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Growthink Client eWordofMouth Receives Great Review from AllFacebook.com

February 10, 2012

One of our long-time clients, eWordOfMouth, launched a new app on Facebook that allows people and businesses to easily create new fan pages and tabs.

The app just received a great review from All Facebook, the #1 blog focused on Facebook.

"iFrame Unlimited offers roughly the same feature list for $30 per year that many tab-creation tools we’ve looked at charge $30 per month for."

To read iFrame's great review on AllFacebook.com click here.

To find iFrame Unlimited on Facebook, click here.

Growthink on the Dresser After Dark Show

February 08, 2012

Dave Lavinsky, President and co-founder of Growthink, talks with host Michael Dresser about Crowdfunding: the new social-media-driven path to becoming a successful entrepreneur.


 

Growthink Featured in The News-Herald

January 30, 2012


Entrepreneurship needed at an younger age? Growthink survey says ‘yes'.

Click here to read Dave Lavinsky's interview on Education and Entrepreneurship.

Dave Lavinsky Writes for Lendio

January 12, 2012

Dave Lavinsky reveals the "3 Ways Business Plans Get You Money" on Lendio.com.

Entrepreneurs will learn why business plans are so critical with regards to getting the funding they need.

Click here to read Dave Lavinsky's guest article on Lendio.com

Growthink Featured in INC. Magazine

December 29, 2011

Growthink co-founder and President, Dave Lavinsky, has been featured in Inc. Magazine's "Crucial Keys to Business Success in 2012" article.

In the article, entrepreneurs discover key strategies for entering into a new year prepared for positive success and motivating results.

Click here to read Growthink's Keys to Business Success by Marla Tabaka in INC. Magazine.

Dave Lavinsky Interviewed by Newsday

December 22, 2011

 

Dave Lavinsky interviewed in Newsday on the topic of Strategic Business Planning for the new year.

In the article, Dave discusses why businesses need to break down strategic planning goals in to the key areas of revenues, net profits, and business assets.

 

The article goes on the discuss the value of testing a company's marketing strategies as Dave suggests trying one new form of marketing a month to test a total of 12 new forms of marketing by year's end.

 

Click here to read Dave Lavinsky's interview on Newsday.

 

Growthink Client ifbyphone Secures $2 Million from BlueCrest Capital

December 13, 2011

Ifbyphone, a voice-based marketing automation platform, has secured a debt financing commitment of $2 million from industry-focused debt provider BlueCrest Capital Finance. 

In the past, Ifbyphone has received $18 million in funding from investors such as Illinois Innovation Accelerator Fund (I2A), Apex Venture Partners, Origin Ventures, Spring Mill Ventures, and River Cities Capital Funds. 

Most recently, The National Association of REALTORS also invested in Ifbyphone through its strategic investment fund, Second Century Ventures.

 

Dave Lavinsky Interviewed on Lendio

December 12, 2011

Dave Lavinsky interviewed on Lendio on the topics of Starting, Growing, and Selling Successful Businesses.

In the interview, Dave also shares exciting insider information on Crowdfunding, the fastest growing way to raise money for new companies.

Click here to listen to Dave's interview on Lendio.

Dave Lavinsky Interviewed on Stylus

December 12, 2011

Dave Lavinsky interviewed on Stylus.com to discuss the recent change in U.S. Legislation for raising money through Crowdfunding.

In the interview, Dave reveals why Crowdfunding is the biggest revolution in company finance since the late 1950's.

Stylus: The Inspiration Driving Big Ideas. Stylus provides intelligence and inspiration that drive new ideas and improve profitability.

Jay Turo Interviewed on Bob Pritchard's Voice of America Show

November 14, 2011

Jay Turo interviewed on Bob Pritchard's Voice of America Show.

In the interview, Jay discusses the most effective ways to attract investment to your business.

Click here to listen to Jay Turo on Voice of America.

Growthink on Got Invention Radio

November 14, 2011

Growthink interviewed on Got Invention Radio on the topics of Business Planning, Market Research, and Crowdfunding.

In the interview, Co-founder & President, Dave Lavinsky, talks about what investors look for in a business plan. The discussion opens about the different ways to raise money for your invention-Banks, Seed, Angel, Venture Capitalists and Crowd Funding.

To listen to Dave Lavinsky's Got Invention Radio Interview Click Here.

Growthinker Speaks at Loyola Marymount University

November 07, 2011


Growthinker, Ashumi Kothary, speaks to Loyola MBA Class on
The Art and Science of Strategy Consulting.

Charles M. Vance, Ph.D. from the College of Business Administration says:

"It was clear that the students really enjoyed and got a lot out of your visit. Thanks so much for taking the time and making this valuable effort for us!"

Growthink Brings Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 to NYC

November 03, 2011


Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebrates Innovators and Job Creators; Hosts Growthink, Inc. at “10 Steps to Start, Grow & Sell Your Business” Event

In Growthink’s powerful live, in-person seminar, “10 Steps to Start, Grow & Sell Your Business,” Growthink co-founder and President Dave Lavinsky will teach his 10 steps for entrepreneurial success. He will show entrepreneurs how to effectively and efficiently start their businesses, grow them, and initiate multi-million dollar exits.

The event will be held on Friday, November 18th at Marymount Manhattan College, Regina Peruggi Room (2nd Floor); located on 221 East 71st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in New York City. Dave Lavinsky is scheduled to begin speaking at 10am and will present and have time for questions until Noon. 

To reserve your seat, please RSVP to Raquel A. Castillo, [email protected] or by dialing 914-514-8036.

Click here learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week USA 2011.

Growthink Featured in Mixergy

October 24, 2011

Growthink featured in Mixergy episode entitled; "Growthink: From One Awful Logo To 5000 Clients – with Dave Lavinsky"

In the interview, co-founder Dave Lavinsky tells the Growthink, Inc. success story and shares with the audience how he and co-founder Jay Turo built a profitable business by helping entrepreneurs succeed.

You can watch Dave Lavinky's Interview on Mixergy here.

Dave Lavinsky Interviewed in INC.

October 24, 2011

 

Growthink co-founder and President, Dave Lavinsky, has been featured in the Inc. article entitled; "5 Investments Your Business Can't Live Without."

In the article, Inc. covers what investments will give business owners the biggest pay off with expert Dave Lavinsky weighing in on where to best spend an annual budget.

You can read Dave Lavinsky's Expert Advice on Budgeting for 2012 here.

Growthink Featured in NPR

October 19, 2011

Growthink was mentioned in NPR in its newly released article "Netflix Kills Qwikster; Price Hike Lives On"

In the article, NPR discusses the unpopular news of Nextflix dropping their new DVD delivery service “Qwikster” and sites Growthink’s short list of famous corporate missteps.

You can read the article on NPR's website here.

You can read Growthink's famous corporate missteps post here.

Jay Turo to Speak on Venture Capital Panel

August 08, 2011

Growthink co-founder and CEO Jay Turo has been asked to speak on the Venture Capital panel at the Daily Deal Media Conference on September 8th and 9th in Chicago.

Daily Deal Media is the nation's leading provider of news, data and intelligence for Social Commerce and the Daily Deal Industry. Daily Deal Media tracks and rates publishers and merchants using key performance indicators such as daily sales, product offerings, performance metrics and deal history which allows us to provide our clients with valuable deal data and business intelligence.

Other members of the Venture Capital panel include Phin Barnes of First Round Capital and Ben Black of Akkadian Ventures.

Growthink Client Scratch Media Group Raises $3.3 Million

July 13, 2011

Congratulations to Growthink client Scratch Media Group.

Scratch Music Group just completed a $3.3 million round of growth financing. 

The funding round was led by Contour Venture Partners. Additional investors included the New York City Investment Fund (NYCIF) and angel investors. The angel investors included SeamlessWeb's Jason Finger and Todd Arky, and Jacob Pechenik, the co-founder and CEO of YellowJacket Software.

Scratch Music Group has built the first and largest national team of heavily screened marquee DJs, who entertain guests at thousands of weddings, corporate events, tours, and music festivals each year. Scratch works closely with leading brands including MTV, Saks, Vans, Bloomingdales, ESPN, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Ann Taylor, Pepsi, Sandals Beach Resorts, and W Hotels.

 

Growthink Client ProtonMedia Raises Another $4.5 Million

June 20, 2011

Congratulations to Growthink client ProtonMedia.Proton Media logo

ProtonMedia, who had raised a $2.5 million financing round in July 2009, just closed a $4.5 million Series B venture financing, bringing its total outside funding to $7 million.

The lead investor in the deal was Kaplan Ventures, the venture arm of the education company Kaplan, Inc.  Other investors in this latest round included Originate Ventures (located in Bethlehem, PA) and Osage Venture Partners (located in Bala Cynwyd, PA).

ProtonMedia is the developer of ProtoSphere, a virtual collaboration environment for the high-performance workplace, and the #1 virtual environment for collaborative PLM in life sciences. ProtoSphere’s virtual environment provides an arsenal of business-focused collaboration and communication tools that help companies accelerate decision-making and raise productivity, improving workplace performance overall.

ProtonMedia’s customers include some of the world’s most respected brands, including AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Merck Inc., BP, Chevron, Duke University, Deloitte, TIAA-CREF, Lockheed Martin, and Boeing.

Growthink CEO Jay Turo Speaks on Finance Panel

May 24, 2011

Growthink CEO Jay Turo was a featured panelist at UCLA's 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference last week.  At the conference, Jay spoke regarding best practices for startups and small business seeking to raise money via crowdfunding and other social networking means, changing angel and venture capital investing norms with the improved financial markets, and new investment securities including royalty-based financing structures and revenue certificates, among others.

About The Entrepreneurs Conference:

Now in its 26th year, this conference is UCLA Anderson’s largest and highest-profile student-organized event. The Entrepreneur Association and the Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies welcome a large audience of current and future MBA students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs, investors, small business owners, financiers, and a broad array of business executives and professionals for a day of sharing valuable insight on current topics in entrepreneurship, critical business skills, and emerging opportunities.

 

Growthink Client Clickability Acquired for $10 Million

May 09, 2011

Last week, Growthink Client Clickability was acquired by Limelight Networks (NSDQ: LLNW).

Limelight Networks purchased Clickability for its web content management system which is used by many high profile publishers.

The web CMS will help Limelight's new video platform business, which it entered last year when it purchased Delve Networks.

Limelight paid $10 million in stock and cash for Clickability.

Congratulations Clickability!

Growthink Client Adometry Raises $1 Million

March 07, 2011

Congratulations to Growthink client Adometry.

Adometry just completed a $1 million round of VC funding.

Four investment groups participated in the round: Austin Ventures, Sierra Ventures, Stanford University and Shasta Ventures.

Adometry, formerly known as Click Forensics, is a leading provider of ad analytics and traffic quality solutions for the online advertising community. Adometry leads the industry in online ad verification and traffic quality management, delivering actionable insight to improve the performance of online advertising. Online advertisers, agencies, publishers, and ad networks rely on Adometry for audience verification, click quality scoring and attribution metrics to optimize online advertising results.

Growthink Client Dr. Sears Family Essentials Raises $5.6 Million

February 22, 2011

Congratulations to Growthink client Dr. Sears Family Essentials.

Dr. Sears Family Essentials just completed a $5.6 million round of venture capital funding.

The funding was provided by Intuitive Venture Partners and will help Irvine, CA-based Dr. Sears with expansion and marketing efforts. Intuitive Venture Partners is based in New York.

Dr. Sears Family Essentials is a privately-held, functional food and beverage company rooted in the collective expertise of the Sears Family of Pediatricians, which features more than a century of combined medical knowledge. The company offers a doctor-formulated, kid-approved line of 100 percent all-natural snacks, beverages and supplements that provide essential daily nutrients, such as Omega-3 DHA, to help children grow healthy, strong and smart.

Dr. Sears Family Essentials products are reflective of Dr. Bill Sears’ lifelong dedication to children’s health and wellness and the company’s commitment to helping combat childhood obesity and Nutritional Deficit Disorder. Dr. Sears Family Essentials products are available nationwide at The Vitamin Shoppe, Whole Foods, independent natural health retailers and major regional grocery retailers including H-E-B, Meijer and Fred Meyer across the U.S., and online at www.drsearsfamilyessentials.com.

Growthink Client DecisionStep Purchased by Buy.com

February 04, 2011

Congratulations to Growthink client DecisionStep which was acquired today. 

DecisionStep helps online businesses succeed by providing hosted, innovative solutions that let consumers make better decisions faster. DecisionStep's application called ShopTogether provides real-time, social interaction to shoppers so they can be part of each other's web experience and decision-making process, increasing order value and buyer conversion for retailers. 

DecisionStep was acquired by Buy.com, a leading retail marketplace with more than 18 million customers. The amount of the acquisition was not disclosed.

To read the full press release of the acquisition, click here.

Growthink Sponsors Interactive Program on the Future of Advertising

January 31, 2011

Growthink, Inc. will host an online, interactive event focused on the rapid changes taking place in online advertising and media – and how these changes may impact private equity investors, marketers, and the thousands of emerging companies competing in an increasingly crowded field of technology-based marketing services.

The live Web event, free for participants, will take place on Tuesday, February 1st at 1:00 pm EST / 10:00 am PST.    

Program highlights to include:

  • Insights from the chief executives of two up and coming firms succeeding in this new advertising environment and experiencing rapid growth and tangible ROI due to their unique offerings.
  • A sector snapshot from Growthink developed with the input of dozens of media and advertising executives, private equity investors, M&A bankers, entrepreneurs, sector analysts, and others deeply involved in the industry.
  • Analysis on what emerging advertising business models to invest in … and to run from.
  • A roadmap for young companies in the category hoping to successfully attract capital, execute their business strategies, rapidly acquire clients, and even reach the Holy Grail – exiting at an eye popping valuation.    

 

For more, click here