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BNI(R) USA Is Taking a Great Membership & Making It Even Better

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Global Networking Powerhouse Recommits to Every Member’s Success
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — BNI(R) (Business Network International), the world’s leading business referral organization, is recommitting to the success of every BNI Member by taking a great membership and making it even better. The organization, originally founded in California in 1985, and which now spans over 70 countries has recently implemented new enhancements within the USA to ensure every one of its US Members is given new resources to grow their business and thereby create jobs and opportunities in thousands of communities nationwide. While BNI Members in the USA generated over $4 billion in business revenue in the last 12 months, the organization realizes that there are far more opportunities to bolster economic growth in the uneven recovery from the pandemic.

BNI USA will provide a new level of support that integrates terrific field leaders with advanced technology and powerful training that can transform the businesses and livelihoods of BNI Members in the US. This recommitment will powerfully and positively impact every BNI Member in the US, as well as their employees and families, while simultaneously stimulating business growth across the US economy.

“You, and we, can lead the revival of the US economy. We don’t need to have businesses suffering” says BNI Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Dr. Ivan Misner. “We don’t need to have hopelessness. We have the power to change that. We really do.” Watch Dr. Ivan Misner’s full video here to learn more about how BNI USA is elevating its game, as well as the changes that are coming soon to catapult BNI USA to a whole new level.

BNI USA statistical research through September of 2021 finds that, on average, BNI Members in the US made over $50,000 from their BNI membership over the last 12 months via over 30 valuable new client referrals*. “BNI Members need valuable referrals more than ever, and BNI will answer the call” says BNI Chairman and CEO Graham Weihmiller. “I believe entrepreneurs and business leaders will lead the world forward, and BNI wants to be their trusted partner in that process.”

To kickstart economies worldwide, BNI just hosted its 2021 Global Convention where nearly 8,000 business leaders worldwide collaborated in a highly interactive virtual event with top notch speakers, global networking, and terrific entertainment that helped create a positive ripple effect for businesses worldwide. Additionally, through the generous donations of BNI Members, the BNI Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children receive a better education, fundraised over $40,000 USD at the BNI Global Convention 2021. With that money, the BNI Foundation will be able to continue disbursing Givers Gain Grants, supporting classrooms and teachers, funding scholarships, and providing the resources to ensure that children have a path to better education. Check out the Global Convention highlight reel video here. Next year, BNI announced that the Global Convention will be hosted in the beautiful and vibrant city of Singapore! To learn more about BNI or connect with our support team, please reach out to (800)-825-8286 or [email protected]

*This information is based on BNI statistical research on data through the end of September of 2021. This data was internally reviewed, approved, and issued for public dissemination as of October 6, 2021.

About BNI(R)BNI (Business Network International) is the world’s largest and most successful business networking organization. Today, BNI has over 280,000 Member-businesses participating in nearly 10,500 BNI Chapters that meet each week in 70+ countries around the globe. Since 1985, BNI has created over $141,000,000,000 USD in revenue for BNI Members via over 139 million valuable new client referrals. Today, the average BNI referral results in over $1,000 in revenue. To learn more about BNI and how you can visit a chapter, go to www.bni.com. BNI’s philosophy is centered on Givers Gain(R) and BNI’s motto is Changing the Way the World Does Business(R). To connect with the support team, please reach out to (800)-825-8286 or [email protected]

About BNI Online(R) BNI Online is an advanced online platform that helps BNI Members build deep relationships and share valuable client referrals with other Members from the convenience of their home or office. BNI Online is seamlessly integrated with BNI’s other technology platforms and provides businesses everywhere with convenient training and support to help them share and receive referrals from other BNI Members across town and across the world. To learn how you can visit a BNI Online chapter, go to www.bni.com.

About BNI FoundationFounded in 1998 by Beth and Dr. Ivan Misner, the BNI Foundation is a non-profit organization which has raised over $3.5 million to support the educational needs of young people. The BNI Foundation supports children and education through three channels: Business Voices, Givers Gain Grants, and the Misner Endowment. Business Voices projects focus on how BNI Members, Directors, and Chapters can use their time, talent, knowledge, and experience to help children in the communities in which they live and work. Givers Gain Grants are grants that are funded from donation income received. The Misner Endowment is the legacy support of the Foundation ensuring its impact for generations to come. To support the BNI Foundation visit www.bnifoundation.org.

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Zype Recognized for OTT Leadership and Product ROI During OTT Executive Summit Awards Presentation

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Zype Playout 2.0 recognized for ‘Best ROI’ and Matt Moore, SVP of Product, named ‘OTT Guru’ at 2021 awards ceremony

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Zype, the leading video API and infrastructure platform, today announced it received two awards during the OTT Executive Summit conference. Zype Playout 2.0 was recognized for “Best ROI” in the company awards category. Additionally, Matt Moore, Zype’s SVP of Product, was named “OTT Guru ” in the individual category which identifies the executives who contributed to the most insightful learning and discussions during the event.

The “OTT Genius” and “Best of Show” Awards Presentation took place on November 18, the final day of the 2021 OTT Executive Summit. Award winners were voted on and chosen by those who attended and participated in the event. The OTT Executive Summit is a global, three-day conference that brings together the top minds in video content, distribution, and technology to discuss how OTT is enabling new business models for both traditional Pay TV providers and streaming video innovators.

“We congratulate Zype for being named Best ROI at OTT Executive Summit,” said Brian Mahony, CEO of Trender Research and President of OTT Executive Summit. “Best ROI is determined as the product or service best able to provide a financial return on investment for new OTT services or existing ones wishing to scale up. This honor was awarded solely by impressing the 1,500+ mostly executive-level attendees of the Summit, who alone vote.”

“Furthermore, I’m very pleased to announce that Zype’s Head of Product, Matt Moore, was named OTT Guru,” continued Mr. Mahony. “This is another high honor bestowed solely by attendee feedback. Matt clearly made the case for Zype, showing the value that they provide to OTT services big and small, existing or new.”

“Best ROI” – Playout 2.0

Zype Playout 2.0 was selected among 10 other OTT products and services during the “Product Speedcase” session of OTT Executive Summit. Playout 2.0 is the newest version of Zype’s award-winning live linear solution that allows users to easily build and monetize linear TV channels through drag-and-drop programming of live or on-demand videos into linear streams for digital distribution. Playout 2.0 manages all aspects of programming, distribution, and monetizing linear playout channels. The latest version also includes new analytics dashboards that provide content performance insights to measure engagement and ROI.

Playout 2.0 represents a new generation of live-linear streaming capabilities that make it possible for anyone to curate a diverse range of content types and formats into a singular linear channel. With Playout 2.0, content owners can find new life in existing assets and further monetize existing content libraries by building digital linear channels for streaming platforms. Playout 2.0 makes it simple to build and grow curated linear FAST channels, whether for always-on, pop-up, seasonal or programming marathon use cases. Providing one consolidated platform to ingest content, curate live or VOD programming into linear streams, monetize the content, and distribute to multiple digital endpoints, Playout 2.0 lowers the time, cost and expertise required to grow viewership of linear content on OTT, mobile and social video platforms.

“OTT Guru” – Matt Moore – SVP Product at Zype

Moore was recognized as “OTT Guru” for his OTT insights during the “Product Speedcase: 5 Minute Demo” of Playout 2.0. Moore is a seasoned media development leader with a proven track record of growing audiences and revenue by connecting content with technology. He joined Zype earlier this year as the VP of Product for Connectors after spending 10 years focusing on content distribution and platform partnership efforts at several media properties, including Vox Media, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel. In this time, Moore built content programs that expanded video, text, and audio publishing across social platforms, TV apps, cable networks, voice assistants, news apps, and OEM devices. Moore’s focus at Zype is on connecting meaningful, user-focused video experiences with the tools that media organizations need to build, manage, and grow their multi-platform content strategies.

“The OTT Executive Summit awards are especially rewarding because they are voted on by industry professionals and leaders who attend the event,” said Ed Laczynski, CEO at Zype. “It’s encouraging to see the industry traction around Playout 2.0. It was also a pleasure to see one of our top executives recognized by his peers for his deep industry knowledge. Matt is truly deserving of the award. His success in connecting OTT technology with content to grow audiences is unmatched.”

For more information about Zype and Playout 2.0, visit: zype.com/product/playout or https://www.zype.com/.

About Zype

Zype is the infrastructure for digital video, providing a cloud-based platform to manage and distribute enterprise-grade video across web, mobile, TV, and social media. Offering both developer-friendly tools such as customizable APIs as well as turnkey solutions for automated publishing and app creation, Zype’s SaaS enables video creators, publishers or distributors to quickly build, launch and manage superior video products at scale. With a wide ecosystem of video connectors and technology partners and an award-winning support team, Zype’s customers confidently increase reach, engagement and monetization by delivering premium entertainment experiences. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in New York, Zype is a privately held company with over 300 customers worldwide. www.zype.com.

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ElectrifAi Showcases Pre-Structured Machine Learning Models With SquareOne at Smart Data Summit

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Delivering fast and reliable machine learning business solutions.
JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — ElectrifAi, one of the world’s leading companies in practical artificial intelligence (AI) and pre-built machine learning (ML) models, is showcasing pre-structured ML models today with SquareOne at Smart Data Summit in Dubai.

ElectrifAi has one of the largest libraries of pre-structured ML models that has been built and battle-tested since 2004. We have also developed advanced Computer Vision models that drive workplace safety as well as reduce costs. Combined with our Machine Learning as a Service (MLaaS) offering, we are helping companies quickly realize the benefits of AI and ML.

Most companies understand that their data is a powerful, untapped asset. However, companies struggle simply to access and clean their data. Many of these same companies conclude machine learning is a distant possibility reserved only for the largest, most sophisticated Tier One players. Not anymore. With ElectrifAi’s MLaaS, large and small companies alike can extract value from their data and turn it into a strategic weapon to drive revenue, reduce costs, and/or risk. MLaaS makes it easy for companies struggling with their data or who lack robust data science and data engineering teams.

MLaaS enhances the efficiencies and convenience of ML. It is developed, maintained, and operated by ElectrifAi. Delivered as a full business function powered by AI and ML, it seamlessly connects to our client’s cloud or on-premises workloads and no ML experience is needed. We ensure the MLaaS offering provides our clients with a faster, better, cheaper, and substantially less risky way to achieve ML. With ElectrifAi’s MLaaS, clients can get ML solutions fast without the time-consuming hassle and expense of building ML from scratch.

Part of our MLaaS offering are the following pre-structured ML models: Computer Vision, Demand Forecasting, Inventory Optimization, Dynamic Pricing, Scheduling Optimization, Predictive Maintenance, Customer Engagement, A/R Collections and Invoice, as well as SpendAi and ContractAi. The Computer Vision models include solutions for Upstream, Midstream, and Downstream oil and gas companies.

ElectrifAi’s pre-structured ML models are business-ready and proven in the real-world. With a fast time-to-deployment and lower project risk, we do all the heavy lifting for our clients. Clients describe their business use case and we tell them what data is needed to run the best ML solution to solve their business problems. We train, operate and deploy the models and quickly deliver results.

“We are excited to showcase our pre-structured machine learning models and MLaaS at the Smart Data Summit. It’s all about time-to-value and turning data into a strategic weapon with high ROI use cases. With our pre-structured models, companies who struggle with data or who lack deep data engineering and data science expertise can quickly enjoy the benefits and power of machine learning and computer vision. Similarly, larger companies who have invested in platforms or who have capable internal technical teams can further accelerate with ElectrifAi’s MLaaS and pre-structured models. Why wait for machine learning? With our MLaaS offering, you can achieve machine learning in 8-12 weeks versus 8-12 months to build new models.” – Edward Scott, CEO, ElectrifAi

About ElectrifAi

ElectrifAi is a global leader in business-ready machine learning models. ElectrifAi’s mission is to help organizations change the way they work through machine learning: driving revenue uplift, cost reduction as well as profit and performance improvement. Founded in 2004, ElectrifAi boasts seasoned industry leadership, a global team of domain experts, and a proven record of transforming structured and unstructured data at scale. A large library of Ai-based products reaches across business functions, data systems, and teams to drive superior results in record time. ElectrifAi has approximately 200 data scientists, software engineers and employees with a proven record of dealing with over 2,000 customer implementations, mostly for Fortune 500 companies. At the heart of ElectrifAi’s mission is a commitment to making Ai and machine learning more understandable, practical and profitable for businesses and industries across the globe. ElectrifAi is a global company with offices in Miami, Jersey City, Shanghai and New Delhi.

About Square One

SquareOne helps organizations exponentiate their potential by partnering up with industry leaders in solutions, providing our clients a complete digital vision leveraged by the latest in tech and complete implementation with our team of experts. Square One helps organizations in their digital transformation journey with visionary, world-class software applications, powered by an experienced and committed professional team with vast experience and focus on customer delight. Square One spot early global technology trends in the digital initiatives space, partner with the best and furiously learn and bring these platforms and solutions to the region. SquareOne is the region’s leading provider of business transformation technologies, powered by best-in-class software solutions and profound knowledge of local enterprise needs from over a decade of experience, enabled by a passionate team of professionals whose expertise spans across multiple industry verticals.

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L’OCCITANE Acquires Majority Stake in Brazilian-inspired Premium Beauty Brand Sol De Janeiro

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GENEVA, Nov. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The L’OCCITANE Group, an international group that manufactures and retails beauty and well-being products that are rich in natural and organic ingredients, is pleased to announce its acquisition of a majority stake in Sol de Janeiro, an innovative leader in the global prestige body care market. Born of an authentic Brazilian philosophy of celebration and joy, Sol de Janeiro is a fast-growing, award-winning lifestyle skincare brand beloved by multi-generational, modern and global consumers from millennials to Gen Z.

Founded in the US in 2015 as a results-driven premium body care brand with highly efficacious ingredients sustainably sourced from Brazil, Sol de Janeiro is one of the fastest-growing premium skincare brands in North America, with success across body care, fragrance and hair care products. It sells both directly to consumers through its website and through various premium retailers across the globe.

The acquisition is in line with the Group’s strategy of building a leading portfolio of premium beauty brands. Sol de Janeiro is a strategic fit for the Group in terms of brand recognition and identity, product quality, management capability, as well as growth, profitability and cash generation prospects. Sol de Janeiro’s digital presence and established body care business is complementary to the Group’s balanced geographical strategy to build a portfolio of strong brands in all major geographical regions. Meanwhile, Sol de Janeiro is expected to leverage the Group’s international presence to expand into new markets.

Andre Hoffmann, Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of L’OCCITANE, said, ‘We are delighted to be further expanding our brand portfolio and accelerating our transformation into a multi-brand and geographically balanced group. With a compelling brand story and an experienced and entrepreneurial management team, Sol de Janeiro reflects our values and premium beauty image.’

Heela Yang, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sol de Janeiro, said, ‘I have always admired L’OCCITANE, a beautiful lifestyle brand anchored in a deep commitment to sustainability, and we are thrilled to have found a home with the Group to continue to drive our explosive growth. Furthermore, we are ecstatic to have found a partner who so deeply respects our brand vision and values of inclusivity, joy and self-celebration.’

The Group will acquire an 83% indirect interest in Sol de Janeiro. Upon closing, Sol de Janeiro will become a majority-owned subsidiary of the Group.

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