Gil Dudkiewicz, is the Founder and CEO of StartApp, a NY based mobile advertising platform that helps developers and advertisers monetize, distribute and advertise apps. The company offers a variety of innovative products including native ads, 360 Ad, 3D OfferWall, interstitials, display ads and rich ads. StartApp has over 300M monthly active users, has been downloaded more than 7 billion times and is embedded in over 200,000 apps. StartApp monetization products are TRUSTe certified. We caught up with Gil to learn more about him and his work.
Catch Gil from 11:45 AM to 12:00 PM, where he will speak on “Harness The Power of Social Networks – to Scale on A Human Level.”
What do you like the most about your job?
What I enjoy the most about my job as a founder and a CEO is taking a vision and then building a team that can execute that vision. Our team is incredibly professional and skilled in what they do, and every single individual is better in what he or she does than I am. To see them all working together to reach a common goal and achieve our vision is incredibly exciting for me. I truly feel that we have built a team in which the DNA is such that the team can operate competently and independently with or without me.
Which company is the most Inspiring company nowadays to you?
I’d have to say Amazon and Google. They are two companies that are able to continuously evolve and innovate in very different and exciting directions. No company is easy to run, but it is much easier to build the next generation of the same line of products. In the case of Amazon and Google however, they take this to the next level to keep themselves challenged and relevant– moving from selling books to building digital clouds and drones, or moving from digital search to phones, advertising, AI and more.
3 Must-Have Apps on Your Phone?
In terms of apps I use frequently, I’d have to say one of the must-have apps on my phone is Google Maps. Other than that, I’d have to say WhatsApp, as I use it to not only stay in touch with friends and family at home and overseas but also to communicate effectively with our global employees. Lastly, I’d say to say my phone’s Photos app, solely because I can carry with me the many, many pictures I have of my kids.
What industries are of greatest interest to you?
Of course, I am very focused on the mobile industry as whole. Today, there are a lot of very interesting things happening in mobile with the advent of the Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, and the staggering popularity and growth of mobile games and mobile messaging apps. With mobile expanding rapidly across the globe, especially in markets like China, it is very exciting time for this industry.
What publically traded company do you think will be the first trillion dollar company and why?
I think, as it stands right now, the race to a trillion dollar valuation is between Apple and Google (Alphabet). Both companies have seen such unprecedented growth in the past 10 years that it is hard for older companies like Microsoft or Exxon to keep pace. With Apple making huge gains in China, I’d lean towards Apple. However, Google’s strategic move with Alphabet means they may not be far behind.
What are the things you are looking for in people you are hiring?
In my experience with startup companies, especially in a fast-moving industry, you need people who are creative, collaborative, and willing to think outside of the box. You don’t really even need a lot of experience within the mobile industry itself–it’s about finding people that understand where we want to go as a company and will be able to bring ideas to the table to take us there.