It’s hard to put a value on a winning team. It’s like the commercials touting quality time and precious moments. It’s priceless.
It’s one thing to know you have a good product or to feel instinctually that what you’re doing is right, groundbreaking even.
It’s quite another thing to attract the caliber of talent that’s been drawn to the Sphere Operating Advisory Board.
Simple yet sophisticated, Sphere has already won accolades from the technical press and blog community, which is no small feat in the Web 2.0 era of daily launches of new app’s. The applications for Sphere’s technology are brimming with promise. We announced yesterday that Josh Macht and Ron McCoy are joining our Operating Advisory Board (see announcement). Adding the editorial production expertise of Josh and technical acumen of Ron can only signal wise and important developments to come.
The Sphere board of Operating Advisors is already a stellar group. Toni Schneider, the type of guy you hope you get to work with on a number of fun problems. He led Oddpost, helping Iain (Lamb) and Ethan (Diamond) to change the web mail space and now he’s working with Matt Mullenweg (also a Sphere Advisor) and the WordPress community to create an intuitive, community driven blog experience. Matt, wise beyond his years and just plain brilliant brings a wealth of knowledge about blogs and bloggers. WordPress gets some of the best buzz in the blogosphere for simple tools, openness and responsiveness. Mary Hodder was thinking, writing and talking about blogs before the term was a hot button. Her instincts about the user experience and community are noteworthy. And, if you know anything about Scott Kurnit, you know he’s one of the quickest and sharpest minds working behind the scenes for the companies he thinks are both interesting and valuable to the net community.
So with Josh and Ron, we now have six Operating Advisors to work alongside our six team members – one for each of us – :). More importantly, we’ve added depth to our team to help us think through scaling and how editors and algorithms can work together to create a great discovery experience. These guys are already making a big difference in how we think about both of these areas and I’m excited to see if you like some of the upcoming changes we’re making to the service. A great product, a warm reception, a winning team. Priceless. Stay tuned.