IMVU Co-Founders Honored at TechFellow Awards
Will Harvey honored for his contributions in disruptive innovation and Eric Ries honored for engineering leadership
PALO ALTO, Calif., June 15, 2009 -- IMVU Inc. (nb.imvu.com), an avatar-based social network and virtual world, today announced that two of its founders, Will Harvey and Eric Ries, were honored at the TechFellow Awards. The TechFellow Awards is a new annual program backed by TechCrunch and Founders Fund to honor technology innovators for achievement and excellence in high-tech entrepreneurship.
The TechFellow Awards honored Harvey in the disruptive innovation category. The disruptive innovation award is given to high-concept visionaries who have the passion to attempt the improbable along with the diligence and follow-through to pull it off. Ries received a TechFellow engineering leadership award. For many years Ries has excelled in the startup world and is considered by many to be an inventor, an architect and a team-builder.
"We are proud that Will and Eric were awarded such prestigious honors from the TechFellow Awards," said Cary Rosenzweig, CEO of IMVU. "Will has true entrepreneurial vision, and Eric is a brilliant engineer. Both played fundamental roles in the development and growth of IMVU."
Harvey is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who achieved early recognition in high-tech entrepreneurship at age 16, when he wrote Music Construction Set, the world's first word processor for music, published by Electronic Arts. Harvey was previously IMVU's President and Chief Executive Officer, and currently serves as the chairman of the company's board of directors.
Ries was previously Chief Technology Officer of IMVU. He is the co-author of several books including The Black Art of Java Game Programming (Waite Group Press, 1996). He currently serves as a board advisor at IMVU and at several other high-tech startups.
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Founded in 2004, IMVU Inc. (nb.imvu.com) is an avatar-based social network and virtual world where people meet and interact in 3D. IMVU was named to the OnHollywood 100 List in 2009, won the 2008 Virtual Worlds Innovation Award and was also named a Rising Star in the 2008 Silicon Valley Technology Fast 50 program. The company has already reached major milestones, including 35 million registered users, 100,000 registered developers and over $1.5 million in revenue each month. Members of IMVU have fun meeting new people with similar interests and expressing themselves through personalizing their 3D avatars, digital rooms, music and home pages. IMVU offers the world's largest digital goods catalog with over 2 million items. Over 90 percent of IMVU's revenue is from the direct sale of virtual credits, used to purchase digital products. IMVU is backed by top venture investors Best Buy Capital, Menlo Ventures, Allegis Capital and Bridgescale Partners and is located in Palo Alto, CA.