PandoDaily: Quiet giant Airpush adds Google senior exec Matt Shaw as CRO, aims to ramp profitability ahead of likely IPO

by / Wednesday, 05 February 2014 / Published in Airpush Press Mentions

The word is getting out about Airpush. A year ago, the bootstrapped profitable Los Angeles mobile ad network was flying under everyone’s radar. Then, last summer, it crossed 100,000 apps in its network (a number that’s now north of 120,000) and announced it was profitable at more than $150 million in revenue. The industry, rightly, sat up and took notice. A No. 1 Ranking on Forbes 2013 Tech 200 list followed and this year Airpush been recognized as No. 2 on Forbes’ Most Promising Companies of 2014 list. The secret’s out.

Today, Airpush is announcing the first fruits of that notoriety. The company has hired former Google Global Head of Mobile Display Matt Shaw as its first Chief Revenue Officer (CRO). It’s a major coup. Count Shaw, one of the search giant’s senior most mobile advertising execs, as another one of those industry insiders who had no idea Airpush was generating the scale and profitability it has. He knows now, and judging by the new logo on his business card, he’s made up his mind about the company’s future prospects.

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