I admit it: I’m in no way impartial where Technorati is concerned. In my view, Technorati is a great company poised to achieve even greater heights.
So it gives me great pleasure to tell you that how we get to that next great place is now the job Technorati’s newest team member:
Richard Jalichandra, who begins work today as Technorati President & Chief Executive Officer.
This is a very exciting moment for Technorati. As you all know, we’ve been looking for someone to take the CEO mantle since my decision last spring to transition to a role on the board of directors. As Technorati moves from its start-up phase into its revenue stage, we wanted to find a seasoned leader experienced in scaling operations like ours. As the Board and I searched, we had one goal in mind: finding a highly qualified individual who would also be a great match to our culture and mission. So, as both Technorati's founder and now its Chairman of the Board, I feel confident saying that we've now found and signed that person.
I know that Richard is really excited to be at the helm of this company – almost as excited as we are to have him. He is our top choice.
Richard is one of those rare individuals with leadership experience across the media universe: as a client; running several agencies; at several large publishers; and at an advertising network. Prior to joining Technorati, he held significant leadership roles at Exponential / Tribal Fusion, Fox Interactive Media and IGN. Most recently, Richard worked on a variety of Internet media projects as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Battery Ventures, an advisory board member at MyYearbook.com and Pixsy, and as an M&A and strategy consultant for several other Internet media properties.
So, from now on, you’ll be hearing more from Richard than from me where Technorati is concerned. On a personal note, I want to thank our CFO Teresa Malo, our VP of Engineering Dorion Carroll, our VP of Marketing Derek Gordon, and, my fellow board members, especially Peter Hirshberg who has been leading our Conversational Marketing effort, for their stewardship throughout this transition. I expect great things from this extraordinary team moving forward.