Former Googler and Kyte CEO Daniel Graf joins Twitter as product development executive


Daniel Graf, who led a number of Google Maps development projects over his years with the company, announced today that he will be taking a new job as vice president of Consumer Product at Twitter. Graf comes to the social media platform after two years within Google’s Maps team, where he is most widely credited for bringing Google Maps back to the iPhone after Apple introduced its own Maps equivalent.

Before Google, Graf spent six years as the CEO of Kyte, an online and mobile video platform that snuck in on the ground floor of the smartphone media industry. He left after the company was acquired by KIT Digital in 2011.

In his decision to join Twitter, Graf brings with him a deep understanding of mobile products, which are extremely important to social media companies. It will be interesting to watch Graf’s impact on Twitter’s product development team, which has had several leaders over the company’s short history, and how he will work with recently acquired technologies like Android lockscreen Cover to produce a mobile product that possibly expands beyond the microblogging platform.


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