Sensoro and Semtech Sponsored First MIT Internet of Things (IoT) Bootcamp, Exposing The Next-Generation Of Innovators To The Power Of Smart Devices

The bootcamp helped students develop next-generation IoT applications to solve real-world challenges

SEATTLE, July 10 2017 – Sensoro, a leading sensor device and network technology company, and Semtech (Nasdaq: SMTC), a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms, sponsored a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Bootcamp dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT). The aim of the bootcamp was to expose teams of students to the potential uses of IoT by allowing them to experiment with the LoRaWAN™ protocol provided by the LoRa Alliance™.

The event had around 40 participants who were divided into small working teams to generate ideas on how to make a positive impact on communities across the world. A leading example was the development of a wireless sensor system to monitor water levels in drainage systems. The purpose of the system was to prevent natural floods in Turkey, where flash floods account for millions of dollars in damage, as well as many injuries and deaths.

The team’s solution was to utilize wireless sensors to help mitigate this problem. The team implemented a LoRaWAN network to power the water level sensors, each connecting to a LoRaWAN-enabled gateway. The LoRaWAN protocol offers unique and unequaled benefits in terms of bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other LPWAN technologies. These benefits can provide the diverse use cases and business models that are expected to enable deployments of large-scale LPWAN IoT networks globally.

The data gathered on water levels then allows for alerts to be sent via email or SMS. The students also set up a traffic control scheme that green-lighted the evacuation route. This system would allow Turkey’s citizens and government the extra time needed to protect property and save lives.

“The bootcamp was a fantastic example of how IoT solutions could make an incredible impact on society”, said Vivian Li, Co-Founder, CSO of Sensoro. “In this particular case, it could save countless lives and injuries and help avoid or mitigate property damage.”

“IoT connects our world and Semtech’s LoRa® devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology) can help solve real-world challenges by build a smarter planet,” said Mike Wong, Vice President for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group. “With its rapid growth and solid foundation with LoRaWAN, LoRa Technology makes it possible to connect to the Cloud, enabling sound decisions in multiple industries, including smart cities, smart buildings, supply chain and logistics, metering, and agriculture.”

The water-level detection system developed by students is an example of the potentially life-changing impact that the IoT and LoRaWAN-based technology could achieve.

“Although the potential market space for the IoT is increasingly recognized, the general conception in terms of the potential use of the IoT remains limited”, added Li. “As well as leading the way in the technological development of the IoT, Sensoro also hopes to increase the awareness of the true capabilities of this technology across all areas of society”.

About Semtech LoRa® Devices and Wireless RF Technology

Semtech’s LoRa devices and wireless RF technology (LoRa Technology) is a widely adopted long-range, low-power solution for IoT that gives telecom companies, IoT application makers and system integrators the feature set necessary to deploy low-cost, interoperable IoT networks, gateways, sensors, module products, and IoT services worldwide. IoT networks based on the LoRaWAN™ specification have been deployed in over 50 countries. To learn more about how LoRa enables IoT, visit Semtech’s LoRa site and join the LoRa Community to access free training as well as an online industry catalog showcasing next-generation products.

About Sensoro

Founded in 2013 as part of the Microsoft accelerator program, Sensoro is quickly becoming a leading name in the IoT industry and recently secured $18 million dollars in Series B funding. Sensoro manufactures beacon devices that collect and send information based on proximity and wireless sensor networks that aggregate digital data from the physical world for IoT applications. Sensoro customers have deployed over 450,000 beacons in over 75 countries worldwide. The company’s headquarters lies in Seattle with offices in BeijingShanghai, and Shenzhen.

About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of high performance analog and mixed-signal semiconductors and advanced algorithms for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications, and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The Company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit

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Event Details

May 29 – June 3, 2017

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

United States

Full Agenda


Name: Ronda Grech

Phone: 1-805-480-2193

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Tradovate Integrates Collective2 into its Offering

Agreement Provides First Commission-Free Brokerage Access to C2 Futures Trading Systems

COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 10, 2017 – Tradovate, LLC, an online brokerage firm for active, self-directed futures traders, and Collective2 (C2), the online platform which connects investors with trade leaders, announced today that Tradovate has now integrated C2 into its offering, providing the first commission-free brokerage access to C2 futures trading systems.

Collective2 is a marketplace where independent traders and investors can choose, follow and automatically trade via their brokerage the strategies of a “trade leader.”  Tradovate is the first futures brokerage firm to offer unlimited commission-free trading for a flat price, instead of the industry-standard commission structure. The agreement between the firms enables Tradovate clients in the “Active” or “Advanced” membership categories to trade C2 systems in their existing accounts for no extra charge.

Tradovate Holdings, LLC Founder and CEO Rick Tomsic said: “Our clients, who are active traders, can benefit from this integration as either a ‘trade leader’ whose strategies C2 clients can follow, or as an ‘investor’ following trade leaders, and the potential advantages are significant either way. We also will welcome those C2 clients who want the ability to follow a leader’s strategies and auto-trade futures without worrying about the accumulation of transaction costs. This integration further reinforces our commitment to adding value to Tradovate clients with a straightforward offering and access to outstanding third-party capabilities.”

Matthew Klein, CEO of Collective2 LLC, said:  “We’re excited to offer commission-free trading to Collective2 users. Transaction costs can be a significant factor in trading strategy performance. The flat, monthly fee structure that Tradovate offers is going to be very attractive to any Collective2 customers who trade futures. In addition, Tradovate’s integration with Collective2 means that anyone with a Tradovate brokerage account will be able to publish their trading record on Collective2 automatically, and potentially attract followers to their trading.”

Thousands of trading strategies have been tracked by the Collective2 platform. Investors can examine these track records, and — if they see one they like — can link it to a brokerage account so that trades are executed automatically. Tradovate accounts continue to be self-directed, with customers having the ability to turn on and turn off strategies in real time, to add new strategies and even to control trade sizes.

About Tradovate

Operating out of Columbus, Ohio, Tradovate, LLC launched in April 2016 as an online futures brokerage firm dedicated to meeting the needs of active traders. The firm offers a modern, cloud-based futures trading platform and unlimited, commission-free trading for a flat price. Tradovate powers futures trading from anywhere, with complete access to download the platform for Windows and/or Mac, log in on the web with Chrome and other browsers, and go mobile on iPhone, iPad and Android devices – all included with no platform licensing, order routing or mobile app fees. For more information, please visit

About Collective2

Founded in 2001, Collective2 is an investing website with more than 100,000 registered users. Great traders from around the world ask Collective2 to track their trading results in real-time. Other investors can “subscribe” to these traders, and can automatically follow their trades in their own brokerage account.  Over $50 million of investor capital is linked to strategies on the Collective2 platform.


For Tradovate:

Ellen G. Resnick

Crystal Clear Communications

773-929-9292; 312-399-9295 (cell)

[email protected]

For Collective2:

Roderick Casilli
415-786-7482 (cell)
[email protected]

UpRamp Celebrates First Startup Accelerator and Highlights Decades’ Worth of Success

Louisville, CO, February, 2017 – UpRamp, sponsored by CableLabsR, is a platform that connects emerging technology companies to the $500 billion worldwide cable and broadband industry.  They are celebrating the success of two of their startup programs under the UpRamp/CableLabs umbrella. This week at CableLabs Winter Conference, they hosted the 20th Innovation Showcase and unveiled the results of the first UpRamp Fiterator accelerator program.  

UpRamp launched their first FiteratorTM program last fall.  The Fiterator is a three month, non-resident startup accelerator that focuses on real customer deals and opens the door to 57 of the world’s leading cable operators. The four teams returned to the CableLabs Winter Conference last week to share their successes. The first cohort included: Edgewater Wireless; MediaHound; VelociData and Trinity Mobile Networks.

Edgewater Wireless is now engaged with five MSOs  and is entering their first trial of WiFi3 (a revolutionary approach to WiFi based in high-performance silicon) in a large venue this month. MediaHound is now launching a new movie discovery portal in partnership with a large European cable company, as well as another multi-operator deal with a scheduled March rollout.

VelociData, which improves user QoE in broadband, has one signed contract, a field pilot, two statements of work pilots with equipment installed, and several other projects.Trinity Mobile Networks started their first Proof of Concept with an operator last week, and are collaborating on a handful of other engagements. Three of the Fiterator teams had extensive testing conducted by, Kyrio, (a CableLabs subsidiary) to validate the technology, which is part of the acceleration of deals with the operators.

The teams attribute the success in the program to the high level mentors, the subject matter experts that shared incredible insights, the access they were given, the acceleration of Kyrio testing, and the openness of the industry as a whole to work with them.  

“UpRamp is uniquely focused on identifying and supporting startups that are trying improve the cable industry,” explains CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney. “This includes helping them tie down deals, secure leads and, more generally, innovate in a sector that we ourselves feel passionate about.”

Also celebrated at the CableLabs Winter Conference was the 20th Innovation Showcase, which is designed to give startups the opportunity to demo in front of over 500 technology influencers. Many of the companies that have held that stage have gone on to see significant success. Overall, they have raised $2 Billion in venture funding, 5% have reached IPO, and 3 out of 10 have been acquired, leading to thousands of jobs and countless innovations.

Notable success stories include Deepfield, a small IP network analytics company that is deployed in 85% of US cable operators,  just acquired by Nokia; Guavus, a Big Data startup that enables Fortune 500 enterprises to become efficient and competitive, raised $100 million; and Elemental Technologies which raised $45 million before being purchased by Amazon for $500 million cash.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see how successful our startups have been over the last 10 years, we cannot wait to see what will happen next,” says UpRamp Managing Director Scott Brown.


UpRamp is backed by CableLabs, a non-profit Innovation and R&D Lab founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. With a strong focus on innovation, CableLabs develops technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high speed data, video, voice and next generation services. It also provides testing, certification facilities and technical leadership for the industry.

UpRamp was founded to skillfully connect startups to cable operators in order to foster innovation that improves people’s experience with cable and broadband. The UpRamp Fiterator is a new kind of accelerator for later stage technology companies, designed to amplify startups’ success by directly linking them to opportunities within the global cable industry.

For more in depth information about each of the programs visit or email i[email protected]. Applications for the second Fiterator program opened this week and the Innovation Showcase applications for Summer Conference will open this spring.

Contactually Launches Personal Handwritten Cards, The Memorable Way to Engage with Important Relationships

Washington DC, USA, February, 2017 – Cloud-based relationship marketing platform, Contactually, has announced the full-launch of its personalised handwritten cards tool. The new automated feature offers a personal way for users to further manage their relationships, allowing them to send heartfelt messages to important contacts with a minimal amount of time and effort.

Handwritten cards are few and far between, but they’ve certainly not been forgotten. In an age of text messages and emails, Contactually’s handwritten cards tool offers users a new and simple way to personally connect. From acknowledging birthdays, milestones, or business relationships, users can choose from a variety of suitable designs for any occasion. Just add recipient details and a special message, and leave it to Contactually to mail it out directly, all without leaving the app.

“When you’re competing with a barrage of digital communications from friends, family, and advertisers, it’s difficult to break through the noise,” says Co-Founder/CEO Zvi Band. “We’re proud to be offering a simple but impactful and unique way for users to stand apart and show their important relationships just how much they’re valued.”

Contactually specializes in helping its users strengthen their relationships through a simplified platform and a variety of intuitive, actionable features. These include lead categorisation, deal tracking, proactive reminders to connect, and article-sharing plugins – allowing sales teams to easily forward suitable content to relevant contacts. Its user-friendly service also connects with Google Apps and other email services to track relationship statuses and send busy salespeople automatic updates.  

Since launching in 2011, Contactually has helped many thousands of users grow their businesses by strengthening relationships. Now that the new tool is universally available to all individual users, Band hopes it will help Contactually better meet users’ needs to communicate across a wide spectrum of platforms – including pen and paper – and win a larger share of the increasing CRM global market, predicted to hit $36.5B by 2017.

“While we are considered a CRM, our core is about the emphasizing the value and importance of relationships,” Band adds. “Traditional CRM’s are over populated and can be quite complicated, but we strive to be different.  We focus on helping our users stay top-of-mind within their networks and strengthening relationships, resulting in more leads and referrals. We want to to be impactful yet simple to use, and our new handwritten cards tool is a natural continuation of this philosophy.”


Contactually is a leading provider of relationship marketing software for businesses, that helps users develop and strengthen authentic, long-lasting relationships. In simply minutes a day, the firm’s easy-to-use platform enables genuine, personalized engagement to generate more business. Proudly located in Washington, DC, Contactually employs approximately 70 people and has raised 12 million in capital to date from Grotech Ventures, Rally Ventures, Bull City Venture Partners, Middleland Capital, and others.

Betternet Technologies Launches Betterspot, A VPN Router That Allows Users To Unblock Websites And Surf The Web Securely

VANCOUVER, BC September, 2016 – VPN technologies company Betternet today announced the launch of Betterspot, its new VPN router. The router protects privacy online by enabling users to virtually change their geographical locations and surf the web anonymously from any device.

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Leading Used Furniture Platform Trove Market Launches Facebook Bot

San Francisco, CA Trove Market, the leading mobile-first platform for buying and selling used furniture and other home goods locally, has launched chatbots for several social platforms including Facebook, Telegram, Kik and Skype.

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Dynotag Launches Protagz, A Luggage Tag Made To Last Through Tough Conditions

Seattle, WA Dynotag announces the launch of Protagz, a virtually indestructible property tag that stores user information. The information associated with each tag is stored on Dynotag’s cloud, making it easy to access usage and recovery information about lost equipment.

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Accounting Software Company FloQast Secures $6.5M in Series A Funding from Polaris Partners, Toba Capital, and Others

Company’s Platform Developed by Accountants Simplifies the Process of Closing the Books

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The Conversion Code Is A Book That Gives Readers A Blueprint For Capturing and Converting Internet Leads

Orlando, FL, March 9, 2016 Chris Smith today announces the release of his new book The Conversion Code, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The book teaches readers how to capture Internet leads, schedule better appointments and close more sales over the phone using a new sales script.

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