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Pioneer Square Labs’ Spin-Out Ad Lightning Secures $2 Million in Seed Round, Led by Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Digital Ventures

Digital publishing veteran Scott Moore founded the company. His background includes leadership roles at Microsoft, MSNBC, Yahoo! and as CEO of Cheezburger. Moore, a serially successful entrepreneur, is based in Seattle and is also a seed investor in the Ad Lightning financing. Moore and Galgon serve on the company’s board of directors and will be joined by Kevin Cotlove, Vice President of Digital Operations at Sinclair Broadcast Group. Sinclair Broadcast Group is the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country today.

“I've spent most of my career as a web publisher, so this is a personal mission for me,” said Moore. “The ad-supported publishing business may not exist in five years if tools like Ad Lightning are not adopted by the industry. Unchecked, consumers will continue to suffer from deteriorating user experiences until they download an ad blocker and kill the revenue model. Ad Lightning is the toolkit I wish I’d had as a publisher because it solves digital publishers’ biggest pain point. We’re thrilled to have Sinclair’s backing as well as their participation as a strategic partner.”

Ad Lightning’s proprietary intelligence tool was designed to give digital publishers the insight and control needed to manage programmatic advertising creative, eliminate ads that hamper site performance and consumer experience, and maximize return on investment. Programmatic — or automated — digital advertising has grown into a $17 billion industry, becoming the dominant standard for delivering online and mobile ads. But programmatic ads and their delivery can cause latency and other negative consequences for consumers.

“Programmatic technologies offer huge advantages, but they can also be the culprits of some very poor consumer experiences,” said Cotlove. “Ad Lightning solves for that. We are already seeing excellent results with the Ad Lightning toolkit for Sinclair properties and believe it will help us serve our audiences while ensuring healthy ad revenues that keep our properties vibrant and high quality.”

Ad Lightning helps publishers and other ad-based businesses preserve brand integrity, protect audience experience and recover some of the $10 billion in estimated lost revenues annually caused by the slow-loading, disruptive or non-compliant digital ad units that can impact consumer experience, and begin to reverse the rapid consumer adoption of ad-blocking software. Since the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) released its LEAN advertising standards a year ago in response to these negative trends, publishers and marketers alike are increasingly seeking ways to monitor programmatic advertising creative with the consumer experience in mind.

“While it’s true that programmatic advertising technology is in many ways a marketer’s dream, its adoption has had unintended consequences in the form of major site performance problems,” said Galgon. “It has forced many publishers to trade off long-term audience engagement and satisfaction for short-term revenue. It doesn’t have to be that way: Ad Lightning is a powerful tool that any digital ad-dependent business can use to combat the risks associated with programmatic transactions."

About Ad Lightning

Founded in 2016 as a spin-out of start-up studio Pioneer Square Labs, Ad Lighting helps advertising dependent publishers and ad platforms take control of programmatic advertising creative. More information about the company is available at adlightning.com or by following @ADLIGHTNINGTECH on Twitter.

About Pioneer Square Labs

Pioneer Square Labs is a Seattle-based startup studio that tests and validates startup ideas, then funds and recruits a founding team around the most promising concepts. For more information, visit WWW.PIONEERSQUARELABS.COM.

Scott Moore Biography

Moore has been a digital media leader for 20 years. His past experience includes CEO of Cheezburger, Inc. a digital humor network which was sold in March of 2016. Prior to Cheezburger, Moore served as Chief Digital Officer of hibu Group, a UK based multinational provider of marketing services to small and medium sized businesses. He was head of Media at Yahoo! where he was responsible for P&L, product development, original programming, business development and daily operations of Yahoo!’s market-leading consumer services from 2005 to 2009. Moore also served in various roles at Microsoft Corporation, including as General Manager of MSN, US; Publisher of Slate and President of MSNBC.com; the joint venture of Microsoft and NBC News.

For media inquiries, contact:

Jeanne Meyer for Ad Lightning 
917.816.5773 
JEANNEPMEYER@GMAIL.COM 
@JEANNEPMEYER

Written by Administrator on Wednesday June 21, 2017



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