Randy Nicolau is an advertising technology and media executive with over 15 years experience creating and leading highly successful public and private companies. In early 2012, Randy acquired an ownership interest in Poppin and assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Shortly thereafter, Poppin announced that it had raised $6 million in Series A funding led by Shasta Ventures and First Round Capital; two of the venture capital firms that backed Randy at his previous company, Demdex, Inc.
Demdex was founded by Randy in 2008 and was the first-ever online Data Management Platform (DMP). The company quickly established a leadership position in this rapidly growing sector and was acquired by Adobe Systems (NYSE: ADBE) in January 2011.
Prior to Demdex, Randy served as the CEO & Chairman of AzoogleAds (now Epic Advertising), the global advertising network he helped to dominate the performance advertising space. He grew revenues organically from $63 million to over $150 million in two years and established AzoogleAds as the leader in its category.
Before joining AzoogleAds, Randy was the President of Playboy.com (NYSE: PLA) where he led the turn-around of the company’s internet, ecommerce, and wireless businesses which created more than $200 million of equity value in just twoyears (a 40% increase). Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to President of Worldwide Distribution and added the company’s Television and Home Video business lines to his list ofresponsibilities.
Randy graduated from Harvard University in 1992 and is an active member of YPO (Young President’s Organization).