Former hearforward partner leads technology development as outdoor digital company furthers social platform
WOODSTOCK, Vt. – August 29, 2012 – Market leader in nature and outdoors lifestyle mobile apps, NatureShare today announced the hiring of Kyle Girard as Director of Software Engineering. Girard previously acted as managing partner and lead software architect at Burlington, Vermont-based hearforward, prior to its acquisition by Dealer.com in August 2012. In his new role at NatureShare, Girard will oversee the development of the company’s social platform for the outdoor vertical. NatureShare’s newest hire comes as the company builds out its technology team following a $1.5 million round of fundraising.<!–more–
“Kyle brings us great technical expertise as we scale our mobile and web offerings,” said NatureShare CEO, Brendan Cahill. “He understands how to grow a social company and his experience will be instrumental to realizing our goal of being a leading social platform for the outdoor vertical.”
“Joining NatureShare allows me to combine my love of the outdoors with my experience in social software development,” said Girard. “There’s an incredible opportunity here to tap into the ever-growing nature community and to amplify the way it interacts with the outdoors via technology and mobile platforms.”
In just over a year, Girard helped hearforward achieve a reputation as a rising player in the social marketing space, improving the company’s growth each quarter. Girard brings over seven years of experience in providing technical strategy and support for leading New England companies such as Burton, King Arthur Flour, and Seventh Generation, where he has utilized new technologies to increase business efficiency.
NatureShare is an innovative social platform for the outdoor vertical and the leading publisher of mobile applications for nature and outdoor lifestyle. NatureShare, previously known as Green Mountain Digital, was founded in 2009 in Woodstock, VT. The company has designed and published more than 30 award-winning mobile apps including Audubon Birds of North America, Orvis Fly Fishing: The Ultimate Guide, GardenMinder, and Sailing World: Knots and Splices for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook, and other mobile operating systems.
Ellen Manuszak, TriplePoint for NatureShare