Lucid is a data technology company focused on the power of human answers.


We were founded and are based in New Orleans, Louisiana, with offices in London and New Delhi. We’re moving fast, and growing fast – Lucid has doubled in size and revenue two years running. Let us tell you a little about our businesses and our team of over 180 people worldwide.

In 2011, we built Fulcrum, the first global marketplace for market research sample (that means real people who answer questions), and introduced programmatic buying and selling to the market research industry.

We also created Federated Sample, a full-service sample provider that, using our proprietary technology, empowers our clients to do world-class market research. Over eight billion questions have been asked and answered on our global platform. Human data on this scale gives us an amazing opportunity to solve problems with software.

Proof by Lucid uses human data at scale to reveal your real audience - in real time - and to accurately measure brand lift and awareness from your advertising and marketing campaigns. We don’t guess about media. We know. That’s why Fortune 100 brands and top 10 digital agencies are already using Proof.

We think big and move fast.

Interested in joining us? Take the leap.

History


Lucid was founded in 2010 as Federated Sample, LLC; the parent company was renamed in 2015, keeping the Federated Sample and Fulcrum business units as thriving brands, and adding the Proof adtech/martech business. The name Lucid reinforces our commitment to creating clarity through the power of massive data - "human answers".

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Profile

Patrick Comer

CEO, Founder

Patrick Comer has been a founder, investor, and executive for startups since 1998, and in market research since 2003. Comer started as Chief of Staff at govWorks, a Silicon Alley darling—featured in Start-up.com. In 2005, he improved sample acquisition and matching technology for OTX Research. Patrick was Founder and VP of Operations at Sample Czar and previously worked at IFILM. In 2010, Patrick founded Lucid to bring a programmatic approach to sampling. He also launched Federated Sample and Fulcrum, the industry's largest DSP and Exchange. Patrick holds a BA from Sewanee and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Brett Schnittlich

President and CTO

Brett Schnittlich has 20+ years experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive. He has served as CTO for market research firms OTX, Lieberman Research Worldwide, and Federated Sample. Brett founded Ibis Software, a healthcare data collection company, which sold to Grey Advertising. He joined Grey as EVP/MD and brokered the sale of Ibis assets to Pharmacentric, rebranding the company as eTrials prior to joining Torre Lazur/McCann Healthcare as CTO. He also served as CTO/managing partner at Hyphen, an Omnicon Company. Brett currently sits on the board of directors for StatSocial.

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Andy Ellis

COO

Andy Ellis has 15+ years experience managing global operations, sales and technology teams in the market research industry. Andy joined Lucid as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and transitioned into President of Federated Sample and Fulcrum. In March 2016, he became COO, Lucid. Before Lucid, Andy was Managing Director Europe and Asia-Pacific at Greenfield Online. He was part of the executive management team responsible for building them into a global, 600+ employee, publicly traded company as well as the ultimate sale of the business to Microsoft in 2008. Andy holds a B.A. in economics (Creighton University).

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Paul Stouse

CFO

Before Lucid, Paul was the CFO at Capital Investment Management, a nationwide wholesaler of insurance investment products to bank brokerage programs. Before that he served in various roles at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, initially in finance and business development capacities and then as director of sales administration and logistics. Paul’s investment banking career began at Dean Witter Reynolds. Next he worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert and eventually at two regional brokerage firms. Paul holds a B.S. in commerce (UVA) and an M.A. in management (J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University).

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Ben Hogg

MD, EMEA

Ben started his career as managing director and owner of Bristol-based youth communications and marketing agency Out of Hand. His first job in online market research came with passive measurement company NetValue in 1999. Ben then moved to MyVoice as business development director before joining Nielsen//NetRatings. He launched SF-based mobile measurement and survey company Telephia in Europe and became e-Rewards’ first European employee in 2006. Ben was previously MD, EMEA portfolio companies at Research Now.

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Rick Rodgers

SVP, Fulcrum

Rick Rodgers first joined Lucid as VP operations, Fulcrum before his role extended to VP Operations, Federated Sample. He is an entrepreneurial executive who has executed high growth strategies with companies both domestically and abroad. Rick began his career at Virtual Sprockets and later founded Carbonview in 2005. He helped launch eBay.vn in 2008 and was most recently COO at Good Done Great, a provider of SaaS solutions for Corporate Social Responsibility. Rick holds a B.A. in political science (American University).

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Vignesh Krishnan

Chief of Staff

Vignesh Krishnan has been highly involved in technology and its management for nearly 10 years. He worked at Perot Systems, Bangalore, India with employees in 25 countries. There, he served as programmer and team leader. After getting his MBA (Tulane University), he joined and has been with Lucid for five years. At Lucid, he is a crucial member of the tech team and plays an essential role in building complex technology solutions for data exchanges. He’s overseen product development, project management, and business intelligence. Vignesh is also currently pursuing an M.Sc. in technology management (Columbia University).

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Nicole Patel

VP, People

Nicole has helped grow Lucid's staff by 50%, accepted a NOLA Top Work Places award, and established the People Department. Earlier, Nicole spent 15 years in human resources across multiple industries. After working in corporate financial benefits at Baker Hughes, she spent the next 12 years in financial services at Lehman Brothers and Neuberger Berman. Ultimately, Nicole left financial services and moved to New Orleans and has been at Lucid ever since. Nicole holds a B.S. in human resource management (Louisiana State University).

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Michelle Huck

VP, Finance

Michelle Lucas Huck started her career as a consultant and transitioned to an internal audit role where she worked on a Sarbanes Oxley implementation. After seven years in advisory and regulatory roles, she transitioned into financial operations as controller at a large law firm before finding her way to Lucid, where she oversees the accounting team and function. Michelle is a CPA, CIA, and CFE. She has a bachelor’s degrees from Loyola University New Orleans and a master’s in accounting from the University of New Orleans.

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Joe Zahtila

SVP, Proof

For over 20 years Joe has been a serial digital media entrepreneur. He began his career in client services and sales and rose to build a global sales team. Notable clients included GroupM, Mindshare, Publicis, Starcom, Digitas, Google, AOL, MSN, Yahoo! and ESPN. Joe is working to lead Proof toward leveraging massive pools of demographic and behavioral data to improve digital advertising from both the consumer and the advertiser's perspective. Joe graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in communication and mass media.

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Arno Hummerston

VP, Corporate Development

Arno Hummerston has been at the forefront of digital research since its humble beginnings in the late nineties. Arno has developed some of the industry’s first and leading ad effectiveness solutions, managed huge key client accounts, and led cross functional teams. He has always focused on new technologies – be they social media analysis, passive web behavior measurement, or virtual stores. At Lucid he leads the corporate development function, focusing on bringing new opportunities to the business that will ensure future growth. Previously Arno led the global market intelligence client service teams at GfK, and prior to that he headed the digital and internet research strategy at TNS. Arno graduated with honors in business studies from University of Wales.

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Liz Fortier

VP, General Counsel

Liz Fortier has 20+ years of experience working for a variety of technology companies, where she has focused on data privacy, compliance, global software licensing, intellectual property, M&A, corporate governance, employment matters, and litigation. Previously she was general counsel, corporate secretary, and the HIPAA security officer of Code42 Software. Most recently, Liz was chief legal officer and corporate secretary of Syncada, where she led legal and compliance functions. Liz graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with honors and earned her J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.

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Jessey White-Cinis

Chief Software Architect

Jessey White-Cinis has been a hacker and entrepreneur for nearly 20 years. He started his career as a teenager at Earthlink and since then has built innumerable websites, applications, online communities, and startups. Prior to joining Lucid he was a Hacker-in-Residence at Betaworks in New York and prior to that, he was a partner and technical director at Polychrome, a digital agency based in Los Angeles.

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Emel Mohammadally

Executive Director, Business Development

Emel Mohammadally is a champion of automated online methodologies for efficient, cost-competitive market research insights. In her 15 years’ experience, she has worked in several major multinational agencies, such as Synovate, Greenfield-Ciao, Research Now, and Verve. Always up for a new challenge, Emel once followed her professional passions to Sydney, Australia, and currently resides in London. Emel has worked with a number of blue-chip clients, including HP, Amex, Kraft, Walgreens, and Sky.

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Alex Kurian

SVP, Federated Sample

Alex Kurian previously held a business development role at Research Now in 2006 and helped start an emerging business channel in 2010. In 2013, he led the organizational re-design of the business unit’s services team, and then led the client development team in 2014 to just under $30 million in revenue. He founded Palakkad Ventures in 2015 to leverage capital, experience, and relationships built over years in management consulting and primary data collection. Alex achieved his degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Patrick Comer

Patrick Comer has been a founder, investor, and executive for startups since 1998, and in market research since 2003. Comer started as Chief of Staff at govWorks, a Silicon Alley darling—featured in Start-up.com. In 2005, he improved sample acquisition and matching technology for OTX Research. Patrick was Founder and VP of Operations at Sample Czar and previously worked at IFILM. In 2010, Patrick founded Lucid to bring a programmatic approach to sampling. He also launched Federated Sample and Fulcrum, the industry's largest DSP and Exchange. Patrick holds a BA from Sewanee and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

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Brett Schnittlich

Brett Schnittlich has 20+ years experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and executive. He has served as CTO for market research firms OTX, Lieberman Research Worldwide, and Federated Sample. Brett founded Ibis Software, a healthcare data collection company, which sold to Grey Advertising. He joined Grey as EVP/Managing Director and brokered the sale of Ibis assets to Pharmacentric, rebranding the company as eTrials prior to joining Torre Lazur / McCann Healthcare as CTO. He also served as CTO/Managing Partner at Hyphen, an Omnicon Company. Brett currently sits on the Board of Directors for StatSocial.

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Walton Comer

Walton Comer is the Founder and Principle at Falcon Bridge Partners, a high-frequency commodities trading platform. He develops proprietary matching and optimization methodologies used by the Falcon Bridge algorithms. Walton was previously a VP of Risk at SAC Capital and Director of Research at Thornhill Partners, a consulting firm. Before Thornhill, he was a Partner at Instant Gravity LLC, which developed new media and financial services technologies. Walton has an M.A. in Mathematics of Finance (Columbia University) and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. He was the highest Putnam scorer at Columbia University.

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Don Dodge

Don Dodge is a Google Developer Advocate. He’s a 25-year veteran in the software business and was previously a Microsoft startup evangelist. Don began with Digital Equipment where he was part of the leadership team of five startups: Forte Software was the first multiplatform object-oriented development environment, AltaVista was the first search engine, Napster was the first P2P file-sharing network, Bowstreet was the first web services development environment, and Groove Networks was the first secure P2P collaboration platform. Don is currently a board member or advisor at Google Ventures, Cruiseable, StatSocial, aisle411 and more. He attended SNHU and USM, Portland.

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Jon Kaiden

Jon Kaiden is a principal and founding member of Sopris Capital, a firm founded in 2002 to provide venture and growth capital to young technology and healthcare services companies. Jon currently sits on the board for Tallwave, Planet Payment, Mountain Temp Services, Apollidon, Medical Scribe Systems, Healthcare Data Solutions, OfficeWorks, Ethology, LbGlobalLaw, and Turning Point Solutions. Prior to Sopris, Jon was an investment banker with S.G. Cowen, The Seabury Group and led Josephthal & Co.'s healthcare investment banking practice. He also practiced corporate and securities law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Jon holds an M.B.A. (Columbia Business School), a J.D (Brooklyn Law School) and a B.A. in government (Cornell University).

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Russ Pyle

Russ Pyle is a Managing Partner of North Bridge Growth Equity and has been with the firm since its inception in 2007. Russ focuses on technology-enabled services, communications infrastructure, and vertical software companies.  Previously, Russ was a Partner at M/C Venture Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm. Earlier in his career, Russ was an Associate at TA Associates in the technology group and an investment banking analyst at Alex. Brown & Sons.  Russ has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Princeton University.

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April 11, 2017

Lucid’s $60 million financing round, and what its CEO says it means for New Orleans

Lucid, a global audience platform based in New Orleans, has raised a $60 million financing round, money CEO Patrick Comer says will be used to grow the company's footprint worldwide and hire 100 people in 2017.

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April 10, 2017

Lucid raises $60M as it plans to dominate market research

Lucid raised $60M with partners North Bridge Growth Equity. This is the largest deal the state of Louisiana has seen in the last 10 years! The company is excited to strategically grow the team and continue to be a major player in the market research industry.

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December 8, 2016

Facial Recognition Proves John Lewis is Most Engaging Christmas Ad

After mixed reactions last year, John Lewis has produced this year’s most engaging festive ad, according to a study which measures viewers’ emotions by tracking facial expressions. Lucid was thrilled to work with Realeyes who used facial recognition software to track which holiday ads in the UK were the most emotionally engaging.

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