Madison Alley Announces “The Mad Alley 8: Top Global Investors in Mobile” at OnMobile 2014 in Silicon Valley

At Madison Alley, we closely monitor global investment activity in digital marketing, media and ad technology, with a special focus on the sub-sectors of mobile, social media, video/rich media, programmatic advertising and data analytics.

In our first edition of The Mad Alley 8, we recognize investors across eight categories that have distinguished themselves by their successful investments in mobile companies. These investment firms were primarily selected based on their outstanding investment returns, investment activity, and expertise in mobile.

The Mad Alley 8: Top Global Investors in Mobile was announced by CEO Michael Seidler at the OnMobile 2014 conference in Menlo Park on November 14th.

The Mad Alley 8: Top Global Investors in Mobile
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Boris Fridman Presents at OnMobile 2014 in Silicon Valley

On November 14, the hottest mobile technology companies gathered to pitch top investors and business development executives from big tech, telcos and media at OnMobile 2014. The event was hosted at the AlwaysOn world headquarters @ HelloStartUps in Menlo Park, CA.

Presentations were be judged by a panel of industry executives and investors, including Madison Alley’s Managing Director, Boris Fridman.

At the conference, Boris Fridman presented “The 2013 OnMobile 100 – Where are they now?” and Michael Seidler announced The Mad Alley 8 — our selection of the Top Global Investors in Mobile.

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Michael Seidler Moderates Panel of Distinguished VCs Investing in Mobile at M1 Summit in San Francisco

Madison Alley’s Founder + CEO, Michael Seidler, moderated a panel at the upcoming M1 Summit on “Opportunities and Challenges Investing in the Mobile Ecosystem.” The M1 Summit was held on November 13, 2014 at The Village in San Francisco, CA. The event brought together the biggest and brightest innovators in mobile, with presentations from Russell Simmons, Kara Swisher, Jason Spero, Leena Rao, Bill Gross and many others.

The Investing panel took place from 3:30-3:50 pm with panelists Satya Patel (Homebrew), Josh Elman (Greylock), Sharon Wienbar (Scale Venture Partners), and Dinesh Moorjani (Warburg Pincus.)
Michael Seidler investment panel at M1 Summit

Madison Alley Hosts Private Silicon Valley Dining Event for Strategic Corporate Development Executives, Global Investors and Founders/CEOs

On October 9, 2014, Madison Alley Global Ventures hosted a private cocktail and dining event for 50 corporate development executives, strategic corporate investors, venture investors and CEOs/Founders of media and advertising technology and service companies. The event took place at the acclaimed Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, CA.

The evening featured a keynote presentation from Omar Hamoui, Partner at Sequoia Capital and former Founder & CEO of AdMob. The attendee list included representatives from strategic corporate development (M&A) executives such as BlueFocus (China), Facebook, LinkedIn, Meredith Corporation, Oracle, Pubmatic and Twitter; strategic corporate investment groups such as SAP Ventures, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), and Telstra Global; and institutional investors such as Centerview Capital, Eniac Ventures, Pinnacle Ventures, Sequoia Capital, SoftBank, TA Associates, Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), Trident Capital, Trinity Ventures, and Walden Venture Capital.

Omar Hamoui Sequoia Capital and CEO/Founder of AdMob

Keynote Speaker: Omar Hamoui, Partner of Sequoia Capital and former CEO & Founder of AdMob

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Michael Seidler Moderates Panel of Strategic Investor Power Players from WPP, Time Warner, Comcast, and Bertelsmann at OnMedia NYC

Michael Seidler, Founder + CEO of Madison Alley Global Ventures, recently hosted a panel of strategic investors at the OnMedia NYC conference on September 15, 2014 at NASDAQ OMX. The session, titled “Strategic Investing: How Global Media and Marketing Corporations Invest in Technology Companies Leading the Massive Disruption in Media,” featured an illustrious panel of corporate development executives including: Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President and Group Managing Director, Time Warner Investments; Lance Maerov, SVP, Corporate Development, WPP Group; Andrew Cleland, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures; and Urs Cete, Managing Director, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments.

The session can be viewed in its entirety. (The sound drops off, then picks up at the one minute (1:00) mark.)

Note: The sound drops off at first, then picks up at the one minute (1:00) mark.

Michael Seidler, Founder + CEO of Madison Alley, moderated a panel at OnMedia NYC 2014 on “Strategic Investing” with (left to right) Rachel Lam, SVP & Group MD, Time Warner Investments; Lance Maerov, SVP, Corporate Development, WPP Group; Andrew Cleland, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures; and Urs Cete, Managing Director, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments.

Michael Seidler and Boris Fridman Named OnMedia Power Players by AlwaysOn Network

We are thrilled to announce that Madison Alley Founder + CEO Michael Seidler, and Managing Director Boris Fridman, have both been named to AlwaysOn’s list of OnMedia Power Players for 2014. Both are included among the Investment Bankers of this exclusive list of that also showcases the most influential people in the banking, venture capital, legal, talent, government, and accounting world supporting digital media startup entrepreneurs. These Power Players are the workhorses behind the companies which are bringing massive technology breakthroughs to the world of media, advertising, marketing, social commerce, branding, and public relations. You can view the full list at

Madison Alley Hosts NYC Private Dinner for CEOs of Media & Ad Technology Companies, Corporate Development Executives and Global Investors

Madison Alley Global Ventures hosted its annual Private Cocktail and Dinner Event in the historic wine cellar of Il Buco restaurant located in the NoHo district of New York City on June 11, 2014.

The full capacity event brought together strategic corporate development (M&A and investment) executives, institutional investors (VCs and PEs), technology lenders, and CEOs of leading media and advertising technology providers.

The roundtable format included representatives from the various stages of capital transactions, enabling CEOs to gain perspectives from technology lenders, early and late-stage VCs, strategic corporate investors and M&A executives in this sector.

The event was attended by senior corporate development executives of Acxiom, AOL, Meredith Corporation, Verizon, Viacom, and other leading media and marketing corporations.

Founder/CEOs who had built an ad technology company into a market leader and exited for premium value shared their unique experiences. Corporate development (M&A) executives added their thoughts on paying premium value for an acquisition.

Other topics discussed were the current state and future of programmatic buying, video and rich media, multi-channel audience data intelligence, and multi-screen content development and distribution.

Considering the high praise for the full capacity event, Madison Alley will host another private dining experience in a similar roundtable format this fall in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Madison Alley Bolsters its Expertise in Social Media and Video Ad Technology

Industry Pioneers Clark Landry and John Vincent Join Madison Alley as Special Advisors

New York, June 10, 2014 – Madison Alley Global Ventures, the preeminent strategy, M&A and capital advisory firm specialized in building and realizing premium value for digital market leaders, is delighted to announce that Clark Landry, a pioneer of digital advertising and social media technology and John Vincent, a prominent entrepreneur and investor in video and rich media advertising technology, have both joined the firm as Special Advisors.

Clark Landry joins Madison Alley as Special Advisor of Social Media and Ad Tech Platforms, bringing deep expertise in those areas. Landry is currently Founder and Executive Chairman of SHIFT, the leading platform provider of social media planning, buying and analytics, and is a founding investor in Adconian. Landry is an entrepreneur and investor with successful exits in the online advertising, enterprise software, and consumer Internet sectors. Prior to founding SHIFT, Landry was co-founder and CEO of Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd. (TLDH), and co-founder of TagWorld, a social networking company acquired by Viacom.

John Vincent joins Madison Alley as Special Advisor of Video and Rich Media Platforms. Vincent is the former CEO of EyeWonder, the rich media ad tech platform that Madison Alley advised on its sale to Limelight Networks for $110 million. EyeWonder is a recognized pioneer of online video and rich media ad formats which set the direction for the future of online rich media. Vincent sits on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and is a member of the Rich Media Task Force for IAB standards, the Interactive Broadcasting Committee and a Presidential Advisory Board member of Jumpstart Automotive.

“It is an honor and privilege to have Clark Landry and John Vincent join Madison Alley as Special Advisors,” said Michael Seidler, Founder and CEO of Madison Alley. “As entrepreneurs and investors, their achievements are model case studies for the successful development and realizing of premium value for digital market leaders. Adding Clark and John as Special Advisors will enhance Madison Alley’s expertise in social media, video and rich media advertising technologies.”

About Madison Alley Global Ventures

Madison Alley is a preeminent strategy, M&A and capital advisory firm specializing in building and realizing premium value for digital market leaders. The firm exclusively focuses on digital marketing, media and advertising technologies and services with emphasis on mobile, social media, rich media & video, programmatic media buying, and digital marketing services. Clients are digital market leaders, institutional investors, and multinational corporations. Founded in 2003, Madison Alley is based in New York City and Palo Alto, CA. Its wholly-owned affiliate, USCVG Inc., is a registered broker-dealer and FINRA member firm.

Multi-billion Dollar PE Fund Retains Madison Alley to Identify Strategic Investment Platform

Madison Alley Global Ventures has been retained by a prominent middle-market private equity investment firm that manages a multi-billion dollar fund.

The investment firm seeks to partner with a seasoned management team of a marketing services company poised to develop into a market leader via organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The firm is prepared to invest $50 million to $200 million for a majority interest.

This investment partnership aligns with Madison Alley’s strategy of building market leaders to realize premium value in the sector of digital marketing, media and advertising technology.

Founder and CEO Michael Seidler commented, “By combining Madison Alley’s strategic corporate development experience and sector expertise with such a reputable, well-capitalized investor, together we are able to identify, invest, develop and ultimately achieve premium value for market leaders in this sector.”

For this engagement, the investment parameters are to identify a marketing services firm earning from $10 million to $25 million of EBITDA. The initial investment will be between $50 million to $200 million (current investors can retain an interest, if desired.) For companies generating less than $10 million of EBITDA, two strategically-aligned agencies can be combined to exceed $10 million on a consolidated basis.

Of particular interest are services companies that specialize in digital, data-driven marketing, integrated brand marketing, direct marketing, content development, multi-cultural marketing, research, e-commerce or healthcare/pharma marketing.

To learn more about this opportunity, contact CEO Michael Seidler at Madison Alley Global Ventures.

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