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33Across Lands New CTO, Michael AgostinoIndustry Veteran to Lead Strategic Technology Efforts (July 23, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 07/23/12 -- 33Across, operators of the largest social and interest graph in the world, reaching over a billion users globally, today announced it has hired Michael Agostino as its new Chief Technology Officer. Michael joins 33Across with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry spanning research and development, software development, product management, executive management, venture capital, and entrepreneurship. He was most recently the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Idealab, where he focused on new ventures in mobile and e-commerce. As CTO, Michael will be responsible for 33Across's technological vision, strategy, development, and technical operations.
Michael is the third person to join 33Across's executive ranks in recent weeks, adding to the executive team's 60% growth since the beginning of this year. In late June, 33Across named Chung Cheong as Vice President of Product Management and Neil Fried as Vice President of Business Development. Additionally, the company announced last week that it had doubled its capital with a growth round fundraise of $13.1 million.
"Michael's success as both a product innovator and team leader over the past two decades is incredible," said Eric Wheeler, CEO of 33Across. "His experience leading engineering organizations on a diverse range of Internet-based products and services -- across search, mobile e-commerce, and contextual advertising -- will be invaluable in our ongoing effort to build groundbreaking and proprietary technology."
Prior to Idealab, Michael served as CTO of Snap Technologies, a Mayfield/Idealab backed contextual-advertising technology start up. From 1998 to 2004, he directed profitable technology investments for Vulcan Capital, owned by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen. Michael was the co-creator of the search engine for Infoseek, one of the first web portals. He also co-founded two companies, including EmailLabs, which was acquired by Lyris. Michael's career encompasses product and development roles, beginning at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). He holds a BS in Computer Science from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo.
About 33Across Inc.
Over 600,000 publishers and more than 375 Fortune 1000 marketers use 33Across's Brand Graph technology, tools, and real-time predictive systems to connect their content and products into the social graph. Clients rely on their Brand Graph to leverage how individuals and the networks around them react to what is read, purchased, shared, and recommended in real-time. Reaching over a billion users, 33Across processes tens of thousands of anonymous social engagement, influence, and interest actions that surround marketer and publisher brands each second. The company has offices in 11 cities including New York, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Salt Lake City, Chicago, Detroit, and Boston. Learn more at 33across.com.
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