The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-26T23:59:38Z Verizon Launches Exponent, a New Technology and Business Venture Designed to Accelerate Growth for Global Carriers 2017-02-26T23:59:38Z verizon-launches-exponent-a-new-technology-and-business-venture-designed-to-accelerate-growth-for-global-carriers SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 27 February 2017 –  Verizon announced today the global launch of Exponent, a new business and technology venture offering a portfolio of software and internet platforms designed to enable carriers around the world to quickly deploy and launch next-generation solutions. Exponent offers a foundation for carriers to fuel their digital transformation and compete with a range of new digital service providers by expanding their Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), Media Services and Internet Services Delivery platforms.   Exponent combines Verizon’s cutting edge innovation with the operating know how of running one of the most advanced networks on the planet, to provide carriers with the right expertise and capabilities to accelerate growth, optimize performance, and monetize assets.  “As carriers around the world seek to compete with new, emerging technology players and OTT service providers, Exponent provides a cost-effective way for them to leverage Verizon’s investment and experience to diversify and help grow their revenue streams while relying on our tradition of innovation, reliability and excellence.” said Guru Pai, Chief Product Officer at Verizon.   Exponent platforms provide a broad range of business and technical benefits to carriers including:   Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Platform – designed to assist carriers to unlock and monetize their wealth of data through the application of advanced machine learning techniques, deep analytics, and artificial intelligence. This new groundbreaking platform enables services providers to utilize their unique data sets in the marketplace and open new business opportunities.   IoT Platform – from silicon to vertical solutions, this platform eliminates many of the limitations carriers have traditionally faced in managing the known complexities of its IoT growth business. By integrating a wide set of capabilities, from managing all end user devices and connections to a developer and customer marketplace, carriers are empowered to accelerate their IoT use cases.   Media Services Platform – through cross-platform video and advanced media services across multiple networks with different end point devices, this platform reduces complexity to a simple integrated end-to-end next-generation video technology, handling everything from content ingestion to the final user screen. These solutions allow carriers to easily process at scale any type of video content from linear TV feeds to live streaming, OTT and emerging formats such as 360 video and VR, at a very convenient cost structure, while delivering a rich and customizable user experience.   Internet Services Delivery Platform – with the goal of managing the ever-increasing infrastructure demand, this platform provides a powerful and flexible real-time flow-based solution that helps operators launch revenue-generating internet services, create value-based pricing and consumer engagement plans, and deliver dynamic network optimization capabilities through a simple management interface.   Cloud Computing and Storage Platform – designed and built with carrier-sized deployments in mind, this container-based architecture allows carriers to rapidly deploy new services with a focus on scale and security, all while optimizing for both performance and cost.   Exponent’s platforms were designed to bring the flexibility and openness of internet technologies with the scale and consistency of carrier-grade solutions, leveraging open source software, comprehensive application programming interfaces (APIs) and micro-services architectures.  The platforms interoperate seamlessly with existing carrier’s assets to maximize their utilization and give the customer the ability to scale as their business model evolves.  “Exponent’s approach to designing and deploying platforms with an open architecture model offers carriers an innovative and much-needed entry into new growth areas while mitigating the required investment and resources to get started. There is significant value for both sides in this model.” said Courtney Munroe, Group Vice President at IDC Research.   Created by a carrier, for carriers, Exponent has the potential to change the carrier landscape by helping to generate new revenue streams, reduce investment risk, and embrace tomorrow’s business opportunities.  “Our launch of Exponent demonstrates our commitment to providing best-in-class experiences and services to the carrier community. After many years of hard work, we are ready to launch and share our learnings, and we welcome all services providers globally to partner with us,” said Brian Higgins, Vice President and GM of Exponent.   Learn more about Exponent at the Verizon Operator Marketplace Speaker Series at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 27, 2017.  Over the four days of Mobile World Congress, Verizon will be hosting a dynamic Operator Marketplace and an engaging speaker series, showcasing products and solutions that are disrupting the technology industry. See firsthand and learn from top leaders about how innovation in platforms, content, and advertising will shape the future on a global scale. For additional information about Exponent, visit www.exponentplatforms.com   Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.   ####   VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: News releases, feature stories, executive biographies and media contacts are available at Verizon’s online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.    Media contacts Amanda Conroy and Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of Verizon Enterprise SolutionsVerizon@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200 Prospa secures $25M in funding led by AirTree Ventures; Passes $250 Million in Loans to Small Business 2017-02-24T00:03:45Z prospa-secures-25m-in-funding-led-by-airtree-ventures-passes-250-million-in-loans-to-small-business-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 24 February 2017 – Prospa, Australia’s leading online lender to small business, has secured $25M in growth funding led by AirTree Ventures – Australia’s most successful tech-focused venture capital firm. Joining the financing were Entrée Capital and Ironbridge Capital who have backed Prospa since its inception.   The deal is the largest fintech venture capital investment in an Australian business. Prospa also announced it had passed $250 Million in total loans to small businesses in Australia. The investment comes after a period of significant growth for Prospa who is now the clear market leader for online lending to small businesses in Australia.   Prospa will use the funds to accelerate its market leadership: boosting technology, product expansion and distribution, ramping up talent acquisition and building a world-class brand.   Greg Moshal, Founder and joint CEO of Prospa said continued interest from top technology investors like Airtree, and the scale of their investment, recognises the difficulties small businesses have in accessing finance, and will support Prospa in its growth phase.   "We’re driving a fundamental change in the way 2 million small business owners in Australia access finance.    “We’ve now provided over 10,000 loans and put over $250m into the Australian small business economy. All the while maintaining our ability to wow our customers, which continues to be proven through a stellar customer satisfaction score of over 90%.   AirTree Ventures’ managing partner, Craig Blair, said “Greg and Beau have built a world class team and are obsessing over how to solve customer problems in a better, faster way. They are exactly the kind of founders we want to partner with.”   "This is a coming of age of the fintech sector in Australia. Prospa is a real business solving a real problem, winning awards with tremendous customer and market feedback while achieving profitability from the very early days,” Mr Blair said.   Prospa passed $250 million in loan originations and has added a series of strategic partnerships with Westpac, Reckon and Mortgage Choice coming on board to offer Prospa’s small business loans to their customers.   Co-Founder and Joint CEO Beau Bertoli said “strong partnerships are key to Prospa’s rapid growth and future success.   “To reach more small business owners, we’ll continue to invest in partnerships with trusted brands who share our values of putting their small business customers first.   “Small businesses are the driving force of the Australian economy. We’ve solved a huge challenge of access to finance for them by building the best local lending platform, making it faster and easier to get a small business loan than it ever has been,” Bertoli said.  About Prospa Prospa is Australia’s leading online small business lender, committed to helping small businesses access the funds they need to grow. Using a proprietary technology platform and a fast, simple online application process, Prospa can approve loans and provide funding within 24 hours. Since 2011, this Australian-owned, high growth company has helped thousands of small businesses, won the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast50 Australia and the #1 Smart Company 2016, was placed fifth in AFR’s Fast Starters 2016 and is a 2015 and 2016 Telstra Business Award finalist. Prospa holds an Australian Credit Licence: no. 454782 issued by ASIC. More information can be found at www.prospa.com  About AirTree Ventures AirTree, partnering with world-class Australian entrepreneurs to build the businesses of the future. AirTree provides early and growth stage financing, advice, connections and operational know how to technology companies around the globe. AirTree is the only Australian venture firm with a globally top decile track record.www.airtree.vc  About Entrée Capital Entrée Capital is an European based venture firm that provides multi stage funding for innovative seed, early and growth stage companies all over the world.   www.entreecap.com  About Ironbridge Capital Ironbridge Capital is a private equity firm specializing in management buyout, expansion capital, middle market, and industry consolidation investments in private companies, typically in Australia and New Zealand. www.ironbridge.com.au  Media Contacts Cameron Donovan Espresso Communicationsprospa@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   Julia French AirTree Venturesjulia@airtree.vc +61 411 175 587 Prospa secures $25M in funding led by AirTree Ventures; Passes $250 Million in Loans to Small Business 2017-02-22T03:52:16Z prospa-secures-25m-in-funding-led-by-airtree-ventures-passes-250-million-in-loans-to-small-business SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 22 February 2017 – Prospa, Australia’s leading online lender to small business, has secured $25M in growth funding led by AirTree Ventures – Australia’s most successful tech-focused venture capital firm.   The deal is the largest fintech venture capital investment in an Australian business. Prospa also announced it had passed $250 Million in total loans to small businesses in Australia. The investment comes after a period of significant growth for Prospa who is now the clear market leader for online lending to small businesses in Australia.   Prospa will use the funds to accelerate its market leadership: boosting technology, product expansion and distribution, ramping up talent acquisition and building a world-class brand.   Greg Moshal, Founder and joint CEO of Prospa said continued interest from top technology investors like Airtree, and the scale of their investment, recognises the difficulties small businesses have in accessing finance, and will support Prospa in its growth phase.   "We’re driving a fundamental change in the way 2 million small business owners in Australia access finance.    “We’ve now provided over 10,000 loans and put over $250m into the Australian small business economy. All the while maintaining our ability to wow our customers, which continues to be proven through a stellar customer satisfaction score of over 90%.   AirTree Ventures’ managing partner, Craig Blair, said “Greg and Beau have built a world class team and are obsessing over how to solve customer problems in a better, faster way. They are exactly the kind of founders we want to partner with.”   "This is a coming of age of the fintech sector in Australia. Prospa is a real business solving a real problem, winning awards with tremendous customer and market feedback while achieving profitability from the very early days,” Mr Blair said.   Prospa passed $250 million in loan originations and has added a series of strategic partnerships with Westpac, Reckon and Mortgage Choice coming on board to offer Prospa’s small business loans to their customers.   Co-Founder and Joint CEO Beau Bertoli said “strong partnerships are key to Prospa’s rapid growth and future success.   “To reach more small business owners, we’ll continue to invest in partnerships with trusted brands who share our values of putting their small business customers first.   “Small businesses are the driving force of the Australian economy. We’ve solved a huge challenge of access to finance for them by building the best local lending platform, making it faster and easier to get a small business loan than it ever has been,” Bertoli said.  About Prospa Prospa is Australia’s leading online small business lender, committed to helping small businesses access the funds they need to grow. Using a proprietary technology platform and a fast, simple online application process, Prospa can approve loans and provide funding within 24 hours. Since 2011, this Australian-owned, high growth company has helped thousands of small businesses, won the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast50 Australia and the #1 Smart Company 2016, was placed fifth in AFR’s Fast Starters 2016 and is a 2015 and 2016 Telstra Business Award finalist. Prospa holds an Australian Credit Licence: no. 454782 issued by ASIC. More information can be found at www.prospa.com  About AirTree Ventures AirTree, partnering with world-class Australian entrepreneurs to build the businesses of the future. AirTree provides early and growth stage financing, advice, connections and operational know how to technology companies around the globe. AirTree is the only Australian venture firm with a globally top decile track record.www.airtree.vc  Media Contacts Cameron Donovan Espresso Communicationsprospa@espressocomms.com.au +61 2 8016 2200   Julia French AirTree Venturesjulia@airtree.vc +61 411 175 587 Cylance names Daniel Doimo as President and Chief Operating Officer 2017-02-14T23:30:00Z cylance-names-daniel-doimo-as-president-and-chief-operating-officer-1 SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 15 February 2017 – Cylance® Inc., the company replacing traditional antivirus with AI-powered prevention that blocks everyday malware along with today’s most advanced cyber threats, today announced that Daniel Doimo has been named President and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Doimo brings extensive management experience and global perspective to Cylance’s executive team during a period of rapid growth and expansion. As President and COO, Doimo will have responsibility for the company’s sales, marketing, business development and professional services organisations. He will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stuart McClure.   “Daniel has built an impressive track record of operational, commercial, and strategic achievements leading large global organizations,” said Stuart McClure, co-founder and CEO at Cylance Inc. “His wealth of experience with Fortune Global 500 executives and enterprise data center management has given him a clear understanding of precisely what our marketplace needs and how best to deliver it. I’m delighted to be working with him as Cylance enters its next stage of expansion.”   Doimo brings to Cylance strong C-suite partnerships and a proven ability to drive organisations through various stages of development to become truly global companies. Having worked extensively with major infrastructure companies, web giants, and the telco/colocation industry, he holds a broad and deep understanding of the needs of end markets and their data centres, which require the highest levels of cybersecurity to protect customer data and meet regulatory requirements. Doimo has particular expertise in the intersection of critical enterprise infrastructure and the Internet of Things.   “Cylance is experiencing dramatic growth with the success of its AI-based approach to prevention of cyber-attacks, and the company is well prepared to drive the next level of global expansion and revenue growth,” said Daniel Doimo. “Over my career I have had a strong customer bias and a belief that a successful company must have a great sense of purpose. The mission of Cylance ‘to protect every computer, user and object under the sun’ resonates perfectly well with me. It’s a tremendous pleasure to join Stuart and the leadership team.”  About Daniel Doimo   Before joining Cylance, Doimo was the Executive Vice President of Global Solutions and a member of the executive committee of Schneider Electric. During his 12 years at Schneider, he was instrumental in the merger of MGE UPS Systems with APC, and then led the Power Business Unit, the IT business, and finally Global Solution, a division regrouping services, software and strategic end user segments.   Doimo built strong industry relationships that helped determine major capital decisions for Fortune 2000 companies. Earlier in his career, he served as Vice President of Services and Vice President of Industrial and Technical Operations at MGE UPS Systems, prior to the sales of MGE to Schneider Electric in 2004. Doimo, who is bilingual in English and French and proficient in other languages, holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and an electrical engineering degree from a French engineering school.  About Cylance® Inc.   Cylance is the first company to apply artificial intelligence, algorithmic science and machine learning to cybersecurity to prevent the most advanced security threats in the world. Using a breakthrough predictive analysis process, CylancePROTECT® quickly and accurately identifies what is benign and what is a threat, and prevents malicious code from ever executing on a targeted system. By coupling advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence with a unique understanding of an attacker’s mentality, Cylance provides technology and services that are truly predictive and preventive against the most advanced threats. For more information visit: http://www.cylance.com/  Social Networks Blog: blog.cylance.com   Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CylanceInc LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/company/cylanceinc YouTube:  www.youtube.com/cylanceinc  Media contacts Amanda Conroy and Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of Cylance +61 2 8016 2200Cylance@espressocomms.com.au Data breaches becoming more complex, pervasive and damaging, finds Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Digest 2017-02-14T23:30:00Z data-breaches-becoming-more-complex-pervasive-and-damaging-finds-verizon-s-2017-data-breach-digest RSA 2017, San Francisco – Data breaches are becoming more complex and are no longer confined to just the IT department, but are now affecting every department within an organization. Each breach leaves a lingering, if not lasting imprint on an enterprise, finds the 2017 Data Breach Digest.    As we found in the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), the human element is again front and center this year. Humans continue to play a significant role in data breaches and cybersecurity incidents, fulfilling the roles of threat actors, targeted victims and incident response stakeholders.   Now in its second edition, Verizon’s Data Breach Digest details 16 common breach scenarios, inviting the reader to take a behind-the-scenes look at cyber investigations that tell the stories behind the company’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The cases are each told from the perspective of the various stakeholders involved, such as corporate communications, legal counsel, or the human resources professional.   “Data breaches are growing in complexity and sophistication,” said Bryan Sartin, executive director, the RISK Team, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “In working with victim organizations, we find that breaches touch every part of an organization up to and including its board of directors. Companies need to be prepared to handle data breaches before they actually happen in order to recover as quickly as possible. Otherwise, breaches can lead to enterprise-wide damage that can have devastating and long-lasting consequences such as a loss of customer confidence or a drop in stock price.”    “The Data Breach Digest is designed to help businesses and government organizations understand how to identify signs of a data breach, important sources of evidence and ways to quickly investigate, contain and recover from a breach,” added Sartin.    2017 Data Breach Digest scenarios based on type, industry, incident pattern and stakeholder involvement   The report once again confirms that there is a finite set of scenarios that occur with data breaches but many permutations occur within each, leading to an expansive range of damage that can be observed in the aftermath of a data breach. Breaches in the Digest are defined by type of breach, industry, one of nine DBIR incident patterns, and by stakeholder involvement.   This year’s 16 data breach scenarios are also classified according to their prevalence and lethality in the field. Ten of the cases represent more than 60 percent of the 1,400 cases investigated by Verizon’s Research, Investigations, Solutions and Knowledge (RISK) Team over the past three years, while the other six are less common but considered lethal or highly damaging to an organization.    For each scenario, you go through a detailed analysis of how the attack occurred, level of sophistication, threat actors involved, tactics and techniques used and recommended countermeasures. Content is derived from the RISK Team caseload and categorized according to the standardized VERIS (Vocabulary for Event Recording and Incident Sharing) Framework used to compile the DBIR.    The report groups the 16 scenarios into four different types of breaches and gives each a personality, including these select examples:   The human element Partner misuse – The Indignant Mole  Disgruntled employee  – The Absolute Zero   Conduit devices Mobile assault  – The Secret Squirrel  IoT calamity – The Panda Monium Configuration exploitation Cloud storming – The Acumulus Datum  DDoS attack – The 12000 Monkeyz Malicious software Crypto Malware – The Fetid Cheez Unknown unknowns – The Polar Vortex   This year’s report points to five actions an organization should take in the aftermath of a breach:   Preserve evidence; consider consequences of every action taken Be flexible; adapt to evolving situations Establish consistent methods for communication Know your limitations; collaborate with other key stakeholders Document actions and findings; be prepared to explain them.   Verizon’s Data Breach Digest series To preserve anonymity, Verizon has modified/excluded certain details of each real-world situation including changing names, geographic locations, quantity of records stolen and monetary loss details. Everything else has been imported straight from Verizon’s case files.   The Verizon RISK Team performs cyber investigations for hundreds of commercial enterprises and government agencies across the globe. In 2016, the RISK team investigated more than 500 cybersecurity incidents in more than 40 countries.  In 2008, the results of this team’s field investigations were the genesis of the first Data Breach Investigations Report, an annual publication that dissects real-world data breaches with the goal of enlightening the public about the nature of threat actors behind the attacks, the methods they use, including the data they seek and the victims they target.   To access the full digest, visit: http://verizonenterprise.com/databreachdigest     Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.   ####   VERIZON’S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts and other information are available at Verizon’s online News Center at www.verizon.com/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.   ### Verizon Enterprise Online News Room: News releases, blog posts, media contacts and other information are available at Verizon Enterprise Solutions News & Insights (news.verizonenterprise.com). News from Verizon Enterprise Solutions is also available through an RSS feed at http://www.verizonenterprise.com/rss-options/.  Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T22:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Parents twice as worried about cyberbullying than drugs 2017-02-02T23:05:55Z parents-twice-as-worried-about-cyberbullying-than-drugs AUSTRALIAN parents are more than twice as worried about cyberbullying and online safety than they are with drugs and alcohol, according to new research. Telstra's Schoolyard to Screen study found 40% of Australian parents ranked cyberbullying and bullying among their biggest worries, while 20% said they were concerned their kids would be unsafe using the internet. This compared to 9% of parents who were worried their child would consume alcohol or try smoking and 15% concerned their child would take drugs. Two in three parents (68%) said more help was needed to educate and empower young people about cyber bullying. Social Media Worldwide founder Corinna Essa said there had never been as many victims as now with cyberbullying because it was easy for people to create fake profiles. “Anyone with an internet connection can bully, without having to reveal their real identity,” Mrs Essa said. “They can bully their victims 24 hours a day and the bullying can follow the person anywhere with a few clicks. Even worse, the humiliation can be seen by hundreds, if not thousands, of people.” She said with the rise of the selfie and more teens asking for plastic surgery than ever before, children were more self-conscious than ever. “If you don’t get many likes on your social media, it can really shatter you as a kid,” Mrs Essa said. “It causes emotional and psychological distress, fear, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. The effects can be just as bad as child abuse.” One in 3 children worldwide reports being bullied, according to Dieter Wolke, a professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England. How to spot if a child is being bullied. If they: Become sad, angry or anxious during or after using the internet or phone Avoid talking about their computer or phone activities Withdraw from family, friends and activities they normally enjoy Experience a drop in grades Are reluctant to go to school or to specific classes or activities Show changes in mood, behavior, sleep patterns, appetite or are depressive This is what parents can do about it: Not cut internet access or children will stop sharing if bullying occurs Teach their children the safe use of internet Spend quality time with their children so they can build their self-esteem and become more resilient Teach their children to report any bullying comments (within social networks, you can report abusive posts) and block the person Teach their children to ignore, not respond, as it will trigger more bullying Parents should also be good listeners, so the child feels it’s safe to speak openly about what is happening and trust the parents Save the evidence with screenshots Mrs Essa, 32, is known internationally as the go-to person when it comes to social media marketing. She has helped thousands of people and businesses from Australia, the UK, New Zealand, UAE, Switzerland and Cyprus get consistent returns from their social media marketing efforts. She has gone from being unemployed to a multi-millionaire in five years and now runs four companies with her internet marketing husband, aka The Webinar Guy, Steven Essa. Together, they run online marketing seminars and workshops around Australia three times a year and in NZ, the UK and US once a year. From their penthouse base on the Gold Coast, they manage 27 team members from around Australia, France, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Philippines and India and turnover $4 million per year. Mrs Essa’s book Money on Demand - the 16 Fastest Ways to Become a Millionaire Online – is due out on February 15, 2017. She has applied to be a foster parent through Anglicare and aims to be actively involved in helping children from dysfunctional families. “I want to see a family for every orphan and help to support foster agencies in Australia,” she said. For more details, visit www.socialmediaworldwide.com The Coaching Circle shares five reasons to have a business coach in your corner for success this year. 2017-01-19T04:19:15Z the-coaching-circle-shares-five-reasons-to-have-a-business-coach-in-your-corner-for-success-this-year How do you envisage 2017 will shape up for your business? Is it a year in which you hope to reach goals, make progress and increase that all-important bottom line? Many business owners start the year with a bevy of fresh resolves, determined to wipe the slate clean and start with renewed vigour after a well-earned rest. If that description fits your state of mind, here are five ways a coach can help get you there in a faster, more efficient fashion, thanks to the Coaching Circle’s founder Clive Enever. The year ahead Goals and achievements are probably at the forefront of your mind as you start 2017, but the key will be enacting them swiftly and effectively. That involves setting targets and implementing the plans to reach them, and there’s nothing like having a coach in your corner to help you go above and beyond the standard list of things to do. A coach is that little voice in your ear compelling you to think big, shoot for the moon and then build the right strategies to reach your trajectory, whether that’s new equipment, better systems and procedures or a honed and workable business plan. Fresh perspective A business owner knows their enterprise like no other person can, but months and years of working within the confines of the same operation can see you set in your ways and unable to identify areas that could be changed for the better. There’s no time like the present to bring in a fresh perspective with a coach you can trust to take a look at how you operate and identify areas of growth, refinement and improvement. Your customer Just as your business operation will evolve over the years, so too does your customer. What does your customer look like in 2017? What piques their interest, what income do they have and what does their life look like? Over the years you may have written vision statements, business plans, customer profiles and marketing strategies, but what worked in previous years may not apply now. The New Year provides an opportunity to view your customer afresh, with some welcome outside assistance to identify and reach them this year and beyond. Your bottom line Business is all about the bottom line, but how well do you know yours and the potential it may have? With the end of the financial year months away and the last BAS of 2016 safely filed, now is the opportunity to seek expert assistance to look at your figures and the hidden secrets they could reveal. It’s the chance to look at what they mean and where they could be in 12 month’s time. Your impetus Like those beautifully ruled pages and the neat handwriting that heralds the beginning of the school year, the business New Year often starts with the best intentions. However, maintaining the constant impetus to drive your business forward while juggling the day-to-day intricacies of leading a team and enterprise is a challenge for many a proprietor. Having a mentor in your corner to help you establish goals and meet them is possibly the most valuable investment you could make this year, driving you forward whatever outcome you desire. The last word In truth any time of year is a valuable opportunity to take a critical view of your business, but with a New Year and new opportunities awaiting, why not make it now? The Coaching Circle has a vast selection of highly skilled coaches and mentors available to assist businesses achieve whatever goal they seek. You can peruse our experts here, or contact us directly for further advice.  Dell Boomi Names VP of Business Development to Expand Global Partner Channel 2017-01-19T01:39:59Z dell-boomi-names-vp-of-business-development-to-expand-global-partner-channel ROUND ROCK, Texas--Dell Boomi (Boomi) today announced that it has appointed David Tavolaro as its vice president of business development. Tavolaro is responsible for advancing Boomi’s fast-growing global partner channel, which has grown more than fifty percent in the last year. His appointment reflects Boomi’s commitment to strengthen its channel to support growing global demand for its award-winning integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) to help organizations rapidly and cost-effectively integrate data across applications in hybrid IT environments of cloud-based and legacy on-premises systems. In this role, Tavolaro heads up Boomi’s go-to-market strategy and execution across a partner network of independent software vendors (ISVs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and regional IT consultancies, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and referral partners. “The channel is in our DNA and has been a vital part of our success to date. We believe it will be an accelerator for growth as Boomi expands globally,” said Will Corkery, Boomi VP of worldwide sales and business development. “David’s deep industry and operational experience, combined with growing global demand for iPaaS cloud integration will help further Boomi’s position as the number one integration cloud for companies of all sizes.” Tavolaro brings to Boomi more than two decades of sales, channel and executive management leadership experience in the enterprise software and services industry. Prior to Boomi, Tavolaro served for nearly 11 years as vice president, sales, at the systems integration and technology management firm Anexinet. Before that, he held senior-level positions at Computer Sciences Corporation, DataChannel, Actium and Accenture. “Boomi has revolutionized integration in the cloud. Its ability to connect cloud platforms, software-as-a-service applications, and on-premises systems is unprecedented,” Tavolaro said. “I’m thrilled to join Boomi and contribute to its advancement and leadership in the fast-growing iPaaS market. Using the Boomi platform, forward-thinking partners will capitalize on an incredible opportunity to power digital transformation for their customers to drive innovation and help them leapfrog the competition.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organizations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM, and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell and Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Impression DJs and Orso celebrate prestigious ABIA 2016 wins 2017-01-17T03:44:55Z impression-djs-and-orso-celebrate-prestigious-abia-2016-wins Sydney, Australia, 17th January 2017, The Australian Bridal Industry Academy hosted the 20th New South Wales Annual Bridal Industry Awards at the exquisite Dockside Cockle Bay on the 6th of December. The awards determine the best wedding crews in New South Wales. A total of 37 categories were acknowledged for the contribution, which they make to the wedding industry. A grand total of 6,416 New South Wales couples selected 423 nominees, 290 finalists and 37 winners. Representing location venues, camera people, beauty stylists, fashion designers, musicians and entertainers, transport, jewellery, set designers and stylists, food and catering, hire and special services for what was a spectacular showcase of New South Wales’ Best V.O.W.S. (Vendors Of Wedding Services). Impressions DJs won the Disc Jockey award at the prestigious event. They ranked in 99.91% out of all the finalists. Impression DJs also placed as a finalist in the Master of Ceremonies category. Impression DJs has won prominent awards in the Disc Jockey category a total of nine times! Trent Cooper, Director, Impression DJs states: “We are thrilled to be recognised for our “best in the industry” services by ABIA. We are grateful to our past brides and grooms who helped us to win this prestigious award. We strive to offer the very best service and to be awarded a 99.91% satisfaction rating is a true reflection of the dedication of all of our staff and DJs.” Orso Bayside Reception won the award for best reception venue with ranking of 99.72%. They also acquired the award for best function coordinator at a ranking of 99.76%. Orso has been involved with ABIA for 3 years. Orso has previously won Best Venue in NSW. Amy Stagnitta, Sales Manager, Orso, says: “We are so humbled to have won these very prestigious awards. We are grateful to be nominated by our past brides and grooms. We are so blessed to have the dedicated staff we do who have been with us since the beginning.” “Julie and I are privileged to be in this business, we aim to make our weddings extremely personalised and unique and strive for perfection each time.” Both businesses are proudly local Northern Beaches and Mosman businesses. The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated Impression DJs and Orso as winners of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy Award. Mr O’ Meara went onto say that it was businesses like Impression DJs and Orso which enhanced and enriched the industry, through their tireless pursuit of excellence in Designing the Dream for each and every one of their unique wedding couples. On behalf of all the New South Wales couples who tied the knot over 2015/2016, we say thank you Impression DJs and Orso for the passion, pride and professionalism which you bring to the wedding industry and the assistance, advice and support which you bestow upon the future brides and grooms of New South Wales. -ENDS- If you would like to request photos or interviews, please contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com About Impression DJs: Winner of the ABIA (Australian Bridal Industry Academy) award for a total of 9 years. Impression DJs is the only DJ Company in NSW inducted into the ABIA Hall of Fame. Awarded numerous Wedding Certificates as the best supplier at their wedding by brides in NSW .Rated as the preferred company by many premium function venues. - Highly experienced professionals providing a personal service at your wedding and behind the scenes. Our DJ's have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the wedding industry, many having upwards of 10 years providing entertainment at weddings. Our DJs dress in accordance with the dress code on the invitations. http://www.impressiondjs.com.au/ About Orso: Orso is superbly positioned on Sydney’s Middle Harbour adjacent to the Spit Bridge in Mosman. It is modern elegantly appointed and has a spectacular marine panorama of Middle Harbour scenery, sailing boats, pleasure craft and cruisers. Orso boasts an abundance of natural light through clear floor-to-ceiling glass expanses and can cater for functions of up to 250 guests. Orso is an absolute waterfront, it has its own beach, jetty and deck, and a resident family of photogenic pelicans can be seen paddling outside at most times.In keeping with its origins as a boatshed, guests can arrive by boat and tie up at Orso’s private jetty, or utilize ample car parking on either side of Spit Road. Our rectangle tables allows a flexible number of guests per table who can enjoy intimate conversation whilst not missing out on our spectacular water view overlooking middle harbour. http://www.orso.com.au/ utine is just about one of the most important things you do as a parent of a young baby. CoziGo helps you achieve this allowing you to maintain your lifestyle and still get out and about with your baby on board. This cosy sleep cover is universal to all prams and strollers and fits on airline bassinets too. CoziGo can be used every day from birth to toddlerhood. 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Startup&Angels #4 - Meet promising Startuppers and Business Angels in Sydney 2017-01-17T01:47:12Z startup-amp-angels-4-meet-promising-startuppers-and-business-angels-in-sydney Sydney, Monday 16 January 2017 - After a successful edition in November, Startup&Angels is coming back on Thursday, 16 February 2017, from 5.45pm to 8pm, at WeWork Pyrmont, 100 Harris St in Sydney. It is the perfect opportunity to discover the founders of promising startups while networking with fellow investors and entrepreneurs around some wine, beer and authentic French crepes by Chez la Chaz’ after short and sharp presentations.   Organised by Australiance & Wombat Capital, the three successful previous editions of Startup&Angels allowed 18 companies to be introduced to more than 200 attendees and discovered by thousands of people through its online and offline networks.   The next edition will gather 6 speakers coming to introduce their startups or give some insightful advice about how to develop successful businesses in Australia. Speakers include Olga Oleinikova, CEO & Co- Founder of Persollo, offering an Instant check-out & conversion optimization platform ; Paul Bennetts, Founder & CEO of Spaceship, disrupting the superannuations and backed by Mike Cannon-Brookes from Atlassian,  ; Erika Wielopolska, CEO & Co-founder of WePlanr, disrupting the wedding planning industry ; Enguerrand Vidor, CEO & Founder of Leezair, an AirBnb for activities ; Ewan Le Bouris, Founder and CEO of SafeMate and Barrett Nash and Peter Kariuki founders of SafeMotos, pitching live directly from Kigali in Rwanda about their startup offering a similar service to Uber in Rwanda but for moto taxis.   After the inspiring talks, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy wine, beers and authentic French crepes and discuss with the founders. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a future entrepreneur or a private investor, join the event where startups meet angels in a relaxed atmosphere in WeWork Pyrmont (Sydney CBD). Early bird tickets are now available for the event, on www.startupandangels.com If you want to learn more about the event, check out the official website on startupandangels.com and discover the backstage of the previous edition on australiance.com/startup-angels. Kordia Solutions Australia Sees Significant Business Benefits from Dell Boomi Cloud-Based Integration 2017-01-17T00:00:00Z kordia-solutions-australia-sees-significant-business-benefits-from-dell-boomi-cloud-based-integration Sydney, Australia – Jan. 17, 2017 – Dell Boomi has announced that Kordia Solutions Australia has transformed its internal processes and customer services delivery capabilities using Boomi’s AtomSphere integration platform as a service (iPaaS). The alignment of data across key ERP and warehouse platforms has resulted in significant cost savings for the business. Kordia is a communications, cyber security, broadcast and infrastructure services provider which operates in both Australia and New Zealand. Following a period of significant business expansion – and with renewed focus on providing innovative digital customer service solutions – Kordia Solutions Australia recognised its former business processes were not operating to optimum performance levels. Previously, Kordia Solutions Australia’s core platform which is responsible for finances, warehouse management and customer interactions was not connected with the wider ecosystem, and therefore unable to transfer data in real-time – this meant there was potential for misalignment of records. As part of a comprehensive digital business transformation to create seamless data flow throughout the organisation, Kordia Solutions Australia identified the need for effective integration that would allow in-house applications, SAP and cloud-based applications to share data and create visibility for all employees and end users. In doing so, Kordia was able to reduce the cost of data reconciliation under its former processes. Kordia Solutions Australia selected Boomi for its powerful and scalable cloud-based integration capabilities, as well as the simplicity of the platform. Alternative platforms were developer-focused and required the deployment of additional resources which would generate additional costs. “With a new digital customer strategy in place, we implemented Boomi to help provide the ‘software glue’ between our network and applications to manage secure access to, and exchange of, information amongst our staff and customers located throughout Australia,” said Mark O’Dwyer, General Manager IT, Kordia Solutions Australia. “Boomi has delivered direct and measurable benefits; we now have peace of mind in knowing our data is up to date and accurate across integrated systems, allowing us to connect with customers and partners, improving time-to-value externally.” “Boomi was attractive because there was no requirement to hire and engage developers, and no dedicated resources were needed to complete the implementation. Training existing staff to use Boomi was simple because the platform is configurable through visual design and inbuilt connectors, making it significantly easier to understand,” said O’Dwyer. Kordia implemented Boomi AtomSphere with support from Boomi partner and integration specialist, WDCi Group, which was engaged from the start of the project to aid the design and deployment process. WDCi ensured the roll-out was simple due to its expertise in integrating to SAP and experience with web services, file and database application vendors. “Lacking complete visibility across an organisation’s in-house applications can result in significant unexpected costs, particularly for companies that manage large stock levels,” said Michael Evans, Managing Director Asia-Pacific and Japan, Dell Boomi. “By integrating systems via Boomi AtomSphere, Kordia Solutions Australia has streamlined its environment to ensure that data is effectively synchronised and readily available so that employees can provide services to their customers without delay while costs are kept down.” About Dell Boomi Dell Boomi delivers the first and only multi-purpose PaaS for AtomSphere integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS), Master Data Management (MDM) and API Management, and enables customers to integrate any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding. Organizations of all sizes, from growing mid-market companies to very large enterprises, enjoy rapid time to value as a result of drastically reduced implementation times and substantial cost savings over traditional integration, MDM and API management solutions. Visit http://www.boomi.com for more information. © Dell, Dell Boomi are trademarks of Dell Inc. Dell disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. Mumsomnia: New Facebook group for Mums that encourages face to face connections 2017-01-10T03:31:26Z mumsomnia-new-facebook-group-for-mums-that-encourages-face-to-face-connections Emma Lovell is a Sydney Mum of two. The public know her from Shark Tank where she won over one of the sharks with her innovative sleep, sun and travel product CoziGo (formerly known as Fly Babee). She has also won various awards such as the AusMumpreneur Emerging Business for 2016 and the Optus My Business Award for Wholesaler of 2016. Emma set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free zone for Mums. This social media group encourages mothers to meet up face to face. Emma Lovell states: "For me, being a new mum was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been and I think there are so many women out there that need support outside of their immediate family and friends. I set up Mumsomnia to provide a judgement free space for women to connect and make a plan to meet up face to face. Social Media is making us all anti-social and we all spend far too much time attached to our phones." We’re hoping 2017 will see Mumsomnia connect more mums face to face and forge some lifelong memories and friendships. All we ask, is if you have nothing nice to say when in this space, don’t say anything at all! Emma adds: "You don’t have to be a “billy no mates” to come and join Mumsomnia, you may feel disconnected from your current friends at this new stage of your life, have moved to a new area or just fancy meeting a fresh face and make a new connection. Once there, in order to make it happen, you must make the effort to give a shout out to other members and make time for a coffee date with the kids or throw caution to the wind and make a plan to have a kid free dinner with a cocktail or two!!" *** Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Finally, a solution for January birthdays! No more receiving re-gifted Xmas gifts! 2017-01-05T03:01:54Z finally-a-solution-for-january-birthdays-no-more-receiving-re-gifted-xmas-gifts Over the last ten days, bins around Australia have been full to capacity with rubbish, packaging, gift tags and wrapping paper. Sydney Mums, Julie Tylman and Ali Linz, created Group Together to avoid waste from unwanted gifts, packaging and wrapping paper. Julie Tylman, co-founder of GroupTogether, explains: “Ali and I have seven children combined. We met for coffee one day after a weekend of ferrying kids to and from birthday parties. We were exhausted from the driving, parking, buying, wrapping gifts, drop offs and pick-ups involved in attending kid’s parties. We were also gob-smacked at the amount of money we had spent (7 kids’ x 2 parties’ x $20ish gifts + wrapping & card) only to find out that the birthday kids either already had the gifts, were given multiple copies of the gifts or didn’t love them.” They created GroupTogether, an easy online tool that makes it easy to pool funds to give one gift that’s really wanted without the waste. Friends can also add a photo and message to the group card. For those who want to “give back”, there’s the option to donate a portion of the gift pool to your favourite charity. The business has grown and now has 20 000 users who have organized group gift collections through GroupTogether. One of the most popular types of collections at the end of 2016, was end of year teacher’s gifts. Ali Linz, co-founder GroupTogether, continues: “As well as cutting out the waste, we also felt that there was an opportunity to create a culture of mindful giving. That’s why we made it easy to donate a bit of the group gift to charity so kids can learn the joy of giving back.” Julie Tylman, co-founder, GroupTogether concludes: “I really feel for the January babies, they struggle. No need to give the sad, re-gifted Chrissie present, instead friends can keep their new year's resolution and stay on budget by pooling their money together and giving one great gift.” Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Group Homes Australia and Heathley celebrate business growth by donating to Orange Sky Laundry 2017-01-05T01:01:16Z group-homes-australia-and-heathley-celebrate-business-growth-by-donating-to-orange-sky-laundry Sydney, Australia, 5th January 2017, Group Homes Australia, who offers a unique model of dementia care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment, celebrates a successful 2016 by giving back to the community. Group Homes Australia and Heathley have donated to the innovative charity, Orange Sky Laundry. Group Homes Australia and Heathley recently entered into a property partnership. The partnership, which is designed to drive future growth, has Heathley agreeing to fund the purchase and development of Group Homes Australia (GHA) residences through its existing Heathley Aged Care Property Fund No.1 (Fund). GHA and Heathley have chosen to support Orange Sky Laundry because they are keen to support a charity that works with the homeless. The teams at GHA and Heathley love the Orange Sky Laundry concept. Jonathan Gavshon, General Manager at GHA says: “At GHA we are able to offer people living with dementia a beautiful home environment, with round the clock, best in class care. As the business grows and more people are able to benefit from living in a Group Home Australia environment, we wanted to acknowledge people living without a home. We are enormously impressed by the innovation, vision and revolutionary care that Orange Sky Laundry offers and are delighted to be able to demonstrate our support with a monetary donation to ensure they can continue the amazing work that they are doing.” Lucas Patchett, Co-founder of Orange Sky Laundry says: “Orange Sky Laundry believes in treating others how they want to be treated and providing a platform for positive and non-judgmental conversations. Donations such as this allow us to continue operating our 12 vans around Australia, run by more than 700 amazing volunteers who facilitate over 7.2 tonnes of free laundry and 1,200 hours of conversations.” Group Homes Australia and Heathley are passionate about the community and giving back to those who require support. In 2017, Group Homes Australia will run a series of local community events to allow locals to see the homes and engage with the residents and staff at Group Homes Australia. -ENDS- About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 About Heathley Limited: Since incorporation in 1977, Heathley has had a proud history of finding, structuring and managing property investment portfolios for wealthy individuals, families, and institutions. The principal operations of Heathley is property funds management - having successfully established 40 property funds throughout its 40-year history. The Board and Management of Heathley Limited have a diverse mix of experience and skills and currently manage nine property funds with total funds under management of approximately $550 million. Website: www.heathley.com.au