NEW YORK, NY–(Marketwired – Sep 3, 2014) – Waywire Networks announced it has brought two remarkable technical talents onto the company’s video platform team. Ben Fisher has joined as CTO, bringing more than ten years of technology innovation and leadership from the video and social networking spaces. Neil Hunt, the Chief Product Officer at Netflix Inc., has joined the company’s Board of Advisors.
“It’s clear that consumers are being overwhelmed by raw content,” said Neil Hunt. “I’m excited to work with the team and help consumers get the kind of granular content experiences that they’re hungry for, in particular in the narrowcast channels that Waywire is now building.”
Hunt, who joined Netflix 15 years ago, has been Chief Product Officer since 2002. Dr. Hunt leads the team responsible for the design and implementation of the Netflix service: content discovery, streaming delivery, apps and devices, and e-commerce. He has expertise in technology, product development leadership and strategy. He brings to the Waywire advisory team a deep understanding of where video has come from, and where, driven by consumer demand, it is going.
“At this moment in time, the debate between algorithm as recommender vs. human as tastemaker for video content adoption success is still an open one” said Fisher of his new role as CTO. “Waywire’s curation technology has implications for both these methodologies and its leadership in the video channel space generally means there are exciting opportunities for our team to innovate as video becomes more and more prominent.”
Ben Fisher is a unique triple threat as a technology leader. An engineer and manager with a lifelong love of technology, he began writing code before his teenage years — working with local universities and a division of Sun Microsystems to discover network security vulnerabilities. He parlayed that experience into senior roles at Comcast and several B2C startups.
“We’re standing at the edge of a new era in which technologists are able to see the power and complexity of video” said Waywire CEO Steven Rosenbaum. “Together we can embrace video in a way that promises a new way to find, share and organize video channels.”
Mr. Fisher worked at Comcast Corporation from 2011 to 2013 working on video technology, privacy and security initiatives relating to Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal. In 2013, he worked at HowAboutWe.com with a small, committed band of engineers that drew wide attention for their new way to approach the dating space. From 2013 to 2014 he was at The Knot (XO Group), creating a technology backbone for the women’s lifestyle brand. Mr. Fisher graduated from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Hunt joined Netflix in 1999. His previous career includes research in computer vision, and engineering roles in enterprise tools. He has served on the Board of Directors for Logitech International SA since 2010. Dr. Hunt holds a B.S. from the University of Durham, U.K. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Aberdeen, U.K.