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US Spies Seek to Lure Private Companies into Collaboration

[Ed. note: the following article appears on www.rt.com]

The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to make it easier for private, “uncleared” companies, which don’t usually aid the intelligence community (such as ridesharing company Uber) to contribute to next generation surveillance needs.

Ultra Mobile Named Fastest Growing Private Company in America

 Ultra Mobile, a nationwide mobile carrier developing first-of-its-kind mobile phone services and unlimited international communications, has been named Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Company in America for 2015, according to a PR Newswire press release.

 Over the past three years, Ultra Mobile has recorded revenue growth of 100,849 percent, with 2014 gross revenue of $118.2M, earning the company the number one ranking on the prestigious list.

Motorola Solutions Publicly Going Private

MKM Partners issued a research note, maintaining a Neutral rating on Motorola Solutions Inc stock.

Earlier in the year, media reports circulated that Motorola Solutions had shopped itself to private equity.

Private equity passed on buying the entire company, but Motorola Solutions’ recent $1 billion private investment in public equity (PIPE) deal with Silver Lake highlights, in our view, interest in the company’s strong cash-flow profile.

Which Up-and-Coming Private Companies May Go Public?

[Ed. note: the following article is written by Daniel B. Kline]

It's the holy grail for emerging companies. From the day an entrepreneur thinks up an idea for the next big thing, whatever that may be, everyone has their sights set on one goal: hold an initial public offering and "go public."

Reaching an IPO means success in a lot of ways. It's a sign that a company has achieved a certain level of success and is a big vote of confidence from the investing community. Just having people want to own your stock marks an achievement for a business.

Digital Shadows Appoints Stuart McClure to Board of Directors

Submitted by robchakler on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 12:58

Digital Shadows, which provides cyber situational awareness to protect against cyber attacks, loss of intellectual property, and loss of brand and reputational integrity, announced its appointment of Stuart McClure, founder and chief executive officer of Cylance, Inc., to its Board of Directors, according to a Business Wire press release.

Diligent Surpasses 100,000 Users as Boards and Senior Leadership Embrace SaaS

Diligent Corporation announced its continued growth, surpassing 100,000 users of its Diligent Boards solution. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) based platform transforms how companies manage the secure electronic production, distribution and collaboration of confidential information to their boards, committees and leadership teams.

Diligent is now more than double the size of its nearest competitor in terms of clients and is a truly global provider. It has clients in over 60 countries and users on all seven continents, even Antarctica.

Michael Capellas Joins Kony Advisory Board

Submitted by robchakler on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 17:16

Kony, Inc., the leading enterprise mobility company, announced the appointment of Michael D. Capellas to Kony’s newly-formed Advisory Board, effective immediately, according to a Business Wire press release. As an advisory board member, Capellas brings a rich and diverse set of business strategy and technology industry experience and expertise to Kony. He joins golf icon Ben Crenshaw who was appointed to Kony’s Advisory Board in June.

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