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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.
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.
Wasted investments. Naiveté. Being completely broke and liquidating a 401k and spending a quarter of that money on travel expenses to meet with one possible investor. Those things might not sound like the ideal starting place for a local marketing superhero, but they were the original calling cards of an idea belonging to a possible one – Signpost CEO Stuart Wall.
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 ...
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.
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.
Big name tech companies including Facebook, Google, Square, SalesForce, Chase Bank, and many others are offering the knowledge they have acquired on the way up to small businesses that might not be getting all the help they need. In April 2016, the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) launched a technology coalition partnered with a huge variety of organizations to help sma ...
Big brands have already figured out how to use social media – just dump tons of money into it. Buy followers. Pay a marketing company to post wholesome memes every day, and create your own hashtag. But less well-known brands, local shops, and small business owners are finding that Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other apps can be overwhelming.
While some company founders sit down and write out their core values and identify what their company’s culture should be before they even find the people who will help them, others just go with their gut. For Pete Gombert, founder of local marketing company Balihoo, his gut feeling about culture has turned into a whole new company.
In a conference room, a sign on the wall says, “This is a no bullshit zone”. At beacon company Estimote, people are trying to take that statement extremely literally. The company’s mission is to build a new operating system for the physical world, and to get there the team needs zero bullshit. Culture is far too important to leave to chance, says John Cieslik-Bridgen, Estim ...
Image and video hosting website Photobucket is the latest tech brand that’s going local. The company announced today that it is partnering with location intelligence firm Cuebiq to understand users’ offline behaviors and provide them with a more relevant experience. The location data that Cuebiq provides will display what users are doing when they use Photobucket, including ...
Five years young, mobile shopping app company ibotta has already outgrown itself and is rolling out the biggest official overhaul of its user interface today — one that gives users 17% more money back than the last version of the app. What began as a mostly grocery shopping app that awarded rebates to users for buying stuff they normally buy anyway has drawn more shoppers ou ...
There are two options if you want to be a tech startup owner — one is to attach yourself to someone else’s startup in the early stages so you have equity options. The second option is to do it yourself. Doing it yourself often comes with a painful side effect, says Joshua Enders, managing partner of client success at digital commerce company Six Vertical. “It’s an absolute grind.
When Eric Groves left his job at Constant Contact in 2011, he took six months off to go on a quest – a research mission to better understand the problems of small business owners. “I wanted to understand small business customers, where they come from, where the best source of new customers was coming from,” Groves says.
Environment, talent, and process all encourage the growth of innovation, according to IT research firm CEB, which was recently acquired by Gartner. But there’s a balancing act that must take place between structure and exploration — especially for smaller companies on a fast upward growth curve.
Dublin-based digital search platform startup Pointy is still at that point where the culture is just what it is, without special definitions or structure. “I’ve been at companies before where the employees are silo-ed into sales teams and engineering teams,” says Mark Cummins, co-founder of Pointy. “The number of people on our team now is small, almost painfully small.
Though SEO software company Moz is more than a decade into its business evolution, CEO Sarah Bird says there is no in-between stage for her company. “As Moz has grown, I still feel that I’m in the very early stages,” Bird says. “You never arrive. There’s no ‘Yay, we did it, we’re done.’ I’m not in between anything. I’m still on the cusp. There’s so much more to do, so much opportunity.
Regular telecommuting among the non-self-employed population has grown by 103% since 2005, according to U.S. Census Bureau data analyzed by globalworkplaceanalytics.com. “Two fears about corporate culture often arise when organizations consider allowing remote work,” writes Rodney L. Lowman, author of A Comprehensive Guide to Theory, Skills, and Techniques.
It’s been nearly two years since we first spoke with software platform development company Dispatch about its culture, and the company now says it is using a secret weapon to iron out a few wrinkles in its operation. His name is Corey. “Let’s talk more about Corey,” says James Zar, Dispatch co-founder and current chief of strategy.
In less than two years, location intelligence firm Cuebiq has grown to about 30 people, with employees stationed in multiple offices in the U.S. and in Milan, Italy. Cuebiq is a spin-off of Beintoo, a European mobile marketing company that CEO Antonio Tomarchio previously led before handing off the company to new leadership.