VR Company STRIVR Expands Executive Branch With Appointment of Nathaniel Jewell, Brian Meek
STRIVR has expanded its executive bench with the appointment of Nathaniel Jewell to CFO, following the appointment of Brian Meek to CTO early this year. In addition to new leadership on board, STRIVR continues to accelerate its growth in the enterprise vertical by partnering with top organizations around the world to train their employees to learn more effectively. STRIVR’s forward momentum is reflected by its expansion plans including the opening of three new offices and increasing employee headcount to 46, projected to hit 60 by the end of the year. The company has also been recognized as a Top 20 Training Delivery Company by Training Industry.
As STRIVR’s Chief Technology Officer, Brian Meek brings more than 20 years of experience in building software and services at scale. Brian comes to STRIVR after 13 years at Microsoft, most recently as general manager of development for Skype–where he led the development of Skype and Skype for Business for 200 million users across smartphones, tablets, desktop, and wearables. Brian joined Microsoft in 2003 after the company purchased Placeware, where he served as Chief Architect. Prior, Brian served as VP of Engineering for Flycast Networks, building the first wave of ROI-optimized advertising technologies.
Nathaniel Jewell’s appointment to Chief Finance Officer at STRIVR comes after more than three years at Apple, where he led the finance strategy and finance investments for Apple’s worldwide channel sales organization. Prior to Apple, Nathaniel spent six years with Deloitte Consulting in executive consulting and management roles focused on mergers and acquisitions for companies ranging from $200M to $150B+ in market capitalizations. He holds an MBA from University of Pennsylvania–The Wharton School.
“Both Brian and Nathaniel are outstanding leaders who bring the right balance of strategy, entrepreneurship, and growth management best practices to STRIVR,” says co-founder and CEO Derek Belch. “We look forward to Brian’s contributions and guidance in helping us define our future technology roadmap and accelerating our product development. As well, Nathaniel’s proven ability to drive financial performance and impressive track record of high-growth financial operations will be a great asset as we continue to accelerate STRIVR’s offerings in the enterprise market.”
STRIVR has also opened three new offices with headquarters located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Menlo Park, CA. The other offices are in Culver City, CA. and Nashville, TN. The office in Nashville will help support customers in the East as well as focus on the healthcare vertical for training. With business steadily increasing, STRIVR has turned its attention to additional marketing efforts and has recently undertaken a rebranding. New logos and messaging have been created to better reflect the current and future direction of the company as a learning and training platform utilizing immersive technology.
From Fortune 100 companies to professional sports teams, more than 40 organizations utilize STRIVR’s immersive virtual reality platform for performance training including Walmart, United Rentals, and the NFL. By going beyond traditional methods of learning, STRIVR allows individuals to train in lifelike situations, helping improve reaction times, pattern recognition, and decision making in their jobs.