Are Traasdahl

Founder & CEO, Tapad Inc.

CEO and Founder Are Traasdahl has more than 17 years’ experience in mobile and digital content. He is the Founder &  CEO of Tapad Inc. In 2016, Telenor Group acquired Tapad for $360M, making it the fifth largest venture-backed M&A exit in New York since 2009. Traasdahl is a frequent contributor for outlets such as CNBC and Bloomberg News, and he has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and other major news outlets. He was recently named Global Startup Awards’ Founder of the Year in 2016 and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. He was also named one of Business Insider’s “Most Important People in Mobile Advertising: 2013.” Traasdahl also currently holds several board positions and heads Spring Capital, an investment holding company. Prior to Tapad, he founded Thumbplay, a mobile entertainment service that he grew to more than $100MM in revenues in less than 3 years before he exited the company (the company, later acquired by Clear Channel, is now called iHeartRadio).

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