Executive Talent Management firm Rosenzweig & Company has worked with Sturdy.exchange, a leading NFT platform, to place its new Head of Engineering, Noah Davis. Mr. Davis previously served as Chief Technology Officer for MarketMuse, a leading content intelligence and strategy platform based in Boston for a number of years, and prior to that at Zooppa, a global social network of more than 450,000 creatives that partners with well-known brands in the production of advertising content.
Sturdy.exchange is a platform that provides a curated NFT experience for collectors. It works directly with creators to bring exclusive collections to their audiences. Tyler Henry, co-founder of the Sturdy creative agency teamed with Shawn Mendes’ manager Andrew Gertler to launch this new NFT marketplace for artists. Sturdy is a creative house known for its work with top acts such as Mendes, Travis Scott, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Olivia Rodrigo and Rosalia. Sturdy.exchange is coming off a $4.3M Series Seed raise led by Hex Capital’s Ali Saheli with participation from Gertler, Jay Rosenzweig, Appworks, Dapper Labs, Bronco Ventures, TheVentureCity and Coinbase Ventures. The beta launch sold out of a 5,000 piece art project by Somehoodlum (Drake, 21 Savage) within 24 hours.
Mr. Davis brings experience building and scaling early stage technology operations, including the integration of technical acquisitions. He is experienced driving business strategy from a technical perspective to achieve product success, and building and implementing the technical roadmap and product vision to generate significant improvements in revenue and metrics. He is skilled at mentoring engineers and product staff and helping them grow their capabilities and is adept at translating business requirements into product and engineering specifications for design and execution.
Rosenzweig was engaged for this search on the heels of its work for another prominent NFT player, Cryptoslam. “Bringing in senior technical talent to serve the needs of leading edge Web3 players is complex, because the segment is still in its infancy” suggests Jay Rosenzweig, Rosenzweig’s CEO. “Not a lot of senior technical people have substantive experience scaling an operation that leverages the tech in this area. So you have to be pretty agile to bring in great people who have the interest, enthusiasm and technical capability to be able jump on a fast moving train.”
As Head of Engineering Mr. Davis will hold responsibility for maintaining the current applications and developing new technical solutions, as well as growing and managing engineering and overseeing external contractors. He will define the technical roadmap, plans and objectives for the engineering team and coach and guide the company’s engineers in developing their careers. This is a key hire as the business scales to next levels of success.
Matt Goulet, CEO of Sturdy.exchange noted “We come from a creative studio mindset. We were looking for someone to come in and own the technical roadmap and continue to bring creative visions to life. We wanted someone with a deep enthusiasm for the Web3 space and a track record of scaling and growing technical teams. Noah brings all of that, along with an exceptional cultural fit with our team. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic to welcome him on board.”