Markus Spiering, who until Monday was Head of Product at Flickr, has announced he’s joined Berlin-based photo-sharing community EyeEm, where he’ll be focused on expanding the app into the US market and developing the product team. While Spiering is currently sitting at a desk in Berlin, he will be opening up a San Francisco EyeEm office later this year.
— Markus Spiering (@spieri) April 3, 2014
Spiering was named as one of Silicon Valley’s top 40 players under the age of 40 in 2013, and was seen as instrumental in halting a decline in Flickr’s decline after its sale to Yahoo!, so to some leaving a Wall Street-listed company for a Berlin-based start-up might seem like an unusual move. However, it’s the challenge of raising EyeEm’s US profile to which Spiering is looking forward, having watched the progression of the company since its inception. And EyeEm has been making waves of its own recently, having announced both its Market, where its members can sell their images, as well as a deal that will allow its users to licence their mobile photos through Getty Images.
Florian Meissner, EyeEm’s CEO welcomed Spiering to their team: ‘We feel honored and are understandably excited to have Markus on our team. We have been consistently impressed with his accomplishments across product and design during his tenure at Flickr. With his vast experience in product, mobile applications and design, as well as his network in North America, Markus will be crucial in realizing EyeEm´s visions about the future of photography.’
EyeEm is going places, and with Spiering on board, it could be getting there a whole lot faster.