Mobile social networking service mig33 has appointed Chris Chandler as vice-president of business development in charge of the company's expansion worldwide, including India, South Africa and Indonesia.
Chandler was previously driving sales and marketing for Microsoft Corporation’s Consumer & Online Division, and prior to that was Yahoo!'s head of mobile products where he co-developed the Asia-Paci?c region’s ?rst business plan and developed the product strategy and roadmap for the newly formed business unit across China, India, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. He also served as Director of Operations at Mikoshi (Asia-Paci?c) PTE LTD, a boutique gaming developer/studio that produces multiplayer Java and SMS games for mobile phones.
At Microsoft, he was responsible for sales of consumer products including Windows, Windows Phone, MSN, Windows Live, and Bing, and also managed the services portfolio across Southeast Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. As head of mobile services in Southeast Asia of Microsoft's Online Services Group, Chandler managed the Windows Live and MSN mobile business. At Yahoo!, he launched mobile products across Asia including Yahoo!Go, the Yahoo! WAP portal, SMS Messenger and mobile content downloads.
The Singapore headquartered mig33 in November 2010 raised $8.9 million in Series C funding to expand to South Africa and India.
Steven Goh, CEO and co-founder, mig33, said, “Chris is perfectly suited to grow that customer base, develop new markets and further align mig33 with industry partners, and the mig33 board welcomes his addition.”
mig33’s claims that over 30 million virtual goods were sold on its community in 2010 and in the last two years, the company has doubled its registered users. The company rolled out new partnership programs targeting handset manufacturers and mobile content providers and launched a popular Android version of its community.
Mig33 has 40 million registered users in over 200 countries who chat, share photos, join groups, send gifts, play games, and call friends. The company has raised $34 million so far, with the most recent round led by Indonesian telecom entrepreneur Sugiono Wiyono Sugialam and Japanese social networking firm Gree Inc. It was also supported by existing investors Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM.
Accel Partners and Redpoint first invested $10 million in Mig33 in May 2007. In January 2008, Mig33 closed a $13.5 million round led by DCM and joined by Accel and Redpoint.