|By Marketwired .||
|January 12, 2011 11:00 AM EST||
BOSTON, MA and NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 01/12/11 -- BuyWithMe, one of the country's leading group buying and social commerce companies, today announced that Jim Crowley has accepted the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The former President and CEO of Turbine, Inc. (acquired by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.), Crowley has significant experience in scaling rapid growth organizations and brings a deep understanding of both direct-to-consumer and business-to-business companies.
"Group buying and social commerce is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today," said Jim Crowley, CEO of BuyWithMe. "The marriage of social and group dynamics with technology is fundamentally transforming how consumers and local merchants meet, interact and transact. With its national footprint, leading technology platform and expertise in understanding consumer behavior, BuyWithMe is uniquely positioned to be an industry leader," explained Crowley.
As the CEO of Turbine, Crowley led the transformation of the business from a traditional retail-based game company into a leading online entertainment-as-a-service company supporting millions of consumers around the world. In addition, Crowley grew Turbine from a traditional subscription-based business into a globally recognized expert in virtual goods, digital merchandising and consumer community management. Warner Bros. acquired Turbine in April of 2010. Prior to Turbine, Crowley also served as the Chief Operating Officer of m-Qube, Inc. and Network Plus, Inc.
According to Jeffrey Glass, Managing Director of Bain Capital Ventures, an investor and board member of BuyWithMe, Jim was the obvious choice for BuyWithMe. "The company is experiencing tremendous growth and Jim's operational expertise, experience managing rapid growth and his ability to forge strong relationships will be key to scaling the company," said Glass.
"Jim's diverse background which spans both B2B and B2C and everything from mobile to online games provides a unique blend of skills in a space that is going through rapid evolution," said Nick Beim, General Partner, Matrix Partners and board member of BuyWithMe. "Jim shares BuyWithMe's passion for game-changing technologies and operational excellence and we welcome him to the team."
BuyWithMe (www.BuyWithMe.com) is one of the country's leading group buying and social commerce companies that allows consumers to discover and experience the best offerings from businesses in their city. BuyWithMe currently operates in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington D.C.
For merchants looking for more information about working with BuyWithMe, and consumers who want to learn about the best offers in their city, visit www.BuyWithMe.com.