Kahuna is a pioneer in communication automation, dedicated to empowering businesses to grow and thrive in the mobile era.
We enable a new level of authentic engagement between brands and their customers wherever they are — the web, email, mobile, social channels — through personalized communication at scale. Powered by big data and machine learning, we help create delightful experiences for every customer with the perfect message, delivered on the right channel, at just the right time.
Kahuna is trusted by Yelp, The Hearst Corporation, Overstock.com, The Weather Channel, and hundreds of other leading brands. Headquartered in Silicon Valley and with offices in New York, Kahuna was founded in 2012 and is funded by Sequoia Capital, SoftTech VC, Tenaya Capital, and others.
Meet Our Founders
ADAM MARCHICK, CO-FOUNDER
Adam started coding when he was 16, building GPS tracking systems in Matlab. The first start-up he joined had a $3B IPO (iBeam Broadcasting) – after that he was hooked on start-ups. For the first seven years of his career, Adam held Engineering and Product roles at Oracle (Siebel), Facebook, Jarna (Mobile Apps) and AAyuja.
Before starting Kahuna, Adam was a successful Venture Capitalist for six years at Menlo Ventures and Bain Capital Ventures. He created the opportunities to invest in Carbonite (IPO) and AeroScout (acquired), both of which returned more than 10 times their original investment.
Outside of work, Adam created the Glow Foundation, a non-profit that has provided financial education and aid to thousands of college-ready students and improved financial literacy in America since 2006.
Adam received his BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, then went back to get his MBA at the Stanford GSB a number of years later.
JACOB TAYLOR, CO-FOUNDER
Jacob fell in love with computers when he was barely old enough to walk. He started his first funded programming project at age 14 prototyping his dream of a massively multiplayer online role playing game. He spent several years helping startups with their technology needs and building innovativeÂ technologies. For the first years of his career, Jacob worked on building high performing scalable systems that were rock solid at Symantec, Octane Software (purchased for $3B by Epiphany), and Epiphany (now Infor).
Before starting Kahuna, Jacob was the Co-Founding CTO of SugarCRM Inc., helping drive it from an initial vision to millions of installations around the world. SugarCRM makes enterprise-grade CRM available to all companies and provides many excellent enterprise features.
Jacob received his BS in Computer Science and Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles. He decided to keep attending UCLA, while working at Symantec, receiving an MS in Artificial Intelligence.
"User Engagement Analysis is critical to understanding how people value your service, and more importantly, why they come back again and again. Kahuna is the first company I have seen that successfully productized Engagement Analysis."
Pinterest, Head of Product