Alexander Francis Muse (born November 3, 1972, in Virginia Beach, Virginia and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and Katy, Texas, United States) is an entrepreneur best known as the co-founder and CEO of ShopSavvy, the world's largest mobile shopping application. In 1999 he founded LayerOne, a venture backed startup subsequently sold to Equinix (Switch & Data). Muse is the son of Ralph Buckley Muse a successful United States business executive. He is also co-founder and Chairman of Architel, an managed cloud company based in Dallas, TX. He is also a co-founder of Big in Japan, the company that built Fancast that was subsequently sold to Comcast Interactive. In 2005 Muse created a reality television series called MotorSport Ranch that initially aired on INHD and can currently be seen on VOOM. Muse maintains the popular weblog StartupMuse.
Founded in 2008, ShopSavvy was the winner of Google's Android Developer Challenge in that same year and was one of the first ten Android applications available to end users. ShopSavvy has been downloaded more than 40 million times and is the most popular shopping mobile shopping application on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 . In 2011 ShopSavvy raised a $7M Series A investment lead by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin to expand the application's social shopping features.
Prior to founding LayerOne, Muse held various sales positions with ICG Communications (metropolitan fiber provider), BBN Planet (internet backbone provider) and Broadwing (long haul fiber provider). Realizing a need for each of these companies to connect to one another, Muse wrote a 300 page business plan detailing his concept for neutral interconnection points in each major city in the United States. Muse pioneered the concept of 'buy-side' interconnection, whereby carriers were encouraged to participate in 'pooling points' in major cities without upfront costs. Carriers who sold connectivity were charged a monthly recurring fee based on the capacity of the connection. Within three years the company provided interconnection services to every major and most minor telecommunications companies in the United States with the notable exception of Sprint.
In 2003 Muse left LayerOne to become CEO of Architel, an information technology services company he co-founded with Scott H. Ryan in 2001. Architel provides managed cloud services to medium and large sized businesses.
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