Industry News | July 21, 2013

Mobile App Company Recruits Ex-Google Exec as CEO

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Splick-it, Inc. announced that Vijay Bangaru has joined the organization as president and CEO. Bangaru is a leading technology executive in the Denver and Boulder, Colorado, area, having worked with Google, Microsoft, and MapQuest in a variety of product management and technology leadership roles.

His arrival signals an expanded focus on product innovation and a rapid expansion of Splick-it’s business.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Splick-it’s technology and have often used their mobile restaurant ordering app so I don’t have to wait in line at my favorite lunch spots,” Bangaru says.

Most recently, Bangaru was vice president of product at MapQuest, where he helped launch innovative products such as MapQuest Vibe and MapQuest Discover.

He previously managed product and technology at Google, playing a key role in the development of groundbreaking products like Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Search.

“This is a really exciting time in the mobile ordering space with the convergence of mobile commerce, loyalty, and mobile POS systems, and I look forward to guiding the Splick-it team to continue to be a stand-out leader and innovator,” Bangaru says.

Bangaru is actively recruiting talent to join his team and help realize his aggressive business development roadmap. He has already recruited Anke Corbin as senior vice president of sales and marketing and Bob Durkin as vice president of sales.

Prior to joining Splick-it, Corbin served as vice president of sales and marketing at MapQuest and vice president of marketing at TransWorld Media, a division of Time, Inc.

She has vast experience as an executive in the enterprise and startup space. Corbin’s expertise will help Splick-it continue to grow its audience and expand into new markets.

Durkin has a deep understanding of the tech marketplace, having cofounded several successful tech startups, where he was vice president of sales for Pinpoint Technologies and iCentric. His focus will be on growing the accounts base.

Splick-it’s founder and chairman Rob Taylor says this is an incredibly exciting time for the company.

“We’re growing quickly, the industry is booming, and having Vijay’s leadership to focus us on executing effectively, as well as Anke and Bob on board, really positions us for continued success,” he says. “We’ll continue to hire more talent in a variety of positions throughout the year as our business expands. You’ll be hearing much more about Splick-it in the near future.”