Twitter Hires Former Googler Philippe Dauman Jr. As Director Of Commerce Partnerships

Dauman Jr joins Twitter

After a series of recent departures, Twitter looks to be beefing up its commerce team, hiring Google’s Philippe Dauman Jr as a director of commerce partnerships.

According to a tweet Dauman Jr. posted earlier, he is leaving Google after 6.5 years to join Twitter. He is also the son of Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman.

Earlier this year Twitter was reported as nearing a deal with Stripe, a payments startup, to help it accept credit card payments from users on the platform.

Twitter has a history of dabbling about in e-commerce particularly with companies on the outside which it had partnerships with.

Such as in February of 2013 when Twitter linked up with American Express to allow AmEx card holders to use Twitter to buy specific products if their credit cards were synced with Twitter.

They had another deal with Starbucks that was similar, and required users to sync their Starbucks accounts with Twitter before they tweeted to a specific account on Twitter in order to buy a friend a gift card from Starbucks.

Dauman Jr. was most known at Google for his role as development lead for Google Wallet’s Instant Buy business. Last year TicketMaster CEO Nathan Hubbard was hired to lead its commerce initiative.

Chris Atkins

Chris Atkins leads product development at PostalBit, is a writer, internet marketer, content coordinator, and startup founder. He has worked alongside serial entrepreneur and investor Jason Calacanis, and social media mogul Brendan Hampton. Chris previously managed social media and produced content for, and curated content for (sold to Bitly). He has spent years covering the business, technology, health, and finance sectors among many others.


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