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Jamie Thingelstad joins Split Rock as entrepreneur in residence

Split Rock Partners, a venture capital firm focused on emerging software and internet services companies, has hired Jamie Thingelstad, former vice president, chief technology officer of

Split Rock Partners, a venture capital firm focused on emerging software and internet services companies, has hired Jamie Thingelstad, former vice president, chief technology officer of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, as an entrepreneur in residence.

Thingelstad (pictured) was founding chief technology officer of BigCharts through its acquisition by MarketWatch in 1999. BigCharts was a pioneer in delivering real-time financial information via the web, and provided financial tools offered by the majority of top financial services firms at the time of the acquisition.

MarketWatch was subsequently acquired by Dow Jones, and Thingelstad continued to take on progressively larger responsibilities within the Dow Jones organisation. In his last role, he served as chief technology officer of the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, a provider of financial and investment news through sites such as the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch and Barrons.

Prior to that Mr. Thingelstad was chief technology officer for the enterprise media group of Dow Jones where he oversaw the development efforts for Dow Jones Newswires, Dow Jones Indexes and other business services offered by the company.

"Jamie is an accomplished entrepreneur and brings great insight into the intersection of the internet, new media, and the implications for next-generation business models," says Michael Gorman, a managing director at Split Rock Partners. "As a pioneer in digital media, he is intimately familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities presented by the convergence of new technologies, consumer behavior, advertiser objectives and industry economics. We look forward to applying his insights to the process of identifying the most promising opportunities taking advantage of these dynamic trends."

Thingelstad will be evaluating opportunities defining the next generation of digital media, the increasing opportunities in social applications on the web as well as the continuous evolution of the web as a platform.

"I am excited to explore how new technologies can build upon the foundation of traditional media, while creating new opportunities to meet the needs of consumers and businesses in unanticipated ways," says Thingelstad. "We are still at an early stage in the transformation of digital content production, delivery and consumption, and in that transformation lies opportunity. I am pleased to partner with the Split Rock team given their track record of partnering with entrepreneurs to translate the potential of breakthrough ideas into leading companies."

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