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CafeMedia Overview

New York, NY
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Advertising & Marketing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We’re the world’s largest ad management service, providing the technology and services that help the highest quality publishers grow their business and maximize success. You might know us as CafeMedia or you might know us as AdThrive, but either way ... Read more

Mission: We’re the world’s largest ad management service, providing the technology and services that help the highest quality publishers grow their business and maximize success. You might know us as CafeMedia or you might know us as AdThrive, but either way

CafeMedia – Why Work With Us?

Our business may be world-class ad monetization, but we know it’s more than that. When we help our publishers succeed, it can change their lives.

We love to hear from our publishers and get this type of feedback every day:

“Just so you know, I love AdThrive. Best decision I ever made. So thank you and the entire team. I am always in awe at my earnings doing something I love. Pretty amazing.”

The ability to make that kind of impact drives everything we do and unites us as a team.

Because we all share a common belief and mission, but bring different experiences and perspectives, we are able to work through complex problems, make good decisions, and then unite on behalf of our publishers. We’ve got super-fun Slack conversations (and gifs), awfully silly jokes of the week (and day), office happy hours, an awesome annual offsite (to Disneyworld!) and lots more (like paint nights and scavenger hunts), too.  

Our Past

Our story is similar to many other startups that ultimately find success.  Years of toiling,  hard work and multiple pivots before we finally landed on the right opportunity.  CafeMedia started 10+ years ago with the founding of our first website, CafeMom, and then more women’s lifestyle sites followed.  The good news was that we had become genuine industry leaders in programmatic advertising. The challenge was that creating original content was hard. We had talented editors and writers and traffic grew to a point, but advertisers always wanted more scale.

Our Pivot

We merged with the leading ad monetization company for high quality publishers, AdThrive.  And when our best-in-class advertising team plugged into AdThrive, we were off to the races. We sold our own websites to focus on our core competency , in turn enabling our publisher customers to focus on what they do best: creating great content.

Our Path

Today we support thousands of professional bloggers, independent content creators, and enterprise publishers, ranging from 100,000 monthly pageviews to publishers with tens of millions of monthly pageviews.  Together, they are a collective force, reaching 125 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S. with billions of monthly pageviews. By focusing on ad management, we are now growing by leaps and bounds to serve thousands more publishers.  Now we’re aiming to go far beyond ads and help our publishers in any way that we can. We’ve got lots to do!


Over the last year, we’ve hired more than 40 new team members and recently crossed the 100 employee threshold.  And, we’re not done yet: our team will likely double in the coming year. While we’re growing fast, we’re also focused on developing and recognizing our world-class team. As of August 2019, 30% of people who have been with the company for over a year, have been promoted into new roles. We love when people raise their hand to get involved in new parts of the business or want to take on more responsibilities.

We invest in professional development.  We encourage everyone to spend 10 hours a month during the workday learning and growing their skillset both personally and professionally (through online and in-person training).  We hold internal Zoom meetings and Slack conversations, including a bi-weekly All-Hands, on important topics to keep everyone abreast of fast-moving industry trends. 

We’re building cross-company task forces on topics like video, privacy regulations, and other things to share knowledge and keep everyone in the loop.  We’re members of industry trade organizations and put forward team members to join panels and committees within those groups.


We are thought-leaders who are building the future of  digital media.

Our plan is two-fold: to continue to grow our core business and also pursue genuine innovation – including new platforms and strategic initiatives - that will help our publishers continue to thrive in a rapidly changing digital landscape. 

Want to work for one of the biggest and best?

If you’ve heard of comScore, you know they do for the internet what Nielsen does for TV - they rank the biggest properties on the web.  We’re #16! For some context, that’s bigger than Snapchat, Pinterest, Walmart and many other extremely well-known companies.   

Love unique voices and creators?

Want to work directly with some of the largest and most amazing content creators out there?  Every day, our Publisher Team works directly with the most amazing creators in content verticals like Food, Home Decor, Travel, News and many others.  

Want to build the next generation technology and ad code that matters?

We help the highest quality content creators earn the money they deserve with the best user experiences, fastest sites, and highest monetization.  We are also constantly innovating to stay ahead of the many changes coming in digital media. Our engineering team is at the core of what we do and makes a major impact through technology.

Do you geek out on data?

At our “slow” times of day, we serve a million ad impressions in a minute.  At peak times, well over five million a minute. We work with more than 2,200 sites that generate billions of monthly pageviews and hundreds of millions of monthly video views..  The scale of data and transactions we’re dealing with is huge and creates tremendous opportunities to optimize and use that data.  

Because we are profitable and stable, we’re able to invest money and resources into new opportunities that will help drive our publishers’ businesses.  We aren’t worried about this quarter, we are focused on the long-term.


We’ve built a unique work environment where our team is split evenly between our NYC office and remote throughout the US. If you love the remote work style, we’ve built a great culture that supports and recognizes team members no matter where they are. And if you like coming into an office every day (or most days), we’ve got a great NYC office with fun team-building activities, social events, and much more.

Flexibility is in our DNA and the NYC office team works from home whenever they want, and we often welcome our remote team in our NYC office whenever they’re in the area.  We’ve had team members work while traveling, taking multi-month, working cross-country road trips. We believe that people who are great at their jobs can get the job done from anywhere, so we encourage our team to do just that. 


CafeMedia Reviews

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    "I love going to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in New York, NY
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    I have been working at CafeMedia full-time (More than 3 years)


    The people here are wonderful - fun, incredibly smart, and supportive of each other. There's very little drama and everyone's primary focus is doing right by the publishers we serve, which is thoroughly fulfilling work. I feel valued and respected in my position, and I'm afforded a lot of autonomy. Every manager I've had has gone out of their way to make sure I was happy and fulfilled in my work, and I'm constantly encouraged to share if there are any facets of the business I'm interested in getting involved in. I've seen a number of employees allowed to shape a new role for themselves, given their interests and the needs of the company. Upper management are all very approachable, including the CEO, and all employees' ideas and opinions are valued. The flexibility to work remotely is invaluable. To top it all off, the benefits are great. I worked at CafeMedia before the acquisition of AdThrive and the sale of the owned and operated sites, and although I enjoyed my job when I started, CafeMedia now feels like a warmer, stronger, more exciting, and more inspired company.


    From my perspective, there really aren't any.

    Advice to Management

    Would love to see 401K matching.

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CafeMedia photo of: Cats and Avocados! Office Happy Hour
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CafeMedia photo of: Our team at the AdThrive Publisher Summit
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CafeMedia photo of: Our team at the AdThrive Publisher Summit
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CafeMedia Interviews



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    Data Intelligence Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at CafeMedia (Reston, VA) in June 2019.


    Very well defined and smooth process. HR was constantly in touch with next steps and feedback.

    Step 1 - HR round and take home assignment
    Step 2 - Hiring Manager interview
    Step 3 - Interview with team and stakeholders

    Interview Questions

    • Bulk of questions were around previous experience and aimed at understanding stakeholder management, technical skills, conflict management and team fit.   Answer Question
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