I am delighted to announce that Jason Hirschhorn has joined GetGlue’s Board of Directors as the first independent director.
Jason is an experienced operator, successful entrepreneur, passionate product executive and visionary. Jason connects people and ideas at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment.
Jason started his first venture, Mischief New Media, while in college, and later sold it to MTV. His moving account of those times is a must read. Jason went on to become MTV’s Chief Digital Officer - the youngest senior executive in Viacom’s history.
Later, Jason became president of Sling Media Entertainment Group, and helped bring to market the “video anywhere” device. In 2007, Sling Media was acquired by EchoStar. Two years later, Jason’s passion for entertainment led him to accept the role of Chief Product Officer at MySpace and a few months later the role of co-president.
Our first meeting took place a few years ago at the News Corp. HQ in New York, after Jason had just arrived on the redeye. He was clearly sleep-deprived, yet he was incredibly focused and articulate. We talked about GetGlue, MySpace and the future of social entertainment. Jason had an incredible eye for simplicity and a deep understanding of consumer behavior.
After the meeting I emailed Fred Wilson, who helped set up the meeting and told him that Jason was one of the smartest people I’ve ever met.
Jason and I have had many conversations since, and it became clear to me that GetGlue would truly benefit from someone like Jason in helping us to build GetGlue into the leading company in the social entertainment space.
Jason’s capacity for understanding the trends in media, entertainment and technology is unmatched. He moves between present and future with ease and is able to introduce GetGlue to a variety of audiences.
In addition to being board member at GetGlue, Jason is on the board of MGM and the non-profit Computers for Youth.
And yet, to me, his most impressive venture to date is @MediaReDEF newsletter.
Shortly after leaving MySpace, Jason became consumed with the idea of a curated newsletter - a daily compilation of best stories about media, tech and entertainment. For over 6 months, every day, Jason has been making the newsletter himself. It is the single best news source about media you will ever find. I don’t have time to read much these days, but I read Jason’s newsletter every day.
To me, @MediaReDEF defines reveals the secret behind Jason’s successes – incredible passion for the space, a craving for knowledge, a willingness to roll up his sleeves, and persistence and focus in his pursuits.
Welcome on board Jason, we are delighted to have you as a partner in developing GetGlue together!