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Vice President and General Manager of Advertising
November
10
2016
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Adobe Systems Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire TubeMogul

TubeMogul clients and partners – I’m thrilled to share the news that TubeMogul has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Adobe Systems.

TubeMogul clients and partners:

I’m thrilled to share the news that TubeMogul has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Adobe Systems.

I want to thank our clients, shareholders, team and partners for your invaluable contributions in getting us to this point. Together, we accomplished a lot. You helped us break down barriers where others saw walled gardens. You helped us launch the first solution for automated, data-driven buying of linear TV ads. You helped us draw attention to misaligned incentives in the market. And you gave us confidence to automatically offer refunds to platform clients for non-human traffic.

We believe this is a great move for our shareholders, team and — especially — our clients. Adobe and TubeMogul will provide a unified advertising and data management solution that enables brands to precisely identify the right segments and plan, execute and measure paid media across any device.

This will be the industry’s first independent end-to-end video advertising platform. Current TubeMogul clients can envision a future where first-party data and measurement from Audience Manager and Adobe Analytics is available directly in TubeMogul’s platform — a combined data and buying dynamo that spans TV and digital formats.

Of course, TubeMogul has long been known for independence and many of you partnered with us due to our buy-side, media-agnostic approach. What’s especially exciting about this acquisition is that it actually deepens that commitment.

A combined Adobe and TubeMogul is uniquely aligned with advertisers. Once integrated, this will enable brands and agencies to plan, buy, measure and optimize their global video advertising with a neutral, independent partner that doesn’t have direct ownership of media or content. Our combined incentive is to arm marketers with insights on what’s working — and act on it.

Beyond strategy and product fit, I’m incredibly proud to call Adobe home because we share similar values and corporate cultures. Both companies have a track record of innovating marketing and advertising through software (in Adobe’s case, dating back decades). Both companies invest in building a culture of doers. And both companies are driving transparency in the industry.

Openness is also a common value. We expect to continue taking an open approach with new integrations, with new partnerships assessed based on marketer demand.

Our commitment to our clients, team and partners is stronger than ever. With Adobe, we can realize our mission to make advertising simpler and more accountable in bigger and more profound ways.

As always, we’re here to honestly answer your questions and arm you for success.

Thanks,
Brett Wilson, CEO and co-founder of TubeMogul




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Additional Information and Where to Find It The Offer described in this communication has not yet commenced and this communication is not a recommendation or an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of common stock of TubeMogul. At the time the Offer is commenced Merger Sub will file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, form of letter of transmittal and related tender offer documents, and the Company will file with the SEC a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 relating to the Offer. Merger Sub and the Company intend to mail these documents to the stockholders of the Company. These documents, as they may be amended from time to time, will contain important information about the tender offer and stockholders of the Company are urged to read them carefully when they become available. Stockholders of the Company will be able to obtain a free copy of these documents, when they become available, at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. In addition, the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement and the other documents filed by the Company with the SEC will be made available to all stockholders of the Company free of charge at http://investor.tubemogul.com.
Vice President and General Manager of Advertising
November 10, 2016
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