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August 26, 2014 09:00 ET

Mobile-Cloud Startup Nextbit Taps Former HTC Senior Vice President to Lead Design

HTC One Design Head Scott Croyle Joins Nextbit to Build the Future of Mobile Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Aug 26, 2014) - Nextbit, a mobile technology company founded by former Google executives Tom Moss and Mike Chan, today announced that Scott Croyle has joined as Vice President of Design and Product. Croyle, who was most recently Senior Vice President of Design and User Experience at HTC, will also join the company's board of directors alongside Rich Wong from Accel Partners and Rich Miner from Google Ventures.

Nextbit has raised $18 million in Series A funding from Accel Partners and Google Ventures to develop breakthrough technology that allows for deeper integration between the cloud and mobile devices. As mobile devices continue to evolve, users will expect more from their devices and seek better ways to manage their mobile experiences. Nextbit is tackling this growing challenge with unparalleled technical talent while prioritizing intuitive design and a seamless user experience, which Croyle will lead.

"We're excited to start using our technology to bring several unique consumer experiences to market later this year, and Scott will play a big role in this next phase of our company," said Nextbit CTO Mike Chan.

While at HTC, Croyle was responsible for the design and user experience of all products, including the company's flagship HTC One and HTC Sense, which received numerous design awards, including the Best Smartphone at Mobile World Congress for 2013 and the iF gold product design award in 2014. Previously, his consultancy, One & Co., worked with a variety of consumer-focused companies such as Nike, Amazon, Burton and Microsoft before being acquired by HTC. Croyle brings a focus on a wide range of consumers and an astute understanding of how they interact with products and technology, now and in the future.

"Helping Nextbit build transformative experiences based on breakthrough technologies is the perfect fit for me," Croyle said. "This is an awesome team and a great opportunity to create experiences that delight people and redefine the understanding of what is possible with mobile."

Nextbit was founded by members of the original Android team at Google, and the small but growing team includes technical experts from Google, Amazon, Apple and Dropbox. The team's deep cloud and mobile expertise gives it the right foundation for extending what devices can do, and bringing on top-notch design talent reflects the company's deep commitment to maintaining an excellent user experience.

"As an industry, we're really just getting started with mobile," Nextbit CEO Tom Moss said. "At Nextbit, we are building a world class engineering team to tackle big technical problems. We know Scott is the right person to guarantee that all the technology we build focuses on creating unique mobile experiences for users."

About Nextbit

Nextbit is a San Francisco-based startup building transformative mobile experiences by rethinking how people interact with their devices, the cloud and each other through technology that challenges the conventional wisdom in mobile OS and cloud computing paradigms.

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