Signal Vine Blog: Text Me Back

Brian Kathman

Brian is an entrepreneur and executive who has spent most of his career building successful companies. He has deep experience across technology, philanthropy, and high-growth companies, often translating product innovation into new business models and markets. Prior to Signal Vine, Brian was the Chief Operating Officer at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropy services firm which grew 1000% during his five years. But most of his career has been spent building technology companies from an early stage. He founded his first company at 28-years old, a web-based identity management and privacy company. In 2003, Brian launched Five Wireless, one of the first mobile strategy companies in the US with clients that included NeuStar, Mastercard, Verizon Wireless, Intrado, IDG China, and some early-stage mobile companies. In 2006, he founded Hook Mobile, a multimedia messaging firm with clients such as CBS Television, which he sold in 2008. In addition to Brian’s entrepreneurial ventures, he has helped grow several early stage businesses, most notably InphoMatch/Mobile 365 where he established key contracts which became 75% of its revenue. The business was eventually sold to Sybase in 2006 for $430 million. While at Five Wireless, Brian helped launch a new profit center for its client NeuStar which grew from $0 to $50M in revenue in less than 10 years. Brian is a third-generation entrepreneur with a BS in Marketing from Indiana’s Kelley School of Business and an Executive MBA from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
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A Wonderful Two Years (and Counting!)

Posted by Brian Kathman on November 10, 2015
I want to take a moment as we celebrate the two year anniversary of Signal Vine as a company to reflect on the past two years and thank all of you who have helped a simple idea grow into widespread impact.  
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Topics: News

Txt 4 Success Workshop at the NCCEP Conference

Posted by Brian Kathman on July 24, 2015


This week, Signal Vine sponsored our first “Txt 4 Success” workshop at the Annual NCCEP conference in San Francisco, welcoming a packed room of 45+ attendees wanting to learn how to incorporate interactive text messaging into their GEAR UP programs. The session was hosted by Dr. Adam Green and Jessica Kennedy with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and we joined Alex Chewning from uAspire to provide additional content and perspective.

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Topics: College Access, Conferences, Summer Melt, Higher Education, Research

A Texting Story

Posted by Brian Kathman on July 8, 2015

You may have seen our video 'A Texting Story' already, but we thought it would be interesting to give a little bit of background. We've been hearing a lot of moving, personal stories over the past 15 months that highlight how we can impact a student's path, but never quite felt that words on a webpage did these stories justice. So when we stumbled upon The Draw Shop, a light bulb went off... this is how we could share our stories with more people. Next thing we knew, we saw these stories come to life in the form of Jake.

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Topics: Admissions, College Access, Higher Education

Welcome to TextMeBack!

Posted by Brian Kathman on July 6, 2015

Welcome to TextMeBack, the place where our "Signal Squad" will be sharing everything and anything we think you'll be interested in hearing. There's more than enough information and pictures on our site to give you a sense of who we are, but let me share a little bit more about the Signal Vine community that you might not know (unless you've been working with us for a while).

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Topics: Admissions, Enrollment, College Access, K - 12, Tips & Tricks, Student Life, Financial Aid, Retention, Parent Engagement, Academic Advising, Conferences, Summer Melt, Higher Education, Nonprofit, Engagement, Research, Alumni