July 11th, 2012

The Force is strong with this one: Portland’s Sprintly lands a who’s who Jedi Council of investors and advisors


The Force is strong with this one: Portland’s Sprintly lands a who’s who Jedi Council of investors and advisors

The Portland startup scene always likes it when known entities choose to call our city home for their newest endeavors. So was the case when Joe Stump—of Digg and SimpleGeo fame—announced he was relocating to Portland and bringing his new effort, Sprintly, along.

And things got even better today, when Sprintly announced they’ve got some new investors and advisors. Even though they didn’t disclose the terms of the deal.

So who all is part of Sprintly’s Jedi Council? Patience, young padwan. Here’s the list:

Freestyle Capital, Andrew Bosworth (Director of Engineering at Facebook), Stan Chudnovsky (Founder of Ooga Labs), Blaine Cook (Former Lead Architect at Twitter and Cofounder of Poetica), Ross Dargahi (Cofounding VP of Engineering at Zimbra), Ryan Freitas (Cofounder of About.me), Tony Haile (CEO of Chartbeat), Michael Levit (Managing Partner at Founders Den), Eamon Leonard (VP of Engineering at Engine Yard, Cofounder of Orchestra.io), Matt Mullenweg (Creator of WordPress, Founder and CEO of Automattic), Alex Payne (Former API Lead at Twitter, Cofounder & CTO of Simple), Jason Shellen (Cofounder of Brizzly and Tapedeck), and Rick Webb (Cofounder of The Barbarian Group).

And who are these advisors? Chris Lea (Author and VP at Media Temple), Michael Lopp (Renown as @rands, Formerly Apple, CTO of Palantir), John Quinn (Former VP of Engineering at Digg, VP of Engineering at Gilt Group), Evan Henshaw-Plath (Formerly Yahoo! Brickhouse, Fire Eagle, Odeo, and Founder of Cubox), Alex Hunter (Former Head of Global Digital Brand Strategy for Virgin), Marc Hemeon (Designer at YouTube, Cofounder of fflick & teefury, Director of UX at Oakley), Jeffrey Kalmikoff (Head of Product & Design at Betable, Former Chief Creative Officer at Threadless), and David Bill (Cofounder and CTO of CoTweet).

I know, right? Jedi Council indeed.

For more, see Sprintly’s post on their funding and advisors. Or see TechCrunch for Alexis Tsotsis’s post on the announcement.

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