After Passing 10 Million Monthly Active Users, Whisper Hires Its First President

Whisper announced today that it hired Mark Troughton to be its president. Troughton was the president of Green Dot, which specializes in prepaid debit cards and went public in July 2010. He was most recently the president of Americas for Wonga, which provides short-term cash loans. (You will recall that Wonga had to lay off a significant portion of its staff in February this year.) "As a longtime friend of Whisper, Mark has watched us grow since we first started talking 18 months ago," Whisper CEO Michael Heyward said in a statement. "Our goals are much bigger, and we all felt that this was the right time to bring Mark onboard to help us achieve them." Heyward said Whisper has more than 10 million monthly active users who open the app "on average more than 1 million times per hour." The whole anonymous messaging space is in kind of a weird place these days, with Secret shutting down today. Whisper is also on the tail end of dealing with a controversy surrounding its privacy policy. But there still appears to be intense interest in the space, as Yik Yak raised $61 million in December last year.
Matthew Lynley

Matthew Lynley is a Writer at Gigabuzz, focused on covering early-stage startups, especially those with a technology focus and great perks.

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