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MarTech Interview with Owen Hanks, CEO at Measure Protocol

"Market research, data collection and validation are intrinsically linked to MarTech and AdTech." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Measure Protocol? Our team of founders came together in early 2018 to form Measure Protocol with a broad range of experience, alongside specific skills that lend us to certain roles. While each of our beginnings were very different, they have a few common threads including startups, technology before its time, acquisitions, too many trips to…

MarTech Interview with Shane Phair, CMO at Campaign Monitor

"Email is an incredibly effective way to communicate important topics and updates to employees and keep them engaged." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Campaign Monitor? I’ve worked in the technology space for over a decade, starting in Sales at Motorola, Ipswitch, and Brainshark, before leading the Marketing and Demand Generation teams at Cleo. This led me to join the Campaign Monitor team and larger CM Group family of brands in 2018. I was interested in joining the…

MarTech Interview with Morag Lucey, CEO at Televerde

"Adoption of CRM will continue to grow as more and more companies recognize its impact on customer retention and loyalty." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Televerde? Believe it or not, at 20-years of age, I was set on a career in fashion. I absolutely love clothes, style and the art of designing. What I didn’t know was how difficult it was to turn this passion into a lucrative career. While I was coming to terms with this reality, I was offered a great opportunity with a…

MarTech Interview with Tim Vanderhook, CEO at Viant

"Digital Out of Home (DOOH) and Connected Television (CTV) are the two fastest-growing areas of the media budgets and those two channels are all about video." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Viant? As Co-Founder and CEO of Viant, I drive the overall direction and business strategy for the company. 20 years ago when my brothers and I started the business, Digital Advertising was in its infancy and we were just learning how to buy and sell ads as entrepreneurs. I realized…

MarTech Interview with David Kilimnik, CEO at Hero Digital

"AI and Machine Learning will be indefensible for algorithmic decision making, but these technologies will never craft a business strategy or replace creativity." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Hero Digital? I have been working in Silicon Valley for 20 years and got my start on the software side of the business. In the late 90s, Silicon Valley was a great playground for learning, since there was a massive rush of young, energetic people with no experience in the space. My…

MarTech Interview with Tom Aitchison, CEO at Swrve

"SaaS has evolved from a technology delivery option to the most powerful platform for a lasting value-based relationship with customers." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Swrve? Throughout my 25 year career I have scaled successful global GTM organizations that have delivered strong revenue results and increased growth by up to 10X. It’s extremely exciting to join an organization that has an important technology and one that delivers real meaningful business value and that…

MarTech Interview with Monica Ho, CMO at SOCi

"I am a firm believer that Marketing and Sales should hold hands as one without the other is not very good at all." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at SOCi? I started my career at a time when a major transformation was happening. Marketers at that time were moving from traditional media to digital, and I was lucky enough to get a Marketing Analyst job at an agency that had an established traditional advertising base and a burgeoning opportunity in digital via an acquisition…

MarTech Interview with Igor Volzhanin, CEO at DataSine

"Businesses are struggling to understand the human behind the volume of data they hold on customers and leverage it to offer a meaningful exchange." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at DataSine? I founded DataSine in 2015, after moving to London to do a Ph.D. in Psychology and Computer Science at the University of London. Prior to that, I spent five years working in International Development, and have lived in New York, Frankfurt, Tirana, and New Delhi. I am quite passionate…

MarTech Interview with Niki Hall, CMO at Selligent Marketing Cloud

"Make sure your data policy is architected for the needs of each geography and business priority - it’s the only way to make sure that you can use AI." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to be part of Selligent Marketing Cloud? My career started on the agency side in the automotive sector, working with brands such as BMW and Porsche. Following that I made the switch to high-tech, working with other leading brands Cisco, Polycom and most recently Five9. Having always been fascinated with…

MarTech Interview with Brian Giese, CEO at True Influence

"AI is assisting Sales and Marketing on strategies such as product recommendations, lead scoring, personalized messaging, and intelligence." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to be part of True Influence? RK Maniyani and I Co-Founded True Influence in 2008. RK’s background is Software Development so he serves as the Chief Technology Officer and heads up our Bangalore, India office. I drive the vision for the company, combining innovative technology with Marketing and Sales expertise to…

MarTech Interview with Cameron Worth, CEO and Founder at SharpEnd

"Consumer engagement, in the traditional sense, has relied on messaging rather than interaction" Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at SharpEnd? Within the industry, there are many technology companies masquerading as brand experts and agencies who are lacking in the ability to work with and execute connected programs. SharpEnd was born out of a desire to fill this void. It was clear the tech space needed brand builders, focused on surfacing business value from new technologies,…

MarTech Interview with Pierre-Loic Assayag, CEO and Co-Founder at Traackr

"A brand has to genuinely be better than the alternatives and marketers have to be smarter than the competition." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start Traackr? It’s been a journey indeed! I started my career in Marketing for Procter & Gamble and Peugeot in Europe, before immigrating to the United States from France, by way of the UK and Spain, and transitioning to an internet technology entrepreneur 20 years ago. I refer to myself as a “recovering marketer” because when I…

MarTech Interview with Cameron V. Peebles, Chief Marketing Officer at inMarket

"If you can tie ad spend back to purchase intent and store visits, you’re in good shape." Tell us about your role and journey into Advertising Technology. What inspired you to be a part of inMarket? I started my career in the agency space in the late 90s. At that time, Digital Advertising was something that everyone knew would become a reality, but no one had a clue what form it would mature into. As such, it didn’t even demand a line item from brands, let alone a scalable budget. The true innovation back then was…

MarTech Interview with Drew Chapin, Vice President of Marketing at Hyland

"Data democratization is the key to an enterprise’s ability to compete on data." How exciting is the current Information Management ecosystem today? Very exciting. The industry is able to move beyond the data you own and bringing in intent data and other demand signals to help predict where demand is occurring. Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Hyland? I’ve been in technology since college and served as an Army Signal Officer. I transitioned to Civilian roles at big…

MarTech Interview with Abhi Yadav, Founder and CEO at Zylotech

"Using AI and ML to improve and make the customer experience more exciting and personal is intriguing." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Zylotech? My Co-Founder, Iqbal Kaur and I spent years building analytics software and innovation engines for enterprise brands. We were both struck by how difficult it was for businesses to manage and consume their customer data. Despite heroic efforts to plan data discovery, schemas, build connectors, transform data, and do advanced…

MarTech Interview with Dave Fall, CEO at Brand Networks

"Digital advertising has been one of the most disruptive and exciting spaces in technology over the last few decades." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Brand Networks?  Digital Advertising has been one of the most disruptive and exciting spaces in technology over the last few decades. It’s changed the way business gets done in every category. I have been in the space for 20 years and first started my Digital Advertising career with NetGravity in 1999. I felt that Brand…

MarTech Interview with James Ingram, CEO at Splashlight and Telmar

"The more sophisticated you can get, combining human science and data science, the better understanding you have of them." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Splashlight and Telmar? I started at Splashlight in 2005, and I had always been interested in the Creative space. And I saw this when I met Benoit; the company was three years old at the time, and the kind of brand they had, to be involved at the creative level with the photography was very appealing. And so we joined…

MarTech Interview with Panayotis Nikolaidis, CEO and Founder at Savings United

"Increasing the level of autonomy and creativity means that our team members are more likely to have a great day." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start Savings United? I wanted to set up my own business for as long as I can remember. However, I was inspired to start Savings United following a summer entrepreneurship program at Hanse Ventures, an incubator company for start-ups in Hamburg. The program was excellent. It gave my cohort and me the opportunity to develop new business…

MarTech Interview with David George, CEO at Pixability

"AI allows us to continually improve the performance we can drive for marketers and break new ground in areas such as dynamic budget allocation within and across video platforms." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start at Pixability? Inspired by my father’s career, I studied International Business and was then fortunate to start my career in Boston, where I was surrounded by many innovative technology companies. I combined my interests in Business and Technology early on and took…

MarTech Interview with Shamsudeen Mustafa, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Correlation One

"As the impact of AI grows, one of the biggest challenges we encounter will be algorithmic bias." Tell us about your role and journey into Technology and the Data Science field. What inspired you to start Correlation One? When we started the company in 2015, we felt the AI and Data Science talent market was being overlooked. At the time, Data Science had not yet become a buzzword even though the conversation around Big Data and AI was heating up. In 2011, Marc Andreessen famously said “software is eating the world” and…