Our Team 

United to save humanity on the war against phone addiction!

Austin Nicholas - CEO
Kirils Mensikovs - CTO
Tabatha Soltay - CSO
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I have been building businesses since the age of 14 and it has taken me over 41 years on my entrepreneurial journey to find my purpose. 


Everyday I feel an urgency to help people overcome their phone addiction and address their condition. 

I want to help people become presently focused.

I am grounded and a hardcore hacker, and have the skills to build our truly remarkable product. Excited with the prospect of making our vision, a reality.

Technology overwhelms human weakness. I want to find a way that technology starts working for us again.

I want to help people develop healthy phone habits, collectively.

I love bringing people together, connecting their ideas and finding new opportunities, creating safe spaces for ideas and dialogue!


I am passionate about providing ways for people to connect with each other. In real life.


I want to help people disconnect to reconnect.

iSTAQ is lucky to be supported by other influential &  inspiring people

Al Lapkovsky - Begemofoto
RTU Design Factory
Overkill Ventures
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A talented photographer whose photos highlight the impact phone use has.

iSTAQ have been selected to be part of Overkill’s mentorship programme

Currently developing prototypes in partnership with RTU Design Factory.

We Believe



iSTAQ is more than phone storage device and application, iSTAQ is a new mindset based around three core drivers:


Disconnect to reconnect by STAQ’ing devices and reconnecting with those we are closest to, both physically and emotionally. 


Caring to be Curious by asking questions to develop relationships and pursue answers to the unknown. 

Time off-line is as good as GOLD and that time tracked can be rewarded both extrinsically (prizes and incentives) and intrinsically with better relationships and focus.


Our Values


iSTAQ is more than phone storage device and application, iSTAQ is a new mindset based around three core values:


Passionate about our remarkable mission to help save humanity and wage a war against phone addiction. We actively listening and are presently focused, in the community, with our partners and clients and with those we are closest to, both physically and emotionally.


Transparent in our actions and ideas, to help foster trust and respect in order to make better decisions, and to accept and delegate responsibility accordingly. By being honest and open with each other, we demonstrate our ability to grow and adopt creative approaches to situations (both challenges and opportunities) as they arise.


Entrepreneurial spirit to seek opportunities when most see impossibility. We are optimistic, with a can-do attitude, and demonstrate a willingness to learn from, and share, the highs and lows with others. We are resourceful and strive to the iSTAQ (bowl, application and values) a reality.

Sign Up for early-bird offers on the iSTAQ app & Phone Storage Solution - Due to Launch early 2020! 

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Al Lapkovsky - Begemofoto