PERQ Names Ezi Irizarry Enterprise Business Development Director of Home Furnishing Division

INDIANAPOLIS, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Best Buy veteran Ezi Irizarry has joined PERQ as Enterprise Business Development Director for its home furnishing division. PERQ serves 175 clients in the home furnishings industry with its suite of AI-driven technology solutions that help power the consumer experience and increase online engagement, conversion rates and in-store sales. Irizarry will be focused on evangelizing PERQ’s unique value proposition and expanding the company’s reach in one of its key markets.

“Ezi has a long and impressive track record of providing home furnishing retailers with solutions that move their businesses forward in today’s challenging digital-first marketplace,” said PERQ National Sales Director, Doug Stump. “We are excited Ezi has joined the team and know his relationships will help more retailers in the furniture industry adopt and utilize PERQ to make their sites and businesses more competitive and more successful in an ‘Amazon’ universe.”

Irizarry spent over a decade at Best Buy where he created programs that leveraged deep data and unique marketing and incentive initiatives to drive traffic into home furnishing stores, dramatically increasing sales; and, as ecommerce altered the landscape, his efforts focused on fortifying the viability of these brick and mortar businesses.

“I am very pleased to join the terrific team at PERQ. They are innovating the home furnishings industry like no other,” said Irizarry. “PERQ helps retailers quantify and engage every visitor who comes to their websites so that the sales teams can build a relationship with them while they shop from their homes. And, they are the only company in the industry that can prove that they generated in-store revenue from the consumers that shopped online. I am excited to start helping more retailers realize the significant benefits that PERQ offers.”

The PERQ Marketing Cloud for home furnishing retailers is a first-ever integrated suite of AI-driven technology products and extends the power of PERQ’s data-rich, AI-driven shopping tools with the addition of comprehensive, personalized digital marketing solutions, targeting shoppers across the entire research phase. It also includes a mobile and web-based CRM system specifically designed to help home furnishing retailers easily manage in-store sales flow and gain complete transparency into specific website behavior of leads so that sales personnel can build relevant relationships with prospects before they come into the store. PERQ’s Marketing Cloud also helps furniture retailers optimize their digital advertising strategy and get 100% transparency into their online spend, including overall revenue from consumers that engaged with online advertising and the store’s website before buying. Easy-to-use, implementation of PERQ’s products is completely turnkey.

About PERQ
Founded in 2001, PERQ ( solutions are used by more than 1,000 businesses in the home furnishing, auto retail and multifamily industries. PERQ’s artificial intelligence-powered digital marketing software helps clients better engage with consumers, capturing unique user data that is leveraged in personalized marketing campaigns to increase conversion and sales. PERQ’s brands have been named to the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies in America list on three separate occasions. PERQ won the Gold Stevie® Award for lead generation software and Product of the Year in the Big Business Awards (2017). In 2018, the company won the Gold Stevie® Award for Entrepreneur: Founding Team of the Year and a Best in Biz Silver Award for Fastest-Growing Company of the Year – Medium. PERQ has also been named on the Indy Star Top Workplaces three years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018).

PERQ Media Contacts
Melanie Webber, mWEBB Communications, melanie(at)mwebbcom.comor 424-603-4340
Cassandra Cavanah, mWEBB Communications, Cassandra(at) or 818-397-4630



ARTEÏA launches a peer-to-peer platform whose services meet the needs of all players in the art market, using blockchain technology to bring unparalleled security, trust and liquidity to the market

BRUSSELS, April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Arteïa has announced the launch of its ICO (initial coin offering). Arteïa offers the first comprehensive, advanced technology platform set to empower art collectors by linking a collection management system to a matching platform supported by a provenance tracker. Arteïa Collect, launched in October 2018, is the ultimate cataloging solution to manage any kind of collection and was created by collectors for collectors.

At the end of the ICO, Arteïa will open its decentralized platform, allowing art market actors to interact around a provenance ledger to share, study, inventorize, lend and trade artworks through matching marketplaces in a tokenized ecosystem.

Founded in 2016 in Brussels, and with its first product, Arteïa Collect, launched in October 2018, Arteïa’s project stems from the desire to bring more transparency and more security to the art world. The project is led by a mix of experts from the art, business and tech fields. Its founders Philippe Gellman (CEO), Marek Zabicki (CTO) and Olivier Marian (CSO) are both entrepreneurs and experienced collectors.

Unlike any other known project, the Arteïa platform’s MVP will be fully functional at the end of the ICO and will already offer the five use cases described in the white paper to the token-holders.

“We’ve raised €3 million already since the creation of the company to develop our working platform, and we are onboarding new collectors every week,” Gellman said. “Now it’s time to rocket our project on an international basis, and an ICO seemed the most accurate way to get the necessary means and develop a whole tokenized ecosystem. We will bring more efficiency and liquidity on the secondary market, with much lower fees than on the actual art market and more transparency, creating a universal ledger by anchoring in the blockchain the provenance of art pieces. The Arteïa solution powered by our ICO is a promise of greater transparency and more equal distribution for the art market.”

The solution for an art market looking for innovation
The art market is one of the last still barely touched by the digital revolution. Art is a very profitable asset class, and art sales have been booming in the past few years, partly due to the gradual introduction of online sales and online-only auctions. However, the market lacks transparency related to artwork provenance, price-setting and commission fees. This paves the way for blockchain technology to make a critical and long-lasting impact on the industry by bringing more trust and liquidity to the art market.

Arteïa has developed an innovative, decentralized, peer-to-peer service for artists, collectors and professionals of the fine art ecosystem: a comprehensive platform to serve the needs of all the actors in the art market.

It is proud to have been able to develop partnerships and solutions with key respected actors in the sector, such as its joint venture with RAISONLINE by Cahiers d’Art, which will be the first digital catalog solution anchored to the blockchain.

The total pool of tokens for this operation is fixed at $400 million ARTK, the soft cap is settled at $3.5 million, and the hard cap is at $15 million. Some 50 percent of the tokens will be sold during the ICO. Token prices will be fixed shortly before the presale and the main sale due to BTC and ETH volatility.

This ICO will be one of the first offering where all five use cases described in the white paper will be running and available for token buyers at the end of the fundraising sale period when the tokens are issued.

ARTK token uses
The ARTK token will allow its owner to subscribe to and access the platform’s services directly after the ICO. It will also manage access to the provenance tracker, where artists and estates will be able to publicly and securely store the provenance of their artwork.

The five use cases that will be available for token-holders will be:

  1. Subscription to the cataloging solution
  2. Adding provenance details of an artwork by the users and consulting the provenance of an artwork
  3. Match and allow both parties to agree on the details of a transaction in a secure and trusted environment provided by smart-contracts powered by the ARTK token
  4. Allow collectors to safely lend artwork to museums and exhibitions
  5. Create a public or private showcase to gain recognition or just share the passion

In the long run, Arteïa’s goal is to become a global platform for art market actors, with a marketplace supported by its provenance ledger, to trade art works in fiat or cryptocurrencies. Such a platform will help the digital world of token and crypto to connect with the physical field of art.

“Co-founded by collectors and engineers, Arteïa uses the finest and latest technologies—including blockchain—to suit the needs of all the actors of the art world. Our teams have been working for three years to develop this product, which is already used by artists and galleries. More than 30,000 artworks are already onboarded,” Gellman said.

Blockchain for the highest possible level of trust, security and confidentiality
Created by collectors to meet their needs, Arteïa knows the extent to which the security and confidentiality of art collections are foremost. This is why Arteïa’s access is protected by two-factor authentication and allows the user to decide where the data is stored (on various hosted servers around the world or on a personal server disconnected from the internet).

Arteïa also leverages blockchain technologies to develop its artwork provenance tracker, creating an immutable history of each piece. This provenance database will serve as a tool to verify the authenticity of and to establish the value of the piece. Dealing with art with a veritable digital identity will also bring higher trust in the platform. Furthermore, blockchain technologies will enable the creation of immutable digital “catalogues raisonnés” by contemporary artists, creating a complete list of all their works in a simple and secure manner.

“Arteïa’s blockchain infrastructure will allow peer-to-peer connections between art collectors allowing direct sales,and we are looking forward to implementing price predictions and trends analysis to help them make better decisions,” Zabicki said. “In this sense Arteïa is a real use case for blockchain technologies. Offering transparency and liquidity on the market, it will allow people to use art as an investment in a rapidly changing digital age.”

About Arteïa:
Arteïa’s solution is an integrated platform serving the needs of actors in the art market. By combining cloud-based collection management with blockchain services of provenance, peer-to-peer trading and lending based on smart contracts, Arteïa brings a cutting-edge solution to the market. These technologies will be further enhanced using artificial intelligence, data science, and a micro-targeting approach to interests and profile matching to provide the highest level of decentralized services to art lovers and art professionals.

Legal disclaimer
This press release contains certain prospective statements concerning Arteïa and its activities. Arteïa is transmitting this information as of today and does not commit itself under any circumstances to update it as a result of new information or future events. This press release should not be considered as a promise or commitment of any kind to Arteïa and its project.

This press release does not constitute an offer or solicitation of an offer to purchase any shares and does not constitute an offer or listing prospectus within the meaning of the applicable Swiss legislation. It cannot be considered an investment invitation or recommendation and cannot be used as a basis for an investment decision.

For more information, see the white paper and in particular its disclaimer section.

Press Contact :
Maricela Rios

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Pegasystems Improves Speed to Market for Government Clients with FedRAMP Authorization

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced its Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) FIPS-199 Moderate Authorization. This enables Pega Cloud for Government users to go to market faster while maximizing their Pega investments and maintaining the highest regulatory, security, and compliance standards.

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Security must be top of mind for any government agency exploring cloud technology to speed and improve their modernization initiatives. FedRAMP offers a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and monitoring for cloud services and products. This enables agencies to rapidly adopt more cost-effective, cloud-based IT to accelerate their digital transformation efforts.

Pega Cloud for Government provides agencies with the fastest path to deliver outcomes and improve citizen services, as well as the scalability to meet modernization requirements while maintaining industry compliance. Pega currently works with the largest government agencies to help them achieve their modernization goals and transform the constituent experience. For more information, visit

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“Government agencies are increasingly shifting to the cloud to accelerate their modernization strategies, so it’s imperative those solutions meet the highest federal requirements,” said Doug Averill, industry market lead, government, Pegasystems. “Pega’s FedRAMP Authorization is an important step toward helping our clients meet their transformation goals while ensuring regulatory compliance and optimal security.”

About Pegasystems  
Pegasystems Inc. is the leader in software for customer engagement and operational excellence. Pega’s adaptive, cloud-architected software – built on its unified Pega Platform – empowers people to rapidly deploy and easily extend and change applications to meet strategic business needs. Over its 35-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and Digital Process Automation (DPA), powered by advanced artificial intelligence and robotic automation, to help the world’s leading brands achieve breakthrough business results. For more information on Pegasystems (NASDAQ: PEGA) visit

Press Contact: 
Ilena Ryan 
Pegasystems Inc. 
(617) 866-6722         
Twitter: @pega   




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