GETJAR POACHES KEY MICROSOFT EMPLOYEE
Joe Molnar joins GetJar as senior vice president of engineering
San Mateo, Calif, London, UK, May 24, 2011 – GetJar (www.getjar.com), the world’s largest open app store with over 1.5 billion downloads to date, announced today the hire of Joe Molnar as senior vice president of engineering. Molnar joins GetJar from Microsoft, where he served as a partner architect in the Interactive Entertainment Business division, working on Xbox Live and Kinect. Molnar will provide long-term technical direction and leadership for GetJar’s development teams.
“Hiring somebody of Joe’s caliber really validates the strengths of GetJar’s product and technology,” said Chris Dury, COO of GetJar. “Over the next few months we’ll be doubling our engineering team as we focus our resources on growing the largest free app store and increasing profitability for Android publishers.”
Molnar comes to GetJar with more than 20 years of engineering experience. Before working at Microsoft, he served as the vice president of engineering at mobile start-up scanR, building a scalable, global platform with sophisticated image and text processing.
“At such a pivotal time for the company, it’s exciting to be able to join this great team,” said Molnar. “Thinking about GetJar’s creative projects and projected growth, I felt that it was the right time to take the next step and come to GetJar.”
Molnar’s diverse background includes Internet scale systems, compiler and language design, imaging systems and mobile platforms. He has worked with leading brands such as Ferrari, IDEO, eBay, Eli Lilly and BabyCenter.com.
This hire comes on the heels of GetJar’s acquisition of Infrinity, a technology company that helps publishers improve all aspects of customer lifecycle management including discovery, monetization and retention. Infrinity founder and CTO Anand Venkataraman will join GetJar through the acquisition as the vice president of discovery technologies.
GetJar is the world’s largest open app store with over 1.5 billion downloads to date. The company’s key point of difference is its open market approach, which allows it to deliver applications for both feature phones and smartphones across all major platforms such as Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, iPhone and Symbian among others. The company provides more than 75,000 mobile applications to consumers in more than 200 countries. GetJar is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the UK and Lithuania. For more information: www.getjar.com and follow us on Twitter@getjar.