Eric Picard
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Eric Picard

CEO and Founder, Rare Crowds

Eric Picard is the Founder and CEO of Rare Crowds, an open source ad technology company that provides a completely open advertising technology stack for online display, mobile, video, and social media advertising.  On top of this stack, Rare Crowds has built a buying tool that plugs into any existing buying tools, and a selling tool that plugs into... more

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Eric Picard is the Founder and CEO of Rare Crowds, an open source ad technology company that provides a completely open advertising technology stack for online display, mobile, video, and social media advertising.  On top of this stack, Rare Crowds has built a buying tool that plugs into any existing buying tools, and a selling tool that plugs into existing publisher ad servers. 

He was previously Chief Product Officer at TRAFFIQ where he led Product Management and Engineering. Prior to this position, he held several advertising technology roles at Microsoft, including managing the long term ad platform and product strategy - determining what the end-state of Microsoft’s ad platforms and other advertising offerings should look like. He also managed the emerging media strategy, planning for incubation & research teams, and designed next generation advertising products. Additionally Eric managed the advertising technology acquisition planning from 2005 through 2007 – including work on some pivotal acquisitions, such as Massive, Screen Tonic, aQuantive and others.

Formerly, Eric was founder and director of product management at Bluestreak, where he oversaw advertising products, such as third-party ad serving, ad analytics, rich media products and led development of many company technologies. He helped pioneer rich media advertising in the late '90s and has been active in most of the critical industry conversations related to technology, including the IAB's Measurement Committee and Rich Media Task Force. A frequent speaker across the industry, Eric has written about advertising technology since 1999: an archive of which is available at springload.com


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