LOS ANGELES – Roomi, the free mobile-first, co-living platform that helps renters find shared housing options, has launched on Web and Android in response to growing demand beyond the popular iOS platform. Roomi ranked first on the Apple App Store search for housemate-finding apps when it came out of beta in New York City in June 2015 and has achieved roughly 180,000 downloads. Most housemate or shared housing apps are available solely on iOS; however, Roomi prioritized development of these additional platforms in response to user feedback. In conjunction with these new channels, Roomi is expanding its range of services to California.

Why is a Better Shared Housing Tool Vital?
Co-living is becoming an increasingly popular way for urban dwellers to afford rent, especially in large and expensive metro areas, such as LA, NYC, and SF. And it’s not hard to understand why: A recent Harvard study found that nearly half of U.S. renters are burdened (spending more than 30 percent of income on housing), with rents having increased by nearly 53 percent between 2000 and 2014. Vacancy rates are close to 3 percent, their lowest level since 1985, and rents are rising at the fastest pace in nearly 30 years, about 3.5 percent annually.

Co-living can ease the burden by half or more, depending on prorating decisions and the number of housemates. As a result, co-living is becoming the new norm for professionals, single parents, and the elderly, in addition to college students.

Despite co-living’s rising popularity, finding the right housemate largely remains a challenging and lengthy process. Available search tools leave many with security fears, especially given the recent news of yet another Craigslist-related murder in New York.
And most development of better marketplace platforms continues to center around iOS.

Roomi to the Rescue:
Roomi is designed to be the first user-friendly peer-to-peer co-living marketplace with a seamless experience across mobile and Web platforms. Developed with the individual’s needs in mind, Roomi blends beautiful design with intelligent functionality to specifically address the top priorities of shared housing and housemate seekers, such as decreased search time, increased safety during the search and better overall
housemate compatibility.

“Roomi is a step into the future,” said Osuke Honda, General Partner at DCM Ventures. “Roomi’s social graph and housing details make it possible to have more transparency and security about a potential living situation.”

“Compatibility for things like noise tolerance and openness to pets — things that may seem small but can easily turn into sources of conflict or even dealbreakers
— makes all the difference,” said Ajay Yadav, Founder and CEO of Roomi.

Roomi is currently live in New York and San Francisco, and is launching in Southern California on Jan. 14 for iOS, Android and Web platforms.

About Roomi
Roomi is a free mobile platform that helps people find flexible, affordable coliving
solutions. That starts with building back trust in the peer-to-peer marketplace, so we set out to create the simplest and safest choice for the housing search. With verified listings, the right tools and personalized support, Roomi community members are empowered to make the savviest choices for their individual needs. The platform makes it simple to post rooms, connect through the in-app chat and share a happy home — across the city or around the world. Our goal is to help everyone connect to their new spaces and communities, and live better together.

About DCM Ventures
DCM Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Tokyo with more than $2.5 billion under management. Our team’s global DNA and extensive industry expertise empowers our entrepreneurs with hands-on operational guidance and a global network of business and financial resources. DCM Ventures has invested in more than 250 technology companies across the United States and Asia backing numerous industry leaders over our 20-year history. Successful exits (IPOs and M&As) include, among others, China-based: 51job, 58.com, 99Bill (Wanda Group), BitAuto, Dangdang, Luxin, Renren, Tuniu, and Vipshop; Japan-based: JCI, Kabu.com, Pokelabo (GREE), Scigineer, and StarFlyer; U.S.-based: About.com, Basis (Intel), Fortinet, PGP Corporation (Symantec), SandForce (LSI), Slice Technologies (Rakuten), and Sling Media (EchoStar) as well as eDreams in Spain and Daum Kakao in Korea.

SAN DIEGO (DECEMBER 17, 2015) – CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, announced today that it has chosen co-founders of Althea Technologies, Magda Marquet, Ph.D., and François Ferré, Ph.D., for its highest honor – induction into the CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Marquet is being recognized as the first-ever female recipient of the award, and the couple, business partners who will also celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary in 2016, are being honored for their extensive contributions within San Diego’s research, healthcare, and entrepreneur communities.

“Our business is centered around the people and organizations that truly impact the city of San Diego, and without the contributions of Magda and François the local biotech community would not be what it is today,” said Greg McKee, CEO of CONNECT. “Inducting these two outstanding individuals into the esteemed CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame gives us great joy—it is hard to find more deserving innovators for this award. We are thrilled to have Magda as our first female inductee to the CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame as she truly represents the best qualities of an entrepreneur – creativity, tenacity, and her unwavering commitment to making the world a better place.”

Dr. Marquet, the co-founder and co-chair of Althea (a member of the Ajinomoto Group), a leading provider of contract services to the biotech and pharmaceutical industry, has over 30 years of experience in the biotechnology field in the United States and Europe. She is also a co-founder of AltheaDX, a precision medicine company. Notably, during her tenure as the former executive director of Pharmaceutical Development at Vical Incorporated, she patented several novel methods for the production of clinical grade DNA for use in gene therapy and DNA vaccines. Marquet also serves on the boards of Sente, Independa and Portable Genomics. A highly regarded scientist and business person, Dr. Marquet is also very involved in service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of BIOCOM (past Chairman 2013-2014), EDC, The Kyoto Symposium Organization and she is the incoming Chairman of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center Board. She has received numerous awards throughout her career including the Ernst & Young’s Regional Entrepreneur of the Year award, the UCSD Athena Pinnacle and Chairman awards, the San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business award, and the 2015 San Diego Business Journal’s Exemplary Service Award.

Dr. François Ferré is co-founder and Director of Althea (a member of the Ajinomoto Group) and he is also the co-chairman and co-founder of AltheaDx, a privately-held company focusing on personalized medicine and pharmacogenomics. He serves on the board of a number of private companies including Biomatrica and Portable Genomics. He is co-Chairman of the Advisory Board of MD Revolution. He serves as a Director of the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) and of the Chopra Foundation (Executive Committee). Dr. Ferré is a leader in gene quantification and biomarker development and has published several authoritative reviews on these topics, including the co-edition of a bestseller book on PCR with Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Kary Mullis. Dr. Ferré was the winner of the 2005 Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Life Sciences category.

With a passion for entrepreneurship, Marquet and Ferre are also the Founders of ALMA Life Sciences, LLC, an early stage investment firm focusing on the creation and growth of innovative health care companies in San Diego. ALMA’s portfolio includes over 20 life sciences companies and its main focus is prevention with numerous investments in diagnostics and e-health.

“I am deeply honored to be entering the CONNECT Hall of Fame as the first woman entrepreneur, joining such a prestigious circle of San Diego great innovators and icons,” said Dr. Magda Marquet. “We would like to dedicate this incredible award to the San Diego community and to everyone who has helped us in our entrepreneurial journey and specifically to all the employees, investors, customers and friends of Althea as well as to our two sons for always being here for us.”

“Being selected as a Hall of Fame winner is incredible, extremely humbling and flat out extraordinary. I am so honored. Starting a company from scratch with Magda and growing it has been an incredible adventure,” said Dr. François Ferré. “It would be unimaginable to have done this in a place other than San Diego and we are so grateful to the San Diego community for allowing us to achieve our entrepreneurial dreams.”

Drs. Marquet and Ferré are the fourteenth and fifteenth inductees into the CONNECT Entrepreneur Hall of Fame. Past inductees include Andrew Viterbi, Irwin Jacobs, Walter Zable, Ivor Royston, William Rastetter, J. Robert Beyster, Neal Blue, Linden Blue, Peter Preuss, Gene Ray, Howard “Ted” Greene, Ron Taylor and Peter Farrell.

An award dinner honoring Drs. Marquet and Ferré will be held on April 14, 2016 at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel. In addition to recognizing these two outstanding individuals, CONNECT will also be honoring esteemed members of the community for their contributions in both the life science and technology sectors via the Duane Roth Distinguished Contribution Awards. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.connect.org/events/connect-entrepreneur-hall-fame.

For more information on CONNECT, please visit www.connect.org.


CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.

December 17, 2015 — San Diego, CA — Pixite LLC announced today the release of Pigment 1.0 for iPhone and iPad. With built-in support for Apple Pencil, 3D touch, and a wide assortment of coloring tools, Pigment is the only coloring book app to support freehand coloring, and is the closest thing digitally to coloring on paper. Pigment also stands out with its hundreds of hand curated, professionally drawn illustrations, 8 different kinds of pencils, markers and brushes, and an unlimited number of colors to choose from.

Research has shown that coloring and doodling on paper have substantial therapeutic effects by lowering stress and anxiety, and improving relaxation and concentration. By allowing artists to color using strokes of their finger, Apple Pencil, or a third-party stylus, Pigment can offer those same therapeutic effects on the iPhone and iPad. In fact, Pigment is the only coloring book app that allows freehand coloring, while the rest of the apps are tap-to-fill.

By varying the strokes, the coloring tool, and tool characteristics, each piece of artwork takes a life of its own like never before. The size and opacity of the tools like the colored pencil can always be adjusted using the intuitive onscreen controls. 3D Touch enabled iPads and iPhones, and the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil take the controls to the next level by allowing the user to change the opacity using pressure. Using the Apple Pencil, the user can even control the shape of the tip by changing direction and tilt. The outcome is the most realistic coloring experience on a digital device.
Color selection is often a challenge for the coloring book artist, especially when there is an unlimited number of colors to choose from. Pigment’s innovative approach is 14 hand selected palettes of 9 colors, with a shade control for each. The palettes offer a cohesive combination of colors, a great starting point for anyone. In addition, by using Pigment’s shade control, artists are able to select any shade of any color in the palette instantly. Not only does the shade control save time in selecting similar colors, it lets the user access an unlimited number of colors in the simplest way possible.
Although coloring is often done to fulfill personal needs, Pigment also makes it easy to share work with friends and family. The available sharing options are email, SMS text, Facebook, and other social networks.

Pigment is a free app with an optional subscription to the Pigment Premium Access service, the key to the entire library of 200+ professionally drawn illustrations and updates to new books. Premium Access also unlocks the saving of non-watermarked, high-resolution images of artwork, up to 4096×4096 pixels.

Pigment is the only coloring book app that lets you color in without tapping-and-fill 200+ professionally illustrated works to color 8 kinds of coloring tools — colored pencil, marker, paint brush, fill, airbrush, circle brush, linear gradient, and radial gradient
Fully supports finger, Apple Pencil, and third-party stylus input
Unlimited number of colors using the professionally curated palettes and the innovative shade control

App Details
Supports iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 and above
Free universal app with in-app subscription
App Store page: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pigment-only-true-coloring/id1062006344?ls=1&mt=8&pt=14691&ct=medium&at=11l4HQ
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On December 1, CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, announced the winners of its 28th annual Most Innovative New Product Awards. The prestigious competition, which begins in each year in the spring and culminates in the awards ceremony in December, is an annual signature event at CONNECT that recognizes and lauds groundbreaking products released within the last 18 months from San Diego-based innovation companies.

“San Diego’s innovation economy is driven by hardworking companies who, day after day, continue to change the way the world operates. We at CONNECT are honored to recognize the products that alter the global landscape and continue to elevate and highlight the region as a top innovation destination nationwide” said Greg McKee, President & CEO of CONNECT. “The 2015 Most Innovative New Product Awards shine a spotlight on those standout entrepreneurs whose ideas are breathing new life into modern innovation.”

The 2015 Most Innovative Product Award winners faced a rigorous judging process before being selected from a pool of more than 100 nominations across eight categories: Aerospace, Security & Cyber Technologies, Cleantech, Communications & IT, Life Science Diagnostics & Research Tools, Mobile Apps, Pharmaceutical Drugs & Medical Devices, Software & Digital Media and Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies. From the nominations, the panel selected forty-four semi-finalists, and finally, 24 semi-finalists.

Listed below, in their respective categories, are the eight 2015 Most Innovative New Product Award winners:

Aerospace, Security & Cyber Technologies:
• Ocean Aero’s Submaran – Ocean Aero’s Submaran is an autonomous, hybrid surface and subsurface vessel that is changing how we observe our oceans. This unmanned vessel has the ability to perform long term data-gathering missions, survivable and undetected, without the need to refuel or recharge.

• Q Factory 33’s B3 Bypass Device – The B3 Bypass is a device that facilitates 625% increases in energy potential of solar, wind, stationary battery backup systems and electrical generators and enables 30% increases in conductivity, five-fold reductions in soft costs and elimination of expensive electrical upgrades.

Communications & IT:
• Mushroom Networks’s VOIP Armor – VOIP Armor is a “Voice over IP” gateway device that automatically heals and works around any network problems that otherwise negatively impact phone calls. You set it and forget it for crystal clear phone calls with unbreakable reliability for your business.

Life Science Diagnostics & Research Tools:
• CureMetrix’s CureMetrix – An image analysis platform that quantifies the qualities of anomalies in images. As a first target, CureMetrix is focused on doing early and accurate detection of breast cancer in mammograms along with reducing unnecessary biopsies.

Mobile Apps:
• Chalk Digital’s Instant Mobile Ad Platform – Chalk Digital offers the only Do-It-Yourself advertising solution (portal and app) that builds locally targeted, affordable campaigns (with mobile optimized landing pages) within minutes. It offers businesses and consumers the ability to build, target and launch their own personal advertisement in minutes that is displayed in thousands of mobile apps based on your location.

Pharmaceutical Drugs & Medical Devices:
• PureWick’s PureWick – PureWick empowers women with safe and simple incontinence management in hospitals, in nursing facilities and at home. A non-invasive, disposable wick comfortably moves urine away from the body. PureWick offers a new standard of care without need for catheters or specialized nurses.

Software & Digital Media:
• Comhear’s MyBeam – MyBeam is a single, portable, wireless 12-18″ sound bar device that produces spatialized, localized, and binaural virtual surround sound. MyBeam delivers a fully immersive audio experience through a portable personal device that replaces headphones. The device commercializes a patent-pending algorithm that sends sound directly to your ears precisely the way your body was designed to receive it.

Sport & Active Lifestyle Technologies:
• Hush’s Hush Smart Earplugs – Hush Smart Earplugs are the world’s first smart earplugs that help people sleep better in noisy environments. Combining a sound machine, earplugs, and smartphone connectivity, Hush allows you to drown out noises that keep you up at night, while simultaneously allowing you to hear the alerts and notifications you need.

To be eligible for the 2015 Most Innovative New Product Awards, the product must have been developed in the San Diego or Baja region, first introduced between March 2014 – August 2015, never nominated for this award before, and generated revenue from sales (except free mobile apps).

The winners were announced tonight, December 1, at the 2015 Most Innovative New Product Awards presentation and dinner at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

In addition to the eight companies honored for their outstanding new products, the William W. Otterson Award was awarded to the RQ-4 Global Hawk, developed by Northrop Grumman. The award is CONNECT’s highest honor given to technology or product that has demonstrated a significant impact on society and on our quality of life.

The RQ-4 Global Hawk is a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed to provide military field commanders with comprehensive, near-real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), plus detection of moving targets over a large geographical area for battle management, targeting and situation awareness of enemy actions. The superior performance of the Global Hawk’s system significantly enhances the U.S. military’s ability to prevail in all types of operations from sensitive peacekeeping missions to full-scale combat.

Finally, JP Morgan Chase & Company announced a major grant to the CONNECT Foundation. Brennon Crist, Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase & Company, presented a $230,000 check to CEO Greg McKee to support CONNECT in the development of small business clusters in San Diego.

“Serving almost 70,000 small businesses in San Diego County and as one of the nation’s top SBA lenders, JP Morgan Chase & Company has a great vantage point to see the innovations and creativity of American enterprise, which fuels our continued strength and future global competitiveness,” Crist stated. “We understand that many entrepreneurs are tackling some of the world’s biggest problems, which is why we support start-up accelerators like CONNECT who are making a dramatic difference in the way small businesses work and how they succeed.”

For more information on CONNECT’s Most Innovative New Product Awards, please visit connect.org.

CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.



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San Diego Biotech Company Dermala Advances to InnovateHER Semi-Finals
Nationwide competition honors companies that impact and empower women’s lives

SAN DIEGO (December 8, 2015) – Today, CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, announced Dermala Inc., an early stage biotech company based in San Diego, as the winner of the recent InnovateHER challenge hosted by CONNECT and Hera Labs. The national InnovateHER competition, put on by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Microsoft in an effort to unearth innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and families, will be held in Washington, D.C. on March 17, 2017 as part of the annual Women’s Summit, where the winning company will take home $40,000.

“It is an honor to be among the semi-finalists in the InnovateHER competition, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to showcase Dermala alongside other companies that are making a difference in the lives of women all over the world,” said Dr. Lada Rasochova, CEO and President of Dermala. “Being a female in male-dominated industry is one thing, but to be leading the charge in positively impacting other women’s lives is truly inspiring.”

Dermala was selected based on its measurable impact on the lives of women and families, potential for commercialization and its ability to fill a need in the marketplace. Judges of the local challenge were local business leaders Silvia Mah, CEO of Hera-Labs; Kim Davis King, Adjunct Professor at San Diego State, former venture capitalist and current angel investor; and Sergio Gurrier, Board Director, Tech Coast Angels.

Founded in 2014 by Dr. Rasochova and Eric Huang, Professor at the Department of Dermatology at UCSD, Dermala is an early stage biotechnology company that uses the human microbiome to develop treatments for chronic skin diseases. Rasochova has been involved in commercialization of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products for the past 20 years. She spent more than 15 years in private sector where she held various leadership and management positions, most recently as the R&D Leader and Director of New Business Development https://www.thelockboss.ie, in Dowpharma division of the Dow Chemical Company.

For more information on InnovateHER, please visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/wbo/resources/1465581.

CONNECT is a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that creates and scales great companies in the technology and life sciences sectors. By creating an environment in which entrepreneurs and C-suite executives have access to the people, capital, and technology resources they need for success, CONNECT has assisted in the formation and development of more than 3,000 companies since 1985. Widely regarded as one of the world’s most successful organizations linking entrepreneurs and C-suite executives with the resources they need for the commercialization of innovative products and services; our program has been modeled in more than 50 regions around the world.


SAN DIEGO (Dec. 3, 2015) – Financial Fitness Group (FFG) – a San Diego-based company that offers a Software as a Service-based (SaaS) platform to help employees assess, benchmark and improve their personal financial knowledge, while improving productivity and reducing risk for their employers – has added three members to its board of directors.

“As the company continues to grow, we needed to add additional depth and diversity of skills to the company,” says Andrew Meyer, CEO, Financial Fitness Group. “Their expertise in online learning, human resources and benefits, and growing early stage enterprise SaaS software companies complement each other and FFG’s objectives.”

Deb Karstetter is an accomplished executive and recognized leader in the employee benefits industry. She was the past president of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Specialists, and vice chair of the Council of Employee Benefits Executives (CEBE). Karstetter was also executive vice president at ABD Insurance & Financial Services, and division president at Minet Insurances Services. She is the founder of Executive nSight, where she provides leadership consulting to developing organizations for sustained growth and profitability. Karstetter is also an angel investor with The Angels Forum, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in seed and early stage companies.

Patrick Quirk is a C level software executive who has been CEO of multiple software companies, effectively leading them through high growth and exits. High-profile companies he’s worked with include Emptoris – an IBM Company – GoldenGate Software, Oracle, Keynote Systems, PeopleSoft Corporation and JDA (formerly i2 Technologies). He was also CEO of Achievers – a leader in the employee recognition market. Quirk was previously on the board of Plex Systems during their acquisition by Francisco Partners.

Rick Hernandez founded “I Drive Safely,” a wholly owned division of eDriving, LLC, the leading provider of online driver education and behind-the-wheel driver training in the U.S. He led the company as managing director for 16 years, before successfully exiting. Hernandez is also a member of Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investor network in the U.S. and the number one source of startup funding in Southern California.

For more information about Financial Fitness Group, visit: http://financialfitnessgroup.com/.

About Financial Fitness Group
Financial Fitness Group offers employers a suite of SaaS software applications that deliver powerful, interactive personal finance and investing learning solutions designed to help staff better understand and manage their personal finances. FFG’s programs enable employers to understand the financial health of their employees and its impact on their organizations’ profits and productivity, check out www.actionac.net. Once assessed, FFG’s expertly designed educational content and coursework addresses each employee’s unique situation, effectively improving employees’ financial knowledge and behaviors, while reducing employee turnover, increasing employee usage of benefits and improving employee productivity.

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SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 2015 – Corporate Directors Forum is hosting a special event, “BIG THINK: Topics for the Boardroom and Beyond,” on Nov. 19, 2015. Held at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla, the discussion will focus on drones and the related “perils, pitfalls and promises” the technology brings to the world of business.

The event will be helmed by drone experts Gregory S. McNeal, JD/Ph.D. and William O’Connor. McNeal is founder of drone safety website AirMap, an Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and a frequent commentator for Forbes, and has addressed topics relating to security, tech and crime for outlets including The New York Times, CNN, NPR and the Wall Street Journal. O’Connor, a Morrison & Foerster partner in charge of the law firm’s UAS/Drones Group, focuses on litigation stemming from aviation accidents and product liability issues. Ranked a leading aviation litigation lawyer by Chambers USA, O’Connor represents an array of airlines, aerospace manufacturers and airports.

This event will address the challenges of drones: how to wisely move forward, taking advantage of this immense opportunity, while side-stepping the inevitable unintended consequences. The brave new world is upon us and will affect all our lives and businesses in the coming years. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into thought-provoking topics including citizens’ rights, emerging technology, data and film collection practices, accidents, surveillance and more. All guests of the event can receive one hour of MCLE and CPE credit.

“What seemed like distant science fiction just a few years ago is here today. We’re excited to have these thought leaders discuss this fascinating new technology and the implications that come along with it,” said Linda Sweeney, Executive Director of Corporate Directors Forum. “As leading experts in their respective fields, McNeal and O’Connor will give our audience an insightful, well-rounded look at the future of drone technology and what it means for their businesses – and their everyday lives.”

The latest edition of “BIG THINK” is open to the public. Tickets range from $60 to $80, including dinner-quality hors d’oeuvres, drinks and self-parking, and can be purchased online, by calling 858-455-7930 or by emailing events@corporatedirectorsforum.com.

About Corporate Directors Forum

Corporate Directors Forum, a 501c(6) located in San Diego, is the largest regional association of corporate directors in the U.S. and offers regular, interactive education programs for directors, officers and business leaders. The organization also hosts “Directors Forum: Directors, Management & Shareholders in Dialogue” every January. CDF’s purpose is to help directors, and those who support them, be better directors through director education and peer-to-peer networking. To learn more, visit www.directorsforum.com.


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SAN DIEGO, CA (October 20, 2015) – The San Diego American Marketing Association will host its annual Art of Marketing Conference on November 12, 2015. Now in its 5th year, the Art of Marketing Conference (#SDAOM) has grown to more than three times its original size. This year’s theme, Practical, Agile Strategies, illustrates the next level practices mid- to senior-level marketers will learn at the region’s premier marketing conference.

This content-rich event features four dynamic tracks: brand management, inbound marketing, paid acquisition, and insights and analytics.

In our keynotes, we’ll hear about Future Trends & Technology from Maxwell Luthy, Director of Trends and Insights at Trendwatching.com, and Inspiring ‘Next Practices’ in Marketing from Russ Klein, CEO of the American Marketing Association.
Klein said, “The AMA’s calling is to inspire original and next practices in marketing science for practitioners, academics and students. I’m honored to share how marketers around the globe are Inspiring Next Practices with the San Diego AMA—a thriving chapter empowering marketers with the resources they require to compete and win in marketing’s evolution.”

Attendees will also hear from these marketing industry thought leaders:

  • Michael Zuna, SVP/CMO/Chief Digital Officer, PETCO
  • Nancy Lee, VP Marketing, Intuit
  • Mark Torrance, CTO, Rocket Fuel
  • Devon DeMars, Social Media Director and Will Price, Content Marketing Director, Internet Marketing, Inc.
  • John Lincoln, President, Ignite Visibility
  • Tony Rindsberg, CMO/Co-Founder, SOCi
  • Kyle Sandsmark, Sr. Digital Marketing Manager, AMN Healthcare
  • Derick Downs, Founder & CEO, Outside the Box
  • Ramsay Crooks, EVP, Geary LSF
  • Jennifer Geddy, Director, Marketing Operations, & Michaela Ion, Sr. Manager, Marketing and CRM, Sony
  • Cara Harshman, Content Marketing Manager, Optimizely
  • Steven Shyne, Senior Strategist, Digital Operative
  • Dylan Whitman, CEO, BV Accel
  • Andy Batten, Director, Digital Analytics & Optimization, Red Door Interactive
  • Gregg Witt, CEO, Immersive Youth Marketing
  • Jacques Pavlenyi, Marketing Programs Director, Enterprise Social Solutions, IBM
  • Rachel Young, Research Director, Portfolio Marketing, Sirius Decisions
  • Dan Bishop, Director, North America, Experian
  • Jeremiah Gardner, Founder, #LeanBrandLabs

Registration is now open. This full day event will be hosted at the Marriott Del Mar. The cost for the event is $149 for members and $249 for guests. For more information, visit: http://sdama.org/events/2015-art-of-marketing-conference/#overview

About San Diego AMA
The San Diego chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA) is a professional organization that is committed to developing powerhouse marketers within the San Diego business community. San Diego AMA is the only education and networking-focused organization that provides information, resources, an international presence, and valuable connections in a fun, approachable environment where they can achieve their personal development goals. www.sdama.org

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GuruSAN DIEGO (Oct. 16, 2015) – Today, The San Diego Museum of Art, the region’s oldest, largest and most visited art museum, launched an audio-guided indoor mapping app, powered by Guru, a new experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for cultural institutions. Through Guru’s cutting-edge technology, sightseers are now able to easily navigate the Museum and further explore never-before heard information about specific exhibitions. The San Diego Museum of Art’s app is free and easily downloadable on iOS and Android devices, full content access is available for $5, and empowers people to rediscover the institution’s many treasures with convenience.
“We are thrilled to partner with The San Diego Museum of Art to help transform and enhance the learning experience for all visitors. This world-renowned museum features well-known American and international exhibitions and now, with this new app, visitors can elevate their experience like never before,” said Paul Burke, founder and CEO of Guru. “By providing people a platform that empowers them to take charge of their own learning adventure through educational games, fun facts, and customized tour options, we are reinventing the way people interact with cultural institutions.”

The San Diego Museum of Art app features 150 audio tour stops, full mapping of the museum, hours of video, various themed tours and more for both seasoned and first-time visitors to further immerse themselves into the art experience. The app features full beacon enabled technology, including a focus on creative, captivating and approachable content that automatically appears on a smartphone as you walk up to the items, highlighting the history behind the museum’s wide range of collections. Guru integrates consumable knowledge and entertaining factoids within the app breaking down any possible barriers and solely focusing on the stories by serving up pieces of information visitors can easily understand in the most educational and interactive way possible. In addition, users can collaboratively interact with others by posting tips for future visitors, sharing where they have been and mapping visits ahead of time.

“In today’s society, more than half of our visitors carry a smartphone, which makes it essential for us to change the way we distribute information and leverage the advanced solutions of technology,” said Dieter Fenkart-Fröschl, chief operating officer of The San Diego Museum of Art. “We are thrilled to offer our visitors this app, powered by Guru. It allows visitors from all ages to learn more about compelling content surrounding our works of art, exhibitions and the institution’s history. We hope to encourage art education in new ways by offering a solution to our visitors that is accessible from the palm of their hands.”

Once logged in, the app’s technology is able to instantly pinpoint a person’s location as they explore. As users pass through each exhibition, the app lights up with information regarding artists, history, inventors and other hidden secrets waiting to be unveiled.
Guru is in the process of partnering with other museums and organizations locally and internationally to unlock other treasures and mysteries that follow behind each piece or place.

For more information on Guru, please visit: www.theguru.co.
For more information on The San Diego Museum of Art, please visit: www.sdma.org.


About Guru:
Guru is an experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for scenic attractions including museums, parks, aquariums and zoos to change the way attendees experience learning at cultural institutions. Guru’s educational platform utilizes cutting-edge solutions to help users easily navigate and explore a specific exhibit or city attraction in seconds by providing exciting information and various tour options fitting for everyone’s interests. The app, customized for each institution, is easily downloadable and available on iOS and Android devices and serves as an expert tour guide to encourage users to take ownership of their own experiences in a modernized way. The Guru team seeks to bring a fresh perspective on how to approach learning at large establishments and assist individuals in rediscovering historical hidden gems that come with exploring well-known attractions.

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About The San Diego Museum of Art
The San Diego Museum of Art is located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego, Calif., 92101. General Information, (619) 232-7931, Group Sales: (619) 696-1935, Website: http://www.sdmart.org/art-alive-2015 Twitter: @SDMA, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSanDiegoMuseumofArt

Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses the world’s finest art in America’s Finest City. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.