• 18 Mar 2015

    Playbuzz announces $16M funding to extend its global leadership in content engagement

    #1 Shared Publisher on Facebook Announces Series B Funding, Expanding WW offices

    New York, NY and TEL AVIV, ISRAEL– March 18, 2015 – Playbuzz, the company behind the world’s leading platform for online content engagement and social distribution, announced today that it has raised $16 million in Series B financing. The round was led by venture capital fund 83North, with additional investment from Saban Capital and participation of existing investors Carmel Ventures and FirstTime Ventures. The new investment will be used to expand the company’s global operations, enrich the variety of formats available on the platform and empower online publishers with extended authoring, distribution and monetization capabilities. In addition to its New York Headquarters, PlayBuzz is opening offices in Asia and Europe.

    Founded in 2012 by Shaul Olmert and Tom Pachys, Playbuzz enables publishers, bloggers, marketers and brands to connect with audiences in a meaningful and share-worthy way, through interactive storytelling in snackable formats such as quizzes, lists, surveys, ranking and more. Within one year of its launch, the Playbuzz platform has attracted a rapidly growing community of thousands of publishers and content creators who author, embed and distribute compelling, fun content optimized for user engagement and social sharing. Playbuzz is seeing over 80 million monthly unique visitors and has been ranked the #1 most shared publisher on Facebook for four consecutive months according to NewsWhip.  

     “The immense popularity of social media has disrupted the digital publishing industry”, said Shaul Olmert, Playbuzz Founder & CEO. “Playbuzz’s free platform enables content owners to rely on its proven, ready-made content formats,  and deliver content items that are ideal for their target audience, for cross platform adaptability and for social sharing."

     “Playbuzz’s dramatic growth and fast adoption points to the market’s thirst for a scalable platform to create viral audience engagement” said Arnon Dinur, Partner at 83North, who has joined Playbuzz’s board of directors following the investment. “We are thrilled to invest in this category leader, whose meteoric rise in popularity has made it the destination of choice  for publishers seeking to engage today’s always-connected, always-evolving digital audiences.”

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    About Playbuzz

    Playbuzz is a free content platform that enables publishers, bloggers and brands to create, distribute and embed quizzes, polls, lists and other playful formats of engaging content on any website or mobile app. The world’s leading publishers use the Playbuzz platform to engage users, increase web traffic, boost their reach, and optimize content for maximum social interaction and shares. For the past four months, the NewsWhip index has ranked Playbuzz as the most shared publisher on Facebook, globally. To date, the Playbuzz network of partner publishers and creators, has distributed content powered by the platform to some 500 million audience members.

    For more information please visit http://publishers.playbuzz.com or create your own playful content at www.playbuzz/create.com and follow us on Twitter @play_buzz.

     

    About 83North

    83North, formerly Greylock IL, is a global venture capital firm with more than $550 million under management. The fund invests in exceptional European and Israeli entrepreneurs, across all stages of consumer and enterprise companies. With offices in London and Tel-Aviv, 83North is the sum of the latitudes of these two main hubs of operation.

    For more information visit www.83north.com and follow us on Twitter @83NorthVC

     

    Contact Information:

    Sarah Warshawsky

    sarah@headline-media.com

    516.595.1743

     

     

  • 16 Mar 2015

    INTL FCStone Partners with TradAir
    INTL FCStone has partnered with TradAir to help power its e-FX global offering. 

    The two firms will work to offer clients an end-to-end e-FX solution with flexible technology and optimised liquidity to service their markets and clients. 

    TradAir’s end-to-end infrastructure is designed to integrate with INTL FCStone’s existing components, infrastructure and distribution channels, enabling the latter to offer its traders and clients customised and enhanced pricing.

    The TradAir True Rate Engine supports price creation and coverage across trading venues, utilising algorithms alongside real time data analysis and human interaction, enhancing interaction with clients and liquidity providers.

    “The TradAir technology will help to make our trading desks more efficient, in a very short time frame, while providing the flexibility to enable us to service our clients across the infrastructure of their choosing,” says Edgar Ramon, global head of FX at INTL FCStone.  “This will consolidate our trade flow, enabling us to optimise pricing and risk.”
  • 13 Mar 2015

    Chris Cordery Joins RealMatch as Senior Vice President of Sales
    RealMatch, the leader in performance-based recruitment advertising, announced today that Chris Cordery has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Sales. Chris brings over fifteen years of proven sales leadership in the Talent Acquisition and Human Capital Management industries to RealMatch's leadership team. In this role, Chris will assume responsibility for the company's sales and partner success teams to further accelerate RealMatch's rapid growth and adoption in the online recruitment market.

    Prior to joining RealMatch, Chris ran the North American Smarter Workforce business for IBM, formerly Kenexa. Chris has a solid background in Human Capital Management including Enterprise SaaS, Digital, Recruitment Advertising Agency and Newspaper sales leadership. Chris also headed up CareerBuilder's Newspaper Partner channel for five years.

    "At this stage in RealMatch's growth in an industry that is experiencing significant technology innovation, it's more important than ever that we invest in the right leadership," said Jonathan Bulkeley, CEO of RealMatch. "Chris's proven success and deep industry knowledge will be instrumental in taking RealMatch to the next level. We are excited to have him as part of our senior leadership team."

    About RealMatch
    RealMatch is transforming the $19 billion online recruitment market with the industry's most advanced job matching technology and predictive performance algorithms that automatically create and optimize distribution campaigns for job postings across the company's vast recruitment ad network called TheJobNetwork™.  The result is superior ad performance, better candidate engagement, and the most efficient way to connect employers and highly qualified job seekers across the Web.  RealMatch makes its technology available to employers and job seekers through channel partnerships with leading digital publishers, associations, and third-party distribution partners.

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