Twitter is shedding one other key govt as Gnip chief govt Chris Moody has announced his departure. He has joined venture capital firm Foundry Group as a associate, a transfer Moody described as a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” It’s believed that his final day might be on the finish of Might.
For greater than 20 years, Moody has been concerned within the enterprise both as an govt or advisor. He’s labored at Oracle, IBM, and Aquent earlier than becoming a member of Gnip as chief working officer in 2011 after which assuming the role of CEO on the massive knowledge platform in 2013, main as much as its acquisition by Twitter in 2014. Since then, he’s served as a vp and basic supervisor of the corporate’s knowledge and enterprise options.
Moody’s relationship with Foundry Group isn’t new, as each he and the agency are from the Boulder, Colorado space, and the agency had been an investor in Gnip. When it got here time for Foundry to boost its subsequent fund final September, the companions determined to start having conversations with Moody.
“We knew Chris was an extraordinary board member as well as an extremely seasoned CEO. We had a great affinity for each other, and he shared our value system. When the five of us sat around talking about Chris, after each conversation we got more excited about having him join us, especially as we learned about his personal view for the next decade of his life,” wrote Brad Feld, managing director for Foundry Group.
The departure of Moody strikes one other blow to Twitter’s developer relations, particularly amongst manufacturers utilizing the service’s feed of knowledge. But it surely’s possible that the corporate already has a backup in place, though a reputation was not instantly identified. We’ve reached out to Twitter for extra info. His resignation joins others within the developer advocacy and platform facet who have not too long ago left, together with developer advocacy lead Bear Douglas, senior developer advocate Romain Huet, head of developer relations Jeff Sandquist, and senior director of developer and platform relations Prashant Sridharan.
And let’s not additionally overlook in regards to the different executives which have additionally departed since 2016, similar to COO Adam Bain, chief expertise officer Adam Messinger, vp of communications Natalie Kerris, vp of product Josh McFarland, Vine basic supervisor Jason Toff, and vp of worldwide media Katie Stanton.
Moody’s transfer to enterprise capital may very well be nothing greater than an indication that he wished to turn into an investor. However what’s going to Twitter do now to take care of its relationship with manufacturers desirous to faucet into the service’s firehose of knowledge?
Though no particular funding themes had been acknowledged, it’s attainable that Moody might deal with the enterprise and discovering the following massive knowledge platform that would make a huge impact within the market.