Prioleau leaves deCarta to become CEO at CloudMade

Prioleau leaves deCarta to become CEO at CloudMade
Marc Prioleau, formerly vice president of marketing at deCarta, announced yesterday he is taking the CEO job at CloudMade, a LBS start-up which ambition is to become the “Red Hat” of OpenStreetMap in providing professional tools and platforms to make the open source map data available to commercial organizations.

Marc Prioleau is a veteran of GPS and location-based services industry. He was with the LBS platform provider deCarta since 2005 and prior to that, he directed the high-growth consumer and enterprise markets for SiRF Technology, a leading GPS semiconductor company, contributing significantly to SiRF's successful IPO in 2004. Before SiRF, he was Vice President of Business Development for Outride inc. (acquired by Google), responsible for commercializing Outride's advanced search technology with leading Internet search engines.

CloudMade was founded in 2007 by Steve Coast and Nick Black, both early participants in the OpenStreetMap initiative. Steve actually founded OpenStreetMap in 2004 after becoming frustrated by the lack of freely available maps in the UK. A leading figure in the open geodata movement, Steve has driven OpenStreetMap from a bedroom project to a 100,000 member Foundation, with active contributors in over 30 countries across the world. Nick began working with OpenStreetMap in 2006 whilst studying for a Masters in Geographic Information Science at University College London.

Open source evangelist Nikolaj Nyholm and early Skype investor Morten Lund have been the initial business angels who helped to create CloudMade. In March 2008 CloudMade raised a €2.4 million first round of financing from Copenhagen-based venture fund Sunstone Capital. CloudMade have offices in Menlo Park, California (Business Development), London (Business Development, Product Development, Engineering) and Kyiv, Ukraine (Engineering).

Such a move from Prioleau does confirm that OpenStreetMap is not anymore a niche open source project but on the track to become a credible alternative to licensed map data from NAVTEQ, Tele Atlas and others.

Wednesday, April 1st 2009

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