Glympse co-founder Bryan Trussel steps aside as CEO, as location tech company preps for next growth wave

By Nat Levy, staff reporter, Geekwire

Glympse co-founder Bryan Trussel is stepping down from his post as CEO as the company gets set for a major growth spurt.

Trussel isn’t leaving the Seattle location sharing startup entirely. He will continue to be involved as chairman of the board, and he isn’t moving to another job. Taking the reins of CEO is Chris Ruff, formerly chairman, CEO and president of connected car company Xevo, which used to be called UIEvolution before it acquired machine learning startup Surround.io Corp last year. Ruff has been advising Glympse for a few months now, and brings experience growing a small company into a much bigger enterprise.

“This is my baby we’re handing off, so I am pretty picky about where my baby is going,” Trussel told GeekWire in an interview. “Chris from a leadership and a cultural standpoint and strategic standpoint is the perfect guy.”

Ruff said he doesn’t plan to make big changes at Glympse. The company has a “robust product roadmap,” but Ruff wouldn’t say much about it. Glympse began as a consumer-focused company, but later expanded the business to include enterprises. That has paid off in recent months as Glympse recently struck deals with Microsoft to help users of Dynamics 365 Field Service track house calls and Samsung to bring its location sharing service to smart TVs.

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