating Officer
Melissa Blanken is the COO, bringing to Apkudo 19 years of experience developing strategies and driving revenue and profit growth within several new and emerging areas of wireless. She has a thorough knowledge of the operator perspective and day-to-day business where she held a variety of new product, marketing, pricing and business analysis roles that highlighted creating, launching, and marketing a number of “first ever” products in the wireless space.
Melissa works out of our Baltimore office.