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Mobile TV ‘superstars’ could emerge from dragged-out writers’ strike

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Television just isn’t the same these days. The writers’ strike in Hollywood, now in its ninth week, has given millions another reason to turn off the tube. Unless reruns and reality TV are your thing, the TV set has essentially become a content wasteland where late night and scripted TV shows are nearly absent altogether (well, except for sports programming).

It’s too soon to determine how the strike will affect the momentum wireless carriers and content providers are experiencing with the growth of mobile TV services. But the Writers Guild of America argues it is fighting for big stakes in the emerging new media space. That umbrella term for the newest forms of distribution, including mobile TV services, is the name of the game—and largely considered the future—for TV, and writers understandably want to secure their slice of that action going forward.

Impact on mobile TV
It’s difficult to argue that the dispute between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is having no impact on mobile television. While most mobile TV service providers and networks either decline to comment or brush the strike aside as a minor nuisance, those in the industry who don’t get their paychecks from a major entertainment company see things somewhat differently. But, it’s not all crash and burn either. The impact is nuanced and relatively unnoticed by most.

“In the sense that mobile television content is re-purposed, yes, there will be some impact,” said Karen Allen, general manager of Mobile Entertainment Forum Americas. Indeed, she believes most viewers that get fed up with the lack of content on TV will turn to the Internet first, primarily because it’s more in sync with their existing behavior.

As for mobile becoming an alternative platform for those viewers, the medium is clearly waiting for them with open arms. Overall, Allen estimates that around 1 million users are being added to mobile video services each month. “We are seeing great increases in all of that,” she said. Still, she believes there are enough mobile content providers to fill the slots for the likes of MediaFLO USA Inc., MobiTV Inc. and GoTV Networks Inc. (Read More)


groSolar Just Keeps on Growing

Monday, December 24th, 2007

groSolar, innovative leader in the still-green market of photovoltaic cells, received a $10 million-dollar boost in financing this month. No longer a mere installation business, the Vermont-based company is catching the interest of venture capitalists and environmentally conscious consumers alike by offering superior quality, aesthetically pleasing solar panels for customers while training distributors in technical and business development at the same time.

Solar panels from groSolar, technically referred to as photovoltaic (PV) cells, provide a tremendous amount of energy utilizing only natural sunlight. Founders Jeff and Dori Wolfe, both degreed engineers with a history in large building design, first launched the company in 1998 as Global Resource Options. Committed to doing something about global warming, the couple went to work in earnest selling renewable energy products out of their home. Starting with small off-grid solar projects and moving into on-grid projects as technology became available, groSolar made a mark with customer service and strong engineering abilities. Within a short time, one employee grew to five, which grew to twenty-five, and eventually the couple found themselves moving into the largest ex-supermarket warehouse in Vermont. Their decision to concentrate on solar energy resulted in the name change to groSolar in 2001 and they set about “installing as much solar as fast as we could” said Jeff Wolfe. Business competition, however, never became an obstacle to the “do-gooder” mentality that inspired them from the beginning. groSolar was awarded the 2005 Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Award, and in 2006, they were named by “Vermont Business Magazine” as one the 10 Best Places to Work in Vermont. (Read More)


groSolar Raises $10 million in Growth Equity Financing

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Solar Energy Leader Continues Rapid Growth

groSolar, a national solar energy firm, announced today that it has secured $10 million in a Series B financing that will enable it to continue growing rapidly. NGP Energy Technology Partners, L.P. (“NGP ETP”), one of the premier energy technology private equity funds in the United States, led the investment round.

Each of the company’s original investors (SJF Ventures, Calvert Social Funds, and Allco Financial Group) also participated in this latest round of funding.  groSolar closed its $2.25 million Series A financing in September 2006.

“The new investment will allow us to continue our rapid growth and expansion in solar distribution, residential installation and commercial services,’’ groSolar CEO Jeff Wolfe said.  “We are especially pleased that our Series A investors all participated in this investment round and are thrilled to have NGP ETP as the lead investor in the Series B. In addition to their strong financial expertise, NGP ETP brings a long and successful track record in the energy and renewable industries that will be beneficial to groSolar.’’  NGP ETP has created a strong portfolio of leading energy technology companies and groSolar is their first downstream investment in the solar value chain.

“We are impressed by groSolar’s rapid growth and national reach in the highly fragmented downstream solar market”, said Chris Sorrells, Managing Director at NGP Energy Technology Partners.  “In addition, the experience and leadership of CEO Jeff Wolfe and his team were key reasons for our investment.”  Chris Sorrells will join groSolar’s Board of Directors, along with Jamie Resor, the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

David Kirkpatrick, Managing Director at SJF Ventures, and groSolar board member noted “In the last year, groSolar has tripled sales, strengthened its management team, acquired Energy Outfitters, launched a commercial services division, and built a leading national solar integrator with sales in 45 states.  We are delighted to have NGP ETP join the groSolar team to help us achieve the next stage of expansion.”


Keibi Moderation Suite Combines Images, Animations, Text and Video for Holistic Moderation of UGC

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Keibi Technologies, Inc., provider of the only comprehensive moderation and classification solution for user generated content (UGC), today announced enhancements to the holistic scoring technology underlying the Keibi Moderation Suite and services.

Keibi quickly identifies UGC that violates publisher’s terms of service through the analysis of individual elements including images, animations, text, and video, allowing human moderators to focus on content and accounts most likely to be in violation of terms of service, greatly improving productivity.

“Since we started using Keibi, we are removing 90 percent of problem content, while only reviewing 55 percent of the site’s total UGC,” said Keith Crowell, Director of Member Services and Safety at Piczo. “Everyone’s struggling with how to improve moderation efforts. I have no doubt that Keibi will soon be the standard for content moderation for anyone with UGC.” (Read More)


Land of Opportunity

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Over $1 billion in venture capital flows to North-American solar Start-ups in 2007.

To read the full article from Photon International please click here  Land of Opportunity


Green focus pays, but work remains

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Leadership Summit covers various topics

Much of next week’s annual Oregon Leadership Summit will build on last year’s “Gaining Sustainable Advantage” theme.
At last year’s summit, specific initiatives included supporting investments in such potentially green industries as wave energy and food processing; creating a consolidated pro-sustainability agenda on land use, transportation and permitting; and supporting signature research centers for various environmental fields.

…Peak Sun Silicon, the Carlsbad, Calif., solar cell manufacturer, said last month it would bring 50 jobs to the area by Jan. 1 and eventually pour $700 million worth of capital investments into its new Millersburg facility. And Santa Clara, Calif.-based Solaicx, which opened its Portland ingot and wafer manufacturing facility last week, said the site could eventually employ 200 workers. (Full Article)


Rutberg & Company Expands Investment Banking Group – Two New Partners Join the Firm; Opening of Boston Office

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

Rutberg & Company, LLC, a research-centric investment bank focused on the wireless and digital media sectors, announced today that Jeff Berry and Joseph Sanborn have joined the firm as Managing Directors. In addition, the firm announced the opening of its Boston office.  Mr. Berry will serve as Head of Private Capital for the firm. Mr. Sanborn will serve as Head of M&A for the firm and he will be responsible for leading Rutberg & Company’s Boston office. These moves significantly expand Rutberg & Company’s investment banking practice and its commitment to advising premier companies in the wireless and digital media sectors. (Read More)


InsideView Gains TrueAdvantage in Merger

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

InsideView picks up rival TrueAdvantage, adding more than 200 customers and technology to its portfolio.

Sometimes being the first mover in an emerging market is not always the best thing.

InsideView on Nov. 27 agreed to purchase TrueAdvantage in a merger of rivals in the on-demand sales intelligence software sector.

An offshoot of business intelligence software, sales intelligence applications use aggregation and analytics technologies to help sales and marketing executives sift through information about companies to find better sales leads.

InsideView and TrueAdvantage are part of a long tail of SAAS (software as a service) providers that includes Salesforce.com, SAP, NetSuite and scores of others. (Read More)


InsideView Acquires TrueAdvantage

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

TrueAdvantage Customers to Transition to InsideView’s Sales and Marketing Intelligence Application

SAN BRUNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InsideView, the revolutionary on-demand sales and marketing application for mining and aggregating information on prospective customers, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire TrueAdvantage, an industry pioneer in sales intelligence. InsideView will offer TrueAdvantage customers a fluid migration to InsideView’s advanced sales and marketing intelligence application, while existing InsideView customers will benefit from enhancements to the InsideView platform.

TrueAdvantage customers will continue to have access to the information they currently rely on, while gaining InsideView’s unique meta-aggregation technology that provides critical intelligence on companies, key decision-makers and social network connections in order to accelerate the sales cycle and close more deals. (Read More) 


The Sun Is Starting To Shine On Oregon’s Solar Industry

Friday, November 23rd, 2007

Solaicx opening could signal a state solar revolution

Four days after Solaicx opened the doors on a solar manufacturing facility, insiders say more solar manufacturers could soon call Oregon home.

“Oregon is going to be one of, if not the, key manufacturing location in the United States for solar,” said Bob Ford, CEO of Santa Clara, Calif.-based Solaicx.

Both Ford and Jon Miller, executive director of the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, said several manufacturers continue looking for locations here.

Those include Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based XsunX Inc., a pre-revenue public company that designs solar cells and manufacturing systems.


Solaicx Opens Portland Wafers Plant

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

PORTLAND, Ore. – Solaicx has officially opened its Portland manufacturing facility, where it will make silicon wafers for the photovoltaic industry.

The California-based company announced in June that it would open a manufacturing facility in a Port of Portland industrial district.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski was on hand for the opening ceremony Tuesday. He said the plant is a big step in bringing “green collar jobs” to Oregon and growing the state’s renewable energy economy.

Solaicx’s solar plant will begin production with about 32 megawatts of solar ingots and wafers a year, initially creating about 100 jobs. At full capacity, it will employ more than 180 people and produce 180 megawatts a year worth of solar ingots and wafers.


Applied Materials Extends Solar Push

Monday, November 19th, 2007

Semiconductor tools maker Applied Materials on Monday extended its push into alternative energy in a roughly $330 million deal to acquire Baccini, an Italian maker of test systems for the manufacture of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.

In the wake of the news, shares of Applied Materials edged down $.09, or .5 percent, to $18.46 in Monday morning trading.

The deal marks Applied Materials’ second solar acquisition in three months as the company pursues what analysts expect to be an international roll-up strategy to stake out a presence in key global markets and create a one-stop shop for solar manufacturers. In August, the Santa Clara, California, company completed the acquisition of HCT Shaping Systems, a Swiss supplier of tools to make crystalline silicon wafers, for about $483 million. In addition, last November, Applied Material’s venture capital arm put $3 million into Solaicx, whose crystal-growing technology is designed to drive down the costs of making single-crystal silicon wafers. (Read More)


New Achievements in Business

Friday, November 16th, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO –

NEW ACHIEVEMENTS IN EDUCATION:

» Belmont’s Notre Dame de Namur University appointed Hernan Bucheli as vice president of enrollment management. Bucheli had been assistant vice chancellor at Chapman University.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE:

» San Francisco juice maker Zola Acai appointed Feliz Maez as CEO and Stephen Buszka as vice president of sales. Maez has worked at RJRNabisco, Del Monte USA and Kraft Foods.  (Read More)


Mobile Marketing Association Announces 2007 Global Award Winners

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

Los Angeles – Mobile Marketing Forum – Nov. 15, 2007 — Recognizing the continued strong growth and outstanding innovation in the mobile marketing and media industries, the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) (www.mmaglobal.com), which represents more than 500 member companies worldwide, today announced the winners of the MMA Third Annual Mobile Marketing Awards. The awards were presented at the MMA Annual Awards dinner and ceremony on November 14 in Los Angeles, following the MMA’s Mobile Marketing Forum.

“Energy and interest in mobile marketing is growing, based on the strength of the over 260 global submissions to this year’s MMA Awards program,” said Laura Marriott, president of the MMA. “These finalists and winners all demonstrate success in their initiatives and will become good resources for others when they choose to enter the mobile marketing industry.”

“The quality of submissions always makes judging the MMA Awards a challenging but rewarding experience,” said Cyriac Roeding, executive vice president at CBS Corp. and Global Chairman of the MMA. “This year’s submissions were no exception, and they highlight why brands and marketers continue to view the mobile channel as a highly effective way to reach consumers anytime, anywhere.”

The MMA received submissions from companies worldwide across 12 categories. Finalists were selected by an Awards Selection Committee comprised of industry leaders from wireless carriers, technology and content providers, agencies and leading industry publications. (Read More)


Building the Green Supply Chain

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Going green can drive environmental and bottom-line benefits at the same time, but it takes an organizational culture change and a long-term perspective

Kai Abelkis believes that going green doesn’t mean going into the red. As the environmental coordinator at Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) in Boulder, Colo., Abelkis heads a program to find ways to “reduce, reuse and recycle” goods and materials procured by the hospital’s 2,675 employees. These efforts have helped save more than 50,000 trees while eliminating 61,700 pounds of pollutants and 35,000 yards of landfill materials since 1996, according to the hospital’s own records.

But Abelkis says that it’s not just about well-meaning efforts to help the environment. “Everyone has good intentions,” he says, “and good intentions might be part of my motivation, but at the end of the day, when our program can save the hospital $600,000 a year in avoided costs or cost savings, that’s not only good intentions, but also good business sense.”

Abelkis is at the forefront of a movement that aims to transform the way supply chain organizations think about their potential impact on the business and the business’ potential impact on the broader community. This movement offers the possibility of long-term environmental gains for the planet and long-term competitive advantages for enterprises willing to take the lead in introducing a culture of sustainability into the way that supply management operates as a function. (Read More)


AcaiBerryProducts.org Introduces Nine Super Health Products

Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

(PRLEAP.COM) AcaiBerryProducts.org, one of the most popular reviewers of Acai berry products, unveils reviews of new foodstuffs and beverages based on the popular Acai berry. In a major step forward in public health, Carl Cruz, the founder announced the launch of his website, along with the first nine product reviews this week.

“We hope the Acai Berry Products website provides a place for everyone to compare the commercially available Acai products to each other in a non-biased environment“ States Cruz.

The nine new Acai Berry products reviewed are Genesis Today Acai100, Sambazon Pure Acai pulp, Acai Plus Juice, Acai Max, Bom Dia Acai and Cacao, Mona Vie Active, Sambazon original pulp, Zola Acai Juice Blends (collectively) and Pulpa Acai & Green tea. (Read More)


Clean Technology In The Northwest

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

The Pacific Northwest is a leading region for the innovation of clean technologies but critical steps must be taken to ensure success. While our nation’s capital is stuck in vetoes and insider politics, the Northwest can lead the nation into the next big economic growth sector.

Signs of clean-tech leadership have been good. One year ago, Washington voters approved Initiative 937, which mandates state utilities derive 15 percent of their electricity from clean-power sources by 2020. Voters sent a clear signal that they support a new direction toward our collective future.

The clean-tech industry — clean energy, transportation, materials and water filtration technologies — will be the key economic engine of this century. California is the national leader in clean tech, from its energy-efficiency legislation in the ’70s to the nation’s first state-mandated carbon emissions caps. By partnering with California, the NW can shift the nation toward clean technologies. (Read More)


Sales Strategy Luminaries and Leading Practitioners Pack First Ever Sales 2.0 Conference

Monday, November 5th, 2007

SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwire – November 5, 2007) – On October 30th more than 400 attendees and speakers gathered at the Sales 2.0 Conference to share strategic perspectives and practical insights about how sales organizations can take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to increase sales volume and velocity. The sold-out crowd attended conference sessions that focused on how the Internet can be leveraged to improve sales and service. Topics included: “Transitioning to a Higher Volume/Velocity Sales 2.0 Model,” “Sales and Marketing Integration in a 2.0 World,” “Lead Qualification and Cultivation,” “Collaborating to Build the New Sales 2.0 Funnel” and “How Software as a Service has Changed the Game for Buyers and Sellers.” The first-ever conference was held at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, CA. (Read More)


Sales Strategy Luminaries and Leading Practitioners Pack First Ever Sales 2.0 Conference

Monday, November 5th, 2007

SAN MATEO, CA–(Marketwire – November 5, 2007) – On October 30th more than 400 attendees and speakers gathered at the Sales 2.0 Conference to share strategic perspectives and practical insights about how sales organizations can take advantage of Web 2.0 technologies to increase sales volume and velocity. The sold-out crowd attended conference sessions that focused on how the Internet can be leveraged to improve sales and service. Topics included: “Transitioning to a Higher Volume/Velocity Sales 2.0 Model,” “Sales and Marketing Integration in a 2.0 World,” “Lead Qualification and Cultivation,” “Collaborating to Build the New Sales 2.0 Funnel” and “How Software as a Service has Changed the Game for Buyers and Sellers.” The first-ever conference was held at the St. Regis hotel in San Francisco, CA. (Read More)


Navigating the LBS space

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Garmin ups TomTom’s bid for Tele Atlas

Like former Yankee Alex Rodriguez, Tele Atlas N.V. plans to cash in on the free-agent market.

The Netherlands-based digital mapping company in July accepted a bid of $2.8 billion from TomTom NV, agreeing to recommend the offer to shareholders. But Tele Atlas last week pounced on a superior $3.3 billion offer from TomTom rival Garmin Ltd., giving TomTom until Thursday to match Garmin’s offer—and return fire in what could become an expensive bidding war.

“Under the TomTom agreement, if Tele Atlas receives a superior proposal, TomTom has a right to match that superior proposal within a five-business-day period,” Tele Atlas said in a public statement. “In the event that TomTom chooses not to match the Garmin proposal, the boards intend to take up Garmin’s invitation and meet with Garmin’s management.”

Hot market

Garmin’s offer comes just a month after Nokia Corp.’s successful $8.1 billion bid for Navteq, a Tele Atlas rival, and Navteq’s steep price tag illustrates how quickly location-based services went from warm to torrid. Nokia will pay $78 a share for Navteq, but the company’s stock traded for as little as $30.58 per share in March, when rumors that the company was ripe for a takeover began to fuel a surge in the stock’s value.
(Read More)


Superfruits

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

The news recently of a Himalayan superberry going on sale in Tesco stores in the UK comes hot on the heels of fresh new fruits now available in the USA.

This superberry is called Goji, grown on vines in remote areas of the Himalayas and apparently contain five hundred times more vitamin C than oranges, weight for weight. By eating these berries, one can slow ageing, increase the sex drive and fight cancer, according to the available literature, whilst the dried fruit is described as ‘natural Viagra’, boosting energy, fighting heart disease and lowering cholesterol. Tesco buyers themselves state that “the goji is so packed with superfoods that it is in a different league to acclaimed superfoods such as blueberries, blackcurrants, oily fish and broccoli. As functional foods go it is possibly the most beneficial of them all and contains five times more iron that steak”. The small red berries taste like a cross between a cranberry and a cherry and have been on sale in the USA for some time; they are said to be an ancient Himalayan health phenomenon that has remained one of the area’s best-kept secrets.

More fresh new flesh (apparently only in America)
The Noni – found mainly in the South Pacific, potato sized with a knotty, yellow-green rind and white smelly flesh. It is available as Puna Noni Juice and cures everything from high blood pressure to poor digestion.
The Acai is native to Brazil, a purple berry with a slight chocolate taste. It can be bought as Zola Acai Power Juice and is said to be rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids.
The Guarana, a South American berry that contains guaranine, chemically akin to caffeine. Presented as New Tree Vigor Chocolate bar, it acts as a natural stimulant and raises energy levels.
The Mangosteen comes from an evergreen tree native to Southeast Asia, has a red-brown rind and juicy, sweet pulp. Marketed as Xango Juice, it is said to boost immunities with its antioxidants.
Wild Blueberries – demand is surging for these berries, normally eaten raw or in pies. They protect the heart with antioxidants.


InsideView: Market Intelligence for Enterprise 2.0

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

Here is a focused application of Web 2.0 that makes a lot of sense. Last week I spoke with Umberto Milletti, CEO, and Rand Schulman, Chief Marketing Officer, of InsideView. They have tool that aggregates the stuff available on the Web together with some top subscription services to bring, what they call, “opportunity analysis” to sales and marketing. They aggregate information from such Web sources as LinkedIn, Facebook, blogs, and press releases and such traditional sources as D&B, Hoover’s, and Reuters. Today, the good news/bad news for sales and marketing is there is much more information available on people and organizations. Why not leverage the accessibility of this information and the ability to select, distill, and aggregate it to obtain just what you need to be more effective? (Read More)


groSolar: Let the Sunshine In

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

CEO Jeff Wolfe is pushing his solar tech company into the mainstream and turning a profit.

As America continues to search for solutions to the country’s energy and environmental needs, some companies are positioning themselves as potential answers to the problem. One such entity is groSolar of Vermont, the largest value-added national distributor of photovoltaic (PV) solar systems. Formed in 1998 by a husband and wife team of engineers with a desire to change the culture of American energy consumption, groSolar’s growth has been as blinding as the sun itself.

”It gets harder to grow as the numbers get bigger, but our growth projection for 2008 is 100%,” said CEO and founder Jeff Wolfe, whose company now sits at $30 million in revenue. He noted that the industry is growing at a rate of 35% to 40% per year. “We’ve been at our current growth rate for a few years, but it would be foolish to say it will keep doubling forever. The plan is to push the envelope and grow at a substantially higher than industry rate.” (Full Article)


Zola Açaí Names CPG & Natural Foods Industry Veteran Felix Maez CEO

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — 10/30/07 — Zola Açaí, the world’s first Brazilian Superfruit Juice and the best selling single Açaí drink in the natural foods channel according to the SPINS market research firm, today announced the appointment of Felix Maez as CEO.

Maez brings to Zola over 30 years’ experience at companies that include RJR Nabisco, Del Monte USA, and Kraft Foods. His accomplishments include growing net sales at Celestial Seasonings from $25M to $70M and directing Thai Foods’ Thai Kitchen and Simply Asia brands to #1 market positions. The company also announced the appointment of Stephen Buszka, Jr., a 25-year veteran of the food industry, as vice president of sales.

Zola Founder & President Chris Cuvelier, who created the Zola Açaí beverage, said, “With our backing from Emigrant Capital, the addition of Felix to our team means that we now have the leadership in place needed to take us to the next level of strategic growth. This will also enable me to devote significantly more time to new product research, development and marketing.”

Maez commented, “The Açaí and superfruit beverage markets are seeing explosive growth relative to other CPG segments, giving Zola the potential to achieve a dominant market position. Açaí is looking more and more like the next pomegranate, and with Chris’ ability to create the best-tasting, healthiest drinks on the market, I am looking forward to helping Zola realize that potential.”

John G. Appel, III, managing director of Emigrant Capital, noted, “We invest in companies capable of being the #1 brand in their segment. By expanding the strategic, sales and financial depth of our executive team, we are now well positioned to execute on our goals for the long-term.”

About Zola Açaí
Zola Açaí combines an authentic Brazilian recipe and a proprietary processing technology to produce an organic, all-natural, shelf-stable product that tastes great. The key ingredient in Zola is the organic Açaí berry, which is wild-harvested by hand in the heart of the Amazon jungle. Açaí berries contain more antioxidants than any other edible fruit on the planet, including pomegranates and blueberries. Zola is made from 100% unfiltered pulp of antioxidant- and omega fatty acid-rich Açaí berries and infused with energy-sustaining Guaraná powder, making it perfect for people on the go who need hours of healthy, sustained energy. Zola’s packaging is 12-month shelf stable, making it ideal for both produce coolers and grocery shelves. The company strongly supports sustainable harvesting and medical and educational programs for the Açaímu people who harvest its Açaí berries. Zola is sold nationally at Whole Foods, Wild Oats, Cost Plus and Vitamin Shoppe, and regionally at King Sooper, Ralphs and Wegmans. Zola is available in Açaí Original, Açaí + Pineapple, and Açaí + Blueberry flavors. Visit www.DrinkZola.com.

Contact:

Steven Mason
650.776.7968
steven@zolaacai.com


APPREMA Sponsors Sales 2.0 Conference to Exhibit Fully Web-Enables Collaborative E-Mail and Relationship Management Platform

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Venue affords showcase for proven practices in applied Web 2.0 technologies that increase sales.

Sunnyvale, CA (PRWEB) October 25, 2007 — Apprema, Inc., in collaboration with Oracle, Cisco/WebEx, InsideView, Landslide Technologies, Genius.com., and dozens of other industry leading companies, today announced its founding sponsorship of the inaugural Sales 2.0 Conference, (www.sales20conf.com) to be held at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco October 29-30, 2007. Apprema will exhibit its platform for collaborative e-mail (StarMail), collaborative payment (StarPay), and e-gifting technology (StarGift). The Apprema platform works with existing e-mail, sales force automation, customer relationship management and Web 2.0 business applications.

“Sales 2.0” refers to the integration of Web 2.0 technologies with proven sales techniques that increase sales velocity and volume. Apprema’s presence at the Sales 2.0 conference at the sponsor and exhibitor level underscores the power of next-generation Web technologies when combined with innovative sales processes for dramatically accelerating the sales cycle. (Read More)


Calix to Demonstrate Advanced IPTV and Internet Video Services at TelcoTV

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

Calix Teams with 180Squared, Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company, Clear Access, GridNetworks, MobiTV, Motorola, Tandberg, and Vudu to Demonstrate Advanced Broadband Applications Over 2.5 GPON, VDSL2, and ADSL2+ at TelcoTV.

ATLANTA—Calix will demonstrate advanced new IPTV and internet video services delivered over the Calix C7 and E5 access platforms at TelcoTV in Atlanta (October 23-25, Georgia World Congress Center, booth #613). This demonstration of standard and high-definition video over 2.5 Gbps GPON, VDSL2, and ADSL2+ will include such rich IPTV features as picture-in-picture, instant channel change, digital video recording, interactive caller ID, and video on demand, as well as advanced new on-demand and broadcast internet video currently being deployed by Calix customers. (Read More)


InsideView and Jigsaw Partner

Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

InsideView and Jigsaw Partner to Provide Sales and Marketing Organizations with Relevant, Time-Saving Information That Will Help Discover New Customers and Close More Deals

Jigsaw’s Directory of Seven Million Business Contacts Will Be Accessed From Within InsideView’s Unique Sales and Marketing Intelligence Application

SAN BRUNO, Calif. & SAN MATEO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InsideView, the on-demand sales intelligence application, and Jigsaw, an online directory for business contact and company information built by and for its global membership, today announced a partnership to provide contact and company information from Jigsaw’s directory of seven million business contacts directly to InsideView. The partnership furthers the mission of both companies to provide a greater ROI to their customers by uncovering relevant intelligence to help marketing and sales professionals discover new customers and close more deals. The collaboration comes in advance of the Sales 2.0 Conference, to be held October 29-30 in San Francisco, which both companies are sponsoring.

Business contact and company information from the Jigsaw directory will automatically populate an InsideView user’s custom results of aggregated sales triggers and personal connections. Access to Jigsaw’s directory will enable InsideView users to easily identify and reach the right person at a target company, saving sales and marketing professionals valuable time. (Read More)


Mobile TV for the Masses

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

An interview with Jack Hallahan, vice president of advertising and brand partnerships at MobiTV

MobiTV is a mobile TV distributor for channels such as MSNBC, ABC News Now, FOX News Channel, Fox Sports, ESPN 3GTV and NBC Mobile. Jack Hallahan joined the company in 2005 as vice president of advertising and brand partnerships.

Before joining MobiTV, Mr. Hallahan was managing director at Wirestone, where he drove ad strategies for Apple, TiVo and William-Sonoma. He has also served as vice president at AKQA Advertising where he managed brands such as CNN/SI, Mattel, Macy’s, Nike and Visa USA. eMarketer spoke with him about mobile TV viewer demographics and marketing campaigns.

eMarketer: Who is watching mobile TV?

Jack Hallahan: It used to be strictly early adopters who would put up with poor video quality just to say they had mobile TV on their phones. In 2005, the content was OK, but the end-user experience was not that great, thanks to carrier and other tech factors.

As service providers started improving data services, the experience and content improved. Handsets have also improved, so now viewer demographics are going much more mainstream. (Read More)


Selling Power Magazine’s Publisher Gerhard Gschwandtner Declares Sales 2.0 Critical to Sales Success

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Selling Power magazine’s publisher and founder, Gerhard Gschwandtner, declares Sales 2.0 a key element of success in the sales profession. “Getting up to speed on Sales 2.0 methodologies and the supporting technologies is critical for success in today’s demanding sales environment,” says Gschwandtner. The first-ever Sales 2.0 conference (www.sales20conf.com) will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, October 29-30, 2007, and is being produced by Genius.com Inc. in collaboration with Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL); WebEx, now a part of Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO); InsideView; Landslide Technologies; and dozens of other industry-leading companies.

Gschwandtner will moderate a panel on October 30 at the Sales 2.0 conference titled Collaborating to Build the New Sales 2.0 Funnel. Audience members will work together to incorporate Sales 2.0 methodologies into their own sales processes. “I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with conference participants and speakers alike, and I believe this meeting offers a great opportunity for collaboration and learning,” says Gschwandtner, who was an international sales-training consultant before he created Selling Power magazine in 1980.

He also says that Selling Power is considering adding a new category to their 2008 Sales Excellence Awards program called Best Sales 2.0 Implementation. The Sales Excellence Awards honor the efforts, accomplishments, and positive contributions of companies, sales leaders, and account representatives. “Within the next year we will see an exponential increase in the adoption of Sales 2.0 technologies. These techniques have great potential to reduce sales cycles, increase productivity, and enhance the lives of millions of sales professionals,” says Gschwandtner. “We want to recognize and honor those who successfully integrate the power of Sales 2.0 into their daily selling routine.” (Read More)


MobiTV Enters Long-Term Agreement To Deliver Industry-Leading TV Service on Sprint

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

MobiTV announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement to offer Sprint customers mobile television and video experiences including Sprint TV®, Sprint TV Xtra, and Sprint TV en Vivo®.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(PRLog.Org) – Oct 22, 2007 – MobiTV, Inc., the leader in mobile and broadband entertainment services, announced today that it has entered into a multi-year agreement to offer Sprint customers the best mobile television and video experience. As part of the agreement, Sprint and MobiTV will continue to work together to advance and extend the successful Sprint TV®, Sprint TV Xtra, and Sprint TV en Vivo® services to customers throughout the U.S.

Together, Sprint and MobiTV have pioneered the mobile television space, attracting a large number of subscribers, single handedly securing mobile content licensing rights for an untapped distribution or delivery medium, developed features and functionality consumers expect in a home viewing experience and much more. The two companies continue to stay several steps ahead of the competition, keep consumers engaged and satisfied, while maintaining a viable and scalable business opportunity for Sprint, MobiTV and the content partners. (Read More)


MobiTV Now Serves More Than Three Million Subs

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

Phenomenal Growth Continues as Leading Mobile and Broadband Television Provider Now Serves One Million Additional Subscriptions in Six Months

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ — CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & ENTERTAINMENT — MobiTV, Inc., the leader in mobile and broadband entertainment services, today announced the Company has surpassed three million subscriptions for its services worldwide; adding one million in six short months. Also announced today, the MobiTV board of directors has appointed Charlie Nooney, the Company’s new CEO, as chairman effective October 15th, 2007.

“After a very short time in my role as MobiTV’s new CEO and chairman, I’m proud to announce such a significant milestone on behalf of the Company,” said Nooney. “MobiTV’s persistence and innovation has single-handedly advanced awareness and demand for on-the-go programming and viewing. It’s inspiring to see this level of growth and demand, but most importantly that consumers rely on our services for their mobile entertainment and informational needs.” (Read More)


MobiTV Extends Sprint Deal

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

(Multichannel News) _ MobiTV extended its agreement with Sprint Nextel, announcing a multiyear agreement to continue providing mobile television and video services to Sprint customers and to subscribers of the Pivot service marketed by four cable companies.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the coming months, MobiTV and Sprint said, they expect to debut a new interface for all Sprint TV services powered by MobiTV, including Sprint TV, Sprint TV Xtra (formerly called Sprint TV Live), Sprint TV en Vivo and Pivot. The Pivot service is offered in various markets by Comcast, Cox Communications http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6485959.html, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

MobiTV also said it plans to enhance video quality and offer more support for full-screen viewing; increase channel-change speeds; and provide support for more devices, including those running Microsoft’s Pocket PC platform.

Separately, MobiTV said it now had more than 3 million users of its services worldwide, having added 1 million subscribers in six months. In addition, the company announced its board of directors appointed recently named CEO Charlie Nooney http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6485968.htmlas chairman effective October 15.


Sharpcast Bolsters management Team with Mobile and Web Industry Veterans

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Sharpcast today announced the addition of three key new members of its management team. Veterans of the mobile and web industries, they will help execute Sharpcast’s mission to provide a completely new consumer experience for managing digital media and files seamlessly across mobile phones, desktop PCs, the web and other digital living devices.

Sharpcast’s patent-pending consumer media synchronization platform helps wireless carriers, ISPs and computer and mobile handset manufacturers deliver converged media solutions that dramatically simplify the complex tasks of synchronizing, backing up, accessing and sharing digital assets such as documents, music, video and photos, regardless of the device they are using either online or offline.

Domingo Mihovilovic, 45, joins as vice president of engineering, coming from MobiTV where he served as vice president of engineering. He is a highly accomplished information technology professional and senior executive with over 17 years experience in conceiving technical innovations and bringing mobile, enterprise and consumer solutions to market for world-leading organizations.

At MobiTV, which delivers live television to mobile phones, he led development, quality assurance and operations. Previously, he was a senior executive at Siebel Systems, responsible for the development of Siebel’s core technology framework and components used as the foundation of scalable enterprise-level applications. (Read More)


Aravo Hires Jon D. Bovit as Vice President of Strategy

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

Industry Veteran Steve Fritz Named Director of Marketing in Additional Key Hire
Continuing its recent expansion and growth, Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of on demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services, today announced that Jon D.  Bovit has joined Aravo as vice president of strategy. In this new role, Bovit will expand Aravo’s market opportunities and fuel the growth trajectory for the already expanding organization. His role includes overall business strategy, including product and sales strategy, organizational leadership, operational execution and aligning the company’s strategy with the constantly evolving marketplace.  Prior to joining Aravo, Jon was director; Platform Sales at Salesforce.com where he led sales efforts focused on selling on demand SaaS solutions to CIOs and senior IT executives. Preceding Salesforce.com, he was the managing director at Ariba, Inc. in charge of selling Supplier Connectivity solutions in North America.  Under his leadership at Ariba, Supplier Connectivity became one of the firm’s fastest growing solution areas. Prior to joining Ariba, Jon was a technical team leader with Oracle Corporation. He has a BS in Business Administration from Monmouth College, an MS in Information Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology and is a doctoral candidate in Technology Management also from the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Aravo’s premiere product, Aravo SIM™, removes the cost and complexity of enabling and managing supplier information, providing enterprises with a proven, on demand framework for enabling and managing supplier information within leading ERP and e-procurement applications such as Oracle, SAP and Ariba. Aravo’s newest product module, Aravo Sustain™, enables global buying organizations to proactively obtain, analyze and manage crucial sustainability data, such as supplier and factory regulatory compliance, toxic substances monitoring, carbon footprinting and fair labor practices.

“Aravo is poised for incredible growth, and their solution set delivers clear bottom-line benefits and ROI to their customers. Aravo SIM and Aravo Sustain not only enable buying organizations to efficiently and proactively manage supplier information and supplier enablement, but also to proactively implement new sustainable supply chain best practices that are quickly becoming de rigueur for Global 2000 companies,” said Jon D. Bovit, vice president of strategy at Aravo. “I look forward to working with Aravo’s distinguished leadership to help our customers realize the value of streamlined automated supplier information management.” “With a solid and deep professional history at leading companies such as Ariba, Oracle and Salesforce, and extensive hands-on experience with supplier enablement and management, Jon is uniquely positioned to formulate and execute a winning growth strategy as our new VP of Strategy,” said Tim Albinson, Aravo’s CEO.  “The entire Aravo team welcomes Jon and we’re certain he will be a key contributor to our continued success.”

Aravo also announced that Steve Fritz has joined the company as director of marketing. In this role, Fritz will lead the development of Aravo’s marketing strategy for all products and services, and drive the execution of Aravo’s marketing campaigns. Prior to joining Aravo, Fritz held numerous senior marketing management positions including SAP Labs and Sun Microsystems. At Sun, he launched and managed marketing campaigns for many of Sun’s high-profile products and solutions. Earlier in his high-tech career, Fritz held senior marketing positions at three innovative Silicon Valley start-ups: Dolch Computer Systems, Liberty Electronics and Raster Graphics. Fritz received his B.S. in marketing from Cal State University and received his M.S in journalism from the University of Oregon.

About Aravo Solutions
Aravo helps companies quickly and accurately on-ramp and manage supplier master data, enabling them to create error-free transactions, provide actionable decision support and turn supplier information into a valuable asset that can be leveraged throughout the organization. Aravo SIM™ is an on demand enablement platform providing enterprises with a proven framework for enabling and managing supplier information within leading ERP and e-procurement applications such as Oracle, SAP and Ariba. Aravo is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For information, visit Aravo’s Web site at www.aravo.com.

Public Relations Contact:
Chris Greenfield
Aravo Solutions
415-292-0840, extension 206
cgreenfield@aravo.com


Linkage Biosciences Inc. Closes Venture Financing with Greenhouse Capital Partners

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Linkage Biosciences Inc., a developer of molecular diagnostics products designed to streamline complex genetic testing, has completed a financing round led by Greenhouse Capital Partners LP, a seed-stage venture capital firm, which brings the total funding raised thus far to approximately $1 million. Linkage Biosciences said the new funds will be used to accelerate development of its initial line of diagnostic products for solid organ and stem cell transplantation.

“Our strategy is to deliver products that solve important clinical needs in ways that are faster and less labor intensive than ever before,” said Zachary Antovich, President and CEO of Linkage Biosciences. “With our proprietary technology and strong business and scientific teams, we are confident we have the resources to make a lasting impact in our market.”

Linkage Biosciences’ Scientific Advisory Board includes:

  • F. Carl Grumet, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Pathology and Emeritus Director Stanford Histocompatibility Laboratory, Stanford University
  • Clifford Lowell, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • Rade Drmanac, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer of Complete Genomics
  • David Ginzinger, Ph.D., Acting Vice President Research and Development at Linkage Biosciences

“A pioneering entrant in the diagnostics-testing space, Linkage Biosciences has what we believe is a rare and promising opportunity to re-define today’s standards and significantly grow this market,” said Peter D. Henig, Managing Partner of Greenhouse Capital Partners. “We look forward to helping the company enhance its technology development and time to market, and to also structurally prepare them for subsequent financing rounds.”

Linkage Biosciences also announced that Mr. Henig has joined the company’s board of directors.


Linkage Biosciences Raises $1M Seed Round

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

Stealthy molecular diagnostics company Linkage Biosciences Inc. has raised about $1 million in seed funding as the company prepares to raise a Series A round in the next 12 months.

Greenhouse Capital Partners led the round, which also included other undisclosed institutional and individual investors. Linkage Biosciences President and Chief Executive Zachary C. Antovich declined to disclose the valuation of the seed funding.

San Francisco-based Linkage Biosciences is developing molecular diagnostics for application in complex genetic testing. The company plans to use the seed funding to develop its first diagnostic products for its first applications in organ and stem cell transplantation.

“Our intent is to do our Series A round of financing in the next 12 months,” Antovich said. “We’ll raise the money in ways that make sense, whether it’s a combination of institutional and private investors remains to be seen.”


MobiTV Extends Sprint Deal

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Agreement Gives Video Access to Cable’s Pivot Subscribers

MobiTV extended its agreement with Sprint Nextel, announcing a multiyear agreement to continue providing mobile television and video services to Sprint customers and to subscribers of the Pivot service marketed by four cable companies.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the coming months, MobiTV and Sprint said, they expect to debut a new interface for all Sprint TV services powered by MobiTV, including Sprint TV, Sprint TV Xtra (formerly called Sprint TV Live), Sprint TV en Vivo and Pivot. The Pivot service is offered in various markets by Comcast, Cox Communications, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

MobiTV also said it plans to enhance video quality and offer more support for full-screen viewing; increase channel-change speeds; and provide support for more devices, including those running Microsoft’s Pocket PC platform.

Separately, MobiTV said it now had more than 3 million users of its services worldwide, having added 1 million subscribers in six months. In addition, the company announced its board of directors appointed recently named CEO Charlie Nooney as chairman effective October 15.


Seed-Stage Cleantech Fund Greenhouse Raises $11M

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Greenhouse Capital Partners has closed on $11 million for its inaugural, seed-stage clean-technology fund.

The Sausalito, Calif.-based venture fund is something of an anomaly in what has increasingly become an investment sector dominated by big dollars and frothy valuations.

“If you look at the cleantech market right now, you have to be extremely careful,” said Managing Partner Peter Henig in an interview. “There’s an oversupply of capital chasing too few deals; a lot of the deals are not capital efficient, and the opportunity for exits is not nearly what it needs to be.”

Despite his grim outlook on the short-term prospects in the sector, the pressures that the overall cleantech market faces aren’t actually concerns for a small, seed-stage investor, Henig said.

“We don’t necessarily need to find deal flow, per se, we need to create deal flow,” Henig said. “Where we’re looking at things that are literally two guys and a dog, we can deploy a good amount of money at a valuation of less than $5 million and a deal size of $250,000 to $1 million.”

That addresses the same problem that afflicts the overall venture industry, Henig said. “If you’re an entrepreneur, where do you go to find smart money when you only need $250,000 to $1 million?”

Joining Henig, a former journalist and an early-stage investor, on the Greenhouse Capital team are general partners Michael Schwab, who also manages his own fund, Big Sky Partners, and David Ferrara, a serial entrepreneur.

Portfolio companies include the Santa Clara, Calif.-based solar technology developer Solaicx Inc., and the San Francisco-based biosciences technology developer Linkage Biosciences Inc.


InsideView Names SaaS Pioneer Rand Schulman Chief Marketing Officer

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. –(Business Wire)– InsideView, the on-demand sales intelligence application, announced today that Rand Schulman, a leader in SaaS and Web analytics industries, has joined the company as chief marketing officer. Schulman is responsible for directing InsideView’s marketing strategy and positioning, in addition to leading the company’s efforts in gaining increased acceptance in the CRM space.

Schulman brings over 20 years of industry experience to InsideView, having served as chief marketing officer of WebSideStory (VSCN) and taken the firm through its IPO; headed product strategy at Webtrends/NetIQ; and most recently served as General Manager Internet Products at Unica Corporation (UNCA), a leading provider of Enterprise Marketing Management solutions. Schulman was founder and CEO of one of the first software as a service (SaaS) and web analytics companies (1997), Keylime Software (acquired by Yahoo!) and is also a founder and previous board member of the Web Analytics Association (www.webanalyticsassociation.org). Rand has been named one of the top 100 B-to-B marketing executives by BtoB Magazine in 2006, and he has been an executive at a number of other software firms including executive vice president at Software Publishing. He is also a principal at Rand Schulman Partners (www.randschulman.com) and sits on various boards.

“We are very pleased to have Rand join our leadership team at InsideView as he has a proven track record in pioneering both new sectors and technologies,” said Brian Jacobs general partner at Emergence Capital Partners and a member of the InsideView Board of Directors. “As an investor in salesforce.com (CRM) and other prominent technology-enabled services companies, we focus on investing in firms developing disruptive technologies that will significantly impact the business landscape.”

InsideView belongs to a new class of SaaS applications that is transforming the way that sales and marketing organizations find connections with relevance to key decision-makers and keeps the sales pipeline filled with opportunities. Customers use the company’s proprietary aggregation technology to strategically target verticals and companies undergoing specific business changes, approach prospects with a customer-centric value proposition, discover decision makers and leverage introductions to bypass inefficient cold-calling efforts. InsideView’s growing customer adoption rate is based on the ease-of-use of the product, integrated mashups with leading SFA/CRM providers and unparalleled ROI.

“Rand is a powerful addition to our team,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView. “We wanted to bring the ‘best of the best’ in the SaaS space on board—someone who could help us think outside the box and introduce fresh ideas to the company.”

InsideView is gaining rapid acceptance in the CRM/SFA space since its release this year with a strong customer list, including SuccessFactors, WebEx and ServiceSource.

About Emergence Capital Partners
Emergence Capital Partners is a leading venture capital firm focused on early and growth-stage Technology-Enabled Services (TES) investing. Our mission is to help build market leading, successful businesses in partnership with great entrepreneurs. Our focus and team-based approach allow us to create unique value for our service-based portfolio companies. Emergence investments include Salesforce.com, SuccessFactors, HireRight and many others. Information on Emergence Capital Partners is available at http://www.emcap.com/.

About InsideView
InsideView is the pioneer and leading provider of actionable intelligence for cutting-edge sales and marketing organizations. InsideView automatically discovers rich selling opportunities, notifies salespeople in real time and delivers critical relevant information on companies and connections needed to engage customers and close sales. InsideView dramatically reduces cold calling and research, revolutionizes prospecting, drives higher sales and builds high-performance pipelines. The company is privately held and venture-backed by Emergence Capital Partners, JDM Capital (an associated fund of Greenhouse Capital Partners) and Rembrandt Venture Partners. InsideView also partners with salesforce.com and SugarCRM. InsideView’s customers include Aravo Solutions, GlobalKnowledge, Jobscience, Rearden, RightNow Technologies, saaspoint, ServiceSource, Symantec and WebEx. Founded in 2005, InsideView is headquartered in San Bruno, California with operations in Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit www.insideview.com.


Executive Insight: Phillip Alvelda, Co-Founder & Chairman, MobiTV

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

Martyn Warwick questions MobiTV’s Co-Founder and Chiarman on the true future of Mobile TV and discovers why MobiTV has had such great success where others have falled flat within months of launch. (Watch Video)


Greenhouse Capital Partners Closes First Fund

Monday, October 8th, 2007

Oversubscribed, $11 Million Seed-Stage Venture Capital Fund Is Targeting Startups in Cleantech and Other Emerging Technologies

Greenhouse Capital Partners, a seed-stage venture capital firm has closed its first fund, Greenhouse Capital Partners LP, an oversubscribed $11 million fund targeting opportunities in cleantech and select other emerging technologies. Founded in January 2006, Greenhouse Capital provides strategic guidance and seed and Series A financing to companies at their earliest stages of creation.

“Greenhouse Capital Partners targets investment opportunities at the ‘pre-VC’ stage, where entrepreneurs face a gap in the market for raising early stage capital, a segment that is often too early for traditional institutional investors and one which requires more hands-on strategic involvement than angel money can often provide. We have experience in taking true early stage risk while providing significant strategic value for our portfolio companies — a return to the roots of venture capital,” said Peter D. Henig, managing partner of Greenhouse Capital Partners. (Read More)


New Quarter, New CEOs

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

MobiTV, Acision and Handmark all kicked off the beginning of the fourth quarter on Monday with new CEOs. MobiTV claimed former Thomson Corp. President Charles Nooney for its top job, while Acision crowned former Ericsson exec Rory Buckley and Handmark brought aboard former Sprint vice president Paul Reddick.

MobiTV named Nooney to replace outgoing CEO Phillip Alvelda, the pioneering mobile content provider’s founding CEO. MobiTV officials said that MobiTV is evolving from a start-up to significant content player in the wireless space and needed a CEO with more experience in media to transition MobiTV between those stages. Alvelda will remain on MobiTV’s board and will keep his “visionary” role within the company, a spokesman said, but it’s not clear whether he’ll remain chairman of the board after Nooney officially takes the reins on Oct. 15.

Nooney’s background is definitely focused more on the television and new media side, rather than mobile. Nooney served as president of Technicolor Network Services, a global consultancy for Thomson, where he advised a long list of huge media brands, from BBC Worldwide to Disney, on the preparation, management and distribution of their content for new media platforms. But it was Nooney’s previous job running Premier Retail Networks—which was acquired by Thomson—that gives him his foundation for dealing with the new mobile TV space, Nooney said. PRM ran the country’s largest in-store television network, broadcasting targeted content to customers shopping at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, CostCo and many other outlets.

“I found there are a lot of similarities between what MobiTV is doing and PRN,” he said. “They’re both doing retail media on a large scale.” The major difference is the size of screen, he added. While he’s still learning the ropes of MobiTV, he said he already grasps the potential of the mobile medium for the mass-scale delivery of content. “From my standpoint I find an incredible attractiveness to the mobile device and the use of content on mobile devices for the simple reason you can carry them around with you 24-hours a day.”

Acision’s new CEO Buckley is an Ericsson veteran heading several regional divisions including as stint of president and head of northeast Asia. Acision, the former telecom division of LogicaCMG said his predecessor Chris McDermott was leaving to pursue other opportunities. In a statement the company said McDermott joined Acision originally hired to turn LogicaCMG’s telecom group into a high-value with the aim of a future sale. In 2007 he accomplished that task when Atlantic Bridge and Access Industries agreed to take the unit private for $525 million, changing the name of the newly separated company to Acision.

“Having achieved his goal, Chris is leaving Acision for a new challenge after he has a well deserved rest to refresh himself,” Acision said in a statement. “We wish him well and thank him for his valuable contributions.”

Mobile content and media company Handmark is bringing in Reddick, former Sprint vice president of partner development and product innovation, to take over for outgoing CEO and company founder August Grasis, who will transition to chairman of the board. Grasis will remain an active chairman, engaging with partners, but seems to have no problem passing the executive responsibilities off to the industry veteran Reddick.

“The most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur is taking the business to the next level and watching it take wings,” Grasis said in a statement. “Paul is the right person to realize my vision and propel our business forward on a global scale.”


MobiTV Appoints Charlie Nooney CEO

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Seasoned Media Executive Tapped to Lead Company’s Next Stage of Growth

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — MobiTV, Inc., the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks, today announced the appointment of Charlie Nooney as the Company’s chief executive officer. Nooney’s appointment is the successful culmination of MobiTV’s strategic search for a successor to Dr. Phillip Alvelda, the Company’s founding CEO and chairman. Nooney will assume full operational responsibility for the Company on October 15, 2007. (Read More)

About MobiTV
MobiTV, Inc. (www.mobitv.com) is the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks; delivering live television, premium and primetime programming, video-on-demand, satellite and digital music services from the top broadcast and cable television networks and major music labels to millions of users worldwide. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately held company with headquarters in Emeryville, CA.

MobiTV and the MobiTV logo are trademarks, service marks, and/or registered trademarks of MobiTV, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, and product names used herein are the property of their respective owners.
Website: http://www.mobitv.com/


Gadget Gifts Galore at Pepcom’s Holiday Spectacular

Friday, September 21st, 2007

Though Christmas is ways away it’s never too soon to think about the perfect gift for that tech expert who has (and knows) everything. Here’s a couple gadgets featured in Pepcom’s Holiday Spectacular! in NYC this week.

OQO: Forget cell phones and PDAs with their tiny screens when it comes to surfing the web and checking email. Now you can carry the 5-inch OQO model 02 Windows PC in your jacket pocket. As the world’s smallest PC it comes with built-in wireless, an illuminated thumb keyboard, TouchScrollers for the screen, and 120 gigs of hard drive. Starts at $1299. It’s one of those presents you might want to keep for yourself.

Sonos: Know anyone with a 32 room mansion? Want to impress your friend Hue Hefner perhaps? His house seems big enough and in need of Sonos, a wireless, multi-room digital music system controlled by a single remote. Each room gets its own little white box that picks up your computer’s playlist and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. Play country in your kitchen and rap music in your bathroom and save the classical for the bedroom. Starting price for two boxes (in case you’re in a two-bedroom) is $999.00, but Sonos can provide up to 32 boxes.

?Solio: One of the coolest new gadgets I came across is the sun-powered device charger by Solio. It’s a hybrid that can power-up using your traditional power cord but if you’re on the go, say, in the middle of the Himalayas and your phone could use some juice, then just stick Solio under the sun and plug in your cell phone. One model is even 100% biodegradable. It’s the perfect gift to show you care, about the planet.

?Shutterfly: Want to surprise your kids with their very own picture book staring them? Or are you about to tie the knot and want to save money on an expensive wedding album so you can take that around the world honey moon? Then head on over to Shutterly and use your own pictures to publish your very own story book. Turn around time is only 3 days plus the time it takes for shipping and if you order more than 20 books you can score yourself a deal. Prices begin in the $30 range.

?SpinVox.com: For that blogger in your life, make her or his life easier with SpinMyBlog, an online service from SpinVox that lets you dictate your blog via voicemail. Posts appear online in minutes. So goodbye keyboard, hello immediate gratification!

MobiTV.com: And there’s no better accessory in this age of good television than MobiTV for your phone. Now your cell phone can give you tons of popular networks, from MSNBC to ESPN to The Discovery Channel (a personal favorite). This Emmy Award winning service is available through wireless carriers like Sprint, AT&T and more. Check the MobiTV website for service capability to see if you can spoil yourself and that special TV junkie with an upgrade.


Verizon’s Bet

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

Coming this fall, it will be all about the small screen. Literally.

Verizon Wireless will test the boundaries of just how small a screen is suitable for watching full-length television network shows, announcing yesterday that more than 10 new fall shows from CBS, NBC and Fox will debut on the cellphone provider’s V Cast Mobile TV service at the same time the shows air on broadcast TV.

The move is part of an extensive programming slate of more than 50 programs, including NBC’s “Bionic Woman” and CBS’ “Kid Nation,” that will be available on the Verizon phones.

It also represents the latest in a series of deals that wireless carriers and TV networks have been actively lining up over the last year to bring TV programming to mobile phones.

Now all they need are viewers.

Forrester Research, a tech consulting firm, estimates that just 4 percent of all mobile users in North America watch video on their phones.

Adoption of TV watching is so far limited by a combination of high prices (Verizon’s service costs $15 per month on top of basic cellphone service), and the relatively few number of TV-compatible phones available.

But carriers and entertainment companies are betting that full-length TV shows will motivate consumers to consider their phones for more than just making calls and sending text messages.

“To pull in mainstream audiences, carriers need mainstream content,” said Forrester analyst Charles Golvin.

Cellphone operators are looking to get consumers to spend more each month by paying for premium services like music and TV. For the networks, the mobile deals represent another source of expanding digital revenues.

Verizon is offering network shows along with news and sports through a deal the country’s No. 2 wireless carrier has with mobile TV supplier MediaFlo USA, a subsidiary of Qualcomm.

The shows on V Cast Mobile TV are being presented under a traditional broadcast model, with programming made available at designated times.

AT&T is expected to launch a similar offering later this year, also with MediaFlo.

Meanwhile, Sprint is offering simulcasts of programming from Fox, ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and CNN and the NFL Network, using technology from MobiTV.


Keibi Launched to Allow Social Networking Sites to Take Control of Their User Generated Content

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

Keibi Customers Efficiently Increase Volume of Moderated Content to Improve Member Satisfaction and Revenue Potential

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – September 19, 2007) – Keibi Technologies, Inc., a provider of moderation and classification solutions for managing user generated content, today announced the company’s launch and described its plans to enable the revolution around social media.

“Keibi helps the growing number of companies that leverage user generated content — social networks, content publishers, and advertisers — to protect their members and advertising brand and ultimately improve the monetization of this fast-growing medium,” said Paul Remer, CEO of Keibi. “The Keibi solution provides quick visibility into suspect content, increasing the productivity of moderation staff and helping ensure the integrity of the member experience.”

Founded in late 2006, Keibi has received over $5M in funding from Catamount Ventures and Hunt Ventures. Its executive management team has over 75 combined years of technology experience, including expertise in the enterprise software and social media sectors.

Protecting Members and Brands, Driving Ad Revenues at Piczo Piczo, a leading social networking site designed exclusively for teens that allows users to easily create fully customizable personal websites, chose to work with Keibi based on its comprehensive approach to content moderation and its ability to boost advertising revenue. “The Keibi solution is perfect for us, as we can configure it to our own requirements, setting our own acceptable standards,” said Keith Crowell, Director of Member Services and Safety at Piczo. “Since we started using Keibi, we are now reviewing more than 200 times the images we used to, while spending 70 percent less on related overhead.”

Crowell also commented on the importance of Keibi to growing advertising revenue, adding, “No brand wants to be associated with inappropriate content, so the decision to advertise on social networking sites can be a tricky one,” said Piczo’s Crowell. “Keibi allows us to assure our advertisers that their brands are protected.”

About Keibi
Keibi Technologies, Inc. provides a solution for the moderation and classification of user generated content. The Keibi Moderation Suite helps online communities, ad networks and advertisers capitalize on the value of social media. Founded in 2006, Keibi is headquartered in San Francisco and is backed by Hunt Ventures and Catamount Ventures. Current customers include Piczo, with additional trial users all in the social media market. More information is available at www.keibitech.com.


20 deals total $234M in August

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Twenty new financing deals with 20 private companies were announced in August, according to Rutberg & Co., valued at $234 million.

The bulk of the investments were made in the enterprise infrastructure, consumer application and carrier sectors.

Rutberg also said there were 22 mergers and acquisitions announced in August. Those include RF Micro Device’s acquisition of Sirenza Microdevices, Yahoo’s buy of Actionality and Verizon Wireless’ purchase of Ramcell’s operating assets in Kentucky and Oregon.

Rutberg & Co. is a research-centric investment bank providing merger-and-acquisition advisory and private-capital-raising services to public and private companies in the wireless and digital media industries.


ServiceSource Selects InsideView via Salesforce.com’s AppExchange

Monday, September 17th, 2007

InsideView’s Sales Intelligence Service Enables ServiceSource to Capitalize on New Strategic Sales Opportunities
Dreamforce ’07

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InsideView today announced that ServiceSource has deployed InsideView’s pioneering sales intelligence service via salesforce.com’s AppExchange. Built on the Force.com platform, InsideView for AppExchange is immediately available for test drive and deployment at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange/. The announcement was made today at Dreamforce ‘07, salesforce.com’s User and Developer Conference.

ServiceSource’s solution for maximizing service revenue provides its clients with improved financial performance, increased predictability on results and greater focus on their core business. Similarly, InsideView provides a vital flow of information that enables strategic collaboration for ServiceSource’s sales and marketing teams, helping the company target the right prospects at the optimal time.

“InsideView provides business-critical intelligence that is shared between our marketing and sales teams,” said Gary Liu, senior director, strategic and field marketing at ServiceSource. “This allows us to capitalize on strategic opportunities in the marketplace based on four key areas of coverage: prioritizing the market, gaining access and mind share, increasing the number of deals in the pipeline and accelerating close cycle time.”

“Sales teams are overloaded by the vast amount of sales intelligence data now available,” said Umberto Milletti, cofounder and CEO of InsideView. “InsideView is proud to offer ServiceSource a revolutionary way to sift out the most strategic and useful information in order to synergize their marketing and sales efforts.”

“Many of our partners are offering applications on the AppExchange that drive efficiencies and increase return on companies’ CRM investments,” said George Hu, Chief Marketing Officer at salesforce.com. “InsideView’s integrated mash-up with Salesforce provides sales and marketing organizations the tools needed to accelerate their sales efforts. Companies can easily utilize this sales intelligence offering to reap productivity gains and improve their CRM success.”

“With more comprehensive knowledge on the circumstances and preferences of target audiences, sales personnel, particularly expensive ones in field organizations, can decrease sales cycles, increase close rates as well as boost deal sizes through better up-selling and cross-selling,” said Michael Dunne, Research VP at Gartner.

InsideView helps sales organizations find connections to key decision-makers and keeps pipelines full with real opportunities. Customers use the company’s proprietary aggregation technology to strategically target verticals and companies undergoing specific business changes, approach prospects with a customer-centric value proposition, discover decision-makers and leverage introductions to bypass inefficient cold calling efforts.

Force.com Platform and the AppExchange Force.com is the on-demand platform for the next generation of business applications. Force.com reinvents traditional customization and integration and enables the creation of a whole new generation of on-demand applications that go beyond client/server computing. Force.com allows applications to be easily shared, exchanged and installed with a few simple clicks via salesforce.com’s AppExchange marketplace, enabling all the innovation that Force.com unleashes to benefit the entire on-demand community. The AppExchange economy continues to expand as thousands of salesforce.com customers have installed thousands of on-demand business applications available on the AppExchange, found at http://www.salesforce.com/appexchange.

About InsideView
InsideView is the pioneer and leading provider of Opportunity Intelligence, a new class of sales performance technology. Opportunity Intelligence automatically discovers rich selling opportunities, notifies salespeople in real time and delivers critical information on companies and connections needed to engage customers and close sales. InsideView dramatically reduces cold calling and research, revolutionizes prospecting, drives higher sales and builds high-performance pipelines. Founded in 2005, InsideView is headquartered in San Bruno, California with operations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit www.insideview.com. InsideView has launched The InsideView Blog. Read best practices for sales and marketing productivity and get company updates at http://insideviewblog.wordpress.com/.

Contacts
InsideView
Maggie Albrecht,
650-794-2637 (Media)
Maggie.Albrecht@insideview.com
or
LaunchSquad
Eric Schubert or Brett Weiner,
415-625-8555 (Media)
insideview@launchsquad.com
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Last Call for Entires for Palm, Inc. and MobiTV Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival Benefiting ComedyCures

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Awards Show Co-hosted by Susie Essman and John Henson; Call for Submissions

– Filmmakers to Submit 60-Second Films to be Broadcast Exclusively on MobiTV; Entrants to Win Cash and Prizes

    EMERYVILLE and SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ — Palm, Inc. and MobiTV, Inc., the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks, invite filmmakers to submit their funniest made-for-mobile films to compete in the first Treo(TM) Mobile Comedy Film Festival. Deadline for entry is Monday, Sept. 24, 2007. Submitted films will run exclusively on the MobiTV(R) service from Sept.18, – Oct. 18. A one- month free trial of MobiTV is available to Treo smartphone users at: http://www.mobitv.com/treofilm. Complete information about The Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival, including festival guidelines and rules and sample films, is available at http://www.treofilm.
The film festival will award thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to the aspiring filmmakers from the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, who come up with the funniest made-for-mobile comedy films. Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and John Henson (TV Guide network, Talk Soup) will co-host the Treo Film Festival awards show on Oct. 18 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
“It sounds easy, but making a 60-second film, and a funny one too, is a great creative challenge. This festival is kind of like the Oscars for the time-deprived,” said John Henson.
Essman and Henson will also sit on the panel of festival judges, where they will be joined by actor-comedian Adam Ferrara (The Job, Rescue Me) and meta-magicians Penn and Teller. The judges will select 60 finalists, whose work will be screened at the Treo Film Festival awards show.
“Made-for-mobile film is a fantastic new medium,” said Susie Essman. “We can’t wait to see how funny people can be in 60 seconds or less.”
Film Categories and Prizes
Entrants can submit films on any topic. Winners will receive a trip to Los Angeles to attend the awards show and a package of Treo products valued at $1,200. The Best of Festival winner, selected from all entries regardless of category, will earn a Grand Prize of $5,000. In addition, one $2,000 prize winner will be selected in each of three categories:
This Mobile Life: Mobile romance, mobile manners – the lighter side of life as a mobile warrior.
Retake: Rewrite the ending to a famous movie or shoot your own version of a scene from TV. Go ahead and parody that film, TV show, or commercial.
Animation: Create your very own made-for-mobile comedic animated short on any topic you choose (No nudity, foul language, or graphic violence,please).

Filmmakers are invited to submit comedy films of 60 seconds or less at http://www.treofilm.com. The entry deadline is Sept. 24, 2007, and entrants must be 18 or older. Submissions will be judged on originality, technical excellence and how effectively the film works as a mobile experience.
Complete information about The Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival, including festival guidelines and rules and sample films, is available at http://www.treofilm.com.
The awards show will benefit the Comedy Cures Foundation (http://www.comedycures.org), a non-profit organization that brings joy, laughter, and therapeutic humor programs to kids and adults living with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities. Tickets to the show, which cost $10 each, can be purchased on http://www.treofilm.com, and all the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Comedy Cures.

About Treo Smartphones
Today the Treo smartphone is available with the Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) operating systems, providing a great range of choices to help consumers, mobile professionals and businesses stay competitive in a continually changing market. But mobile computing isn’t all about work, and Treo provides just the right mix of work/life balance to fit any lifestyle.
With carrier activation Treo smartphones seamlessly combine a full-featured mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging and web access capabilities in a compact yet easy-to-use device.(1) In addition, Treo smartphones feature a built-in QWERTY keyboard for fast and efficient data input. The keyboard, five-way navigation button and other design features make it possible for you to get more done-in fewer steps and with just one hand. Treo smartphones are lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket.
Treo smartphones are compatible with GSM and CDMA networks, giving customers a choice in mobile operators worldwide.

About MobiTV
MobiTV, Inc. (http://www.mobitv.com) is the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks; delivering live television, premium and primetime programming, video-on-demand, satellite and digital music services from the top broadcast and cable television networks and major music labels to millions of users worldwide. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA.
The Treo Comedy Film Festival is a production of Mobigardens Corporation, creators of Mobifest (not related to MobiTV, Inc.).
MobiTV and the MobiTV logo are trademarks, service marks, and/or registered trademarks of MobiTV, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, and product names used herein are the property of their respective owners.
Treo is among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc.
(1) Within wireless service coverage area only. Availability and coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access requires data services at an additional cost.


Palm, Inc. and MobiTV Debut Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival Benefiting ComedyCures

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

Awards Show Co-hosted by Susie Essman and John Henson; Call for Submissions —Filmmakers to Submit 60-Second Films to be Broadcast Exclusively on MobiTV; Entrants to Win Cash and Prizes

SUNNYVALE and EMERYVILLE, CA, September 13, 2007 — Palm, Inc. and MobiTV, Inc., the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks, invite filmmakers to submit their made-for-mobile films to compete in the first Treo™ Mobile Comedy Film Festival which runs from Sept. 18th through Oct. 18th exclusively on the MobiTV® service. A one-month free trial of MobiTV is available to Treo smartphone users at: www.mobitv.com/treofilm.

The film festival will award thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to the aspiring filmmakers from the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, who come up with the funniest made-for-mobile comedy films. Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and John Henson (TV Guide network, Talk Soup) will co-host the Treo Film Festival awards show on Oct. 18 at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.

“It sounds easy, but making a 60-second film, and a funny one too, is a great creative challenge. This festival is kind of like the Oscars for the time-deprived,” said John Henson.

Essman and Henson will also sit on the panel of festival judges, where they will be joined by actor-comedian Adam Ferrara (The Job, Rescue Me) and meta-magicians Penn and Teller. The judges will select 60 finalists, whose work will be screened at the Treo Film Festival awards show.

“Made-for-mobile film is a fantastic new medium,” said Susie Essman. ”We can’t wait to see how funny people can be in 60 seconds or less.” (Read More).


InsideView’s Fully-Integrated Salesforce Mashup Delivers On-Demand Sales

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

InsideView Announces Major Expansion of Sales Intelligence Coverage

SAN BRUNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InsideView, the on-demand sales intelligence service, today announced availability of its deeply integrated mashup with salesforce.com. Joint saleforce.com and InsideView customers now have simultaneous access to both applications using a single sign-on capability from a customer’s Salesforce login. Real-time account intelligence and connection analysis are quickly and easily accessed from the embedded window within a Salesforce lead or account record. “Sales intelligence tools that tightly integrate with SFA systems of record and are easy-to-use can alleviate the persistent headache associated with lead generation and management,” said Denis Pombriant, managing principal of Beagle Research. “This relatively new class of tools is gaining traction because it helps sales and marketing organizations prioritize leads, develop the sales pipeline and move to positive deal closure with intelligence that standard tools can’t compete with.”

InsideView also announced a major expansion of its sales intelligence coverage, which is aggregated from both proprietary and freely available data sources — a true coalition of innovative Sales 2.0 technologies and traditional Enterprise-class information sources. This recent addition of more than 500,000 companies extends InsideView’s powerful aggregation and opportunity analysis capabilities. By covering small to medium-sized companies across North America that are $1 million or more in revenue, customers can broaden their prospecting efforts seamlessly inside the CRM platform and close more deals. InsideView’s extensive database is enabled by key partnerships with Dun & Bradstreet, Hoovers, Reuters and ZoomInfo.

InsideView belongs to a new class of SaaS applications that are transforming the way that sales organizations work. Customers use the company’s proprietary aggregation technology to strategically target verticals and companies undergoing specific business changes, approach prospects with a customer-centric value proposition, discover decision-makers and leverage introductions to bypass inefficient cold calling. InsideView’s growing customer adoption rate is driven by ease-of-use, native SFA integration and unparalleled ROI.

“Getting sales and marketing organizations to work together to deliver better sales results has been a perennial pain point for businesses. InsideView’s breakthrough Web 2.0 aggregation technology synergizes marketing and sales efforts by enriching the sales pipeline and helping sales teams exceed quota,” said Umberto Milletti, cofounder and CEO of InsideView. “By introducing our integrated mashup with Salesforce, InsideView provides customers with a streamlined solution to the sales intelligence quandary.” InsideView’s announcement comes in advance of its participation in Dreamforce, salesforce.com’s annual user conference, which takes place September 16-19 in San Francisco, Calif. InsideView will be on hand to present demos of its pioneering sales intelligence service at booth #222.

InsideView has launched The InsideView Blog. Read best practices for sales and marketing productivity and get company updates at http://insideviewblog.wordpress.com/.

About InsideView
InsideView is the pioneer and leading provider of Opportunity Intelligence, a new class of sales performance technology. Opportunity Intelligence automatically discovers rich selling opportunities, notifies salespeople in real time and delivers critical information on companies and connections needed to engage customers and close sales. InsideView dramatically reduces cold calling and research, revolutionizes prospecting, drives higher sales and builds high-performance pipelines. Founded in 2005, InsideView is headquartered in San Bruno, California with operations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit www.insideview.com.

Contacts
LaunchSquad
Eric Schubert or Brett Weiner,
415-625-8555
insideview@launchsquad.com


MobiTV Airs Live College Football With NBC Universal

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish Make Their Small Screen Debut on Millions of Mobile Handsets

WHO: MobiTV, Inc., the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks, together with NBC Universal Digital Distribution and NBC Sports

WHAT: Continually adding more of the industry’s most watched live sports programming, MobiTV will air all of Notre Dame’s regularly scheduled home games in partnership with NBC Universal Digital Distribution; – allowing ‘Fighting Irish’ fans to watch live full-length simulcasts of Notre Dame Football on their mobile devices.

WHEN: Saturday, September 22: Notre Dame VS. Michigan State @ 3:30PM EST
Saturday, October 13: Notre Dame VS. Boston College @ 3:30PM EST
Saturday, October 20: Notre Dame VS. USC @ 3:30PM EST
Saturday, November 03: Notre Dame VS. Navy @ 2:30PM EST
Saturday, November 10: Notre Dame VS. Airforce @ 2:30PM EST
Saturday, November 17: Notre Dame VS. Duke @ 2:30PM EST

WHERE: Watch live Notre Dame home games on any of the 200 plus MobiTV compatible devices, on carrier networks throughout the US and only on the NBC Sports Mobile channel. For a list of participating carriers and compatible handsets, please visit www.mobitv.com. Please note: in most cases the MobiTV service is branded by participating carrier partners and offered in a variety of channel packages.

CONTACT: NBC Universal – Alyssa Donelan, 201.735.3591
MobiTV– Nicole Rodrigues, 510.305.9881

About MobiTV
MobiTV, Inc. (www.mobitv.com) is the leading provider and platform for content delivery over mobile and broadband networks; delivering live television, premium and primetime programming, video-on-demand, satellite and digital music services from the top broadcast and cable television networks and major music labels to millions of users worldwide. Founded in 1999, MobiTV is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA.

About NBC Universal Digital Distribution
NBC Universal Digital Distribution, a division of NBC Universal, drives the company’s development of digital content and distribution in the areas of digital business development and sales, digital platforms and wireless products. NBC Universal Digital Distribution manages product strategy and development for NBCU’s content efforts by deploying it across multiple digital platforms including mobile, Internet portals, wireless carriers, emerging digital companies and nontraditional customers. In addition, NBCU Digital Distribution spearheads the company’s development of industry leading technologies such as interactive television, on demand, electronic sell-through and IPTV. NBCU Digital Distribution also directs and manages the company’s cable investments including A&E, The History Channel, History Channel International, The Biography Channel and the Sundance Channel.

MobiTV and the MobiTV logos are trademarks, service marks and/or registered trademarks of MobiTV, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, service marks and product names used


Sustainable Supply Chain Management Tools Hit Market

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Aravo Solutions has announced the release of Aravo Sustain, a new module for the Aravo SIM platform. Aravo SIM provides a framework for managing supplier information within ERP and eProcurement applications such as Oracle, SAP and Ariba. Organizations can obtain, analyze and manage sustainability data, such as supplier and factory regulatory compliance, toxic substances monitoring, carbon footprinting and labor practices.

According to the company, the platform can be deployed in days rather than months, with near-zero impact on existing IT infrastructure.

It provides tools for supplier and factory audits, carbon footprinting, toxic substances monitoring and reporting, green procurement, codes of conduct, RoHS and REACH and security audits.

In similar news, Supply Chain Consulting announced the U.S. launch of CarbonView, which the company says helps organizations evaluate and implement green strategies.

It is the first available green technology that lets organizations capture, analyze and optimize carbon emission data across the extended supply chain while considering financial impacts, the company says. Supply Chain Consulting works globally with a number of carbon database suppliers to provide greenhouse gas emission data.


New Aravo Sustain Enables Sustainable Supply Chain Management

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Solution Provides Supply Chain Visibility, Compliance and Reporting for Global Enterprises

San Francisco, CA, September 11, 2007 — Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of on demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services, today announced the commercial release of Aravo Sustain, a new module for the Aravo SIM™ platform. Aravo SIM provides enterprises with a proven framework for enabling and managing supplier information within leading ERP and eProcurement applications such as Oracle, SAP and Ariba. Aravo Sustain enables global buying organizations to proactively obtain, analyze and manage crucial sustainability data, such as supplier and factory regulatory compliance, toxic substances monitoring, carbon footprinting and labor practices.

High profile product recalls and increased attention from regulators, financial analysts, media and the public have driven sustainability to the top of the corporate agenda, with virtually every industry now facing mounting pressure to improve their business practices. Given these clear trends, sustainability has become a key ingredient for ensuring an enterprise’s ongoing continuity and profitability. Aravo Sustain addresses this need and offers global enterprises a proven platform to address corporate sustainability by providing a framework to plan, implement and manage best-in-class sustainable supply chain programs.

Aravo Sustain is an easy-to-use, on demand platform that can be deployed in days rather than months, with near-zero impact on existing IT infrastructure. The software provides enterprises with a Web-based platform to obtain, analyze and manage data for sustainable supply chain initiatives, transforming compliance and regulatory data from a cumbersome liability to a strategic asset. Aravo Sustain provides actionable workflow and process management capabilities for companies implementing their first environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, as well as for market leaders looking for a more scalable and flexible platform.

Aravo Sustain delivers features and functionality to meet the needs of enterprises implementing a wide variety of sustainable supply chain programs, including supplier and factory audits, carbon footprinting, toxic substances monitoring and reporting, green procurement, codes of conduct, RoHS and REACH and security audits. Key benefits include the mitigation of risk and liability posed by environmental issues and labor practices, minimizing total cost of sustainability program management, maintaining business continuity and uninterrupted access to markets, protecting corporate brand and reputation and driving adherence to compliance and process standards throughout the supply chain.

“Companies are now setting up supplier guidelines that include social and environmental requirements and supplier codes of conduct,” said Mickey North Rizza, research director at AMR Research. “Preferred suppliers have traditionally been viewed as those with the best performance, total cost and quality. In leading-edge companies, CSR is now part of the preferred supplier equation ensuring social and environmental compliance as well. Aravo Sustain was built to address the burgeoning market evolving around CSR data management, and their solution is leading-edge.”

“Through deploying Aravo Sustain, enterprises will now be able to measure the impact of their whole ecosystem and adjust accordingly,” said Tim Albinson, Aravo’s CEO. “Sustainability not only makes sense in terms of environmental conservation, it also makes good business sense. Aravo Sustain was developed to serve both the needs of businesses as well as the planet, and our team takes great satisfaction in serving both of these needs simultaneously.”

About Aravo Solutions

Aravo helps companies quickly and accurately on-ramp and manage supplier master data, enabling them to create error-free transactions, provide actionable decision support and turn supplier information into a valuable asset that can be leveraged throughout the organization. Aravo SIM™ is an on-demand enablement platform providing enterprises with a proven framework for enabling and managing supplier information within leading ERP and e-procurement applications such as Oracle, SAP and Ariba. Aravo is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For information, visit Aravo’s Web site at www.aravo.com.

Public Relations Contact:
Chris Greenfield
Aravo Solutions
415-292-0840, extension 206
cgreenfield@aravo.com


InsideView Names Whit Gaither Vice President of Sales for North America

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Growing Demand for InsideView’s Pioneering Sales Intelligence 2.0 Service

SAN BRUNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–InsideView, the on-demand sales intelligence service, announced today that Whit Gaither has joined the company to lead the InsideView’s North America sales team. Gaither will be responsible for building and managing InsideView’s sales organization, developing an efficient sales process and driving strategic sales in North America. Gaither joins forces with cofounder Richard Horn, who will continue to drive InsideView’s Enterprise-level service deployments across strategic accounts.

InsideView belongs to a new class of SaaS applications that is transforming the way that sales organizations find connections to key decision-makers and keeps pipelines full with real opportunities. Customers use the company’s proprietary aggregation technology to strategically target verticals and companies undergoing specific business changes, approach prospects with a customer-centric value proposition, discover decision-makers and leverage introductions to bypass inefficient cold calling efforts. InsideView’s growing customer adoption rate is based on the ease-of-use of the product, integrated mashups with leading SFA/CRM providers and unparalleled ROI.

“I am very excited to welcome Whit to InsideView, as his experience in developing sales teams for emerging software and technology markets will be key to InsideView’s success and to our gaining rapid adoption of our services,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO and cofounder of InsideView. “These management changes represent the broadening of our established customer base and growing demand for our product as more organizations understand the value of InsideView’s dynamic sales intelligence service, which is based on Web 2.0 advances for the enterprise.”

Gaither joins InsideView with more than 18 years of experience, most recently running his own sales consulting company. He has developed and managed sales teams in positions at VIMA Technologies, Inc., Cross Current, Inc. and Intel Corporation. Gaither has a successful track record in developing and building teams, creating and implementing sales strategies and exceeding quotas. He holds a Master of Business Administration from University of Washington Business School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Grinnell College.

About InsideView
InsideView is the pioneer and leading provider of Opportunity Intelligence, a new class of sales performance technology. Opportunity Intelligence automatically discovers rich selling opportunities, notifies salespeople in real time and delivers critical information on companies and connections needed to engage customers and close sales. InsideView dramatically reduces cold calling and research, revolutionizes prospecting, drives higher sales and builds high-performance pipelines. Founded in 2005, InsideView is headquartered in San Bruno, California with operations in Cincinnati, Ohio and Hyderabad, India. For more information, visit www.insideview.com.

Contacts
LaunchSquad
Eric Schubert or Brett Weiner,
415-625-8555
insideview@launchsquad.com


Aravo: Announcing a New “Sustainable” Direction

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Supplier information management vendor Aravo is planning on announcing next week a major new offering in the sustainable supply chain solution area, as they term it. You can register for their introductory webinar that will take place on September 10th on the subject by clicking the previous link. As we all know — and if you read Tim Minahan’s blog with any degree of frequency — socially and environmentally responsible procurement and supply chain programs are for real. And they’re capturing the attention of executives in Europe and beyond.

Some organizations have even made the plunge and are implementing programs and technologies to monitor their suppliers today. From what I’ve heard from sources close to Aravo, the company already has a few leading (read: very, very large) technology companies signed up and using their sustainability product, and will be announcing them later this year once the results are in.

Without question, corporate social responsibility (CSR) is rising to the board level in many organizations. Some companies are obviously pursuing these programs out of fear (we all remember the Kathi Lee Gifford story). But many are pursuing them not only to prevent bad PR or to meet regulatory requirements, but because they view sustainable procurement and supply chain initiatives as good business practice that can lead to increased profits down the road. As Tim Minahan pointed out in a podcast we recorded this week (stay tuned for its release soon) Wal-Mart is not exactly planning on shifting its purchasing to 100% organic cotton for clothing just because it’s bleeding green. Rather, it sees customers willing to pay a premium or at least market parity for a product that is perceived as “better” given its farming and earth-friendly roots.

But how can technology help solve the CSR challenge? So far, it looks like the major focus of these types of applications are threefold as they consider the environmental, labor and social practices and certifications of a company’s supply base (and even lower tier suppliers). The Aravo solution appears to be focused on engaging suppliers in these programs, “activating” them as they term it, and then proactively managing them. The benefits, they claim, are reduced business risk, better compliance, reduced total cost of sustainability program management, improved brand perception, and the ability to drive adherence to standards across business units, geographic regions and product lines, among other tangible areas.

I’m looking forward to learning more about what Aravo is up to — along with other vendors in this area — in the coming months, so stay tuned!


Former Democratic Majority Leader Dick Gephardt Joins Aravo’s Board of Directors

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

MarketWire – Press Release

Retired 14-Term United States Congressman to Give Strategic Counsel and Direction to Leading Provider of On Demand Supplier Information Management Software

Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of on demand supplier information management (SIM) software and services, today announced that former Democratic Majority Leader Dick Gephardt has joined Aravo’s Board of Directors. Congressman Gephardt will provide Aravo’s management team with strategic counsel and direction in the areas of business development, strategy, public policy and globalization.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Dick to our board of directors,” said Tim Albinson, Aravo’s CEO. ”We will undoubtedly benefit greatly from his experience and counsel, particularly as we grow our new offering in the area of sustainable supply chains, environmental risk management and corporate social responsibility. We’re honored to have him on the team.” (Full Article)


groSolar Partners With Habitat for Humanity to Build a Solar Home in One Day

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

IREC – Press Release

groSolar, the Vermont-based solar integration firm focused on designing, distributing and installing high-quality energy systems, has partnered with NYSERDA to complete 15 residential solar electric systems for the Capital District Habitat for Humanity based in Albany, NY. In fact, groSolar recently erected a new solar-equipped Habitat for Humanity home in only one day.

Like the blitz build, the rest of the systems will be installed on houses built by Habitat in the capital district of New York. (Full Article)


Digital Television and Communication in the 21st Century: Part 2

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Daily Tech – Nuno Cordeiro

A commentary on how television has evolved since its inception, part 2, with focus on the future, convergence and social impacts

The rise of digital television (DTV) with high definition programs (HDTV) is enhancing the standard TV. Soon, broadband wireless networks, enabled by technologies like WiMax and the 3rd and 4th generations of mobile phone networks, will allow global access to many TV channels without requiring satellites, by receiving television broadcasts over IP. This will eventually lead to a planetary TV network, in contrast with the current predominance of country specific TV channels.

The use of sensitive ads enables advertisers to precisely reach their targets. Instead of broadcasting the same advert to millions of people worldwide, these ads will precisely tailor the audience on each device, increasing advert effectiveness and revenue stream.

TV’s marriage with the Internet is also taking place and the two are becoming closer every month. “The distinction between television and video is becoming murkier and murkier”, said John Miller, the chief marketing officer for the NBC Universal Television Group, after the announcement of a deal with YouTube to promote NBC’s television lineup. With Hollywood finally embracing the digital era after a long period of hesitation, in September of 2006 the iTunes Store began offering feature-length movies. As of August 2007, Apple’s catalogue includes over 300 TV shows and 500 movies. (Full Article)


Transforming Sales From Art to Science: Sign ‘Em Up

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

E-Commerce Times – Umberto Milletti

The birth of sales force automation introduced science to the industry. SFA, marketing and other related operations have become a standard part of CRM systems. The problem is that these applications do not offer help for regular salespeople working to make quota. These folks are still tuning into speakers and trainers because traditional CRM tools offering data and documentation do not help in selling faster or better.

To many, sales is an art form, one that takes years or even decades to master.

If you head to your local bookstore or search Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) for “sales,” for example, you’ll find a myriad of books, training classes and podcasts teaching sales techniques “guaranteed” to help you make your quota. (Full Article)


The Intelligent Approach to Sales

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

CRM Buyer – Dennis Pombriant

Many organizations today still rely on salesperson initiative and cold-calling to identify opportunities, and there’s nothing wrong with that; but the reality is that if that’s all you’ve got, chances are good that other sales people have developed the same information. There’s nothing like being first. That’s where sales intelligence, a relatively new field of front-office automation, is gaining traction.

Back in the bad old days, before there was much available on the Internet, there were practically no useful information available about companies, their executives and their possible business problems.

If you wanted to sell to a private company, good luck. Hopefully, you went to college with someone there who could give you the skinny, or perhaps a former coworker worked there. People networked, but the network was not very fast. If you wanted to sell to a public company, you went to the library, where there were many volumes of generic information like compiled annual reports. There were also back issues of business magazines and the trusty Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. There was also the daily business press, The Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. You could waste a lot of valuable selling time doing research. (Full Article)


Handango Releases 2007 2Q Yardstick Data Revealing Smartphone Industry Trends

Tuesday, August 21st, 2007

Handango – Press Release

Ringtone libraries and other smartphone-customizing software continue to be best sellers; Motorola Q and BlackBerry Pearl remain top devices adding content

HURST, Texas– Handango™, the world’s leading provider of smartphone content, today released the 2007 Second Quarter edition of the Handango Yardstick, a quarterly report on the state of the mobile content industry.

For the second consecutive quarter, the Motorola Q™ and BlackBerry Pearl™ ranked first and second, respectively, in terms of the most revenue generated and the most applications sold through Handango storefronts. Older smartphone models such as the Palm Treo™ 650 and Cingular™ 8125 moved lower on the list of top devices adding software to make room for two new devices that appeared for the first time this quarter the Nokia™ N95 which was a highly anticipated device at the time of its United States release following strong overseas sales, as well as the BlackBerry 8800, which launched in late February. (Full Article)


Solaicx Hires Former Cypress Semiconductor Finance Executive

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

PR Newswire – Press Release

SANTA CLARA, Calif., — Solaicx(R), a leading manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon ingots and wafers optimized for photovoltaic applications, today announced that Jeff Osorio has joined the company as chief financial officer. Mr. Osorio, former corporate controller and interim CFO of Cypress Semiconductor, comes to Solaicx following the announcement of a large production expansion into a new manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon.

“Throughout my 30 years of experience in Silicon Valley, I have enjoyed guiding tech companies through the financial complexities of production expansion,” said Mr. Osorio. “I am looking forward to joining the Solaicx team during this pivotal time to help scale up and optimize fiscal operations across the company.”

Building on momentum generated by Solaicx’s interim CFO, Dick Davison, Mr. Osorio will develop and execute on Solaicx’s financial strategy in order to drive profitability for the growing company. Mr. Osorio’s fiscal expertise stems from experience in executive finance and controller roles at such industry icons as Silicon Graphics, Spectra-Physics, Atari, and Cypress Semiconductor, where he was involved in the spin-out of SunPower Corporation. In addition to his work in the corporate world, Mr. Osorio has been a member of the Accounting Advisory Board and the Dean’s Advisory Board at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo as well as a member of the Accounting Advisory Board and the MBA faculty at Santa Clara University. (Full Article)


InsideView Names Sesha Rao Managing Director of India Operations

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Business Wire –  Press Release

Appointment Facilitates Expansion of Development Operations at Key Hyderabad Location; Move Reflects Dynamic Growth of Pioneering Sales Intelligence Service

SAN BRUNO, Calif. — InsideView, the on-demand sales intelligence service, announced today that Sesha Rao has become managing director for the company’s Indian operations, based in Hyderabad. Mr. Rao will be responsible for growing InsideView’s development team—key to InsideView’s emergence as one of the fundamental applications on the enterprise business browser.

“I’m pleased to welcome Sesha to the InsideView team,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO and cofounder of InsideView. “His demonstrated success managing Indian operations for US companies is critical to us, as our development operations in Hyderabad are essential to the exponential growth that InsideView is experiencing this year.” (Full Article)


AT&T Launching Music Phone

Monday, August 13th, 2007

San Francisco Business Times – East Bay Business Times

AT&T Inc. is teaming with Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based LG Electronics MobileComm USA Inc. to market a new mobile phone device that emphasizes music services.

The device, called the trax by LG, features AT&T Mobile Music and gives users access to subscription music services such as Napster and eMusic.

It is also MobiTV and XM Radio Mobile-capable so users can access streaming live TV and digital radio on their device. Emeryville-based MobiTV provides television and music content for mobile devices and broadband, and partners with AT&T on packages. (Full Article)


Wireless VC Remains ‘Strong’

Friday, August 10th, 2007

Unstrung News Analysis – Dan Jones

Wireless VC investment remained strong in the first half of 2007, according to a new report from the mobile analysts at Rutberg & Co. , with $2.7 billion invested in the six months since January.

The amount invested grew 9 percent from the same period last year. “In our view, the venture capital market for wireless remains strong,” says Rutberg.

The analysts find growth both at the top end of the investment scale as well in sub-$10 million ‘starter’ rounds. Late-stage investments of $20 million-plus were handed out to 30 companies during the quarter. In addition, though, early stage investing is increasing, with 91 companies raising less than $10 million, compared to 78 in the same time period a year ago. (Full Article)


CBS Pours Bucks Into Mobile Ad Deals

Sunday, August 5th, 2007

TV Week – Daisy Whitney

On-the-Go Video Shown to Keep Viewers Highly Engaged

CBS left no stone unturned in its pursuit of mobile advertising dollars last week, inking deals with four mobile ad firms.

The network partnered with mobile ad networks Third Screen Media, AdMob, Millennial Media and Rhythm NewMedia to build mobile ad offerings for CBS’ news and entertainment content on cell phones, including text and banner ads, mobile Web site ads and video ads.

“We believe mobile advertising is one of the biggest business opportunities in the mobile world, and we want to be at the forefront of it,” said Cyriac Roeding, executive VP for CBS Mobile, in a statement. The new deals will let CBS reach big-brand advertisers as well as niche advertisers, he added. (Full Article)


Aravo Raises $10 million in Series C Funding to Fuel Growth

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Market Wire – Press Release

Funds will be used to open regional offices and launch new products

San Francisco, CA, August 1, 2007 — Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of on-demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services, today announced that it has secured $10 million in Series C funding. The funds will be used to open regional sales and delivery offices in key markets and to launch new products.

Aravo has taken in $22 million in total funding to date, nearly all from individual investors. All Series A and Series B lead investors participated in the Series C round, including the Charles Schwab Family/Big Sky Partners; Art Samberg, CEO, Pequot Capital; Peggy Taylor, former EVP-Global Operations, PeopleSoft; Tony Mayer, former CEO, JP Morgan Capital; and a syndicate of senior partners and directors from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. New investors in the Series C round included Stephen Friedman, retired Chairman, Goldman Sachs; Søren Kenner, managing partner, LundKenner A/S, whose partners seed-funded Skype; and the presidents of several top private equity firms. (Full Article)


The Mobile TV Wars

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Business Week – Olga Kharif

Qualcomm’s MediaFlo and MobiTV are set to duke it out in the battle for this emerging business

The mobile TV shakeout has begun: Modeo, a subsidiary of cellular tower operator Crown Castle International (CCI), has shut down its one broadcast network in the New York City area, leaving the emerging business of delivering live TV programs to just a handful of players.

For months, Modeo had stubbornly clung to life as it searched for a carrier willing to share its network development costs and subscribe to its service. Having already lost out on a potential customer in Verizon Wireless, which signed on last year with a rival venture backed by Qualcomm, Modeo suffered a second major blow in early 2007 when AT&T (T) also decided to go with MediaFlo. Verizon (VZ) now offers MediaFlo’s eight-channel service on cell phones in 32 markets, and AT&T plans to go live in the fall. “It’s full steam ahead for us,” says Gina Lombardi, president of MediaFlo USA. (Full Article)


A&E Mobile Channels Go to Sprint

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

TV Week – Daisy Whitney

MobiTV to Offer Pair to Its 2 Million Customers

A&E Television Networks has struck its first carriage deal for its made-for-mobile channels A&E Mobile and the History Channel Mobile with MobiTV, which is available on Sprint cellular phones to more than 2 million customers.

“We believe our audiences are skewing younger, and we want to have our programming available to consumers in different platforms,” said Paul Jelinek, senior VP of digital media at AETN.

AETN will generate revenue via a combination of license fees and advertising. The media company has already begun to sell ads against wireless application protocol (WAP) enabled content that launches in October (accessible in mobile Web browsers) and is exploring ad models for the made-for-mobile channels. (Full Article)


Former CEO of BP Solar Joins Solaicx

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

PR Newswire – Press Release

Solar Management Veteran Lends Renowned Expertise to Growing Company

Solaicx, a leading manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon ingots and wafers optimized for photovoltaic applications, today announced the appointment of Harry Shimp to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Shimp, former president and CEO of BP Solar and current founder and president of Charon Industries, joins the board as Solaicx begins its large production expansion in Portland, Oregon.

“From a growth perspective, Solaicx is at an inflection point — it has validated its technology and now is moving rapidly into its execution stage,” said Mr. Shimp. “I am looking forward to leveraging my management experience to sustain Solaicx’s current expansion and momentum.” (Full Article)


Aravo Solutions Announces Patent Pending for Supplier Enablement for Enterprise Systems

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Aravo Solutions – Press Release

Aravo Solutions, a provider of on-demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services to automate the entire supplier information lifecycle, today announced the company has a patent pending for “Method and System for Computer-Implemented Procurement from Pre-Qualified Suppliers.” Aravo’s new method for supplier enablement improves upon existing practices by providing very accurate and detailed supplier information to existing e-procurement, ERP, and financial systems to quickly and properly pre-qualify suppliers.

Aravo’s inventive system is a method for computer-implemented procurement by a buyer from suppliers, including the process involved in identifying and assessing the capabilities of potential suppliers, engaging and pre-qualifying selected potential suppliers, and enabling automated procurement transactions. Aravo’s method implements supplier enablement in three phases: supplier selection by a buyer, activation of each selected supplier, and management of relationships between the buyer and each selected supplier. (Full Article)


The Arrival of Aravo?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Sourcing Innovation

I was going to wait until Jason posted the follow-up to this post before doing my post (as I did meet with them last month), but Tim’s post on Do You Know Who Your Suppliers Are? has provided me with perfect timing.

In his post? Tim asks:
•    How clean or accurate is your company’s vendor master?
•    When was the last time it was updated?
•    Does it provide complete and detailed insight into supplier capabilities, health, and performance?
•    And how many vendor masters does your company use?

Tim then stated that if you wavered on any of these questions, you are not alone and that if you didn’t, you’re probably lying to yourself. He ended his post by stating that effectively selecting and managing suppliers in today’s fast-paced and global supply chain, requires a more accurate, current, and holistic view of suppliers – from basic contract information to capabilities and attributes to active contracts and performance data. It also requires a new approach to gathering and maintaining the supplier record … and this new approach can best be described as Supplier Information Management. (Full Article)


2007 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100: Aravo

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Supply & Demand Chain Executive – Andrew K Reese and Sarah Murray

Top tips for enabling your 21st century supply chain from today’s leading supply chain solutions providers

Adaptable. Agile. Customer-focused. Global. Scalable. A modern supply chain must have all these characteristics (and more) as the “push” economy of yesterday gives way to the 21st century’s demand-driven “pull” economy. To compete successfully in this new reality, enterprises of all sizes are turning to technology and service co-providers to help them enable their “21st century supply chains.”

For this reason, this year’s “Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100” feature focuses on how supply chain solution and service providers are helping their customers meet the challenges of today’s marketplace. We sought to identify the leading providers of supply chain services and technologies who are at the forefront of enabling the supply chain. But more than that, we sought to uncover the best practices and processes that leading companies are putting in place around these services and technologies to bring new competitive advantage to their supply chains. (Full Article)


Solaicx Announces 48 MW Solar Facility in Portland, Oregon

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Renewable Energy World 

Oregon Governor commends company for creating jobs, renewable energy.

Solaicx, a manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon ingots and wafers for solar photovoltaic (PV) applications, has selected Portland, Oregon, as the location for its new silicon manufacturing facility.

The plant, which will have an initial run-rate of 48 megawatts (MW), will create roughly 100 new jobs by the end of 2007. In 2008, Solaicx plans to expand the plant’s capacity from its initial 12 silicon ingot growers to a total of 36 growers. At full capacity, the facility will produce 142 MW of solar ingots and wafers per year. (Full Article)


Solaicx Eyes Portland

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Sustainable Industries – Amy Westervelt

The City of Roses could soon produce silicon wafers for the growing solar energy industry. Solaicx, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based manufacturer of silicon wafers used to make photovoltaic panels, today announced it plans to open a 136,000 square-foot, high-volume manufacturing facility in Portland. The facility, Solaicx’s first high-volume manufacturing plant, would be funded by a recent $27.1 million investment round that included investments from D.E. Shaw, Mitsui Ventures, Applied Ventures, Firsthand Capital Management, Big Sky Ventures, and Greenhouse Capital Partners.

“We looked at the state of Oregon’s generous financial incentives for renewable energy and Portland’s deep base of skilled labor in silicon manufacturing, and decided that the port is an ideal place for our continued growth as a company,” said Jeff Jones, vice president of manufacturing for Solaicx. (Full Article)


Aravo Solutions Sponsors Aberdeen Group Report on Supplier Enablement

Monday, June 11th, 2007

MarketWire – Press Release

Research Details Essential Ingredients Required to Implement a Successful Suppler Enablement Program

Aravo Solutions, a provider of on-demand Supplier Information Management (SIM) software and services to automate and manage the entire supplier information lifecycle, today announced it is sponsoring a May 2007 Aberdeen Group report entitled, “Supplier Enablement: Connecting with Suppliers to Build Lasting Relationships.” The benchmark report details practices employed by top performing enterprises, top factors driving supplier enablement, and the essential ingredients required to implement a successful supplier enablement program.

According to the report, supplier enablement is one of the top three challenges for procurement professionals looking to transform their procurement organizations, gain better visibility into their supplier enablement processes and supplier relationships, and increase spend under management. While enterprises are focused on the financial impact of enabling suppliers and how to increase the volume of automated/electronic transactions, it is clear that a critical component is the broader utilization of supplier information. Nearly half of the surveyed organizations indicated that their top strategy for supplier enablement is to utilize a supplier information management system. (Full Article)


InsideView Secures $7.4 Million in Series A Funding

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

InsideView – Press Release

Emergence Capital Partners Led Round

InsideView, the on-demand sales intelligence service provider, today announced it has secured $7.4 million in Series A funding. Emergence Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm focused on early and growth stage Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, led the round. Greenhouse Capital Partners and Rembrandt Venture Partners, who provided the company with its initial seed capital, participated in the financing as well.

InsideView also announced that Brian Jacobs, Emergence Capital Partners founder and general partner, and Jerry Casilli, general partner of Rembrandt Venture Partners are joining the Company’s Board of Directors. (Full Article)


Solaicx Closes $27.1 Million Series C Funding Round

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

PR Newswire – Press Relase

The D. E. Shaw Group Leads, Mitsui Ventures Joins and Applied Materials Increases Investment

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 8, 2007 — Solaicx, a leading manufacturer of mono-crystalline silicon ingots and wafers optimized for photovoltaic applications, today announced it has closed $27.1 million in Series C financing. The D. E. Shaw group is the lead investor in the funding round, which includes a new investment from Mitsui Ventures and follow-on investments from Applied Ventures, LLC (the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, Inc.), Firsthand Capital Management, Big Sky Ventures, and Greenhouse Capital Partners.

“We have a strong interest in emerging leaders in the alternative energy space and are delighted to support Solaicx through this investment,” said Alexander Wong, head of venture capital at the D. E. Shaw group. “Solaicx plays a crucial role in the solar energy value chain. Their continuous ingot growth technology provides the best of both worlds by increasing energy conversion efficiencies and reducing material costs. Ultimately, this translates to more cost-competitive solar energy for everyone.” (Full Article)


Supplier Information Management with Aravo

Monday, March 26th, 2007

SourcingInnovation.com

Aravo is a provider of an on-demand Supplier Information Management solution based in San Francisco with the goal of enabling business to rapidly onramp all of their suppliers and corresponding information. During my last trip to San Francisco, I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with them and talk about what makes their solution unique.

Aravo focuses on what they call the Supplier Information Lifecycle that starts with the initial engagement, proceeds through supplier selection, and continues through supplier relationship management. Aravo contends that most systems do a poor job of supplier information management and that good, centralized, supplier information management is essential to process efficiency, error prevention, rapid supplier on-boarding, compliance, and good, actionable decision support. For the most part, I have to agree. (Full Article)


Enabling Supplier Enablement at Oracle

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Supply & Demand Chain Executive – Andrew K. Reese 

The software company adopts a tool that lets suppliers self-manage their content within Oracle’s e-procurement system

Oracle Corporation, the world’s largest enterprise software company, has a well-established e-procurement process based on the company’s own solutions. But Oracle was challenged by a supplier content management process that had the company’s procurement staff loading and managing vendor catalogs within the e-procurement system. To accelerate supplier enablement and shift its buyers onto more strategic work, the company began using a new tool that put the suppliers in the driver’s seat.

Company
Oracle Corporation, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., was founded in 1977 and now has more than 55,000 employees around the globe. The company reported revenues of $14.4 billion in its 2006 fiscal year, which ended in June 2006. (Full Article)