NEWS: Irvine Accelerator Hires a Product Development Exec

An accelerator of innovation for large enterprises, which also functions as a growth accelerator for emerging startups, hired a product executive.

Cie Digital Labs, with HQ in Irvine, hired Micah Miller as director of product development. (See the most recent story about the accelerator here.

Micah Miller, director of product development,
Cie Digital Labs

During his career, Miller has developed products and digital apps for leading companies like ConsumerTrack; Thrive Market, an e-commerce membership-based retailer; and Whalerock Industries, which created five of the top 20 entertainment category apps in the App Store.

At one point in 2015, Whalerock’s $1.99 Kimoji emoticon app saw 9,000 downloads per millisecond, breaking records.

“How many people can say their creations broke the App Store?” John Montgomery, CDO at Cie

Digital Labs, said in a release. “Micah is well known as a very hands-on and effective product manager in fast-moving startups. Our team will greatly benefit from Micah’s experience

with tech transformation. We look forward to having him help grow our talent base in Orange County.”

Miller’s mission at Cie Digital Labs is to develop new tech, use it to launch products, and make sure those products advance the company’s mission of helping enterprises innovate and startups scale.

More About Miller

Earlier in his career, Micah was product director at Demand Media, which is now Leaf Group. There, he led its vision for a mobile-first approach to new products.

He also directed product at Myspace and began his career building products and partnerships at AOL.

He was also director of product at Thrive Market. Before that he was VP of Product for ConsumerTrack, where he drove a 10% increase in revenue.

From 2015 to 2017, Miller led product at Whalerock Industries.

He also led all native mobile and web properties for the Kardashian and Jenner brands, which included digital feature sets, like sticker apps.

About The Author

Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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