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News from September, 2007

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)