Manhattan West’s CEO, Lorenzo Esparza, Speaks with 1080 KRLD About the Economic Outlook After Covid-19

February 25, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
Lorenzo Esparza, of Manhattan West Asset Management, never banks on conventional beliefs or engages in groupthink. While many economists are predicting 5% growth in the economy in 2021, Lorenzo is sticking with his prediction of 2-3%...

Plume Raises $270 Million at $1.35 Billion Valuation

February 23, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
New financing from Insight Partners will fuel Plume's accelerating growth   Plume®, the company behind the smart home service offerings of more than 170 Communications Service Providers (CSPs) served to more than 22 million households across the globe, today announced that it has closed a $270 million minority investment from global venture capital and private equity firm Insight Partners. This Series E round at a $1.35 billion valuation brings Plume’s total equity funding to $397 million.    Plume was founded on the premise that a device will only ever be as smart as the network it’s connected to, and that the existing smart home services were sorely lacking. Instead of attempting to improve only  wireless coverage through distributed hardware, Plume’s approach is entirely different – a comprehensive suite of cloud-controlled front-end services delivered over a smart, software-defined network. Plume’s HomePass™ front-end services suite consists of adaptive and self-optimizing whole-home WiFi, AI driven cybersecurity and IoT device protection, sophisticated parental supervision, secure access controls, and motion awareness. HomePass is complemented by a powerful, data-driven back-end operations platform offering real-time and predictive customer support tools, network control center applications, deep analytics, comprehensive dashboards, consumer behavior and satisfaction insights, churn prediction, and retention marketing services for CSPs through Plume’s Haystack™ and Harvest™ suites.    Plume will use the funding to further increase investment in research & development and lean more aggressively into sales, marketing, and partnerships. The company will seek to continue its rapid product, revenue, customer, channel, and geographic expansion and plans to add employees in all of its offices across North America, Europe, and Asia.    “Growth in the smart home category is exploding, but the quality of consumer experience has fallen short,” said Insight Partners Managing Director Ryan Hinkle, who has been appointed as a director on Plume’s board. “We are convinced that Plume, with its scalable cloud data platform approach, highly efficient go-to-market strategy, strong momentum, top-quartile financial performance across all SaaS KPIs – including revenue, growth rates, gross margin, efficiency and retention metrics – and world class team is transforming this category. We’re delighted to join and support this exciting journey.”    Customers benefit from Plume’s constantly expanding platform through OpenSync™, the most widely supported open-source, silicon-to-cloud framework for smart spaces. With OpenSync, CSPs can decouple their service offerings from hardware and rapidly curate and deliver new services over a multi-vendor, open-platform architecture. Managed by a massively scalable cloud control plane, new services can often be delivered without requiring new equipment, reducing CAPEX spend and extending the useful life of existing infrastructure. Since its creation in 2018, OpenSync has grown to power more than 26 million access points and switches across a broad range of silicon SDK and CPE platforms, and has attracted many third-party developers and contributors.    “We could not be more enthusiastic about welcoming Ryan to our board, and our partnership with the entire Insight team,” said Fahri Diner, Co-founder and CEO of Plume. “By leveraging machine learning and AI, cloud data, open-source, deep ecosystem partnerships, and a scalable platform, we uniquely address the disconnect between the expectations of smart spaces and the service provider’s ability to deliver flawless experiences to them – while building a leading, high-growth SaaS business in a large, under-served market. An even stronger balance sheet through this cash infusion, coupled with our high operating leverage, sets the stage for Plume to continue to invest confidently in our future.”    Jefferies acted as financial advisor to Plume on the transaction. 

Cisco Virtual Media And Analyst Roundtable – The Power of Connectivity: 5G and Wi-Fi 6 for the Win

February 8, 2021 Robert Brownlie 0
Discussing impact across Mobility, Cable, Smart Cities and IoT   5G and Wi-Fi 6 are poised to be two of the biggest tech disruptors of the century. In a hyperconnected world, data will flow freely between more people, more places and more devices at speeds and volumes we’ve not seen before. With a wider, safer, faster network the possibilities are endless, giving way to a more inclusive future where everyone has the opportunity to stay connected to people and information, regardless of geography.   In an exclusive virtual roundtable Cisco brought together senior industry execs, media and analysts to discuss the impact of these technologies across industries. Experts from multiple industries looked holistically across networks and platforms and dove into the realities of where we are today, challenges overcome, and how soon we can reap the benefits. It's a conversation that should not be missed. Click below to watch:   [caption id="attachment_12559" align="aligncenter" width="300"]  [/caption] View here:  https://events-cisco.webex.com/events-cisco/lsr.php?RCID=f5399e6915fad433f96f37fb3634e9f7   Host/Moderator: Peggy Smedley, industry influencer, host ‘The Peggy Smedley Show’, author of “Sustainable in a Circular World: Design and Restore Natural Ecosystem Through Innovation”     Panelists:  Mo Katibeh, Chief Product and Platform Officer, AT&T Business, AT&T  John Chapman, CTO Broadband Technologies and Cisco Fellow, Cisco  David Graham, CIO, Office of Innovation + Economic Development, City of Carlsbad  Israel Madiedo, Innovation and Technology Director, izzi (Televisa Group)    Please share your comments around 5G and Wi-Fi 6 or contact us below if you have any questions.  We hope you enjoy this insightful discussion!

Advocado Ripens Platform to Boost Cross-Platform Ads

February 3, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
Identifies when spots air to trigger search   Published in Broadcasting & Cable February 3, 2021 Advocado, a St Louis-based data and analytics company said it can not only measure the impact of TV advertising, but increase it by launching short-burst cross-platform campaigns as commercials air.   The name Advocado is a play on the notion that it can find that exact moment when an advertising opportunity is perfectly ripe, like the agonizingly brief interval between when an avocado is too hard and when it turns mushy.   Advocado said it has upgraded its platform, enabling new capabilities including analytics, attribution and advanced applications.   Advocado’s technology starts with the VEIL watermarking system used to identify when and where a client’s TV commercials actually run.   “Our primary idea was how do we use television signal data through the watermark to drive Google search campaigns,” said CEO Brian Handrigan.    Handrigan said he thinks it funny that spent most of his career in digital adverting and that now “may life is helping to make linear TV a lot more relevant.”   The relevance gets a boost because Advocado uses the watermarks on its clients’ TV commercials as a trigger to start buying relevant Google keywords after the ad runs. For complete article, visit Broadcasting & Cable.

Manhattan West Asset Management Selects Bob Gold & Associates as Public Relations Agency of Record

January 28, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
Los Angeles-Based Financial Services Firm Taps Nationally Recognized PR Firm to Elevate Comprehensive Investment Solutions Manhattan West Asset Management, an innovative and fully integrated modern independent financial solutions company based in Los Angeles, has selected Bob Gold & Associates, a nationally recognized technology, entertainment and corporate public relations agency, to manage its corporate communications. The agency will promote Manhattan West’s distinct approach to investing and deep commitment to a diverse group of private clients and institutional investors, as well as support the firm’s alternative investments practice.   “Our firm relies on a collaborative and results driven model for our clients. Implementing a communications strategy with Bob Gold & Associates is a fit with our strategy to help elevate our brand,” said Lorenzo Esparza, Manhattan West Chief Executive Officer and Founding Principal. “This will further enable us to communicate effectively with our clients, stakeholders and partners, and to inform the marketplace of our investment philosophy and discipline.”   “Manhattan West’s sophisticated and integrated approach to financial services offers their clients the strategies and solutions they need to achieve their financial goals. It’s clear that their pragmatic and rigorous perspective is distinctly different and much needed in a rapidly shifting time,” said Bob Gold, President of Bob Gold & Associates. “As we navigate the current economic environment, we look forward to helping share Manhattan West’s unparalleled commitment to its clients and investors.”   Manhattan West, now celebrating its fifth year, has grown its service platform to go beyond the traditional financial offerings therefore providing a more comprehensive suite of services for clients with the goal of instituting a one stop solution. In addition to providing traditional Business Management and Tax Services to its clients, Manhattan West has launched an Alternatives platform and has begun to assemble proprietary offerings for clients seeking more transparency, access and rigor. Today, the Firm offers unique opportunities for alternative investments in real estate, venture capital, private equity and private debt where they serve a diverse set of private clients in addition to institutional investors.   Learn more about Manhattan West Asset Management.

Loftware and NiceLabel Combine, Extend Global Leadership in Enterprise Labeling and Artwork Management

January 12, 2021 Anabela Savulescu 0
Bring Together 60 Years of Expertise to Deliver Customers and Partners an Expanded Choice of Solutions and Enhanced Capabilities   Loftware, Inc., the global leader in Enterprise Labeling & Artwork Management Solutions and NiceLabel, a leading developer of label management systems today announced that they are combining under the Loftware corporate umbrella. This union gives customers and partners an expanded choice of solutions, while providing enhanced labeling capabilities and the benefits of greater investment in cloud-based solutions and technologies. It also brings together 60 years of combined expertise in solving labeling challenges for companies of all sizes throughout a wide range of industries across the globe.   “Our customers, channel and technology partners and the overall market will benefit from our strategic vision to provide broader and deeper labeling solutions in addition to expanded scale, world-class services and global support. It also unites the best talent in the industry to drive new levels of innovation,” commented Loftware President and CEO, Robert O’Connor, Jr. “Loftware and NiceLabel have both seen sustained growth and expansion over the past several years, especially in 2020 when labeling solutions have become so critical to supply chain continuity. This move brings together two thriving organizations, providing momentum for significant expansion over the next decade and beyond,” he added.   NiceLabel’s extensive global partner network includes resellers, ISVs, OEMs and print technology partners that deliver NiceLabel labeling solutions and technology. In a complementary fashion, Loftware brings deep experience in selling, servicing and supporting Enterprise Labeling and Artwork Management solutions to large global organizations. The combined organization will continue to offer both Loftware and NiceLabel products, providing the broadest range of cloud-based labeling solutions for direct and channel partner customers across the globe. Together they will further enable supply chain agility, support evolving regulations and optimize business operations for companies across a wide range of industries including life sciences, manufacturing, food & beverage, retail, automotive, consumer products, apparel and more.   “We are delighted to combine with Loftware and look forward to expanding opportunities for our channel partners and end customers by providing new solutions and innovations to help them grow their business,” stated NiceLabel CEO, Chris Walsh. "The two companies offer truly complementary solutions that are more vital than ever. This combination represents a terrific opportunity to further accelerate growth especially as organizations look to address evolving customer and regulatory requirements and standardize labeling across worldwide operations,” he commented.   Loftware is hosting a webinar on Thursday, January 14th at 10am EST featuring Loftware President and CEO, Robert O’Connor, Jr. who will discuss how the combination of Loftware and NiceLabel will fundamentally transform the labeling market.

Bob Gold & Associates Named A Top Reputation Management Company of 2021 by Digital.com

January 7, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
January 4, 2021   Digital.com, a leading independent review website for small business online tools, products, and services, has announced the best reputation management companies of 2021. The top firms were evaluated based on multiple service lines, agency size, and industry focus.   Digital.com’s research team conducted a 40-hour assessment of over 85 agencies. To access the complete list of best reputation management companies, please visit digital.com.   Bob Gold & Associates, led by Principal, Bob Gold, specializes in online reputation management, crisis communications, and bankruptcy communications. Learn more here.   The news release in it's entirety can be viewed on PR Web.

UpCity Ranks Bob Gold & Associates a Top Public Relations Agency in Los Angeles for 2021

January 6, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
January 6, 2020   UpCity.com understands that PR is about more than just distributing news releases. A good public relations agency should be able to understand your business and identify and improve your brand's image, but how to you find the best fit based on knowledge, expertise, and culture?   The UpCity research team has created a list of the Top PR Firms in Los Angeles, CA to help businesses find the right partner for media and analyst relations, digital marketing, content creation and more! For guidance in choosing the perfect fit for your business, read our blog titled “Selecting the Right PR Firm for You: A 10-Step Process".   To view the industries we serve, visit our case studies page.

UpCity Ranks Bob Gold & Associates a Top Public Relations Agency for 2021

January 4, 2021 Roxanne Leone 0
January 4, 2021   UpCity helps businesses find service providers they can trust. Their marketplace creates and empowers relationships between businesses and public relations agencies supporting professionals in marketing, human resources, and more!   They provide transparency and insights to dramatically improve the B2B partner selection and purchase experience.   With Bob Gold & Associates vast experience in corporate communications, media relations, and bankruptcy communications our clients entrust us to deliver on guaranteed results, not promises.  

Clutch Ranks Bob Gold & Associates #4 in the Top Los Angeles Event Marketers Leaders Matrix

December 28, 2020 Roxanne Leone 0
December 28, 2020   Clutch.co ranks the Top 12 Los Angeles Event Marketers, with Bob Gold & Associates holding the #4 spot, based on event planning & marketing expertise, clients & experience, market presence and professional reviews.   Clutch.co now lists over 200,000 agencies in over 500 categories to help executives seek out the perfect match for the professional services they need such as Human Resources/Bankruptcy Communications, Digital Marketing, Web & Software Development & and more.   Bob Gold & Associates guarantees results in every client contract and specializes in B2B communications serving multiple verticals including professional services, technology, and security.   Want to see our PR and marketing results, read our event-related case studies for Cisco (technology), Plume (security) or the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (professional services).    If you're ready to move forward with a new PR firm, discover what sets us apart from the rest. Contact us today.  
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