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News from August, 2011

MobiTV Plans $75 Million IPO to Raise Funds for Mobile-Television Service

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Bloomberg – Ari Levy

MobiTV Inc., the maker of software that lets smartphone users watch live television, filed to raise as much as $75 million in an initial public offering of stock.

The company didn’t say how many shares it will sell or at what price in its filing today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

At least five companies have announced plans for IPOs in the U.S. in the past week after filings were shelved at a record pace earlier this month as stock markets worldwide plunged. Angie’s List Inc., operator of a consumer-review website, and Jive Software Inc., the maker of social-networking software for businesses, disclosed plans for share sales last week.

Founded in 2000 by Paul Scanlan, Phillip Alvelda and Jeff Annison, MobiTV has accelerated its growth in the past two years as consumers have flocked to Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPhone and Google Inc.’s Android devices. Revenue at the Emeryville, California- based company rose 17 percent in this year’s first half to $37 million from a year earlier, and its net loss narrowed to $8.08 million from $9.36 million.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) are managing the IPO, with assistance from Robert W. Baird & Co., William Blair & Co. and Pacific Crest Securities. (Full Article)

InsideView Adds Intelligence to the Social Enterprise With Launch of CRM+

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Reuters – Press Release

InsideView, the social selling and sales intelligence leader, today announced the launch of CRM+. By going beyond mere business data to provide complete customer intelligence, InsideView’s CRM+ revolutionizes the way all CRM end users — from sales, marketing and service, to operations and partner channels — engage with their customers and prospects, build trust, grow productive one-to-one relationships and, ultimately, drive more revenue. With today’s launch, InsideView sets a new standard in bringing holistic and social intelligence to the fingertips of all B2B CRM users.

“What made more than 100,000+ sales people more productive is now available to service, marketing, operations and partner channels: the intelligence needed for meaningful one-to-one relationships,” said Umberto Milletti, CEO of InsideView. “For example, just as sales has used intelligence to increase conversion rates, marketing uses contact intelligence to hone their campaigns, account management uses current news to time renewal offers, and professionals such as business development use intelligence to open new relationships.”  (Full Article)

CoreMotives and InsideView Form Strategic Partnership

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

PRweb – Press Release

CoreMotives, the #1 marketing automation solution for Dynamics CRM, announces a strategic partnership with InsideView, recently named 2011 Microsoft Dynamics Marketplace Solution of the Year.

InsideView and CoreMotives increase adoption and value for Dynamics CRM users by combining sales intelligence and web intelligence. “Reaching the right person at the right time with the right message is the key to successful sales,” says Heidi Tucker, VP of Global Alliances at InsideView. “CRM users today need their CRM to do more than track their sales pipeline; they want integrated solutions that deliver the knowledge they need to engage customers.” When used together within Dynamics CRM, CoreMotives and InsideView give customers the power to win more deals more quickly, without resorting to cold calls using low hit prospect lists.

Companies spend thousands of dollars buying general prospect lists when they could simply tap into the visitors on their website that are already interested in their product or service. The problem is that many of those visitors are anonymous.

With CoreMotives and InsideView, the anonymous visitor is identified within seconds of hitting the website, a lead is automatically created in CRM, and InsideView Sales intelligence enriches the lead in real time with demographic information, social profiles, news and more, so that the sales rep can reach out to that prospect immediately with a relevant conversation starter.  (Full Article)

The Stars Hit The Revolution By LG/Verizon Party In Force! Get All The Scoop!

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

Hollywood Life – HL Staff

Alexis Bellino, Aubrey O’Day and many other celebs partied at The Sayers Club for the Revolution by LG/Verizon Party August 17, where they had a chance to sip on Marani Vodka martinis and Tequila Revolucion cocktails and rock out to some fun live entertainment! Its so great to be a celebrity!

So HollywoodLifers, here’s the scoop! Real Housewives stars Alexis and Jim Bellino were the first people to arrive at the REVOLUTION by LG / Verizon Party at Sayer’s Club on August 17 where they showed up in a brand-new white Bentley…so new it didn’t even have license plates! After walking the red carpet, Alexis and Jim sat at a VIP table where they sipped on Marani Vodka martinis and Tequila Revolucion cocktails mixed with Zola Acai. (Full Article)

Stand-out, shout-out Tuesdays: Seathos Foundation

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Working for Green – Sheda

Sometimes old is the new cool. In our fast-paced world where information is available at our fingertips and via multiple devices, it’s easy to forget about ongoing problems and solutions that we should be conscious of in our everyday lives. So today’s Stand-out, Shout-out goes to the SoCal-based nonprofit organization Seathos Foundation for visiting the timeless issue of recycling: “The basics of recycling: What you should know but probably don’t.”

This quick n’ creative guide to recycling is a MUST for anyone who’s ever used a plastic, metal, paper or glass product. And you recycling buffs out there: You may also want to visit this site to make sure you’re doing it right. But remember that all City recycling programs differ a bit on what they accept, especially when it gets to the different plastics (identified by the number in the arrow-triangle found on all plastic items.) For example, some programs accept plastic utensils while some still don’t. The same goes for other products such as styrofoam. For info on your City’s recycling rules, Google or Bing for your City’s Environment, Sanitation and Recycling facility.

Recycling helps extend the life of perfectly good and reusable items otherwise destined for landfills, helps minimize the amount of waste we’re sending to our shrinking landfills, and helps keep these items out of our fragile natural environments.  (Full Article)

Company makes petroleum-free plastics

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Daily Local News – Kyle O’Donnell

Ecospan, a California-based bioplastics company, will open its East Coast operations in a West Whiteland facility in late September.

The goal of the facility is to design 100 percent petroleum-free plastics on industry-standard machinery, Ecospan President Jeff White said.

Ecospan’s customers can then replicate the formulations created in the West Whiteland facility in factories throughout the world.

About 10 employees will be working at the facility by the end of this year, and the facility will eventually employ 30 people in 2012, White said.

Manufacturing should begin at the facility by the end of this year, Ecospan Vice President of Operations John Vandenbergh said.

Ecospan wanted to base its East Coast operations in the Mid-Atlantic region, White said. The company chose the Delaware Valley last November and narrowed its focus to Chester County in late spring.

The Delaware Valley’s large concentration of chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, and plastics companies makes Ecospan easily accessible to many of its customers and vendors, White said.

The location also provides easy access to European markets, White said.

The federal government’s increased emphasis on the production of petroleum-free plastics influenced the company’s decision to choose a location close to Washington, D.C., White said.

Chester County’s cost of living and economic stability also contributed to Ecospan’s decision, White said.  (Full Article)

InsideView Expands Social Selling With New Functionality for CRM, Social Intelligence and Actionability

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

MarketWire – Press Release

InsideView, the social selling and sales intelligence leader, announced today significant product updates that bring the company’s flagship and award-winning technology to any sales, marketing or customer service professional.

The updates relate to three key areas important to anyone looking to be more productive in customer-facing roles, and drive better and more productive one-to-one (rather than ‘one-to-many’) relationships and business results. InsideView creates meaningful one-to-one business (sales, marketing and service) interaction by delivering real-time intelligence right to the fingertips of customer-facing professionals.  (Full Article)

Ecospan Expands Management Team; Announces New Operations Center in PA

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

MarketWire – Press Release

Ecospan, LLC, a materials science research, development, and manufacturing company focused on bio-based plastics recently announced an expanded management team alongside its new operations center in Exton, Pennsylvania, slated to open in the fall of 2011. “Many strategic decisions drove the expansion,” notes Greg Hoffman, Chairman and CEO. “Our new executive team and operations center go hand-in-hand.”

One of Ecospan’s top priorities is to assemble a team of top professionals with vast experience in processing technologies and material sciences. Scott Sanderson, Vice President of Product Development, who has been with the company since it’s inception, will be relocating from Ecospan’s facility in Asia to the new Pennsylvania location. Joining Hoffman and Sanderson are Jeff White, President; Paul Cannon, Vice President of Marketing and Sales; and John Vandenbergh, Vice President of Operations. In 2005, Hoffman founded the company and following its spectacular growth and recent application successes, the others joined.

“The opportunity to work as a board member with Hoffman won me over,” says Jeff White. “Additionally, Ecospan’s prospects are huge. Its market space lends an opportunity to become part of a global megatrend — sustainability. Our technology enables manufacturers and packagers to have a competitive advantage and to make positive changes to their bottom line; our bio-based products enable customers to significantly reduce waste. Together, we can combat critical issues such as global carbon footprint.” (Full Article)

InsideView Named Sole Sales Solution in 2011 Gartner Magic Quadrant

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Reuters – Press Release

InsideView, the social selling and sales intelligence leader, was pleased to announce inclusion for the second year running in the Gartner Research Magic Quadrant for Social CRM. InsideView is the lone company specifically addressing the sales processes — intelligence in monitoring, outreach and collaboration for sales professionals — in the research firm’s 2011 benchmark report. This is only the second time Gartner Research has addressed the growing market of social CRM.

In the report’s introduction, Gartner analysts mandate measurable benefits of any social CRM vendor included in the Magic Quadrant. InsideView’s integrated, seamless sales intelligence has been shown by analyst firm Aberdeen Research to improve top-line revenue by more than ten percent.  (Full Article)

U.S. Cellular Launches Mobile TV Service Powered By MobiTV

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

PR Newswire – Press Release

Service features include ability to download and store content for offline viewing; enhanced user interface for simple discovery and a more personalized experience

Delivering on the increasing demand for mobile media services, U.S. Cellular has launched U.S. Cellular Mobile TV, powered by MobiTV.

U.S. Cellular Mobile TV, a downloadable application, features live TV, video-on-demand programming and the option to download content for offline viewing. Subscribers will have access to top programming from ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, The Disney Channel, MTV, Comedy Central and more. In addition to the core entertainment package consisting of news, sports and other select entertainment, genre-specific content packages are also available, including a Spanish-speaking package featuring content from Univision and other providers, and a children’s programming package featuring premium content from Nickelodeon, PBS Kids and more.

“Our partnership with MobiTV represents another opportunity for us to delight customers with quality TV entertainment whenever and wherever they want,” said Joe Settimi, Senior Director of Data Strategy and Services for U.S. Cellular. “Additionally, U.S. Cellular Mobile TV will operate on our high-speed nationwide network so users can access information quickly and enjoy everything their cell phone has to offer.”

U.S. Cellular Mobile TV provides subscribers with access to compelling features powered by the latest version of MobiTV, Inc.’s converged media platform. These include an enhanced user interface for simple discovery, providing subscribers with tools to create a more personalized experience, and the ability to download and store content for offline viewing. (Full Article)