what is shopkick?
There are some things we all love about shopping—the anticipation of what waits at the store, the thrill of finding something unique, or just the chance for some good ol' retail therapy. But we thought there was room for improvement—and that's why we created shopkick, the app that makes your shopping experience even better.
We're all familiar with traditional reward programs. Shopkick is a shopping rewards program that's, well, more rewarding. No plastic cards, no confusing rules, no extra steps. You just do what you love doing anyway—walking into your favorite stores like Target, Macy's, Best Buy, Crate&Barrel, Old Navy, Toys"R"Us, Exxon and Mobil convenience stores, and more—and you automatically rack up über-versatile points called "kicks." No applications to fill out, and no purchase required. That's right—you just walk in with your smartphone and instantly earn kicks.
It’s really that simple, and it's free! Buying something? Just link your Visa or MasterCard, and you'll collect even more kicks for purchases. Use your kicks to treat yourself to a free Starbucks latte or those amazing jeans you've been eyeing. Or save them up and splurge on the designer goods you crave, like Tiffany & Co. jewelry, NikeID sneakers or even a NYC shopping spree. It's the ultimate guilt-free shopping experience.
You're just a step away from enjoying a more rewarding way to shop. Download shopkick now on your iPhone or Android phone.
We created shopkick with one simple mission in mind—to make shopping better. Shopkick harnesses the power of smartphones and enhances your shopping experience—at home, when you’re preparing for your shopping spree, and at the store, where you'll find shopping more rewarding, personal, and entertaining. Shopkick unites the physical and digital realms, bringing you the best of each world for a new and inspiring experience when you're out shopping.
The shopkick app is already one of the 5 most widely used shopping apps in the country, according to Nielsen, along with giants like eBay and Amazon. It’s even more used than any physical retailer’s own app. In over 7,000 stores across America you can enjoy the first service that rewards you for something you already do all the time—walk into the stores where you love to shop.
Since we founded shopkick in 2009 and launched the app in August 2010, we've garnered a lot of passionate fans: over 3 million people have used the app, and every month thousands more join. Just the thought of bringing a smile to your face the next time you visit a store with shopkick is enough motivation for us to keep making the app even more rewarding.
the leadership team.
Cyriac Roeding, Co-founder and CEO. Cyriac caught his “mobile virus” by living in Tokyo in 1994, and by traveling the world observing mobile behavior, all the way to monks in Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains. He created his first mobile startup in Europe in 1999 in five countries, then founded CBS’s mobile division in 2005 in Los Angeles, and led the team to Emmy nominations and profitability. In 2008, he joined Kleiner Perkins’s iFund in Silicon Valley as an EIR, where the idea for shopkick was born. Cyriac started his entrepreneurial endeavors as a paper boy turned software developer (he sold his first computer program to a newspaper publisher at 15), and as a radio host in Germany and Lithuania.
Jeff Sellinger, Co-founder and CPO. Jeff built the shopkick 1.0 product and now builds and runs the brands-side of the business. Before shopkick, he served as EVP & GM CBS Mobile, where he won two Emmys and the Global College Sports award for the 2009 CBS Sports NCAA March Madness On Demand iPhone app. Jeff was responsible for founding the new CBS Records, which re-launched in 2006. Prior to CBS, Jeff co-founded GoldPocket Wireless. In his career, Jeff has been responsible for building out over 50 products. Jeff’s always on the lookout for new sneakers to add to his rack, especially adidas. He is also a musician with a pretty nice guitar collection.
Aaron Emigh, Co-founder and CTO. Aaron spent much of his childhood without electricity, so naturally he “went pro” as an engineer when he was twelve. He was previously EVP/GM of Technology at Six Apart (now SAY Media), CTO of Rojo Networks, Managing Director of Radix Labs, and Founder/CEO of CommerceFlow (acquired by eBay). He has 75+ issued and pending patents that defy pithy summaries. He has battled cybercrime for the Department of Homeland Security and the Secret Service, and has written machine vision software for Martian robots. He has backpacked in 36 countries, collects ancient Greek coins and antiquarian books, and is under the impression that not updating his wardrobe since college qualifies as “retro.”
Doug Galen, CRO. Doug is leading the expansion of shopkick's Partner Alliance, a unique network of retail partnerships that helps drive revenue growth. He has 20+ years of experience building successful alliances, leading M&A and building small companies into big powerhouses... which include two successful IPOs at Shutterfly and E-LOAN where he was part of the executive leadership. Doug also worked at eBay where he was VP New Ventures. When Doug is not at the office you will likely find him on his bike climbing mountains, exploring new roads and riding to the Pacific Ocean. Doug also serves on the Board of Directors for the Positive Coaching Alliance, working to cultivate youth athletics around the country.
Mark Smallcombe, VP Engineering. Mark is responsible for the mobile product’s development & operation. Prior, he got his "kicks" as the VP of Product & Engineering at Will Ferrell's Funny Or Die, growing the business from its start to $30M in revenue and creating an international, consumer brand. Mark has built radiation monitoring systems, newspaper control systems, classified systems, editorial websites, city guides, IYPs and in his spare time collects citizenships. When not banging his head on door frames (being 6'10" tall) or forging the technological road at the office, you might catch him driving to Stanford Mall on the hunt for another good bargain.
Alexis Rask, VP and General Manager, Brand Partnerships. Alexis, together with Jeff, is building shopkick's newest business unit, where she looks to expand relationships with major brands. Before joining shopkick, Alexis was SVP of Sales Development at Federated Media and a founding member of LinkedIn's Marketing Solutions team and New York operations. Alexis also worked at Google where she specialized in selling Search Marketing campaigns. When Alexis isn't meeting with the world's leading brands, you'll find her shopping for them. She loves cooking and fashion and is always on the hunt for something new to wear, or planning a dinner party for fifty close friends. She's a native New Yorker bringing a touch of the East Coast to shopkick and the Valley.
the investors & Board members.
Matt Murphy, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Matt Murphy joined shopkick's Board in 2009 as part of Series A. Matt is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 1999 and leads the iFund, a collaborative initiative with Apple that focuses on funding and building defining applications on the iOS platform and the mobile internet. Matt’s expertise is in mobile and cloud infrastructure technology. He was also the lead KP partner when Cyriac incubated shopkick as an EIR in Kleiner Perkins's offices in 2008 and 2009. Matt was a Board observer at Google from KP's initial investment to IPO.
Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners. Reid Hoffman joined shopkick's Board in 2009 as a private angel investor in Series A, and then led Series B for Greylock in 2010. Reid is a partner at Greylock, and Co-Founder and Executive Chairman at LinkedIn. His areas of focus include consumer Internet, enterprise 2.0, mobile, social gaming, online marketplaces, payments, and social networks. Reid works on products that can reach hundreds of millions of participants and businesses based on network effects. Reid is also an investor in Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Airbnb and many other companies.
Cyriac Roeding, Co-founder and CEO, shopkick. Cyriac joined the Board as the representative of the founders when shopkick began. His intense passion for mobile and building companies, and his career journey from Japan through Europe to the U.S. West Coast are described above already.