SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Allvoices.com, the first and largest open media site where anyone can report from anywhere, announced today it has hired Ask Jeeves (Ask.com) co-founder and internet visionary David Warthen as Chief Technology Officer. Warthen revolutionized online search and marketing while at Ask Jeeves and helped lead the company through its initial public offering (IPO) in 1999.
"David brings tremendous value to the company, and we're excited to have him on board to lead our outstanding engineering group," says Amra Tareen, founder and CEO of Allvoices. "David has been at the forefront of several groundbreaking technology innovations, and his skills and expertise will further strengthen Allvoices."
"I am delighted to be joining Allvoices, which is leading the transformation of the news industry toward citizen journalism by pushing the state-of-the-art in using self-regulating, scalable, and social technologies," says Warthen. "It is exciting to be part of such a significant and transformative effort. At Allvoices, news itself is being redefined from a top-down editorially controlled activity to a bottom-up massively social activity, which includes coverage of many topics and perspectives that are ignored in the old model."
As CTO, Warthen will be responsible for the technical direction of the company. Warthen brings nearly 20 years of senior management expertise and extensive knowledge of emerging technology trends and market opportunities to Allvoices.
Under Warthen's technical leadership, Ask Jeeves became one of the top Internet search engines in the world just 18 months after the site launched in 1997. The company was acquired by InterActive Corp (IAC), run by media mogul Barry Diller, for $1.85 billion in 2005 and was rebranded as Ask.com.
Subsequent to Ask Jeeves, Warthen served as CTO for several other technology startups, including Eye Games, a pioneer of full-body motion interactive webcam video games that presaged the Nintendo Wii; and Answerbag.com which was the second largest social Q&A site (next to Yahoo! Answers) when it was acquired by Demand Media in 2007.
About Allvoices, Inc.
Allvoices' mission is to create a global community for sharing the latest news, videos, images and opinions from multiple points of view that invoke an emotional connection between individual perspectives from around the world. A community of diverse, engaged and globally-minded citizens serves as news reporters, opinion leaders and publishers to share with the world the realities on the ground. Allvoices.com brings together context, insight and diversity of opinions around a broad range topics and issues on the global, national and local levels. Allvoices is the largest global community offering unbiased and relevant news and perspectives in one place. With its proprietary algorithms, Allvoices utilizes professional and online news sources, blogs, images and videos to determine relevancy, foster credibility and maintain openness with each contribution made to the site. For more information, visit http://www.allvoices.com/.