Paltalk, World’s Largest Video Chat Community, Names President and Appoints New VP of Marketing

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Popular Video Enabled Instant Messenger Service with More Than 42 Million Downloads Announces Promotion and New Senior Executive

Paltalk, the largest video chat community on the Internet with more than four million active members, announced today that it promoted Joel Smernoff, COO, to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer and hired Matthew Gore as Vice President of Marketing. Both executives will report to Paltalk founder and Chief Executive Officer Jason Katz and oversee the company’s efforts to develop the brand and expand the user base of the Paltalk Messenger, a unique program that allows users to interact one-to-one or to thousands of people simultaneously via video, voice and text chat.

As President, Smernoff will continue to oversee all business operations, including business strategy, product design, marketing, sales, customer service, finance and administration. In his role as VP of Marketing, Gore will be responsible for developing and managing a coordinated marketing approach to support the rapid growth of Paltalk, one of the most popular online services with more than 42 million downloads accounting for eight billion voice minutes per year.

“With more than 25 combined years of industry experience, Joel Smernoff and Matthew Gore will use their expertise to enhance the Paltalk brand and elevate it to a new level," said Katz, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Paltalk. “We are proud to offer a product that is enabling millions of users around the globe to connect in new ways, and we expect the new leadership and energy that Joel and Matt offer us will strengthen our position as the industry standard for how people communicate online"

Smernoff joined Paltalk in 2004 after setting business strategy and overseeing operations at a variety of small technology start-ups and large Fortune 500 companies. With more than 15 years of experience, he previously co-founded America Online’s first brand extension, AOL for Small Business, and was an executive of Netscape’s Netbusiness team. Smernoff earned his MBA in Finance and BS in Engineering, both from the University of Michigan.

“The Paltalk brand has been thriving for more than 8 years, leading the way in online innovation with cutting edge communication products that are user friendly and fun,” said Smernoff, President, Paltalk. “I am excited to continue my work with Paltalk in my new capacity to ensure that it is the best possible product it can be.”

A senior marketing professional with more than 10 years of Internet marketing experience, Gore joins Paltalk after working as Senior Director of Consumer Marketing at Net2Phone, Inc., Marketing Director at Worldspy.com (which was acquired by Juno) and at Sony Electronics where he implemented their first e-commerce initiative. Gore holds a Master of Science in Sport Marketing and Management from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University.

“Millions of active users are incorporating the Paltalk Messenger into their everyday lives to connect to topical discussions they care about,” said Gore, VP of Marketing, Paltalk. “I am committed to enhancing the user experience and educating new users on the wide variety of benefits our service has to offer.”

For nearly 10 years, Paltalk has been changing the way people communicate online, cultivating the most passionate user base on the Internet. Since 1998 the company has grown to become one of the most popular online services with more than four million active members around the world holding discussions on topics from politics to religion, from finance to flirting, the Paltalk community continues to grow everyday. The Paltalk Messenger is a free and easy to use program that lets users chat with new people they meet through the Paltalk chat rooms and friends on AOL, Yahoo and ICQ buddy lists.    

The Paltalk program answers the demands of users who crave a way to communicate beyond text, beyond one-to-one. Paltalk provides the only voice and video platform for thousands of people to simultaneously chat in real time, scaling voice and video chat rooms to handle a practically unlimited amount of users conversing on a given topic. Paltalk is compatible with almost every major chat service, allowing users to transfer existing buddy lists, combine all their contacts and talk to friends who use other IM programs.

The Paltalk Messenger allows members to create and moderate their own voice and video chat rooms that the millions of other Paltalk members can join in on. Users have complete control over how often their talks take place, which users are allowed to speak and the subject matter of the discussions. The Paltalk community takes great care in keeping a safe, “clean and well lit” environment, with more than 250 trained volunteer moderators making sure discussions are open and appropriate.

About Paltalk

Paltalk (http://www.paltalk.com) is the largest Instant Chat (IC) community on the Internet with over four million active members participating in live voice- and video-enabled chat rooms. Paltalk Messenger also makes it simple to instant message (IM) buddies on AOL, Yahoo, and ICQ. Founded in 1998, Paltalk is a privately held company based in New York. Paltalk also owns and operates HearMe (http://www.hearme.com), a B2B web conferencing service. Paltalk was the first company to launch video and voice combined with an on-line buddy list in one package.

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