About us

Built For a Singular Purpose

Lohika partners with growth-stage technology companies to scale their engineering operations. We collaborate closely with our clients’ engineering organizations to transform them from bottlenecks to growth drivers.

Our clients are driven to develop the most disruptive and impressive products and services. Lohika shares this passion – it’s what we were built for.

Born and Raised in Silicon Valley – Now Global

Founded in 2001, Lohika was funded by angel investors before raising venture capital from Draper Richards and Altos Ventures.

Our Silicon Valley heritage is what makes us so unique: we focus on enabling growth-stage technology companies to scale  their engineering organizations to get to market faster.

Our teams work on core product development involving challenging, leading-edge technologies. We partner with the most respected SaaS companies to develop everything from massive, business-critical data pipelines to highly scalable microservices architectures. Our industry expertise spans across Financial Services, Travel & Hospitality, Media & Entertainment, eCommerce, Security, FinTech, Communications, Security, Communications and Healthcare.

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Executive Leadership

Daniel Dargham
President & Chief Executive Officer
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Daniel Dargham
President & Chief Executive Officer

Daniel Dargham is President & CEO of Lohika. He brings over 25 years of international experience in a diversified range of software engineering, marketing, sales and general management experience, from both established and high-growth companies at the cutting edge of software development. Prior to Altran, he held several engineering and management roles at KLA-Tencor and IBM. Daniel holds an MBA from Stanford University and an M.S in Electrical Engineering from INSA Lyon in France.

Mikael Carlsson
Vice President of Sales & Client Success
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Mikael Carlsson
Vice President of Sales & Client Success

With over 20 years of experience leading software development and sales operations, Mikael Carlsson is passionate about helping clients leverage new technologies to become software centric innovators with a focus on digital customer experiences. He was most recently with GlobalLogic Inc. as Sr. Vice President & General Manager leading a Business Unit focused on driving digital innovation consulting and software development services for large multinational companies.

Mikael previously spent fourteen years shaping the product development services business at Tieto Corporation, a global digital services company, including leading the global sales operations and establishing its North American business. He held the position of Vice President and General Manager for Tieto’s Networking and Connected Products business unit, where he led an 800 person strong software engineering operation. Mikael has also been instrumental in several start-ups and, for example, built a pioneering automotive software company that completed a successful IPO and was later acquired by Teradyne Inc.

Mikael studied at IHM Business School and Stockholm University he earned his MBA from Henley Business School at the University of Reading.

Michael Makishima
EVP Finance & Operations, CFO
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Michael Makishima
EVP Finance & Operations, CFO

Michael Makishima brings to Lohika a 20-year track record in financial and operations management, with a concentrated focus in the IT professional services and software industries.

Mr. Makishima’s experience includes the CFO role at Inventa Technologies, a professional services firm focused on enabling organizations to broaden and optimize operational capabilities through technology-based solutions. At Inventa, Michael was responsible for worldwide finance, accounting, MIS, recruiting, facilities, and administration.

Prior to Inventa, Michael held various senior management positions in finance and operations at Liant Software. His responsibilities included M&A – primarily centered on due diligence and post-merger integration, operational finance, and software manufacturing. He was also instrumental in establishing Liant’s presence in Europe.

Michael received his BS in Economics (with Honors) from University of San Francisco.

Global Engineering

Vladyslav Shymov
Vice President of Engineering
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Vladyslav Shymov
Vice President of Engineering

Vladyslav Shymov has worked in the software engineering industry for more than 17 years, starting from software development, then shifting to delivery management of offshore software development services, process optimization and transformation.

Vladyslav has managed multi-site offshore software engineering delivery teams of 1,000+ engineers, with a focus on technical execution, predictable staffing and adapting to change. Vladyslav received his Master’s degree in applied mathematics and mechanics from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University.

Ajay Goel
Vice President of Engineering
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Ajay Goel
Vice President of Engineering

Ajay Goel has 30+ years of experience in the software industry, with 22 years at Altran. Ajay is highly passionate about delivering innovation and value to customers with insights on design and implementation. Ajay leads large programs, with a special focus on digital technologies, agile practices and managing worldwide customers and teams.

Ajay has played key roles with clients in successfully developing and deploying products from concept to launch to support. Ajay worked at C-DOT for 8 years to develop core telecom products for the worldwide market. Ajay did his B. Tech (Electrical), M. Tech (Computers) and MBA from premier Indian institutes.

Our Culture

We have an entrepreneurial spirit that matches our Silicon Valley roots.

We work at the forefront of technology, helping clients build products and services the world has never seen. We work with the most demanding technology companies and thrive when presented with technical challenges that initially seem impossible.

Our culture reflects this desire for challenges. Our team is distributed and global. While team members span the globe and our work patterns follow the sun, our communication, transparency and frequent collaboration makes it feel like we’re all in the same room together.

Our team reflects a wide range of cultures, perspectives and personalities, all with the same entrepreneurial spirit. We pride ourselves on creating a culture where the only acceptable result is a happy client.

Hundreds of Cloud-Native Clients

SaaS products and platforms are our passion. Our clients are cloud native and therefore so are we. Our culture is modeled after our clients and our teams are tightly integrated with theirs. We become one and the same: start-up in mind, spirit and speed.

There are a lot of risks and peril with outsourcing a key part of our product. We did our due diligence and had very favorable recommendations to Lohika from other companies in the Andreesen Horowitz portfolio. We spun up a trial team that worked well and we've continued to grow ever since.


After working with Lohika for years, seeing that consistent and repeatable delivery is something that I've come to trust. Of all the things I worry about, the execution that's happening from Lohika is what I worry about the least.


We were able to double our engineering capacity in less than two months, which would have been impossible to do organically. Lohika was able to move super quickly and we got rocking and rolling.


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