Interview: Ryan Wuerch, CEO, Motricity: IPO Still An Opportunity; ‘M&A Will Be A Part Of Our Core’

image Motricity, the mobile infrastructure company that acquired InfoSpace (NSDQ: INSP) Mobile for $135 million in October, has been relatively quiet following a burst of publicity over its controversial headquarters move, opting to focus on the structural changes, wooing new customers and working on contract renewals. Longer term, though, CEO Ryan Wuerch plans to acquire more companies, raise even more capital and expand outside of its carrier customer base to work directly with media companies and handset manufactures. With such lofty goals, the company has a ton to execute on. For background, Motricity bought InfoSpace Mobile to beef up its carrier storefront and portal services, which manage and organize the millions of pieces of mobile content that end-users consume on a daily basis. To do so, the company raised nearly $200 million, which doubled the amount it had raised to date, and added high-profile Carl Icahn to the board among others. Following the transaction, Wuerch tipped the company on its head, by moving the headquarters from Durham, N.C. to Bellevue, Wash., laying off hundreds of its East Coast employees and choosing InfoSpace’s technology as the platform it will use going forward. After the jump, some lengthy excerpts from a 90-minute interview with Wuerch and Brendan Benzing, Motricity’s SVP of product strategy and marketing.

Disclosure: Motricity was a sponsor of our recent Seattle event



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