Friday, August 03, 2007

MyStrands Wraps in More Industry Talent (and me)

Last week, Scott Kveton announced that he had joined MyStrands as their Open Technical Lead. Those of you that follow the Open Source and Open Identity movements are sure to know Scott's name.

Scott has worked at Amazon, RuleSpace.com and JanRain as well as founded the Open Source Lab at Oregon State University. Working closely with projects like Mozilla, Linux, Drupal and Apache led Scott down the identity path and to JanRain in mid-2006. Scott was named to Red Herring’s list of ‘25 Titans in waiting’ in early 2007 and ‘InformationWeek’s Change Agents’ in December 2005.

That was followed up a couple of days ago, when it was made public that both Scott Lehr and Gary Geller from Muze were also joining the MyStrands team. Gary spent 15 years at Muze and most recently served as SVP of Sales (in a previous life he also served as Tour Manager/Financial Director for such notable tours as The Sex Pistols' Tour of America and The Rolling Stones' "Steel Wheels" Tour). Scott spent 11 years at Muze and exited as VP of Corporate/Business Development.

The next shoe to drop involves yours truly... Today is my last day at AOL and I will be lucky enough to join Scott, Scott, Gary and the rest of the stellar team at MyStrands as Vice President of Consumer Products. In this role I will be focused on helping further evolve the existing products and services as well as creating new ones.

MyStrands mission is to help people discover new things and they have developed a unique and industry-leading social recommender engine and network over the past 3 years. They also recently raised a $25 million round of funding and are looking to expand the scope of that mission beyond just music.

I am extremely excited to be part of the team and look for more news to follow soon....

10 comments:

Dave (Sprocket) said...

Jason - Let me be the first to say congratulations! This is an great move for MyStrands and you. Looking forward to seeing what you guys cook up.....

Dan Kantor said...

Congrats Jason! Does this mean you are moving to Oregon??

josh k said...

Congratulations!

J said...

Thanks guys. I will actually be staying here in Virginia. There are a couple of us here now - so we will have a mini-office here as well as a new one opening in New York (along with the offices in Oregon, Barcelona and one outside Madrid).

Steve said...

Best of luck and keep up the great blogging.

kveton said...

Welcome aboard Jason and looking forward to shaking some things up with ya ... :-)

Toby said...

congrats jason. that's a great move. good luck!

RocketSurgeon said...

Congrats J

Looks like you guys have a pretty killer team assembling. Hope you have time to keep up the blogging and other music 2.0 activities.

shawn said...

Who is this Jason everyone is referring to? Congrats, J. If they use Java and don't mind someone working from Portland, OR, let me know. ;)

nikun said...

Congratulations! It's been a pleasure working with you. Good luck with everything!