Things continue to crank along at RunKeeper. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and we continue to put one foot in front of the other (no pun intended), in our quest to help more people get active and make fitness an enduring part of their lives. With 26m+ RunKeeper users we’re already the biggest digital fitness platform, but we’re just getting warmed up—it is the first inning of a long game.
We’re pleased to announce a couple of additions (and a promotion) to the RunKeeper squad that will make a big impact on helping us get there:
Tim Leedom is joining us as VP Business Development. He’ll be developing partnerships that focus on doing cool stuff for the RunKeeper community and your favorite brands. Tim most recently spent several years at Pandora, where he grew their strategic partnerships team from infancy to more than $25 million in annual revenues. What is even more exciting about Tim is that he did so by working with some of the biggest, most exciting brands in the world in ways that brought meaningful value to the Pandora user community. He is as user focused as they come, and he’s a big fan of RunKeeper and the fitness category in general. Before joining Pandora, he also spent three years at Nike.
In Tim’s words: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at RunKeeper! It’s a noble mission to be part of helping to make the world a healthier place. As a long-time runner, and with 15-years experience working at iconic sports and media brands, I look forward to contributing to RunKeeper’s motivated, creative culture and the incredible opportunity for global growth.”
In addition, Sam Shank, the founder/CEO of HotelTonight, is joining the RunKeeper Board of Directors. Sam is an amazing entrepreneur, who has not only started and scaled a terrific company in HotelTonight, but he is also a rare combination of CEO, product craftsman, dealmaker, and an avid RunKeeper user and fan. I’ve gotten to know Sam personally over the last couple of years, and it is an honor and privilege to formalize his involvement in the company.
In Sam’s words: “I’ve been using RunKeeper for over four years, logging over 200 activities in 20 states and seven countries. It’s made me a better athlete, got me through my first triathlon, and keeps me motivated. I started getting to know Jason by discussing product ideas on Twitter with him. As I’ve gotten to know him and his team, I became tremendously excited about not only what they’ve accomplished, but where they are headed and the enormous opportunity to reinvent the way people get and stay fit. It’s category I’m passionate about, a product I love and a team that is changing an industry—it’s an honor to be along for the ride (…run/hike/etc…)”
We’re also thrilled to promote Jake Cacciapaglia to Director of Business Development. Jake was employee No. 6 at RunKeeper back in 2010, starting in user support, then helping with partner integrations, and most recently, getting our business development function off the ground over the last 18 months. He’s an incredibly hard worker and the epitome of a team player, and it’s been a thrill to watch Jake continue to flourish as the company expands.
Congrats to all! I am incredibly proud to work with each of you, and I can’t wait to continue on this journey together.