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I modelli di business innovativi

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 aprile 2019

Digital Magics, Auchan Retail Italia, Cisco, Do different, Nava Design, Nexi, RDS 100% GRANDI SUCCESSI, SisalPay e UBI Banca hanno decretato le 6 startup innovative vincitrici di “Magic Wand Retail Revolution”: il primo acceleratore in Italia dedicato all’innovazione tecnologica in ambito retail.Dopo aver concluso la prima fase con oltre 300 ore di formazione qualificata e advisoring – raggiungendo interessanti performance di crescita – Dilium, Disignum, Eligo, Impossible Minds, InTribe e Wenda accedono alla seconda fase del programma, che consentirà loro di validare i modelli di business sviluppati nel corso degli ultimi due mesi e di entrare a far parte del portfolio di Digital Magics, il più importante incubatore di startup digitali “Made in Italy” attivo su tutto il territorio italiano.Ognuna delle 6 startup riceverà un investimento iniziale di 90.000 Euro e parteciperà ai due eventi esclusivi, organizzati a Londra e a Milano, presentando le loro innovazioni a importanti investitori italiani e internazionali.Gli obiettivi di “Magic Wand Retail Revolution” sono innovare il settore retail, migliorare l’esperienza dei clienti e creare il negozio del futuro connesso e omnicanale.Al termine del programma di accelerazione, è previsto un ulteriore round di investimento, sempre con la partecipazione di Digital Magics. Grazie alla collaborazione con 200Crowd, piattaforma di equity crowdfunding, gli investitori interessati a partecipare ai round d’investimento avranno la possibilità di investire in tutte le startup vincitrici tramite un veicolo costituito ad hoc.

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Roma: settima edizione del suo “Lean Startup Program”

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2019

Roma Il 26 aprile è previsto il lancio del nuovo “Lean startup Program” di Roma (https://peekaboo.vision/lean-startup-program-roma-2/), un programma di pre accelerazione unico in Italia per creare una startup e validare il relativo modello di business sul mercato. “Come Google e Facebook – afferma Paolo Napolitano, CEO di Peekaboo – siamo nati anche noi in un campus, ma in Italia, a Roma Tor vergata. Tre anni fa, insieme ad altri soci, avevamo un’altra startup e tantissime persone ci chiedevano consigli su come lanciarne una e come svilupparla. Da quello spunto è nato Peekaboo”. Dopo 3 anni, Peekaboo è divenuta la community più rilevante in Italia sui temi dell’Open Innovation, con più di 3000 membri, 1000 talenti seguiti, centinaia di posti di lavoro creati, più di 40 mentor attivi e oltre 30 startup facenti parte del network.“Il nostro Team supporta gli aspiranti imprenditori e founder nel passaggio più difficile – continua Napolitano – quello che definiamo From Zero to One, ossia il passaggio dall’inerzia allo stato di moto. Il percorso dell’innovazione è ignoto ai più, il nostro obiettivo è contribuire alla creazione di startup e alla formazione di persone con il mindset giusto”.Il programma in avvio a Roma a breve consiste in 22 incontri suddivisi in 4 moduli con mentorship continua, una piattaforma di eLearning per rivedere quanto appreso in classe, workshop verticali per apprendere la strumentistica, hackathon per sviluppare il progetto ed un Pitch Day per presentare l’idea ad una platea di investitori.Si tratta di un percorso di altissimo livello, che passa attraverso varie fasi (conoscenza dei trend tecnologici, validazione attraverso il metodo Lean Startup, execution e sviluppo ed infine la realizzazione del Pitch da proporre ai potenziali investitori). La mission di Peekaboo è “dare luce alle idee”, supportando le persone sia con metodologie innovative sia nell’aspetto psicologico accompagnandole nella strada ignota dell’innovazione, fuori dalla propria zona di comfort. Vogliamo creare un luogo – conclude Napoletano – dove le persone possano sviluppare il proprio talento e le proprie passioni attraverso la creazione di nuovi modelli di business, vogliamo creare una ” Disneyland delle startup”, per dirla con Olivetti “un luogo dove le persone possano andare incontro con gioia alla propria missione”.
Peekaboo community più rilevante in Italia sui temi dell’Open Innovation, con più di 3000 membri, 1000 talenti seguiti, centinaia di posti di lavoro creati, più di 40 mentor attivi e oltre 30 startup facenti parte del network.Attiva con due sedi fisiche a Roma e Milano, supporta talenti ed aziende nello sviluppo delle loro skill tecnologiche al fine di trasformare le loro idee in business model funzionanti e performanti. Web: http://www.Peekaboo.com

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Sodexo expands its UK home care business with the acquisition of The Good Care Group

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 aprile 2019

Paris / London. Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, announces the acquisition of The Good Care Group, a leading player in the live-in care market in the UK.
Founded in 2009, The Good Care Group provides tailored live-in care services to consumers, in their homes, who require assistance to live independently, or, have complex care needs. It is one of the few businesses of its type to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in the UK.The acquisition enables Sodexo, present in the UK home care market through Prestige Nursing + Care, to expand its offer, while meeting the needs and preferences of consumers by providing high quality live-in care services, with the expertise to tailor the care for those individuals living with dementia or other specialist conditions.As the growing aging population seeks more personalized and more personable care solutions, that often means staying in the home. With this acquisition, Sodexo is expanding its services in the UK live-in care market and will be ranked second nationally in the live-in care market and among the top five in the private-paid care market.
Following the acquisition, Jonathan Bruce, currently Managing Director of Prestige Nursing + Care, will become CEO of Sodexo’s home care business in the UK, supported by Belinda Berkeley, currently Managing Director of the Good Care Group, as Managing Director. Together they will lead the strategic development of Sodexo’s UK home care business comprised of Prestige Nursing + Care and The Good Care Group. Dominique Kent, currently COO of The Good Care Group, will lead the continued growth of The Good Care Group as Managing Director and continue her role as Vice Chair of the UK Home Care Association.
Sarosh Mistry, CEO Sodexo Home Care Worldwide, said: “Both Sodexo and The Good Care Group share a common mission to help our consumers age in their homes as independently and comfortably as possible. This cultural alignment is key to Sodexo and it is its core values that makes The Good Care Group such a natural fit into Sodexo’s Worldwide Home Care business. The Good Care Group has built a very successful business in the UK, based on delivering high quality live-in care. Together, we see tremendous opportunity to offer a choice of home care solutions to consumers with complex care needs.”

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Assessing Business Partners’ Financial Health Got Easier

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 3 aprile 2019

When it comes to choosing business partners, financial viability is a critical factor. And SAP Ariba and RapidRatings just made it easier to assess. RapidRatings’ Financial Health System now integrates with SAP Ariba Supplier Risk to incorporate financial viability data into overall vendor risk profiles making it even easier to make smart, informed business decisions.Customers around the world rely on SAP Ariba Supplier Risk to make well-informed business decisions that help them to avoid unnecessary risk and prevent supply chain disruption. RapidRatings has joined the ever-expanding ecosystem of SAP Ariba partners leveraging open APIs to extend the value of SAP Ariba Supplier Risk with its financial health data and analysis. Now with integration to financial health scores from RapidRatings, customers can further round out their view of suppliers and incorporate financial viability information in vendor risk profiles to make timely and contextual business decisions and improve collaboration with trading partners.RapidRatings’ Financial Health System conducts sophisticated analysis of financial health – analysis most category managers have neither the time nor the expertise to conduct – enabling more informed business decision making. The foundation of the analysis is a single numerical financial health rating of 0-100 called FHR®. RapidRatings creates the FHR by measuring every company against its global industry peers, whether publicly traded or privately held. Its process is to source and integrate the financial statements of third-party companies, suppliers, vendors, customers and securities issuers to ensure accuracy and scalability.

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WP Engine Named a WordPress Recommended Partner for Adobe Business Catalyst Customers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 1 aprile 2019

WP Engine, the WordPress digital experience platform, today announced that it has been selected as a WordPress recommended partner for Adobe Business Catalyst customers transitioning to a new digital experience platform. Adobe Business Catalyst is an all-in-one hosted Content Management System (CMS) for digital agencies and business owners. Adobe announced the end of development for its Business Catalyst program as of March 26, 2018 and will cease the Business Catalyst program as of March 21, 2021. As part of the change process, Adobe named WP Engine a recommended partner to smooth the process of transitioning for Business Catalyst customers based on its WordPress digital experience expertise, award-winning support and Agency Partner Program.
WP Engine is the WordPress digital experience platform that gives companies of all sizes the agility, performance, intelligence, and integrations they need to drive their business forward faster. WP Engine’s combination of tech innovation and an award-winning team of WordPress experts are trusted by over 90,000 companies across 150 countries to provide counsel and support, helping brands create world-class digital experiences. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices in San Francisco, California; San Antonio, Texas; London, England; Limerick, Ireland and Brisbane, Australia.

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Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Announces Stock Purchase Agreement; Other Business Updates

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 marzo 2019

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE American: NAVB) (“Navidea” or the “Company”), a company focused on the development of precision immunodiagnostic agents and immunotherapeutics, today announced execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement (the “Purchase Agreement”) with an existing investor, John K. Scott, Jr. (the “Investor”), pursuant to which the Company will issue to the Investor in a private placement (the “Private Placement”) up to $3.0 million in shares (the “Securities”) of the Company’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share (the “Common Stock”).
From time to time, on such date or dates to be determined by the Company and the Investor, which date will not be later than June 15, 2019 (each a “Subsequent Closing Date”), the Investor agrees to purchase such amount of Securities agreed upon by the Company and the Investor, at a per share price to be determined in good faith by the Company and the Investor which price may be less than the greater of book or market value of one share of Common Stock within the meaning of the NYSE American standards, provided that the total amount of Securities sold at any Subsequent Closing shall not exceed (i) $3.0 million worth of the Securities less the aggregate purchase price paid by the Investor to the Company for any Securities purchased at any prior Closing, (ii) the number of shares that may be issued without violating the rules and regulations of the NYSE American, and (iii) the amount of shares that would result in the beneficial ownership in the Company by the Investor and his affiliates being equal to or less than 33.0% of the then issued and outstanding shares of Common Stock.The Securities are subject to a 180-day lock-up and there are no registration rights. The Company plans to use the proceeds from the Private Placement for general working capital purposes, including, without limitation, research and development, and other operating expenses.

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Rabobank Announces Plan to Strengthen U.S. Rural Banking Business

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 19 marzo 2019

Rabobank announced that it will transfer the food and agriculture loan portfolio from its California retail banking operation, Rabobank, N.A., to Rabo AgriFinance, further positioning the U.S. operation to become the leading nationwide production ag lender in the U.S. As a result, the food and ag finance company will be positioned to grow considerably in the U.S. food and agriculture sector, the most important growth region for the bank globally.The move comes as part of an agreement to sell the retail, business banking, commercial real estate, mortgage, wealth management and other non-Food and Agribusiness assets of Rabobank, N.A. to Walnut Creek, CA-based Mechanics Bank, a full-service community bank with 44 branches and $6B in assets in California.“Rabobank is committed to supporting leading food and ag producers around the world. In North America, we have seen rapid growth in our rural banking business and by combining our California F&A portfolio into Rabo AgriFinance, we will be positioned to continue our substantial investments in North America,” says Paul Beiboer, CEO of Rabobank North America.Rabo AgriFinance focuses on financing leading U.S. farmers, ranchers and agribusinesses and traces its roots back more than 115 years to its parent company, Netherlands-based Rabobank Group. When this transition is complete, Rabo AgriFinance will be the only U.S. lender to offer a broad, nationwide view of agriculture coupled with local expertise and global resources. The financing capacity, access to networks and sector-specific knowledge offered by Rabo AgriFinance are unmatched in the U.S. ag lending industry.“Our clients appreciate the access to global financing, knowledge and networks we are able to offer as an international finance company,” said Curt Hudnutt, Head of Rural Banking, Rabobank North America. “When we couple that global perspective with the knowledge and relationships offered by our local teams, our clients have a significant advantage in the food and ag space.” Based in St. Louis, Missouri, Rabo AgriFinance currently has more than 40 offices across the U.S. and will open ten offices in California to continue supporting our staff and clients.“Approximately 170 employees who are currently supporting food, agriculture and renewable energy at Rabobank, N.A. will become employees of Rabo AgriFinance, ensuring the continuation of the high quality of service to which our California clients are accustomed,” notes Beiboer.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals, the approval of Rabobank Group and the completion of various closing conditions, and is anticipated to close in the third quarter of 2019.

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Coffee Roaster Julius Meinl Doubles UK Business with Acquisition Deal

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 marzo 2019

Viennese coffee roaster Julius Meinl is significantly expanding its UK operation with the acquisition of a coffee distributor in the Midlands.The Austrian premium coffee business, currently marketed in over 70 countries, expects to see its UK turnover double following the purchase of Aroma & Gusto.With Aroma & Gusto’s pre-existing customer base in major cities such as Nottingham and Sheffield, the acquisition has provided Julius Meinl with a strategic foothold as it seeks to expand its presence outside of London.The deal, which was completed in January, will see around 140 new clients added to Julius Meinl’s UK portfolio, with the business opening a new office in Nottingham in addition to its London office. Globally the brand is headquartered in Vienna.Julius Meinl first entered the UK in 2014, focusing its business on London, where its tea and coffee packages are currently sold to over 200 hotel, restaurant and café (HoReCa) customers. Its coffee is now served in premium London locations such as the Mondrian, Hyatt hotels and Balans Soho Society.Jérôme Pastre, Managing Director of International Business at Julius Meinl, said: “We’ve long considered it a logical step to expand northwards into the Midlands and this deal has provided us with the means to do so.Following its expansion into the Midlands, the brand has further plans to expand into Scotland and South West England in the future and is interested in identifying partners to facilitate its continued development.Globally, Julius Meinl has 50,000 HoReCa customers and is a market leader in Austria, Central and Eastern Europe, the Adriatics, Russia and Dubai. The brand saw sales of €178 million last year.

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Carestream Health to Sell Its Healthcare IT Business to Philips

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 10 marzo 2019

Carestream Health has signed an agreement with Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, to sell its healthcare information systems (HCIS) business to Philips.Carestream’s healthcare information systems business unit provides imaging IT solutions to multi-site hospitals, radiology services providers, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics around the world.Carestream’s HCIS business unit provides imaging IT solutions to multi-site hospitals, radiology services providers, imaging centers and specialty medical clinics around the world. The business has developed strong customer relationships in attractive, high-growth healthcare segments and is positioned for continued growth and success.As a result of this acquisition, Philips’ expanded healthcare IT business will feature Carestream’s enterprise imaging platform—including best in class VNA, diagnostic and enterprise viewers, multimedia reporting, workflow orchestrator and clinical, operational and business analytics tools—as part of its broad portfolio.“We have had global success in providing radiology and enterprise imaging IT systems to help medical professionals provide quality care and enhance their operations,” said Ludovic d’Aprea, Carestream’s General Manager for Healthcare Information Solutions. “By becoming part of Philips, the HCIS business will have a greater opportunity to thrive and grow. Both organizations share a commitment to meaningful innovation which is deeply embedded in each company’s culture. Customers will have access to a broader portfolio of healthcare IT solutions to simplify medical image management, enable effective collaboration and enhance patient care.”Like Carestream, Philips has built a strong, global business based on customer focus, world-class technical excellence and continuous innovation.

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Eaton Announces Intent to Spin Off Its Lighting Business

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 marzo 2019

Power management company Eaton (NYSE:ETN) today announced that it intends to pursue a tax-free spin-off of its Lighting business. The spin-off will create an independent, publicly traded company and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Goldman Sachs is serving as Eaton’s financial advisor on the transaction.The Lighting business is one of the world’s leading providers of LED lighting and control solutions. Its broad range of innovative products and systems are designed to maximize performance and energy efficiency. The business, which had sales of $1.7 billion in 2018, serves customers in commercial, industrial, residential and municipal markets.
This potential transaction will be discussed today during the company’s annual investor conference. Following the event, access to the conference materials will be available to all interested parties via a link on the center of Eaton’s home page. An audio replay of the webcast will be available at the same link.Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. Its energy-efficient solutions help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more reliably, safely and sustainably. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton employs 99,000 people worldwide and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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NCR Acquires Reseller BEC to Expand Hospitality Business

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 26 febbraio 2019

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) today announced it has acquired BEC, Colorado’s leading provider of Hospitality Point-of-Sale (POS) Technology based in Denver. The acquisition complements NCR’s existing presence and expands coverage within the Western US.BEC was an NCR reseller for 23 years. NCR will now directly manage more than 2600 sites through this acquisition, including large customers Qdoba, Snooze Eatery and Punch Bowl Social. All former BEC employees have accepted positions in NCR.“We’re enhancing our ability to take care of our customers each and every day and expanding our overall Hospitality portfolio. This expansion builds on our proven strategy for NCR Hospitality and our commitment to the small-medium business segment, furthering our ability to provide value added payments solutions,” said NCR President and Chief Executive Officer, Michael D. Hayford.This acquisition, combined with significant incremental investment in Aloha R&D and NCR’s continuing commitment to its channel partners, builds on a proven strategy for NCR Hospitality and its commitment to the small-medium business segment.BEC is now a part of 14 NCR Local Offices. Local Offices provide NCR Hospitality the perfect balance of a local presence close to their customers.
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leading software- and services-led enterprise provider in the financial, retail, hospitality, telecom and technology industries. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with 34,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries.

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New Online “Business Startup Wizard”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 15 febbraio 2019

There is a new online tool now available through the West Virginia One Stop Business Center that aims to simplify the business registration process in West Virginia.
The new, interactive Business Startup Wizard provides information and guidance to assist with the planning and registration process in order to efficiently and successfully get a business up and running in West Virginia.“We want to make it as easy as possible for entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike to register to do business in West Virginia,” said Secretary of State Mac Warner. “The One Stop Business Center, our new user-friendly website and online tools like the Startup Wizard are important to making that happen.”Warner credits the legislature for supporting his Office’s initiatives and for providing the funding necessary to add and make improvements.“The members of the Senate and House of Delegates understand how important the registration process is to encourage entrepreneurship and business development throughout the state. They also understand the need to keep our technology updated and to provide our citizens with user-friendly online tools.”The new Business Startup Wizard features an easy to follow step by step interview-like process and prompts the user to answer a series of questions. At the completion of the questionnaire the tool generates a report with guidance and detailed information based on the answers to the questions.

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Metis and Dublin Business School Partner to Deliver the College’s First Internationally Streamed Live Online Course

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 13 febbraio 2019

Dublin Business School (DBS), Ireland’s largest independent college, has partnered with leading data science training provider Metis on the college’s first internationally delivered live online course, a machine learning module taught live in Dublin by Metis’s New York City data science experts.Part of Dublin Business School’s new Master of Science Degree in Data Analytics, the 12-week Machine Learning module was custom built by Metis data science experts to teach students how to use machine learning techniques and skillsets to achieve business goals.One of the first of its kind in Ireland, the master’s degree program is accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland, the national agency responsible for qualifications and quality assurance in higher education. Metis, which was launched in 2014 by Kaplan, Inc. in the United States, is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, an agency recognized by the US Department of Education. All Metis bootcamp and corporate training programs are designed and taught by expert data science practitioners, and Metis alumni in the US have gone on to work at top companies including Instagram, IBM, Spotify, Tumblr, Facebook, BuzzFeed, Deloitte, Apple, Tinder, CapitalOne, Uber, and many more.“Dublin has become a top European headquarters for technology multinationals, so the demand for data science expertise in the city is accelerating,” said Dr. Deborah Berebichez, Chief Data Scientist at Metis. “As Metis expands internationally to cities where data science talent is needed, we’re not losing sight of what we do best: providing dynamic, engaging learning experiences taught by top practitioners in the field.” Students from all over the world are increasingly choosing to study in Dublin, which is also home to Europe’s fastest-growing tech worker population. Dublin is set to overtake London as the biggest European data center market in 2019. Officially launched in January 2019, the first Machine Learning module cohort of thirty students includes learners from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, and Turkey. International students who receive master’s degrees from DBS are eligible to live and work in Ireland for two years.Executive Dean of Dublin Business School, Andrew Conlan-Trant, said, “We’re really pleased to commence this very exciting collaboration with Metis. The experience for students is hugely enhanced by bringing the deep expertise of Metis into the DBS classroom, and live online delivery has a very positive impact on engagement in the class. This is a real example of the strength of Kaplan’s scale and breadth and the benefit it delivers to students.”

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8th annual Analytics Summit 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 24 gennaio 2019

The University of Cincinnati Center for Business Analytics has named Zeynep Tufekci as a keynote speaker at its 8th annual Analytics Summit 2019 being held April 1-3, 2019 at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Tufekci will speak on April 3 as part of the event’s Conference Day.Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufekci is an internationally recognized authority on the interactions between technology and social, cultural, and political dynamics. She has special expertise in how social change movements are using social media and on the social and moral implications of how we use big data and algorithms to make decisions. The author of “Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protests”, she is also a TED Speaker and contributing opinion writer to the New York Times.This year’s event will feature four technical two-day training sessions, one half day training session, and five all-day session tracks. Training sessions will cover topics including Advanced MS Power BI, Machine Learning with R, Advanced Tableau Training, Big Data with Hadoop and Spark, and Analytics for Executives.The all-day session tracks will focus on Financial/Risk Management Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Operation Analytics, Analytics Management and Leadership, and Analytics Tools.Complete details and registration information can be found on the Analytics Summit 2019 event registration site.
The Center for Business Analytics at the University of Cincinnati’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business is a corporate-academic partnership that brings together a multidisciplinary group of businesses, organizations, faculty, and students to provide education, and an exchange of ideas and best practices regarding the application of data driven analytical methods for enhancing organizational performance.In collaboration with its corporate sponsors, the center provides symposia, student projects, community training and applied research focused on the use of techniques such as data visualization, data mining, predictive modeling, simulation and optimization to solve important problems faced by businesses, government and non-profit organizations.

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Bento for Business Named a Best Company to Work For in Chicago

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 gennaio 2019

Bento for Business, the financial technology platform modernizing the way businesses manage their working capital, has been recognized with the 2019 Best Places to Work awards from Built In Chicago. Bento ranked No. 6 overall, in addition to No. 2 in the Best Small Companies category and No. 2 in the Best Paying Companies category.Built In Chicago’s award program honors 100 Chicago-area businesses that provide employees with the world-class financial and non-financial support they need to thrive. The Best Places to Work lists rate companies based on their employer benefits and employee submitted compensation data. Rank is determined by combining a company’s score in each of these categories.Bento offers a modular and flexible financial operating platform for small and medium-sized businesses. Bento’s industry-leading corporate cards give businesses unprecedented control and visibility over workforce expenses without creating overhead. Bento Virtual Cards, open APIs, and White Label capabilities extend these control and management benefits to automate payments well beyond employee expenses.Built In Chicago gave Bento high marks for its total compensation plan, which includes equity participation, and its responsibility-based culture allowing for flexible working hours and unlimited all-year-round paid vacation days. Bento also offers progressive health benefits, access to a free gym, and gives all employees a prepaid payment account with a daily lunch budget for meals at any restaurant.Bento’s mission is to democratize access for small and mid-size businesses to the financial management and business banking solutions that large banks currently reserve for their enterprise clients. For Bento’s efforts, the company has been recognized as one of Chicago’s “50 on Fire” technology companies. Additionally, CB Insights named Bento a small business fintech trend to watch in its inaugural U.S. Small Business FinTech Report. Bento has raised a total of $18.5 million in venture capital from leading investors and is actively hiring for roles in engineering, operations, sales and marketing, and more.

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Union Capital Enters East Asia Market and Open for Business

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 dicembre 2018

Union Capital a family office and institutional investor with ongoing global activities primarily focused in Western Asia and Africa is pleased to announce its entrance into the Hong Kong business arena. With allocations ranging from venture capital, private equity, public markets and joint ventures available, the firm is poised to be a strong new player in Hong Kong and will be working with local partners in identifying opportunities.
Managing Director of Investments for Union Capital, Sammy Bermann stated “We are very excited to be entering the Hong Kong market. We believe that by replicating our previously used business model in entering new geographies, we will shortly become the go-to partners for our new portfolio companies here in Hong Kong. We have always operated with a one team-one firm mantra and our portfolio companies in Hong Kong will have continual access to our entire team from strategic guidance, team-building to opening doors with potential customers and partners world-wide.”Flexibility and Longer-term views are the two key elements that make Union Capital the go-to choices as a partner. Being a private family office and not a PE or VC fund, they do not have rigid investment mandates affording them the flexibility to be more innovative in making investment decisions and to screen a wider variety of opportunities.Investment Manager for Union Capital, Kamal Modi was quoted “Unlike your typical investment fund, Union Capital does not have a defined life cycle to deploy and return capital, giving us the ability to take longer term views on businesses that we ultimately invest in. We feel that now is the time to enter the Hong Kong and Eastern Asian markets. We’ve been gradually scaling our business reach and specifically our alternative investment portfolio and this East Asia market entry for end of 2018 is exactly in-line with our ongoing business plan to deploy capital in new markets globally”.

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DMX Announces VINblock™ –– Blockchain for Everyday Car Business

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 dicembre 2018

Dealer Market Exchange is introducing a new take on how dealers, car makers, vendors and consumers may all soon be doing business together –– on blockchain. The powerful technology behind cryptocurrencies is already flexing its muscle with new services from Microsoft, IBM and Amazon, and DMX has now stepped into the ring with some muscle of their own.
VINblock is the first in line of their business blockchain solutions menu for the automotive community. Reportedly designed to track the lifetime activity of any vehicle by its unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), a new industry ecosystem would be created by their participating users.“Our VINblock permanent, shared ledger, based on Hyperledger Fabric blockchain technology, provides a critical value-add for building a foundation of connected mobility for OEMs, dealers and consumers to conduct business well into the 21st century,” said Jason Bennick, CEO and Co-Founder of DMX. “As we innovate next-generation solutions across automotive, we’re striving to create new channels that can operate faster and more efficiently than most everything out there, and in a new, low-cost and fully trusted, secure environment.”
Based on Hyperledger Fabric permissioned blockchain and related technologies, VINblock’s permanent shared ledger of VINs aims to provide accurate, timely tracking of vehicle identity, ownership changes and status in DMX markets. This approach offers significant advantages on trust, security, provenance, accuracy, cost and speed over traditional, disparate database systems, applications and integration methods.“Blockchain is just one of our key technologies along with automation, AI, analytics, IoT and intelligent API’s that we’re integrating in our mobile, cloud platform and solutions that deliver strategic advantages for all our customers,” stated Wes Reid, DMX Co-Founder and Head of Technology.VINblock will combine on-chain data, private data, off-chain data and services to efficiently deliver the information needed by applications hosted by DMX and their other partners.Users will access VINblock through their mobile devices on the DMX platform. At enterprise level, OEMs are provided additional, secure, integration options including DMX’s REST API and the VINblock shared ledger network.

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Legal & General Investment Management avvia il proprio business retail in Italia

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 9 dicembre 2018

Londra – Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) avvia il proprio business retail sul mercato italiano e fornirà agli investitori l’accesso a un’ampia gamma di soluzioni di investimento che comprende ETF, SICAV e strumenti ICAV conformi ai Regolamenti OICVM.
Giancarlo Sandrin, analista finanziario certificato (CFA), è stato nominato Country Head Italia per i mercati Wholesale & Retail con il compito di sovrintendere alla costituzione del business wholesale, e sarà supportato da una funzione di vendita con sede a Londra dedicata ai clienti italiani di Legal & General IM. Sarà basato a Milano, in un ufficio di recente apertura, e riporterà a Simon Hynes, Head of Retail EMEA Distribution.Sandrin proviene da BlackRock, dove è stato responsabile dei clienti dell’asset management per il business italiano di iShares. In precedenza, ha ricoperto ruoli di responsabilità presso il ramo di asset management di HSBC Investments France e presso MTS, il mercato leader in Europa per l’attività di trading nel reddito fisso.Simon Hynes ha commentato: “Abbiamo registrato un crescente interesse da parte degli investitori di tutta Europa per la nostra gamma di soluzioni di investimento e l’apertura di un ufficio locale in Italia è stato il naturale passo successivo nei nostri piani di espansione. Giancarlo sarà una risorsa fondamentale, che va ad aggiungersi al team della società, grazie alla sua profonda conoscenza del mercato europeo degli investimenti retail e la sua vasta esperienza. Costruire il nostro business nel settore degli ETF in Italia è per noi una priorità e, dato il suo background, Giancarlo dispone di tutte le competenze per guidare questo percorso di crescita”.Honor Solomon, Head of Retail, EMEA di Legal & General IM, ha aggiunto: “La nomina di Giancarlo in Italia è un passo fondamentale nel nostro piano di lungo termine per ampliare la presenza della società in Europa. Negli ultimi tre anni abbiamo costantemente esteso la nostra offerta di prodotti per gli investitori europei e siamo entusiasti di avere Giancarlo alla guida del nostro ingresso nel mercato italiano wholesale”.Sandrin ha dichiarato: “Grazie alla sua solida reputazione, Legal & General Investment Management è perfettamente posizionata per espandersi nel settore wholesale italiano. La sua costante attenzione agli investimenti di lungo periodo, inoltre, avrà grande risonanza in questo mercato. Sono entusiasta di poter guidare l’impegno della società nel settore retail in Italia e non vedo l’ora di lavorare a stretto contatto con Simon e il team nel momento in cui la società inizia questa ulteriore fase di crescita”. La nomina di Sandrin è l’ultima di una serie di nomine senior per Legal & General IM in Europa, dopo quelle di Philipp Graf von Königsmarck come Head of Wholesale Sales, Germany a maggio 2018 e James Crossley come Head of UK Retail Sales ad agosto 2018.

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Latest Innovation Designed to Help Companies Engage & Empower Employees When Traveling for Business

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 2 dicembre 2018

Rocketrip, the leading employee engagement platform for reducing business travel spending, today introduced “Price to Beat” to its enterprise clients. Rocketrip is a leader in the corporate travel category and has significantly invested in improvements to their platform like this one over the last 12 months. Rocketrip has been embraced by modern enterprises seeking to create cultures of empowerment because of the company’s unique ability to incentivize employees to make choices that ultimately save their company money.Rocketrip’s “Price to Beat” encourages employees to earn rewards by making outstanding cost-conscious choices when they travel for business. Rather than emphasizing the company’s budget, this new product positioning focuses on how employees can earn value to invest in what matters most to them by voluntarily choosing to book less expensive flights and hotels when they travel for business. The “Price to Beat” displays inside a client’s existing online booking tool and provides a traveler with a fun and engaging way to book travel. If an employee books travel at a cost below the “Price to Beat”, they are rewarded with up to 50% of the savings.This new positioning comes on the heels of Rocketrip’s $15 million funding round led by GV earlier this year. Rocketrip is already used by hundreds of companies — including ServiceNow, Feld Entertainment, and Twitter — to foster workplace cultures of empowerment and recognition. An average employee using Rocketrip earns rewards in excess of $200 per trip through various changes in behavior including downgrading from business class to coach, staying in lower star class hotels, and staying with friends or family. Companies using Rocketrip save anywhere from 15-30% on their annual travel budgets.
“As our enterprise clients look for new ways to recruit, retain, and motivate their teams, Rocketrip is at the cutting-edge of using innovative technology to empower employees while also reducing costs,” said Rocketrip Founder and CEO Dan Ruch. “Rocketrip engages and rewards employees by allowing them to make their own choices regarding what matters most to them.”

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Kymeta Takes Seamless Connectivity to AfricaCom with New Business Partnerships

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 novembre 2018

Kymeta—the communications company making good on the promise of global, mobile satellite communications—will offer static demonstrations and live driving demonstrations of Kymeta solutions at AfricaCom, Tues-Thurs, November 13-15, 2018.Seven of Kymeta’s global partners will have a presence at the show. Several of these partners will host stands and live demonstrations for the media and tradeshow attendees: Intelsat (stand D60) and Stratosat (stand C191) will host live driving demonstrations in vehicles mounted with the Kymeta™ terminal, demonstrating reliable high-throughput communications on-the-move with an electronically steered, lightweight, easy to install satellite antenna. iDirect (stand D35A) and Talia (stand D31) will host informational sessions throughout the duration of the show, and ELB, Qkon, and Blue Sky Satellite will be in attendance.“Seamless, reliable connectivity is critical in places such as South Africa, and the rest of the African continent, where remote sites heavily rely on communications systems for safety and business operations,” said Neville Meijers, chief commercial officer and executive vice president, Kymeta. “We are excited to come to AfricaCom and introduce our technology to this geographic region. We look forward to becoming part of the connectivity solution for the future of telecoms in Africa.”

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