Facebook has been reportedly developing a business solution for people to chat with co-workers and connect with professional contacts. Dubbed Facebook at Work, Financial Times reports that this LinkedIn-like product is coming soon.
Financial Times says that this product will look much like the current version of Facebook:
The Silicon Valley company is developing a new product designed to allow users to chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents, competing with Google Drive and Microsoft Office, according to people familiar with the matter.
The new site will look very much like Facebook – with a newsfeed and groups – but will allow users to keep their personal profile with its holiday photos, political rants and silly videos separate from their work identity. Facebook declined to comment.
Facebook employees have long used the site in their daily work and expanding this to other companies has been discussed internally for some time. The project began in earnest during the past year and is now being tested with companies as its launch approaches. Some of the engineers developing Facebook at Work are based in London.
Facebook and Google are doing battle, not only for users and ad impressions, but for employee happiness. Glassdoor released its annual list of the top 25 companies, in terms of how highly employees rated pay and benefits, with Facebook coming in third overall behind Google and Costco.
Of the 25 companies on Glassdoor’s list, 12 are tech companies — more than any other industry. The parent companies of two Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developers — Adobe and Salesforce — are also on the list, at No. 4 and No. 9, respectively.
Glassdoor Senior Vice President of People, Allyson Willoughby, explained to Inside Facebook what sets Facebook apart from the others:
This report shows that employees at Facebook, No. 3 on the list overall and No. 2 tech company, are very satisfied with their compensation & benefits packages. Specifically, Facebook employees report enjoying high salary, excellent healthcare, and fantastic perks like free food, a beautiful Menlo Park campus, free massages, on-site chiropractic care, stock options and even the famous vending machines that dispense computer accessories, among many, many other fringe benefits.
Glow, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, announced Friday that the company has hired Peter Gan, formerly Facebook’s Head of Sales for Games in the Asia/Pacific region. With Glow, Gan will lead the company’s international expansion as the Vice President of Asia Pacific.
Gan joined Facebook in November 2011 as the company’s head of mid-market sales in Australia, then took over gaming sales of APAC in January 2013. Prior to working at Facebook, Gan was the head of revenue development for Google’s APAC division. Glow is working with several clients in the China, Hong Kong and Singapore regions in the games and e-commerce verticals. Gan will work from Glow’s Singapore office.
Offerpop, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer in apps, announced today a new round of senior-level hires:
- Catherine Racette, Training Specialist, from Conductor, Inc.
- Kerrie Niemasick, Software Developer, from Coindrawer
- Rob Manning, Content Marketing Manager, from The Direct Marketing Association
ShopIgniter, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, announced this week the promotion of two employees to the role of Vice President. Clay Moore will move from Senior Director of Marketing Solutions to Vice President of Marketing Solutions.
Justin Kistner will move from Senior Director of Strategy to Vice President of Strategy.
ShopIgniter CEO Matt Compton commented on the announcement in a press release:
The employees we’re recognizing today truly are ‘A’ players in their outstanding leadership, constant pursuit of excellence and track record of consistently outperforming expectations. It’s my privilege to work alongside such creative and driven employees every day to together propel ShopIgniter’s success.
SHIFT, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, announced Wednesday that it has hired former AOL Europe CEO Kate Burns as the company’s Managing Director of U.K. and Europe operations.
Burns, who previously led Google’s European efforts, will work to grow SHIFT’s European presence and promote adoption of SHIFT’s Open Markeing Cloud. She will be based in London — SHIFT’s first international office. Most recently, Burns led EMEA operations for cross-device ad targeting startup Drawbridge Inc.
James Borow, Co-Founder and CEO of SHIFT, welcomed Burns in a press release:
Expanding our international footprint and the solutions we provide marketers is one of our top priorities. Global advertisers are challenged with driving the right message to the right audience at a local, regional and global level. We’re committed to delivering technology that allows marketers to leverage the data and advertising solutions they need to reach their customer, wherever they are and at anytime. Kate is the ideal leader to drive our international growth and adoption of SHIFT’s Open Marketing Cloud. As a proven digital veteran with deep experience in building successful European operations from the ground up, Kate will be instrumental in enabling SHIFT to provide new revenue opportunities to marketers.
Facebook announced a high-profile hire Friday, as Deirdre Davi will join the social network as the company’s Director of Marketing for the U.S. and Canada.
Davi comes to Facebook from Sterling, where she was the Executive Vice President for the past 11 years. With Sterling, she led the technology strategy practice by managing relationships with companies such as Google, Intel and T-Mobile. For the past five years, she’s worked almost exclusively with Google to help drive sales and increase the company’s thought leadership visibility and ad revenue.
Offerpop, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer in apps, announced today a round of talented new hires. The newest members of Offerpop come from companies such as Brown University, UBS Financial Services and Cassidy Turley.
Here’s the full list:
- Matthew Davie, Senior Product Manager, from Penton
- Aaron Graham, Design Manager, from Spring Creek/Mediabrands
- Evan Miller, Corporate Sales Executive, from Cassidy Turley
- Kevin Kleinman, Corporate Sales Executive, from Madison Logic
- Fred Hwang, Account Executive, from Splice
- Katie Barnwell, Business Analyst, Brown University
- Jenny Zhang, UI/UX Designer, from Sailthru
- Peter Chan, Senior Product Manager, from Billtrust
- Adam Lamartine, Senior Marketing Designer, from LivePerson, Inc.
- Winson Yuan, Junior Front End Developer, from General Assembly
- Derek Cheng, Finance Operations Specialist, from UBS Financial Services
Liz Heron, currently the Editor of Emerging Media at the Wall Street Journal, will soon join Facebook to help the company develop better relations with media companies.
Heron has also worked at The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Ampush, a Facebook Strategic Preferred Marketing Developer, announced recently that the company has named Rick Cotton as Chief Revenue Officer. Cotton comes to Ampush from Sequoia-backed TuneIn, a digital radio app, where he was the company’s head of global advertising. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President/General Manager at Monster, where he launched and grew the company’s consumer advertising business while managing strategic operations.
With Ampush, Cotton will expand the company’s national sales team and ensure top-quality customer service as the company grows. He will help develop and execute Ampush’s go-to-market strategy and collect market feedback.