Tech Luminaries Leave Google and Microsoft to Create the New Generation of Enterprise Software at Hearsay Social

  Tech Luminaries Leave Google and Microsoft to Create the New Generation of
                    Enterprise Software at Hearsay Social

Michael Lock, Founding Executive of Google Enterprise, Joins Forces with
Longtime Microsoft Product Veteran Mark Gilbert to Bring Social Sales and
Marketing to the Enterprise

Just as Microsoft Established the Client-server Era and Google Enterprise
Established the SaaS Era in Prior Decades, Hearsay Social is Building the
Social Enterprise Era of Today

PR Newswire

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hearsay SocialĀ®, provider of the
world's most trusted social sales and marketing platform, today announced that
it has named founding executive of Google Enterprise and Silicon Valley
luminary Michael Lock as its chief operating officer. Additionally, Mark
Gilbert, a Microsoft Corporation veteran with an extensive history of leading
successful product teams, has been named the company's vice president of
product. Lock and Gilbert will bring their experience in leading world-class
teams and products at Google and Microsoft to execute on Hearsay Social's
one-of-a-kind vision to power every business-to-customer relationship on
social media.

Lock brings to Hearsay Social over 25 years of experience in technology sales
and marketing including 15 years within large technology organizations such as
IBM and Oracle. Most recently, he served eight years with Google building the
company's enterprise arm into a $1B business with products now considered
industry-standard, such as Gmail and Google Drive.

Similarly, Gilbert brings more than 15 years of enterprise and consumer
product design experience to Hearsay Social, having served as head of product
for a variety of key business units at Microsoft including System Center,
Visual Studio, and Bing; driving technical and product strategy for
Microsoft's $17 billion server and tools business; and building out
Microsoft's product presence in Europe and Asia.

Having spent the past decade building the largest SaaS businesses in the
industry, Lock and Gilbert will now be directing their efforts to helping
companies embrace the power of social sales and marketing. Focused not on cost
reduction but on using new technology to provide top line revenue growth,
Hearsay Social allows enterprises to exploit the most powerful form of
communication of our time: social media.

Comments on the news:

"Michael Lock and Mark Gilbert are world-class leaders and incredible
technology visionaries who created products loved by millions," said Hearsay
Social CEO Clara Shih. "Their leadership and breadth of enterprise product
experience will drive transformational innovation for the industry and Hearsay
Social's customers."

Hearsay Social COO Michael Lock said, "I am excited to join Clara and her team
to enable enterprises to take advantage of social media. At Google Enterprise,
we were the first to bring widely adopted consumer technologies to the
corporate world. At Hearsay Social, our mission is similar: to allow
corporations to leverage existing social networks, originally envisioned as
consumer technologies, and enable those companies to build meaningful customer
relationships that drive top line revenue."

"Hearsay Social is a disruptive force of innovation for the enterprise," said
Mark Gilbert, vice president of product, Hearsay Social. "I am thrilled to
join a company of bold thinkers and entrepreneurs, and to bring the frenetic
social media innovation of Silicon Valley to Fortune 500 organizations in a
way that drives productivity and delivers ROI."

About the Hearsay Social Platform

For enterprises with large sales organizations or store networks, Hearsay
Social'ssocial sales and marketingsoftware will enable your salespeople to
increase revenue using social media by acquiring and continuously engaging
customers on social platforms. Hearsay Social is the only software that
increases revenue, referrals, and renewals by transforming the entire
enterprise into a social business, including sales, marketing, compliance, and

  oHearsay Social Sales Module for easy social media page and profile
    management for non-technical sales users, one-click publishing of content
    and campaigns provided by corporate marketing teams, and intuitive
    personal analytics.
  oHearsay Social Marketing Module for the sophisticated needs of social
    media marketing teams. Manage hundreds of corporate social media pages and
    review thousands of sales-managed pages. Easily manage thousands of apps
    and posts per day and suggest engaging content to employees, stores, or
    branches. Now including Content Exchangeto discover, curate, and share
    content from content partners.
  oHearsay Social Compliance Module for regulatory compliance infraction
    monitoring, capturing, archiving, and Rogue Page Finder.
  oHearsay Social Enterprise IT Moduleincluding single sign-on (SSO), LDAP
    directory integration, and integration with CA Siteminder and HP Autonomy
    to deliver security, compliance, ease of use, and scale.

About Hearsay Social

The world's largest companies, including Northwestern Mutual, Thrivent
Financial, Farmers Insurance Group, and 24 Hour Fitness, use Hearsay Social's
award-winning technology platform to achieve regulatory compliance, build
stronger customer relationships, and bolster their brand across all the major
social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and
foursquare. Hearsay Social, a SIFMA strategic partner, has raised $21M from
Sequoia Capital, NEA, and top executives from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn,
Google, and YouTube, and is headquartered in Silicon Valley with dedicated
local presences in New York, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Austin, London, and

Hearsay Social Blog:


Twitter: @HearsaySocial



Editorial Contact:
Virginia Nicoletti

SOURCE Hearsay Social

Press spacebar to pause and continue. Press esc to stop.