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Bob Tekiela is Co-founder and CTO of 500friends where he launched LoyaltyPlus™, a white-labeled, SaaS, loyalty platform for retailers which rewards consumers not only for purchases but also for brand advocacy, incorporates monetary and social motivators, integrates with e-commerce sites and social networks. LoyaltyPlus™ has been developed in Ruby on Rails and runs on Amazon cloud. 500friends is funded by Crosslink Capital, Intel Capital and Y Combinator. Prior to 500friends he was CTO of PopularMedia, a social media innovator backed by Sequoia and CTO of StrongMail, an email marketing and social media technology provider which acquired PopularMedia. Earlier, Bob was Vice President of Technology at Sapient, a publicly traded professional services company and CTO of Digitas, a marketing agency subsequently acquired by Publicis Groupe. He has also led development of Internet and marketing technology solutions for many well known brands, including GM, Microsoft, VeriSign, Wells Fargo and Williams-Sonoma.