Newly AOL-Free Bebo Adds Hi5, Oodle Executives

Shortly after buying Bebo from AOL (NYSE: AOL), Criterion Capital Partners managing partner Adam Levin told us that the social network would be “staffing up” and that’s indeed what it’s doing. Bebo has hired Akash Garg, a co-founder and former CTO of social network Hi5, as its new CTO, and Aren Sandersen, a former director of engineering at classified site Oodle, as VP of operations.

In a short interview, Garg, who left Hi5 last summer, said he had been working with Sandersen on “some startup ideas” prior to deciding to join Bebo — and that he was now thinking of Bebo “as a startup.”

“We’re [going to be] working super fast on new features and iterations,” he said. Levin outlined some of the areas that Bebo was planning to concentrate on — including mobile — in this interview with my colleague Robert Andrews last month.