SOURCE: NewsGator

January 17, 2008 09:00 ET

Silicon Valley Leader Jeff Nolan to Head NewsGator's Software-as-a-Service Business

NewsGator Continues to Expand Its Syndication and Data Services to Help Companies Enrich Their Brands and Extend Their Reach

DENVER, CO--(Marketwire - January 17, 2008) - NewsGator Technologies, Inc., a pioneer in RSS and Enterprise 2.0, announced today that Jeff Nolan has been named Vice President, NewsGator Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), a new position. Previously NewsGator's Vice President of Corporate Development, Nolan is the former CEO of Teqlo, an SAP veteran and venture capitalist with extensive experience leading innovation in social media, Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0 technologies.

NewsGator's SaaS business, which encompasses the company's syndication and data services offerings, today has more than 50 media and online publishing customers, including USA Today, Media General, Discovery Channel and CNN. Using NewsGator's Widget Framework, underlying content network and editorial tools, these customers are able to extend their content and brands while positively impacting important online metrics that enhance their economics.

With NewsGator's recent decision to offer free RSS readers, the company is rapidly expanding its community of users. The result is an ever-increasing collection of attention and relevance metadata that enables NewsGator to extend its SaaS offerings, via API and hosted services, to a broad range of segments beyond media. Nolan will help NewsGator capitalize on this opportunity.

"Since joining NewsGator late last year, I've come to realize that the company's market opportunity and position is even stronger than I had anticipated. Underlying this of course is a great team that has done something few companies can boast of, build a software-as-a-service business in parallel with a growing enterprise software business," said Nolan. "We are not satisfied to just lead the market today -- we intend to continue innovating and delivering the products and services that define the next generation of RSS and syndication. Media and brand companies, as well as their agency partners, are in an incredibly fast-moving technology market. We are a trusted partner, and our customers are on the forward edge of innovation as a result."

"Jeff has an impressive background in Silicon Valley as both an investor and innovator, and he has been a key operator at the intersection of Web-based business services and new delivery models," said J.B. Holston, NewsGator CEO and president. "As NewsGator's capabilities and product offerings evolve, we are aggressively pursuing a wide range of opportunities to extend our SaaS-based businesses and metadata services to a broad range of market segments beyond media. Jeff is ideally suited to lead our charge in this area."

Prior to joining NewsGator as the company's VP of Corporate Development in September 2007, Nolan led Teqlo, a high-profile startup that developed platforms for mashups and other user-assembled applications. Nolan was also a general partner at SAP Ventures and later led the strategy team for the Apollo Group at SAP. He continues to author the popular Venture Chronicles blog.

About NewsGator Technologies, Inc.

NewsGator Technologies is a pioneer in RSS and Enterprise 2.0 technologies. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., NewsGator develops and markets RSS aggregation solutions for individual end users, enterprises and online content providers. Using NewsGator products and solutions, businesses and consumers can subscribe to news, information, podcasts and other relevant content more efficiently and effectively than with traditional channels. With NewsGator, users have access to RSS information via the Web, Microsoft Outlook, mobile devices and both Windows- and Mac-based desktop clients. All NewsGator products synchronize seamlessly, enabling users to read their RSS feeds anywhere, anytime, with any device. For more information, visit www.newsgator.com

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