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Ampush Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
2009
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
$10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Ampush leverages its leading marketing software, AMP, and a managed approach to drive profitable advertising results on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. The company helps mobile-focused marketers acquire, engage, and retain new users, generate sales, and maximize ... Read more

Mission: To find innovative ways to drive growth for our customers

Ampush – Why Work For Us?


Ampush is a social technology company that helps direct response professionals, brands, mobile app developers, and more run performance marketing campaigns on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. As a Facebook Marketing Partner (FMP), our fully managed solutions deliver ROI and have earned the company plaudits from partners across industry verticals. Our approach drives stand-out results with smartphone users, making Ampush a must-have partner for mobile marketers.


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Ampush is proud of one of our biggest assets - our people. Our values define the character of our company and help guide our actions, interactions, and decisions, day in and day out, and, as a result, our unique culture fosters growth among Ampushers and contributes to our success as a team.

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Our DNA

We’re the hardest workers we know, and we’re also the most passionate about what we do. We love helping our customers grow - it’s fun for us. But the real fun comes from the people and traditions that have come to define Ampush.

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Together at Ampush

We’re growing fast and always looking for talented people to build the future with us. We solve big problems, make an impact, laugh a lot, and move the world of advertising technology forward.

Working Here is Awesome

We’re a team that builds the plane while we fly it. Join us and you’ll enjoy plenty of perks, lifelong friendships and community, and the satisfaction of being in a fast-moving industry that’s changing right before our eyes.

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Leadership


Jesse Pujji, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Jesse PujjiPrior to Ampush, Jesse was an investment professional at Goldman Sachs. In that role, he made $10 to $50m investments in public and private companies in the auto, education and new media industries. Before Goldman, Jesse worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York and Dubai focusing on the internet media, ecommerce and telecom industries.

Jesse graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship and a second degree in Political Science.

Jesse can be found playing tennis, watching the NFL (Rams), traveling, debating policy and politics and coming up with useless business ideas (e.g., self erasing chalkboards). He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.


Chris Amos, Co-Founder & Chief Marketing Officer

Chris AmosPrior to Ampush, Chris worked as an investment professional at The Carlyle Group in Washington D.C., where he evaluated leveraged buyout transactions in the automotive supply, trucking, railroad and shipping sectors. Before Carlyle, Chris worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York, where he advised financial sponsor clients on a variety of transactions in the post-secondary education, technology and consumer industries.

Chris graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business with a dual concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurship.

Chris can be found exploring new music, watching the Bulls, experimenting with photography and traveling to new places. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois (and born in a small town not too far away).


Nick Shah, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer


Nick ShahPrior to Ampush, Nick worked as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York and Mumbai advising on a range of deals, from IPOs to mergers, in the media and telecom industries.

Nick graduated from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School with a dual concentration in Finance and Operations and Information Management.

Nick can be found playing basketball, participating in dance-offs, fearing bicycles, loving all things India, cheering for the Detroit Pistons and always being positive. He was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan.


Rick Cotton, Chief Revenue Officer

Rick CottonRick Cotton is the Chief Revenue Officer for Ampush. Prior to Ampush, Rick served as the Head of Global Advertising Sales for TuneIn where he led U.S. field sales, international sales, platform partnerships, and ad operations for the leading digital radio app. Rick previously served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager at Monster where he launched and scaled the consumer advertising business while overseeing strategic operations including Fastweb and Education.org. He brings rich experience in mobile, programmatic, digital, and traditional advertising having served in senior leadership positions at adBrite, Lycos, CBS, and Katz Media.

Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Diego State University and a Master in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.


Jon Oberlander, Vice President of Media

Jon OberlanderJon Oberlander is Vice President of Media at Ampush. He started the New York office and leads Ampush’s Media Analytics team, delivering client success via Facebook, Twitter and Google ads for advertisers spanning technology, financial services, gaming, retail, travel and CPG verticals.

Prior to Ampush, Jon was a corporate attorney at Kirkland and Ellis LLP, worked as a futures trader at Geneva Trading and Refco in Chicago, taught LSAT for Kaplan, and played poker professionally.

He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in Journalism and History, and received his J.D. at NYU’s School of Law. 

Ampush Reviews

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    Current Employee - Senior Growth Marketing Analyst in San Francisco, CA
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    I have been working at Ampush full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The caliber of employee at Ampush is something you'll be hard pressed to match at another company. Everyone here was a distinguished student at a top tier university and has an impressive intellect.
    -The startup culture is still alive here. While the company has matured during the last couple years, there is still time made for pool/ ping pong/ pop-a-shot/ fun events.
    -Leadership is very transparent. While some employees complain that it isn't transparent enough, this is mostly a product of people having not worked at other companies before. Compared to any company of 100+ employees, Ampush is extremely transparent.
    -There is a strong "take action and own it" culture at Ampush. People here are only limited by their own ambition. If you are a self starter, you will love it here. If you are someone who likes their hand held through things, don't even bother applying. Ampush is a place for people who get sh*t done.
    -SLT is always open for a 1:1. True to the startup categorization, you can always grab the C suite for a coffee by just tapping them on the shoulder. This is heavily encouraged, even for new hires.
    -Ampush is doing cool things as a business. I've seen highs and lows in my 2 years here, but the last few months have shown a ton of promise for Ampush's future. The money is starting to roll in and we're definitely capitalizing on it.
    -The pay is really solid. Starting for a Growth Marketing Analyst is $67,500. Senior Growth Marketing Analysts start at $83,500. Bonuses can be as high as 20% of salary.

    Cons

    -Some people think the hours are heavy but I disagree. A typical day might look like 9:30 - 7:30, which really isn't bad compared to any other job in this space. The hours are not fixed, so people who can get work done efficiently often get out earlier. For a recent grad, it's hard to beat Ampush's salary without venturing into a profession with much worse hours, like investment banking.
    -Turnover can seem high to those who have not worked at a startup before. Startups tend to have pretty high turnover; it's the nature of the beast. Ampush's biggest struggle as a company is that you learn so much that you quickly become very valuable to other companies. People here get flooded with offers after the first year and sometimes the offers come from companies like Facebook and Uber who simply offer more than Ampush can pay.

    Advice to Management

    -You don't need to be transparent on everything. Sometimes you should just make a decision instead of opening up the issue to the floor.

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Ampush Photos

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Ampush photo of: Our 2016 team off site in San Diego!
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Ampush photo of: Ampush 2015 Off Site at Palm Springs!
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Ampush Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Ampush (San Francisco, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    The first round of interview would by conducted by the hiring manager (presumably after the recruiting manager does the first sieve of CVs). This is then followed by a case study financial modeling and business analyst test.

    The phone screen was conducted by far the most disinterested and disengaged hiring manager from my years of experience. Typically they'd at least attempt to sell a little bit about the company to potential candidates (which he/she didn't), which left me wondering if the hiring manager (whom I was eventually going to be working for) was interested in her role, the company at all. All very surprising given how competitive the valley's landscape is. It could also all be very possible they were having a bad day. Also verified that the company full time strength is halved of what it claimed on the website which was another red flag.

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Ampush Awards & Accolades

  • Winner of the "Best Unfunded Startup" Award, TechDay, 2014
  • Top 30 Startups to Watch, Entrepreneur, 2013
  • Empact 100 Showcase, Empact, 2013
  • Innovation Competitions Jury Grand Prize, Facebook, 2013
  • Empact 100 Showcase, Empact, 2012
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