GigaPan Systems names Josh Friedman as chief executive officer
Feb 12, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Portland-based GigaPan Systems, which produces a gigapixel imaging system that incorporates robotics mounting hardware and special stitching software, announced Monday that Josh Friedman has signed on as chief executive officer.
Friedman, with more than 15 years of experience at various Portland startups, replaces company co-founder Henry Hillman Jr., who will remain on GigaPan's board but will spend more time running another Portland company he owns, Intellibot Robotics. Friedman, 38, began Monday.
Hillman says the five year-old company he co-founded with Randy Sargent and Illah Nourbakhsh is ripe to expand physically and into new business spaces. And he expects Friedman to lead that growth.
"These are immersive digital images," Hillman said. "You can do any number of things with them."
The startup's imaging system has helped make about 100,000 highly detailed images for a large array of institutions and businesses, including NASA, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball and assorted educational and research institutions.
Friedman says one of his major initiatives will be to build revenue and find new clients as well as deepen existing relationships, including the company's connections to sports teams. Friedman envisions a scenario in which every major sports team uses the GigaPan system, for example.
An Oregon State University graduate, Friedman's last gig was chief operating officer of the music licensing company Rumblefish. He's well known in the local startup community and possesses layers of connections to its network of players, technical talent and, perhaps most importantly, to a growing company like GigaPan, its investors.
"He's got multiple tasks ahead of him," Hillman says. "That includes finding us the resources we need in terms of funds and also in regards to talent to take the company in the next level."
Before Rumblefish, which he says he left amicably in late 2012 after two years, Friedman co-founded NedSpace, a provider of co-working space for technology professionals, and also Eleven, which creates systems to manage guest computing services in the hospitality industry. Friedman's resume also includes stints at Tripwire, the business development organization, and Intel.
"The fact that GigaPan is already moving ...it takes years to build that," he said. "Combined with the product they're making, this was an opportunity that seemed like a perfect fit."
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