SOURCE: CrowdFlower


November 18, 2014 03:00 ET

CrowdFlower Announces Jack Shay as New Vice President of Product

Product Expert Joins Company to Support Growth and Address Broader Market for Data Enrichment; Company Also Named Vikram Kumar as VP of Finance and Renette Youssef as VP of Marketing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Nov 18, 2014) - CrowdFlower, the leading data enrichment platform to help data scientists collect, clean and label data to make it useful, today announced that industry veteran Jack Shay has joined the company as vice president of product. Shay was the second product hire at OpenTable and spent more than five years helping to build it into the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations. In his new role, Shay will be responsible for identifying new ways to help companies turn big data into rich data while helping to inspire users to do new, valuable and beautiful things with their data.

"Despite all of the attention around big data, there is still a massive need for better quality data to help companies and organizations solve important and meaningful problems," said Jack Shay, vice president of product at CrowdFlower. "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join CrowdFlower and help deliver on its vision to make quality, reliable data more accessible."

CrowdFlower's people-powered data enrichment platform currently helps companies like eBay, Edelman, EventBrite, The Home Depot, Unilever, VMWare and Venuelabs produce fast, accurate results at a fraction of the cost of other methods. Utilizing a network of over five million contributors, data scientists can accomplish seven years worth of work in a single business day without the burden or costs of managing a team. The combination of human and artificial intelligence ensures consistent, high quality results and complete tasks computers cannot.

To support its rapid growth and demand, CrowdFlower also recently added two other industry veterans and experts to its executive team, Vikram Kumar is now vice president of finance and Renette Youssef is its vice president of marketing. Vikram was most recently the head financial planning & analysis at oDesk and previously worked at, Chegg, and McKinsey & Company. Renette Youssef brings over 16 years of global marketing expertise to the CrowdFlower team and will lead the company's sales, marketing and communications efforts.

"In addition to being well-known experts in their respective areas, Jack, Vikram and Renette are all passionate about the potential of data to improve our lives and our community," said Lukas Biewald, founder and CEO of CrowdFlower. "I look forward to working more closely with them as we deliver on our vision to fully harness the power of human-powered data enrichment."

About CrowdFlower
Founded in 2009, CrowdFlower is the leading data enrichment platform for data scientists. Its quality-control technology is the most accurate and fastest way to collect, label, and clean data from an on-demand workforce. The platform automates the management of these online contributors to tackle tasks that require human intelligence - like search relevance tuning, data categorization, image annotation, metadata creation, sentiment analysis, transcription, and de-duplication. Backed by Trinity Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, Harmony Partners and Canvas Venture Fund, CrowdFlower has over 150 customers including Unilever, Autodesk, eBay, Edelman, and VoiceBox.

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