To say it has been a busy 9 months since we last talked to Scott Kveton, CEO of Urban Airship would be an understatement. The company has gone through incredible growth, closed their Series C round of $15+ million from Salesforce.com, Verizon & Intel, acquired another great startup in SimpleGeo and are now aiming straight for the embedded space with partners like Intel.
This episode focuses on raising the round, partnering with Intel’s software services group and acquiring SimpleGeo plus the energy, challenges and sheer fun Scott and his team are having as they take the necessary steps to build a bellwether mobile company.
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About Scott Kveton
Scott Kveton is the CEO of Urban Airship, a mobile services platform provider in Portland, Oregon. He is widely recognized as an expert on mobile app strategy and cloud infrastructure. He speaks frequently on app monetization, engagement and the developer ecosystems around the various mobile platforms.
Under Kveton’s leadership, Urban Airship has added customers, employees and accolades at a rapid pace. The company powers some of the most successful brands in mobile, including ESPN, Tapulous, Groupon, dictionary.com, msnbc.com and Newsweek. Urban Airship’s flagship offerings—push notifications and in-app purchase—help apps gain success by increasing user engagement and delivering a path to monetization. As of March, the venture-backed start-up has delivered billions of push notifications across the Apple, Android and Blackberry platforms while enabling more millions of in-app mobile transactions.
Prior to co-founding Urban Airship, Kveton had more than a dozen years of experience building technology, developing business strategy and leading engineering teams with companies including Amazon.com, Rulespace, JanRain and Vidoop. He also co-founded the Open Source Lab (OSL) at Oregon State University. OSL was instrumental in helping several open source projects grow into mainstream usage, including the Mozilla Foundation, the Linux Kernel and Drupal. In recognition of his work at OSL and with the OpenID Foundation, Scott was named Red Herring’s list of ’25 Titans in waiting’ in early 2007 and Information Week’s ‘Change Agents’ in December 2005.
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