Uprizer, a peer-to-peer infrastructure company, says it has named former Hewlett-Packard executive Dave Scantling as its president and CEO. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company, co-founded by Freenet creator Ian Clarke, said Scantling's experience in e-services management at HP will help direct the company into mobile and enterprise markets. Uprizer said its new infrastructure technology, Key Accessed Redundant Memory Architecture (KARMA), helps mobile network operators cut costs in the distribution of data sent to wireless phones by creating a storage and delivery network out of millions of networked mobile devices.
In April, the company received a $4 million investment from Intel, Kline Hawkes and Shugart Venture Fund. The company's technology is built on elements of Freenet, a file-sharing network that allows people to search for and retrieve files from individual computers around the world. Uprizer's technology draws on Freenet's ability to cluster demand for information and deliver that data more cost effectively.