Cox Digital Solutions
|Wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises|
|Industry||Internet, media, Technology, Online advertising|
|Founder 👔||Larry Braitman, Richard Thompson and Russ Fradin|
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In the summer of 2005, Larry Braitman, Richard Thompson and Russ Fradin co-founded Adify. Adify's founders worked together at Flycast, the first online advertising network. The first round of venture funding was led by Venrock, announced on August 4, 2006. Shortly thereafter, they launched Adify’s first product, Adify Network Builder.
In 2007, NBC's venture investment fund, Peacock Equity, announced that they were launching a $250 million equity fund to invest in media and technology companies, and that the first $3 million would be invested in Adify.
In April 2008, Adify closed a deal to be acquired for $300 million by a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises. On January 11, 2011, Adify merged with another Cox company, Cox Cross Media, to form a new company called Cox Digital Solutions.
Products and services
Adify’s first product, Adify Network Builder, helped customers to build and commercialize networks of websites. Adify Network Builder was a platform for media companies to aggregate and manage websites that shared similar content and audiences. The resulting ad networks are known as vertical ad networks.
Adify Media sold inventory across networks that were run on the Adify Network Builder platform. Adify Media reached approximately 12,000 websites across 180 vertical ad networks, representing approximately 73 MM unique U.S. visitors. Adify publishers tended to be mid-sized, which have five figure monthly visitor counts. Advertisers that ran campaigns through Adify Media included Best Western Hotels, Eukanuba, Febreze, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Betty Crocker.
In May 2009, Adify launched the Adify Amplified Partner program to share its APIs and allow third parties to develop applications for the vertical ad network managers who use Adify Network Builder. After Adify released its APIs, a number of advertising technology companies began to develop applications for the Network Builder platform, including Aggregate Knowledge, Ooyala, Rovion, and Wave2 Media Solutions.
Adify was criticized for their decision to limit publishers to only joining one network per publisher account. Critics have brought up that Adify's appeal to publishers was the ability to manage multiple network memberships with one account, but as of August 2009 this was no longer possible.
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