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Nintendo should just give up!

Being a native Washingtonian, I have a soft spot in my heart for Nintendo (their US headquarters are located in Redmond Washington).  Not only did they arguably create the first mass market for casual games, they have continued to create perennial fun and entertaining games. Reading their latest financial results, with a huge operating loss of…

Tune’s PostBack Conference Rocked

Although, I may have been one of the oldest guy at the show, I had a fantastic time at Tune's PostBack conference.  Just to give you an idea of the vibe at the show, there were fantastic sessions led by important industry players combined with late night parties with a famous DJ followed by catered…

Tune Is The Next Seattle Tech IPO

I just attended the HasOffers conferenced called PostBack.  btw, they just changed their name to Tune.  It was an incredible conference.   I have spent a bunch of time with HasOffers (now Tune) which focuses on attribution analytics for the Web and mobile.  Aka they know how effective your ad spend is which is especially important…

New Online Analytics Upstarts – What’s New Is Old Again

It is always shocking to me how there are a seeminglying never-ending of new takes on old what seem to be established busieness. I was struck with how some of the big businesses around online analytics. For every new challenger, there is a new upstart flanker to challenge the incubment. On the topics of A/B…

Does Geekwire miss mobile startups?

Geekwire just released its list of top Pacific Northwest startups.  Its missing two mobile-first startups that are well-funded and have great teams behind them.  Where is Dwellable And OfferUp?  Part of their proprietary ranking includes Web metrics (like SEO and external links).  In a world where the world is becoming mobile-first, maybe they should consider…

Can FlowBoard Be A PowerPoint Killer?

I recently caught up with a long-time friend and long-time mobile entrepreneur, Brent Brookler the CEO of FlowBoard, right before they announced their latest round of financing.  What an interesting time to be in the mobile presentation space especially since Microsoft just released an impressive Office for the iPad.  Office is getting rave reviews and…

HasOffers, Cracking The Code On Cross Platform Marketing Attribution

It was the first time that I attended RampUp!  It was a fantastic event with high caliber speakers including VP and C-level execs from Google, Twitter, Rocketfuel, Criteo, Acxiom, Experian, Adroll, Adobe, Bluekai, Pubmatic and others. Sessions that I attended were dominated by themes related to programmatic media buying, the impact of mobile, how cookies…

Where Are The Mobile Affiliates?

The affiliate marketing industry in the US was $3 billion last year. Mobile ads made up 6% or $6.2 billion of the US online ad spend last year.  What I haven't seen are the mobile app affiliates.   I talked recently to affiliate marketing guru Shawn Collins and he confirmed that he believes that the aptitude…

Mobile Payments & Fraud Survey 2014

Our sister company, Kount, just issued a really insightful mobile payments and fraud survey.  Some interesting findings and the download is here Download MobilePmts&FraudSurvey_2014_v4: • The mobile channel is growing in importance and revenue. Comparing this year’s findings to those from last year, we see that more organizations are actively supporting the mobile channel, mobile…

You Can’t Manufacture Customer Loyalty

A couple of weeks ago we held our third annual ClickBank customer event called ClickBank Exchange.  We had a fantastic line-up of speakers, hundreds of customers in attendance, and new ClickBank product announcments.  It has been a fascinating ride for me personally taking on the role of ClickBank's CEO. ClickBank is a digital commerce &…

Introducing Pytch

It has been awhile since I have posted.  Its been a busy 8 months since I have taken the CEO post at ClickBank.   One of the most exciting projects that I have been working on has been an extending ClickBank into the smartphone and tablet space.  ClickBank is a large digital distribution platform for very…

Can Boise Be The Next Boulder?

I recently moved to Boise, Idaho to run a company called, ClickBank.  ClickBank is the world's largest digital products platform for very small to mid-sized businesses.  ClickBank has offices in both Broomfield, Colorado (right outside of Boulder) and we're headquartered in Boise.  Being a native of Seattle, you get spoiled with the size of the…