St. Louis Startup’s New Leader Brings West Coast Attitude

A.D. “Bud” Albers, who’s now running the St. Louis technology company Click With Me Now, believes this polite Midwestern city could benefit from the brash, hard-nosed style he had developed during 13 years in Seattle, where he built an online business for Getty Images and became executive vice president and chief technology officer of Walt Disney Co. Albers, who grew up on a farm near O’Fallon, moved back here in 2011 and quickly became an in-demand mentor to local technology firms. He advised several companies in the Capital Innovators accelerator program, and this month he became chief executive of Click With Me Now, based in Wildwood. Albers helped the company attract $2.5 million from angel investors; it will be expanding its nine-person staff soon.

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