Rubicon Project merges with Telaria to become largest independent sell-side ad platform

Anne Freier

In Mobile Advertising. December 20, 2019

Rubicon Project, the ad exchange, has officially announced a merger with video software platform Telaria to optimise yield for video publishers.

The two entered into a definitive agreement for a stock-for-stock merger and the decision was approved by the Board of Directors.

This paves the way for the companies to form the largest independent sell-side ad platform.

“The combination of Rubicon Project and Telaria will establish the world’s largest, independent sell-side advertising platform with scale, capabilities and solutions unmatched by the competition,” said Michael Barrett, President & CEO of Rubicon Project.

“This transformative combination builds on our commitment to trust and transparency and accelerates our strategy to provide buyers and sellers with a single path to every format and channel including CTV. We could not be more excited about the future as two individually strong industry leaders with complementary assets and cultures come together to create a market leader that we believe will generate significant opportunities for our employees, customers, partners, and stockholders worldwide.”

As part of the merger, the companies are looking to connect publishers with potential buyers and brands to create a global alternative to more closed players. Both are bringing their premium publisher partnerships on board.

“Our businesses are highly complementary, and when combined, are a powerful, strategic alternative to the walled gardens, which have been frustrating both buyers and sellers due to their lack of transparency, innovation bottlenecks, and conflicted business models,” stated Telaria CEO, Mark Zagorski.

“The two companies will provide more technology resources, a broader geographic footprint and deeper financial assets to attack the growing opportunity created by the shift from linear viewing to CTV to the benefit of our customers and in support of a thriving open internet. For our stockholders, we believe this merger allows us to accelerate our growth, while providing additional resources to increase investment and continue to scale our industry-leading CTV technology. For our employees, this is an opportunity for development and to fully realize the potential of what we have built these past few years in a scaled, omnichannel platform.”