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San Francisco, March, 2014
Successful “Date Certain M&A” of Bell & Howell Intellectual Property/Patents
Steven R. Gerbsman, Principal of Gerbsman Partners and Kenneth Hardesty a member of Gerbsman Partners Board of Intellectual Capital, announced today their success in monetizing and maximizing Intellectual Property/Patents value for Bell & Howell. The company’s Intellectual Property/Patents covered the same technology which enables users to select and manage his/her preferences for receiving information from a business.

Gerbsman Partners provided Intellectual Property Investment Banking leadership and facilitated the sale of the Intellectual Property and Patents.  Due to market conditions, Bell & Howell made the strategic decision to monetize and maximize the value of the Intellectual Property/Patents. Gerbsman Partners provided leadership to the company with:

1.  Intellectual Property Investment Banking and technology domain expertise in developing the strategic action plans for monetizing and maximizing value of the Intellectual Property;
2.  Proven domain expertise in maximizing the value of the Intellectual Property/Patents through a Gerbsman Partners targeted and proprietary “Date Certain M&A Process”;
3.  The ability to “Manage the Process” among potential Acquirers, Lawyers, Management and Advisors;
4.  The proven ability to “Drive” toward successful closure for all parties at interest.

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 81 Technology, Life Science and Medical Device 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 Boston, New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Orange County, Europe and Israel. For additional information please visit http://www.gerbsmanpartners.com or Gerbsman Partners blog.

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Email: steve@gerbsmanpartners.com
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The App That iPhone Users Couldn’t Put Down Is Finally Launching On Android

Jillian D’Onfro

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QuizUp, the popular trivia app that topped iOS game charts for months, finally launched for Android phones today.
The game lets you challenge friends and strangers to face-off in quizzes that range in topic from “House of Cards” to 17th Century History. Thor Fridriksson, founder and CEO of Plain Vanilla Games, the Icelandic company that makes the app, says that even before the Android launch today, QuizUp has been seeing about 50,000 new downloads per day.

He expects that number to explode now that Android users can finally join in on the fun.

Fridriksson describes QuizUp as a mix of a game and a social network because of the chat functionalities within the app and the ability to meet strangers by challenging them to quizzes. He says he’s even heard stories about users who started dating because of the game, and The Date Report wrote a how-to for using the app to find love.

Right now, QuizUp is working on expanding the game into other geographies and adding new features. Fridriksson says they’re working on finding ways to break down the charts into more-specific tournaments to recognize different tiers of winners. (You still might not like the game if you find yourself constantly losing, though.)

The company raised $22 million at the end of last year.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-app-that-iphone-users-couldnt-put-down-is-finally-launching-on-android-2014-3#ixzz2vOjGHjKM

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Identifying Early Warning Signs & Maximizing Value of Distressed Portfolio Companies – Presentation at Stanford University by Mr. Steven Gerbsman
A video taped a presentation on “Corporate Governance”, “Early Warning Signs” and “Maximizing Value” for under-performing/distressed venture backed Intellectual Property companies at Stanford University. This video will be for used in the Stanford Engineering School via STVP (Stanford Technology Ventures Program) and SCPD (Stanford Center for Professional Devlopment).

Please visit the attached link to view the program.

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About Gerbsman Partnershttp://gerbsmanpartners.com

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 80 technology, medical device, life science, digital marketing/social commerce and solar 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, 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, New York, Boston, Orange County, VA/DC, Europe and Israel.

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Catch up with Lauren A. Rothman as she gives you the inside scoop on fashion & style on the red carpet!
#Oscars  #AcademyAwards2014  #HuffPostStyle
Why the Red Carpet Really Does Matter!
Fashion Whip is a political style column in the Huffington Post by Lauren A. Rothman, inspired by Lauren’s experience as the founder of Styleauteur, a style and fashion consulting firm.

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Tonight is one of Hollywood’s biggest nights. Academy Awards royalty will be crowned, but perhaps just as important, footprints of style success will be left on the red carpet.

As we turn on the tube or log on to social media to catch red carpet arrivals, we can’t help but be hypnotized by the beauty and glamour. We all become social voyeurs, wondering aloud at our Oscar viewing parties or on the phone with a bestie, “Will he bring his mother as his date? Is that couple still together amid all those divorce rumors? Her dress is amazing … Look at his ponytail!”

What many sitting at home in the comfort of skinnies and flats (or sweats) don’t often consider about this scene is that while it may appear glamorous and seamless, it actually takes a lot of hard work, prep and an extremely talented style squad.

The red carpet is still an office runway of sorts as Oscar nominees, presenters, performers and even stylists prepare for one of their biggest moments in the limelight. This red carpet appearance will become part of their digital resume and portfolio of looks to be recapped, imitated, judged and knocked-off for the next few weeks. Our favorite celebrities can’t control who will win the golden statues at this point, but the pressure is still on to win best-dressed!

Style as much as substance matters at the Academy Awards, from the way a dress moves, the opening of an envelope (the Academy upgraded from Staples products in 2011 to custom ones by Marc Friedland), the poise of an actor and even the floral and culinary artistry at the Governors Ball. Our personal votes may not influence the outcome on Oscar Sunday, but they are certainly cast long before anyone walks up to the podium to receive a statuette.

Just as First Lady Michelle Obama can help seal the fate — and future — of a designer based on her wardrobe choices, she has also taught us it’s not just who you wear but how you wear it — your poise and confidence. Style influencers of this caliber are rare, but the Academy Awards’ red carpet offers designers, stylists, hair and makeup artists, trainers, and even spray tanners a chance to land in the spotlight vicariously through their well-dressed clients.

The right look can truly cement you a spot at the front of the line! Lupita Nyong’o is this year’s standout style star on the red carpet. Her stylist, Micaela Erlanger, has made those flawless choices catapulting both thespian and stylist to the forefront of fashion media. While Nyong’o’s performance in “12 Years a Slave” is critically acclaimed and has her the predicted front-runner for an Oscar, she has already won the hearts of fashion darlings and style experts with her impeccable red carpet looks.

What happens to this year’s best-dressed royalty? Look for top trends to make their way to a department store near you. Prom season, The White House Correspondents Dinner and bridal season are all around the corner and will most definitely be impacted by Oscar winning styles!

Lauren A. Rothman is a seasoned pro in the style & fashion industry. Rothman is the author of “Style Bible: What to Wear to Work.” She has been featured on CNN en Español, Entertainment Tonight, E! News, The Insider, Reuters, AP News, and ABC News. Her tips have appeared in Vanity Fair, People StyleWatch, Glamour, Real Simple, Cosmo Latina, Oprah.com, Fortune, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and The New York Post.

To schedule an interview or seminar with Style Expert & Author
Lauren A. Rothman for Award Season Fashion or Michelle Obama Commentary
please contact:
Phone: +1.202.631.8878
Email:   lauren@styleauteur.com
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