Pluto.TV, a new platform for online video that works a lot like TV with linear-esque channels, just found its CEO in one of the company’s co-founders. Tom Ryan, who helped launch the platform a month ago, will now take the helm of the free service that comes complete with a channel guide reminiscent of cable TV. Meanwhile, Vibol Hou, former VP of engineering at Spin Media, will join the company as CTO.
Ryan is the former CEO of internet clothing store Threadless. He serves on their board in addition to those of music creative group Smule and men’s clothing hub, Trunk Club. Ryan also held the senior vice president of digital strategy and development position at EMI Music’s global digital business.
Hou has led technology teams for over 15 years, working on large-scale tech solutions in systems that serve hundreds of millions of users. His resume includes overseeing technology development at Demand Media’s eHow, Emmy Award-winning stimTV, and Simfiny, the boutique consulting firm.
With channels that focus on comedy, sports, fashion, music, fitness, and news, Pluto.TV pulls content from major online video platforms like YouTube and Dailymotion. It is available on Apple’s iTunes store as well as Android’s Google Play.
Ryan’s career thus far has focused on “building consumer-facing companies that deliver popular and innovative models for music, mobile, and e-commerce,” he said. Now, he believes that Pluto.TV will be the platform that does this for online video.