Sergey Petrossov – From High-School Entrepreneur To Aviation Game-Changer

Sergey Petrossov is the Founder of JetSmarter, a company which offers shared jet services, and where he currently acts as the Chief Executive Officer. Petrossov and his family immigrated from Russia while he was still young, and he managed to build a reputation for himself in the United States, showing a strong ethic and drive from a young age. He started his own business when he was still a student in high school, tackling the business of importing and exporting tire rims.

When he was at the University of Florida, Sergey Petrossov became interested in technology and computer science, which led to him being the co-founder of two startups – one involving a live-chat system for online customer support while the other was designed to provide distance learning services to Russian-speaking schools.

While he managed to achieve a level of success, it was JetSmarter that pushed Sergey Petrossov to the next level. When he flew privately for the first time, he noticed the outdated approach to the process of booking a jet and this personal experience that took place in 2009 resulted in the idea for his company. The entrepreneur realized that there was an uptrend among mobile marketplaces, and knew that technology could improve the tedious nature of the booking process. After gathering a developing team, the idea put forth by Sergey Petrossov became reality in August of 2012, when the beta version of the JetSmarter app was launched – with the official launch taking place a few months later in 2013. Petrossov invested his own capital in the project but quickly received additional funds as a result of various collaborations, receiving backing from the Saudi royal family and from celebrities such as Jay-Z. The company put Petrossov on the map, being included in the “30 Under 30” list put together by Forbes in 2016.

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