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Syft appoints CTO

Syft, a London-based flexible staffing app that has raised a total of £8.7m, has appointed Tom Dignan as its chief technology officer.

After successes at teams at Yahoo!, Earthlink and Excite@Home, Dignan has proven expertise in architecting large-scale consumer Internet systems. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University, graduating at 18. He received his PhD in high-energy physics from Harvard University and spent time at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre as a postdoctoral scholar.

Since 2009, Dignan has served as chief technology officer of ReputationDefender leading the company's technology and development team. Prior to joining ReputationDefender, Dignan served as the vice president of engineering at Hands-on Mobile, where he managed a cross-functional international team of 100 developers spanning five countries responsible for building games and applications for mobile devices such as Guitar Hero, Call of Duty, NFL Mobile Live and World Poker Tour Texas Hold Em.

Co-founder and CEO, Jack Beaman, said, “Tom will be our very first CTO and we are incredibly excited to attract such talent. Novo and I have a huge vision for where we wish to take Syft and Tom is a crucial hire to ensure we achieve this. Not many startups in the UK can say they have a world class CTO but we can!”

Dignan added, “After moving to the UK this summer, I interviewed at a bunch of places and none of them got me as excited as Syft. Of all the places I’ve seen, Syft was the one that had the potential to become a massive worldwide opportunity. We’re right at the beginning of a huge growth spurt. It’s gonna be a fun ride.”

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