Award recognizes entrepreneurial excellence in the Digital Advertising category
Redwood City, CA, June 11, 2014 – EY today announced that Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, George John, and President and co-founder Richard Frankel, of Rocket Fuel Inc. (NASDAQ: FUEL), a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) advertising solutions for digital marketers, have received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2014 Award in the Digital Advertising category in Northern California. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. George John and Richard Frankel were selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at The Fairmont San Jose on June 10, 2014.
“We are grateful to receive this award. But honestly, we would never have been considered were it not for the amazing success of Rocket Fuel, which is powered by all of our people, our partners, and our robots, with the support of our customers and investors,” said Rocket Fuel CEO, George John, and President, Richard Frankel. “So we accept this honor on their behalf, and hope they are proud of this recognition of their efforts that have collectively made Rocket Fuel an outstanding company."
Founded in 2008, Rocket Fuel is a technology company that has built a big data and artificial intelligence platform to deliver superior results for digital advertisers. Rocket Fuel’s focus on driving performance has characterized every aspect of its business, including delivering strong customer returns on advertising spend (ROAS) from its use of machine-learning algorithms, predictive analytics, and human insight.
Now in its 28th year, the program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Howard Schultz of Starbucks Coffee Company, Pierre Omidyar of eBay, Inc., and Mindy Grossman of HSN. Recent US national winners include Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn; Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of Chobani; and 2013 winner Hamid Moghadam, CEO and Chairman of Prologis.
As a Northern California award winner, Rocket Fuel is now eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 national program. Award winners in several national categories, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 15, 2014. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.
Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards are sponsored in the United States by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America.
In Northern California, sponsors include King & Spalding, RoseRyan, Scherzer International, Smart Business Network, Inc., SolomonEdwards and The Big Picture: Film & Video Arts Inc.
About Rocket Fuel
Rocket Fuel delivers a leading programmatic media-buying platform at Big Data scale that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to improve marketing ROI in digital media across web, mobile, video, and social channels. Rocket Fuel powers digital advertising and marketing programs globally for customers in North America, Europe, and Japan. Customers trust Rocket Fuel’s Advertising That Learns® platform to achieve brand and direct-response objectives in diverse industries from luxury cars to financial services to retail. Rocket Fuel currently operates in more than 20 offices worldwide and trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “FUEL.” For more information, please visit http://www.rocketfuel.com or call 1-888-717-8873.
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