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Our platform just became a lot more powerful.

By Larry Drebes | Posted on December 16, 2014

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When Janrain pioneered social login in 2008, we were setting out to change the game of customer identity management. It was just a matter of time before many major brands would come to rely on our platform for customer identity management across a growing number of connected devices and marketing channels. Now, collecting, storing and deriving insights from customer data is more mission-critical for marketers than ever. We’re thrilled that the world’s leading brands use the Janrain platform to authenticate their customers at every digital touchpoint, and also to gather the kind of invaluable individual-level customer data that makes truly targeted and personalized marketing experiences a reality.

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Today, I’m excited to announce that the Janrain platform has become even more powerful through the acquisition of Arktan, a leading digital engagement platform that has revolutionized the way brands integrate user-generated content into the customer journey. With the Arktan platform, leading customers already have the ability to create unparalleled experiences across their digital properties. Now with integration of the platform with Janrain, marketers will be able to seamlessly integrate their customer engagement experiences into their core identity management platform and leverage more data about their customers than ever before.

Janrain already enabled marketers to create profiles that go much deeper than the types of data that marketers have typically been able to collect. Now, our customers will be able to leverage the high-value behavioral and sentiment data that comes from their users’ engagement to connect with their customers on an even deeper level.

We’re excited to welcome Arktan’s amazing team and incredible roster of customers to the Janrain family, which include some of the biggest brands in retail, broadcast media, entertainment and music, as well as looking forward to bringing marketing innovators on to our new and improved platform. To learn more about the acquisition, you can read the official announcement on Arktan’s site and our joint press release.

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Larry Drebes


Larry founded Janrain in 2005 to address the challenge of managing user identity on the Internet. In its early days, Janrain drove the development of the majority of the open source OpenID protocol libraries that continue to be used today by organizations such as Google and Yahoo!, and was a founding member of the OpenID Foundation, a nonprofit governance organization for the industry. Prior to Janrain, Larry was a co-founder of Silicon Valley startups, a web-based service, and Four11 Corporation. At Four11 Corporation, Larry led the development of its RocketMail product, one of the first Internet-based email systems. Four11 was acquired by Yahoo! in 1997, and its RocketMail product became Yahoo! Mail. Earlier in his career, Larry did software development for Raynet, McDonnell Douglas and A.G. Edwards.

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