True Whale Story at Internext 2018!
The CrakRevenue team will be at Internext 2018 in Vegas. Here’s a glimpse of things to come!
Internext is an upcoming webmaster show in North America.
The event takes place January 20-23, 2018, in beautiful Las Vegas.
You can bet we will be there!
Our CEO Nick Chrétien prepared an awesome keynote speech you absolutely need to hear! Because on January 22, 2018 at 5PM (PST), valuable business and affiliate insights shall be music to your ears.
Watch the keynote teaser below:
Here’s a preview of what to expect from the Internext keynote:
- Current technology trends
- The many challenges faced over the years
- What it takes to become successful in this industry
- What’s next for CrakRevenue
- And much, much more!
Will you be attending Internext?!
If so, book a meeting with one of our Business Development Managers! It’s quick and easy: all you have to do is follow this link, choose who you’d like to meet, then select a time and date according to your own preferences.
A Look at CrakRevenue’s Story
Whether you’ve been working with CrakRevenue for a few years or just signed up yesterday, there are some things you should probably know about our CPA network and how it came to life!
CrakRevenue was founded in 2010 by Nick Chrétien.
Not a whole lot of people know that our CEO started as an affiliate in his basement, simply promoting the best videos he could find online.
With the arrival of YouTube and the consolidation of online videos at the end of 2005, Nick’s primary source of income was endangered. At the same moment, he was offered $250,000 for his business by Brad Greenspan, a well-known Internet entrepreneur who had been involved with major projects such as MySpace. This was a significant amount of money for the business which was still in its infancy and barely paying for its servers month to month.
Ultimately, a non-competition clause stipulating Nick couldn’t create a similar business for the next two years turned him off this deal. Instead of giving up, the CEO went all-in: he invested all the money he had to better his websites. Thousands of dollars were injected in new features such as comment areas and voting systems on DaNerd.com. Nick also developed Deviant Clip, Dachix and Clipdump during this time.
In spite of his best efforts, Nick couldn’t compete with YouTube. Fortunately for him, he had one ace up his sleeve: traffic monetization. This was an area he excelled in. He managed to reach advertisers directly, thus bypassing AdSense to monetize his traffic — something few other webmasters were able to achieve at the time.
He quickly began integrating tools that he had created for his own projects into what would later become one of his greatest business achievements: CrakRevenue, a new platform strictly devoted to affiliate marketing.
Instead of keeping this technology and platform to himself, Nick decided to turn competitors into allies. This meant making CrakRevenue and all its optimized campaigns available to all qualified marketers.
With success comes challenges.
In April 2014, Essociate sued CrakRevenue’s affiliate program in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Essociate claimed that the parent company of CrakRevenue was infringing on their U.S. Patent No. 6,804,660. This patent described a method and system for configuring an existing affiliate network to receive “virtual affiliates” from an affiliate pooling network. Essociate had sued more than 20 companies in the affiliate networking space for infringing on the ‘660 patent.
Unlike many other companies, Nick Chrétien chose not to settle. In March 2016, after years of litigation, he obtained an order from the District Court striking down all of Essociate’s infringement contentions. The District Court confirmed the CPA network motion, declaring Essociate’s patent claims invalid.
This trial cost more than just money to Nick Chrétien. Indeed, during the 2 years of litigation, CrakRevenue couldn’t accept new offers on its platform. Basically, the CPA network had to invest all its time carefully optimizing its existing portfolio of offers and white labels.
On the other hand, the actions of Nick Chrétien freed the whole industry from this patent troll.
Today, anyone can start their own CPA network without the looming threat of legal action.
It’s a big day for us. We fought for something we believed in. Although a settlement would have certainly been less costly than litigation, we couldn’t let patent trolls continue to bully us and others in our industry. We can now focus on the goal we set four years ago: consolidate all the industry’s top offers within the CrakRevenue network,
Nick Chrétien expressed back in 2016.
Nick Chrétien’s Recipe for Success
On January 22nd in Vegas, CrakRevenue’s President & Founder will reveal all the essential ingredients for a booming business and his global vision of the industry in the coming years.
Don’t miss it!