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  • Street Culture: Life at Boxed Means “Do The Right Thing”

    Wholesale ecommerce retailer Boxed is taking its position as team leader seriously. The company pays for its employees’ kids to go to college. It looked at the industry-wide “pink tax” and started a campaign against the higher prices. It even started contributing $20,000 to pay for employees’ weddings after CEO Chieh Huang heard about a tough time one of his packing table workers was having.

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  • Why Brand Success Is About Unique Experiences and Community (And a Massive Audience)

    Hans Tung, managing partner at venture capital firm GGV Capital, spoke at Ibotta’s Mobile Innovation Summit last month about secrets to finding and building billion dollar companies. More than 10 years ago, GGV invested in “a little company in China in 2003,” he told the audience. Now that company’s market value is more than $400 billion: Chinese ecommerce company Alibaba.

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  • Street Culture: Hooch Expansion Reveals Value in Multi-Function Employees

    Lin Dai was at a wedding in New York. He ran into a friend he hadn’t seen in a while and told him about the job he had recently started, as one of the co-founding team of a free drink app startup, Hooch. At the time, the friend, Danny Yang, was a sales manager with Red Bull in Hong Kong. Later, Dai got a phone call from Yang.

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  • Tech and Brand Partnerships Point to a New Future of Mobile Shopping

    In the future, partnerships between brands, tech companies, and marketers will enable a massive shift in payments and change how shoppers access the goods they want. So said Mike Jaconi, CEO and co-founder of deep-linking software company Button, during Ibotta’s Mobile Innovation Summit last week, maintaining that U.S. commerce is not primed for purchase – but it’s getting there.

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  • LiveRamp Advances Data Identity Resolution in a Safe Place

    The data marketplace is nothing new, according to Benjamin Webb, head of data supply for identity resolution company LiveRamp. It’s the way that Acxiom company LiveRamp looks at the data marketplace a little differently that makes it uniquely valuable, Webb told Street Fight in a recent interview.

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  • ‘Mobile Marketplace’ from Button and Ibotta Adds 30 New Brands

    Ibotta and Button today launched a performance-based marketing platform that improves customer acquisition and mobile traffic. Mobile shopping app company Ibotta offers cash-back rewards to shoppers, and software-producer Button provides deep link connections within the Ibotta app. The new marketing platform extends the benefits that come with Ibotta rewards to fast-track th ...

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  • Street Culture: Blind References Help Weed Out Drama at Zaius

    Zaius, a business-to-consumer marketing and analytics company based in Boston, was founded in 2012 and launched commercially in 2015, and is led by a startup enthusiast: Mark Gally. “I actually love startups,” says Gally, CEO of Zaius (pronounced “zay-us”). He’s been with three others: software companies Merced Systems, VideoIQ, and TribeHR, which was acquired by NetSuite.

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  • Attribution and Measurement  is Creating a Data Management Arms Race

    David Staas, president of audience intelligence and mobile programmatic platform NinthDecimal, is a veteran of mobile branding, and has for years has participated in the industry’s obsession with linking consumer location and behavior. An average consumer spends nearly three hours per day on his or her mobile device or devices, according to a March 2017 comScore study, not i ...

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  • At Liftoff, a Classic Formula for Company Culture

    A 4.9 rating on Glassdoor is impressive. It’s the rating that mobile app marketing and targeting company Liftoff has earned, and it might be the best Glassdoor rating of all the companies that have ever been featured on Street Culture since spring 2015. It’s just one metric measuring a formula of company values, employee sentiment, and individual reviews, but the company has ...

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  • Captivate Adds Content Partners in Push for a 360-Degree Ad Solution

    Media is still fragmented, and as busy consumers become more and more media-averse, the industry is looking for new ways to reach them and new places to target them. Captivate announced Tuesday that 12 new content providers are joining the company’s digital place-based media network to take advantage of one of those new ways: on screens in thousands of building elevators and ...

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  • Hiya and Samsung Turn the Phone Dialer Into a Local Search Engine

    A new local search service is coming out on the freshest Samsung device, including the Galaxy Note 8 announced today, and it’s in the phone dialer app. From a user perspective, it’s like a local search engine integrated directly into the Android phone dialer, shown as a third “Places” tab at the top of the dialer screen next to “Recents” and “Contacts”.

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  • Street Culture: A New Way to Keep Score at CrowdOptic

    After many years of being asked about the technologies that his companies develop, the money he’s making, and then more about the technology, Jon Fisher is grateful to talk about the small but super-tight team he works with. “I’ve been with the same core engineering team for 20 years now,” Fisher says. “We’re like a less good-looking version of Ocean’s 11. But we do it legally, of course.

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  • Why Location Measurement and Attribution Are Key to Brand Visibility

    When digital ad measurement company Moat was acquired by Oracle in April, everyone in adtech started to see clearly a change that was happening. “OK, this market is now starting to move,” says Neil Sweeney, founder and CEO of beacon network company Freckle IoT, in an interview with Street Fight. “Everyone is realizing they need measurement, they need attribution. This is the next stage.

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  • Why 2017 Investments Will Take Local Companies Farther With Less

    There was a point in recent history, around 2014, when it seemed like investment firms were throwing money around. “It was growth at all costs,” Upserve CEO Angus Davis told us earlier this year. “That was tolerated in 2014. I don’t think that’s the case nowadays.” That time is long gone. Davis says that 2017 is a more difficult time for tech companies, especially software ...

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  • Structuring a Team and Creating Transparency in the Midst of Company Chaos

    Neil Sweeney has lots of opinions about how to run a company, especially a newer, smaller one. Embrace inherent chaos. Accept your position, wherever you are in the marketplace. Understand that your product will change over time, and help it happen. And several others – but one in particular that is perhaps the most important.

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  • Street Culture: A Look at the Spinoff Culture at Conichiwa

    A spinoff company from a larger mothership might already have culture built in. At Conichiwa, a Berlin-based proximity agency and beacon company, that’s not quite what is happening. With seven employees, Conichiwa is tasked with finding location-based solutions for aviation, banking, retail, and healthcare industries – breaking away from the hotel-focused mother company, Conichi.

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