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Startup Stackdriver snags StyleFeeder founder

September 27, 2012

Gigaom

Stackdriver, a small Boston startup that’s taking on the giant problem of managing applications that run across public cloud infrastructure, has a new key technology exec in Philip Jacob.

Jacob founded StyleFeeder in 2003 to help people sift through millions of online items to find and buy stuff they want.

“In today’s terms, it’s like Pinterest with a Netflix(s nflx)-style recommendation-style algorithm on top, ” Jacob told me in an interview. The service, in the pre-Twitter, pre-Facebook (s fb) era, grew to one million registered users, mostly women, and competed with Like.com and Shopstyle, he said.

Magazines like Elle — seeking to augment ad revenue — partnered with the service and Elle’s owner, Time Inc. (s twx), ended up buying StyleFeeder in early 2010 for a reported “eight figures.”

Dan Belcher, co-founder of Stackdriver, is thrilled to have Jacob aboard. “He’s a well-known mentor in the Boston area and…

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