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Interview with Eng Tan, CEO and Founder, Simplr

"We’ll start to see a bigger shift and need for experience management tools that help marketers better understand every aspect of how their customer is communicating to them, and at every step of the sales cycle."Tell us about your current role and about your background and how you came to found Simplr?  My role is to deliver a great customer experience for our partners and their consumers. What that looks like specifically ranges from day-to-day quality control to anticipating and understanding our partner needs, to…

Interview with Anthony Kennada, Chief Marketing Officer, Gainsight

"Too many sales and marketing organizations are focused on building a sales process that is disconnected from how prospects like to buy."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you join Gainsight? I started my career as a high tech recruiter in 2008, placing software engineers with exciting startups in Silicon Valley. As it turned out, 2008 was not a good economic climate for hiring anyone. Our boutique agency folded after six months or so and I was out looking for a new job. I emailed my hiring…

Interview with Arndt Groth, President, Smaato

"Competition is definitely a good thing when it comes to marketing tools, but the downside is that it always takes a long time to integrate the acquisitions into a holistic offering."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. How did you arrive at Smaato? After spending the last couple of decades with different ad tech and media companies, joining Smaato was a natural evolution. The tech industry has shifted towards mobile-first, and that's exactly where Smaato is. I’ve always had an interest in technology,…

Interview with Diane Perlman, CMO, Blis

"Having this ability to accurately reach and engage consumers with greater relevance and precision ultimately leads to increased revenue growth."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you join Blis? Back in the US, I was poached by a tech startup who was a client of the agency I worked for and became their first Marketing Director. This was during the time of the original internet bubble and brought me to the UK. From there I went back agency side - to a large global ad agency, then to a digital…

Interview with Matthew Wasserlauf, CEO and Founder, Torrential

"While TV advertising will remain an important medium in the greater mix, it’s importance will diminish as millennials access video across devices."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to find Torrential? My role in the tech industry was born out of an epiphany I had in 1998 at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, CA. Jeff Weiner (now CEO of LinkedIn) was walking us through CityWeb; a digital product merging the worlds of Warner Bros. with Time Inc. in a never-seen-before, internet…

Interview with Santi Pierini, President and COO, CAKE

"Our goal is to give marketers a detailed picture of how all the elements of their campaigns are contributing to the end result."Tell us a bit about your role at CAKE. Currently, I oversee CAKE’s business operations, plus our global technology and corporate strategy. As a marketing technology provider, our main focus is marketing intelligence. We build SaaS solutions that deliver accurate and granular insights about marketing campaign performance. Today’s marketers have so many options when it comes to where and how to…

Interview with Jeff Ray, CEO, Brightcove

"As a video company, we need to make it easy for our customers to make great experiences for their end customers."Tell us about your role at Brightcove and how you got here. What’s the most fascinating aspect of leading a technology company? It was a unique path that brought me to this leadership role at Brightcove. After successfully transitioning my prior company, Ellucian, from a combination of multiple premise-based software companies to a cloud-based SaaS leader of solutions designed to enable colleges and…

Interview with Mike Baker, President and CEO, dataxu

"There are two megatrends that will define the future of the industry: convergent TV and AI. Convergent TV is being driven by consumers cord-cutting and cord-shaving in favor of streaming TV."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What galvanized you to be a part of dataxu? I’ve been lucky to have a number of successful marketing tech positions over the course of my career, including at CMGI (Internet investment company), Engage Technologies (data profiling), Enpocket (mobile marketing), Nexage (mobile…

Interview with Kai Henniges, CEO and Co-Founder, video intelligence

"Marketers shouldn’t expect to be driving immediate sales from video, but expect to raise awareness and educate. Using it to tell strong brand stories is where it’s at its most powerful."Tell us about your role at vi and the team/technology you handle. I founded video intelligence (vi) three years ago, having run content platform Viewster for nearly a decade. With experience as a publisher ourselves, we knew the challenges, so the goal with vi was to find the best monetization platform for publishers. We now have a…

Interview with Barry Adams, General Manager, BidSwitch

"The lack of transparency makes performance and ROI incredibly difficult to measure and growth difficult to achieve in any ongoing capacity."Tell us about your role at BidSwitch and the team/technology you handle. I'm the newly appointed General Manager of BidSwitch, overseeing a team of roughly 100 people encompassing a group of around 65 engineers, as well as product, client services, sales, marketing, finance, and operations. BidSwitch was developed in 2013 by IPONWEB (the bespoke ‘behind the scenes’ technology that…

Interview with Giuseppe Caltabiano, Head of Content Strategy, EMEA & APAC, Contently

"The modern customer experiences content that brands have aimed toward them, based on a complex profile of their habits, preferred devices and the challenges they face."Tell us about your role at Contently and the team and technology that you handle. I’m Contently’s Head of Content Strategy for EMEA and APAC, and in the role I advise B2C and B2B clients on high level content marketing strategy. What draws you to DMEXCO this year?  It’s my very first edition. I have always wished to attend and for many reasons I…

Interview with John Dahl, CEO, Co-Founder at Mux

"For some online video platforms, the most profitable form of monetization isn't advertising - it's sponsored content. An interesting sponsored video is a lot more engaging than a traditional pre-roll ad." Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What inspired you to found Mux? I got into software accidentally. I actually studied philosophy in college and theology in graduate school and started doing some freelance programming when I needed a job, since the market for professional philosophers is a bit thin.…

Interview with David Mason, CEO and Founder, StudioNow

"Brands and agencies do not have much data to help determine how much to spend on creative and production because they never really know how the content is going to perform."Tell us about your role and journey into technology. What made you start StudioNow? I have been an entrepreneur for the past 25 years. Along the way, I have dabbled with having a normal job here or there, but always found that my passion was to create ideas and companies from scratch. My key ingredients have always been to identify a large-scale trend…

Interview with Barbara Bates, CEO, Hotwire

"As a business leader who fully embraces technology advancements such as AI, I can't forget about the human element that is vital to keep the business of public relations and integrated communication alive."Tell us about your journey into PR tech. What galvanized you to join Hotwire as a CEO? I founded Eastwick Communications in Silicon Valley more than 27 years ago, and in 2016 it was acquired by Hotwire. I was initially appointed as the CEO of North America, but I became Global CEO shortly thereafter. I was intrigued by…

Interview with Robert Glickman, CMO, Arm Treasure Data

"The real value of AI will be the interplay between leveraging the potential of AI and staying grounded on what makes us uniquely human."Tell us about your journey into technology. What made you join Arm Treasure Data? My journey into tech started out of college, where I worked for a small business, for four years, selling restaurant equipment. The reason this was very important was that I met passionate, talented chefs at the top of their game, who were extremely demanding. It was here that I learned the art of serving a…

Interview with Shubham Goel, Co-Founder, Affinity

"CRMs should be able to go from being systems of record to actual prescriptive platforms where they’re helping the sales rep throughout their days on which deals to reach out to, where the ball is being dropped."Tell us about your journey into technology. What made you co-start Affinity? My co-founder and I were studying at Stanford and spent a summer at an incubator when we discovered the problems that made us start the company. It was fairly serendipitous: we were just looking to better understand what people across…

Interview with Michelle Eichner, Founder and CEO, Digitile

"The average corporate marketing team uses 91 different cloud tools in their tech stack."Tell us about your journey into technology. How did you end up as a CEO from being a VP Product? My marketing career led me into the tech industry. In the infancy of the “dot-com” boom of the late 1990s, I worked for Net Perception where I was doing B2B marketing for recommendation software before Amazon’s recommendation engine existed. I was a liaison between business and the tech community because I could speak both languages. As a…

Interview with Dave Swarthout, Data Protection Officer, Monetate

"Privacy by Design is about ensuring that all of the data privacy principles are incorporated into our products, on top of guaranteeing security."Tell us about your role at Monetate and how you got here. As Monetate’s Data Protection Officer (DPO) and General Counsel, I lead our legal, contracts, data privacy and HR teams. As DPO, I authored Monetate’s Data Protection Policy, developed internal General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) best practices and launched Monetate’s data security training. My responsibilities as…

Interview with Ben Plomion, CMO, GumGum

"Too many marketers continue to hang on to the more traditional elements of marketing while ignoring those that could help improve consumer engagement and brand visibility."Tell us about your role at GumGum and how you got here. What’s the most fascinating aspect of being a part of GumGum? I joined GumGum three years ago and became Chief Marketing Officer a year later. I am responsible for Brand Management, Integrated Marketing Programs and Corporate Communications. Our company teaches machines how to see things the way…

Interview with Gil Becker, President and CEO, AnyClip

"As advertisers’ ability to target users is confined, they will have to get creative about reaching the consumer, and contextual targeting of the content they consume is the best place to do just that."Tell us about your journey into technology. What made you be a part of AnyClip? Most of my career evolved around technology. I studied Mathematics, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering and I was always attracted to technology-centric companies. I’m at AnyClip because marrying premium video content with…