Privacy terror to adtech: SilverPush’s rise from the ashes
Four years ago, Hitesh Chawla’s Gurugram-based tech startup made headlines across the world for helping advertisers embed ultrasonic tracking beacons in TV signals. Revenue collapsed, a co-founder quit, and vultures circled. In a bind, Chawla turned to a new business: matching digital ads to television—in real time—and today claims over 100 clients from Unilever to Nestle to Spotify
SilverPush now tracks hundreds of TV channels, with proprietary machine learning systems that can detect advertisements in real time
Chawla claims revenue more than doubled in 2018, and SilverPush announced just last month that it had raised $5 million in Series B funding
In patent filings published in December, it claims that it can identify a live TV ad in under a second, and then trigger related ads across digital media for its clients
SilverPush also helps brands run contextual ads with online videos, attracting a roster of global and Indian companies, as well as politicians readying for elections
Could I have seen the adverts?
“You could have, you could have,” says Hitesh Chawla.
What are those brands, if you could name them?
In his dimly lit glass cabin on the third floor of a mall in Gurugram, Chawla, co-founder of SilverPush, a company which sells technology solutions to target consumers with ads across television and digital media, hesitates slightly.
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