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Finn Partners Taps Jodi Brooks To Head Technology Practice

NEW YORK, May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Global marketing and communications agency Finn Partners today announced the appointment of Jodi Brooks to head the firm’s Technology practice, its largest division, with annual fees of more than $25 million and more than 100 employees. Brooks, a technology communications expert and thought leader, brings over 17 years of experience to Finn Partners, focusing on the overall direction of the technology practice for both existing clients and future relationships.

Sabrina Horn, who joined Finn Partners in 2015 in the role of technology lead, has become a Senior Advisor to the agency.

Brooks joins Finn Partners from Burson-Marsteller, where she served on the U.S. Leadership Team and Chair of the U.S. Technology Practice. There, she led the practice through a multi-year transformation. Her leadership and technology expertise earned her industry-wide recognition, including PR Leader of the Year by PR News in 2017. Brooks has worked and managed campaigns on behalf of numerous well-known brands including Oracle, HP, Fitbit, Zebra Technologies, AT&T, Bausch + Lomb, Baidu and Huawei.

“Finn Partners is very pleased to welcome Jodi Brooks to the firm,” says Richard Funess, senior managing partner. “Technology crosses over and is integrated into virtually every business strategy. And, through that evolution, it has become our largest practice area. Jodi’s transformative way of thinking and move-to-action style will have a major impact on our team of communications experts as well as the way Finn’s market perception and further opportunities.”

“It is an honor to join Finn Partners,” says Brooks. “Technology is at the heart of everything we do, and Finn Partners lives this mantra. The firm’s focus on technology, YOY growth and culture which encourages collaboration and creativity all foster an environment that will leverage my expertise to further drive and enhance the Tech practice.”

Prior to Burson-Marsteller, Brooks was an SVP within Weber Shandwick’s Global Technology and Media Relations Practices, where she oversaw the Bausch + Lomb global business, Honeywell ACS and managed inter-office teams. Previously, Brooks was a Vice President at Ketchum, working on Kodak and AT&T Wireless. 

Finn Partners Technology Practice

From startups to giants, Finn Partners delivers deep tech expertise across multiple sectors, including consumer, application development, enterprise mobility, business insights and process management. The Technology practice has expertise across both B2B and B2C industries, notably in cybersecurity, supply chain, enterprise/cloud, data science, ad/marketing tech, artificial intelligence, IoT, wireless, telecommunications, and automotive technology.

Including New York, the 100+-employee strong Tech practice operates out of the firm’s offices including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and Portland in the US, and operates internationally from offices in London, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, Shanghai, and Singapore.  

Finn Partners

Founded in 2011 on the core principles of innovation and collaborative partnership, Finn Partners has more than tripled in size in six years, becoming one of the fastest growing independent public relations agencies in the world. The full-service marketing and communications company’s record setting pace is a result of organic growth and integrating new companies and new people into the Finn Partners world through a common philosophy. With 600 professionals, Finn Partners provides its clients with global access and capabilities in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in addition to PROI worldwide. Headquartered in New York, Finn Partners’ other offices are in Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Frankfurt, Jerusalem, London, Los Angeles, Munich, Nashville, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Washington D.C. Find us as and follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @finnpartners.


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S&P Global’s Acquisition of Kensho Technologies Hits Early Milestone; Expands Private Company Data Offering to Clients

NEW YORK, May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — S&P Global (NYSE: SPGI) announced today that the Company has hit an exciting milestone in an alternative data linking project in collaboration with Kensho Technologies Inc. (“Kensho”), acquired by SPGI in April, and Crunchbase, a well-known destination for data on some the world’s most innovative companies. Leveraging Kensho’s machine learning algorithms, S&P Global Market Intelligence platform users can now access robust information on privately held companies licensed from Crunchbase.

“The Private Company Data space is an area of enormous growth and of high value to many of our clients who are particularly interested in being able to identify early stage, venture backed companies prime for acquisition or investment,” noted Mike Chinn, Executive Vice President of Data and Technology Innovation at S&P Global and President of S&P Global Market Intelligence. “Given the complexity and opaqueness of this data, we had originally expected project completion to take several months. I’m thrilled that in less than a month after our acquisition of Kensho, S&P Global has already hit this major milestone, strengthening our ability to meet the demand of clients at an accelerated pace as we become the go-to resource for comprehensive private company data.”

“This is a significant milestone for S&P Global. By partnering with Kensho and Crunchbase on this project, we have fast-tracked our ability to deliver essential intelligence for our clients at the speed the market demands,” remarked Nick Cafferillo, S&P Global’s Chief Technology Officer. “The Kensho linking capability enables us to expand quickly into new markets by allowing us to onboard new data sets, in this case private company data. This also reinforces how emerging technologies like machine learning can have a massive impact on the way we work by increasing our internal efficiencies.”

By leveraging Crunchbase data, coupled with Kensho’s machine learning algorithms, S&P Global’s ability to provide expedited insights is particularly valuable for companies at the venture stage, allowing for greater accuracy in making informed investment decisions or for those organizations interested in acquiring or investing in these private companies.

“This is a perfect first demonstration of what Kensho and S&P Global can do together. With just a few days’ effort, we were able to extend S&P’s leadership as one of the world’s premier providers of company data, using artificial intelligence,” noted Daniel Nadler, CEO, Kensho. “And this is just the beginning: we developed the technology in a reusable way that will enable S&P Global to deliver ever more complex datasets to their clients more rapidly than ever before.”

Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains “forward-looking statements,” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements, which express management’s current views concerning future events, trends, contingencies or results, appear at various places in this press release and use words like “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “future,” “intend,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “strategy,” “target” and similar terms, and future or conditional tense verbs like “could,” “may,” “might,” “should,” “will” and “would.” For example, management may use forward-looking statements when addressing topics such as: the outcome of contingencies; future actions by regulators; changes in the Company’s business strategies and methods of generating revenue; the development and performance of the Company’s services and products; the expected impact of acquisitions and dispositions; the Company’s effective tax rates; and the Company’s cost structure, dividend policy, cash flows or liquidity.

Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in forward-looking statements include, among other things:

* the impact of the recent acquisition of Kensho, including the impact on the Company’s results of operations; any failure to successfully integrate Kensho into the Company’s operations; any failure to attract and retain key employees; and the risk of litigation, unexpected costs, charges or expenses relating to the acquisition;
* worldwide economic, financial, political and regulatory conditions, including conditions that may result from legislative, regulatory and policy changes associated with the current U.S. administration or the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union;
* the rapidly evolving regulatory environment, in Europe, the United States and elsewhere, affecting Ratings, S&P Global Platts, Indices, and S&P Global Market Intelligence, including new and amended regulations and the Company’s compliance therewith;
* the Company’s ability to make acquisitions and dispositions and successfully integrate the businesses we acquire;
* the outcome of litigation, government and regulatory proceedings, investigations and inquiries;
* the health of debt and equity markets, including credit quality and spreads, the level of liquidity and future debt issuances;
* the demand and market for credit ratings in and across the sectors and geographies where the Company operates;
* concerns in the marketplace affecting the Company’s credibility or otherwise affecting market perceptions of the integrity or utility of independent credit ratings;
* the effect of competitive products and pricing, including the level of success of new product developments and global expansion;
* consolidation in the Company’s end-customer markets;
* the introduction of competing products or technologies by other companies;
* the impact of customer cost-cutting pressures, including in the financial services industry and the commodities markets;
* a decline in the demand for credit risk management tools by financial institutions;
* the level of merger and acquisition activity in the United States and abroad;
* the volatility of the energy marketplace;
* the health of the commodities markets;
* the Company’s ability to attract, incentivize and retain key employees;
* the Company’s ability to maintain adequate physical, technical and administrative safeguards to protect the security of confidential information and data, and the potential of a system or network disruption that results in regulatory penalties, remedial costs or improper disclosure of confidential information or data;
* the Company’s ability to successfully recover should it experience a disaster or other business continuity problem from a hurricane, flood, earthquake, terrorist attack, pandemic, security breach, cyber-attack, power loss, telecommunications failure or other natural or man-made event;
* the Company’s ability to adjust to changes in European and United Kingdom markets as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, and the impact of the United Kingdom’s departure on its credit rating activities and other European and United Kingdom offerings;
* changes in applicable tax or accounting requirements;
* guidance and information regarding the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act;
* the level of the Company’s future cash flows and capital investments;
* the impact on the Company’s revenue and net income caused by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; and
* the Company’s exposure to potential criminal sanctions or civil penalties if it fails to comply with foreign and U.S. laws and regulations that are applicable in the domestic and international jurisdictions in which it operates, including sanctions laws relating to countries such as Iran, Russia, Sudan and Syria, anti-corruption laws such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010, and local laws prohibiting corrupt payments to government officials, as well as import and export restrictions.

The factors noted above are not exhaustive. The Company and its subsidiaries operate in a dynamic business environment in which new risks emerge frequently. Accordingly, the Company cautions readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date on which it is made, except as required by applicable law. Further information about the Company’s businesses, including information about factors that could materially affect its results of operations and financial condition, is contained in the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the “Risk Factors” section in the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and any subsequently filed Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

About S&P Global 
S&P Global is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The Company’s divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts. S&P Global has approximately 20,000 employees in 31 countries. For more information visit  

About Kensho Technologies Inc.
Kensho is an award-winning machine intelligence company founded out of Harvard University in 2013. Kensho’s early team members came from veteran roles at Google, as well as from academia. Kensho applies AI for real-world impact across government and commercial institutions around the world. For more information, visit

About S&P Global Market Intelligence 
At S&P Global Market Intelligence, we know that not all information is important—some of it is vital. We integrate financial and industry data, research and news into tools that help track performance, generate alpha, identify investment ideas, understand competitive and industry dynamics, perform valuations and assess credit risk. Investment professionals, government agencies, corporations and universities globally can gain the intelligence essential to making business and financial decisions with conviction.  
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Blockchain Technology Market set to Grow

NEW YORK, May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

According to a report from Research and Markets, the global blockchain market is expected to grow from USD 212,12 million 2016 to USD 8,682.82 million by the end of 2024, with a compound annual growth rate of 59.04 percent. The report indicated that Banking, Financial Services & Insurance have the highest market size in 2016, while Building, Construction & Real Estate is expected to grow with the highest growth rate during the forecast years. Based on geography, the United States has the highest market shares in the blockchain market, while Asia-Pacific will have the highest growth rate during the forecast period., Inc. (OTC: CIIX), Pareteum Corporation (NYSE: TEUM), ChinaNet-Online Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET), International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM), HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (OTC: HVBTF)

According to International Data Corporation, Michael Versace, research director of Digital Strategy Consulting, said: “The blockchain services revenue opportunity is small today, but the capabilities, platforms, and partnerships being created now are strategically important to the future services industry. Over the long-term horizon, blockchain services – including business consulting, IT consulting, custom development, and managed services – have the potential to become foundational to a new generation of enterprise IT infrastructure, resulting in a growing demand for consultants and developers and hundreds of billions of dollars of market size for the service company of the future.”, Inc. (OTCQB: CIIX) just earlier today announced breaking news that, “the launch of its cryptocurrency and blockchain talk show entitled “Bitcoin Talk Show” airing on Phoenix North America Chinese Channel (“Phoenix North America”). This innovative television program will begin airing the first week of June 2018. Local Chinese investors and business owners will be invited to the Phoenix North America headquarters to attend the live taping where they will discuss cryptocurrency and blockchain technology with the Company’s Analysts.

“We believe Chinese investors are seeking cutting edge knowledge about blockchain and cryptocurrency, and this lighthearted, entertaining television program will accomplish just that. In addition, we seek to bring awareness to the brand and to gain recognition as a leader in Chinese language cryptocurrency and blockchain education,” says Warren Wang, CEO of, Inc., Inc. and Phoenix North America have entered into a one year contract to air the 22-minite Bitcoin Talk Show, once monthly. The pre-recorded talk show will be broadcasted to audiences in North America and will also be aired on the ChineseFN and YouTube channels. Recently Phoenix North America was added to the list of free channels offered by Time Warner Cable, which will provide exposure to over 500,000 Chinese people domestically.

“With the 2017 launch of Bitcoin Multimillionaire, the first daily cryptocurrency video newscast broadcast from the NYSE in the Chinese language, and and the upcoming launch of the Bitcoin Trading Academy and Bitcoin Talk show in June 2018, we are implementing our strategic plan to provide Chinese investors with essential cryptocurrency investment education and trading tools,” says Wang.

“As the Company continues its expansion into the cryptocurrency space, we anticipate a 30% increase in revenues from last year, resulting in three consecutive years of revenue growth since 2016. This is an exciting time for, Inc. as the Company’s fiscal year comes to an end on May 31, 2018.” Wang concludes.”

Pareteum Corporation (NYSE: TEUM) is the rapidly growing Cloud Communications Platform company. In February, the company announced that it has published a whitepaper to explore the opportunities that Blockchain enables including security, identity management and settlement. The whitepaper begins with defining how Blockchain supports the integration of various forms of traditional and next generation payment models. Providing real-world use cases, the whitepaper demonstrates how Blockchain relates to the communications market. The Whitepaper explores how the Pareteum Global Cloud Service Platform supports Blockchain enablement and why it’s important for mobile solutions providers to understand the basics of this new technology.

ChinaNet-Online Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNET), a parent company of ChinaNet Online Media Group Ltd., incorporated in the BVI (ChinaNet), is an integrated online advertising, precision marketing and data-analysis and management services platform. On January 23, 2018, the company announced it has entered into an agreement with Wuxi Jingtum Network Technology and Ford tree Beijing Blockchain Technology Co., Ltd. to establish a new joint venture company to research and develop blockchain technology and its applications for ChinaNet’s blockchain technical and business units. According to the Agreement, Jingtum’s Chief Technology Officer and other leading experts will be involved in the establishment of the new JV.

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) is recognized as the leading enterprise blockchain provider. Earlier this year, IBM and Maersk announced their intent to establish a joint venture to provide more efficient and secure methods for conducting global trade using blockchain technology. The aim of the new company will be to offer a jointly developed global trade digitization platform built on open standards and designed for use by the entire global shipping ecosystem. It will address the need to provide more transparency and simplicity in the movement of goods across borders and trading zones. Maersk, a global leader in container logistics, and IBM, a leading provider of blockchain, supply chain visibility and interoperability solutions for the enterprise, will use blockchain technology to power the new platform, as well as employ other cloud-based open source technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and analytics, delivered via IBM Services, in order to help companies move and track goods digitally across international borders.

HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (OTC: HVBTF) is a growth oriented company building a bridge from the blockchain sector to traditional capital markets. HIVE is strategically partnered with Genesis Mining Ltd. to build the next generation of blockchain infrastructure. In March, the company announced that they have entered into a series of agreements pursuant to which HIVE has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Kolos through the acquisition of another Norwegian entity for total consideration of approximately US$9.9 million, 4,750,000 common shares and 1,250,000 warrants. HIVE is committed to being a leader in building a clean energy future for the blockchain industry. The Kolos project, which will be run on 100% green, renewable power, is a major project demonstrating this commitment. Kolos’ primary asset is a 64-hectare property located in Ballangen, Norway, approximately 225 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, and ideally situated for the construction of a large-scale, climate-cooled data centre.

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Quality Packaging Specialists Int’l (QPSI), one of the largest, privately owned contract packaging companies in the USA, announces strategic alliance with Supply Chain Wizard to kick-start digital factory transformation

FLORENCE, N.J., May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Quality Packaging Specialists Int’l (QPSI) and Supply Chain Wizard announced their newly formed partnership, supporting QPSI’s mission to digitally refine their US-based factory network and provide a transformational value proposition to its customers, utilizing their state-of-the-art, 375,000+ sq. ft. supply chain excellence center in the heart of Florence, NJ.

QPSI announces strategic alliance with Supply Chain Wizard to kick-start digital factory transformation

This alliance was designed to create an industry success story by building digital capabilities which provide sustainable value for customers through data-driven decision making, improved technologies and overall increased efficiency and productivity.

Primarily serving Fortune 500 companies, QPSI has the broader vision of bringing first class design-to-distribution competencies to the pharma and consumer goods industries, and providing high ROI solutions to its customers. Partnering with Supply Chain Wizard equips QPSI with the latest and most effective IoT technology solutions, including a fully integrated Digital Factory suite of solutions (OEE Tracker, Scheduler and Digital Logbook for primary and secondary packaging operations) for Pharmaceuticals, Nutraceuticals, OTC, Healthcare and Consumer Packaged Goods products.

“Partnering with Supply Chain Wizard will help drive QPSI toward achieving our strategic business imperative of being Best in Class in Supply Chain Management for Outsourced Packaging by exceeding expectations of our partners through the transformation of our Operational and Quality culture.  Supply Chain Wizard is a recognized leader in Serialization strategy and implementation consulting, as well as in the Digital Factory Transformation of Manufacturing and Packaging operations.”Brian Frost, QPSI Senior Vice President, Corporate Quality

“We are very excited to partner with QPSI in their digital transformation journey. Supply Chain Wizard’s commitment to long-term strategic partnership, along with its innovative digital solutions and industry expertise, aligns perfectly with QPSI’s leadership vision for performance improvements through digital transformation.  This partnership has the potential to become a template of industry best practice in value creation and digital transformation.” – Evren Ozkaya, Ph.D., Supply Chain Wizard, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

The recently commenced transformation journey is initially focusing on Digital Factory capabilities, and will later be expanded into broader Digital Supply Chain capabilities & technologies.

About QPSI: Packaging a Great Customer Experience
Founded in 1992, QPSI has grown to its current global position, both organically and through strategic acquisitions. As a result, QPSI is currently the largest privately owned contract packaging company in the USA, as well as a leading minority owned supplier. QPSI is committed to developing and supporting a diverse, solutions based network focused on innovation, value and commitment.

About Supply Chain Wizard: Digital Innovation & Transformation
Supply Chain Wizard is a global management consulting & digital innovation firm, designing, developing and implementing digital solutions using state-of-the-art technologies such as Internet-of-Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Blockchain through its Cloud Platform to enable end-to-end Digital Supply Chain Transformations in Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical and Consumer Packaged Goods industries. Serving some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers, Supply Chain Wizard is dedicated to adding sustainable value through digital innovation and data-driven decision making from Shop Floor to Executive Boardrooms.

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Pegasystems Appoints Rupen Shah as Vice President of Independent Software Vendor Alliances and Strategy

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering customer engagement at the world’s leading enterprises, today announced it has appointed Rupen Shah as vice president of independent software vendor (ISV) alliances and strategy. In this newly created role, Mr. Shah will focus on building an ISV partner ecosystem across all of Pega’s solutions and vertical markets to build on the company’s leadership and growth in the cloud and CRM markets. 

Rupen Shah, vice president of ISV alliances and strategy, Pegasystems

Mr. Shah has more than 25 years’ experience in business development, strategic alliances, OEM sales and partnerships, and channel development. He joins Pega from Salesforce, where he held several roles within its ISV business and helped build and launch its marketing cloud ISV partner program. His most recent role was leading the strategic ISV partner team.

Prior to Salesforce, Rupen held partner program roles at Autodesk, Adobe, and Oracle, engaging with large enterprise partners. Previous positions include business development and marketing roles at several fast-growth companies.

Mr. Shah holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from San Jose State University and a Master’s in Business Administration from UCLA’s Anderson School

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“As demand continues to grow for Pega solutions, ISVs will help Pega expand the depth and breadth of its product portfolio,” said Jeff Taylor, SVP, business strategy and go-to-market operations, Pegasystems. “Rupen will help Pega to empower our clients with innovative solutions while supporting Pega’s growth.”

“Implementing an ISV program will enable Pega to bring even more innovative solutions to our clients on a broader scale,” said Shah. “I look forward to working on this exciting opportunity to define a new program that will extend the power of Pega solutions in new ways to meet our clients’ ever-changing needs.”

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 30-year history, Pega has delivered award-winning capabilities in CRM and BPM, 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

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Gridsum Announces Formation of a Special Committee to Evaluate Non-Binding Proposal

BEIJING, May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Gridsum Holding Inc. (“Gridsum” or “Company”) (NASDAQ: GSUM), a leading provider of cloud-based big-data analytics and artificial intelligence (“AI”) solutions in China, today announced that, in response to the non-binding proposal from FutureX Capital Limited received by the Company’s Board of Directors on May 8, 2018 (the “Proposal”), the Board of Directors of Gridsum has formed a special committee (the “Special Committee”) comprised of the three independent directors Mr. Peter Andrew Schloss, Mr. Xudong Gao, and Mr. Thomas A. Melcher, to evaluate the Proposal and any other alternative transactions. Mr. Schloss has been appointed as Chairman of the Special Committee.

No decisions have been made by the Special Committee with respect to the Company’s response to the Proposal or any other alternative transaction. The Special Committee has not set a definitive timetable for the completion of its evaluation of the Proposal or any other alternative transaction, and does not currently intend to announce developments unless and in the event a definitive agreement has been reached. There can be no assurance that any definitive offer will be made, that any agreement will be executed or that the transactions contemplated by the Proposal or any other alternative transaction will be approved or consummated.

About Gridsum

Gridsum Holding Inc. (NASDAQ: GSUM) is a leading provider of cloud-based big-data analytics and AI solutions for multinational and domestic enterprises and government agencies in China. Gridsum’s core technology, the Gridsum Big Data Platform, is built on a distributed computing framework and performs real-time multi-dimensional correlation analysis of both structured and unstructured data. This enables Gridsum’s customers to identify complex relationships within their data and gain new insights that help them make better business decisions. The Company is named “Gridsum” to symbolize the combination of distributed computing (Grid) and analytics (sum). As a digital intelligence pioneer, the Company’s mission is to help enterprises and government organizations in China use data in new and powerful ways to make better informed decisions and be more productive.

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This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” and similar statements. Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: unexpected difficulties in Gridsum’s pursuit of its goals and strategies; the unexpected developments, including slow growth, in the digital intelligence market; unexpected difficulties and potential delays in filing annual or other reports with the SEC; PRC governmental policies relating to media, software, big data, the internet, internet content providers and online advertising; and general economic and business conditions in the regions where Gridsum provides solutions and services. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and Gridsum undertakes no duty to update such information except as required under applicable law.

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ProfNet Experts Available on MRI Safety, Mindfulness, Loneliness, More

NEW YORK, May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Below are experts from the ProfNet network who are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area.

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Top Trends to Watch out for in 2018
Dr. Mark Keene
Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Keene shares his prediction for the top trends to watch out for in 2018: “There seems to be a huge upsurge in imaging implanted patients. This will no doubt increase indefinitely. Data and advice for imaging assets to enable this is increasing and will take big leaps forward next year. Implant-present scanning will be conducted by increasing numbers of non-specialist facilities.”
Dr. Keene is one of the co-founders and the main inventor of the core technology and patents for Metrasens, the world’s leading provider of advanced magnetic detection technologies. He is also a magnetic sensing expert with over 30 years’ experience. Dr. Keene is an elected fellow of the Institute of Physics for his contributions to science in the area of magnetics sensing, and his innovations have led to international awards from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Physics.
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2018 MRI Safety
John Posh
Director of Education and MRI Safety Officer
Posh can share his predictions for 2018 MRI safety: “The ACR has re-formed the MRI safety committee and we will likely see an updated 2018 version of the ACR Guidance Document as a result. I believe that the new version will be amendment heavy with stronger language for screening, including the recommendation for increased use of ferromagnetic detection, staffing (maintaining two trained staff at all times), and overall recommendations for MRI safety.”
Posh is director of education and MRI safety officer at Metrasens, a provider of advanced magnetic detection technologies. He has more than 25 years of clinical and research experience and more than 20 years of MRI safety teaching experience. He also has experience in teaching MRI theory, MRI physics and MRI clinical procedures. His areas of expertise include clinical and research MRI, MRI education, MRI safety consulting, staff assessment and development, imaging facility design and improvement, forensics, paleoforensics, paleopathology, and veterinary imaging. He was also the owner of MRI Safety Specialists, a specialized consulting firm dealing with unique safety aspects of MRI facilities. They helped new sites plan for safe operations, and existing sites improve their safety training and processes.
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Security Protocols at Mental Health Clinics
Dan Kuzniewski
Director of Marketing, Global Security
“Security protocols at mental health clinics have always been a tightrope walk. Patients should never be made to feel as though they are being imprisoned or have done something wrong, but the clinic should also be able to ensure the safety of everyone inside: Patients, staffers and doctors. A lot of the concerns are, ‘How do we address security and safety without having a negative effect on the patient and care for patients?'”
Kuzniewski is the director of marketing, global security at Metrasens, a leading provider of advanced magnetic detection technologies. He has 18 years of experience developing marketing strategies for growth-minded organizations in industrial manufacturing, complex electronics and security systems. Prior to joining Metrasens, Kuzniewski held marketing leadership role within Sparton Corporation, growing the organization by 300% through organic growth and acquisitions. Prior to that, he was in marketing leadership for a $2.5 billion division of Tyco International (now Atkore International). Kuzniewski holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago Quinlan School of Business.
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The Threat of Unauthorized Access to Confidential Data
Dr. Simon Goodyear
Chief Executive Officer
“The threat of unauthorized physical access to highly secure and confidential data remains high. At the same time, data recording devices are evolving in attempt to circumvent current security measures. It’s important to continue to improve physical security systems that are applicable to homeland security, event safety, corrections and mental health facilities. Another key goal is to find ways to continue to improve MRI safety practices in hospitals with the new technologies available to the industry. It begins with educating others on the tools that are accessible and what are the best practices in using them.”
Dr. Goodyear is one of the co-founders of Metrasens, a provider of advanced magnetic detection technologies. Previously, he had spent 13 years as a senior research scientist at Europe’s leading military research agency, QinetiQ. During his five years as the business manager for the Magnetics and Metal Detection team, he pioneered commercialization of military developed technologies. Dr. Goodyear has a number of patents and over 50 scientific papers to his name after working in the fields of superconducting electronics and magnetic detection.
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Moms Need Mindfulness
Julie Potiker
Mindfulness Teacher
Mindful Methods for Life
“Drop into mindfulness throughout your day, and do it every day. Even the busiest moms can carve out one minute! The more mindfulness you create in your life, the more you will rewire your brain to easily tap into that sense of calm. For example: 1) Brush your teeth mindfully; 2) Drink your morning coffee or tea mindfully; 3) Walk to/from your car mindfully.”
Potiker, attorney, author and mindfulness expert, began her serious study and investigation of mindfulness after graduating from the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at the University of California, San Diego. She went on to study with Brené Brown (the Living Brave Semester) and become a graduate of Rick Hanson’s Positive Neuroplasticity Training (Professional Course) as well as the Mindful Self-Compassion program created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer. Now, she shares these and other mindfulness techniques with the world through her Mindful Methods for Life trainings and her new book, “Life Falls Apart, but You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos.” She holds a B.G.S. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from George Washington University.
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Mental Health Month: Healing Loneliness
Dr. Bradley Nelson
Holistic Physician and Author
“1) Make a gratitude list: People suffering from depression tend to focus on the negative things in their lives rather than count their blessings. One of the most important things you can do is to make a list every day of the things in your life that are actually good. It may seem like everything is bad in your life and you don’t have any good things going on, but if you think about it, you may. 2) Choose emotions: Most people have this mistaken belief that our emotions choose us, that we are at the mercy of whatever emotions we tend to start feeling. But the reality of it is, no matter what the circumstance, we always choose our own emotions. We choose our own feelings. 3) Learn to release emotional baggage: It’s important to realize how dangerous our emotional baggage is. It is the elephant in the living room of Western medicine; the underlying cause of every disease process we suffer from as human beings. 4) Reach out: One of the best ways to overcome loneliness and isolation is to move outside yourself and take action to help others. That takes the focus away from you and enables you to turn that lens around so it is not pointed at you and all your troubles; instead your focus is pointed at somebody else who needs you.”
Dr. Nelson is a holistic chiropractic physician, a medical intuitive, and one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of bioenergetic medicine and energy psychology. His bestselling book, “The Emotion Code,” is helping people all over the world to improve their lives easily and quickly. Users of “The Emotion Code” have found freedom from emotional problems such as depression and anxiety, as well as physical problems including fatigue, pain and disease. A key element of “The Emotion Code” is removing emotional energies that have clustered around the heart, interfering with one’s ability to find love and success. Dr. Nelson has coined this cluster of emotions the “Heart-Wall,” and it has been called “the most important discovery in the history of energy medicine.” He has trained thousands of practitioners worldwide to help people overcome unresolved anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness and other negative emotions and the physical symptoms associated with them.
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lifesdna Launches During Blockchain Week NYC in Event Featuring Alex Tapscott, Dinis Guarda, John Edge, Richard Titus

LONDON and NEW YORK, May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — With a focus on access, security, intelligence and collaboration among the health, wellness and lifestyle ecosystem, lifesdna, an artificial intelligence (AI) search engine and decentralized marketplace, is launching during Blockchain Week NYC. The world’s first holistic blockchain, AI search engine will offer a wealth of wellness, healthcare and lifestyle information, data and content. lifesdna was also designed to offer a secure, decentralized marketplace for users, scientists, researchers, industry players and global influencers through a trusted PaaS (Platform as a Service).

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“Currently, data on wellness, lifestyle and healthcare is not easily accessible, exchangeable or understandable,” said Dinis Guarda, CEO and co-founder of lifesdna. “We hope to transform this paradigm and ultimately solve this challenge with our cutting edge encrypted search engine and holistic marketplace.”

By using big data in an AI-powered search engine and joining key industry players together, lifesdna intends to enhance data access and integrity, while offering secure solutions to improve access to information in the wellness, healthcare and lifestyle sectors.

The global wellness and lifestyle economy has reached $3.7 trillion, according to the Global Wellness Institute, but lacks cohesion, presenting an incredible market opportunity. Consumers, patients, researchers, influencers and healthcare organizations often suffer because they lack the information and resources needed to tackle their issues. lifesdna enables users to safely access this information while solving daily challenges in finding relevant content and data. The model is permission-based, anonymized and customizable for all audiences; and it uses advanced reward tokenomics and game theory.

“By enabling secure storage, encryption and exchange of wellness, healthcare and lifestyle information and data, we are creating an unparalleled distributed holistic solution. The possibilities for integrating research, intelligence and connections are limitless,” Guarda added. “We look forward to debuting lifesdna to the world at Blockchain (R)evolution event at the Blockchain Week NYC.”

lifesdna will launch May 13 at a special event featuring Alex Tapscott, co-author of “Blockchain Revolution,” John Edge, cofounder and chair of ID2020, Richard Titus, founder and CEO of Ark Advisors, Darren Camas, advisor at Emurgo, and Sally Eaves, co-founder of and member of the Forbes Technology Council, among other industry leaders. The event leads up to Consensus 2018 blockchain technology summit that will reflect on emerging challenges, opportunities and the social impact that blockchain and cryptocurrencies present.

About lifesdna

lifesdna is the world’s first blockchain search engine and marketplace for secure collection, storage and exchange of healthcare, wellness and lifestyle data, powered by DLT and artificial intelligence. The company is led by an experienced team of blockchain, AI, big data, business and health experts, partnering with leading universities, clinics and health organizations. Dinis Guarda, co-founder and CEO of lifesdna, has created several companies, consulted for Fortune 500 companies, lectured at Groupe INSEEC/Monaco University, and Copenhagen Business School, among others, and advised governments and regulators across the world. He has two upcoming books “Blockchain, AI and Crypto Economics – The Next Tsunami” and “Tokenomics and ICOs – How to be good at the new digital world of finance/Crypto.”

The lifesdna team includes: Jonny Fry, financial entrepreneur, DLT investor and influencer, who has previously created and listed a UK-based asset management company and has collaborated with regulators and corporations on tokenomics strategies;Vitorino Ramos, leading AI scientist and researcher,  who has collaborated with the European Space Agency and is a sought-after academic in swarm intelligence, AI and technology projects; and Ekaterina Gloersen, an experienced executive with a career spanning work for Cisco, Saxo Bank and Oanda.

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Sciometrics Selected to Present Pioneering Technology to Government S&T Community at Innovators’ Showcase

CHANTILLY, Va., May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sciometrics today presented its Lights-out Latent fingerprint matching technology to leading scientists, technologists, and engineers from the U.S. Government at the Innovators’ Showcase in McLean, VA.

Innovators’ Showcase is an annual forum hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) and Intelligence and National Security Foundation (INSF) for academia and industry to brief independent research and development (IR&D) directly to a public sector audience.     

Mark A. Walch, Sciometrics’ President, described the technology as a “major breakthrough in identity intelligence that brings fingerprints into the world of big data enabling high volume screening based upon collected latent fingerprint”. Latent fingerprints are created from the oils and amino acids that fingers deposit on surfaces they touch. Latent fingerprints are routinely captured at crime scenes, sensitive sites, improvised explosive devices and the like. Because of these origins, many latent fingerprints can be very important in vetting and screening for persons of interest. Because latent fingerprint examination is currently a semi-automated process that requires a human examiner “in the loop”, the value of these latent prints has not been exploited for high volume applications. However, Sciometrics research offers an end-to-end solution that automates all facets of the process for using prints for screening and vetting including print ingestion from photographic images, enhancement of these images and automatically matching the enhanced latent print images against reference prints or individuals. This last step addresses the aspects of latent print examination that are currently manual by applying a statistical model to produce a confidence score of the likelihood that the match between the print and an individual or reference print is correct. This statistical approach – which is analogous to DNA methodology – is currently the subject of a U.S. government study.

Innovators’ Showcase draws scientists, technologists, and engineers from across the Intelligence Community. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), as well as other agencies that contribute to national security, have attended in the past. The INSA Technology and Innovation Council has hosted the Showcase in collaboration with the ODNI’s Directorate of Science & Technology since 2010.

“INSA and INSF take great pride in providing an opportunity for government, industry, and academia to engage in technical discussions that foster innovation and collaboration. Our nation must excel at both in order to meet today’s complex national security challenges,” said Kevin Kelly, chief executive officer of LGS Innovations and chair of the INSA Technology and Innovation Council. “On behalf of INSA and INSF, I congratulate all of the presenting organizations on their selections and hope they find participation at Innovators’ Showcase valuable to their ongoing research.”

Earlier this year, INSA sought unclassified, nonproprietary abstracts from academic and private sector organizations on IR&D initiatives related to artificial intelligence, automation, and augmentation; data intelligence, visualization, and the cloud; multi-mission solutions; and other game-changing ideas. Presenting organizations then had the opportunity to brief at the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) level.

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About Sciometrics

Sciometrics has a 15 year history providing complex pattern recognition systems to the U.S. intelligence, defense and law enforcement communities.  Those systems were the precursors to an innovative fingerprint matching solution, LatentSleuth, which uses full ridgeflow information to match small latent fingerprints that are not suitable for traditional (minutiae-based) AFIS systems. The ridgeflow enhancement technology used in LatentSleuth was instrumental in extracting ridgeflow information from smartphone pictures for use in Sciometrics’ SlapShot mobile app which enables phone cameras to be used as fingerprint sensors.

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Big River Steel Attends White House Summit on Artificial Intelligence

OSCEOLA, Ark., May 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — On Thursday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy invited government officials, technical experts in academia, heads of industrial research labs and business leaders to attend the “Artificial Intelligence for American Industry” summit. Big River Steel’s chief executive officer Dave Stickler was in attendance as part of the discussions on how industries are adopting AI technologies to benefit their customers, workers and shareholders.

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A common theme throughout the summit was how AI and related technologies are creating new types of jobs and demand for new technical skills across industries, a point that particularly resonated with Stickler as he reflected on the team at Big River.

“Steel production used to be 80% brawn and 20% brains. At Big River, steel production is 90% brains and 10% brawn,” said Stickler. “Our Flex Mill™ learns from every ton of steel we produce via the data that is collected throughout the production process. Our team has developed the skills needed to work alongside that technology to show the world that the highest quality steels are produced most efficiently in the United States.”

Big River has partnered with and EFT Analytics to introduce machine learning throughout it’s steel mill in Osceola, Arkansas. Big River’s steelmaking technology was primarily supplied by SMS group and was designed to produce niche steels including advanced high strength steels (AHSS) for the automotive and transportation industries as well as electrical steels. Predicting energy consumption and optimizing scheduling are two areas where machine learning models are positively impacting Big River.

Real-world examples such as Big River’s were common throughout the meetings, proving AI and machine learning are transforming every industry. The ability to share and learn from others who are in the forefront of these technologies was a key takeaway for Stickler.

“Sitting at the table alongside of Boeing, Facebook, Ford, Pfizer, Walmart and other companies that are leading the way in terms of fully embracing industry 4.0 was an honor,” said Stickler. “I was extremely proud to present how we drive machine learning and the use of artificial intelligence throughout our company and learn how others are doing the same. It is a great testament to Big River Steel’s employees who work every day to embrace these technologies to produce steel like never before.”

More information on the Artificial Intelligence for American Industry Summit can be found here.

About Big River Steel
Big River Steel has built the world’s first Flex Mill™, a steel mini mill focused on the production of a wide product spectrum, including advanced automotive steels and electrical steels. Since operations began in 2016, Big River has provided steel products to over 180 customers in the automotive, energy, construction and agricultural industries. And that’s just the beginning. At Big River, there’s no talk of the status quo. True innovation is rebellious.


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