Philly Tech People News 1/18/2015: Former Comcast exec Kunkel has new Philly startup; SevOne names new CMO

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Former Comcast exec Gerard Kunkel, who most recently served as an advisor to Microsoft, has a new Philly area startup, Multichannel News reported. It will focus on technologies for the media & entertainment user experience.

In addition to serving as Senior VP of user experience and product design at Comcast, he also was president of GuideWorks LLC, a joint venture between Comcast and what is now part of Rovi, which has since left the joint venture. He also served time with WorldGate, Bensalem's long-running but ultimately failed internet TV and videophone startup.

At Microsoft, he was a strategy advisor to Microsoft on its interactive media explorations, which were at one point broad but ended up focused on its Xbox platform. His tenure with Microsoft ended in November, according to his LinkedIn

In the 1990's he led the company that designed, developed and deployed the network and customer management software for use in Bell Atlantic’s pioneering Toms River, NJ switched digital video service, sort of an early version of FiOS.

His new startup, which is still in stealth mode, is called SHUX App.

Multichannel News quotes Kunkel as saying SHUX will feature a "highly sharable user experience targeted at a young, mobile, and extremely interactive audience.”

No word yet on financing.

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