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BitTorrent Finally Has A New CEO, CTO

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[qi:032] BitTorrent, the San Francisco-based company that has long been looking for a new chief executive officer, has finally found one: Douglas Walker, former chief executive of Alias Systems. The company also added Eric Klinker, former chief technology of Internap (INAP), as its new CTO. These moves indicate that the P2P technology company is finally ready to shed its not-so-successful consumer efforts and instead focus on becoming an infrastructure-type player. It will compete with a growing number of similarly focused companies, including some still-in-stealth-mode startups

The company recently launched its BitTorrent Delivery Network Architecture (DNA) offerings. Klinker and his data center hosting credentials are a good indicator that BitTorrent is going to be beefing up its network delivery infrastructure. BitTorrent has been working with a handful of set-top box makers such as Pace Micro, and is trying to embed its technologies into other such IP set-top boxes. I think that after being a bit directionless for a while, BitTorrent is finally finding its bearings — though it is hard not to look at the competitive landscape and wonder if they can make money.

9 Responses to “BitTorrent Finally Has A New CEO, CTO”

  1. the enterprise direction of BT is not new at all.. they are hiring a team that has enterprise chops but the direction of P2P CDN is now old news. the company identified the strategy and is executing, i heard ashwin speak about it quite convincingly at the streaming media conference a few months ago

  2. None of the people posting have used their names (other than the hack author of the article). So, since that person called you bitter, he must work for BitTorrent?

    Brilliant powers of deduction. Your follow-up comments are more of a joke than your article.

    Well done!

  3. Bitter

    do you work for BitTorrent? It seems like you do… because otherwise you would have used your real name.

    Secondly, the BitTorrent store doesn’t seem to be doing too well. A lot of attention was devoted to that effort, not much came out of it.

    How much money has the company blown through so far?

    This is a good move they (I mean you guys) made and deserve credit for it. Making money? that still remains to be seen!

  4. former-INAPer

    Klinker has been at BitTorrent for 7 months.

    Making money is a pretty fair comment. They are shifting to a market dominated by CDN players who are experiencing prices crunches as is. Yes their DNA solution can compliment AKAM, LLNW, etc but they are still competing for the same budget dollars.

    Don’t know Walker but sounds like he might have the right business sense to compliment BitTorrent’s strength – their technology

  5. Wow…that was a bit harsh. “Long been looking…”, “not-so-successful…”, “trying to embed…”, “a bit directionless…”, “wonder if they can make money…”

    Fortunately for BitTorrent, the vast majority of other coverage has been quite positive…unlike this sour article.