Synesis opens new office in Silicon Valley

Synesis has signed a partnership agreement with GSD Venture Studios to form a joint venture for promoting Kipod Smart City platform at the US market. Active work of the new team begins on October 1. The joint company will be led by Gary Fowler, with over 11 startups behind him, including and DY Investments. According to Analytics Insight, Gary is in the Top 10 most influential people in the field of AI.

I’m excited to be working with Synesis on their Kipod Smart City concept,” says Gary. “They have done a lot of things right to get to this point and are ready to take the next step. GSD and I will help them get there.

Gary’s co-founder, Derek Distenfield, has joined the Synesis team as COO. Derek has many years of experience in product development and has successfully brought numerous products to market in the legal and payments spaces. The successful experience of Distenfield is evidenced by the fact that he brought 360 Payments to a valuation level of $ 2 billion.

Synesis’ Smart City is a unique product with many exciting implications,” says Derek. “I have been fortunate to work with many gifted people on many big ideas, and seldom have I come across one with this much potential to make a positive impact.

At the initial stage, the US office will focus on two markets: Traffic Management and Residential Security.

“Working with GSD team will be a gamechanger for our marketability and credibility,” says Nikolai Ptitsyn, Managing Partner of Synesis. “The Kipod platform is already widely used in 6 countries of Europe – from Russian Federation to the United Kingdom. This is a major achievement. The US market is a new challenge. We are excited to learn as much as we can from Gary and Derek as we bring the Kipod Smarty City to the United States.”


About Synesis Group

Synesis Group ( is a private IT firm and business incubator headquartered in Minsk, Belarus. Founded in 2007 as a software design powerhouse, Synesis helped Viber, Playtika, Yandex, Alfresco, and other well-known companies to develop successful products. Today, more than a billion people worldwide are using these products daily.

As of today, Synesis has evolved into a service provider operating large projects for governments and global consumers. With a team of 1200+ world-class engineers, extensive product portfolio, and strong patent position, Synesis is one of the leading companies in Artificial Intelligence (AI).


About Kipod

Kipod (, a Synesis’ AI Solution for Smart Cities, Public Security, and Law Enforcement, is a cornerstone of the Synesis Aleph project. Kipod enables instant search across the big data of CCTV video and real-time crime detection, using the most advanced machine learning algorithms and video content analytics. Synesis currently operates Kipod in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the United Kingdom, on a national scale.


About GSD Ventures

For too long self-motivated entrepreneurs have navigated the minefield of challenges to launching a global company with very little support. The last thing you should bet on in this situation is an unproven team that you don’t trust. GSD Venture Studios ( travels the world inviting resilient teams to establish partnerships that ensure organizations grow the right way, without games or gimmicks. Unlike traditional investors, we take senior operational (often co-founder) roles in these companies, capitalizing on our trusted reputation, experiences and network to drive explosive growth.