LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 25, 2012) - Wanderful Media™, a new digital local discovery shopping company based in Silicon Valley, today announced the appointment of Dave Thomsen to its management team as executive vice president of product and design. Bringing nearly 15 years of experience in product design, digital media and new product innovation, Thomsen will lead the company's product vision and roadmap, with a focus on the customer and marketplace.
Thomsen joins Wanderful Media from IDEO, a global innovation and design consultancy, where he directed innovation programs for a variety of consumer electronics, communications and media companies. While at IDEO, he also taught courses in design methodology, visual thinking and prototyping in Stanford University's Design Division.
Formerly, Thomsen led multidisciplinary production teams at Yahoo!, helping design and run record-setting coverage of the FIFA World Cup. He has produced online coverage for four Olympic Games for NBC Sports and also contributed to the design, development and launch of interactive experiences for Quokka Sports. Thomsen holds a B.S. in engineering from Northwestern University and a M.S. in product design from Stanford University.
Thomsen brings a human-centered innovation approach to Wanderful Media's product development team, with an emphasis on understanding user needs, prototyping and iterating toward a solution.
With significant distribution, content and market advantages and leadership experience underscored by success, Wanderful Media is poised to build a compelling product experience that will connect people with a dynamic marketplace of local shopping opportunities. The company is building a digital platform for shoppers to explore products and sales at local brick and mortar retailers and to support them throughout their shopping experience.
Founded in November 2011, Wanderful Media is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif., with a development and operations office in Chico, Calif.
"There's no one-stop shop for finding ways to save locally -- or for discovering locally-available products. Additionally, the process of finding, collecting, remembering and redeeming discounts, coupons and sale events is cumbersome and time-consuming. We're attacking that problem head on, using web, tablet and mobile platforms. We aim to understand our constituents' needs at a deep level, including shoppers, retailers and our newspaper partners. Shopping behaviors and expectations are changing rapidly and we have an opportunity to capitalize on this to deliver real value for our users. I look forward to collaborating with the Wanderful Media team to transform the way people discover local products and experience a new way of connecting to sales events, deals and coupons in their neighborhood."
-- Dave Thomsen, executive vice president of product and design of Wanderful Media
"Dave has helped some marquee companies design and produce innovative and intuitive products, and his focus is always customer first. Our goal is to build a massive consumer audience, and the user interface that Dave is spearheading is critical for overall adoption. Our leadership team has worked with Dave before and know from experience he will be instrumental in our building a product that's engaging, beautiful and with a great user experience."
-- Ben T. Smith, IV, CEO of Wanderful Media
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About Wanderful Media
Wanderful Media is a Silicon Valley company reinventing local discovery shopping. Providing reach into more than 80 percent of U.S. markets through trusted media brands, Wanderful Media helps retailers bring consumers into local stores and gives consumers the most convenient way to discover local merchandise. The company is backed by a powerful group of media companies including Advance Digital, A. H. Belo Corporation, Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., Cox Media Group, The E. W. Scripps Company, Gannett Co., Inc., GateHouse Media, Inc., Hearst Corporation, Lee Enterprises, MediaNews Group, The McClatchy Company, and The Washington Post Co.
Unlike price comparison, daily deal and couponing sites, Wanderful Media makes discovery shopping engaging, fun and social for consumers, wherever they are and however they shop -- tablet, mobile and web. The company's Find n Save® product offers local media affiliates a complete discovery shopping solution, designed to connect retail advertisers with millions of consumers. Wanderful Media is headquartered in Los Gatos, Calif. and on the web at www.wanderful.com.