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Daniel Vrandenburg, former president of Wilber-Ellis, has accepted the CEO role at Trace Genomics.

Rob Leclerc, a founding partner at VC firm AgFunder and investor in Trace Genomics, details the importance of this union in an agfundernews.com article.

Wilbur-Ellis is a leading retailer of agriculture products — think seeds, fertilizers, services — in the US and globally in other verticals too. The team is first class. For 37 years, Dan helped build Wilbur-Ellis into a modern-day powerhouse. He started at Wilbur-Ellis in 1982 as a field sales agronomist and worked his way up to become president of the business that today grosses over $2 billion in annual sales and spans 160 branch locations and 3,000 employees in the US.

Trace Genomics has made tremendous strides in decoding how soil biology can be used to create value for farmers and agronomists on every acre, and now it’s time to press the gas on commercialization.

More details can be found on the agfundernews.com website.

Commerce Signals, the marketing insights platform that offers brands the fastest way to access payment data insights to improve sales results, today announced the appointment of Randall Beard as Chairman of the Board.

With over 30 years of experience, Randall recently served as the Global President for Ad Solutions and Innovation at the Nielsen Company, during which time he also served as Trustee for the Marketing Accountability Standards Board. Additionally, he brings marketing leadership experience with best-in-class companies, including Procter & Gamble, American Express and UBS.

Additional information can be found in the PRWeb press announcement.

Commerce Signals, the leader in near-real-time marketing measurement and optimization, proudly announced today its payment data partnership with Worldpay, Inc., the world’s largest payment processing company. Together, Commerce Signals and Worldpay will provide brands with crucial attribution insight using their first-party payment data. Worldpay processes card-based transactions — including alternative payment methods — for merchants, which can account for more than 70% of sales.

“As a result of the Worldpay and Commerce Signals partnership, brick-and-mortar retailers can operate with the speed and precision of their e-commerce competitors,” said Thomas Noyes, founder and CEO of Commerce Signals. “Worldpay is so much more than a processor. Its global data footprint drives value beyond the payment transaction. Payment data is a powerful tool for consumer insights, and Commerce Signals provides the privacy-centric platform to unlock its potential.”

The complete article can be found on the Market Insiders website.

Trace Genomics, inventor of the first scalable soil microbiome with DNA sequencing and machine learning methods, is a winner of the FoodShot Global Innovating Soil 3.0 competition.

FoodShot Global was established last year as a non-profit consortium of venture funds, banks, corporations, universities, and foundations to invest in startups and projects using the latest technology to address some of the food system’s major challenges, starting with soil health. Partners include Rabobank, Generation Investment Management, agtech VC Acre Venture Partners, S2G Ventures, the Rockefeller Foundation, UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health (IIFH), and the entrepreneurial segment of the food giant MARS (MARS Edge).

The $3 million investment in Trace Genomics is an extension to its Series A and will open up FoodShot Global’s network of stakeholders for additional support, according to Victor Friedberg, founder of FoodShot Global (FSG).

Additional information can be found on the Agfunder website.

Atlanta, GA, April 26, 2019 — PureCars, a leader in marketing automation and business intelligence for the automotive industry, today welcomes Diversis Capital, LLC, and Stage 1 Ventures, LLC as new strategic investors. The acquisition was part of a spinout from Raycom Media as a result of their merger with Gray Television.

“The new ownership is great for PureCars as it allows us to accelerate our advancement in product, technology, data, and our insatiable commitment to customer service excellence,” said Samuel Mylrea, CEO of PureCars. “We are driven by the tremendous opportunity for our data and technology platform to help dealers improve operations, customer acquisition, retention, and ultimately drive more customer lifetime value and profitability. I believe Diversis and Stage 1 Ventures will help us fully realize this opportunity faster.”

The complete press release can be viewed here.

Canadian cannabis company Canopy is positioning itself to be a prime mover in the U.S. legal marijuana market, last week announcing an agreement to acquire Acreage Holdings in a deal valued at $3.4 billion.

The deal, the first between two cannabis companies on either side of the U.S.-Canada border, gives Canopy the right to acquire 100 percent of New York-based Acreage when marijuana is legalized on a federal level by the U.S. government. The agreement can be called off if that does not occur within 90 months of the cash payment, which would be sometime in 2027.

Canopy Growth press release can be found here.

Acreage Holdings press release can be found here.

Openbay, the award-winning and industry leading marketplace for automotive services and provider of SaaS solutions for the automotive aftermarket, today announced the launch of Otis. Openbay Otis is an automated artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning application designed to serve as a powerful and knowledgeable virtual automotive service advisor. Otis supports the needs of vehicle owners interacting with automotive aftermarket businesses and automotive dealership service departments, delivering important intent-matching capabilities and information about a business. It also simulates the knowledge and natural language of an automotive service advisor, able to perform tasks central to an automotive services business or automotive service department business.

Openbay Otis is the first-of-its-kind application for the automotive service and aftermarket industry. Otis operates 24/7 and is integrated into the online presence of an automotive services business. Otis understands and responds in natural language via a messaging communication platform, engaging in conversations that are two-way, private and personalized. With its deep knowledge in automotive and an understanding of millions of mechanical services for a variety of import and domestic vehicle year-make-models, Otis is positioned to uniquely answer questions and deliver information to consumers seeking to repair or service their vehicle.

Additional information can be found in the Openbay Press release

CHAOSSEARCH, Inc., creator of the first solution to make cloud storage searchable, today announced the general availability of their industry-leading search and analytics platform. Using scalable elasticity and disruptive cost economics, the CHAOSSEARCH platform gives customers the ability to store, search and query all the data they need within their own Amazon S3 environment.

“Deriving insight from data is critical—for a company and its customers,” said Andrew Kenney, VP Engineering at Klaviyo. “As a data science platform for e-commerce brands, we work with thousands of customers globally. It’s critical that we have fast, reliable access to all of our logs and event telemetry to allow us to make decisions faster. CHAOSSEARCH is helping us improve the service we deliver.”

Additional information and the GA announcement details can be found on the CHAOSSEARCH website.

Freight Farms is pleased to announce the launch of ICA Maxi Högskolan’s own line of produce grown onsite for shoppers. Located in Halmstad Sweden, Freight Farms customer ICA Maxi Högskolan is one of ICA Gruppen’s 1,300 grocery stores in the country. This month, the store began harvesting a range of hydroponically-grown greens for shoppers from Freight Farms’ flagship container farm, the Leafy Green Machine.

“Our team innovated the technology to empower individuals and businesses all over the world to decentralize the food system in meaningful ways specific to their local community or environment,” said Freight Farms CEO Brad McNamara. “We’re thrilled to work with industry leaders like Rikard Hillarp and retailers like ICA Maxi, who together have the forward-thinking vision and reach to disrupt the grocery industry internationally.”

Additional details can be found on the Freight Farms website.

OnePIN, Inc. the world’s leading provider of Digital User Engagement services for mobile network operators, processed its billionth commercial transaction and shattered another significant milestone.

The Company’s services are currently deployed to over 400 million mobile subscribers, across 14 countries and 18 mobile operators spanning seven of the world’s largest mobile operator groups.

“We enable operators to provide services that go beyond the capabilities of OTT players, strategically ensuring that mobile operator services are an essential part of daily mobile life for customers. By creating a unique digital dialog between the mobile operator and the end user, we drive unparalleled levels of core service revenues for our customers,” noted Christopher DeGrace, Vice President of Products and Alliances.

Additional information can be found on the PRnewswire press release.

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