Things happen quickly in the industry, including changes in employment. Here's a quick and dirty list of the biggest moves that hit our radar over the last couple of weeks:
Klout Nabs Former Yahoo Exec
At Yahoo, Mariani managed engineering for all of the company's audience and advertising analytics platforms. Before that, he served at Blue Lithium as CTO, and founded MineShare.
"Dave’s goal at Klout will be to continue building a world class engineering team and culture," wrote Klout CEO Joe Fernandez. "Even though we currently process an amazing amount of data, we are also challenging Dave to add more services for us to analyze and to do this analysis faster and with more granularity, transparency and actionability. This is a huge challenge but we couldn’t imagine a better person for the job!"
Bit.ly Hires New CEO, Peter Stern
Stern, co-founder of webmail platform Zenbe, chose to stay behind when his company was acquired by Facebook late last year.
Meanwhile, Bitly has done well as a link shortener. The service raised US$ 14 million in just a few years, and reportedly shrinks more than 8 billion Web addresses per month. Moreover, it is beginning to give rise to additional products. For instance, bitly data is at the core of its News.me reader for the iPad.
“You can expect bitly to build on its strengths, enabling people to explore and share content in other ways beyond url shortening," said Stern, who looks to have his work cut out for him as the company's first full-time CEO
Shani Higgins, former senior vice president and general manager, is now CEO, replacing Richard Jalichandra, who will become executive chairman. Abderrezak Kamel is not the company's CTO.
“From the Richard Jalichandra perspective, the moving to an executive chairman role really allows him to focus on what he loves to do… which is the M&A component and being sort of the outward voice for the company,” explained Higgins. “It’s a natural succession for me to sort of move into more of an exterior [role] as well as continuing to maintain the interior role I’ve been playing," she added.
Going forward, the Technorati team plans to produce products that offer more ROI and engagement for publishers, advertisers, and their audiences.
Colligo Creates COO Position, Welcomes Lisa Payne
Colligo (news, site), a document management provider for SharePoint, has announced that Lisa Payne has joined the company in the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Lisa will be responsible for operational leadership as the company scales and expands into new global markets.
Payne brings to the table over 20 years of senior leadership experience at both public and private companies. She most recently acted as CFO and VP, Business Development at BC Innovation Council, where she also served as interim CEO.
In a previous life, she was the President of Aegis Mobility, a mobile application company, and President of TeraSpanNetworks Inc, a fiber optic network builder and manufacturer.
"Lisa is a respected technology veteran who brings a wealth of business experience to Colligo,” said Barry Jinks, Founder and CEO. ”Colligo is well positioned to take advantage of the incredible momentum of SharePoint2010 in the marketplace, and Lisa’s skills in leading organizations through periods of rapid growth and innovation will be a huge asset to the company during the next phase of our development.”