Typically, founders stick around for just a few years after their companies are acquired.
Ian Blaine, who co-founded the online video management service thePlatform in 2000 and sold it to Comcast in 2006, obviously didn’t get the memo.
Blaine, a former Aldus and Adobe veteran, has served as CEO of the company for the eight years since the acquisition. But that run will end on June 20 as Blaine hands the reins to long-time confidantes Marty Roberts and Jamie Miller, who have been named co-CEOs. Blaine will remain a strategic advisor to the Comcast unit.
“I’ve spent a third of my life focused on thePlatform, and I’m making this transition now because I can do so on a high note, and with the confidence that the company will continue its success under the leadership of Marty and Jamie,” said Blaine in a release. “Marty and Jamie have proven that they can grow the business, maintain our culture and chart new territory, which were essential prerequisites for succession planning. Together with the rest of our remarkably talented team, I know they will continue to serve our customers and partners with utmost devotion.”
Blaine talks more about the transition in this blog post.
Miller actually was an early part of thePlatform’s management team, rejoining the company in 2010 as COO and CFO. Roberts, a veteran of RealNetworks and GiftCertificates.com, joined thePlatform in 2006, serving as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
ThePlatform employs 190 people, and its technologies are used by large media companies to better manage and syndicate video across TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Customers include: A+E Networks, Cablevision, CBC, the Golf Channel, Fox Sports and others.