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Qples Inc Announces Key Advisory Board Selections(September 05, 2012)
DALLAS, Sept. 5, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Qples Inc, a leading provider of next generation digital coupons, announced today the appointment of an Advisory Board consisting of leading national and international business personalities with backgrounds ranging from former director of technology at Broadcast.com (which later sold to Yahoo! for more than 5 billion) to former Apple VP of Software which led the development of such products as Quicktime multimedia.
"We're very excited to bring Patrick Seaman, Rick Spitz and Steve Markwardt to the Qples' Advisory Board," said Qples' CEO, Brandi Johnson. "We're thrilled to have them on board and are eager to learn and grow from their vast technology and business experience as we expand in the US and globally."
Patrick Seaman currently serves as the Chief Technology Advisor for Pepperwood Partners where he advises portfolio companies (like Qples), and was most recently deployed as an embedded COO and Chief Strategy Officer at Cinsay, Inc. Since 2008, Patrick has also served as CTO of WhichBox Media, a cloud-based content creation, management and social media platform named one of the top 100 disruptive online media companies in the OnMedia 100 in 2010 and 2012. Patrick was the first employee and served as Director of Technology at AudioNet/broadcast.com, then owned by Mark Cuban, which was later sold to Yahoo! for more than $5 billion.
At broadcast.com, Seaman launched the first commercial radio station on the Internet, and led the build-out of the first network of Internet radio stations as part of the first Internet Content Delivery Network. Prior to broadcast.com's buyout by Yahoo! Seaman launched and served on the board of broadcast.com Japan. Patrick authored the first major book about online media, Website Sound.
Rick Spitz brings more than 20 years of experience in Internet technology, marketing and advertising. Mr. Spitz currently serves as a strategic technology advisor to Cinsay Inc and Pepperwood. Previously, Mr. Spitz founded and served as CTO for ReachLocal (RLOC) where he coauthored patents on local advertising and proxy technology. During his time with ReachLocal, the company achieved awards such as #37 on Inc 500, and #1 on Deloitte's fast 500, growing to over 1200 employees and doing business in 5 countries.
As CTO/VP of Development at WorldWinner.com, he played a key role in that company's transition from startup to a business serving more than 5 million players. Prior to that, he was VP of Product Development for Decalog Inc. (a division of Sungard), where he headed development of financial applications used by the likes of Citicorp, Warburg Pincus and AXA. Spitz came to Sungard from Apple Computer in Cupertino, California where, as VP of Software, he led the Macintosh software development organization in defining and developing such notable Mac products as System 7, Power PC and Quicktime multimedia.
Steve Markwardt brings more than 30 years of business experience, having been involved in numerous successful businesses. He was a partner in Encon Industries, where he was instrumental in the company's rapid growth, with operations on a world-wide scale. Steve served on the Board of Directors of Flashnet Communications, an Internet provider company, and helped guide the company to a highly successful IPO. Mr. Markwardt is currently a managing partner in Markwardt Investments and SBM Properties, a private equity investment group with diversified holdings in international businesses and real estate ventures.
About Qples Inc
Internet Technology (SaaS)
Digital and Mobile Coupons
Rich Media (social, local, mobile, e-commerce, video, etc.)
Qples Inc. is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform which allows for a dynamically different approach to drive coupons, deals, and discounts to consumers across social and mobile channels. Patent-pending technologies have positioned the growing company to disrupt the way digital coupons are discovered and redeemed, adding unprecedented benefits for both the consumer and participating brands. With a 98%+ print success rate, as compared to an industry standard closer to 50-60%, and industry leading security and analytics, Qples is solving problems other businesses in the industry simply have yet to do and brands and users are taking notice.
Through proprietary coupon delivery platforms, such as the first true Facebook™ integrated digital coupon application, Qples integrates rich media advertising, and e-commerce experiences to maximize revenue through user engagement. Qples provides a disruptive and cost effective way for brands and businesses to accurately market to consumers across social, local and mobile channels. Additionally, the highly viral content and coupons can be linked to redemptions and other forms of ROI. For more information visit, www.qples.com or contact:
Qples, CEO Brandi Johnson: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brandiljohnson
Qples, CTO Jay Johnson: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jayjohnsonqples
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