Innovid Debuts Trading on NYSE today Under Symbol “CTV”

A cool ticker symbol for a very exciting company: Innovid begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange as CTV.   More public offering and pricing is in this release. In June, when Innovid announced the SPAC< which enabled it to go public, I interviewed Zvika Netter, CEO.   We have republished the video with today’s news. […]


IPO, SPAC, Sale, Private Equity: Eight Execs’ Advice & Experience On Fundraising & The Exit Path

After a couple of years of performance anxiety followed by a period of fretting about digital identifiers, ad-tech companies are the darlings of financiers again. This year, a glut of companies have gone public or otherwise raised new money, thanks to a combination of private equity enthusiasm and the new trend in Special Purpose Acquisition […]


Ad-Tech M&A Is Back, Thanks To SPAC: Progress Partners’ MacShane

It’s the hot new financing trend for ad-tech companies hoping to go public, but what exactly is a SPAC? Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs) are becoming a popular way to do an IPO. It is “essentially a shell company set up by investors with the sole purpose of raising money through an IPO to eventually […]


VC Relationships Are Formed With People, Not Firms: PubMatic’s Rajeev Goel

Entrepreneurs can expect to face plenty of rejection as they seek financing from venture capital firms. For Rajeev Goel, co-founder and chief executive of sell-side platform PubMatic, those hurdles were a sign that his company was a pioneer in advertising technology. “I felt there was a big opportunity to create a multibillion-dollar technology company focused […]


Mediaocean to Buy Flashtalking for $500 Million as it Preps IPO, WSJ

Mediaocean will purchase Flashtalking, a digital ad serving company that is known for powering dynamic creative optimization for brands, for $500 million,  The Wall Street Journal first reported the deal this morning. Citing sources, the Journal says the deal could be a precursor to an IPO next year for Mediaocean. Last month, we spoke with […]


Investors That Offer Strategic Advice Are Best Partners: DoubleVerify’s Mark Zagorski

Companies have differing needs for capital as they grow past the startup phase, build scale and support ongoing innovation to remain competitive. Before joining digital media authentication firm DoubleVerify as chief executive last year, Mark Zagorski was well acquainted with these stages in a career that has included a variety startups. Most recently, he led […]


VCs Are Looking for Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas: Tubi’s Farhad Massoudi

It’s not unusual for entrepreneurs to meet naysayers when they’re seeking seed capital to start a business. However, persistence can pay off for visionaries who are thinking about starting a business. Farhad Massoudi went through various stages of growth as the founder and chief executive of Tubi, the ad-supported video on demand platform that Fox […]


Taboola’s Debut As Publicly Traded Company Fulfills Long-Term Goal: Founder Adam Singolda

Taboola today became a publicly traded company in the latest stage of its evolution from a startup into a billion-dollar enterprise that provides publishers with a way to generate revenue from native advertising. Its shares trade under the symbol “TBLA” on the Nasdaq following a deal to be acquired by a special purpose acquisition company […]


Blackstone’s Investment in Marks Latest Stage of Private Equity Funding

FORT WORTH, Texas – Blackstone Group today announced an investment in that values the ad-tech firm at $1.5 billion, marking the latest stage in its growth since its founding in 2010. For Frost Prioleau, chief executive of, the Blackstone investment follows a series of partnerships with investors that have provided strategic know-how in addition […]