I was trolling around my phone this evening, and came across a new piece that mentioned David Rosenblatt, so I clicked into it. The story was that Chris Saridakis had been sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role as an insider trader. My heart sank. As much as I appreciate that Chris admitted it and was contrite, I can’t help but think – what a nice guy, how did this happen? A momentary mistake, a small lapse in judgement, and a guy that most liked and only thought well of, goes to jail.
I recalled for my wife my history with Chris.
- While working at Hachette, Chris and Gian were my first account reps. I really liked them, and they turned me into a huge fan of DoubleClick
- When I was at Phase2Media and we learned, it was going under, the very first email I sent was to Chris, letting him know, I’d soon be a free agent.
- At a time when DoubleClick was doing regular layoffs, Chris brought me in. It was a dark time in my life and I’ll never be able to think of anything about Chris other than what a great guy he was, loyal, generous, and there when I needed it.
My thoughts are with Chris and his family.. I know he’ll make friends in prison, I hope he gets out in 10 minutes for good behavior.
Good interview with David & Forbes. Boy, this quote sums it up nicely:
“In the years before we took the company private, we had diversified into a number of business that were unrelated to our core service of managing digital advertising for buyers and sellers.
Our primary strategy after 2005 was to reverse that diversification and focus intensely on the core business. Once we did that, we realized that we had the opportunity to add new business, but we did so in a smarter way and in areas that were truly adjacent to the core business.”
For anyone curious or keeping track, Ben (editor in chief) of this blog and Twitter account has left the G and relocated to @Medallia. It’s a great company focusing on helping companies better listen to their customers. Lots of hiring going on, so ping me if you’re interested in talking! Reminds me lots of DCLK in its heyday – great people focused on helping customers and winning in the market.
FWIW, At DoubleClick, we brought in Satmetrix to be our “CEM” (customer experience management) tool. Satmetrix left lots to be desired, Medallia has a way better “mouse trap.”
Super happy with my decision, will keep the posts coming..
In what has to be mythology in tech, Brian Kane has now been bought by Google 2x and Facebook 1x. You can’t make this shit up. Facebook bought LiveRail. Congrats to Brian!
Ol’ Marketing Wiz Lynn T sent this one over – there has to be someone from the network interested!
They have a great job opening for a Director of Product Management at Affinity Express. They offer the only physical and digital marketing production platform that covers the full range of SMB branding and marketing needs (e.g. websites, print ads, logos, business cards, video ads…). They provide our services on a white-label basis through channel partners that serve SMBs, such as newspapers, office retail and web marketing companies. Their colleagues include a creative global network of 1,600 designers and writers (AE employees, not crowdsourced), and a team of expert consultants and account managers who work with our channel partners to set them up for success.
Lynn would love to have any DCLK Alumni reach out to her to apply or recommend someone who may be a fit. The role can be located anywhere as most of us in the US work from home, but NYC/NJ or Chicago area are preferred due to proximity to colleagues for face to face meetings.
The job is posted on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/17008106?trk=vsrp_jobs_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A1760221404939480872%2CVSRPtargetId%3A17008106%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary
Great piece on KR, his many amazing successes and, somehow, this blog gets some PR! And he’s bored with ad:tech – tell me about it.
Why am I posting this? Frank O’Donnell works there
Got this via a former-Clicker.. PM for hire, Seattle or SF – details here. I believe some other Clickers work there or have worked there..