Michael Sheeley, the co-founder of super popular health and fitness analytics app RunKeeper, stepped down from his role as COO and Chief Product Officer at the company this week. He announced his departure in a post on his personal blog Thursday, and the news was first picked up by the Boston Business Journal.
Details around Sheeley’s abrupt departure from FitnessKeeper (RunKeeper’s parent company) are scant. In his blog post, Sheeley alluded to starting a new business, but that seems to be in the idea stage:
“…I know this is just the beginning for this company. I, however, will be moving on. I’ll still be around town, I’ll still be blogging about software and the Massachusetts start-up ecosystem. I’ll still be offering my time to help out other entrepreneurs in whatever way I can. I never say ‘no’ to meeting and helping other entrepreneurs.
For me, I’m an entrepreneur. I start businesses. I create. It is what I love to do. …stay tuned.”
Sheeley, a repeat entrepreneur who was trained as a software engineer, started developing RunKeeper with FitnessKeeper CTO Joe Bondi back in 2008. Since then, FitnessKeeper has raised $11.5 million in venture capital (most recently in a $10 million Series B round in November 2011) and is reportedly on track to employ more than 40 people this year.
We’ve reached out to FitnessKeeper and Sheeley for more details about the departure, and will update this post with any additional information we receive.
FitnessKeeper, Inc. is the company behind RunKeeper, a mobile fitness platform that leverages the location technology in smartphones to help runners and other fitness enthusiasts better track, measure, and improve their fitness. Our flagship iPhone application has been downloaded millions of times, and was named by TIME Magazine as one of the top 10 iPhone applications of 2009. We recently launched on Android, and have several additional smartphone and non-smartphone devices planned. Fitnesskeeper, Inc. was founded in 2008...
Michael Sheeley is the co-founder/COO & “Product Guy” behind RunKeeper & the Health Graph, a mobile fitness platform that incorporates a unique blend of tracking, sharing, analytics, and coaching to enable runners and other fitness enthusiasts to get motivated, stay motivated, and improve their results over time. Previously Michael founded Mobile-Link Solutions Inc., a software company focusing on mobile enterprise software. Michael started his career founding Estorrs, a social website for the UConn Storrs campus. Outside of his entrepreneurial endeavors,...