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....