Reverb names David Mandelbrot, former head of Indiegogo, as new CEO

Mandelbrot is a long-time guitar fan, and an early user of the site. He replaces founder David Kalt in the role.

Online gear marketplace Reverb has named David Mandelbrot as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective as of today (28 January 2020).

Mandelbrot has held various leadership posts within more than two decades of leadership experience within the technology, media, and entertainment industries – recently acting as CEO of crowdfunding website Indiegogo.

According to a statement, under Mandelbrot’s leadership “Reverb will focus on driving growth by improving the tools that enable music makers all over the world to find the perfect instrument and expanding the services that help sellers of all sizes connect with more buyers.” The marketplace also plans continued expansion of its teams in Chicago and Amsterdam.

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Josh Silverman, CEO of Etsy (which acquired Reverb in July last year) commented, “We are excited to have David take the helm at Reverb to guide its continued growth. His experience with successfully leading innovative companies across the technology and entertainment industries, and his passion for music, make him ideally suited for the role. We believe Reverb has a long runway for continued growth, and I’m confident David is the right leader to maximize its position in the musical instruments space.”

Mandelbrot himself said of the appointment: “as a long-time guitar enthusiast, I’ve been an active Reverb user since shortly after it was founded – I have sold several items and spent countless hours exploring the wonderful instruments uniquely available on Reverb. To join a company that combines my passion for music with my marketplace and technology experience is truly a dream come true. Plus, what could be a better way to find the perfect fingerstyle blues guitar than joining Reverb?

“The Reverb team has created something magical. I’m looking forward to keeping that magic alive while continuing to find new ways to help buyers and sellers connect over the perfect piece of music gear. It is also thrilling to be part of Etsy, a company I’ve long admired for its mission-driven business model and successful performance track record.”

Mandelbrot succeeds Reverb’s founder and former CEO, David Kalt.

Check out our two videos made with Reverb at NAMM: a showcase of some off-kilter 60s guitars and a run-through of a pedalboard loaded with legendary stompboxes.

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