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Saw Chris Botti with friends last night.  THE BEST – highly recommend anyone that has not heard him or see him – do so.

I have seen Elvis, Harry Connick, Frank Sinatra, Josh Groban and others who put on a fantastic show and Chris Botti is up there with them.  Great Entertainer

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Machiavelli once said that “politics have no relation to morals.” But do politics have any relation to fashion? It’s a question that continues to rattle the very foundations of this republic — one that The Huffington Post attempted to tackle on the night of the biggest political speech of the year. We’re proud to present our exploration of #SOTUstyle.

How did we stumble upon this idea? Well, we realized that asking members of Congress political questions as they walk the halls on their way to the State of the Union is a time-honored tradition — in fact, it’s so time-honored, it’s become a little dated. So we decided last year to confront lawmakers with the one question their communications teams might not have given them a pre-packaged answer for: Who are you wearing?

This year, as we headed to the Capitol to do it all again, we took not just our cameras but also our in-house style expert, Lauren Rothman, author of Style Bible: What To Wear To Work. We donned our personal best, too, in the hopes that we might inspire some on-trend choices to next year’s address (or maybe just a little daring leather at a committee hearing this spring).

From TV-friendly bright colors to wives picking out clothes, the answers were not disappointing — and we got a couple of incredible stand-outs.

Watch the video above to hear which designers your top elected representatives, including leaders from both parties like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), were wearing to hear President Barack Obama make his big speech. And let us know — in the comments section below, or on Twitter using the hashtag #SOTUstyle — whose ensembles you loved or hated.

We’ll get you started with this rather, um, interesting sighting we made early in the night:

 

Go to link below to see this video – really good
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/6524940

VC Firms Rain Down Cash on Tech Startups, Is Bubble Brewing?

By BRANDON BAILEY AP Technology Writer

Cash rained down on startups in 2014, as venture capitalists poured a whopping $48.3 billion into new U.S. companies — levels not seen since before the dot-com bubble burst in 2001. Strong technology IPOs are luring investors chasing the next big return, but with valuations this high, critics suggest some investors may be setting themselves up for a major fall.

“It’s not that many businesses aren’t viable, but the question is, what are you paying for them?” said Mark Cannice, a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of San Francisco.

Venture funding surged more than 60 percent in 2014 from the prior year, most often fueling software and biotechnology companies, according to a new “MoneyTree Report” issued by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, based on data from Thomson Reuters. But the money wasn’t spread around to buoy many more companies. A few just got huge piles of cash.

Last year saw a record 47 “mega-deals,” defined as investments of more than $100 million. That’s nearly twice as many as reported in 2013, said Mark McCaffrey of PricewaterhouseCoopers, who leads the accounting and consulting firm’s global software practice.

Uber Technologies, the ride-hailing service disrupting the transportation industry and generating plenty of press, received the top two biggest rounds of investment last year. Each raised $1.2 billion for Uber, and the company’s value is now pegged at $41 billion. Other major deals included $542 million (mostly from Google Inc.) invested in Magic Leap Inc., a secretive startup working on virtual reality technology; $500 million in Vice Media, which operates online news and video channels; and $485 million in SnapChat, the popular messaging service.

What’s driving those deals?

U.S. tech startups are proving they can reach vast global markets and reap sizable revenue, said McCaffrey. And there are more investors eager to get a piece of that return — private equity and hedge funds and corporate investment divisions are vying with traditional venture capitalists to back promising startups. But critics say some companies may never make enough money to justify the sky-high valuations.

The worries harken back to the go-go year of 2000, when the dot-com boom drove venture funding to a peak of $105 billion. But then a wave of new Internet companies crested and collapsed, many of them failing to ever make money. Venture funding bottomed at $19.7 billion by 2003 and spent the last decade bobbing in a $20 billion to $30 billion range before making the big leap last year.

Several experts expect funding this year to continue at a similar rate. Commercial software companies, especially those that offer cybersecurity services and tools for analyzing large amounts of data, are expected to be big draws in 2015, along with biotech and health technology.

So are we approaching another bubble?

Most experts won’t go that far, but are raising concerns about so-called “froth” in the market. Robert Ackerman, managing director and founder of Silicon Valley venture firm Allegis Capital, is convinced new software and communications startups are revolutionizing the world’s economy. However, beyond the risk of investors losing money, Ackerman said some companies may see these cash windfalls as permission to burn through money at an excessive rate, rather than spending at a level justified by their own realistic earnings potential.

“There really is an unprecedented level of innovation that is taking place,” he said. “What I worry about is how the excess of capital is affecting valuations and expectations.”

Cupcake Digital Invites Yo Gabba Gabba! Fans to Brobee’s Birthday Party in Fun New App for Kids

Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Party deluxe activity app invites your fans of the series to celebrate Brobee’s birthday

Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Party app for kids

Cupcake Digital is pleased to announce the newest app in their successful partnership with DHX Brands. The Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Party deluxe activity app invites your fans of the series to celebrate Brobee’s birthday with six (6) mini games, dynamic coloring pages and a music video featuring a classic Yo Gabba Gabba! song, “I Can Remember Your Birthdays.” The app is available for $1.99 on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at http://www.AppStore.com. In the coming weeks, the app also will be available for download on the Amazon Appstore, Google Play and other app stores.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Birthday Party joins a roster of several successful apps in the collaboration between Cupcake Digital and DHX Brands. Previous releases include A Very Yo Gabba Gabba! Christmas, Yo Gabba Gabba! Babies, Yo Gabba Gabba! Music is Awesome and Yo Gabba Gabba! Party in My Tummy. These apps are a part of DHX Brands’ comprehensive Yo Gabba Gabba! marketing and licensing strategy. Yo Gabba Gabba! airs weekdays on Nick Jr.
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About Cupcake Digital
Founded in 2012, Cupcake Digital gives kids the opportunity to interact with the characters they love by transforming children’s entertainment properties into award-winning apps. We bring Peanuts, Strawberry Shortcake, Yo Gabba Gabba!, RIO, How To Train Your Dragon, The Smurfs, Madagascar, Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!, and many others to life in enhanced storybook, imaginative play and learning apps. Our team of designers, developers, marketers and all-around app lovers come together to make digital products that kids love and parents value. Cupcake Digital apps are widely available to consumers on the App Store, Amazon Appstore for Android, Google Play, Barnes & Noble App Store for NOOK and others for a wide variety of devices. For more information about Cupcake Digital, please visit http://www.cupcakedigital.com.

About Yo Gabba Gabba!
Created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz, Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. Yo Gabba Gabba! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach kids simple life lessons. The series and the live show stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and the cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, the little green one; Foofa, the pink flower bubble; Muno, the red Cyclops; Toodee, the blue cat-dragon; and Plex, the magic yellow robot. In the U.S., Yo Gabba Gabba! airs weekdays on Nick Jr. The series also airs in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K.

About DHX Brands
DHX Brands is the dedicated brand management and licensing arm of DHX Media Ltd. (TSX: DHX.A, DHX.B), a leading creator, producer, marketer and broadcaster of family entertainment. DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and maintaining high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young-adult markets. With expertise in brand development, licensing, marketing and creative, we develop brands which captivate and inspire through engaging content, first-class distribution, quality consumer products, immersive live experiences, and digital media. DHX Brands’ world-class portfolio includes Teletubbies, Twirlywoos, In the Night Garden, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Caillou, Ella the Elephant, Johnny Test, Inspector Gadget, and Degrassi. DHX Brands has offices in London, Toronto and Los Angeles.

Facebook: facebook.com/yogabbagabba
Twitter: twitter.com/yogabbagabba
YouTube: youtube.com/yogabbagabba

logoINSTACAMP NYC | INSTAGRAM FOCUSED MARKETING CONFERENCE

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM (EST)

Irving Plaza
17 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003

 

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InstaCamp NYC
Master the art of Instagram marketing and join us for a special morning featuring the strategists and artists who are helping shape the world’s most popular visual marketing medium. You will hear Instagram marketing experts, winning brand storytellers, professional photographers, and popular Instagram influencers speak to the challenges and opportunities of connecting with consumers on the Instagram platform. InstaCamp comes to New York City for one special day only, March 3, 2015 at Irving Plaza.
Highlights Include:
1.  Learn how to create a winning framework for your brand to win on Instagram. This special presentation by Michael Scissons includes the thinking, powerpoint templates, and strategies that you need for your brand(s) to win on the platform, including fresh research on the power of marketing your brand on Instagram.

2.  Join Instagrammers @humzadeas, @samhorine, @misshattan, @ch3m1st, @sweatengine as they take you on a journey through New York city via the unique lens on their instagram. Discover their unique perspectives and artwork and see the city like never before. They will share the personal stories, missions and secrets they’ve cumulatively gained from over a million followers.

3.  Experience a unique Instagram inspired experiential design by Aux Armes to capture unique shots on your instagram not available anywhere else than our unique photo booths powered by your smartphone. The event includes everything you need to know to master Instagram packed into 4 entertaining hours. Additional sessions including: The Instagram Investment Ecosystem; Guide on how to create photography at scale; The future of Instagram; Instagram paid media; creating a visual agency; Speakers from FlashStock, RBC, Live Nation, J&J, Attention, 360i, Socialbakers, and more to be added shortly.

This is a must attend event for anyone who is thinking about Instagram marketing or visual content development.

Learn More & View Speakers’ bios at: http://www.insta.camp

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San Francisco, January, 2015
Successful Acquisition of BioPharmaceutical Intellectual Property
Steven R. Gerbsman, Principal of Gerbsman Partners, announced today the success in acquiring various Patents/Intellectual Property for a BioPharmaceutical company. The Patents/Intellectual Property were acquired from a company in bankruptcy.

Gerbsman Partners provided Insolvency negotiation skills and Investment Banking leadership and facilitated the sale of the Patents/Intellectual Property. Due to market conditions and the insolvency of company holding the Patents/Intellectual Property, the acquiring BioPharmaceutical company made of the decision to retain Gerbsman Partners to represent them in the acquisition of the Patents/Intellectual Property.

Gerbsman Partners provided leadership to the company with:

1.  Consulting, Negotiation and Investment Banking Life Science domain expertise in developing the strategic action plans for the negotiation of the Patents/Intellectual Property;
2. The ability to “Manage the Process” among Lawyers, Advisors, the BioPharmaceutical company and the Receiver;
3.  Daily/weekly Communications with the acquiring BioPharmaceutical company senior management and legal counsel.
About Gerbsman Partners

Gerbsman Partners focuses on maximizing enterprise value for stakeholders and shareholders in under-performing, under-capitalized and under-valued companies and their Intellectual Property. Since 2001, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in maximizing value for 88 Technology, Life Science, Medical Device, Solar, Fuel Cell and Digital Marketing/Social Commerce companies and their Intellectual Property and has restructured/terminated over $810 million of real estate executory contracts and equipment lease/sub-debt obligations. Since inception in 1980, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in over $2.3 billion of financings, restructurings and M&A transactions.

Gerbsman Partners has offices and strategic alliances in San Francisco, Boston, New York, Washington, DC, McLean, VA, Europe and Israel.

GERBSMAN PARTNERS
Email: steve@gerbsmanpartners.com
Web: www.gerbsmanpartners.com
BLOG of Intellectual Capital: blog.gerbsmanpartners.com

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“Terminating/Restructuring Prohibitive Real Estate, License, Payables & Contingent Liabilities”
Gerbsman Partners has been involved with numerous national and international equity sponsors, senior/junior lenders, investment banks and equipment lessors in the restructuring or termination of various Balance Sheet issues for their technology, life science, medical device, digital commerce, solar and cleantech portfolio companies. These companies were not necessarily in Crisis, had CASH (in some cases significant CASH) and/or investor groups that were about to provide additional funding. In order stabilize their go forward plan and maximize CASH resources for future growth, there was a specific need to address the Balance Sheet and Contingent Liability issues as soon as possible.

Some of the areas in which Gerbsman Partners has assisted these companies have been in the termination, restructuring and/or reduction of:

1.  Prohibitive executory real estate leases, computer and hardware related leases and senior/sub-debt obligations - Gerbsman Partners was the “Innovator” in creating strategies to terminate or restructure prohibitive real estate leases, computer and hardware related leases and senior and sub-debt obligations. To date, Gerbsman Partners has terminated or restructured over $810 million of such obligations. These were a mixture of both public and private companies, and allowed the restructured company to return to a path of financial viability.
2.  Accounts/Trade payable obligations – Companies in a crisis, turnaround or restructuring situation typically have accounts and trade payable obligations that become prohibitive for the viability of the company on a go forward basis. Gerbsman Partners has successfully negotiated mutually beneficial restructurings that allowed all parties to maximize enterprise value based on the reality and practicality of the situation.
3.  Software and technology related licenses – As per the above, software and technology related licenses need to be restructured/terminated in order for additional capital to be invested in restructured companies. Gerbsman Partners has a significant track record in this area.
About Gerbsman Partners

Gerbsman Partners focuses on maximizing enterprise value for stakeholders and shareholders in under-performing, under-capitalized and under-valued companies and their Intellectual Property. Since 2001, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in maximizing value for 88 Technology, Life Science, Medical Device, Solar and Digital Marketing/Social Commerce companies and their Intellectual Property, through its proprietary “Date Certain M&A Process” and has restructured/terminated over $810 million of real estate executory contracts and equipment lease/sub-debt obligations. Since inception, Gerbsman Partners has been involved in over $2.3 billion of financings, restructurings and M&A transactions.

Gerbsman Partners has offices and strategic alliances in Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Alexandria, VA, San Francisco, Orange County, Europe and Israel.

 

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