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News from August, 2012

Canadian Solar Supplies More Than 8 MW to groSolar for Utility-Scale Projects

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Press Release – groSolar

Canadian Solar, Inc., (the “Company,” “we” or “Canadian Solar”) CSIQ -4.53% , one of the world’s largest solar companies, announced that it has supplied more than 8 MW of solar modules to groSolar for three utility and commercial photovoltaic (PV) projects in the United States.

The largest installation is a 6 MW plant currently under construction in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Canadian Solar was the exclusive provider of high-performance solar modules for the plant, which will supply around 7.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar energy per year under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The installation was designed to support both farmland preservation and agricultural soil restoration in Lancaster. When completed, it will be the largest solar installation in the state of Pennsylvania.  (Full Article)


Winvale Increases Customer Satisfaction by Leveraging Insights From InsideView’s Social Selling Platform

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Press Release – InsideView

InsideView, the only social selling provider to reveal the person behind the contact, today announced that Winvale, a government sales consultancy and leading advisor on business strategy and procurement, has increased overall customer satisfaction. Additionally, the Winvale sales team has decreased the sales cycle by 19.5% over the past three months by using InsideView to reduce the time it takes to find the actionable insights they need to create new sales opportunities and move existing sales engagements along more quickly.

Once insights are discovered by the InsideView Sales Intelligence Platform, they are automatically saved in Winvale’s CRM system. This process saves Winvale’s sales professionals up to five minutes per contact by not having to enter the information manually. The native integration of InsideView’s sales intelligence into Winvale’s CRM system also reduces errors and makes it easy for the team to leverage customer insights in every interaction. (Full Article)


Consumer is King: Record $4B Raised In Mobile VC In the First Half of 2012, 25%+ In Consumer Apps

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Ingrid Lunden – Tech Crunch

Attention mobile entrepreneurs: if you are looking for funding for your big idea, now might be a good time to work in a consumer angle if you haven’t already. According the latest figures from boutique investment bank Rutberg & Co., consumer apps were by far the most popular area for investment among VCs in the first half of this year, accounting for $1.009 billion in value, or just over one-quarter of the $3.9 billion invested in mobile companies worldwide — itself the highest level of mobile investment activity since Rutberg initiated coverage in 2001, and growing by $1 billion over the same period a year ago.

That makes consumer apps the single-biggest area for VC investment at the moment, but the story here is one of quantity of deals, rather than the size of individual fundings: when looking at the 10 biggest investments in mobile, the most valuable investments remain in non-software, capital-intensive areas like devices and carrier infrastructure. The biggest VC deal so far this year has been for Xiaomi Tech, which picked up $216 million in a Series C round from undisclosed investors. The first consumer app in the rankings is Evernote’s $70 million Series D round — coming in at number-seven.

And the next recognizable consumer names are Hotspot Shield makers AnchorFree, at number 10 for its $52 million round; and three tying for number 12 at $50 million: Foursquare; SoundCloud; and Instagram, now being bought by Facebook (pending regulatory approvals).  (Full Article)


Aravo Solutions Adds To Fourth VC Funding

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Press Release – Aravo

San Francisco, California — IT company Aravo Solutions has received $3.8 million in new venture capital investment, according to an SEC regulatory filing.

Aravo provides software to large enterprises who want to have the greatest amount of visibility control over their supply chain management.

Investors in the financing were not disclosed, nor was how the company intends to use the proceeds.

Aravo is still seeking $6.7 million in additional financing, according to the filing.  (Full Article)


Aravo Leads Supply Chain Roundtable with GE at ProcureCon USA 2012

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Press Release – Aravo

Aravo Solutions, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) and B2B information and collaboration solutions, today announced that Aravo will be a sponsor of ProcureCon USA 2012 in Atlanta, and that Thomas Hattier, Manager, GE Shared Source Services will lead an Aravo sponsored roundtable session: “Taming Supplier Information Complexity: Building A Single Source of Truth Across the Enterprise”. The roundtable will explore best practices in creating and managing supplier information in complex IT environments supporting multiple business units.

Supplier relationships are becoming more complex every day. Compound that complexity with multiple sources and uses of critical supplier information: internal transaction systems, 3rd party databases, government agencies, internal and external stakeholders etc., and companies are faced with a constant struggle to deliver accurate, timely and complete information across the enterprise and beyond.  (Full Article)


MobiTV Expands Data Center for Movie Delivery

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Press Release – MarketWatch

MobiTV, a global leader in enabling delivery of live and on-demand TV Everywhere, announced today that it has extended its datacenter to manage all types of motion picture content for multi-screen delivery of high-quality services as part of its international expansion. Utilizing the latest in secure tiered storage and a 100 percent virtualized processing environment, MobiTV’s new system is capable of ingesting and processing petabytes of data.

Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has surveyed MobiTV’s methods and technologies for securely ingesting, encoding and storing movies. The MPAA assessment opens the door for MobiTV to ingest media libraries from major movie studios, storing movie content in high-resolution formats for multi-screen delivery.

MPAA serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries. Its members include Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Universal City Studios LLC and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

MobiTV’s platform leverages its own digital rights management (DRM), approved by major movie studios, to offer a secure content-delivery mechanism in a cost-effective, scalable manner. This implementation is designed to meet the highest security standards currently set by the content industry for high-quality delivery and distribution of content across multiple screens.  (Full Article)