Ep. 290 – Near, COO, Gladys Kong

Our guest today is Gladys Kong, Chief Operating Officer at Near. Previously, she was CEO of UberMedia, which was acquired by Near in 2021. Gladys oversees Near’s privacy initiatives and privacy policy. At UberMedia, she was responsible for assembling a best-in-class data science team and pivoting it from a social media app developer to a leading mobile data and analytics company. An entrepreneur and founder of multiple tech companies, Gladys holds numerous patents in the mobile technology space. In 2015 and 2016, she was named one of Business Insider’s “30 Most Powerful Women in Mobile Advertising.” In 2016, Mobile Marketer named her one of the 25 “Mobile Women to Watch.” In today’s episode, Cameron and Gladys discuss her transition from CEO to COO, and the valuable lessons she’s learned along the way. She will also discuss the impact of acquisitions on Near and the cultural shifts brought about by the pandemic.

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In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • Transitioning from entrepreneur to CEO of a global brand.
  • Lessons learned from the merger process.
  • How to help your employees feel safe to give feedback.
  • The differences between being the CEO and the COO of an acquired company.



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