Today is my last day at Tunerfish/Comcast/Plaxo — and the end of my longest ride in Silicon Valley (a sequence of positions that started in March 2006 when I joined Plaxo as the company’s first VP of Marketing).
I’m proud to have played a key role in the turnaround of the Plaxo brand and product, a re-invention that helped pave the way for the acquisition of the company by our largest customer, Comcast, in May 2008 (one of the best exits of the year, especially given the economic meltdown that followed). While at Comcast, I had the great privilege of founding and leading Tunerfish, a new business unit in what would become the white-hot market space of social TV. I took Tunerfish from concept to secret skunkworks, to launch at TechCrunch Disrupt, and on to what is now a really great service, built by one of the best product design and development teams I’ve ever worked with. In short, a fantastic run!
But I’m a startup guy, not meant for a long stay at a huge corporation, and it is now time for me to head on to my next Silicon Valley adventure. (BTW, If you’ve got an interesting consumer Web startup that could use a seasoned product/marketing/business leader, I’d love to chat.)
I will really miss the awesome folks at what is now the Comcast Silicon Valley Innovation Center (home to four teams working on the future of entertainment and communications), and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the great stuff under development there roll out in the coming months. In particular, I’m keen to see how the Tunerfish team brings social/discovery/personalization features to the Xfinity touchpoints in millions of homes — and how they’ll continue to evolve my favorite social TV app.
Oh, and I’ll also miss the awesome view from the office, overlooking the dirigible hangars at Moffett:
Onward and upward!
Best wishes on the next leg of your journey!
Onward and upward indeed! My favorite expression! Good luck cuz!
Good luck to you with your next gig, John!
I’ve always been a great admirer of your work and all the fantastic things you did including thesocialweb.tv 😉 Hope you bring back thesocialweb.tv with the latest and the best tech info!!
Best wishes on your next adventure! To the future and beyonddd 😉
Charlie Payne here; I’ve been selling advertising in b2b and special interest consumer mags/websites for over 25 yrs now; Not sure if your startup needs that kind of help, but happy to talk further.
PS I have 2 20something boys; told them your T-shirt idea from HS English (hers: The final frontier – HIs: To boldly go where no man has gone before) – they got a huge bang out of that.
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