HumanCode Appoints Dr. Carlos Bustamante to Scientific Advisory Board

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 13:36 EDT

HumanCode, developer of next-generation personal genomics apps, today announced the appointment of Dr. Carlos Bustamante to its advisory board. This announcement formalizes Bustamante’s role in guiding the direction of this burgeoning start-up. He has been instrumental from the company’s inception, advising on both scientific methodology and product strategy.

Co-author of over 160 publications, Dr. Bustamante brings an incredible wealth of knowledge on the crucial interface between genomics, mathematics, and computational biology. With over 60 former and current academic trainees, and partnerships with biomedical industry leaders, Dr. Bustamante has established himself as a pioneer in modern scientific innovation.

HumanCode launched their flagship product BABYGlimpse on Oct. 3. BABYGlimpse is a DNA app for couples to explore the genetic possibilities of the next generation. The addition of Dr. Bustamante further solidifies the diverse and experienced advisory team that HumanCode has assembled, comprised of physicians, genetic counselors, and statistical geneticists.

“I’ve long held a strong belief in the amazing possibilities that will be unlocked when individuals can broadly access their own personal genetic information,” said Bustamante. “As I came to understand HumanCode’s unique focus — making truly consumer-friendly, mobile, and engaging apps, while maintaining a high degree of scientific rigor — I wanted to be a part of it,” he added.

“Having Dr. Bustamante join us on this journey is a tremendous validation of our vision and approach,” said Chris Glode, CEO of HumanCode. “Carlos deeply understands, on both a scientific and consumer level, what success in personal genomics should look like. He has a unique passion for bringing genomics to the mainstream, and doing it in a responsible and credible way — which aligns perfectly with how we’re going about it,” added Glode.

About HumanCode

HumanCode develops next-generation personal genomics applications. Its flagship app, BABYGlimpse, gives couples a fun and informative genetic preview into their future children. The privately held company, founded by veterans of Under Armour, MapMyFitness, and Affymetrix, is based in Denver, Colorado.

Press: brand.humancode.com

Source: HumanCode.com

Boulder Startup Launches a New Platform for Helping Students Learn Algebra and Advanced Mathematics

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 18:48 MDT

Figure Math is aiming to increase math test scores by helping students understand algebra and by helping teachers blend technology and learning to bring excitement for math back into classrooms. The interactive math app, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Oct. 11, 2017 that will run until Nov. 10, 2017 9:18 a.m. MST. Figure is seeking $25,000 to help in business development and marketing efforts. The app has been Beta tested, is fully functional and is available for multiple platforms including iOS, Android, Windows and the Web. Figure is intended to help students learn how to solve equations in an environment that simulates and follows the rules of algebra.

Figure allows the user to input any equation and explore and solve using simple drag and explore gestures that breaks down the equation step-by-step. This method turns the equation into a dynamic puzzle that not only teaches the user how to solve the problem but gives them an opportunity to play with equations without fear of making mistakes. The app is designed to make math an exploration instead of a drill and to cater to students with different learning styles.

Located in Boulder, Colorado, Figure began their journey two years ago. Andrew Randono, Ph.D. and Hans Westman, Ph.D. created the idea for the app while doing research in Theoretical Physics. During their research, they worked with long, complicated equations and soon became frustrated with the lack of modern tools to easily explore these equations. They decided a tool was needed that would allow them to easily manipulate and solve math problems. Through this process, they realized students also needed this tool and created Figure.

We are trying to fundamentally transform the way we do mathematics for the better.

Andrew Randono,
CEO

Figure strives to give students great technology and tools that excite them and give a powerful edge when it comes to math, especially algebra.

Randono and Westman say, “We are trying to fundamentally transform the way we do mathematics for the better.” Figure is partially funded by the National Science Foundation to ensure that the technology being created is improving students’ lives across the country.

To learn more or get involved with the campaign visit Figure on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/229497416/figure-math-more-than-just-a-solution

Media Contact

Sterling Engelhard​
720.982.9266
​Sterling.engelhard@alefomega.com

Source: Figure Math

Americas Market Intelligence Publishes 2018 Forecast for Latin America

Expert projections for 2018 in Latin America, ranging from politics and economics to consumer markets, healthcare, payments and more.

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 14:00 EDT

​Americas Market Intelligence—the premier market intelligence and strategy firm for Latin America—has published its 2018 Forecast for Latin America. Developed by Americas Market Intelligence’s team of experts, the forecast covers a range of key areas, including:

·         The impact of energy prices on the region’s economy and specific countries within the region​

​·         Economic trends in the U.S. and how they’ll affect LatAm in 2018

Many companies are finalizing their 2018 operating plans for Latin America, so it is our hope that this forecast provides some useful guidance to help them finish that process.

Abel Delgado,
Digital Marketing Director

·         The role of China in Latin America’s economy in 2018

·         Political changes in leading Latin American markets and their economic impact

·         The regional rebound ahead supported by GDP, FDI, employment and investor confidence data

·         2018 forecasts for the region’s leading economies: Brazil and Mexico

·         Sector trend analysis and 2018 emerging opportunities in LatAm healthcare, payments, consumer goods & retail, logistics, natural resources and infrastructure

“Many companies are finalizing their 2018 operating plans, so it is our hope that this forecast provides some useful guidance to help them finish that process and identify us as a valuable intelligence source and provider for their 2018 plans,” explains John Price, Managing Director of Americas Market Intelligence (AMI). “The daily challenges of operating in a diverse region like LAC may hinder companies from seeing the opportunities in 2018, so we’re looking to highlight those as well.”

AMI shared its 2018 Latin America Forecast on Oct. 17 via a webinar attended by more than 500 professionals throughout the region, but is now offering its full presentation for free download on its AMI Perspectiva site. “LatAm’s volatility can make it tough to forecast, but we’re hoping our 25 years of experience will help companies obtain a clearer sense of their business future in the region,” remarks Price.

To download the 2018 Forecast for Latin America, click here.

Press contact: Abel Delgado, Director of Digital Marketing, adelgado@americasmi.com​

About Americas Market Intelligence
Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) is the premier market intelligence and strategy consultancy for Latin America, providing powerful research insights for companies to succeed in a wide range of verticals in the region, including payments, healthcare, logistics, mining, oil & gas, infrastructure, consumer goods and the industrial sector. Its customized research reports deliver data-based clarity and far-reaching strategic direction based on expert sources.

Source: Americas Market Intelligence

Sacred Surrogacy Holds Retreat for Surrogates in San Diego

For the first time in the United States, Canadian based holistic support program Sacred Surrogacy, will be holding a evening retreat for Surrogates in San Diego.

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:44 EDT

​The Sacred Surrogacy movement offers a deeper way to view this remarkable journey. It is a way to embrace the beauty that is inherently a part of the pregnancy and birth process, and to navigate the path of alternative family building. Through their program intended parents and surrogates learn self care practices, as well as ways to connect to the process in a soul fulfilling and meaningful way.

 This time is a beautiful bonding time for surrogates, allowing them to learn from experienced surrogates, creating friendships, and mentor-ship opportunities. Over the evening, it is an amazing celebration of pregnancy and birth that we enjoy sharing with the surrogates. The highlight of the evening for Sacred Surrogacy staff always is having the opportunity to celebrate each participant with a special Honoring Ceremony.

 They are excited to be coming to San Diego California on Nov. 8 to host a Sacred Surrogacy Retreat gathering for Surrogates in this area. They welcome all Surrogates, independent or with any agency, to participate in this honoring and heart service evening. With only 12 spots available for this beautiful evening, they will need surrogates to reserve spots with an investment of $25.00 CAD per person. This investment will provide a Sacred Surrogacy swag bag with over $50.00 worth of merchandise and an evening of celebrating their journeys.

Surrogacy is one of the deepest drinks life has to offer and should, in all ways, be treated as sacred. We are so excited to be bringing this program to Surrogates in San Diego, regardless of agency affiliations or journey status, all Surrogates are welcome to attend this soul fulfilling evening! I feel so honored to be able to bring this community to San Diego Surrogates.

Leia Swanberg,
Co-Creator of Sacred Surrogacy

 In the Sacred Surrogacy retreats this is exactly the kind of community we want to be creating. Surrogacy is still not understood by most people and sometimes women feel like they are constantly trying to stand up for themselves. Being at Sacred Surrogacy retreats allows women to speak openly about how they are feeling without the fear of being belittled or ridiculed. They are surrounded by people who understand their generous heart and hold space for those who are having a hard time or a magical journey. Everyone also has the opportunity to be honored and honor one another.

Sacred Surrogacy recently launched their ecommerce platform, and are excited to be able to share the beauty way of surrogacy, with surrogates and intended parents from any agency, anywhere in the world. For more information: Sacred Surrogacy San Diego Surrogate Retreat

Source: Sacred Surrogacy

Captis Intelligence Announces the Appointment of Jay Jhaveri and Patric Marshall as Managing Directors

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 12:00 PDT

Captis Intelligence, a leading provider of I-4 crime solutions (Intelligence, Information, Investigation, Identification), has announced the appointment of Jay Jhaveri as Managing Director of the Asia Pacific (APAC) region and Patric Marshall as Managing Director of UK and Europe.

Their combined wealth of experience in the areas of due diligence, anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism will be pivotal in developing the growth of Captis within the financial sector across the APAC, UK and Europe marketplaces. As noted speakers, they have addressed global conferences and are considered renowned experts in the area of financial risk. The announcement of their appointment with Captis will allow for continued global expansion throughout several strategic vertical markets. With a focus on advanced facial recognition that incorporates a corresponding criminal database, the Captis Financial solution delivers a next-generation Know-Your-Client (KYC) system.

Prior to joining Captis Intelligence, Mr Jhaveri and Mr Marshall were two of the original executives of World-Check and led the expansion for nearly 12 years. World-Check was subsequently acquired by Thomson Reuters.

About Captis Intelligence

Captis Intelligence’s I-4 platform (Intelligence, Information, Investigation, Identification) provides an advanced cloud-based system for public and private sector applications. Captis unifies situational awareness, geographic crime intelligence, social media investigation, facial recognition, criminal databases, access to solveacrime.com, and secured information exchange portals for neighboring businesses and law enforcement. A global innovator, Captis is headquartered in Los Angeles and has offices in London and Singapore. Captis was founded on the principle of innovation and remains at the forefront of pioneering I-4 crime prevention & suspect identification technologies.

Source: Captis Intelligence

VR Bangers Introduces Revolution on the VR Adult Market – Brand New 360° LGBT Content Is a Game Changer

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 16:10 EDT

Today, VR Bangers, one of the first adult entertainment sites to produce Adult Virtual Reality in full 3D 360 degrees and 4K quality, announced the premiere of the first in the world 360° LGBT VR Adult content. VRB believes that in the world of tolerance, every gender and orientation should have appropriate content, so they’ve decided to promote such productions to reach out to an even wider audience.

“There were only a few companies when we started,” said Daniel Abramovich, the CEO of VR Bangers. “We all filmed with the same equipment and same actors – only scenarios were different to make it interesting. Today, there are about 20-plus VR Adult studios out on the market, but none of them have been filming content for the LGBT community.”

A few years ago, the Internet market was conquered by Virtual Reality – everyone was excited about the VR sports, games and of course the adult industry. A lot of people were denigrating the meaning of VR Adult in the global aspect of Virtual Reality, even though the demand for a new adult material was high. According to the statistics VR Adult contributions to the development of the whole market was much higher than some people would like it to be.

“We are proud to be the first VR adult studio ever to do this kind of content,” Abramovich explains. “VR still isn’t where we want it to be, and many people still don’t know what VR is – yes, they have heard about it, but never really gave it a try. Hopefully with this expansion of our audience to the LGBT markets, people will become more and more aware of Virtual Reality.”

According to VRB, someone had to take a step forward to give a chance to all genders. In the spirit of this thought, VRB decided to give it a shot and launched their newest production – the first-ever Virtual Reality adult content in 3D 360 degrees in 4K for LGBT audiences.

“Working with award-winning talents, being the leading edge of technological advancement and always keeping the fans front and center is everything we do,” Abramovich added. “That’s what our brand has always been about. Now, whatever you enjoy, you can experience it all exclusively in 4K 360° VR on these revolutionary new sites!”

On top of that new, innovative production, VRB have also recently released a custom app for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, so viewers can now enjoy their content in the highest possible quality.

Media Contact

mike@vrbangers.com

Source: VR Bangers

The Dragon Slayer, New Virtual Reality Game Released by VR Bangers and SinVR

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 16:09 EDT

Today, VR Bangers, one of the first adult entertainment sites in the world to produce Virtual Reality adult content in full 360 degrees, and SinVR have announced the release of a realistic Virtual Reality Experience Game in full 360° called The Dragon Slayer. The game was created on the occasion of the premiere of another high budget VR adult video parody inspired by the GoT TV series.

The Dragon Slayer, new Virtual Reality game in full 360° is an addition to the latest VRB movie created in collaboration with SinVR. It contains a lot of innovative and interactive content.

“It’s a really fun experience,” said Daniel Abramovich, the CEO of VR Bangers. “Our newest game will give you a smile on your face. Our members can now enjoy this game with all the unlocked positions or simply try it for free with limited positions. It’s completely different than the regular VR adult experience than we’ve ever shot so if you’ve never tried it, it’s a must!”

“In ‘The Dragon Slayer’, we let you be the hero that controls the experience,” said Eyal Erez, CEO of SinVR. “‘The Dragon Slayer’ is currently one of 12 stories, with a new one being created for you each month. Some of the biggest stars in the industry are thrilled to work with us, providing professional voice covers, motion capture and 3D scanning of their likeness. In SinVR, you get transported to an immersed worlds such as sci-fi, horror, fantasy, western – we have it all. You have to experience it for yourself to believe it!”

Source: Virtual Reality Bangers LLC

US Coachways Introduces Crowd Trips – a Major Innovation in Public and Private Bus Trip Planning

CrowdTrips.com brings the power of crowdsourcing and ride-sharing to the charter bus industry.

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:44 EDT

US Coachways (USC) is pleased to announce the launch of Crowd Trips, a new platform that changes in the way customers plan and arrange public and private bus trips for organizations and events of every kind.

At CrowdTrips.com, you can create and join trips, split travel costs on a bus chartered from the USC fleet and the largest network of independent bus operators nationwide. In addition, USC combines the buying power of the largest group hotel booking engines in the country to give customers the advantage of one-stop shopping for both transportation and lodging!

Mark Telmany, President of Crowd Trips, a US Coachways company, stated, “Technology continues to bring exciting changes to the business landscape. While our US Coachways trip consultants are always available by phone to help customers charter buses, vans and limos, our new Crowd Trips platform, puts you in control. Gone are the days where one person would have to bear the cost of the trip and manage collection among various attendees.”

Mark Telmany, President of Crowd Trips, a US Coachways company, stated, “Technology continues to bring exciting changes to the business landscape. While our US Coachways trip consultants are always available by phone to help customers charter buses, vans and limos, our new Crowd Trips platform, puts you in control.”

Mark Telmany,
President, Crowd Trips, a US Coachways company

The Crowd Trip system supports flexible payment options that guarantee an easy and secure method of splitting trip costs with friends or strangers, The system also stores all trip details in one secure location.

With Crowd Trips, you can arrange private or public trips. A public trip is a shared trip that is open for anyone to join. After setting up trip details, a group leader can invite friends, acquaintances or strangers by email or by sharing trip information through social media. Interested parties can go to CrowdTrips.com, search for the trip, find out the number of seats still available, join the trip at their convenience and pay for one person or multiple people. Trip seats are updated in real time and the group leader or ‘bus captain’ can see the trip status at any time.

Private trips are not listed in the Crowd Trips website search results, however, the trips’ group leader(s) and the people who have been invited through email or social media sharing have access to the trip details. The group leader and event organizers decide departure and return times for a private trip, who to invite to join the trip and the trip itinerary.

“Public Trips have been especially popular among activist groups looking to bring together like-minded supporters, college age students looking for transportation home for school breaks and millennials looking for safe transportation to concerts and sporting events,” said President of Sales, Joseph Lucci.

Mr. Lucci added, “If you are organizing an event for a civic or social group, school, or sports team, Crowd Trips provides an opportunity to get up to a 10% discount or earn up to 10% on charters you organize!”

About US Coachways

US Coachways is a leading bus charter company providing quality transportation and personal service nationwide for point-to-point excursions, long-distance, overnight trips, special events and more. No matter where you are traveling in the United States, US Coachways bus charter rentals offer safe, reliable transportation at affordable rates for both large and small groups.

For more information on how US Coachways’ Crowd Trip platform works, visit Crowd Trips FAQ . Alternatively, you may call a US Coachways representative at (800) 287-2427 to learn more about getting started or send an email to the USC Sales department.

Source: Crowd Trips, a US Coachways company

Scottsdale Plumbing Company Celebrates 13 Years in Business

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 21:04 EDT

Belsito Plumbing of Scottsdale, Arizona announces the successful completion of 13 years in business. The family-owned and operated the company, founded in 2004, specializes in plumbing services for commercial, residential, new construction and septic services. Its staff is very experienced and responsive to emergency situations and same-day services.

The company prides itself on quick, dependable services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Its highly experienced and factory-trained technicians have a wide range of capabilities, from small to large size and commercial to residential services.

Founder Steve Belsito states, “We are proud to pass another yearly milestone. Our business has developed a reputation for quality, dependable service throughout the Valley. Our customers are loyal and appreciate what we do. This encourages us to keep performing at a high level.”

We are grateful to our customers and our Employees for 13 happy years in business in Scottsdale, Arizona. We are determined to take it to the next level for the next 13 years. As we celebrate our 13 year anniversary now, we will continue to be our best with technology and embrace the digital world of business.

Steve Belsito,
CEO

Many companies specialize in either commercial or residential. Belsito finds that the skills required are identical, yet only a matter of scale. “Even with modern design and hi-tech appliances, plumbing is essentially the same as it has been,” says Belsito.  “Lines still get clogged, septic tanks get full and water heaters get old. We have seen it all and are always ready with fast, reliable help.”

Belsito offers a wide range of plumbing from emergency, same day services to new or remodels construction. They also provide inspection and testing assistance.  Specific help is available for sinks and faucets, garbage disposers, bathtubs and showers, toilets, sewer lines, water heaters, water softeners and RO systems, back flow testing and bio-clean drain maintenance.

Located near Scottsdale Air Park, Belsito services the entire Scottsdale/Phoenix Valley region. It enjoys a BBB rating of A+ and is top rated in Yelp, Google+ and Home Advisor.

For Information please go to: www.BelsitoPlumbing.com or call (602) 757-9472.

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Media Contact: 

Troy Bohlke​
480.584.2909

Company Contact:

Steve Belsito​
480-892-0824

Source: Belsito Plumbing

Busch Global Franchise & Sales Growth Continues Through 2017

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updated: Oct 18, 2017 15:05 EDT

​Busch Global has seen nearly $40 million in sales in 2016 and is on track to see that number to continue to grow in the third and fourth quarter of 2017. Three year sales growth has been marked at a staggering 246 percent. These results include over 60 franchise locations in several regions.

Busch Global is an Austin-based franchise consulting company that focuses on delivering the highest level of performance and profitability by providing one-on-one consulting in all areas of franchising. Starting with one location in 2007, Busch Global has quickly grown to be the largest regional developer for two separate brands.

“Our expertise is taking a business and turning it into a successful franchise. I personally work closely with the leadership teams of all our franchisor clients throughout the U.S.,” stated CEO and Founder JD Busch. “Busch Global is focused on delivering excellence and the highest level of improved performance and profitability we can for franchisor organizations. We have successfully grown a number of franchise units from single digits, to hundreds. As our growth continues into 2018 we look forward to providing valuable outsourcing services, that strategically align with the greatest needs of franchisors.”

Our expertise is taking a business and turning it into a successful franchise. I personally work closely with the leadership teams of all our franchisor clients throughout the U.S. Busch Global is focused on delivering excellence and the highest level of improved performance and profitability we can for franchisor organizations. We have successfully grown a number of franchise units from single digits, to hundreds. As our growth continues into 2018 we look forward to providing valuable outsourcing services, that strategically align with the greatest needs of franchisors.

JD Busch,
CEO and Founder

Busch Global was recently unveiled as one of Inc. Magazines’ 2017 Top 5000 Companies. This list was one of the most competitive in recent history with the average company on the list marked at an impressive three-year average growth of 481 percent.

With success in several industries Busch Global provides thorough, knowledgeable assistance using expert tactics that take businesses to the next level. This is done by consulting with business owners to provide the essential management tools for success. Services include franchise sales and field support training as well as various marketing strategies. In addition Busch Global provides site location services and lease negotiation. The company also caters to web-based franchise communities with communication technology.

For more information about Busch Global, visit www.BuschGlobal.com.

For more information contact:

Busch Global
​Azalia Hoelting​
210.439.6629
​azaliahoelting@buschglobal.com

Source: Busch Global