Mike Apyshkov
  • 26 years old
  • Date of birth: May 27, 1990
  • Place of birth:
    Donetsk, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
  • Date of passing: Jan 28, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Kyiv, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine
Dear Mike, you left us all far too soon!

Mike Apyshkov (Михайло Апишков / Михаил Апышков / Миша) was born on May 27, 1990, and left this world far too soon on January 28, 2017. 

Mike was a highly dynamic and intelligent person who was an entrepreneur and inventor. Mike was a cofounder and executive of Eikoncraft, a U.S./Ukrainian/Russian company that focuses upon design and technical development projects. Mike cofounded Eikoncraft along with his long-time friend, Artem Starchenko. By the time of Mike's passing, the company had grown to about 27 personnel.

Mike grew up near Donetsk, Ukraine, and excelled in mathmatics and other topics. He attended the Donetsk National University and competed in the International Mathmatics Competition, where he placed very favorably. Mike had a brief college internship at the famous Art Lebedev Studio in Moscow (Студия Артемия Лебедева). He graduated with a Master's Degree in Mathmatics, and minored in Kinesiology. 

Mike could best be described as a Renaissance man. He was well-versed in the sciences, arts, math, and computer science. Mike took great joy in inventing things, and in providing high-quality development that would amaze people. His projects ranged from highly creative 3-D animation sequences, to designing puzzle-like toys, logos, beautiful websites, and programming bots to automatically play online multiplayer games. In collaboration with Dmitriy Dlyasin, Mike was awarded an honorable mention in the coveted Red Dot Design Award for their "Link Playground" concept -- a minimalist bodyweight workout equipment structure. Beyond intellectual pursuits, Mike also worked to develop his body, and he spent time mastering various gymnastics moves, and he enjoyed doing some Parkour. Mike enjoyed helping to organize "City Quest" games which are a sort of mixture of scavenger hunt, intellectual puzzle-solving, and Parkour course. Mike was also fluent in English, and held dual citizenship in Ukraine and the United States. 

Mike travelled to and worked in the United States, spending time in Dallas, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. 

Mike was a humorous, kind, and creative person who made friends wherever he went, and constantly challenged himself to grow more in every dimension of his life! He will be very sorely missed.

Mike was survived by his mother, Olga Apyshkova, his father, Vlad Gutnyk, his stepmother Carole, his brother, Peter Gutnyk, his grandparents, and too many friends to list.

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This tribute was added by Chris Silver Smith on 4th February 2017

"I've written a long blog post about Mike, how I came to know him, and about how he passed away.


Rest in peace, Mike."

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