Rob Hughes serves as the President of Republic Systems Inc. and he brings more than 20 years of software and technology management experience to the company. Prior to Founding Republic Systems Inc, Rob was President, Co-Founder, and Chief Operating Officer of TopCoder Inc. where he worked with others to pioneer many aspects of crowdsourcing, open innovation and online community development, as we know it today. Rob’s leadership was instrumental to the continued growth the company from zero clients to hundreds of commercial and government clients. Prior to TopCoder Inc. Rob was President and Chief Operating Officer of Tallán, where he was responsible for all major management aspects of the company including sales, marketing, personnel and customer care during the tremendous growth period from under 25 employees to over 500.