As the newest member of Socialbakers board, I’d like to introduce myself and let you know why I'm so excited to be part of the Socialbakers story.
I’ve been writing software since 1981, when I got my first home computer. I’ve come a long way since then, and have even been appointed a professor at my alma mater, Leeds University, where I earned my Ph.D in Machine Learning.
After a few years working in the UK, I joined Apple in 1996 and moved to California where I got my first real experience of a large scale digital business. I led teams working on QuickTime, HyperCard, and Java, and for four years I worked closely with Steve Jobs and many other extraordinary people. At the height of the original dotcom boom, I decided to join the startup scene in San Francisco.
I spent the next six years working at a series of tech startups in California – some successful, some not. In 2005, I co-founded Blurb, a highly successful startup that empowers everyone to become their own book publisher.
In 2006, I joined Google at their New York office. I was their first product manager for crawl technologies, then led the Google Squared engineering team, which created Google’s first semantic search engine. I later moved to London where I worked on Ads projects and Android search.
After Google, I wanted to get back to the excitement of working in startups. The European startup scene has flourished in recent years and I am passionate about contributing to its growth.
Since 2010, I have been the CTO at London startup Songkick. Every month we help more than 10 million music fans find great concerts to go to. It’s huge fun. I’ve also helped other startups in London get airborne through my work with the Tech London Advocates, or TLA.
All the while, it’s become clear to me that we have only just started to build the tools and products that will help people (and brands) understand their social presence – a critical need for fostering effective communication.
Socialbakers was one of the first companies to tackle this problem, providing analytics and publishing tools for a social world. They have helped many companies, large and small, understand and improve their social presence. Their impressive growth and success makes them one of Europe’s standout startups.