JLL appoints Google Executive Vinay Goel as Chief Digital Product Officer
Chicago-based real estate and investment management professional services company Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has named Vinay Goel as its new Chief Digital Product Officer (CDPO), an appointment that will further accelerate the company’s digital transformation program.
“I am excited to join JLL at such a transformative time for the company and for the industry,” said Goel. “Technology is revolutionizing the future of work and how employers attract and retain talent, which creates tremendous opportunity for our industry and the clients we serve.”
Goel joins the company from Google where he stood as the Director of Product Management for Google Maps and Local Technologies for a period of almost seven years. Further, prior to this, Goel stood as the Head of Products for Google India for a further four years and a half years.
In addition, Goel has also held senior roles at Intel, Sega, Motorola and Webroot Software.
“Vinay joining JLL is a game-changer for the corporate real estate industry,” said John Forrest, Global and Americas CEO, JLL Corporate Solutions. “His 30-year track record of digital innovation leadership, combined with our incredible JLL team, will accelerate our ability to deliver products and insights that help clients drive business transformation.”
Goel will be tasked with overseeing the development and delivery of JLL’s technology solutions, largely launched within JLL Spark - the division dedicated to delivering new technology-driven real estate service offerings.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.
First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.
“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”
Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse
Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”
Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.
“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.