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New Delhi, India - January 16, 2017 - Capabiliti – the platform promoted by Qustn Technologies has taken a completely new approach to solving some key problems faced by SMBs and Enterprises, and launched Capabiliti Wizards, a technology based device-agnostic platform that allows companies to put up their content seamlessly and train anyone on-the-go.
Elaborating on this development, Mrigank Tripathi, Founder and CEO of Qustn Technologies said, “There are many users who are evolved and comfortable with terms like LMS, mobile learning etc., but there are 10 times that many who just want to get their training problem solved. By launching Capabiliti Wizards, we hope to take away the need for anyone to be bothered with technical jargons or systems, rather just focus on solving your specific problem. The first wave solves the problems of sales, product and compliance trainings, as well as allows conducting critical ready-to-use assessments, surveys and feedback internally. We will continue to add more Wizards to solve other relevant training and engagement problems of SMBs. We have kept the product very affordable, and have been getting some great feedback on it”.
This decision has been taken post studying the data gathered through a research conducted across 1294 SMB decision makers. Over 987 of those surveyed didn’t use formal technology systems and weren’t very conversant with it. 523 of said they wanted to explore technology, but didn’t know how it fit in their present scenario. Two key findings came out very strongly.
Firstly, training the sales force on the product or offering – how to sell it, and how to communicate the features-advantages-benefits of the same in a manner that remained consistent down to the last mile. The second was standard or mandatory assessments that needed to be taken by multiple users. A third ancillary problem that came out was about the prevalent pricing model that hindered technology adoption. Almost every product uses a subscription based approach – and that’s sometimes a deterrent. With Capabiliti Wizards, you have the flexibility of using the product for a single use in case the requirement is sporadic, or taking a subscription approach.
Talking about the need for such a product, Abhishek Joshi, a Capabiliti user and Head L&D of IndiaMart, said, “I used to always struggle with trying to figure out how to update my sales team or conduct mandatory assessments – and till now, it used to be over phone calls and web demos, which didn’t always work given the need for everyone to be available at the same time. Further – it didn’t allow me to track every individual user. It was more like face to face training, without the actual understanding of who is ready to sell and who isn’t. Capabiliti Wizards solves all of that and provides reports on the training progress.”
Sachin Grover, CTO and co-founder of Qustn Technologies said, “Platforms use a linear approach. Input, Processing & Output. What we came to realize is that most people needed help in performing these critical tasks. Also, there are barely any Google searches for technical solutions – but there are many for specific problems like ‘Sales training’ or ‘product training’. People need assistance, and that’s what Wizards is – an approach to remove the problems that are faced by SMBs to conduct trainings and assessments.”.
Capabiliti is used by companies of all sizes to enhance their productivity by ensuring the sales and service teams are consistently trained, assessed and engaged, through its mobile-first platform.
Backed by marquee investors such as 500 startups, Rajan Anandan, Kunal Bahl and Girish Matrubootham; Qustn Technologies launched Capabiliti in 2015.
Awarded by Gartner, NASSCOM, IBM, Microsoft, and YourStory, Capabiliti is used by leading enterprises including Flipkart, Indus Towers, Airtel. For more information on Capabiliti, visit capabiliti.co.
Shanghai, China and Hong Kong - January 17, 2017 - NeoTrident, a leading provider of scientific innovation lifecycle management software, and NetDimensions, a global provider of learning and performance management systems for high-consequence industries, announced today that they have entered into a reseller agreement for the mainland China market.
“In the life sciences industry, organizations must pay much more attention to the quality of products than in less regulated industries. Although smart but strict standard operating procedures are effective ways to guarantee quality and manage risk, familiarizing staff members with SOPs promptly and adequately by training is often the key to high quality and success,” said Hua Feng, CTO of NeoTrident Ltd.
NetDimensions’ enterprise learning and performance management solutions will enable NeoTrident’s clients in the life sciences industry to manage risk and avoid the costs of non-compliance through a centralized system that supports e-signatures, version control, reporting, and audit trails.
“We are delighted to welcome NeoTrident to our global reseller network. This partnership will further strengthen our position in providing talent management solutions to companies in highly regulated industries in China, especially in the life sciences sector,” commented Jay Shaw, CEO of NetDimensions.
Established in early 2000, NeoTrident Co., Ltd. is a leading high-tech company that provides integrated informatics platforms and solutions for the life science and materials science sector. Headquartered in Beijing, NeoTrident also has an R&D center in Shanghai.
NeoTrident is committed to enhancing and speeding innovation, improving productivity and compliance, reducing costs, and accelerating product development from research and product ideation to commercialization and manufacturing for science-driven enterprises in all industries. NeoTrident looks forward to making key contributions to enhance the innovation capability and core competitiveness of research institutions and enterprises in China.
For more information, visit www.neotrident.com.
Established in 1999, NetDimensions (AIM: NETD; OTCQX: NETDY) is a global provider of learning, knowledge and performance management solutions to highly regulated industries.
NetDimensions provides companies, government agencies and other organizations with talent management solutions to personalize learning, share knowledge, enhance performance, and manage compliance programs for employees, customers, partners, and suppliers.
NetDimensions' solutions also include custom content and learning portal development services, as well as off-the-shelf course libraries and regulatory compliance courseware developed by NetDimensions' subject matter experts and content partners.
NetDimensions' award-winning solutions have been chosen by leading organizations worldwide including ING, Cathay Pacific, Chicago Police Department, Geely Automotive, Norton Healthcare, and Fresenius Medical Care.
NetDimensions is ISO 9001 certified and NetDimensions' Secure SaaS practices are ISO 27001 certified.
For more information, visit www.NetDimensions.com or follow @netdimensions on Twitter.
Denver, CO - January 17, 2017 - SecureSet Academy today announced that it has obtained Series A funding in a round led by the Colorado Impact Fund (CIF). The $4 million investment will drive the expansion of SecureSet Academy’s accelerated, bootcamp-style cybersecurity training to more U.S. markets. The Academy currently operates campuses in Denver and Colorado Springs, and is set to expand to Tampa later this year.
The $63 million Colorado Impact Fund is a venture capital firm dedicated to supporting Colorado companies that generate consistent investment returns in addition to positive community impact. CIF targets companies with compelling business models that deliver positive community outcomes in sectors such as education, community health, sustainable resources and economic development. Scaling SecureSet Academy’s format, curriculum and instruction model will help meet critical national demand for cybersecurity expertise and provide graduates with an attractive pathway to compensation increases and career progression.
“There is a dramatic supply/demand gap in this industry. Organizations who need cybersecurity professionals have found that certifications aren’t enough,” said Ryan Kirkpatrick, Partner of the Colorado Impact Fund. “Our diligence suggests that SecureSet Academy’s high-intensity education, world-class curriculum and experienced team will position the company to scale quickly while providing benefit to students, government and industry.”
“Partnering with Colorado Impact Fund and raising this Series A round is a huge step for us,” said Bret Fund, founder of SecureSet Academy. “We have validated our curriculum and instructional model, which more effectively creates job-ready cybersecurity professionals for an industry with a severe shortfall of talent. This new round of financing and partnership allow us to take our validated model and expand it to new geographic locations. We’re excited and ready to grow.”
About SecureSet Academy SecureSet Academy offers the first bootcamp-style, comprehensive cybersecurity education program in the U.S. — and the fastest route to entry-level careers in the field. The Academy was launched in response to the global shortfall of cybersecurity professionals who will be needed to meet the rise in sophisticated threats worldwide.
SecureSet Academy compresses the time required to achieve necessary skills and certifications from years to months. This intense, hands-on education ensures skills that are immediately applicable in working cybersecurity environments — 100% of the program’s graduates have received job offers to date. SecureSet Academy has campuses in Denver, Colorado Springs, and will soon launch in Tampa. For more information, please visit http://www.securesetacademy.com.
About Colorado Impact Fund The Colorado Impact Fund, founded in July 2014, is a venture capital firm managed by an affiliate of Vestar Capital Partners, which is dedicated to supporting local Colorado companies that generate consistent investment returns in addition to positive community outcomes. Investors in the Fund include some of Colorado’s most respected executives, families, foundations and corporations, each of whom is committed to making a difference in the State of Colorado and beyond. Targeting investments in the areas of community health, natural resource conservation, education and workforce development and economic development, the Colorado Impact Fund leverages its collective experiences, resources and networks to help Colorado entrepreneurs create exceptional and lasting companies. For more information, visit http://www.coloradoimpactfund.com.
Roseland, NJ - January 17, 2017 - ADP has acquired The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC), an innovator in human capital management (HCM), to bring to ADP clients a more scientific approach to employee engagement and performance. TMBC, and its founder Marcus Buckingham, are pioneers in using data and research to drive talent management practices that help managers build engagement and increase performance in their teams. Their unique approach empowers managers to coach employees based on their strengths and custom-design teams based on those strengths.
TMBC's cloud-based performance and talent management solution, StandOut, couples applications with coaching and education to give team leaders the tools, insights and data needed to turn talent into better employee performance. Built on decades of groundbreaking research that has uncovered the factors that differentiate high-performing teams, this solution will now be offered as ADP StandOut. TMBC has a global client roster that spans a broad range of industries from professional services to hospitality and includes many companies in the Fortune 100.
"At its core, the strength and differentiation of any company lies in its talent," said Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO, ADP. "That is why we are continuing to invest in data-driven talent management solutions with the acquisition of TMBC. The company's technology and renowned research will add to our existing talent portfolio and puts ADP in a position to better serve the growing number of innovative organizations who are thinking differently about how they manage and engage their talent. We are thrilled to welcome both TMBC's associates and Marcus into the ADP family."
According to the Deloitte Global Human Capital Management Trends 2016 report1, 77 percent of executives say that people analytics are a priority, but only 29 percent think that they are successfully using outside data to predict workforce trends and target the right talent to meet those trends. With that in mind, the acquisition of TMBC helps ADP further deliver on its talent management strategy of helping companies build better workforces through the strategic use of data and research.
Marcus Buckingham is a noted author and speaker and has been featured as a thought leader on talent management and leadership trends in a range of outlets that span The Harvard Business Review and Forbes to Oprah and Larry King.
"In the world of people-at-work, everyone trusts ADP data, so I leapt at the chance to bring to the ADP ecosystem StandOut's data-based insights and tools on people's talents, engagement and performance," said Marcus Buckingham, co-head, the ADP Research Institute. "At a time when so many companies are clamoring for real-time and reliable people data, when they crave tools that leaders and team members actually want to use, the combination of ADP's scale, security and data-integrity with StandOut's focus on real-world teams, is unique and powerful. I'm so excited to see how many companies and people we can serve."
ADP has helped organizations of all types and sizes for more than 60 years unlock the potential of their workforces. ADP's cloud-based talent portfolio -- which includes recruiting, recruiter training, outsourcing, screening and selection, onboarding, learning, goals, performance, data analytics, succession and compensation -- is expanded in breadth and depth with TMBC's technology, consulting and research.
For more information, visit adp.com/standout.
About ADP ( NASDAQ : ADP )Powerful technology plus a human touch. Companies of all types and sizes around the world rely on ADP's cloud software and expert insights to help unlock the potential of their people. HR. Talent. Benefits. Payroll. Compliance. Working together to build a better workforce. For more information, visit ADP.com.
Paris, France - January 18, 2017 - With support from its majority shareholder Ardian, the independent private investment company, TRIGO Group has acquired 100% of EURO-SYMBIOSE, the French specialist provider of quality training, audit and consulting services, from its founders.
Established in 1991, EURO-SYMBIOSE mostly serves the French automotive, aerospace and manufacturing industries. With its team of highly experienced consultants, as well as long term partnerships with the major trade associations in both the automotive and aerospace industries, the company advises automotive and aerospace manufacturers on how they can meet the critical quality standards governing these sectors in Europe today. These trade bodies include IATF/FIEV and VDA, and IAQG/GIFAS, in the automotive and aerospace sectors respectively.
This capability, in addition to EURO-SYMBIOSE's credentials in quality and operational improvement consulting, will add depth and expertise to TRIGO's already comprehensive portfolio of quality assurance services.
Following the July 2016 acquisition of German quality services specialist BÖLLINGER, the acquisition of EURO-SYMBIOSE also reinforces TRIGO's offering in the German automotive sector, thanks to EURO-SYMBIOSE's partnership with leading German automotive trade body, VDA-QMC, for VDA training in French language.
Benoit Leblanc, Executive Vice President Europe of TRIGO, said: "TRIGO and EURO-SYMBIOSE complement each other perfectly. From using EURO-SYMBIOSE's state-of-the-art methods to train suppliers to the latest OEM-specific quality requirements, to solving quality crises on the factory floor with TRIGO's engineers and inspectors, we can do it all! We welcome our new colleagues into TRIGO and look forward to combining our capabilities to best support our clients."
Françoise Jasnault and Eric Canu, managers of EURO-SYMBIOSE, added: "This partnership with TRIGO is a great outcome for EURO-SYMBIOSE, which will now be able to offer clients an even wider set of quality improvement solutions, as well as giving them access to execution capabilities virtually anywhere in the world. It will also enable talented professionals in EURO-SYMBIOSE's team further development opportunities within TRIGO, which is really exciting."
About TRIGO Group
Founded in 1997, TRIGO is a multinational company providing operational Quality Management solutions for the manufacturing sector, especially in the automotive and aerospace industries. With a team of several thousands of professionals present in 20+ countries across 4 continents, TRIGO offers a comprehensive portfolio of Quality Assurance services ranging from inspection to expert audit, consulting and training.
For more information, please visit http://www.trigo-group.com
For nearly thirty years, EURO-SYMBIOSE has been supporting its customers in their quest for improved global performance. The company focuses its expertise in quality management and effectiveness around two activities, namely consulting (project management; coaching sessions) and pedagogical engineering and training (open sessions and "in house" training sessions).
The company takes action all around France but also internationally through its trade agreements with Plexus International (USA, India, China, Korea, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Australia, Switzerland and Russia),OPCO (Portugal), SEG -Bidea (Spain) and Calitop (Romania)and the VDA QMC licensees network.
For more information, please visit http://www.euro-symbiose.fr
Ardian, founded in 1996 and led by Dominique Senequier, is an independent private investment company with assets of US$60bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia. The company, which is majority-owned by its employees, keeps entrepreneurship at its heart and delivers investment performance to its global investors while fuelling growth in economies across the world. Ardian's investment process embodies three values: excellence, loyalty and entrepreneurship. Ardian maintains a truly global network, with more than 430 employees working through twelve offices in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Milan, Madrid, Zurich, New York, San Francisco, Beijing, Singapore, Jersey, Luxembourg. The company offers its 560 investors a diversified choice of funds covering the full range of asset classes, including Ardian Funds of Funds (primary, early secondary and secondary), Ardian Private Debt, Ardian Buyout (including Ardian Mid Cap Buyout Europe & North America, Ardian Expansion, Ardian Growth and Ardian Co-Investment), Ardian Infrastructure, Ardian Real Estate and Ardian Mandates.
Dothan, AL - January 18, 2016 - The Fox Training Management System by Britannica Knowledge Systems will manage the training operations of the January 2017-completed 75,000 square foot U.S. Army and Air Force pilot training facility at Dothan Regional Airport in Alabama. The facility, located in close proximity to the U.S. Army's Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) at Fort Rucker, will begin training pilots in March 2017.
Fox will oversee training, learning and qualification management for the facility’s many trainees, instructors, simulator bays, classrooms and briefing rooms, where CAE will deliver comprehensive initial and recurrent C-12 passenger and light cargo airplane training. More than 600 U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force fixed-wing pilots will train there annually under CAE's U.S. Department of Defense contract.
With the goal of enhancing training effectiveness and maximizing resource utilization, Fox will administer complicated military scheduling and the facility’s costly simulators, the Grob aircraft and other devices. Fox’s qualification management tools will holistically manage pilot qualification training, enabling CAE to ensure that both instructors and trainees acquire and continuously maintain the requisite skills and certifications in order to perform their duties.
The facility will also use Fox’s complete Learning Management System (LMS) for courseware, delivery and management. Fox will provide CAE with a standardized evaluation process containing unique test-authoring, grading and briefing/debriefing tools, along with analytical dashboard views. These powerful capabilities will allow trainers and command to accurately and in real-time, analyze performance to close gaps, change focus and contend with exceptions.
"We are proud to be able to deliver the award-winning Fox to support the U.S. Army and Air Force's demanding training operations," said Miki Ringelhim, VP Business Development at Britannica Knowledge Systems. "We are dedicated to helping CAE achieve the utmost pilot proficiency and training operation efficiency.”
About Britannica Knowledge Systems (www.britannica-ks.com)
Britannica has a more than 30-year proven track record of providing optimal training management solutions for the most prestigious and demanding operations in the areas of defense, civil aviation, security forces and corporate training management. Its Fox Training Management System recently won the highest honor, Gold, in the 2016 Brandon Hall Technology Excellence Awards. Delivered by experts who ensure Fox's precise fit to distinct customer needs, Fox maximizes scheduling and resources, maintaining compliance and reducing expense. It prevents certification expirations, fulfills complex qualification requirements, and adeptly oversees learning/grading. Fox's robust analytics ensure ongoing program improvement.
Waltham, MA - January 18, 2017 - Brainshark, Inc., delivering SaaS-based sales enablement and readiness solutions, today announced a strong close to 2016 – welcoming more than 140 new customers across the technology, healthcare, manufacturing and financial servicesindustries, and more. These organizations will use Brainshark to increase sales readiness and drive greater sales productivity. They join more than 1,500 companies, including half of the Fortune 100, that rely on Brainshark to improve sales results and close more deals faster.
Leading companies that selected Brainshark’s sales readiness solutions in the final quarter of 2016 include: Diebold, Ring, Deltek, Amgen, Riverbed Technology, Aesthetic Medical Solutions, Crownpeak Technology, U.S. Vision, Bioverativ, Nihon Kohden America, Aristocrat Technologies, Knauf Insulation, MaplesFS, AlloSource and Clopay Building Products.
In addition to new, leading customers, other milestones from Brainshark’s successful 2016 included:
Customer account expansions.More than 100 existing customers expanded their use of Brainshark solutions in 2016. These expansions came as customers extended their Brainshark usage into additional departments, grew their sales teams organically and through acquisitions, and put greater focus on sales onboarding, training and coaching.
Major product launches, including the availability of Brainshark for Coaching, Brainshark’s acclaimed sales coaching software. Brainshark for Coaching enables sales managers to coach their teams anytime, anywhere – so reps are prepared to capitalize on every interaction.
Industry-first partnerships, with Brainshark and Highspot announcing a strategic partnership to deliver the most complete sales enablement solution, encompassing onboarding, training, coaching, content management, customer engagement and analytics. Brainshark also extended its partnership with CloudCoaching International for powerful, expanded sales coaching offerings.
Nine award wins, with Brainshark for Coaching earning a gold Stevie® Award in the International Business Awards, as well as a People’s Choice Stevie Award in the American Business Awards program, among other honors. Brainshark was also named a strong performer in The Forrester Wave™: Sales Enablement Automation Systems, Q4 2016, published by Forrester Research, Inc.
A new brand identity for Brainshark, with new market positioning, and a new logo and tagline that reflect the company’s firm commitment to helping customers address sales readiness and enablement needs.
“On the heels of a very successful 2016, we look forward to helping our customers drive greater sales productivity and results in the year ahead,” said Brainshark CEO Greg Flynn. “Exciting, upcoming product innovations – combined with Brainshark’s leading solutions and services, and talented team – will help customers continue to close more deals faster and grow their businesses.”
With Brainshark’s award-winning sales readiness solutions, organizations can deliver more effective training and coaching, while empowering reps to engage in more valuable buyer interactions. In addition, powerful analytics empower companies to see which sales reps are truly ready to engage in the types of sales conversations that drive business.
For more information about how companies such as GE Digital, Cleo and Colonial Life are using Brainshark to drive sales readiness and success, please visit www.brainshark.com/success.
Brainshark sales readiness software equips businesses with the training, coaching and content creation capabilities to achieve sales mastery and outsell the competition. With Brainshark, companies can: prepare sales teams with on-demand training that accelerates onboarding and keeps reps up-to-speed; validate readiness with sales coaching that ensures reps master your message; and empower sales organizations with rich, dynamic content that can be created quickly and accessed anywhere. Thousands of companies – including more than half of the Fortune 100 – rely on Brainshark to identify and close performance gaps, and get better results from their sales enablement initiatives. Learn more at www.brainshark.com.
Boston, MA and Bentonville, AR - January 18, 2017 - Walmart has expanded its partnership with Cengage, an education and technology company, to offer all associates and their benefits-eligible family members the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates. Offered through Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program, Career Online High School (COHS) is designed to reengage adults in education and is free for Walmart associates and eligible family beginning on the first day of their employment. To date, 200 associates have received their high school diploma through COHS, while another 400 are currently enrolled.
“Walmart was the first retailer to provide Career Online High School to employees and is continuing to lead by expanding the program to family members,” said Jonathan Lau, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Skills Group, Cengage “Providing free access to the program for eligible family members of associates is a testament to the success and impact the COHS program has had and to their commitment to workforce development.”
“Walmart believes education opens doors,” said Brian Poland, Director of Walmart Lifelong Learning & Talent Development. “Career Online High School allows associates to create additional opportunities while working at Walmart, and we’re excited to provide these educational offerings to their eligible family members as well.”
Walmart’s Lifelong Learning program provides associates access to no-cost or low-cost education programs including ESL, high school, career certificates, and the most comprehensive college credit for prior learning program in the country. The COHS program is part of Walmart’s overall upskilling strategy that integrates training, education, and workforce development efforts to create opportunity for associates and their families.
In addition to an accredited high school diploma, program graduates earn a credentialed career certificate in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum, from retail and customer service to certified transportation), further positioning them for success in the workforce.
Students have up to 18 months to complete their courses and may be able to complete the program in as few as six months by transferring previously earned high school credits. Once enrolled, the Walmart Lifelong Learning COHS program pairs each student with an academic coach, who assists with developing an individual career plan, offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform.
COHS was created in 2012 by ed2go, a Cengage company, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. Smart Horizons has full academic accreditation through the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the same commission that represents 27,000 public and private schools and districts across the U.S. and in 65 countries worldwide.
Walmart associates can learn more at WalmartOne.
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA with an office hub in San Francisco. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in more than 125 countries around the world. Visit us at http://www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,527 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart. Online merchandise sales are available at http://www.walmart.com and http://www.samsclub.com.
Brookfield, WI - January 19, 2017 - OnCourse Learning's revamped online banking and credit union course catalog for 2017 is designed to make it easy for training managers to determine which course best meets the needs of employees.
"We have completely overhauled our banking and credit union catalog with new bundles to make it as turnkey as possible for training managers to assign specific courses to employees," said Brett Shively, executive vice president for financial services for OnCourse Learning. "These new solutions save time for the busy training manager and help employees remain compliant with the latest regulations."
Bundle breakdownAll of the new solutions, which include exceptional client support, provide simplified training options to ensure:
Compliance risk mitigation
Technology-based personal learning
Upgraded user experience
Fresh and current content
Trackable employee success
Breakthrough TrainingOur Breakthrough Training bundle is the most comprehensive solution. The 500-course bundle offers full access to the entire OnCourse Learning library. Managers are able to assign department- and position-specific courses, alleviating the worry about staff missing any extensive regulatory and professional development content. The Mortgage Lending Series, Diversity and Inclusion Course and Professional Skills Series are just some of the topics offered.
Expansion TrainingThe Expansion Training bundle provides employees with core compliance training in fundamental regulatory and risk-management areas. With 300 courses, this bundle provides managers with the ability to:
Evolve and expand the program as needed.
Train employees based on responsibility level.
Assign department-specific topics.
Expansion bundle topics include deposit compliance, retail banking, cybersecurity, enterprise risk management and lending compliance.
This solution includes a refresher series, which allows financial institutions to save time and money while remaining compliant. These courses include a concise version of the Expansion Training bundle content and the same examination. The refresher series option allows staff with the knowledge and experience to save time while demonstrating a satisfactory level of comprehension.
Ascent TrainingThis option is for institutions that already have their own learning management platform but need the most up-to-date and customizable course content. The Ascent Training bundle allows managers to choose from among groups of courses or individual courses to meet specific needs.
Mortgage Lending Training
Our Mortgage Lending Training bundle offers courses that include NMLS-approved content. These courses, which make the most efficient use of user time, will ensure team members are thoroughly educated on the compliance requirements associated with the mortgage lending lifecycle.
To learn more, visit the 2017 online banking and credit union course catalog.
OnCourse Learning Financial Services is a leading provider of governance, risk and compliance training for the bank, mortgage, credit union, gaming and nonbank financial services industries. It offers a comprehensive course catalog complemented by its sophisticated learning management system. To learn more, please contact 866-512-9888, visit OnCourseLearning.com/Financial-Services or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About OnCourse LearningOnCourse Learning delivers licensure, regulatory and compliance education solutions throughout the nation's leading industries including financial services, healthcare and real estate. Through trusted industry expertise, compliance management and technology solutions, OnCourse Learning focuses on advancing the e-learning environment for individuals and businesses to help to build new careers, empower employees through knowledge and identify efficiencies in corporate training management. OnCourse Learning offers a full suite of educational products including state and federally approved prelicensing and continuing education programs, accredited course content, exam prep tools, publications, e-books, events and a sophisticated and customizable learning management system and course-authoring tool.
Baltimore, MD - January 10, 2017 - Yet Analytics, the leader in capturing and measuring experience data to impact and improve human capital performance, announced today a Seed investment of $1 million in an investment round which included Grotech Ventures and TCP Venture Capital's Propel Baltimore Fund II among participants.
“We are excited to be working together to build a world class business,” said Lawson DeVries, General Partner at Grotech Ventures, “Yet Analytics is led by passionate founders, they’ve got a big market opportunity and they are an example of the kind of early stage company we can get behind.”
By commercializing the power of xAPI — a data interoperability specification for human performance developed by the U.S. Department of Defense — Yet provides interactive analytics and automated visualizations for the needs of talent directors, learning and development professionals, and executives responsible for people analytics across the operations of an organization. Their customers and partners include HP, Inc., the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Next Gen Human Capital Initiative at The Learning Accelerator.
“Human capital is a complicated space for a number of reasons, not the least being the ever increasing variety of data sources organizations use everyday both to support and to better understand how their people work, learn, and engage,” said Shelly Blake-Plock, president and CEO at Yet Analytics. “Yet’s platform helps manage that data flow and provide immediate insight.”
Yet Analytics will be using the funds to grow operational and sales leadership in addition to continuing to increase their capacity in development and engineering. The new investment in Yet Analytics follows a year of product development and customer testing propelled by winning the Nielsen Data Visionary Award at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. The company was named 2016 Tech Startup of the Year at their hometown Baltimore Innovation Awards. The close of this round brings Yet Analytics’ current investment funding to $2.3 million.
About Yet Analytics
Yet Analytics delivers experience intelligence in human capital analytics by providing a dynamic and interactive analytics platform contributing insight into the operational optimization of talent through the real-time visualization of trends in engagement, learning, information usage and team behaviors.For more info about Yet Analytics, please visit yetanalytics.com or contact Allie Tscheulin firstname.lastname@example.org.
Herndon, VA - January 19, 2017 - Learning Tree International (OTCQX: LTRE) today announced a new partnership with Microsoft to expand offerings to include 41 new Microsoft authorized courses, designed to help IT professionals better secure their enterprise, deliver mission-critical performance, leverage the cloud, and boost productivity with Microsoft technologies. These new courses are part of Learning Tree’s worldwide strategy to adopt third-party solutions to provide comprehensive, end-to-end training solutions for IT organizations worldwide.
“As the newest member of the Microsoft Learning Partner ecosystem, I am extremely excited to be able to leverage Learning Tree’s global footprint, training expertise, and desire to offer learning as a service in order to support our customers’ digital transformations,” said Kyle Uphoff, Sr. Director WW Sales and Channels – Microsoft Learning Experiences.
Learning Tree’s New Microsoft Authorized Training Offerings Include:
ASP.NET MVC 4 and Microsoft Azure & Web Services Training
SharePoint 2016 Training
SQL Server 2016 Training
Office 365 and Excel 2016 Training
Windows Server 2016 Training
The new Microsoft Official Courses (MOCs) will be part of Learning Tree’s enhanced curricula, alongside the company’s proprietary content that takes a deeper dive into more advanced skills. Microsoft Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATVs) can be redeemed for the new Microsoft authorized courseware.
“As part of the recently announced partnership strategy to better serve client needs, the suite of Microsoft authorized courses will continue to propel IT professionals worldwide in their field and careers,” said Richard A. Spires, CEO of Learning Tree International. “Keeping up with the latest versions of the most popular software has never been more demanding, and it is important that Learning Tree can provide our clients with the most current training in the latest technologies as part of their learning journeys.”
Learning Tree’s corps of expert instructors, as well as the “Train the Trainer” program – a rigorous training program all Learning Tree instructor candidates go through to learn the latest active learning techniques – was an important factor in the approval of the partnership. Learning Tree instructors who will be teaching MOC courseware will be certified as Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs).
“We are very excited about this first step in our partnership with Microsoft,” said Magnus Nylund, COO of Learning Tree. “With these new Microsoft authorized courses, Learning Tree is able to provide the content our clients need, delivered by Learning Tree instructors and featuring the same quality experience Learning Tree clients expect and deserve.”
This new partnership supports Learning Tree’s commitment to providing full-service, blended learning solutions to IT organizations. As part of Learning Tree’s new partnership strategy, these new options ensure Learning Tree can serve as the #1 provider of IT and workforce solutions for business and government organizations worldwide.
About Learning Tree International
Established in 1974, Learning Tree is a leading provider of IT training to business and government organizations worldwide. Learning Tree provides Workforce Optimization Solutions – a modern approach to delivering learning and development services that improves the adoption of skills, and accelerates the implementation of technical and business processes required to improve IT service delivery. These services include: needs assessments, skill gaps analyses, blended learning solutions, and Project Acceleration Workshops.
Over 2.4 million professionals have enhanced their skills through Learning Tree’s extensive library of proprietary and partner content on topics including: web development, cyber security, program and project management, Agile, operating systems, networking, cloud computing, leadership, and more.
To learn more, call 1-888-THE-TREE (843-8733) or visit LearningTree.com
Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
Mountain View, CA - January 22, 2017 - Coursera today launched Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits, a unique effort by a leading technology company to close current and emerging skills gaps in the global workforce. Coursera's initial partners include governments and nonprofits in Egypt, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore and the United States.
"The skills gap can no longer be ignored as a major force driving world events," said Rick Levin, CEO of Coursera. "Millions of people lack the skills needed for new and better jobs, and increasing automation will only widen the gap. Governments and nonprofits focused on workforce development are eager to work with us and our university partners to deliver skills education to populations at unprecedented scale."
Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits can be used by organizations focused on workforce development to curate online learning programs aligned to their labor market needs. Learning programs range from Digital Manufacturing and Business English to Programming for Everybody and Data Science, from schools like Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania and University of Michigan. Government organizations can then instantly (and affordably) make university courses and certificates aligned to high-demand skills available to their constituents. To ensure successful implementation, Coursera offers consultation in learning model design, including how to blend Coursera's accessible online learning with in-person supports. Partners will also gain access to analytics tools to track learners' progress, skill acquisition and long-term impact.
Initial partners in Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits span seven countries.
In the United States, the Institute for Veterans & Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) has partnered with Coursera to offer training and certification to 1,200 transitioning service members, military spouses and veterans through its Onward to Opportunity (O2O) program. O2O participants will take coursework in Java programming, full stack web development, data analysis and hotel management, while receiving on-base support and career services. In addition, the University of New England in partnership with Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., recipient of a TechHire grant (part of the national White House TechHire Initiative), will offer accelerated online-offline learning programs to unemployed and underemployed citizens across the state of Maine.
"Service members return home with a diverse set of skills, but often need to develop additional technical competencies to find careers in the rapidly evolving workforce," said Colonel (U.S. Army, Ret.) Jim McDonough, Managing Director for Program and Services within IVMF. "Coursera offers relevant training from top institutions that our transitioning service members can do at their own pace, wherever they are -- empowering them with the skills they need to find their next career."
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is using Coursera to train individuals in data science and related topics, with completion incentives and optional meet-ups for participants. A group of learners from the first cohort have already completed the courses and reported that the program has helped their careers by enhancing their relevant experience, credentials and other benefits.
"We believe that governments can play an important role in connecting citizens with the jobs of the future," said Dr. Karl Ng, MDEC's Director of Innovation Capital Division. "Our businesses need more people skilled in data science. That's what we've focused on in this first project with Coursera. We're excited to expand our work with Coursera to other verticals."
In Kazakhstan, the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) has partnered with Coursera to train 1,000+ citizens for jobs in the newly created financial center. AIFC Academy will combine Coursera courses in finance and soft skills with in-person learning opportunities and career support.
"Scaling skill development across the country is a critical challenge for us to achieve our economic development goals in Kazakhstan. The scale and quality that Coursera provides offers an extremely promising solution," said Governor Kelimbetov of the AIFC.
Other early partners in Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits include:
Egypt - Egypt's Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) is executing the Next Technology Leaders initiative with a target to train thousands of talented youth in computer science, data science and entrepreneurship. Accompanying the online learning experience, participants also have opportunities to engage with physical study groups and receive coaching from local mentors.
Mongolia - Mongolia's Guren Graduate Institute has partnered with Coursera to train educators in business and communication skills. At scale, the initiative will give an opportunity to thousands of students from Mongolian universities to study courses subtitled in Mongolian from the world's leading higher education institutions through a blended learning model.
Pakistan - Overseas Technologies and Coursera have partnered with various public institutions, including the Prime Minister's Youth Programme, to train 3,000 young adults across Pakistan. Participants will take online courses in computer science, data analytics, career success and language learning, and receive wraparound services from 13+ physical learning centers.
Singapore - Coursera is a partner of SkillsFuture Singapore and offers over 600 courses; Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for or offset the course fees. Coursera is also working with the Civil Service College, Singapore, to provide public officers with training in data analytics and data science.
For more information about Coursera for Governments & Nonprofits, visit Coursera.org/Government.
About CourseraCoursera is an online education company that offers courses and learning experiences from the world's top universities and education institutions including Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University, University of Virginia and University of Michigan. Coursera has more than 23 million registered learners worldwide who can access over 1,700 courses and Specializations in dozens of topics including business, technology, social sciences, health and art. Coursera empowers learners around the world to achieve their career, educational and personal enrichment goals throughout their lives. Coursera is backed by leading venture capital firms such as Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, New Enterprise Associates, GSV Capital, International Finance Corporation, Laureate Education Inc. and Learn Capital.
Boston, MA - January 24, 2017 - Skillsoft, the global leader in eLearning, has launched a brand new concept for online learning with its new and innovative Business and Leadership Skills content. This new concept introduces shorter and impactful topics – no more than five minutes. Moving away from instructor-led training to camera, Skillsoft has introduced scenario based, professionally acted role-play into all of its content. This new treatment brings the learning concepts to life in real world situations, to fully engage the learner.
This new concept provides a more theatrical feel, ensuring the learner concentrates on the actors, host, and key messages rather than the traditional learning environment. By having the actors role-play, users can learn by experiencing real world, relatable scenarios. This allows learners to focus on the key messages of the courses, enabling better learning, retention, and overall experience.
“Working with the world’s largest brands we are constantly challenging ourselves to address the changing needs of the multiple generations in the workforce. We have a razor-sharp focus to build beautiful technology and engaging content,” said Bill Donoghue, chairman and CEO of Skillsoft. “Our customers and their users have an expectation of the highest quality scenario-based learning, rather than instructor led, and this new concept is meeting that demand.”
In 2016, Skillsoft invested extensively in a complete refresh of all Business Skills and Leadership content, resulting in over 1,800 micro-learning videos which will be released this month. A further 1,000 will be added to Business Skills and Leadership this year. In addition, Skillsoft had made substantial investments in new content over the past 12 months in IT, Digital Skills and Compliance. This adds to Skillsoft’s already extensive content library and offers a variety of modality of content from ebooks, audio books, tests, assessments, to videos and courses.
To see this new concept visit: http://www.skillsoft.com/new-content/.
Skillsoft is the global leader in eLearning. We train more professionals than any other company and we are trusted by the world's leading organizations, including 65 percent of the Fortune 500. At Skillsoft, our mission is to build beautiful technology and engaging content. Our 165,000+ courses, videos and books are accessed more than 130 million times every month, in 160 countries and 29 languages. With 100% cloud access, anytime, anywhere. www.skillsoft.com
San Francisco, CA - January 24, 2017 - Whil Concepts, Inc. ("Whil") today released a major update to its award-winning digital wellbeing training platform, available on mobile and desktop. The update incorporates five years of neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology research and decades of experience managing innovation, disruption and stress in high-performance companies.
"This release cements Whil's position as the leader in mental wellbeing training for the enterprise, providing employers with a data-driven solution to help employees reduce stress and improve their health, performance, relationships and sleep," said Joe Burton, founder and CEO of Whil. "It comes on the heels of significant growth in 2016. Whil is now serving 50 companies, including dozens of Fortune 500s, covering over 3 million lives in over 100 countries and serving 500,000 active users every month."
According to the American Institute of Stress, stress costs U.S. businesses over $300 billion every year in the forms of absenteeism, turnover, healthcare costs and lost productivity. Through their research, Whil has identified the major sources of stress common among professionals and offers personalized training to address them. Whil will be releasing new content modules every month to address more resiliency, wellbeing and performance topics with a learning-platform that adapts to individual users as well as company needs.
Along with this update, Whil's content library has nearly doubled with training covering 30+ specific life goals. Users have access to more than 250 training programs and over 1,250 unique individual video and audio sessions. Using machine learning, Whil assesses individual employee needs, prescribes the appropriate training and delivers measurable outcomes. Whil's signature search feature, WhilPower™ instantly provides the most relevant training to help employees with specific issues or needs in the moment.
HIPAA-compliant dashboards provide HR, corporate wellness and L&D professionals with actionable data and insights enabling the measurement of ROI. With new white-labeling and integration features, Whil stands alone as a mental wellbeing solution, as well as in its ability to integrate seamlessly into any existing corporate or educational wellness program.
Whil's approach to solving a major corporate health crisis was punctuated midway through 2016 at Johnson & Johnson's Digital Health Innovation Competition, where the company beat out 100 other startups.
In addition to corporate and individual users, Whil has had significant growth in helping students, faculty and counselors across U.S. schools and universities. "The timing is perfect for Whil to expand on its success with workforces to integrate this kind of skill-building into schools. There is growing research and evidence that mindfulness practices improve wellbeing, performance outcomes and personal development. Whil's approach to supplementing educational networks with digital skill building tools and plug-and-play classroom resources, makes Whil affordable, scalable and measurable for school districts. Whil's on-demand mobile training is exactly what schools need to support teachers and students -- immediate resources to support academic attainment and positive personal development." said Kimberly McNatt, head of Whil's education and behavioral network expansion and former CEO of MindUP™ and The Hawn Foundation.
Whil currently offers four training collections on their platform, configurable to a customer's needs:
Grow - 54 programs and 500+ sessions provide resiliency, focus and sleep training for teens
Thrive - 82 programs and 800+ sessions provide resiliency, focus and sleep training for professionals
Lead - 20 programs and 200+ sessions provide emotional intelligence, teamwork and leadership skills from the Search Inside Yourself™ program, born at Google
Move - 29 programs and 120 sessions of yoga to exercise the body and the mind- included free to all Whil customers
Create your own Whil account at: whil.com/individuals.html
About Whil:Whil is the only digital wellbeing training solution for professionals, by professionals. Employees access 200+ programs and over 1,250 sessions on-demand to reduce stress, increase resiliency and improve their sleep and performance. Whil's programs are based in science, mindfulness and positive psychology and created to address the largest stress and healthcare cost-drivers for companies. Whil works with the world's top brands and integrates with the leading corporate wellness platforms to train happier, healthier and more engaged employees.
Find out more at www.whil.com
New York, NY - January 24, 2017 - Wall St. Training, a leader in corporate training and education, today announced an enhanced corporate mission and presence. As the firm continues to serve its clients and augment its core expertise, it will be known as:
Wall Street Training & Advisory, Inc.
"The name change reflects our greater corporate identity," says Hamilton Lin, CFA, Founder & CEO of Wall Street Training & Advisory, Inc. (WST). "We've had excellent success in providing corporate education but as markets continue to become more complex the services we offer our clients have also evolved significantly beyond training."
For over 16 years Lin has been providing financial modeling, valuation, and Excel-based training to investment and commercial banks, asset managers, government agencies, regulators, and Fortune 500 companies. WST started by offering standardized training programs to leading institutions around the world, with an emphasis on critical thinking, technical proficiency, strict adherence to best practices, and substantial gains in efficiency. These programs range from fundamental analysis such as financial modeling and valuation, to complex topics in quantitative finance such as credit risk and portfolio efficiency modeling.
In addition to providing industry-leading training in financial modeling and valuation, WST's mission has evolved to include client-specific advisory services related to accessing capital markets, custom financial modeling, and the development and implementation of business strategy and financial reporting structures.
"We work with clients from around the world, in a variety of different industries," notes Lin. "We led the complete overhaul of a Caribbean airport authority's internal financial modeling, budgeting, and reporting processes to bring them into compliance with debt reporting covenants. Another major project involved developing a custom-built, specialized valuation model to confidentially evaluate a major sale decision for a leading asset manager." He also cites a case where WST worked with a US federal agency to more effectively monitor securities activity and detect regulatory violations in the wake of the 2008 credit crisis.
This range of experiences has helped bolster WST's ability to solve unique problems for their clients. Lin adds that, "because of our diverse client base, as well as the varied experience of our team, we are able to bring cross-disciplinary insights to the projects we work on, often offering a fresh perspective on our clients' most challenging problems."
"With decades of industry expertise across our team, we look forward to growing and adapting to service clients in the global financial marketplace, providing best-in-class corporate training while also applying our expertise to assist clients in more specialized ways," Lin says.
While the firm and its principals' prior experience include transaction sizes in the billions of dollars, Lin continues to emphasize service to middle market clients, stating "some of the most interesting deals I've worked on were the result of the unique limitations placed on companies that don't necessarily have the resources of larger firms have but still experience the same complex problems."
In addition, all the company's previous websites will soon be merged into a new internet and email domain:
About Wall Street Training & Advisory, Inc.
Wall Street Training & Advisory, Inc. (WST) is a leading global provider of training and advisory services. WST has a nearly two-decades-long track record of successfully providing services to clients across a variety of financial industry verticals, including investment banking, mergers & acquisitions, equity and fixed-income research, asset and investment management, credit analysis, private equity, and high-yield LBO and special situation/distressed analysis. WST has also worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, extra-governmental regulatory organizations, and professional organizations around the world to provide tailored training for new hires and existing employees.
Clients looking beyond standard training programs continue to seek out WST's Training+ service, which provides customized, consulting-style programs that integrate WST's decades of specialized expertise, market insights, and best practices to improve their financial and operational processes. Furthermore, WST's advisory practice focuses on assisting clients to maximize value while accessing the capital markets or exploring strategic alternatives by refining financial projections, valuation, strategic positioning, and management presentations.
West Palm Beach, FL - January 24, 2017 - There is no doubt that there is a significant gap in the number of women and men of color in CEO positions in corporate America. In fact, research conducted by Catalyst revealed that at Fortune 500 Corporations 0.2% of women of color occupy C-Suite Leadership Roles. The majority of minority women and men are stuck in middle management - overlooking their talent and aspirations.
The Employee to CEO Project is on a mission to change how minority women and men are groomed for Executive Leadership roles. The goal of the Employee to CEO Project is to increase the number of minority women and men in C-Suite Leadership by offering strategic career guidance and mentorship. Empowering the next generation of diverse leaders to stop working in their careers and start working towards leadership power.It is built as a collaborative community where professionals can have access to mentors and sponsors who will provide career guidance, and ready now leadership skills development to prepare members to successfully obtain C-Suite Leadership opportunities. The website also offers insightful articles designed to empower, motivate and inspire.The Employee to CEO Project is the brainchild of Expert Business Strategist and HR Consultant for Fortune 500 companies Margaret Spence. When asked about her motivation to launch the platform, she said: "I've mentored, sponsored, coached, and listened to countless individuals who felt stuck or felt that getting through the glass ceiling was too insurmountable. Along the way, I've met some very courageous women and men who dared to dream beyond the employee desk, and I've encountered countless individuals who just wanted someone to talk to about the challenges they were facing as they tried to climb the corporate ladder. Five years ago I had an idea to create a platform where these individuals could access the help they need, and after a lot of hard work it has finally come to fruition."What Makes The Employee to CEO Project Unique?The Project is built around the leadership aspirations of individuals who are often overlooked or pigeonholed in mid-management positions – the hidden talent within every organization. More importantly, it helps minority women and men know that they are not alone in their career journey. There is a keen focus on issues around leadership development for women and men of color, like Self-Transformation – changing the interpersonal mindset; Entrepreneurial Leadership – changing from a worker into an owner; Empowerment – Asking for what you want; Engagement – finding others to champion your vision. We intend to disrupt the dismal leadership numbers for minorities by changing the way people of color view their career. We have to learn how to play career chess, says Spence. "There is an entry point, a middle and an end goal." Learn more about The Employee to CEO Project's Programs for Professionals.While the website focuses on minority leadership development, anyone who wants career guidance can also access and benefit from the resources offered by the community. When it comes to mentors, the community is open to anyone who wants to offer their skills and make a difference.For further details about The Employee to CEO Project, visit: http://employeetoceoproject.com.
New York, NY - January 25, 2017 - Teachable, a NY-based startup founded in 2014, is a course creation platform transforming online education by connecting instructors directly with their students. Today, Teachable announced it has closed a $4 million round of funding and projects to grow beyond $120 million in course sales in 2017, outpacing tech education giants.
Funding was led by Accomplice Ventures (Snapchat, AngelList), Naval Ravikant (Twitter, Uber, Postmates) and Matt Brezina (Dropbox). Teachable plans to use the new capital to hire extensively, primarily to invest in product development, user experience, and growth.
In a scant 3 years and with a team of less than 30, Teachable has reached over 3 million students with over 20,000 live online courses, hosted by more than 7,500 instructors. Teachable has been able to grow so quickly largely because of its unique strategy of prioritizing course creators.
"Unlike other course hosting platforms that try and simultaneously acquire students and teachers, we began our business by focusing entirely on giving teachers the best experience—instant payments, complete customizability on branding and full ownership of student data," said Teachable founder and CEO Ankur Nagpal. "When we did this, we were able to acquire the best teachers in the world who in turn had passionate student followings that joined Teachable without us spending time or money recruiting them. Today, close to 15,000 new students join a Teachable course for the first time every day."
The global market for e-Learning is projected to exceed $241 billion by 2022 according to market research firm Global Industry Analysts. As major institutions like higher education and the full-time job economy grow less reliable, Teachable is leading the new market by empowering teachers, entrepreneurs, and everyday people to share their expertise and make a living online.
"The future of our economy will be powered by digital entrepreneurs," said Matt Brezina. "By investing in Teachable I'm thrilled to be supporting the leading company that enables anyone with a valuable skill or experience to sell courses online."
Teachable previously raised $1 million in July 2014, $1 million in December 2014, and $2,5 million in March 2016. The company has attracted celebrity instructors such as Carrie-Anne Moss, and enterprise customers including the New York Times, Mozilla, The University of Pennsylvania and ICANN.
Teachable is an online course creation platform that empowers everyone to create and sell online courses to teach what they know and earn a living online. By January 2017, over 7,500 Teachable instructors had sold more than $36 million in online courses. For more information, visit https://teachable.com or contact Eduardo Yi at 978-208-9722 or email@example.com.
San Francisco, CA - January 26, 2017 - Reflektive, the real-time performance feedback platform, today announced it has raised $25 million in Series B inside funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Reflektive will use the funds to expedite innovation in its consumer-style performance management and talent development suite designed for the modern workplace.
The new cash infusion comes on the heels of record year-over-year growth with numerous notable new customers growing from 70 to over 250 customers, including Nutanix, MEC, Protective Life, Evolent Health, Twilio, and Jawbone. This round brings Reflektive's total funding to $42M.
Launched in 2014, Reflektive helps companies evolve draconian and demotivating performance management processes into a modern process, driven by real-time feedback and progress-based check-in conversations. The product's growth is driven by demand for its user-friendly, consumer-grade tools to fuel employee adoption and usage, weaving real-time performance feedback into the fabric of everyday work.
"Talent development and management is one of the most important functions for a company's leadership, and one that's also changing with the dynamic times we live in. In the age of LinkedIn and Glassdoor, business leaders can't afford to have disengaged employees or to impose HR processes that are not genuinely focused on talent development," said Nakul Mandan, Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners. "Reflektive's elegant solution helps managers and employees engage in real-time feedback, collaborate in professional development and stay connected with the company's mission. The company's fast growth and marquee customer list demonstrate how well the solution resonates with business leaders."
In conjunction with the funding announcement, Reflektive also debuted its patent-pending Real-Time Feedback integration for Gmail, Outlook and Slack, making it easy for employees to share feedback in real-time within their daily workflow. The plug-in enables users to immediately share both positive and constructive feedback or save it for sharing at the appropriate time. All data is seamlessly ported into Reflektive's Check-In and lightweight Performance Review products, combating recent bias and aligning all performance management tools toward helping employees achieve their business and career development goals.
"Companies from GE to Accenture, once the biggest champions of annual performance reviews, have announced that they are replacing these archaic processes entirely with continuous performance solutions this year," said Rajeev Behera, CEO, Reflektive. "This is strong evidence of the growing demand for a technology suite that makes it easy to evolve from an outdated performance management process to a modern, agile system that supports today's business needs."
Designed from the ground up to become a much-loved, organic part of an employee's daily workflow, Reflektive is easy to use and eliminates millions of dollars wasted each year on the administrative overhead required of traditional performance management. The complete suite offers:
Patent-pending Real-Time Feedback email plugins for Gmail, Outlook and Slack for seamless integration into daily workflows, delivering usage rates similar to widely adopted consumer applications.
Core Performance Management solutions including Real-Time Feedback (RTF), Check-Ins, Performance Reviews with RTF, Peer Recognition, Goal Management, 1x1 Agendas and Performance Analytics.
Complete integration within the typical HR stack that enables real-time flow of feedback, recognition and goal-based progress data into internal and external HR solutions.
In just two years since its seed funding by SuccessFactors' founder Lars Dalgaard, Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, in 2014, Reflektive has grown from just 15 to nearly 100 employees, and $3.6M to $42M in funding. To learn more about what makes Reflektive the real-time performance management solution of choice for hundreds of leading-edge companies, visit www.reflektive.com.
ABOUT REFLEKTIVEReflektive, the real-time performance management company, is dedicated to helping companies evolve their performance management processes with real-time feedback, a patent-pending feedback plugin for Gmail and Outlook, and seamlessly integrated talent development solutions including Check-Ins, Performance Reviews, 1x1 Agendas and Goal Management. Backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Andreessen Horowitz, Reflektive has raised $42M in funding and serves over 20,000 employees worldwide across more than 200 companies including MEC, Nutanix, Protective Life, Pinterest, Twilio, Ubisoft, Instacart, numerous F100 firms across healthcare, financial services, retail, education, hospitality and telecommunications. Reflektive was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.reflektive.com.
Burbank, CA - January 24, 2017 - PSI Services LLC (PSI), a worldwide, industry-leading professional testing services provider to corporations, federal and state government agencies, professional associations, certifying bodies and leading academic institutions, today announced that they have acquired Performance Assessment Network (PAN), a recognized leader in talent assessments and measurement solutions for the Corporate, Government and Education marketplace worldwide.
The acquisition of PAN extends PSI’s product range and solution reach for its Talent Assessment market segment, providing an opportunity for the combined portfolio to expand their hiring and development programs leveraging PAN’s world-class assessment technology, supported by content from PAN’s industry-leading assessment catalog and PSI’s seventy years of expertise providing products and industry leading psychometric consulting in the Talent Assessment industry.
“The PAN acquisition supports PSI’s expansion plans for our Talent Assessment market (PSI’s original market segment) as we look for strategic opportunities to continue our growth,” said Steve Tapp, President and CEO of PSI. “By combining PSI’s extensive psychometric consulting arm, industry leading assessment products, and operational expertise with PAN’s expanded leading edge technology and test catalog, including IPAT published products, PSI is well-positioned to deliver world-class solutions and provide more choice to the Human Capital marketplace.”
Jim Holm, PAN’s CEO, said, “We believe the partnership with PSI to be an excellent growth opportunity. The worldwide operational resources and test security experience of PSI, combined with PAN’s more than 16,000 active testing administrators and HR managers using PAN’s technology and catalog to hire and develop great employees, will provide a unique suite of robust product solutions to accelerate growth and provide enhanced services.”
PSI provides various solutions worldwide through its multiple business channels including talent assessments (of job-seeking candidates as well as employee development programs), licensure testing and license management services (for government regulatory agencies), certification credentialing services (for certifying bodies) and leading academic institutions. PSI offers clients various solutions to measure, assess and identify the skills, traits and abilities of individuals seeking jobs, degrees, and licensure or certification credentials.
About PANPAN was founded in 2000 by two clinical psychologists that saw a need to compile the best online assessments onto one platform. Today, PAN is the leading provider of talent measurement solutions to help organizations of all sizes hire, develop, and retain the right talent. PAN’s suite of industry-leading assessment tools, innovative technology, and support services offers clients a single source for streamlined people measurement. More information is available at www.panpowered.com.
About PSIPSI Services LLC (PSI) has over 70 years of experience providing worldwide testing solutions to corporations, federal and state government agencies, professional associations, certifying bodies and leading academic institutions. PSI offers a comprehensive solutions approach from test development to delivery to results processing, including pre-hire employment selection, managerial assessments, licensing and certification tests, distance learning testing, license management services and professional services. More information is available at www.psionline.com.
Boston, MA - January 26, 2017 - Ace-up, a Harvard Innovation Lab startup that provides technology solutions to support personal and professional development, today announced the launch of its new coaching platform. Through Ace-up, individuals and businesses can connect with a vetted network of professional coaches in a transparent, accessible and affordable manner.
In contrast with other solutions to connect with professional coaches, Ace-up stands out through its enhanced vetting process and commitment to customer satisfaction. Ace-up selects its coaches by reviewing their coaching certifications, professional experiences, academic credentials, and satisfaction ratings from previous clients. To further this trust-based relationship with their customers, Ace-up offers a free 30-minute consultation with each coach, and a money-back guarantee. At the end of their coaching session, customers become part of the vetting process by grading their coach through a five-star review system.
"As a coach, you want to focus on what you do best - coaching. You want to spend the least amount of time finding qualified clients and building your business," said James Lopata, PCC Business Coach and Mass Challenge Mentor. "Ace-up is the only place I've found that effectively vets both sides of the marketplace. They do it better than anyone I've found so far - and I've looked around a lot."
"The Ace-up platform provides a transparent shopping experience for clients, where they can see exactly the cost of each service a coach offers and schedule their first session on the spot, unlike most other platforms," said Layla Lynn, product manager at Ace-up. "We also built a robust search engine, where users can find a coach based on anything from specialties to price points to ratings. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible to find the right coach for a client's needs."
Through Ace-up Business Extension, executives, mid-level managers, and HR departments can easily find the coaches they need. Based on a 2016 International Coaching Federation study, companies receive a 7x to 8x return on investment when they invest in coaching for their employees. Ace-up can help companies in the Greater Boston area effectively invest in professional development to improve productivity and retention among their workforce.
"As a millennial entering the workplace, I realized that I needed more training and support from my company in order to succeed at my job. Coaching was a very effective way for me to develop the right set of skills, but it was difficult to find the right coach for my needs," said Will Guillaume Foussier, CEO and founder of Ace-up. "I created Ace-up Business Extension as a way for companies to provide their employees with the training they need through high-quality, vetted coaching. Forward-thinking companies who work with Ace-up will attract, develop and retain talent, and boost organic growth."
About Ace-upFounded by Harvard and MIT alumni, Ace-up's mission is to support everyone in their personal and professional development. The company's technology solutions connect individuals and businesses to a vetted network of career, business, communication, leadership and life coaches through its online platform in a transparent, accessible, and affordable manner. Using a free account, users can set up complimentary consultations with coaches and purchase sessions when ready. With 55 professional coaches already on the platform and an additional 20 waiting to join, Ace-up has become the largest vetted network of career and life coaches in the Greater Boston area. Ace-up will be seeking another round of funding in summer 2017.
For more information, visit: https://www.ace-up.com