SEATTLE, WASHINGTON–(Marketwired – Jan 25, 2016) – Seattle startup Stylyze today announced the hire of Chief Technology Officer, Sophie Huang, and VP of Product and Strategy, Victor Gill. The company’s Discovery as a Service (DaaS) platform offers data-driven, styled recommendations for online shoppers, and has attracted online home decor retailers like Apt2B and Burke Decor.
“Stylyze is inventing new ways for people to navigate through the noise of the Internet and make choices that are deeply personal by democratizing access to a better aesthetic and experience,” said Huang. “Helping to bring that joy into people’s lives leads to a happier and more healthy society. It’s a huge leap from where the Internet is now; I’m excited to be on the leading edge of that.”
Huang brings with her decades of experience as a technical executive for enterprise technology companies. Her career began at IBM as a systems engineer. In the last 10 years, she’s won several technology leadership awards in hospitality, led multiple successful million dollar enterprise B2B and B2C initiatives and even won an award at TechCrunch’s NY Disrupt Hackathon in 2012.
During her five years leading MyWebGrocer, most recently as SVP International & Enterprise Initiatives, she grew its international development team to 60 and developed and managed several enterprise-grade SaaS products. She has also been instrumental in more than 10 funding rounds and acquisitions.
“Sophie’s vision, leadership and experience is an excellent fit for Stylyze,” said co-founder and CEO Kristen Miller. “We are enabling creative, personal and fun user experiences with our technology, while supporting the business objectives of our retail partners. Achieving that perfect balance is right in Sophie’s wheelhouse.”
Gill brings more than a decade of experience in building and deploying enterprise products. He has spent much of his career accelerating the growth of startups such as enterprise SaaS provider Arena Solutions in Silicon Valley. He was the director of the Foundry, a startup accelerator at the University of Utah, where he continues to teach Entrepreneurship and Marketing.
“Victor is masterful at building product that perfectly aligns Stylyze’s core purpose with the needs of our end users and retail partners,” said Lisa Perrone, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “He brings a level of discipline to this process that is a win for both Stylyze and our retail partners.”
“Stylyze’s energy inspires and motivates me,” said Gill. “Growth happens when you provide unique value. To generate that unique value, you have to have deep empathy for your market and equally deep understanding of what you want your business to be. This team has that in spades.”
Stylyze is the first Discovery as a Service platform designed specifically for the home decor industry. The company partners with industry leading retailers and enhances their digital experiences by algorithmically cross-merchandizing online catalogs to create coordinated looks that customers can purchase and share socially. Its patent-pending color and style system helps customers discover products that match their aesthetic. Stylyze is a Seattle-based, female-owned technology company. For more information visit Stylyze.com.
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