Ep. 290 – COO, Near, Gladys Kong

Jun 27, 2023

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.

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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Written By Cameron Herold

Written By Cameron Herold

Cameron Herold is known around the world as THE CEO WHISPERER. He is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies’ exponential growth. Cameron’s built a dynamic consultancy: his current clients include a “Big 4” wireless carrier and a monarchy. What do his clients say they like most about him? He isn’t a theory guy—they like that Cameron speaks only from experience. He earned his reputation as the CEO Whisperer by guiding his clients to double their profit and double their revenue in just three years or less. Cameron is a top-rated international speaker and has been paid to speak in 26 countries. He is also the top-rated lecturer at EO/MIT’s Entrepreneurial Masters Program and a powerful and effective speaker at Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer leadership events around the world.

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