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Team Jellybooks


Andrew Rhomberg is CEO, product manager and spokes-person for Jellybooks. He also has the unenviable task of negotiating with publishers worldwide, which requires the patience of a saint, which he ain’t.

Andy Roberts is our technical wizard responsible for all current Rails code, the Jellybooks back-end and much more. He keeps the site running, books moving and readers happy.

Jeff Abrahamson, chief data scientist, ex Googler. Jeff is not only the oldest member of the team, but also our resident machine-learning expert. He dreams up new ways to segment audiences, to target books at readers and readers at books, and to learn taste clusters (the perfect overlap of machine learning and culinary science).  He spoils us with his cooking talents.

Jiminy Panoz, former grunge rockstar and now front-end developer and ebook production specialist. He has been developing the Jellybooks Cloud Reader and is responsible for marinating candy.js. Resident cookie monster at Jellybooks (the edible variety, not the nutrition-free web version).

Miles Poynton, former International and Digital Sales Director at Faber & Faber, is our product and publisher enagagement manager at Jellybooks. He helps define and manages many of our publisher-facing products such as the Jellybooks Rights and Sales Catalogue Service for publishers, the Orca (online review copy access) platform, and much more.


The People who helped build Jellybooks

Baldur Bjarnason is the coder behind the software candy.js that records reading data in our test reading campaigns. He is an all-round ePub guru. He moonlighted for Jellybooks while working for Unbound and now works for the Rebus foundation. Notorious for his weird ring tones, which we are told are Icelandic folk songs.

Ivan Shutovitch, email guru. He developed the responsive email design for Jellybooks and helps us out from time to time with tricky HTML questions. Andrew and Ivan can regularly be found at the BFI Imax London watching the latest SciFi flix.

Gary Aston, HMTL and CSS wizard. He made the Jellybooks web app look splendid and used to slap Andrew on the wrist when he didn’t sketch the simplest and most intuitive user experience possible. He is not to be confused with an Oompa Loompa. He makes much more splendid candy. He now works on making English governments services awesome and easy to use.

Ismael Celis, Javascript and Rails ninja. Most of Jellybooks was created in Ruby on Rails and he is the ninja who wrote most of the original code pretty much bug free. Way to go!

Niall Mullaly, Ruby-slippered rock star. If Ismael didn’t write the Ruby on Rails or Javascript code, then Niall probably did.

Jamie Booker, designer. Like the look of Jellybooks? Think those buttons and icons are adorable?  They were all handcrafted by Jamie, the human part of We Are Human and co-founder of Kahoot.

Amy Sagle, coder and bookworm. She was never a part of the Jellybooks team proper, but the code she wrote while at the New York Public Library (NYPL) was the nucleus for the Jellybooks Cloud Reader and the seed from which all our Jellybooks Readium efforts have sprung.

Rita Bolig, a force of nature first at German trade publisher Bastei Luebbe, then Penguin Radom House Verlagsgruppe and now dtv. She has been one of the chief evangelists for Jellybooks and has provided the spark for many new products, services and features that Jellybooks have built over the years.


We are a sweet and multinational crowd, hailing from Austria, Chile, Belorussia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.