Local Tech Leaders to Advance, Support Music Gear Marketplace’s Continued Growth
Reverb.com, the online marketplace for buying, selling, and learning about music gear, has hired former Braintree engineering manager Scott Parker as Chief Technology Officer and added longtime Grubhub Chief Financial Officer Adam DeWitt to its board of directors. Both Chicago-based tech leaders will support Reverb— which was recently named No. 18 on the Inc. 500 | 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies — as it continues to expand.
“It’s an exciting time to join the Reverb team – the current tech talent is incredible and the company’s growth is explosive,” said Parker. “I’m looking forward to helping build the engineering team as it continues to grow and improve the online buying and selling experience for musicians all over the world.”
Parker joins Reverb after more than four years at Chicago-based payments company Braintree. As he grew his team at Braintree from 6 to more than 60, Parker scaled back-office engineering and data efforts while also defining standards for interviewing, management, and onboarding of engineers. Prior to Braintree, Parker managed sales and marketing engineering at Groupon and consulted for a variety of Chicago companies.
As CTO, Parker will lead and scale the growth of Reverb’s expanding engineering team, ensuring that results, productivity, culture, quality, and more stay intact as the company grows. He will assume the responsibilities formerly split by COO Dan Melnick, who has taken the lead on the company’s new record marketplace Reverb LP, and former CTO Yan Pritzker, whose new role as Director of Infrastructure will allow him to focus on scaling Reverb’s technology as the company’s massive user base continues to grow across the globe.
As Parker joins the tech team, Grubhub’s Adam DeWitt joins Reverb’s board of directors. DeWitt, who has served as CFO of the nation’s leading online and mobile food-ordering marketplace for six years, helped Grubhub’s annual revenues grow from $22 million to an expected $675 million in 2017 and led the company through one of the most successful initial public offerings of 2014.
"I'm thrilled to join the Board of Directors and lend my experience scaling Grubhub during this exciting time of explosive growth for Reverb," said Adam DeWitt, chief financial officer at Grubhub. "CEO and Founder David Kalt is a true visionary, building a powerful two-sided marketplace at Reverb reinforced by a great company culture that supports and celebrates musicians and music lovers."
“Since launching in 2013, we’ve grown from several employees in a cramped room above a drum shop to a marketplace that sees more than 10 million visitors per month from all over the world,” said David Kalt, CEO and founder at Reverb. “As our company continues to evolve to meet the needs of our growing community of musicians and music lovers, we’ll continue to add strong tech leaders like Scott and Adam to our team.”
Reverb.com is the online marketplace to buy, sell and learn about new, used, vintage and handmade music gear. Since launching in 2013, Reverb.com has grown into the world’s most popular music gear website with more than eight million monthly visitors. At any given time, the site has roughly half a million listings ranging from electric, acoustic and bass guitars to effects, studio gear, synthesizers, drums, DJ equipment, orchestra instruments and more.