Marin Software

Marin Software – Why Work For Us?


As consumers shift their media time away from traditional channels such as print, television, and radio, towards emerging digital channels such as search, social, video, and mobile, advertisers are increasingly shifting investments towards these channels. As a result, the battle for revenue acquisition is moving online as advertisers seek more effective ways to reach their audience and acquire revenue.


Marin offers the complete revenue acquisition management platform, incorporating the workflow, analytics, and optimization tools necessary to enable marketers to save time, make better decisions, and improve financial results.

Marin directly addresses a number of challenges by allowing marketers to:

  • Better manage complexity by becoming more efficient in responding to shifting market and technology trends
  • Gain visibility and control across programs to make better decisions about where and how to allocate advertising spend
  • Optimize for revenue outcomes through predictive bidding tools and intelligent recommendations

Our customers, including many of the world’s largest interactive agencies and advertisers, rely on Marin Software’s platform to manage more than $5 billion of annual advertising spend. Leading advertisers using Marin include University of Phoenix, Macy’s, Razorfish, Neo@Ogilvy, PriceGrabber, Symantec and

Marin Software’s (MRIN) headquarters are in San Francisco, California, with offices in New York, Chicago, Austin, London, Hamburg, Paris, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.


Comprehensive Health Benefits

We take care of our people with health benefits, wellness programs, and flexible spending accounts for healthcare expenses. When you work at Marin Software, we’ve got you covered.

Equity Participation

We treat our employees like owners. Really. When you have some skin in the game, in the form of stock options, we think you’ll be committed to make our company a success. After all, it’s your company, too.

401k Program

You can make a contribution to a Fidelity 401K plan. Choose your investment plan and contribute an amount that suits your current and future financial needs.

Holidays and Paid Time Off

Holidays? Got em. PTO? We have 15 personal days and 12 holidays. It’s not “all work and no play” at Marin Software.

Matching Gift Program

At Marin Software we like where we work and we work where we like. Which means we support the communities where we work and live, by matching employee volunteer efforts at community-based nonprofit organizations with corporate contributions. Marin will match your financial contribution to any non-profit or community support up to $1,000 per employee per year.

Stocked Kitchens

Good food fast. And free. Instead of wasting time riding the elevator 25 floors down to Mission Street, waiting in line to pay for a deli snack, and riding back up, we make it easy to fuel up, grab a bagel or make a sandwich add a juice, energy bar and other goodies. Plus our kitchen is a great place to catch the office buzz.

Employee Referral Program

We’re always looking for great people. Chances are you know one or two yourself. Recommend them for work at Marin Software, and if they make the grade, we’ll make out a check to you.

Commuting Costs

If you take public transit to work, we can help lower the cost of commuting. Less stress, reduced traffic congestion, a lower carbon footprint, and money in your pocket. Sounds like a no-brainer to us.

Life and Disability Insurance

We offer life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance. Better safe than sorry.


We’re a rapidly growing company, staffed with bright, energetic people who believe passionately in what they are doing. We thrive on the energy of city life, which is why all our offices are located at the centers of the greatest cities in the world. You will find challenging projects, aggressive schedules, rapid-fire, small-scale standing meetings designed to fix problems and ship apps.

You won’t find ping pong tables, foosball sets, and pile of video games scattered around our offices. You will find a stocked kitchen with free snacks, barista-bar quality coffee, and fresh fruit designed to keep you fit, focused, and well-fed. It’s all part of our not-so-secret plan to build a great work place, staffed by great people who work efficiently—with an emphasis on team-work, and getting things done. At the end of every single day, you should go home satisfied that what you’ve worked on matters. Sound good?

Built to Ship

We launch on an aggressive schedule. In three weeks, the code you write today will be making companies more profitable. We’re looking for people whose second language is Linux, who understand Python is not a snake and Java is not the first thing they reach for in the morning.

We believe keeping your skills sharp keeps us on the cutting edge, starting with an open account on Amazon so you can get the latest technical books you need. You’ll be expected to attend the latest conferences, and trade fairs. Today you might be sitting in the audience. Tomorrow you might be presenting on stage.

Work load? As much as you can handle. Yes, there might be a few late nights, but it won’t become a way of life. We believe in buzz, not boredom. We work at the center of an expanding industry, and plan on capturing a growing share of a growing market. We’ve doubled in size each year for the past two years. And we plan on doubling in size again. This is where you come in.


We’re outta here!

The best thing about working in San Francisco? Playing in San Francisco. Because playing in San Jose is not nearly as fun or unique. There, we said it.

From the independent galleries on Geary Street to the world class SFMOMA, there’s more culture in San Francisco than you can find in a Petri dish. San Francisco is foodie heaven, from the farmers’ market at the Ferry Building and its the artisan breads and cheese of Cowgirl Creamery, to taco trucks you can find with a GPS, gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches (not a contradiction in terms!) at nearby South Park, and the most Michelin stars you can find west of the Mississippi.

San Francisco is a hot bed of DIY culture – this is after all the place that invented Burning Man, the gentle anarchy of Critical Mass, and hackathons. Neighborhoods here pulse with life, from the skateboarders and joggers on the Embarcadero to the late night clubs, and bars that are bringing back the lost art of the cocktail. Golden Gate Park offers urban greenery, enormous free concerts, and surfing at Ocean Beach, while the wide-open spaces of the Marin Headlands are a bike ride away over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Perhaps best of all, on a warm fall night there’s nothing like walking to the ballpark to catch a Giant’s game. Speaking of games, we’re looking for members of our soccer team. If you know which end of the ball to kick, talk to us.



David A. Yovanno



Dave is responsible for Marin’s overall strategic direction and execution. Prior to joining Marin in May 2014, Dave first joined Conversant, Inc. (formerly ValueClick, Inc.) in 2000 and held a number of leadership positions for U.S. media including executive vice president of sales and marketing, general manager and chief operating officer until 2008. Dave left Conversant in 2008 to be CEO of Gigya, a high-growth social technology SaaS company based in Silicon Valley, and then rejoined Conversant in 2011. Most recently, Dave served as President, Technology Solutions (formerly Mediaplex) for Conversant from 2011-2014 and was responsible for the company's Technology Solutions globally, Media Solutions internationally, the company's DSP solution, driving cross-solution synergies and assisting with the Company's corporate development program. Dave served on the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau and in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant and CIO. Dave is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and master's degree in health services administration.

Chris Lien 

Founder and Executive Chairman

Chris supports Marin’s overall strategic direction and execution. Chris founded Marin in 2006 and shortly thereafter invited Wister Walcott and Joe Chang to join him on the quest to develop an enterprise-class, online advertising management platform. Chris served as Marin's CEO from founding until May 2014 at which time he assumed the role of Executive Chairman. Prior to Marin, Chris served as Chief Operating Officer of Adteractive, an online performance marketing company, from 2004 to 2005. In 2001, Chris co-founded Sugar Media, a broadband services platform, which was sold in 2003 to 2Wire, a leading supplier of DSL equipment and services, which was subsequently acquired by Pace plc in 2010. Prior to founding Sugar Media, Chris served in various capacities, including as Chief Financial Officer and acting Chief Executive Officer, of, Kmart’s e-commerce and Internet service provider subsidiary. Prior to, Chris spent 10 years executing merger and financing transactions at investment banks, including Morgan Stanley and Evercore Partners, with his last role as managing director. Chris graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College and earned an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Joseph Chang

Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer

Joe leverages enterprise software experience with startup pragmatism in leading Marin’s engineering team. Joe served as Vice President of Information Systems at W.P. Carey, a publicly traded real estate investment firm, from April 2004 to June 2006. From November 2001 to April 2004, Joe served as Technical Architect at Mercer Consulting, a consulting firm. Prior to working at Mercer, Joe held a number of positions at, and Trilogy Software. Joe is a graduate of Stanford University, with a B.S in Industrial Engineering and a minor in Computer Science.

Wister Walcott

Co-founder and EVP, Products and Platform

Wister is responsible for product management and professional services at Marin, which leverage his combined experience in designing, integrating, and deploying enterprise software. From 2004 to 2005, Wister was the Vice President of Marketing at Composite Software, an enterprise data integration software provider. Prior to that, Wister served as Senior Director of Product Management at Siebel Systems, a CRM software provider, from 1999 to 2004, when Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company, acquired it. Prior to Siebel, from 1996 to 1999, Wister was the Vice President of Marketing at Pilot Network Services, Inc., an Internet security provider. From 1993 to 1995 and from 1988 to 1991, Wister worked at Oracle Corporation, where he held a variety of technical and management positions. Wister holds a B.S. In Computer Science (with honors) and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

Matt Ackley

Chief Marketing Officer

Over the past 9 years Matt has held leadership positions in the online marketing and advertising functions as both eBay and Google. As Vice President of Internet Marketing and Advertising at eBay, Matt led the design and the development of eBay’s online marketing, trading desk and publisher platforms and charted eBay’s course in the digital marketing ecosystem. Matt also worked at Google where he chased his dream of the unified stack as the product marketing lead for the Doubleclick, Google Analytics and Youtube Advertising platforms. Outside of work, Matt can be found on the golf course or in some random northern California city at a soccer tournament for one of his three girls. Matt graduated from Duke University School of Engineering, and earned an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Marin Software Reviews

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5 Ratings

    Growing pains

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Marin Software full-time (more than 3 years)


    The company is in an extended the growth phase, gives you options.


    feels a little adhoc. Can get frastrating

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    Focus on figuring out what marin does an why

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Marin Software Interviews

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    Recruiter was very responsive, however upon disclosing my current salary, they noted that it would be a stretch to offer something comparable. However, they still wanted to bring me for an in-person interview as my experience was well suited for the position stating that they were still researching the industry salary, etc. which should have raised red flags as my salary was the industry standard. Looking in hindsight, when I clearly disclosed my salary and the recruiter knew it was well above their targeted range for the position, that they should have not brought me for an in-person as it was a waste of everyone's time and resources.

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Additional Info

Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 2006
Type Company - Public (MRIN)
Industry Information Technology
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Marin offers the complete revenue acquisition management platform, incorporating the workflow, analytics, and optimization tools necessary to enable marketers to save time, make better decisions, and improve financial results.

*Manage complexity by becoming more efficient in responding to shifting market and technology trends.
*Gain visibility and control across programs... More

Mission: The Marin platform is designed to meet the unique workflow, analytics, and optimization needs of the world’s most demanding online marketers. Our technology, scale, and... More

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