Jay Meattle

Rocket Shareaholic has quickly become the preferred platform for more than 200,000 publishers that seek to socially empower and amplify their content across the web and mobile devices. Each month, over 250 million people from across the globe interact with Shareaholic to discover and share the articles and ideas that matter most to them and their lives.

It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we’re really just getting started!

Today, I am pleased to welcome Rob Balazy, former CEO of Lycos and Inform Technologies (a Spark Capital portfolio company), and Senior Director of Business Development at Applied Semantics (now known as AdSense and was acquired by Google), to the Shareaholic family as President.

rob_balazy_large Rob has spent the last 15 years working at the intersection of publishing, advertising and technology. He has also held senior leadership positions at NameMedia, Register.com (acq. by Web.com) and Afternic (acq. by GoDaddy).

As President, Rob will be leading the charge to commercialize Shareaholic’s offerings. His experience positions him perfectly for the role. Personally, I’ve also gotten to know Rob over the past few months and I can’t think of a better partner.

Why now? Rob puts it best:

“I’m delighted to join Shareaholic at this exciting stage in the evolution of the business. Partnering with Jay to drive the next phase of growth for the company, especially as we begin to introduce revenue opportunities for participating publishers, is a unique chance to join a high-growth enterprise at a key inflection point. We have a clearly defined roadmap, a robust pipeline of opportunities and a world class team.”

To-date Shareaholic has raised $5.5 million in financing from General Catalyst, Rob Go of NextView Ventures, Kepha Partners, Dave McClure of 500Startups, Boston Seed Capital, David Cancel, Dharmesh Shah, Roy Rodenstein, Brian Shin, MIT Professor Dr. Ed Roberts, Jonathan Kraft, and others.

Rob Go, one of our earliest supporters and investors, adds:

“It has been very exciting to see Shareaholic’s growth accelerate over the past 12 months, and now is the time to get aggressive. Having known Rob for over 5 years – I can’t imagine a better entrepreneur and executive to help the company capitalize on the opportunity ahead.”

I am very excited for what the future holds for us as we embark on the next phase of our crazy journey and as we reiterate our promise to continue to surprise and delight you, our customers, with the best products we can deliver and as we strive to build a product, company and business that is built to last, be admired and be deeply respected. I can’t wait for what is next!

Onwards & upwards.

CEO & Founder

p.s. are you looking to join a high-growth company at a key inflection point? we are seeking hungry, talented developers to join our team.

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