On Thursday, RealtyShares announced it has appointed Simon Morris as its new Chief Product Officer. The funding platform revealed Morris assumes responsibility for overseeing technology and product development.
According to RealtyShares, Morris has nearly two decades of leadership experience under his belt. Most recently, he served as the General Manager of BitTorrent Media, leading several divisions of the peer-to-peer file sharing platform. During his tenure at BitTorrent, Morris acted as the Vice President of Marketing and Products, Vice President of Data Science and Senior Vice President of Products, User Experience and Data.
“I chose to join RealtyShares because I’m interested in the dream of what this can be. I’m very impressed with the group of people who are here and the passion they have for what they’re doing. The opportunity to build a data-driven platform to scale is very exciting and technology is an integral part of that vision.”
RealtyShares CEO Nav Athwal explained:
“RealtyShares has been fortunate to partner with amazing investors in Union Square Ventures, Menlo Ventures and General Catalyst Partners. The next phase of the company will focus on three main strategic imperatives – strong underwriting and credit decisioning, diversification of capital across institutions and individuals, and achieving scale through technology and product. Simon, with his experience leading product, data and UX, will be key to us achieving this third objective.”
Athwal went on to add:
“RealtyShares is not a real estate company but rather a technology and data company. Over the last year we’ve hired an amazing engineering team led by our Chief Technology Officer Gene Linetsky and including high powered data scientists. We wanted to hire a chief product officer that could fit well within the mission of building the leading online real estate investment marketplace by utilizing data intelligently and Simon’s experience was very appealing. In short, he was a perfect fit.”