C-Suite Conversations

Smartling co-founder and CEO Jack Welde has been building web-oriented products from the ground up since before even graduating college. His senior project was co-creating one of the earliest personal information managers, which was eventually sold to Apple in 1993. No matter the product or company, Welde says, "Wherever I was working, it always came to a point when sites needed localization to better serve their audience."
- Summer 2018 Issue, Posted Aug 31, 2018
Jennifer Ehidiamen and Oluwabusayo Sotunde co-founded Rural Reporters. Ehidiamen is the publisher, and Sotunde is managing editor. While working for a Nigerian newspaper in 2007, Ehidiamen noticed how most readers were consuming content from mobile devices. "I began cross-posting my column to a blog, and it expanded my interest in content management," she says, launching her career in digital publishing.
- Spring 2018 Issue, Posted May 11, 2018
We've all been there: followed a bit too long, and a bit too closely. Hopefully not in the real world, but it certainly happens during our digital travels, as advertisements clued in to our search and browsing behavior dog us for hours, days, and weeks on unrelated sites—and well past the point of purchase decision. "In the world of digital ads, the consumer is disenfranchised—they're being stalked or else they're turning on ad blockers," says John Snyder, co-founder and CEO of Grapeshot, which uses adaptive machine learning algorithms to improve ad targeting, creating a more contextual experience.
When are a Grateful Dead-inspired ringing of Cornell University's chimes, a flamenco show in downtown Portland, and a tai-chi class at New York Presbyterian Hospital considered "digital" content? According to Mykel Nahorniak, co-founder and CEO of Localist, an interactive online calendaring platform, it's when the host organizations use their online event calendars as a means to capture, analyze, and grow audience engagement.
When Kevin Akeroyd took on the role of global CEO of Cision, a global media intelligence and communications solution provider, back in August 2016, he made one major assumption. Coming from a long career providing service solutions for CMOs, Akeroyd believed the integrated, data-centric solutions that marketing teams leverage for paid and owned media (i.e., advertising) would be just as critical for those whose job is to generate earned media, in the form of coverage by journalists and other influencers.
- Posted Jun 02, 2017
For Edelson and Appetizer Mobile, it's an exciting time to be creating content. "We have all these tools and mediums available to enhance and extrapolate stories," says Edelson. "It gives us an opportunity to create an experience that customers will engage with deeply."
After writing the code that laid the foundation for WP Engine's managed web-hosting platform, Cohen founded WP Engine in 2010, solving four problems he had with his own site: speed, scale, security, and service. "WP Engine's managed hosting platform provides the performance, reliability, and security required by the biggest brands and agencies in the world, while remaining affordable and intuitive for smaller businesses and individuals," says Cohen.
- Posted Dec 02, 2016
Dror Ginzberg, CEO and co-founder of Wochit,a video creation platform that democratizes video creation, has worked in the software industry with a particular focus on video-related technologies for more than 25 years. "Wochit is my second company," explains Ginzberg. PicApp was the first, and it was co-founded in 2009 and sold to YBrant Digital Ltd. in 2011.
- Posted Oct 07, 2016