Geoff Smith, CTO and founder and Garrett Camp, Chairman and founder
After 10 years leading StumbleUpon, it’s time for a change. From Geoff and I working part-time in Canada in 2002 to over 120 talented employees today, I’ve guided StumbleUpon through an unconventional journey. We moved to San Francisco in 2006 (photo above), were acquired by eBay just a year later, spun ourselves out of eBay in 2009, and have since grown the company from 5 million to more than 25 million registered users. The last 3 years have been incredible – completely rebuilding the company and expanding from a simple Firefox add-on to one of the largest discovery platforms on the Web.
A lot has changed over the years, with my role evolving as we’ve grown. And I’ve always been most excited when focused on new features, product design and strategy – coming up with the next big idea. So I’ve decided to transition from CEO to a new role as Chairman of StumbleUpon, focused on the vision and strategy of the company while also starting a new venture. As a result, we are beginning a search for a new CEO, to prepare us for the next phase of growth as we go global and extend our recommendation technology beyond web pages.
StumbleUpon is in very capable hands with a strong executive team and a talented group of employees and I’m confident we will continue to innovate and execute as quickly as ever. With our accomplished team and ambitious roadmap, we plan to continue solving one of the biggest problems on the web today: personalized discovery.
The last 10 years have been an amazing ride, and I’d like to thank everyone who has made this possible. It has been the collective effort of hundreds of employees, investors, advisors and partners who have helped StumbleUpon get where it is today. And most of all, I’d like to thank our users – without our community none of this could have been possible. Thank you for helping us curate the web, and sharing over 35 billion stumbles to date.
StumbleUpon has a huge opportunity ahead, and a unique platform that millions of people enjoy. And with this shift, we’re excited to begin the next phase of our serendipitous journey.