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The San Diego Advisor of the Year organization announced today its awards finalists and continuing education initiative. Finalists and winners will be recognized at the upcoming awards program, and select winners will be invited as featured speakers at subsequent events, including the Association for Corporate Growth conference, “The Deals Behind the Advisor of the Year,” at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on Tuesday, November 15.

The awards program will be held at the world-renowned La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology on Thursday, October 27, starting at 4:00 p.m., with the “GameChangers: Women in the C-Suite” panel followed by the Advisor of the Year program at 5:30 p.m., featuring keynote speaker Ernest Rady. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Institute.

“We look forward to formally recognizing these finalists,” says Paul Thiel, managing director for title sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management. “They are instrumental in the success of the M&A community in San Diego and, until now, have largely gone unnoticed.”
Judges assessed finalists on their professional contribution in the sale, expansion or recapitalization of their clients’ companies. Led by former Broadcom chairman John Major and Histogen founder and CEO Gail Naughton, judges included representatives of UCSD’s Rady School of Management, CSU San Marcos’ School of Business and the La Jolla Institute, as well as several entrepreneurs who have successfully navigated the M&A process.

“This program is about so much more than the recognition,” says Thiel. “It’s also an educational institution that organizes and promotes ongoing M&A seminars and conferences. This fills an important niche in the San Diego business community.”

Finalists for the 2016 Advisor of the Year are: Allen Cinzori and Brad Weeks, Software Equity Group; Andrew Ruff, TGG Accounting; Bruce Knowlton, Moss Adams; Bruce Strumlauf, LevitZacks; Channing Hamlet, Objective Capital Partners; Cheston Larson, Latham & Watkins; Christian Fonss, Klinedinst PC; Craig Garner, Latham & Watkins; Dan Koeppen, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Dan Lavis, LevitZacks; David Noosinow, BNY Mellon; Hayden Trubitt, Stradling, Yocca Carlson & Rauth; Jason Skolnik, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Joel Weinstein, W Partners; John D. Tishler, SheppardMullin; Louise Botham, Alan Rich & Associates; Martin Staubus, The Beyster Institute, UCSD; Martin Waters, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Michael Brown, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth; Michael Kim, Objective Capital Partners; Mike Friedman, LevitZacks; Miranda Biven, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Nancy G. Henderson, Henderson Caverly Pum & Charney LLP; Patrick Monroe, Best Best & Krieger; Paul Johnson, Procopio; Ryan Smitt, Torrey Pines Bank; Scott N. Wolfe, Latham & Watkins; Scott Wolfe & Matt Bush, Latham & Watkins; Shane Orr, Kieckhafer Schiffer; Siddharth Chhokar, Chhokar Law Group; Stephen LaSala, SheppardMullin; Steve Fanucchi, CBIZ Mayer Hoffman McCann; Stuart Moss, Keystone Capital Markets; Tim Malott, Shoreline Partners; Todd Wilson & Joel Weinstein, W Partners; Trever Acers, Objective Capital Partners; Victor Ramsauer, LevitZacks; Wade Hansen, Cabrillo Advisors; Zeke Navar, Hammond Hanlon Camp.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.sdadvisoroftheyear.com.

Sponsors of the 2016 Advisor of the Year program are: BDO; Best Best & Krieger; Cabrillo Advisors; CBIZ; Claiborne Advisors; Deloitte; Departure; Friedman Brannen; Haskell & White; Henberger Group; HetzelMeade Communications; LevitZacks CPA, Lindsay & Brownell; NFP Insurance Brokerage & Consulting; Objective Capital Partners; Our City magazine; Polito Eppich; Procopio; RA Capital Advisors; Stradling; SheppardMullin; Torrey Pines Bank; Vantage Point Advisors and W Partners.

About Advisor of the Year
Advisor of the Year is a not-for-profit unincorporated community association that hosts an annual awards event to recognize and celebrate local advisors who provide extraordinary service and value to owners of middle market companies in the sale, expansion or recapitalization of their companies. The organization also conducts educational workshops and commissions primary research on business and financial trends that affect advisors and their clients. Select winners will be featured in the November ACG program, “The Deals Behind the Advisor of the Year awards.”

About La Jolla Institute
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is located at 9420 Athena Circle in La Jolla and is dedicated to understanding the intricacies and power of the immune system to promote human health and prevent a wide range of diseases. Since its founding in 1988 as an independent, nonprofit research organization, the Institute has made numerous advances leading towards its goal: life without disease®.

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San Diego – October 14, 2016 – The San Diego Advisor of the Year organization announced today that renowned philanthropist and community leader Ernest Rady will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd annual Advisor of the Year program. In addition, the organization named the high-profile participants for its informative session, GameChangers: Women in the C-Suite.

Legendary entrepreneur Ernest Rady will attend and deliver the keynote address at the Advisor of the Year event on Thursday, October 27, at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. An icon in the San Diego business community, the namesake of the Rady School of Management at UCSD and Rady Children’s Hospital, he has led a wildly successful career in financial services, real estate, insurance, oil & gas, banking and other industries. Rady will discuss how he creates value in his businesses and the important role that professional advisors have played in his business dealings.

Rady’s address will be preceded by the panel discussion, GameChangers: Women in the C-Suite, which will begin at 4:00 pm. Featured will be women leaders who have risen to the top of the executive ranks in male-dominated industries, including law enforcement, sports, beer making and aerospace. Panelists are Shelley Zimmerman, the first female chief of the San Diego Police Department; the San Diego Chargers’ executive vice president and chief operating officer Jeanne Bonk, one of the highest-ranking female executives in the National Football League; Pizza Port’s Gina Marsaglia, the self-professed “godmother” of San Diego’s vibrant craft beer scene and one of the few women beer makers in the country; and Cindy Candela, a well-known leadership consultant and former president of aerospace supplier Precision Engine Controls.

“We are thrilled to have such San Diego paragons as Ernest Rady and Shelley Zimmerman participating in this year’s Advisor of the Year program,” says Paul Thiel, managing director of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, title sponsor of the event. “Our goal is to recognize and celebrate the excellence, opportunity and entrepreneurship within our thriving local community. Ernest and Shelley are iconic representations of those values.”

In addition to host BNY Mellon, the event has received cooperation from the Association for Corporate Growth – San Diego; the Chairmen’s Roundtable; North County Estate Planning Council; ProVisors; STAR-San Diego and Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego.

Attendees will have an opportunity to mingle and meet these remarkable leaders while enjoying cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm. At 7:00 pm, the awards ceremony will be held outdoors at the esteemed La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, which will receive the net proceeds from this event.

To purchase tickets, please visit www.sdadvisoroftheyear.com.

Sponsors of the 2016 Advisor of the Year program are: BDO; Best Best & Krieger; Cabrillo Advisors; CBIZ; Claiborne Advisors; Deloitte; Departure; Friedman Brannen; Haskell & White; Henberger Group; HetzelMeade Communications; LevitZacks CPA, Lindsay & Brownell; NFP Insurance Brokerage & Consulting; Objective Capital Partners; Our City magazine; Polito Eppich; Procopio; RA Capital Advisors; SheppardMullin; Torrey Pines Bank; Vantage Point Advisors and W Partners.

About Advisor of the Year
Advisor of the Year is a not-for-profit unincorporated community association that hosts an annual awards event to recognize and celebrate local advisors who provide extraordinary service and value to owners of middle market companies in the sale, expansion or recapitalization of their companies. The organization also conducts educational workshops and commissions primary research on business and financial trends that affect advisors and their clients. Select winners will be featured in the November ACG program, “The Deals Behind the Advisor of the Year awards.”

About La Jolla Institute
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is located at 9420 Athena Circle in La Jolla and is dedicated to understanding the intricacies and power of the immune system to promote human health and prevent a wide range of diseases. Since its founding in 1988 as an independent, nonprofit research organization, the Institute has made numerous advances leading towards its goal: life without disease®.

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San Diego – September 6, 2016 – — The San Diego Advisor of the Year organization announced today that its 2nd annual awards program will be held Thursday, October 27 and again will be hosted by title sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The group also named four of the business and community leaders who will be participating in the judging.

The program will begin at 4:30 pm at the renowned La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. In addition to host BNY Mellon, the event has received cooperation from the Association for Corporate Growth – San Diego, the Chairmen’s Roundtable, North County Estate Planning Council, ProVisors and Rady School of Management at University of California, San Diego.

The institute, located at 9420 Athena Circle in La Jolla, is one of the world’s leading medical research facilities and recently became affiliated with UCSD. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Institute. Guests will enjoy the ambiance of an outdoor lounge complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a light dinner, live music and an opportunity to meet extraordinary entrepreneurs and advisory professionals.

“Local advisors are integral to the renowned business climate in San Diego,” said Paul Thiel, managing director of BNY Mellon’s San Diego practice. “Often these men and women work behind the scenes to ensure company owners and their stakeholders enjoy smooth transitions for major events such as sales or expansion. This is an opportunity to celebrate them and their work.”

Judges will assess each candidate on the value created or delivered by nominees, including the sale, acquisition, expansion or recapitalization of their companies. Eligible service providers include attorneys, CPAs, investment bankers, business brokers, exit planning consultants and affiliated services.

Judges for the Advisor of the Year award include:

John Major – Former chairman of Broadcom, which successfully completed a $37 billion merger with Avago. Major previously served as chairman and CEO of Novatel Wireless and was an executive with Qualcomm and Motorola. He is also chairman of the board of directors of the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. This is his second year as a judge of the awards.

Gail Naughton – Founder, chairman and CEO of Histogen Inc., a regenerative medicine company. She is the former dean of the college of business administration at San Diego State University. Naughton also co-founded and led Advanced Tissue Sciences Inc., a manufacturer of tissue-engineered products.

Jim Hamerly – Dean of the College of Business at Cal State University San Marcos. He is a highly experienced entrepreneur and executive. Hamerly was co-founder and CEO of DigitalStyle Corp., which he sold to Netscape in 1997. Following the sale, he became vice president for all browser software development, marketing and integration for AOL when it acquired Netscape. Hamerly has served on the boards of directors for a number of companies that have had successful exits.

Clark Jordan – Associate dean of the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego. He is a former CEO of Mesa Systems Guild Inc. This is Jordan’s second year as a judge of the BNY Mellon Advisor of the Year.

To purchase tickets or submit a nomination, please visit www.sdadvisoroftheyear.com.

Sponsors of the 2016 Advisor of the Year program are: BDO; Best Best & Krieger; Cabrillo Advisors; Claiborne Advisors; Deloitte; Departure; Friedman Brannen; Haskell & White; Henberger Group, Inc.; HetzelMeade Communications; Lindsay & Brownell; NFP Insurance Brokerage and Consulting; Objective Capital Partners; Our City magazine; Polito Eppich; Procopio; RA Capital Advisors; SheppardMullin; Torrey Pines Bank and W Partners.

About Advisor of the Year
Advisor of the Year is a not-for-profit unincorporated community association that hosts an annual awards event to recognize and celebrate local advisors who provide extraordinary service and value to owners of middle market companies in the sale, expansion or recapitalization of their companies. The organization also conducts educational workshops and commissions primary research on business and financial trends that affect advisors and their clients. Select winners will be featured in the November ACG program, “The Deals Behind the Advisor of the Year awards.”

About La Jolla Institute
La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology is dedicated to understanding the intricacies and power of the immune system to promote human health and prevent a wide range of diseases. Since its founding in 1988 as an independent, nonprofit research organization, the Institute has made numerous advances leading towards its goal: life without disease®.
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CONNECT

Innovative companies encouraged to submit in the thirteen competition categories from May 1 through September 1

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 nominations will open for the annual Most Innovative New Product (MIP) Awards on May 1. The MIP Awards is a CONNECT signature event, held annually in December, honoring the celebrities of innovation along with groundbreaking new products launched within the past year.

“In the past few years we’ve seen a proliferation of new types of products and new sectors under development in San Diego’s thriving innovation community,” said Greg McKee, CEO of CONNECT. “To reflect this growth, we’ve expanded our categories of innovation awards and the criteria for this year’s Most Innovative New Product Awards to ensure that we are showcasing the broadest spectrum of cutting-edge new products in life sciences and technology. Expanding MIP in this manner further serves our mission by providing an excellent competition and visibility for the companies and products who enter MIP.”

Both the categories and the judging criteria have been updated for the 2016 Most Innovative New Product Awards this year. Nominations will be accepted in the following thirteen categories: Bluetech; Cleantech, Sustainability, & Energy; Cyber Security; Defense, Aerospace, & Transportation; Information Communication Technologies; Life Science Diagnostics & Research Tools; Life Science Products – Clinical Stage; Medical Devices; Mobile Apps; Pharmaceutical Drugs & Biologic Therapies; Robotics & Unmanned Vehicles; Software & Digital Media; and Sport & Active Life Style Technologies. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony dinner on December 1, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine.

The new eligibility requirements are as follows:
– The product must have been first introduced after January 1, 2014 and never before selected as an MIP Award finalist.
– The product must have generated revenue from sales (exception for free mobile apps and companies submitting for the Life Science Products – Clinical Stage category).
– If selected as a Semi-Finalist, a senior company representative must attend and present at the Final Judging Panel (October 2016 TBA).
– If selected as a Finalist, a senior company representative must attend the awards dinner on December 1, 2016.

For more information or to submit a nomination online, please visit the CONNECT event page for MIP Submissions after May 1.

ABOUT CONNECT
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, March 22, 2016 – The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA), the leading association for today’s technology and services organizations, has released another chapter preview of its upcoming book, Technology-as-a-Service Playbook: How to Grow a Profitable Subscription Business, due to publish this May. Chapter 9 of the new book, called “The Case for Managed Services,” discusses how standing up a managed services (MS) business can be a gateway for technology companies to enter into the XaaS (X-as-a-Service) marketplace.

Technology-as-a-Service Playbook: How to Grow a Profitable Subscription Business, by TSIA executives Thomas Lah and J.B. Wood, was written to provide technology companies with the industry background, frameworks, and action plan they need to grow and scale a profitable technology-as-a-service (XaaS) business. Chapter 9 of the book, “The Case for Managed Services,” details the growing need for technology companies to add a managed services offer to their portfolio, and how managed XaaS offers a stepping stone for companies migrating from a legacy business model to the cloud with the added benefit of creating a profitable new revenue stream.

“Managed services is the fastest growing service line in the technology industry,” said co-author and executive director of TSIA, Thomas Lah. “There is an immense opportunity for companies to grow their service revenue by adding a managed XaaS offer into their portfolio, and it shouldn’t be ignored.”

This chapter provides readers with a background of the trends occurring within the technology industry that are driving the need for managed services, which includes the increased demand for service-based consumption models, also known as X-as-a-Service (XaaS). With changing customer preferences for how they want to consume technology coupled with new expectations of their suppliers to provide business outcomes rather than simply technology solutions, “The Case for Managed Services,” encourages technology companies to invest in managed services offers as part of their portfolio.

“The cloud is deeply intertwined in managed services right now,” said VP of managed services for TSIA, George Humphrey. “With more companies switching to cloud business models, if your company doesn’t already have a managed XaaS offer, you’re already falling behind the majority of the industry.”

Chapter 9 of Technology-as-a-Service Playbook: How to Grow a Profitable Subscription Business, “The Case for Managed Services,” is available for download on the TSIA website at http://info.tsia.com/chapter-preview-the-case-for-managed-services-and-xaas-offers. For more information about other books by TSIA, visit https://tsia.com/research/books-by-tsia.html.
About TSIA
The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to advancing the business of technology and services. Technology services organizations large and small look to TSIA for world-class business frameworks, best practices based on real-world results, detailed performance benchmarking, exceptional peer networking opportunities, and high-profile certification and awards programs. TSIA corporate members represent the world’s top technology companies as well as scores of innovative small and mid-size businesses in four major markets: enterprise IT and telecom, consumer technology, healthcare and healthcare IT, and industrial equipment and technology. TSIA’s editorial blog, Inside Technology Services, is widely recognized by technology service professionals for providing thought leadership and insights into industry trends and best practices. Visit us at www.tsia.com, follow us on Twitter @TSIACommunity, or connect with us on LinkedIn and Google +.

TSIA Media Contact:
Trisha Bright
Vice President, Marketing
858-674-5491
trisha.bright@tsia.com

– Four San Diego-based startups accepted to program for fundraising assistance –

CONNECT-hi-resSAN DIEGO (March 8, 2016) – CONNECT, a premier innovation company accelerator in San Diego that helps create and scale companies in the technology and life sciences sectors, has announced that four local startups – Fragmob, GRI Bio, Guru, and Jaan Biotherapeutics – have been accepted into its brand new CapitalMatch program. Born out of CONNECT’s commitment to support San Diego’s innovation economy and a real need in the community, CapitalMatch aims to facilitate introductions between investors and investment-ready companies in the tech and life science sectors. CapitalMatch is paving the way for local startups to receive the funding they need to thrive.

“Our goal with CapitalMatch is to develop relationships with a large network of investors across the country. We work to understand their investment interests and then introduce them to the vetted San Diego companies that meet their investment criteria,” said Shawn Richardson, Senior Director, Match Programs at CONNECT. “We believe that being a part of the CapitalMatch program will be impactful for Fragmob, GRI Bio, Guru, and Jaan Biotherapeutics as they raise capital in the coming months.”

Fragmob, GRI Bio, Guru, and Jaan Biotherapeutics are the first companies to pass the vetting process of the CapitalMatch program. As CapitalMatch companies, they will now be supported with a variety of introductions and interactions with suitable potential investors.

CONNECT is pleased to introduce the first CapitalMatch companies:
· Fragmob: An international mobile sales automation software provider, Fragmob instigates action through technology that enables Direct Selling companies to realize the benefits of a powerful mobile solution. The Fragmob mobile platform drives Direct Selling sales reps towards the most focused, effective actions for their business in real-time and delivers actionable metrics so clients and users can achieve higher sales in less time. Raised funding will provide working capital as Fragmob builds its team to meet the growth in new clients and execute upon a strong sales pipeline.
· GRI Bio: GRI Bio is a clinical stage drug development company targeting NKT cells to treat various inflammatory diseases including liver disease and autoimmune conditions. Its lead asset, GRI-0621 is currently in a Phase IIA study with a targeted indication of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The Company is currently seeking equity financing to fund a Phase IIB, proof of concept trial that would complete in late 2017.
· Guru: Guru is revolutionizing the way visitors experience museums acting as the technological bridge to the 21st century audience. Utilizing beacon technology, Guru creates a customized app for each museum that turns the ever-present smartphone into a personal concierge, expert tour guide, map and interactive tool that connects the visitor with the museum. Guru is in the process of raising $750,000 with $500,000 still open.
· Jaan Biotherapeutics: Jaan Biotherapeutics L.L.C. (JBT) is a life science company that is focused in developing first-in-class therapies that regenerate damaged heart muscle and could potentially treat heart disease, the largest single cause of death in the world. Heart disease does not discriminate by gender or race and is the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. Their fundraising efforts will assist in developing new treatments for heart disease.

For more information on CONNECT, please visit www.connect.org. To see how your investment-ready company may get involved with CONNECT’s CapitalMatch program, please contact Shawn Richardson at srichardson@connect.org.
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ABOUT CONNECT
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– San Diego-based start-up WowYow has partnered with Myspace to provide viewers with an all-new video experience. Myspace viewers are now able to discover more about the things that interest them in a video.

WowYow’s exciting and innovative online video technology discovers what is in a scene for the viewer to explore. The people, fashion, gear, music, locations, and more can now be explored within select Myspace videos.

This application of interactive video technology is an industry first and the beginning of an all-new video strategy.

“Myspace adopted WowYow’s video plugin to increase engagement and monetization and we are excited to have them in our Top 8,” said WowYow executive, Jarett Boskovich.

Visit https://myspace.com/pages/wowyow for more information about the partnership and to experience the all-new video strategy.

Contacts
WowYow
Jarett Boskovich, 844-496-9969
jarett@woyow.com

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.

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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.

Website: www.theguru.co
Facebook: theguruapp Twitter: @yourguruapp

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.

everyStorySAN DIEGO (Oct. 7, 2015) – Today, everyStory unveiled that it is now available for Android devices. everyStory is a story-sharing platform that that allows anyone to create, preserve, and share the stories behind their favorite photos. Users can record stories using their own voice as they naturally flip through photos. After a story is created, it can be shared with friends and family. Users also have the option to invite others to a group enabling them to collaborate on an album by adding photos and stories of their own. This process provides a unique and safe solution for people who wish to capture every special moment in the most personalized way.

“I created everyStory after being diagnosed with colon cancer and realizing my son may never remember my voice or hear my stories. My mission is to make sure every person has a simple and streamlined way to preserve his or her most precious memories forever. By using everyStory, people can now fuse past, current and future – every generation is able to tell a story or use our app to keep family history and legacies living on endlessly,“ said Dave Keene, founder and CTO of everyStory.

Users can import photos from a computer, device photo album or scan physical photos directly into the app using a device camera. everyStory integrates a secure social networking component by having an activity view functionality and by encouraging users to tag photos with people, and/or by location, subject or date. To create an interactive photo-album, everyStory lets multiple users record an audio message on the same photos, in a shared album or within a group. Users can simply tap a tagged person’s name to hear the story that is connected to a specific photo or album.
“Now having the app available for both iOS and Android users, the art of storytelling and preservation of memories has never been easier. Knowing people are image and social driven, users can start creating stories and sharing memories with their loved ones straight from the palm of their hand. We hope to elevate the lost meaning of photos and storytelling with our unique unlimited audio recording, tagging, sharing and activity tracker features,” said Ed Cox, CEO of everyStory.

The everyStory team has plans to implement new sharing, photo and audio features to the existing functionality. The app is free for users and various membership options will be accessible for sign-up no later than early 2016 for users interested in receiving increased storage capabilities.
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To download and sign up for everyStory, please visit iTunes or Google Play. For more information on everyStory, please visit: http://www.everystory.us.

About: everyStory is a cloud-based story-sharing platform that acts as an interactive photo album on a mobile device, available for iOS and Android, allowing users to have access to audio and picture files anywhere, anytime. This multi-faceted system is equipped to record all audio from the storyteller/user as they naturally flip through photos. Users can safely share stories and photos with friends and family, who can then contribute new photos to existing stories or new stories to existing photos. everyStory is passionate about creating the most optimal privacy-focused micro-social network that archives important memories through long-term cloud storage.

SAN DIEGO (Sept. 28, 2015) – Guru, a new experiential technology company that creates apps and solutions for cultural institutions, transforms and revolutionizes the way people experience and learn from museums and popular scenic attractions including parks, aquariums and zoos through its interactive and audio-guided indoor mapping technologies. Guru’s one-of-a-kind educational approach utilizes cutting-edge technology to help individuals easily navigate and explore spaces and city attractions in a personal way. This essential tool encourages modern and non-traditional storytelling for people to gain knowledge of various facets such as history, arts, science and more.

“I created Guru to make learning more fun and change people’s current perception of cultural institutions and tours,” said Paul Burke, founder and CEO of Guru. “Guru helps both parties, the attendees and attractions, to elevate the level of user interactivity as we work with establishments to find a solution that speaks to their audience in a modern and digestible way. We are passionate and determined to present a new way for visitors to interact with museums, parks and attractions and remind consumers to not be afraid to merge learning and entertainment. In addition, Guru strives to empower users to take ownership of their cultural experiences, now easily accessible at the palm of their hands.”

Users can access guided tours through a specific institutions’ group-friendly tour app, powered by Guru, or choose to explore on their own by creating a personalized and customizable tour. Easily downloadable and available on iOS and Android devices, each easy-to-use app is able to pinpoint a person’s location via Bluetooth capability and lights up with engaging information and factoids as an individual walks by a specific exhibit. Guru powered apps have multiple features allowing visitors to make the most out of tours, including virtual augmented reality capabilities and time-saving functions that allow visitors to map out tours ahead of time, in addition to other various educational and useful tools.

Currently, Guru is partnered with Balboa Park, San Diego Museum of Art and USS Iowa Museum. Most of Guru’s apps are free for everyone and features over 120 audio tours stops, various themed tours, numerous language translation options and more advanced technology solutions specific to a particular institutions’ needs.

Guru is in talks with a variety of other museums and organizations across the country and worldwide to unlock other treasures and mysteries that follow behind each piece or place.

For more information on Guru, please visit: www.theguru.co.

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About: 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.