Zeta Global Buys Sizmek DSP And Rocket Fuel DMP Assets For $36 Million

Sizmek will sell its data management platform, which it acquired with Rocket Fuel, and its demand-side platform to the marketing technology cloud Zeta Global on Friday in a deal worth up to $36 million. If the deal is approved, Zeta will pay $5 million in stock and $10 million in cash, with another $20 millionContinue reading »

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Sizmek Files For Bankruptcy And Faces An Uncertain Fate

Sizmek filed for bankruptcy Friday night, ending the private equity-backed effort to integrate Sizmek and Rocket Fuel into a cohesive buy-side tech stack, and possibly ending the Sizmek brand. Sizmek’s bankruptcy filing estimates its assets between $100 million and $500 million. Though its liabilities are in the same range. Sizmek’s four largest outstanding debts areContinue reading »

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2018: The Year Programmatic Cleaned Up And Grew Up

This year’s theme was transparency. Marketers wanted transparency so they could make better decisions. Marketers, agencies and DSPs showed increased interest in the programmatic supply chain. They wanted to know the rules of programmatic auctions and the fees involved in advance, not find out hidden practices afterwards. They also wanted to know where to treadContinue reading »

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The Big Story: Fuel For The Holidays

The Big Story is a breezy podcast featuring a roundtable of AdExchanger editors talking about the biggest stories from the past week. It is available wherever you subscribe to podcasts. The Wild West days of ad tech are over. Any new startup that wants to stick around must show it can be a business first,Continue reading »

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Rocket Fuel Powered Its AI By Mixing Client Data That Wasn’t Meant To Be Mixed

How Questionable Data-Sharing Practices And A Healthy Dose Of Hubris Helped Bring Down One Of The Most Well-Known Players In Ad Tech The Rocket Fuel brand is dead and buried, the founders long gone, its tech sold off to Sizmek for a song and the code completely rewritten. An ad tech unicorn that courted topContinue reading »

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Sources: Vector Capital Seeks To Sell Off Sizmek

Less than two years after Vector Capital sealed its $122 million deal to acquire Sizmek, the private equity firm is already looking to divest. Multiple sources with direct knowledge told AdExchanger that Vector has been shopping Sizmek, possibly as early as April, and just a year and a half after the deal closed. Vector deniedContinue reading »

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Why Videology And Other Early Ad Tech Companies Streamlined Once They Hit Scale

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While ad tech companies have been accumulating VC funds and growing their stacks – and sales orgs – for a while, many took pains to rightsize over the past year or so. For some, the intent was to recapitalize or to prep for a sale if an IPO was a no-go. For others, it wasContinue reading »

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Sizmek Dumps Rocket Fuel Brand, Names Mark Grether CEO

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As it finalized its $145 million acquisition of Rocket Fuel on Wednesday, Sizmek named Mark Grether to take over as CEO. Simultaneously, the company said it would sunset the Rocket Fuel brand and integrate its DSP and DMP assets into a single demand-side stack under the Sizmek name. A co-founder and former COO of WPPContinue reading »

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How M&A Impacts The Remaining DSPs

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For the independent demand-side platform (DSP) market, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. On the one hand, it’s unlikely any new scaled DSPs will enter the market. The costs to build a competitive platform – nine digits off the bat and another eight digits per year in operational costsContinue reading »

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The Road To Rocket Fuel’s Sale

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As with matrimony, the road to acquisition is paved with dalliances – some serious and some … less so. For evidence, look no further than the DSP Rocket Fuel’s impending sale to Sizmek for $145 million, announced on July 18. That deal is expected to finalize in days, after Rocket Fuel’s 30-day “go-shop” deadline, duringContinue reading »

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