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qbeats’ Dynamic Content Pricing Goes Live with CME Direct

Chicago Merc becomes first global exchange to adopt qbeats QMV(TM) technology

NEW YORK, NY, Jan 12, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – qbeats announced today that its multi-patented QMV(TM), a dynamic content valuation and pricing system bringing the value of content to life, has gone live with CME Direct, the highly-configurable trading front end for all listed CME Group markets. CME Group (NASDAQ: CME), the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives exchange, will become the first full marketplace to offer premium financial content for purchase powered by qbeats’ QMV, an AI-based machine-learning platform that parses, ranks, and dynamically values digital content based on impact and demand.

Offering a selection from some 50 financial publishers and independent research firms including INTL FCStone, MDA Weather, ICIS, The Hightower Report, Informa Global Markets, PJK International, The Schork Report, Seery Futures, Cotton Row Journal and Pro Farmer, the qbeats PayWindow(TM) provides premium experience to CME users with a combination of value based content, extensive user population insight and matched knowledge to interest in a cost-effective way.

“The Chicago Mercantile Exchange is a consistent innovator in financial engineering, and we will bring that same spirit of quantitative rigor to its information marketplace,” said qbeats Co-Founder and CEO Anna Rodriguez. “qbeats’ QMV has broad applicability across the entire digital media landscape, but is especially relevant in the financial services space, where regulators are pushing for greater price transparency and market participants are looking to more closely track and benchmark their research spend.”

“Dynamic pricing technology is rapidly gaining traction in many markets, from taxi fares, air fares and sports tickets to electricity supply and hotel rooms. qbeats is pioneering its application to digital content,” added Prof. Assaf Zeevi, qbeats’ Chief Scientist. “Demand-based pricing means fair prices for consumers and optimized returns on investment for content providers.”

About Information Commerce:
Content, which is accessed daily by more than 3 billion people, is shifting toward a premium and personalized experience. Just as e-commerce redefined the way consumers shop for durable goods, new technologies are driving a similar transformation in the market for digital information, where content is delivered and purchased in discrete, highly personalized units. With the emergence of the new digital shopper, content providers can be expected to move from volume-based business models to value-based ones.

About qbeats:
Backed by 18 patents, New York-based qbeats enables information commerce by applying machine learning and AI to index the world’s content and illuminate its quantitative market value (QMV) based on demand, uniqueness, event and dozens of other attributes. The QMV(TM) dynamic valuation system helps content providers build tools and business models to optimize their digital assets and gives users unique insight on the value of each unit of content, along with different options for consuming it. For more information see: https://www.qbeats.com.

Press Contact:
Greg Joslyn
212.302.8787
info@qbeats.com
32 W 39th Street
New York, NY, 10018

Sleem Hasan speaking at DUBAI in5

DUBAI INNOVATION WEEK: An Entrepreneur’s Journey: The Privity Way- speaking at in5

Sleem Hasan speaking at DUBAI  in5Privity’s CEO Sleem Hasan spoke at the in5 conference earlier today. Click here to enjoy the video!

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An Entrepreneur’s­ Journey: The Privity Way

Overview:

Trial and tribulations are part and parcel of any entrepreneur’s journey. In this session the speaker will talk about what separates chaff from the grain.

Key Presentation Points:

Characteristics of an entrepreneur who apart from having a vision, perseverance, ability to adapt and pivot must wear humility, be articulate, focused and versatile to achieve their goals. The session will highlight journey of Privity and its portfolio company Loyyal joining prestigious Dubai Future Accelerator program.

Speaker Profile:

Sleem Hasan CEO & Founder, Privity an independent Dubai-based advisory firm that was founded in 2004. The company invests in entrepreneurs with interesting and unique ideas and helps them develop and grow. Privity is agnostic to geography and industry vertical and focuses on the quality of the entrepreneur and the compelling value proposition of the idea.

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The Loyyal journey in Dubai seen through Privity’s lens

The Loyyal journey in Dubai seen through Privity’s lens

http://bravenewcoin.com/news/loyyal-helps-to-make-dubai-the-global-leader-in-blockchain-technology

 

Circa late November 2014, I received a call from my dear friend Sadiq

Hussain and my neighbour (we live 25 floors apart!) suggesting I meet with

his house-guest, Gregory Simon, who was in Dubai as a speaker at the first

Blockchain conference in the UAE. We met on the 30F of our building  and

after exchanging pleasantries got introduced to this almost “wunder-tech”

called Blockchain. My two maths degrees let me down initially but over the

months and several Skype calls later with Greg exercising utmost patience,

I got my epiphany moment, to which I uttered-“Greg, this is probably one of

the most exciting phenomena we are witnessing in our lifetimes since the

advent of electricity!”- a statement now indelibly imprinted in my brain.

Since then, Loyyal(fka Ribbit.me) completed a Seed round of funding, the

Dubai Government launched the Global Blockchain Council and more recently

launched the Dubai Futures Accelerators to which Loyyal got chosen as one

of the 31 inaugural cohorts. On Oct 9th at the DFA they showcased a live

demo to an audience of about 100 people and yesterday I read with humility

and delight the article above in BravenewCoin.com- needless to say, a proud

moment for Privity, hence the need to document and share this journey for

posterity.

Sleem Hasan

Loyyal helps make Dubai the global leader in Blockchain technology

Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan recently launched the Dubai Blockchain Strategy, a plan to use the technology in several different areas. The Blockchain Strategy has three main objectives, making the government more efficient, creating specialized sectors for business, and achieving global leadership.

“Dubai has sought to position itself at the forefront of the technology, and became the first government to introduce this technology in the world.” – Dubai Blockchain Technology

One of the blockchain platforms being used in Dubai is a universal loyalty and rewards system, run by New York-based blockchain startup Loyyal. The company CEO Gregory Simon officially announced the launch of the Dubai Points program on Sunday night.

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“Innovate for Refugees” award winners announced in Amman

AMMAN — Winners were announced on Tuesday in the “Innovate for Refugees” competition, honouring entrepreneurs with inventive ideas to address challenges facing refugees.

A team from the US, “Change: Water Labs” and Moroccan team Evaptainers each won a $20,000 prize in the category for best technological solution, organisers announced at a ceremony held under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania.

Minister of Municipal Affairs Walid Masri deputised for Her Majesty at the ceremony.

The Evaptainers designed “mobile and modular evaporative coolers that are ideal for low-income, off-grid areas and that can triple or quadruple the shelf-life of most produce”, according to the competition’s website.

The “Change: Water Labs” project consists of a “revolutionary evaporative toilet that is low-cost, compact, stand-alone solution for off-grid and informal dwellings and which rapidly ‘flushes’ away 85-90 per cent of daily household sewage volumes”.

The NaTakallam project from the US, a platform connecting Syrian refugees with Arabic learners around the world to make money while teaching Arabic, also won a $20,000 prize.

The LEDlife team from Switzerland won a $20,000 prize for their project to teach refugees how to use renewable energy technologies.

The Open Embassy project from the Netherlands won a $30,000 prize, while Recycle Beirut and Boloro and BanQ projects won $20,000 each.

Open Embassy is “an online helpdesk that enables… refugees with a permit to ask questions about their integration process”. From their answers, the project “develops an FAQ and a smart wiki and shares the lessons learnt with the key stakeholders”.

Boloro and BanQ “brings financial inclusion and economic opportunity solutions for refugees”, according to the contest’s organisers.

Loyyal picked by Dubai Future Accelerators

Loyyal, a Privity portfolio company, was one of the 30 companies picked by Dubai Future Accelerators out of 2274 applications from 73 countries from across the world. They started their inaugural 90- day programme on 18th September 2016.

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Caremerge Raises $14 Million in Second Institutional Round Led By Insight Venture Partners As Value Based Care Takes Shape In Post-Acute Care

 Caremerge, the revolutionary industry pioneer paving the way for care coordination and communication solutions to bridge care gaps across the care continuum and get providers ready for value-based care, today announces a $14 Million investment led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from previous investors Grażyna Kulczyk, Cambia Health Solutions, Ziegler LinkAge Longevity Fund, GE Ventures, and Arsenal Venture Partners.

The capital enables Caremerge to fund their continued and exponential growth and expansion in the post-acute care market by leveraging its transformative cross-enterprise workflow automation technology to break healthcare information silos – put simply to get the right information at the right time to the right provider so the right decision can be made for the best possible outcome.

In 2016, Caremerge evolved its offerings in order to better prepare post-acute care providers for the value-based care model. The person-centered Caremerge platform acts as a connector across the entire continuum, bringing together many stakeholders including hospitals, MCO’s, ACO’s, physicians, other long-term care providers, families and seniors/patients, to collaborate more proactively for best outcomes and peace of mind.

The investment round sees new additions to the Caremerge Board of Directors. Harley Miller, Vice President at Insight Venture Partners and Dan Hermann, Senior Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking at Ziegler will join the board of directors.

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Google-LUMS Partner for Pakistan Startup Summit 2016

The South Asia Emerging Markets team at Google’s headquarters in Asia, led by Tania Aidrus and Khurram Jamali, partnered up with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to organise Pakistan Startup Summit 2016 in Singapore.

Under this partnership, Google sponsored a group of startup founders from top business incubators and accelerators of Pakistan to attend this event at its office in Singapore. It was a four-day programme designed for the Pakistani startups to understand the Singaporean entrepreneurial landscape, explore business opportunities in Singapore, pitch to investors and venture capitalists and meet similar startups in business incubators and accelerators in Singapore for possible business partnerships.

The nine startups selected for this programme included BeautyHooked, Dockit, Treble, RepairDesk, Vanilla Arcade and Interacta from LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship, Makistra from Plan9, Hireonic from Nest I/O and Ezpz Sehat from Invest2Innovate.

The organising team at Google arranged several sessions and activities for the startups including a session with Amer Qureshi, Director Deloitte Private in Australia, on financial planning and how to raise funds for your startup and a session with an ex-Googler Steve Feiner, CEO, A Better Florist, on the experience of running a business in Southeast Asia.

There was a pitch practice session with two highly experienced professors of entrepreneurship at INSEAD Singapore campus, Ash Singh and Paul Kewen-hite, where all nine startups got to hone their elevator pitches with individual feedback from the mentors. Pakistan Startup Workshop by Saleem Hasan of Privity, an introduction of the VCs and entrepreneurial landscape of Singapore and a session on how to build a great business by Chua Lee Lock, CEO of Vertex Ventures and a networking session with Jeffery Paine of Golden Gate Ventures were some of the other sessions arranged for the startups.

 

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Unilever Foundry 50 Bring Home and Store of the Future to Lions Innovation

Huge News!! Out of 4500 startups reviewed by Unilever, Loyyal has been selected as one of only 50 for the Unilever Foundry 50 at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity this month.
In conversations leading up to this announcement, Unilever senior leadership made it clear they see the unprecedented transformational impact of Loyyal’s blockchain and smart contract technology on incentivizing not just the relationship of a brand with it’s consumers but with every other participant in the entire supply chain.
A very proud moment for Team Loyyal on being selected by Unilever Foundry and even prouder moment for Privity for having identified their potential even earlier. Loyyal – a Privity portfolio company.

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