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Yahoo’s Bill Michels Joins Factual as Developer VP

Today, we are very excited to announce that Bill Michels has officially joined Factual as VP of Developer Platform. In his new position, Bill will help expand the Factual platform by engaging with developers and promoting innovation around the Factual API.

Before joining Factual, Bill worked at Yahoo for 5+ years, most recently as General Manager and Senior Director of BOSS, Yahoo’s Open Search Platform. As GM, Bill was responsible for product strategy and management as well as business development. Under his leadership, the BOSS API grew to 1 billion queries served in May and continued to grow quickly from there.

Needless to say, we are all thrilled to have Bill on board in his new capacity. And no doubt he’ll be busy with all things related to the Factual API: evangelizing among developers, working with potential customers, collaborating with our engineers, developing business strategy, and supporting existing customers.

Bill is originally from New York. When not devising brilliant ideas for Factual’s future, he spends time with his family here in Los Angeles. He can occasionally be found on Twitter @bill_michels.

Hopefully, in the next couple weeks, Bill will write a guest column for the Factual blog about what’s happening on the developer front. So stay tuned.

But in the meantime – welcome, Bill!

– The Factual Team