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Baron Ziegler, CEO of Banshee Wines, announced today the creation of a strategic partnership with Foley Family Wines.

This partnership leverages the strengths of both organizations – Banshee, a boutique producer of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and Foley Family Wines, the owner of extensive premium vineyard holdings and estate wineries.

Ziegler says, “The partnership of our two companies will provide Banshee access to grapes from premium FFW vineyards located in the best growing regions along the California coast, while also providing Banshee access to Foley Family Wine’s vast network of sales and distribution.”

Foley Family Wines’ President Hugh Reimers remarked, “Banshee Wines and RICKSHAW Wines have been hugely successful ventures that we’re proud to partner with. We look forward to working very closely with Baron and his winemaking team to help expand their successful business model. Their fresh, on-trend labels and unique approach to premium winemaking is something we’re excited to showcase in the Foley Family Wines portfolio.”

Additional information can be found in the PR Newswire press release.

Jon Gordon, partner at Stage1Ventures, was featured in a cover story in the Feb 2 edition of Tampa Bay Business Journal. The article, entitled “Tech Pioneer steps our of the shadows to grow Tampa’s young startups” detailed out Jons soon to be launched $10 Million Seed fund.  WaVE, a non profit organization that services and houses growing startups will focus on early stage startups in the Tampa Bay area.  Additional information can be found in the article.

Mobee announced today that it has merged with with Quad Analytix, a company based in San Mateo, Calif., into an entity with a new name, Wiser Solutions. The deal combines Mobee’s crowdsourcing abilities to gather information on brands in brick-and-mortar stores with Quad’s ability to track pricing and other information for brands across hundreds of ecommerce websites.

Additional information can be found in the BostInno article.

Marxent, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, was named in Entrepreneurs 2017 Top Company Cultures article.  Marxent ranked 8th in the medium sized companies category. The list recognizes businesses that have successfully instilled a high-performance culture in their workplace. The complete article can be found here.

Mobee, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, teamed up with npd to develop an in-store “health check” of GoPro displays at retail establishments.  Using the MobeeApp, this program was able to track the degree of non-compliance in specific stores and coorelate the data with sell through rates. The result: a 40+ MM revenue opportunity was uncovered.  Additional information can be found on the npd website.

inStream, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company, announced today that it has reached a milestone of 20 billion ad impressions delivered across its value channel retailer network with the SmartConnect Receipts marketing solution. The press release can be found here.

TriLumina, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the worlds leading provider of solid-state VCSEL laser array technology, today announced a collaboration with Analog Devices for a new integrated, solid-state illuminator module for automotive FLASH LiDAR systems.

The integration of TriLumina’s innovative Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) array laser emitters with ADI’s patent pending high-speed pulse laser driver enables a best-in-class illuminator achieving high optical power output in a single, small surface mount IC package.

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) incorporate a suite of sensors for safety features such as collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, and a multiplicity of autonomous driving functions. Future car safety systems rely on the sensor fusion of cameras, RADAR, and LiDAR. LiDAR is the link between cameras and RADAR as it provides both object recognition and distance measurements. Current automotive LiDAR solutions have significant drawbacks such as bulky mechanical size, poor reliability, and high cost. TriLumina’s collaboration with established automotive supplier ADI, overcomes these current weaknesses to enable mass-market deployment of LiDAR systems.

Additional information can be found in the TriLumina press release.

WiTricity, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, will begin testing an automotive wireless charging system with General Motors.

Instead of having to hook up their cars to a charging cable that may be dirty, covered with ice, or otherwise unpleasant to handle, drivers will be able to simply park their cars over a charging pad and walk away. The pad can even be buried underneath a layer of asphalt or concrete to protect it from the elements and eliminate the need for an electrical cord to power it.

“The electric vehicle has been recognized as central to the future of mobility, and GM has been a leader, making EVs accessible to the broader market. The convenience of wireless charging will help accelerate adoption even further,” says Alex Gruzen, CEO of WiTricity. “Our team is proud to work with GM on this project. Wireless charging for EVs, based on industry standards, is inevitable as we move toward a future of self-driving and autonomous vehicles, and this project brings us one step closer to realizing our vision of a world powered wirelessly.”

Additional information can be found in the Boston Business Journal WiTricity article.

Intro-act, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company focused on combining machine learning & workflow optimization software to make access events more efficent and actionable, was featured in a integrity research associates article entitled “New US Corporate Access Platform Relies On Machine Learning”.

According to the article, the key differentiator of Intro-act is the use of machine learning to improve the often haphazard approach to setting up corporate access meetings. Brokers are incented to maximize the number of meetings with their highest-paying commission clients, which does not always result in the best matches for either corporates or investors. Intro-act is positioned as a productivity tool, as a means of standing out from the crowd.

The complete article can be read here.

WiTricity, a Stage 1 Ventures portfolio company and the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer over distance, today announced its Tunable Matching Network (TMN) technology to drive global interoperability and adoption of wireless charging for electric and autonomous vehicles.

TMN technology allows the wireless charging system to automatically optimize energy transfer between the ground and vehicle in a wide range of real world operating conditions including parking misalignment, differing vehicle ground clearance and varying battery voltage conditions. This flexibility enables wirelessly charged vehicles to interoperate more easily with standards-based charging sources made by different automakers, Tier 1 suppliers and infrastructure suppliers.

Additional information can be found in the WinTricity press release.

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