May 13 2015– California based TripVerse.co announce the release of new iOS travel plan sharing platform, aim to make travelling a shared experience with platform that allows users to create, view, share, and discover trip ideas with ease.
Gone are the days of scribbling travel plans and must-see locations on the back page of travel guides or bits of paper, only to lose them when you need them most. With TripVerse users can create aesthetically pleasing travel itineraries on their mobiles with must-see locations, friend’s recommendations and offline maps available wherever and whenever they need them. The trip plan platform beautifully displays the planned adventure with photos of the locations, and integrated maps, to spark delight and jealousy in friends and family, and make it easier to find the spots when on the move.
Users can sign up to TripVerse on their website, or download the iOS app for free on the Apple App Store. The easy to use website also offers the option share trip information and gain new ideas from friends and family via Facebook.
“TripVerse is like an interactive Instagram for travel stories, where users create travel stories by masterfully curating travel activities instead of creating pictures by applying filters. With TripVerse users can soak up hot tips and inspire new adventures with their nearest and dearest at the touch of a button.” Benny Kao, Co-Founder and CEO TripVerse.
The new TripVerse iOS app is integrated with leading location database Foursquare and Googlemaps making it easy to create interesting and adventurous trips and then view them on slick TripVerse trip itinerary viewer. Users can also cache maps of their travel destinations for free, leaving them to enjoy their surroundings without the stress of busy tourist information centres or language barrier issues with unfriendly taxi drivers.
TripVerse users need never again fall victim to extortionate roaming charges when trying to find a hotel or tourist destination while away from home, leaving a bad taste in their mouth when the bills come rolling in. With the TripVerse iOS app, users can prepare everything they step out of the door, and then access their travel plan wherever and whenever they need it while offline.
TripVerse aims to make travelling a shared experience by offering access to the trip plans of family and friends to take advantage of their tips about where (and where not) to visit. According to Facebook, 84% of their users are inspired by friends’ past trips. The Gap year generation are starting to travel at a younger age, and visiting more off-the-trail locations around the world. With TripVerse family and friends don’t need to fret about their loved ones whereabouts, as they can easily access their shared trip plans and follow their progress.
Trips can be saved online on the TripVerse website, meaning that regardless of any calamities that may strike, the travel itineraries will be safely saved online to be downloaded to any iOS device.
TripVerse offers much more than websites such as TripAdvisor due to the personalized nature of the service, offering valued recommendations from family and friends, rather than general reviews by people that users have never met. Existing websites such as Tripit offer great services for finding flights and accommodation, but are lacking in valuable information for activities and sites of interest. TripVerse has been designed to fill in the gaps in the existing market, providing a product which covers all bases.
TripVerse was created by a small group of travellers who were frustrated by the lack of smart ways to carry their travel plans on the road. The TripVerse team believe that an authentic, immersive travel experience can be a journey of self-discovery that provides travellers new appreciation and perspective. But not everyone has the self-confidence, knowledge, resources or time to research and experience a destination like a local. TripVerse makes traveling easy and fun by building an offline-accessible itinerary viewer and social platform to share and discover new travel ideas.
San Francisco-based Sense announces the launch of the Sense Data Science Cloud, aims to power the future of data-driven science and business via its high-productivity analytics platform.
Backed by Andrew McCollum, one of the founding team members of Facebook, early Facebook engineer Darian Shirazi, former Microsoft Chief Economist Susan Athey, and Scott Banister — founder of Cisco-acquired IronPort — Sense launches a supercharged cloud platform for data science that allows unparalleled collaboration and ease-of-use, elastic scalability, and rapid development of big data analytics solutions.
Powered by Docker, Sense’s cloud platform integrates the latest data analysis tools — such as R, Python, and Spark — for the first time into a unified solution to accelerate data science production. Analytical tools such as R can now be loaded in seconds as interactive sessions on high-performance cloud containers or run as part of automated pipelines, allowing data scientists to rapidly build solutions without the need for costly infrastructure or server administration.
With its launch and propelled by its recent funding of $1.2M from Granite Ventures, Illuminate ventures, and a wide range of prominent angels, Sense now aims to bring data science to every organization.
“Sense embraces the massive shift towards open-source technologies and away from proprietary ones, such as Matlab and SAS, to give users an end-to-end platform that accelerates the entire lifecycle of data science from exploration to production,” says Sense Co-founder and CEO Tristan Zajonc, a Harvard University PhD. “Users of Sense can easily build analytics pipelines using the most powerful tools, share their results with others, and deploy their solutions without worrying about infrastructure,” he adds.
Sense is built from the ground up to support rapid-fire analytics of data of any size. Users can instantly scale their analysis without worrying about servers and distribute their analysis beyond a single machine using Sense’s R and Python libraries or integration with Spark and Hadoop.
“Sense radically simplifies building modern data science and Big Data analytics solutions. All the complex details around provisioning compute resources, versioning files, sharing reproducible analyses, orchestrating analytics pipelines, and deploying predictive models are handled by Sense,” says Co-Founder and CTO Anand Patil, a University of California PhD in applied mathematics and statistics. “By taking care of the common challenges faced by data scientists and data-driven enterprises, we can offer a secure end-to-end solution for modern data science that can be easily deployed in the cloud or on-premise,” he explains.
To ensure the security of sensitive data, Sense can be deployed on-premise or within a Virtual Private Cloud for customers who wish to keep their data behind a company-controlled firewall.
“Organizations are starting to realize data science is the key to building a competitive advantage with data,” says CEO Tristan Zajonc. With this in mind, the team at Sense sees the fragmentation that is evident in the analytics ecosystem today as an opportunity. The enterprise data hubs and “data lakes” provided by solutions like Cloudera and Hortonworks are far removed from the visualization and BI tools offered by companies like Tableau and Looker. With Sense, data scientists who are caught in the middle now have the powerful tools to simplify their work in order to build the next-generation of analytics solutions.
According to an Accenture and General Electric study in 2014, 87% of enterprises believe Big Data analytics will redefine the competitive landscape of their industries within the next three years. By adopting Sense, enterprises can take advantage of this shift from collecting and storing data to applying data science and Big Data analytics.
“By making this an easily accessible platform and by taking advantage of recent technologies like Docker, Spark, and cloud computing, we can put a supercomputer optimized for data science at the fingertips of every data scientist and analyst, something that was never before possible,” says Zajonc.
Founded by PhDs Tristan Zajonc and Anand Patil, Sense (https://sense.io) is a modern cloud platform for data science and big data analytics. Designed for data scientists and data-driven enterprises, Sense offers an end-to-end solution that accelerates the entire lifecycle of data science from exploration to production. Sense is venture backed and headquartered in San Francisco, California.
San Francisco-based WORK[etc], a Google for Work Authorized Technology Partner, announces the launch of its all-in-one CRM iPhone App, allowing small companies to now run their entire business from a mobile device.
Already used by 1,200 businesses worldwide, WORK[etc]’s new all-in-one CRM app allows teams to completely manage a customer’s lifecycle from closing the initial sale, to delivering the project, invoicing and customer support on any iPhone.
Available via the App Store, this latest release offers a fresh new UI, numerous performance and navigation enhancements, and new as well as overhauled modules for collaboration, support, time tracking, contact and project management.
“This app can be invaluable for entrepreneurs looking to expand their business by making sure every part of their workflow is accessible and easily manageable no matter where they are,” says WORK[etc] founder and CEO Daniel Barnett. “One of the key aspects of WORK[etc] is the app’s intuitive centralized dashboard, which uses iOS’ features to their full extent, giving our users a dynamic experience without requiring them to have major technical expertise,” he adds.
Moving beyond traditional management solutions that require companies with limited resources to run numerous applications for business-critical aspects, WORK[etc] seamlessly combines the right tools into one user friendly, out of the box platform.
“You can’t run a business on a CRM system alone,” says Barnett. “But that is WORK[etc]’s difference. Our app’s ability to centralize all the necessary business tools from management software to billing and more, in one platform and from one device,” he explains.
Having already tested the Beta platform extensively for the last 6 months, the WORK[etc] team has redesigned many features, such as the contacts module— allowing users to easily reply to co-worker queries, delegate responses from specific project members, and filter entire conversations with a single swipe.
For iOS 8 users, the WORK[etc] features its own widget that is accessible directly from the home screen of the device. This allows users to easily see reminders, view any running timers on projects, and start or pause timesheets without opening the app. Other updates include easy creation and editing of projects and leads, attaching new items to projects, and the ability to edit specific projects with one swipe.
As more small and medium sized businesses turn towards powerful all-in-one software solutions, unique platforms like WORK[etc] are becoming increasingly invaluable for their ability to provide business-critical tools at an affordable price. According to research company Software Advice, the demand from small businesses requesting integrated CRM suites has dramatically risen from 7% in 2013 to 42% in 2014 in the US alone.
“From the start we’ve recognized the need for a hassle-free all-in-one business management solution that goes beyond what the average CRM can do while still keeping it within reach of a small business owner’s budget,” Barnett adds.
With WORK[etc]’s Android mobile app already in the works, the CRM’s unique ability to provide all the necessary tools via one robust mobile platform are set to make it a go-to tool for businesses worldwide.
Founded By Daniel Barnett in 2011, WORK[etc] streamlines workflows by automating many day-to-day tasks and providing real-time insight into how businesses are tracking. WORK[etc} allows businesses to become more efficient with its combined Web CRM, Projects, and Billing platform.
Experfy, the leading online marketplace for Big Data Consulting, has appointed Dr. Peter H. Diamandis to its Board of Advisors. Named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation and its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies and their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges. Dr. Diamandis holds degrees from MIT and Harvard Medical School.
“Today’s most successful companies are all data-driven,” says Diamandis. “The Experfy team has developed an ecosystem that allows businesses and highly qualified data-scientists to connect and develop powerful algorithms that can deliver 10x or 100x performance and growth.”
“We’re gratified that Dr. Diamandis views Experfy as an emerging force in Big Data Consulting,” says Experfy Co-Founder Sarabjot Kaur. “His guidance will be invaluable in bringing the power of Big Data to companies that don’t have their own data scientists. Google, Amazon, and Facebook were all built on data, and now every company can take advantage of qualified data experts to help them predict and control their own future. The promise of Big Data is now available to all.”
Based at the Harvard Innovation Lab, Experfy, Inc., is a big data consulting marketplace where organizations hire vetted experts to help them profit from the ever-increasing amount of data at their disposal. All Experfy experts undergo a rigorous screening process to ensure that they are qualified to take on complex data, analytics, and business intelligence engagements. Experfy’s proprietary data platform, tools, and processes yield previously-hidden insights for dozens of clients, enabling them to enter new markets, reduce costs, and accelerate growth. For more information, go to www.experfy.com.
Virginia-based Professionally Secure LLC is set to launch a Kickstarter campaign for its new AnonyStik USB device, aims to give us full digital protection for our personal computers and online activities via a user-friendly and simple portable device.
Founded by a team of ethical hacking, network security, and information privacy protection professionals, Professionally Secure LLC has now developed the AnonyStik device, a USB stick of varying storage sizes that counts with its own operating system and secure storage capabilities that can be used on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X computers.
Building on the technology of Professionally Secure LLC’s previously developed devices Secure PC Xtreme and Secure PC Pro, the new AnonyStik USB includes a suite of features and tools that guarantee complete protection of a user’s computer against viruses and malware, has the ability to provide complete online privacy — including the option of IP address masking and anonymous web browsing — and tools to easily encrypt any saved files.
Available in 8, 32, 64, and 128 GB storage sizes (all equipped with USB 3.0), AnonyStik’s software tools include a TOR browser for anonymous web surfing, productivity tools, chatting tools capable of anonymous chatting, an office suite, torrent download manager, password management tools, and email apps.
Once plugged into a user’s computer, AnonyStik’s unique operating system overlays the computers existing system as a non-persistent operating system. As AnonyStik is designed to ‘start fresh’ every time a user boots up their computer, any viruses or malware that may have been downloaded in previous sessions are non-existent.
“This USB device is basically a computer within a computer. All of your online activities will be contained within the device, meaning that nothing will affect the desktop or laptop hard drive that you are using,” says Professionally Secure President, Beshwi Shenouda. “We started this project because we believe every person has the right to secure and private computing. You should not have to worry about viruses, spyware, hackers, and government surveillance every time you use a computer or access the web,” he adds.
For home users, Shenouda explains, the system allows them to do everything, from word processing, to web surfing, and even encrypt and save files using AnonyStik’s military-grade cryptography.
With its powerful features and flexible system design, business users of AnonyStik can have a peace of mind for employees connecting to private company networks remotely. AnonyStik’s encrypted storage capability means that workers can save sensitive documents on the device and take it with them. Any of these users can then take the USB device, plug it into any Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X operating system, and be able to view, encrypt, and decrypt files wherever they are no matter what computer they use.
“This can be applied to everyone, from students who need a secure place to keep their files, to individuals, business people, and even travelers,” says Shenouda. “The key to AnonyStik is not only its ability to provide an unparalleled secure computing environment, but its ability to connect to the most widely used operating systems. This means that the user can take the USB wherever they go, plug it in, view their files and surf the webs as they would do on their personal PC,” he adds.
Although other devices such as Icloak and Ninjastick offer similar security solutions, Shenouda explains, AnonyStik stands out in its ability to provide the most comprehensive security features that include virus and malware protection, privacy, online anonymity, and encryption-enabled file storage capability that allows to view, encrypt, and decrypt files from any operating system. AnonyStik’s flexible design also makes it a more robust and highly functional product that is both economical and easy to use.
As our digital presence continues to become an integral part of our everyday lives — professionally and privately — the impact of a security risks like a viruses on our computers are exponentially increasing. According to the AV TEST Institute, over 390,000 new malware and viruses are registered every day.
Now with the launch of the Kickstarter campaign for AnonyStik, offering heavily discounted AnonyStik USB devices for backers who pledge $20 or more, Professionally Secure’s dynamic product is set to gather momentum and be produced for a global user base looking to maintain online privacy and full digital security.
Founded in 2014 by digital security professionals based in Virginia, Professionally Secure LLC is a Cyber Security company made up of certified professionals with a life-long passion for security and privacy. AnonyStik, the company’s first product is an all-in-one USB stick device that has its own operating system and secure storage volume for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X computers, giving users full protection against viruses and malware while offering a suite of useful security and productivity tools.
With the announcement of two prominent industry awards, The Network Union is solidifying its place as a premier British Telecom (BT) partner, aiming to change the way international and United Kingdom businesses procure BT services.
Started as a connectivity consultancy group with the goal of disrupting the telecom industry, The Network Union has since become an Authorized Business Partner of British Telecom, specializing in the sale of medium to enterprise-scale wide area network (WAN) solutions, specifically MPLS, VPLS and Ethernet. The Network Union works directly with potential and existing BT clients to design connectivity strategies that meet business-specific requirements and provide maximum value for IT procurement teams. In this way, Network Union has positioned itself at the focal point of telecom industry penetration and market outreach. With the recognition afforded by BT’s 2014 Business Innovation Award and New Partner of the Year accolade, The Network Union is poised to become a leader in niche market connectivity solutions.
“We offer the personalized attention of a boutique firm, backed by the full support and technical backing of one of the global giants in telecommunications,” says mindmap creator and BT IP Clear and BT IP Connect expert, Robert Sturt, founder and director of The Network Union. “We bring end users the customized connectivity solutions they can only get from close interaction with the logistical capabilities and service guarantee only an industry leader like BT can provide.”
The Network Union helps individual clients navigate the dizzying, highly technical field of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint Virtual Private LAN Systems (VPLS) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MLPS), with a step-by-step business alignment process that determines the ideal value proposition for each customer, be it on a national or global scale. The Network Union consultancy ensures optimized performance and cost-saving models for businesses, taking into account individual goals, budgetary restrictions, and industry-specific demands, and all The Network Union clients can count on the full backing of BT and its massive international customer support and service team.
Where The Network Union is truly innovative, however, is in its own position within the telecom industry.
“The overwhelming pressure in the business world is to innovate, but I find most people misunderstand what that implies. Innovation doesn’t have to mean reinventing the wheel, or creating a whole new industry. There are plenty of overlooked opportunities to add immense value on both ends of the consumer spectrum,” says Sturt, who worked for Verizon before founding The Network Union.
“We looked at the high turnover and often bulky operational structure of the major telecom providers, and saw the need for a dynamic, customer-oriented service that could move quickly and devote individual attention to improve efficiency, customer satisfaction, and sales. Working with BT has been a great and mutually beneficial partnership, and the role we serve as an interlocutor has meant more satisfaction and better performance for the client. That’s the power of niche thinking, and in the end, that’s just as radical as any brave new idea.”
The Network Union recently won the 2014 BT Business Innovation Award and New Partner of the Year recognition for the added value its brought to customers and BT sales teams.
The company, says Sturt, is already looking to bring its niche model to Cisco’s technology services. After having established itself as an innovator in the BT global network, The Network Union is poised to change the way enterprise designs connectivity solutions.
The Network Union is a British Telecom (BT) Authorized Business Partner, whose focus is on transforming the sales process by which medium and enterprise-scale organizations procure BT global or UK Wide Area Networks. The Network Union recently won the 2014 BT Business Innovation Award and New Partner of the Year recognition for the added value its brought to customers and BT sales teams.
ExactDrive announces its newest milestone of 1,000 worldwide user signups for its online self-serve advertising platform, aiming to give businesses an unprecedented tailored control of their online advertising campaigns.
With the company now boasting a new office in Milwaukee, WI, an increasing amount of businesses continue to sign up to ExactDrive’s transparent self-advertising online platform, allowing them full control in every facet of their advertising campaigns.
Conducted completely online, this turnkey solution allows businesses to log onto the platform quickly and manage their entire campaign details from specific online targeting, to placement and inventory. This gives the client not just market specific optimization, but also a tailored campaign for a specific budget.
“We have created an innovative platform that allows advertisers to simply tailor their ad campaign by handpicking specific aspects that will help optimize what they see is the best fit for their company,” says ExactDrive founding partner Tim Nichols. “By giving businesses the ability to dictate key components, access detailed analysis, and specify demographic and geographic targeting information, ExactDrive gives a honed business-specific online campaign,” he adds.
This type of oversight and transparency of the platform, he explains, ensures that clients gain both value for their investment and their campaign targets the exact audience they are looking for.
This level of targeting provided by the ExactDrive platform has been applied by a number of leading businesses and organizations across numerous sectors, including e-commerce, technology, entertainment, politics and travel.
According to Nichols, leading low-cost airline Jet Blue utilized the ExactDrive platform to maximize their revenue stream in particularly high competitive times of the year. Using ExactDrive, the airline was able to target specific holiday flight deals, such as from New York to the Dominican Republic, and target their marketing campaign to people living in those areas.
“As a result millions of NYC residents saw the JetBlue campaign, which generated thousands of new visitors on the JetBlue website,” Nichols explains. “The level of careful planning and insightful analysis that the platform offers can actually make a remarkable difference for any business advertising online,” he adds.
The platform also allows users to have the ExactDrive team work behind the scenes to plan, manage and execute successful online ad campaigns in order to give businesses they freedom they need to focus on other operational aspects.
As online advertising becomes a standard channel for any business to reach and expand their customer base, the amount of money being spent on campaigns continues to increase every year. Although popular marketing strategies such as social media targeting campaigns may be considered to be less expensive than other media, the average cost per action (CPA) can be difficult to measure and may therefore not give the advertiser an accurate insight of the campaign’s actual impact.
“Advertisers traditionally have very little control over online ad campaigns. This can sometimes lead not only to increased costs, but an overall lack of direction when it comes to determining specific targeting, inventory selection, and placement,” Nichols says. “We look to re-define the role of the advertiser to results in a successful tailored campaign that aligns with their business brand, budget and schedule,” he adds.
ExactDrive seeks to compliment any business model by offering a self-serve advertising platform where a user can signup, put in a credit card and get their campaigns online quickly, or an option for the advertiser to have their campaign(s) be partially or fully managed by ExactDrive.
Now with an expanded user base, a growing number of integrated media partners — such as Appnexus.com, Liverail.com — and a number of main data partners, including proximic.com, bluekai.com, and comScore-acquired mDotLabs.com, ExactDrive looks to be at the forefront of digital advertising solutions.
Founded in 2008 Tim Nichols and Eric Greener, ExactDrive simplifies online advertising with strategic expertise and innovative insight you can’t find anywhere else. ExactDrive’s self-serve advertising platform coupled with offered managed campaign planning, management and optimization services deliver measurable value, empowering clients to find precisely targeted audiences and generate desired results.
UK-Based AppInstitute announces a $750K investment by the Foresight Nottingham Fund. Dubbed the ‘Wordpress’ for mobile Apps, AppInstitute aims to be at the forefront of the mobile App platform industry.
AppInstitute’s cloud-based service aims to reshape the App market by providing a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform that allows businesses and individuals with little to no prior technical knowledge to create their own mobile App for iPhone and Android devices.
Whether they be in the food industry, m-commerce, event booking, messaging, customer loyalty, data capture, GEO listings, or rich content (HTML, images, video), businesses of any size can use the platform’s software to create a mobile App that suits their specific needs.
Via its web-based platform, AppInstitute provides its users with a complete solution to enable them to harness the growing demand for mobile Apps and the business growth they can facilitate.
Foresight Nottingham Fund’s investment to support AppInstitute’s CEO Ian Naylor and CTO/COO Justin Ashurst, as well as Chairman Paul Brennan, provides the company with development capital to drive further growth and job creation in the years ahead.
“We believe every business should be able to harness the benefits a mobile App will bring to their business in order to compete against their larger counterparts. The fact that Nottingham has this dedicated a regional fund with a mandate to support businesses like ours in the area is a testament to the vision and commitment that Foresight has shown to the region,” says AppInstitute CEO Ian Naylor.
With a customer base that includes all small-to-medium-sized businesses, and start-ups, AppInstitute experienced a steady growth in recent years.
Now with new investment from the Fund set to unlock additional capacity, the company’s growth trajectory is forecast to accelerate.
AppInstitute is a beneficiary of the Foresight Group’s $60 millionNottingham fund to invest in local businesses, explains Naylor.
With its central operations based out of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, AppInstitute qualified for the fund thanks to a strong management team, sustainable competitive advantage, and operations in attractive markets around the globe.
“We are delighted to be supporting an ambitious management team through the investment in AppInstitute, which is a great example of the creative and dynamic technology businesses based in the city,” says Tom Thorp, Director of the Foresight Nottingham Fund.
With over 60% of online purchases in the UK being made on a mobile device, making it over a $10 Billion industry, the demand for obtainable and affordable mobile App solutions is sure to continue rising.