SIIA Announces “Lightning Round” Winner at 2014 Strategic & Financial Investment Conference

SIIA announced the winner of its new Lightning Round Competition at its Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, which was held yesterday in New York City.

During this unique one-day event, hand-picked and carefully screened companies with revenues between $5 million and $250 million focused on  the software, digital content, ed tech and information services industries, presented their products and services to an invitation-only audience of investors, venture capitalists, M&A firms, corporate development officers and other investment professionals.

Debuting this year was a new competition called Lightning Round, where investors attending the conference selected three presenting companies to participate in the competition. FirstRain, Mag+ and Extole had the honor of being selected. Each company presented their pitch for 5 minutes and then took questions from a panel of investment experts that included Bill Detwiler, CFO of Risk Assistance Network & Exchange, Mark Holdreith, Partner of Media Advisory Partners, and Joshua Sukenic, Senior Vice President of Sales and Growth Strategy of EBSCO Industries Inc.

FirstRain won the competition and received an opportunity that’s invaluable to any early-stage company – direct access to key players in the investment industry who will spend time with FirstRain executives, and provide input and guidance into their business.

The SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference featured the following companies:

The fifth annual SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference served as an exclusive opportunity for some of the most innovative emerging companies in the media and digital content, information services, education technology, and software services sectors. Over the past four years, the Strategic & Financial Investment conference has continually produced valuable financial partnerships and opportunities for participating companies.

More information on the event is available using the conference’s Twitter hashtag: #SIIAINVEST.

Bill Detwiler, Chief Financial Officer, Risk Assistance Network + Exchange Mark Holdreith, Partner, Media Advisory Partners Penny Herscher, President & CEO, FirstRain Inc. Ken Wasch, President, SIIA Mike Marchesano, Managing Director, ABM Joshua Sukenic, Senior Vice President of Sales and Growth Strategy, EBSCO Industries Inc.

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Bill Detwiler, Chief Financial Officer, Risk Assistance Network + Exchange
Mark Holdreith, Partner, Media Advisory Partners
Penny Herscher, President & CEO, FirstRain Inc.
Ken Wasch, President, SIIA
Mike Marchesano, Managing Director, ABM
Joshua Sukenic, Senior Vice President of Sales and Growth Strategy, EBSCO Industries Inc.

Strategic & Financial Investment Conference Presenting Companies Profile: Northstar Travel Media

The 2014 SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, coming June 18 in NYC, features 24 exciting, high-growth companies actively seeking a ‘next stage’ opportunity. As the date approaches, SIIA encourages you to get to know the presenting companies through featured profiles. Northstar Travel Media’s profile can be found below:

Northstar Travel Media is the leading B2B information and marketing solutions company serving all segments of the travel industry including leisure/retail, corporate/business travel, meetings and incentives, online travel distribution, and consumer travel.  Their electronic directories provide data on hotels, meeting and convention properties, and business travel in the United States and internationally.

The company’s portfolio includes media brands, digital media, face-to-face events, online subscription information services, business intelligence, and content marketing solutions. NTM also publishes various online subscription information resources, as well as directories and periodicals. In addition, they offer marketing services, custom communications, content licensing, and database management services; and video, rich media, and print advertisements and promotions services. The company serves meeting and incentive planners, professional travel managers, retail travel agents, and consumers.

Northstar Travel Media is one  of many companies joining us next week to present at the Strategic & Financial Investment Conference. Use the hastag: #SIIAINVEST to receive updates via Twitter.

 


Iyana Moore is the Marketing Intern for the Content & Information Services Division at SIIA. She is a graduate student at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing a master’s in Organizational Communications.

Strategic & Financial Investment Conference Presenting Companies Profile: NewBay Media LLC

The 2014 SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, coming June 18 in NYC, features 24 exciting, high-growth companies actively seeking a ‘next stage’ opportunity. As the date approaches, SIIA encourages you to get to know the presenting companies through featured profiles. NewBay Media LLC’s profile can be found below:

nbmNewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries: Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video, Broadcast and Cable Television, and Education. They` connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through their award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest B2B professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities.

The company’s content connects with the largest, most influential audience in it’s markets. NewBay’s professionals develop and curate vital business information and news, product reviews, and networking events, inspiring, promoting, and driving success among the leaders in these global marketplaces.

We look forward to New Bay presenting at next week’s conference!


Iyana Moore is the Marketing Intern for the Content & Information Services Division at SIIA. She is a graduate student at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing a master’s in Organizational Communications.

Strategic & Financial Investment Conference Presenting Companies Profile: Mag+

The 2014 SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, coming June 18 in NYC, features 24 exciting, high-growth companies actively seeking a ‘next stage’ opportunity. As the date approaches, SIIA encourages you to get to know the presenting companies through featured profiles. Mag+’s profile can be found below:

Mag+ is a complete digital publishing ecosystem comprised of a plug-in for InDesign CS4-CC, a powerful web-based back-end, and white-labeled reader apps for iOS, Android and Kindle devices. Mag+ pioneered touchscreen publishing on the first iPad and remains the fastest, simplest publishing platform for creating content optimized for mobile devices, without the need for programming skills. For those creating custom mobile apps, the Mag+ App SDKallows developers to build on top of our core components, saving hundreds of man-hours of coding.

From corporate publishers to catalogue marketers, design agencies and app developers, Mag+ is ideal for anyone wanting to bring beautiful, immersive content to the millions using the new generation of digital devices. Clients in a range of industries have now built almost 3,000 innovative apps, including Toyota, New York Magazine, WeSC, VF Corporation, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Shape and Volvo. Mag+ also offers consultancy and creative services via Mag+ Studios.

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Iyana Moore is the Marketing Intern for the Content & Information Services Division at SIIA. She is a graduate student at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing a master’s in Organizational Communications.

Strategic & Financial Investment Conference Presenting Companies Profile: InsideView

The 2014 SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, coming June 18 in NYC, features 24 exciting, high-growth companies actively seeking a ‘next stage’ opportunity. As the date approaches, SIIA encourages you to get to know the presenting companies through featured profiles. InsideView’s profile can be found below:

InsideView provides CRM Intelligence(TM) to drive marketing, sales and account management results. We help you find better leads, win more deals and maintain and grow customers. InsideView provides the data, insights, and connections that make every prospect and customer conversation more relevant, valuable and productive. InsideView(R) is used by more than 450,000 sales and marketing professionals, and in over 19,000 market-leading companies including Adobe, Hub International, Franklin Covey, Rosetta Stone and SuccessFactors.

InsideView was founded in 2005 by a team of SaaS, CRM and market-data experts who were determined to arm front-line sales and marketing professionals with relevant market information. Built on the success of its initial product and technology vision, InsideView is the leader of today’s rapidly growing CRM Intelligence market. Founder and CEO Umberto Milletti is a serial entrepreneur and technology innovator with notable successes across the SaaS and CRM markets. He has built a dedicated team of seasoned leaders from the media, enterprise software, big data analytics, and CRM industries who are driving the development and broad adoption of the InsideView CRM Intelligence Platform. InsideView is changing the way sales and marketing is done.

Follow @InsideView on Twitter or the InsideView Blog.

We are excited to see what InsideView has in store!


Iyana Moore is the Marketing Intern for the Content & Information Services Division at SIIA. She is a graduate student at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing a master’s in Organizational Communications.

Strategic & Financial Investment Conference Presenting Companies Profile: FirstRain Inc.

The 2014 SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, coming June 18 in NYC, features 24 exciting, high-growth companies actively seeking a ‘next stage’ opportunity. As the date approaches, SIIA encourages you to get to know the presenting companies through featured profiles. FirstRain Inc.’s profile can be found below:

FirstRain is a pioneer and leader in personal business analytics solutions for the enterprise. FirstRain’s mobile, cross-platform solutions provide sales, marketing and finance professionals analytics tuned to their specific company strategy and allow them to deeply understand their customer’s business and their markets. FirstRain’s patented, advanced analytics technology finds business-focused Web and social media and then integrates it seamlessly into the world’s premier CRM and social enterprise platforms, including Salesforce.com, Chatter, Cisco WebEx Social, Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics, Jive and Yammer. This intelligence is similarly incorporated into leading research platforms such as Fidelity.com, Interactive Data and Mergent. Based in San Mateo, California, FirstRain also has offices in New York and Gurgaon, India.

Unlike general business data services, FirstRain analytics run on a sophisticated, infinitely scalable big data platform. Its ability to find and organize only business-relevant data from the massive and ever-growing global Internet, gives each user personalized, real-time, highly relevant business insights into their world. On a daily basis, these algorithms extract meaning from millions of documents across the Web, filtering out only those relevant to a specific business topic and then aggregating that knowledge into easy-to-understand visualizations prioritized by relevance to your personal business needs.

FirstRain is just one of many presenting companies we look forward to seeing!


Iyana Moore is the Marketing Intern for the Content & Information Services Division at SIIA. She is a graduate student at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing a master’s in Organizational Communications.

Strategic & Financial Investment Conference Presenting Companies Profile: Crimson Hexagon

The 2014 SIIA Strategic & Financial Investment Conference, coming June 18 in NYC, features 24 exciting, high-growth companies actively seeking a ‘next stage’ opportunity. As the date approaches, SIIA encourages you to get to know the presenting companies through featured profiles. Crimson Hexagon’s profile can be found below:

Crimson Hexagon is the thought leader in intelligent use of social media. The combination of deep data science, analytics, and patented technology, together with our huge respository of over 450 billion posts of social media data (amassed since 2008), enables us to provide the depth and breadth of solutions required by marketers as they leverage social media intelligence to increase revenue generation from earned and owned media.

The company’s team is comprised of professionals at the vanguard of social media analysis, data processing, software development, marketing, and business who use the 6 Pillars of Leadership as a guide. From up-and-coming professionals to seasoned leaders coming from diverse and accomplished backgrounds in academia, enterprise, Wall Street, and startup companies, the Crimson Hexagon team provides the social media analytics and insights our customers need to stay at the forefront of their industries.

Crimson Hexagon aims to be that place where the chaotic and voluminous conversation becomes intelligible and useful to your business. The company’s new technology can be your GPS in the world of social media, not only helping you know where you want to go, but helping you get there.

SIIA is excited to have Crimson Hexagon as a presenting company at this year’s conference! Don’t miss the opportunity to explore their company firsthand: RSVP here.


Iyana Moore is the Marketing Intern for the Content & Information Services Division at SIIA. She is a graduate student at Bowie State University, where she is pursuing a master’s in Organizational Communications.

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