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Episode Info: Transcript Ted Krantz, App Annie CEO : Yeah, honestly, I was fortunate because I got put in a global role.. Stephen Cummins: Okay. Of course. Ted Krantz: And it was Global Accounts at Peoplesoft and I had Craig Conway in my accounts. Stephen Cummins: Yeah. Ted Krantz: So I’m this, you know, mid thirties, young executive, flying around the world and having Craig, like, sitting in meetings with me. So I got indoctrinated in the C-Suite hard and heavy…very early on. We had some big global accounts and Craig was intimately involved in those accounts. That’s one thing I really learned from him. I think at a high, you know, high level with my career, I’ve been blessed that I’ve had three legends that I’ve been pretty close to. Craig early on at Peoplesoft, you know. And then I moved over with Tom Siebel at C3. I’m very close to Bill McDermott still today at SAP.  Stephen Cummins: Very good Ted Krantz: And all three of them have heavy influence on my career. Stephen Cummins: Welcome to 14 minutes of SaaS! The show where you can listen to the stories and opinions of founders of the world’s most remarkable SaaS scale-ups! This is episode 115 of 14 Minutes of SaaS, the first of 3 episodes where I chat with Ted Krantz, CEO of App Annie – a mobile data and analytics platform. Ted is what I call a re-founder, because he’s overseen a complete re-imagination of the brand – something that was overdue. Employee numbers have held pretty steady in the last 6 months through Covid. About 77% of employees and former employees would recommend working with App Annie to a friend (well above average) and Ted enjoys a healthy approval rating of 80% on Glassdoor. That’s well north of the average rating, which is – if you’re curious – 69%. Since our interview App Annie have launched Ascend – which is the upgraded new version of their acquisition Libring for advertising analytics. It has more than 1 million users and over 1,100 clients. Stephen Cummins: Ted Krantz, CEO of App Annie, a mobile marketing data and analytics platform here on 14 Minutes of SaaS. And we’re here in the Web Summit. Great to have you on the show Ted. Ted Krantz: Delighted to join you Stephen. Thank you for having me. Stephen Cummins:  Fantastic. I’d love to know a little bit about where you came from, where you grew up, your life. Prior … let’s say, all the way from childhood prior to you entering the kind of the B2B software world of Peoplesoft. Ted Krantz: Got it. Yeah, I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, which I kinda describe as a great place to be from. Great family values. Grew up in Omaha which is 600,000-700,000 people. My dad was a policeman. And so we moved to Dallas when he I guess I was 12 or 13. So, just as I moved into middle school. And then I spent the better part of 30 years basically in Dallas. Played some sports when I was a child. I was one of those not gifted athletes, but very competitive. So, I played football. I did a little boxing and I did a...
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