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Interview with Andy Ellenthal, Chief Executive Officer, STAQ

"Everything needs to be cleansed and normalized to allow for accurate comparison as the data flows into STAQ from across many platforms."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. How did you arrive at STAQ? I knew of STAQ for about three to four years, and I came in as the CEO once the company had started growing beyond the early startup phase and solved a problem I’m passionate about. In the past, I had personally encountered the problem that STAQ solves — market fragmentation creates a multitude of data…

Interview with Kate Hammett, Head of Global Partnerships, Red Box

"We believe we are entering a voice-first world, where consumerization meets the enterprise, where virtual assistants enable our workforce to be smarter, freeing the agent to focus on more personalized voice-based interactions."What were your key takeaways from Dreamforce 2018? With over 170,000 people attending Dreamforce, the city was taken over by Salesforce and one message resonated: The opportunity to maximize the value of data that is pumped into Salesforce. It’s no longer just a CRM platform, with the constantly…

Interview with Shafqat Islam, Co-Founder and CEO, NewsCred

"Content Marketing has to drive measurable business results and like the rest of the marketing organization, contribute to the revenue engine of their companies in order to continue to justify budgets and spend."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. How did you start NewsCred? I spend most of my time managing the strategic growth of the company and learning from our customers about how our platform can help marketing organizations work better together to increase their performance. In college, I was a…

Interview with Carlos Cruz, Chief Executive Officer, ClickTool

"Using AI for an analytics platform has the potential to identify 10x more valuable information than a regular user would on their own."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you join ClickTool? After having a very successful online marketing project at a young age, I took a long hiatus and started to think about all the possibilities where I could go next. All my heroes were technology titans and it became obvious to some that technology is what I really wanted to do. Connecting it with my…

Interview with Sara Larsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Brightcove

"The most successful marketers are those that are optimizing their video strategies to adapt to the multiple different ways that people consume content today and leveraging video insights for long-term success."Tell us about your role at Brightcove and the team you handle. I’m passionate about the power of video. My role at Brightcove is to bring this passion to life through our marketing and communications strategies, and share how video can move businesses in meaningful ways, whether that’s in broadcasting or…

Interview with Ori Faran, Chief Executive Officer, CallVU

"People, especially the younger ones, are finding it easy to give up some of their privacy if it gets them some kind of financial benefit."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to join CallVU? I spent the first years of my career designing and building advanced software solutions for the contact center. But I always felt that something was missing and that the interface between customers and organizations cannot be restricted to a phone call, a web page or even an app. I founded CallVU…

Interview with Jean Belanger, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cerebri AI

"How can brands become proactive? Firstly, we need to stop treating customers as transactions and begin to respect their journey with us as their vendor."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to establish Cerebri AI? Cerebri AI is my fourth startup in total. My last company, which we sold in 2015, was a data-science company focused on bringing operations research to the supply chain of the largest retailers and distributors in the world. We built state-of-the-art models to optimize the…

Interview with Charles Manning, Chief Executive Officer, Kochava

"The problems our industry faces are largely caused by its focus and structure, such as centralization and last-click attribution, which is a poor way to measure the efficacy of advertising."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What were your thoughts behind initiating Kochava? Kochava was born out of a consulting service that built custom apps for brands and entrepreneurs. This was just as smartphones were taking off and the business was growing along with the demand for apps. When one of our clients…

Interview with Scott Rogerson, Chief Executive Officer, UpContent

"It is our view that the best use of technology is where there is a comparative advantage over completing the process manually."Tell us about your role at UpContent and why you chose Hootsuite for this integration? I am the Founder and CEO of UpContent. My role includes a number of functions but largely revolves around listening to and observing how our customers leverage UpContent to build trust and deepen relationships with their audience (internal and external). Hootsuite was our “first love” as the kernel of the tech…

Interview with Michael Connolly, Co Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sonobi

"Our primary focus is how to best understand who a user is and then to predict their location on the internet over a given period of time."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you start Sonobi? Sonobi was started out of the necessity to make us better publishers. Using technology to get more yield out of inventory is where the idea for Sonobi started. It has evolved into a people-based marketing platform but the origins were solving a problem for ourselves. As a serial entrepreneur, what are…

Interview with Fred Studer, Chief Marketing Officer, FinancialForce

"CMOs today have to make sure they are listening to both — the communities that are building marketing technology and the marketing leaders who have their fingers on the pulse of what's going on."What is the most exciting aspect of being a part of a Cloud Tech company? My favorite thing about working in Cloud software is the pace at which change is happening. It continues to accelerate but we also see new, innovative companies entering the market across sub-sectors, including B2C and B2B, and across an entire…

Interview with Bhaskar Roy, Head of Growth, Workato

"I find it useful to always ask: What are the key things that we need as a team to do our jobs 2x better and faster? Then we can identify the tech that could help us achieve that."Tell us about your role at Workato and the team you handle? I’m the VP of Growth at Workato. The team I oversee is mostly marketing — from product to content — but it also includes our sales development team. What was the biggest attraction for you at Dreamforce 2018? Personally, I’m a big fan of the expo floor. I loved walking around and…

Interview with Mika Yamamoto, President, Marketo

"Small companies will never have the same resources as large companies, but now there is functionality that allows them to operate similarly to how enterprises operate."Tell us about your role and how you got here. What inspired you to be part of a Marketing Technology company- Marketo? My move from SAP to Marketo was less of moving away from something, than moving to something. The opportunity to join Marketo is one that I believe comes very infrequently in someone’s career — it’s the perfect combination of product set…

Interview with C. Edward Brice, Chief Marketing Officer, Vendavo

"Much of the enterprise data is still siloed and trapped in legacy systems that prevent automated intelligence gathering and identification of actionable insights."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to join Vendavo? I manage the demand generation, product management, marketing, sales enablement, and sales and marketing operations functions of our company. I come from a marketing background grounded in B2C and B2B, with experience in both small and large enterprise companies. What I…

Interview with Ran Avrahamy, VP Global Marketing, AppsFlyer

"The best marketers will agree that mobile attribution essentially allows them to drive at full speed with their eyes wide open instead of basically flying blind."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to join AppsFlyer? After selling a company I co-founded to Google, I knew I wanted to return to my roots and work for a small and agile company with a potentially great growth story, so AppsFlyer was the natural next step. I joined the company as their thirteenth employee and their first…

Interview with Melodye Mueller, VP Marketing and Strategic Alliances, CloudHealth Technologies

"We are pushing the envelope with our data and looking for ways to leverage ML and AI to provide us with even better insights and the ability to predict what our target audience wants."Tell us about your role at CloudHealth and how you got here. What inspired you to join the company? I lead marketing for CloudHealth Technologies. I started in April 2013, joining the founding team as they secured Series A funding. Our CEO at the time had pulled together an executive leadership team and two senior engineers to build a…

Interview with Louis-David Mangin, CEO and Co-Founder, Confiant

"Our efficacy at detecting and protecting from malicious ads better than others has always been the main driver of our growth." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you start Confiant? Meeting Jerome Dangu, the Co-Founder and CTO of Confiant. His in-depth knowledge of digital security was very compelling. As I started researching and learning more about the digital ad ecosystem, it became abundantly clear that this was a problem that needed a real solution. Every platform and publisher I spoke…

Interview with Michael Benedek, President and CEO, Datonics

"The consumer comes first — this is a concept that we incorporate in everything we do and something that all members of our ecosystem should follow."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to join Datonics? As President and CEO of Datonics, a subsidiary of the AlmondNet Group of companies, I head the company’s business of providing high-quality, high-performing data to marketers while helping data-providing partners maximize returns from their data. I helped establish Datonics over seven…

Interview with Kyle Morton, Founder and CPO, HapYak Interactive Video

"The way to prepare for AI solutions is to identify where these conditions exist, examine, and create a good hypothesis for how to use data in optimizing outcomes."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to start HapYak? I've been involved in groundbreaking technology since the search engine wars of the last millennium. Throughout my career, I've worked with startups leveraging technology to solve bigger and bigger problems by connecting people and content in new ways through search,…

Interview with Jean-Christophe Conti, CEO, VIOOH

"Many industries have been disrupted by OTT strategies, but it is a winning bet for marketers to always start their thinking process from consumer behavior."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you join VIOOH? I have spent the majority of my career in the technology and advertising field, most recently as VP in charge of the Publisher Business Unit for EMEA at AppNexus and VP of Global Partnerships at Yahoo. The advertising industry is changing rapidly, so when the opportunity to lead a business…