SIIA Previews: Showcasing Innovative Companies Transforming the Information Industry

SIIA will be holding their 10th annual Previews at the Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS) November 10-12 in Miami, Florida.

SIIA Previews seeks the most innovative companies who are currently transforming the information industry. Selected companies are given the opportunity to present at BIMS to over 400 leaders from the business information and media industries. Previews presenting companies present to secure funding, strategic partnerships, new customers or even an exit.

“Over the years we have seen some of the most innovative companies present at SIIA Previews,” said Larry Schwartz, Newstex President and Chairman of SIIA Previews. “We are looking forward to integrating SIPA and ABM companies into the Previews and taking the program to Miami.”

As a result of presenting at Previews several alumni have received investments or have been acquired. Over the years SIIA has featured 100+ companies during the Previews program at SIIA Conferences.

  • Pubget: was acquired by SIIA Member company Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Associated Content: closed $6 Million in Series C Funding
  • FeeDisclosure: purchased by Bankrate
  • Generate, Inc.: purchased by Dow Jones
  • Keibi Technologies: purchased by Lithium Technologies

To see the full list of Previews Alumni updates visit our Alumni page.

How to Apply:

B2B content, information and media companies (publishers, aggregators, and technology plays) with under $10M in revenue should apply to present. All SIIA Previews application submissions must be made from companies that provide content or content technology products or services, have received no more than a Series A round of financing, generate no more than $10 million in sales, and have actual customers.

Apply now.

Be sure to register for SIIA Previews by September 25. Check out our full schedule and networking opportunities. Click here if you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Stay up-to-date on BIMS news by following us on twitter #BIMS14.

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SIIA’s “Deciphering the CEO” Forum in San Jose, CA will Focus on Creating a Winning Culture

SIIA today announced Deciphering the CEO: Creating a Winning Culture. This opportunity is for CEOs, Investors, and selected senior business unit leaders to discuss growth strategies for software companies.

The one day event will provide insights to help you think more strategically, empower your team and maximize the performance of your company. Leading CEOs and industry experts will share their perspectives on a variety of key issues affecting CEOs during every stage of company growth, including creating a culture that supports company vision, making customers the core to your business, technology challenges and solutions, strategic planning and more.

Deciphering the CEO will feature a keynote from Michael Redding, Managing Director, Technology Labs, Accenture. Leading a diverse team of technology experts across the globe, Redding directs strategic programs that identify and translate new and emerging technologies into Accenture business solutions, providing tangible business results for large enterprises. Redding will highlight Accenture’s research on the trends that are not just shaping technology, but hold the most potential to transform businesses over the next three years.

Additional speakers include:

  • Karthic Athreya – CEO, ForteHCM
  • Dave Batt – CEO, FPX
  • Eileen Boerger – CEO, CorSource Technology Group
  • Dev Chanchani – CEO & Founder, INetU
  • Marc Chiang – Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, National M&A Technology Leader, Grant Thornton LLP
  • Feyzi Fatehi – CEO, Corent Technology, Inc.
  • Lauren Kelley – CEO & Founder, OPEXEngine
  • Edy Liongosari – Global Director Research, Technology Labs, Accenture
  • Nick Mehta – CEO, Gainsight
  • Ingo Mierswa – CEO, RapidMiner
  • Umberto Milletti – CEO & Founder, InsideView
  • Guy Nirpaz – CEO, Totango
  • Ramon Nunez – CEO, LiveHive
  • Dr. Lousheng Peng – CEO & Founder, GageIn
  • Robert Reid – CEO, Intacct
  • David Roth – CEO & Co-Founder, AppFirst
  • Paul Walborsky – CEO, Gigaom
  • Peter Watridge – Principal, Pointed Insight, LLC

WHO: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT: SIIA’s Deciphering the CEO: Creating a Winning Culture

WHEN: September 24, 2014

WHERE: Accenture Technology Labs, San Jose, CA

Check out the complete agenda here. Sponsor SIIA’S Deciphering CEO to showcase your thought leadership and reach a targeted audience of decision makers.

Rhianna Collier is VP for the Software Division at SIIA. Follow the Software team on Twitter at@SIIASoftware.

SIIA Event Sept. 17 will Examine Software’s Transformative Impact on U.S. Economy

SIIA speaker seriesSIIA invites you to attend The Software Century: Analyzing Economic Impact & Job CreationThe new event, which will explore the software industry’s role in job creation and economic growth, will take place on Wednesday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215.

The Software Century: Analyzing Economic Impact & Job Creation will feature Deputy Secretary of Commerce Bruce Andrews and business leaders, who will provide their unique perspective on how software is reinventing the way businesses and consumers operate and is transforming the U.S. economy.

At the event, SIIA will unveil a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report on the software industry’s economic impact. As software has become essential to virtually all business operations across all industries, the new SIIA report – “The U.S. Software Industry: An Engine for Economic Growth and Employment” – will provide detailed data and analysis related to output, productivity, exports and job creation. The report’s author, Robert J. Shapiro, former Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Bill Clinton, and SIIA Vice President of Public Policy Mark MacCarthy will discuss the study’s findings and implications.

To register for the event, please click here

Announced speakers include:

  • Bruce Andrews – Deputy Secretary of Commerce
  • Robert J. Shapiro – former Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs under President Bill Clinton; Co-founder and Chairman, Sonecon, LLC
  • Jason Mahler – Vice President of Government Affairs, Oracle
  • Bernie McKay – Chief Public Policy Officer and Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs, Intuit
  • Henry Lightsey – Executive Director of Global Connected Consumer-Global Government Relations, General Motors

WHO: The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT: The Software Century: Analyzing Economic Impact & Job Creation

WHEN: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, HVC 215

Sabrina Eyob is the Public Policy Coordinator at SIIA. Follow the Policy team on Twitter @SIIAPolicy.

SIIA Seeks Education Technology Innovators for Incubator Program

The Education Division of SIIA is accepting applicants for its Innovation Incubator program. Selected developers of promising technologies in the K-12 and postsecondary markets will be invited to participate in the SIIA Innovation Incubator program during the 14th annual SIIA Education Business Forum, December 9-10, at McGraw-Hill Conference Center in New York. The deadline to apply is September 26.

The SIIA Innovation Incubator program identifies and supports entrepreneurs in the development and launch of innovative learning technologies. The program began in 2006, and has helped dozens of companies enrich education through the use of software, digital content and related technologies. The Innovation Incubator program employs a peer-review process to identify the most promising digital education products. Successful industry leaders and peers also provide one-on-one mentorship before, during, and after the Forum to support the growth and success of identified innovators.

All education technology companies with innovations are encouraged to apply – from start-ups to established companies. A panel of SIIA member judges, consisting of prominent education technology industry professionals, will review and score each innovation, and collective scores will determine finalists and an alternate. Scores will be calculated based on:

  • True innovation
  • Market need/ Solving a problem in education
  • Ability to be successful

Finalists will be asked to give webinar presentations to educators and administrators nationwide for the Educators’ Choice and Faculty Choice Awards. Finalists will also present their products in person for Education Business Forum attendees. An additional winner and one runner-up will be chosen for the “Most Innovative” and “Most Likely to Succeed” categories based on the scores submitted by Forum attendees.

For more information about the Innovation Incubator program, or to apply, go to or contact Karen Billings at


Karen BillingsKaren Billings is Vice President for the Education Division at SIIA. Follow the SIIA Education Team on Twitter at @SIIAEducation

What It Takes To Be A CODiE Awards Judge

It’s that time of year again, the CODiE Awards. SIIA’s annual CODiE Awards recognizes excellence in the content, education and software industries. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education and software industries so each award serves as incredible market validation for a product’s innovation, vision and overall industry impact. This year marks a milestone for the CODiE Awards, celebrating 30 years.

We are officially accepting applications for CODiE Award judges. If you have ever wanted to be a part of the CODiE Awards, this is the year to do it! The CODiE Awards are judged in two phases: a first round review in which each product is assigned to judges for evaluation, and SIIA Member voting on the finalists selected in the first round.

The ranks of first round CODiE Awards judges include industry executives and analysts, representatives of media outlets, bloggers, investors, and, for the education categories, educators and administrators. All it takes is a background that reflects an understanding of the broader market for a specific product type and a willingness to see the latest and greatest the industry has to offer.

Take a look at FreePrint contributor, John DiGilio’s 2014 CODiE Award judging experience.

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Learn How To Make Data Excellent From Those Who Know Best

The Models of Excellence awards (MOE) are the centerpiece of a strong partnership between the SIIA and InfoCommerce Group with a goal of continuing to promote and elevate the content, data and information services industries. Begun in 2003, the award was created to answer the one question InfoCommerce Group gets asked most often, “Who’s doing it right?”

To exemplify the answer, Infocommerce Group regularly scans the data industry landscape to identify products that are pioneering or perfecting new business models, exhibit best practices or offer technological innovation. Those that are re-setting the standards for data excellence are named each year as Models of Excellence. They span industries, platforms and business models.

And their successful business philosophies will be featured at the November 2014 Business, Information & Media Summit (BIMS), in Miami, where the founders and developers of this year’s most dazzling data products will take the stage to show you what makes data excellent, and answer the one question that motivated them all – What if?   To give you a preview, here are the first two 2014 winners.

“What if there were a substantial platform that bridged the gap between event promoter and event goer? SpinGo’s content reaches over 62M monthly, giving promoters access to local markets on a national scale through a variety of channels.” –Kreg Peeler Founder & CEO SpinGo.

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“What if…. I could store all of KnowWho’s critical business contact data in the same place that my clients were already using for their critical data… and help them by always keeping it up-to-date. KnowWho data embedded into our client’s daily work-flow would create extraordinary value.

In my clients’ political world those Business Directory contacts are Members of Congress and the 11,000 staffers that get the work of the Congress done — every day.

This was the thought, back in 2001,that lead to KnowWho developing Congress KnowWho for Outlook, which has now morphed into Congress KnowWho for Salesforce and Congress KnowWho for Dynamics CRM.  No one is happier about this turn of events than KnowWho clients.”—Bruce Brownson, Founder, President & CEO, KnowWho

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Read what makes KnowWho a Model of Excellence.

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Meet and mingle with all the Models of Excellence winners who are sure to impress you with their standout savvy and creativity, and who will be impacting the future of the data industry in a big way.  Visit to learn more about BIMS, view the schedule & register now to save! Follow the hashtag #BIMS14.


Top Execs from Google, Penton & Randall-Reilly to Keynote Conference on Integration of Information and Media Industries – November 10-12 in Miami

BIMS BannerSIIA today announced that top digital content and B2B media executives from Google, Penton, Bloomberg and other industry-leading companies will speak at the Business Information & Media Summit (BIMS).  This new conference will focus on the continuing transformation of the information and media industries. BIMS will take place November 10-12 in Miami, Fla., and will address the four markets that are dramatically impacting the B2B media landscape: big data, marketing, digital media and advertising.

As the lines which once separated big data, marketing, digital media and advertising fade away, the Business Information & Media Summit will gather industry leaders to address challenges and opportunities in an increasingly integrated marketplace. Reflecting this, the conference will feature keynotes from:

Arundel_PatriciaUsing her expertise developing strategies that enable Fortune 500 companies to innovate across mobility, productivity and social computing, Arundel will discuss “How to Gain Competitive Advantage in the Digital Age.” As high-tech enterprises max out the value of globalization and low-cost outsourced labor, her presentation will identify new ways to achieve competitive advantage in consumer and business markets.

Kieselstein_DavidKieselstein’s keynote will draw on his experience leading the largest privately held business information services company in North America.  Kieselstein has driven a rapid transformation of Penton and with it a rapid increase in revenues and profitability by executing on a three-pronged strategy driving innovation and growth.

As president of Randall-Reilly, Reilly has made several strategic changes to help the firm complete its transformation into a top marketing services company which provides insights into specific market segments and then engages those audiences through targeted platforms. Reilly’s industry experience reflects the diversity of the Business & Information Media Summit, as he formerly served as vice president of marketing for the company and general manager of operations for Randall-Reilly’s Events.

These keynote speakers will join a roster of other senior executives who will speak at the Business Information & Media Summit:

  • Robert Passarella Business Manager for Event Driven News Feeds, Bloomberg L.P.
  • Keith White Executive Vice President & Managing Director, CQ-Roll Call Group
  • John Nicodemo Global Leader of Worldwide Data & Predictive Insights, Dun & Bradstreet (D&B)
  • Mark Howard Chief Revenue Officer, Forbes
  • Guy Cecala Chief Executive Officer, Inside Mortgage Finance
  • Wilma Jordan Founder & Chief Executive Officer, The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI)
  • Bruce Brownson Founder & Chief Executive Officer, KnowWho
  • Josh Green Chief Executive Officer, Panjiva
  • Richard Belanger Chief Information Officer, ProQuest
  • Jay Hallberg Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Spiceworks
  • Kreg Peeler Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SpinGo
  • Adam Singolda Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Taboola

BIMS combines three former conferences – the Specialized Information Publishers Association’s Marketing Conference, the American Business Media’s Executive Forum, and InfoCommerce Group’s DataContent Conference – into one comprehensive event that examines the trends of the changing B2B media industry.

WHO:           The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

WHAT:         SIIA’s Business Information & Media Summit 2014 #BIMS14

WHEN:         November 10-12, 2014

WHERE:       The Fontainebleau, Miami, FL

For a complete schedule of events, visit: Updates in advance of the event are available using the conference’s Twitter hashtag: #BIMS14.

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