Factual is a location data company that helps marketers and their organizations use location to better understand, reach and engage consumers.
Location data is key to driving smarter business decisions for marketers and brands. Our world is now mobile, computing is everywhere, and the power of location data helps companies to provide personalized, relevant experiences for their audiences.
Customers use Factual’s insights, targeting, measurement, and data enrichment products to build and execute digital advertising strategies, understand audiences, measure success, and support innovative business solutions.
Founder & Ceo
Gil Elbaz is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer of natural language technology. Founded in 2008, Factual is Gil's second startup. In 1998, Gil co-founded Applied Semantics Inc. (ASI) which developed contextual advertising products, including ASI's AdSense. In 2003, Google acquired ASI and Gil stayed on through 2007 as the director of engineering for the Santa Monica office, continuing to work on AdSense.
Gil earned his bachelor's degree from Caltech with a double major in Engineering and Applied Science and Economics. Gil serves on the Board of Directors of the X Prize Foundation.
“We strive to be the neutral data company that everyone can work with and trust. Data has generally been seen as a side effect in computing, the exhaust generated by software that is often ignored. We see data as a whole separate layer that everyone should be able to tap into to solve everyday problems. If all data was clean, trusted, and accessible, innovation would thrive and the most positive actors in our society would be rewarded.”
— Gil Elbaz, Founder and CEO
Chief Operating Officer
Bill joined Factual in 2009 and is responsible for all internal operations -- everything involved with building Factual's portfolio of data products. Prior to Factual, Bill worked at Yahoo!, where he was most recently Senior Director of Product Management Yahoo! Search. In this capacity he was the GM for Yahoo! BOSS, which under him grew from inception to over +1B queries/month. Prior to that he was the Director of International Search Business Operations & Product Strategy, a +$1B P&L with 500+ employees across 15+ countries.
Other experience includes Equity Research Associate at UBS on the #1 ranked Institutional Investor telecom research team. At one point he wore a white coat and worked in a solid-state physics research lab.
Bill has an MBA from Columbia University Business School and a BA in Geology from Colby College.
Chief Revenue Officer
Rob joined Factual in 2016 and is responsible for driving Factual’s revenue growth and scaling the revenue organization globally. He joined us from PubMatic, where he ran strategy and operations for the revenue team as the Global Chief Revenue Officer. Before his role as CRO, Rob oversaw and led PubMatic’s strategy and operations for revenue management across EMEA and APAC, including launching operations in Japan.
With an extensive background in the tech industry, Rob has worked as the Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA at InMobi, Director of Strategic Partnerships of EMEA at Google, Director of New Business at Yahoo, and Business Development Director at Overture for Northern Europe.
Rob is a graduate of Oxford University and has completed executive education at the Judge Business School at Cambridge University, both in the United Kingdom. He is an active mentor in the technology startup community, working with Seedcamp in the UK and most recently with Techstars in Los Angeles.
Chief Technology Officer
Boris joined the Factual team in 2008 and is responsible for all engineering and technology functions. Prior to joining Factual, he was CTO at Xap, which he helped build from eight employees to a thriving business with millions of users and over a hundred employees.
When Boris was in the seventh grade and dinosaurs still roamed the earth, he took his first programming course and wrote a videogame as his first class project. His junior year in college, he built a site that quickly became the web’s 27th most trafficked and then optimized it enough to run from two machines in his den. He’s not retired now because he really wanted to graduate.
Boris holds a BS in Physiological Science and an MS in Computer Science, both from UCLA. He put himself through school working night shifts as an ambulance driver. Boris lives in Los Angeles with his badass wife and three amazing children. He is a lousy philosopher, a mediocre poet, and will someday become a great chef.
Chief Marketing Officer
Brian joined Factual in 2017 and is responsible for driving all aspects of marketing for Factual, including strategy, brand, communications, product marketing and growth. A senior marketing and product veteran, he brings more than 20 years of marketing experience in building and managing results-oriented teams for fast growing technology companies.
Brian came to Factual from Telesign, a leading communications platform as a service company, where he served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and oversaw all product marketing, branding, and marketing communications for the company through the company’s acquisition by BICS in April 2017. Prior to TeleSign, Brian was VP of Marketing and Product for cloud-based identity and access management provider Symplified, through its acquisition by RSA in July 2014. And has previously held senior management positions with leading security companies Webroot and MessageLabs (now Symantec).
Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Penn State University and currently serves as a mentor for Techstars, helping emerging technology startups with marketing and strategy initiatives.
Senior Vice President of Sales
As the SVP of Sales, Ocean is responsible for driving awareness and adoption of Factual’s location solutions.
A digital veteran with 20+ years experience, Ocean loves connecting marketers to innovative technologies that allow them to better understand, reach and engage their customers. Currently Factual's SVP of Sales and Demand, Ocean is responsible for driving adoption of Factual's location data and marketing solutions, providing marketers with actionable insights that lead to improved campaign results and business strategies. Her work touches thousands of brands, including all 50 of the top national advertisers. Prior to Factual, Ocean led sales teams for top technology companies like AT&T AdWorks and VeriSign, where she built solutions for clients such as Levi's, Coca-Cola, JPMC, Mazda, and Nike.
Ocean holds a BS in Sociology and a Masters in Communications and Media Studies, both from Clark University.
VICE PRESIDENT OF ENGINEERING
Ulas joined the Factual team in early 2019 as the Vice President of Engineering and is responsible for ensuring Factual delivers industry-leading technology for building and reasoning with geo data.
Ulas has built and ran engineering and data science teams in Tokyo (where he was a researcher at Secom's Intelligent Systems Laboratory), New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles for both startups and large companies alike. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Engineering at the machine learning startup Clarifai in New York City, where he doubled the size of the engineering team to 45 people in one year.
Originally from the small Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Ulas holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science.
Vice President of Finance and Operations
Michael joined the Factual team in 2011 and is responsible for all finance and operations functions, including people operations, recruiting, accounting, compensation, global privacy, legal, compliance, and real estate. He is an active participant in industry trade groups, such as the Los Angeles CFO Roundtable, NAI, DAA, IAB Europe and UK GDPR privacy working groups, and Index Ventures Portfolio Finance Leaders Group.
Before joining Factual, Michael analyzed and advised private equity groups on national real estate portfolio acquisitions and distributions. He also conducted private wealth management for individuals and Fortune 500 companies while at Oppenheimer and Smith Barney/Citigroup. Prior to that, Michael honed his deal-making skills in the entertainment industry, first on the agency side at ICM in the film division and then on the production side at various production companies at Warner Brothers and MGM.
Michael earned his BS in Economics from Chapman University. Michael’s other interests include tennis, real estate and design, biographies, and movies.
Glen Nigel Straub
Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships
As the Vice President of Business Development and Partnerships, Glen focuses on Factual’s channel partnerships in the advertising and marketing ecosystem - publishers, broadcasters, adtech, martech and agencies. Glen opened the Factual New York office in September 2013 and has been instrumental in the success of Factual’s data for marketers business since inception.
Previous to Factual, Glen was a Publisher Development Lead for mobile advertising network Millennial Media, where he worked with Comscore Top 100 mobile publishers. Millennial Media was acquired by AOL in October 2015.
Glen holds a BA of Journalism from the University of Massachusetts.
Vice President of New Business
Kevin Reilly is Factual’s Vice President of New Business. Kevin has more than two decades of expertise in data, marketing and product management. He spent seven years at Dstillery, where he “caught the location bug.” As the VP of product management and later the SVP of platform services, Kevin was responsible for building location targeting and analytics solutions on top of the billions of data points in the company’s platform. Most recently, Kevin led product management for location intelligence company CARTO.
Kevin holds an MBA from Babson College and a BA in Business and Economics from Lafayette College.
Managing Director of Europe
As Factual’s Managing Director of Europe, Ross is responsible for overseeing and expanding Factual’s operations and footprint across the region. Ross joins Factual from IBM Watson Advertising (formerly The Weather Company), where he spent nearly 10 years building revenue and partnerships as the Managing Director and VP of EMEA. Following IBM’s acquisition of Weather in 2016, Ross served as Head of EMEA Data Partnerships for Watson Advertising.
Ross holds degrees from the University of East Anglia, Georgetown University, and London Business School. On weekends, he can be found coaching colts cricket at the Bagshot Cricket Club.
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