Posts Tagged ‘Google TV’

Article from TechCrunch.

“Vente-privee, the French flash sales juggernaut, announced in May 2011 that it had teamed up with American Express to form a joint-venture for its U.S. operations (dubbed vente-privee USA). Earlier today, the company announced the latest members of its management team, which is headed by vente-privee USA CEO Mike Steib.

The hires that I thought were most notable were those of John Saroff and Jill Szuchmacher, who both previously served in leadership roles to grow the Google TV business.

Saroff has joined vente-privee USA as VP of Digital Factory and Sales Production – he will lead the creative development and production of each sale event including photo shoots, music, trailers and online boutiques for each partner. At Google, Saroff headed TV Ads and Strategic Partnerships.

Jill Szuchmacher will be leading business development for vente-privee USA as Vice President. She previously served as Director of Business Development at Google, most recently heading up commercialization for Google TV, leading engagements with partners such as Sony, Vizio, Netflix, Twitter, and Amazon.

According to their LinkedIn profiles, they left Google around the same time, which speaks volumes about Google TV, which has seen very slow uptake since its introduction earlier this year.

Other hires include Robin Domeniconi, who joins as VP of Marketing after servering as SVP and Chief Brand Officer at Elle Group, and Nicolas Genest, a former Microsoft engineer who is making the jump from vente-privee to vente-privee USA to serve as VP of Technology.

Other new members of the company’s leadership team are Laure de Metz (formerly VP of Licensing for Marc Jacobs International) and Tim Quinn (formerly VP Investments, Integration and Measurement at American Express).

No word about the launch date of vente-privee’s dedicated US site.”

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We wrote about Apple Real TV yesterday, here comes an article regrading Google.

Article from GigaOm.

“Google TV-specific apps have started to pop up on the Android Market in recent days, hinting at an imminent release of the next-generation smart TV platform. Google TV’s new release, which will be based on Honeycomb, is expected to be released before the end of the month. And judging from the apps already available, it will offer access to a wide variety of content from publishers like the Wall Street Journal, CNNCNBCQVC  and others.

Perhaps even more interesting is that there are also a number of apps from smaller developers who are trying to push the envelope of what’s possible with Google TV. Take Call Toaster for example, which automatically displays caller IDs and text messages from your Android phone while you watch live TV. Or the aVia Media Player, which allows users to stream local content from any computer or NAS drive within the own network. Heck, there’s even a Frogger app!

Want to take a first look at some of the apps that will be available on Google TV once the Honeycomb update is publicly available?”

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