By far the coolest thing about the press release regarding the Microsoft investment in Facebook recently was the job title of the quoted executive. I am surprised I haven’t noticed anyone else noticing it.
“We are pleased to take our Microsoft partnership to the next level,” said Owen Van Natta, Chief Revenue Officer, Facebook. “We think this expanded relationship will allow Facebook to continue to innovate and grow as a technology leader and major player in social computing, as well as bring relevant advertising to nearly 50 million active users of Facebook.”
Tom Insam aka jerakeen, one of dopplr’s development team said that the he liked the role because it made it clear that making money is somehow a sideline of what Facebook does.
I left it at that until I heard about a new role at one of our clients- which was looking for a revenues officer. These “revenues officers” are fairly commonplace in the consumer web space, but we’re just beginning to see them in more enterprisey contexts. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in 2008. Do you know any ad-supported enterprise businesses hiring people in this kind of role? Arguably the music business just began a substantive move into ad-supported business models with the news EMI plans to look for band sponsors… well sometimes listening to band does make you want an aspirin. will we even see competition for talent between music and IT businesses?
Evidently Radiohead didn’t want to be sponsored by Prozac or something…