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  • Carmel Ventures | 04 Mar 2015

    A Carmel Exit: Nielsen Acquires eXelate

    New York – March 4, 2015 – Nielsen today announced that it has completed its acquisition of eXelate, a leading provider of data and technology to facilitate the buying and selling of advertising across programmatic platforms. This acquisition allows Nielsen to enable its clients to make better and faster marketing and media decisions.

     

    With the acquisition of eXelate, Nielsen clients gain the ability to activate in real-time Nielsen audience insights as well as eXelate’s aggregated consumer segments from over 200 data providers. eXelate’s advanced technology leverages data to inform the highest quality programmatic buying decisions in the marketplace.

     

    “This acquisition creates a tremendous opportunity for Nielsen in the programmatic media ecosystem,” said Steve Hasker, Global President, Nielsen. “Adding eXelate’s solutions to the Nielsen family furthers our ability to help marketers improve the effectiveness of their advertising campaigns and to help media companies better sell their content.” 

     

    eXelate aggregates and distributes third-party online data, composed of premium demographic, interest, and intent data from over 200 online and offline data providers. Nielsen intends to further develop and expand eXelate’s already rapidly-growing data marketplace and innovative technology solutions. 

     

    “eXelate’s advanced data solutions, innovative technology platform, and talented team of technologists will be a strong addition to the Nielsen family,” said Brian West, Chief Operating Officer, Nielsen. “Privacy is a priority for both Nielsen and eXelate. We will work closely with the eXelate team and continue to build privacy protections into all Nielsen products and solutions.”

     

    “eXelate’s mission is to power the digital marketing ecosystem with data and insights to better inform the buying and selling of advertising,” said Mark Zagorski, CEO, eXelate. “We are excited for the opportunity to accelerate our business by taking this next step with our longtime collaborator Nielsen.”

     

    eXelate is a member of the Network Advertising Initiative, Interactive Advertising Bureau, TRUSTe, Council for Accountable Advertising, and Evidon’s Open Data Partnership, and these affiliations will remain in effect.

     

  • Viola Credit | 04 Mar 2015

    Telit partners with Redbend to debut new Software Management Service

    Offerings include comprehensive management, updates of module firmware and applications, as well as external applications  

    London, UK – March 4, 2015 – Telit Wireless Solutions, a global enabler of the Internet of the Things (IoT), value-added services and solutions today announced that it is partnering with Redbend to deliver end-to-end software management for Telit module and service customers.

    By leveraging market-leading, standards-based Mobile Software Management tools from Redbend, Telit Software Management Services allow businesses to easily deploy and manage the M2M devices which make up the burgeoning Internet of Things. A hosted service, there’s no need for IT integration on the part of the customer. The service will support both new and legacy module deployments.

    In combination with the comprehensive suite of products and services that make up the Telit One Stop. One Shop. offering, Telit Software Management Services empower device manufacturers to differentiate their own offerings; capitalize on new revenue opportunities, and fundamentally change the way they troubleshoot, control, monitor and manage connected assets within the mobile network domain.

    “With more than 75 million of modules already deployed across the globe, we have learned that every M2M and IoT application requires management as it evolves,” said Omer Pesach, Chief Technology Officer of m2mAIR, the Telit services business unit. “Our partnership with Redbend allows us to offer the most reliable and scalable service on the market, furthering our strategy to create a one stop shop for essential products and services that enable the Internet of Things and simplify the process of developing, deploying and managing M2M applications.”

    “The IoT and M2M markets are growing exponentially, and expanding into in all kinds of industries, including wearables, healthcare, consumer devices and automotive,” said Oren Betzaleli, EVP,  Product, Strategy and Marketing at Redbend. “Our continued partnership with Telit highlights the need to manage the growing amount of software and the opportunities manufacturers have to leverage devices as a platform for recurring revenue.”

    About Telit

    Telit Wireless Solutions (AIM: TCM listed as Telit Communications PLC), is the global leader in Internet of Things (IoT) enablement. The unique Telit combination of products and services feed data directly into apps and/or business IT systems to deliver real-time intelligence to businesses across multiple industries. The Telit ONE STOP. ONE SHOP. offering reduces cost, time to market and risk associated with the adoption of IoT solutions by delivering a broad portfolio including 2G, 3G, 4G; automotive- and industrial-grade cellular modules; short-range wireless modules; positioning (GPS/GNSS) receivers, and related cloud and connectivity services. Visit www.telit.com for more information. 

  • Viola Credit | 12 Feb 2015

    Microsoft buys Israeli digital pen maker N-trig for $200m
    Microsoft (MSFT.O) is buying N-trig, an Israeli provider of digital pens and chips for touch screens, for at least $200 million, the Calcalist financial news website said on Thursday.

    Most of N-trig's 190 workers will be integrated into Microsoft Israel and will be part of a new research and development center, Calcalist said, without citing sources.

    Officials at N-trig and Microsoft in Israel could not be reached for comment.

    N-trig was valued at $75 million when it raised money privately last February.

    N-trig had revenue of $36.7 million in 2013, up 38 percent from 2012. Revenue totaled $20.6 million in the first half of 2014, when it sold 1.3 million digital pens, more than three times the amount it sold in the same period of 2013.

    Microsoft, which owns 6.1 percent of the company, signed a deal last year to integrate N-trig' s pen in its Surface Pro 3 tablets. Other investors in the company include Evergreen Venture Partners, Canaan Partners and Tamares.

    Customers for N-trig's technology include Sony (6758.T), Fujitsu (6702.T), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N) and Lenovo (0992.HK) for use in smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks.

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