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Comics-app developer Comixology hires HBO Go architect

Jason Snell | Sept. 10, 2013
Comics-app developer Comixology has hired one of the driving forces behind the HBO Go app as its new CTO.

DiBartolomeo didn't make the career switch because of a lifelong love of comics—unlike many of Comixology's staff, including CEO David Steinberger, he's not a comics reader yet—though he admits that as a Stephen King fan he's been getting into the comic-book adaptations of the Dark Tower series. "What's interesting to me is seeing this market, which is one I'm not vary familiar with, and seeing the potential. It's proving to be useful to have me come [to Comixology] with a different set of eyes, at a different angle."

According to Comixology, DiBartolomeo and his team are currently preparing the Comics app for Apple's iOS 7, which is due to arrive shortly. The company says his other priorities include a "deepened focus" on reading and shopping experiences, including personalized shopping and a recommendation engine.

Comixology's Comics app is the leading comics-reading app, and is available on iOS, Android, and Windows 8, as well as the Web. The company's technology also powers the standalone comics apps offered by the two major comics publishers, DC and Marvel. Earlier this summer it released an app update that added new reading features, including a two-page view.

"Jeff is accustomed to working in fast-moving digital content environments and brings the technology skill set, energy and management expertise to deliver comiXology's more than 40,000 digital comics to an ever-expanding audience worldwide," Comixology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger said in a statement. "The market potential for comics and graphic novels is massive with a constant flow of comic content from both established publishers and independent creators and the continued proliferation of mobile and other digital platforms globally."


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