Careers at Parallels
Parallels’ mission is to provide the best technology and experience for businesses, employees, and individuals to access and use any applications and files on any device, anywhere, anytime.
In 1999, Juri Tsibrovski and Aleksey Kandikov partnered to launch Parallels, Inc. in Renton, Washington. The company was a developer of cross-platform virtualization and automation solutions that enable users to access files, applications, and computers – on any device or operating system. In 2004 it was acquired by SWsoft, an automation and virtualization software firm.
In 2005 the firm raised $12.4 million in funding from Bessemer Venture Partners. Over the next few years it released a number of prominent products, including Parallels Workstation, Parallels Desktop, and Parallels Server. In 2008 SWsoft merged with its subsidiary, keeping the name Parallels. In 2013 and 2014 Parallels garnered additional venture capital, and in 2015 it acquired 2X Software.
Benefits at Parallels
Business model of Parallels
Parallels has a mass market business model, with no significant differentiation between customer segments. The company targets its offering at firms across industries seeking virtualization solutions.
Parallels offers three primary value propositions: accessibility, convenience, and brand/status.
The company creates accessibility by offering a wide variety of options. Using its solution, customers can access their files and applications on any device or operating system (Windows, iOS, Mac, Android) from any location (remote, local, in the cloud, or in a private datacenter).
The company offers convenience by making operations simpler for its clients. Its solution enables users to access all of their files and applications in one place, 24/7.
The company has established a strong brand due to its success. It has grown more than 30% per year for five years, and has over 1,000 employees operating out of over 15 offices. It has more than 10 million customers and over 800 partnerships with firms such as Apple, Microsoft, and IntelPlease. Its Parallels Desktop for Mac software has a 78% market share and is used by over 50% of Fortune 200 companies. It has won many honors, including a Best of TechEd Award from Microsoft (2014), placement on the Red Herring Global 100, and a ranking among Forbes’“The Best Cloud Computing Companies And CEOs To Work For In 2015” list (#2).
Parallels’ main channel is its direct sales team. The company promotes its offering through its website, social media pages, conferences, and other industry events.
Parallels’ customer relationship is primarily of a self-service, automated nature. Customers utilize its software and platform while having limited interaction with employees. The company’s website features a “Support” section that includes product downloads and documentation. It also features an “SMB Insight Report Center” that includes reports showing the results of small business surveys on technology. Moreover, Parallels provides access to an e-mail newsletter.
Despite this orientation, there is a personal assistance component in the form of phone, e-mail, and social media support. There is also a community element in the form of a forum.
Parallels’ business model entails maintaining a robust platform and designing and developing software for its clients.
Parallels maintains two partnership programs:
- Parallels Partner Program for Business Solutions – Parallels works with firms that sell its solutions to their customers in order to expand its reach. Specific types of partners include resellers, distributors, independent software vendors, managed service providers, and commercial customers. Program members receive benefits such as dedicated sales support and training/marketing materials.
- Parallels Affiliate Program – Parallels invites third parties to promote its offerings on their platforms (websites, mobile apps, etc.). Leads that result in the purchase of its products earn the third party a commission of up to 15% (based on site traffic and subscriber count) of the purchase total.
Parallels’ main resource is its proprietary software platform.
It depends on human resources in the form of engineering employees to maintain the platform and develop software and its customer service employees to provide support.
Its important physical resources include development centers in Moscow and Novosibirsk. The company also places a high priority on intellectual property, with over 100 patents that have been issued or are pending.
Lastly, as a startup it has relied on funding from outside parties, raising $12.4 million from five investors as of April 2014.
Parallels has a cost-driven structure, aiming to minimize expenses through significant automation.
Its biggest cost driver is likely sales/marketing, a fixed expense. Other major drivers are in the areas of customer support/operations and product development, both fixed costs.
Parallels has two revenue streams:
- Product Revenues – Revenues generated from sales of the company’s software products.
- Subscription Revenues – Revenues generated from subscription fees charged for access to the company’s cloud platform.
info: Birger Steen earned an M.S. in Computer Science and Industrial Engineering at Norwegian Institute of Technology and an MBA at INSEAD. He previously served as President of Parallels, CEO of Best Brands Corporation, and VP of WW SMB & Distribution at Microsoft.
info: Stanislav Protassov earned a B.Sc. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He previously served as SVP of Virtualization at Best Brands. He also currently acts as SVP of Engineering at Acronis.
info: Peter Bauert earned a B.S. in Computer Science at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an M.S. in Computer Engineering at the University of Central Florida, and an MBA. at Dartmouth College. He previously served as CFO and COO of Best Brands Corporation.
info: Max Tsypliaev earned a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Physics and Applied Mathematics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. He previously served as the CEO of PhysTechSoft and as the Founder and CEO of Acronis and RSU-57.
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