Mission: To find innovative ways to drive growth for our customers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior 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.
Prior 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).
Prior 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 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 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.
I worked at Ampush full-time (More than a year)
• Most everyone I worked with was kind, hard-working, intelligent, and fiercely passionate - if you're going to devote your heart and soul to a company, you better be working with people you enjoy being around.
• Incredible opportunities to make an impact. Half the company is in their early twenties and managing hundreds of thousands of dollars in ad budgets. There are once-in-a-career opportunities like this on every team (marketing, HR, ops, etc.)
• Due to the two points above, you'll leave with an incredible network. Ex-Ampushers have gone on to Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, a16z, Social Capital, Slack, started their own companies, etc.
• Founders have an open door and invest the time to get to truly get to know everyone on the team. All have helped me out at one time or another post-Ampush.
• Very trusting within the company - high tolerance for testing/mistakes/learning on the job.
• On the marketing side, management had the best intentions, but oftentimes knew little more than the team they were leading. Because of this there was lots of tolerance for trying/failing, and management worked with us to learn, but we also wasted a lot of time had there been someone more experienced in the role from the get-go. They've since hired someone new to lead this team.
• Long hours (55-60/week), but at least they're transparent about this
• Lack of diversity in higher up roles. Need to hire more women in particular.
Advice to Management
Continue to take the time to invest in your employees and get to know them as human beings - people will work hard for you only if they know you have their backs and believe in them.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Ampush (San Francisco, CA) in October 2016.
Here is the interview process as I experienced it:
2. Received Email to complete a short quiz
- The quiz has a 15 minute time limit with 5 questions. You have to complete it within 3 days of receiving the email.
- Content of the quiz was marketing math. The other reviews here cover everything you need.
- Don't stress if you don't get an email to take the quiz immediately after submitting the quiz. For me, there was a 1 month delay (which was annoying).
3. Invited for a video conference call with a media analyst (1-2 days later)
- Tech Formal (aka not too formal but put together)
- Basic interview questions, Analytical question (very similar to quiz), Case Questions (another reviewer on here has an excellent breakdown of the case. Also look at their website for cases)
4. Invited to On-Site interview (1-2 days later)
- Not much to say here. Except that the quantitative section (no calculator) of the interview is long and very important to doing well. You can do well on the behavioral but mess up the quant and...
5. Next Steps - Presentation (1 week to make it and then return on-site to present)
6. Call/Meeting with Founders.
Overall a very long process