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Insight Venture Partners Leads $92 Million Financing in Virgin Pulse 06/22/2015

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VirginShortly after Virgin Pulse launched its next generation workforce well-being platform, the company completed a $92 million funding transaction. Insight Venture Partners led the round of funding, along with existing investor Virgin Group.

Joe Martinez was the lead corporate attorney on MBBP’s team, which also included attorneys Shannon Zollo, Diana Española, Jonathan Calla, David Dinwoodey and Stan Chalvire.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Virgin Pulse, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

More information on the transaction can be found here.

Sports Psychologist and Author George Mumford on NPR’s OnPoint 06/19/2015

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Mindful AthleteSports psychologist and author George T. Mumford was a guest recently on NPR’s OnPoint program discussing mindfulness and meditation in the NBA as a competitive edge. Mumford, who has served as “meditation master” to superstars such as Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan, is the author of a new book, The Mindful Athlete Secrets to Pure Performance.

Listen to the full broadcast at OnPoint Radio at this link:
Zen and the Art of the Free Throw

Mumford is a trademark client of Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton. Congratulations George on your new book!

To learn more about the book or to purchase online, visit George’s website mindfulathlete.org.

MBBP Client OtoSense Wins Red Herring Top 100 Award 06/16/2015

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downloadMBBP Client OtoSense, developer of applications based on a new generation of sound recognition engines, was among the Top 100 North America award winners selected by Red Herring.  Each year Red Herring’s editorial team analyzes hundreds of privately financed companies with cutting edge technologies and evaluates them on quantitative and qualitative criteria.  Companies recognized in the past include Facebook, Twitter and Google, just to name a few.

Congratulations OtoSense!

FitLinxx’s Wearable Device Expected to Launch in the Fall 06/15/2015

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MBBP Client FitLinxx may soon have athletes monitoring their heart rate, physical activity, temperature and sleep with the AmpStrip.  The product campaign on Indiegogo has proven its place in the market by generating nearly $500,000 in pre-sales since late February.

FitLinxx is leading the industry by developing wellness applications, activity monitors and health tracking devices, and with consumers taking fitness to a new level – think 10,000 steps a day – they don’t want to stop there!  See how they’re exploring the use of the device in a broader range of health care applications here.

Just in time for football season!

Augmented Reality Startup Brings “Holodeck” Effect to Architecture 06/09/2015

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It sounds like something out of Star Trek where you can place yourself in an augmented reality. Only this time it’s not on the holodeck, but on an iPad or iPhone. MBBP client, Building Conversation, a Boston-based startup was featured in the Boston Business Journal this week for its app (called arc) that places an architectural design rendering into a “live view” of the environment.

“In effect, you get to see and walk around a full-scale hologram of the proposed architecture through the iPad,” said Building Conversation’s CEO Terrence Masson, who founded the company with George Thrush, the director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University.

Masson, a former professor and head of animation at Northeastern’s College of Arts, Media and Design who started working on the technology as part of a Capstone project at Northeastern about three years ago, is quoted saying, “It’s going to be a disruptive business.”

See full BBJ article here. Learn more at buildingconversation.com.

Live long and prosper!

MBBP Has Busy Month with a Number of Noteworthy Deals 06/04/2015

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VirginMBBP Client Virgin Pulse received $92 Million in venture financing from Insight Venture Partners enabling Virgin Pulse to accelerate the growth of the market-leading products that replenish and recharge employees by providing tools that build better habits.

imagesIn addition Serruya Capital Partners, a Toronto based private equity firm, acquired MBBP Client Tivoli Audio, a global premium audio products company. This complex transaction required engagement with foreign legal counsel in Europe.

Capping off the month was the acquisition of MBBP Client Diversified Project Management, a construction management services firm to STV, a national construction management firm.M0785161

Shannon Zollo was the lead corporate attorney on MBBP’s team.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton served as counsel to all three clients, and advised them in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of these transactions.

To learn more, read the full press release.

MBBP Clients Among BBJ’s Honorees – “Best Places to Work of 2015″ 05/04/2015

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2015-04-30_15-23-12On Thursday, April 30th, the Boston Business Journal announced the 80 honorees for its annual Best Places to Work of 2015 program. This year’s employers were divided among five different categories based on company size, and were selected based on survey responses provided by employees. The BBJ will recognize this year’s honorees on June 18th at the Citi Performing Arts Center.

Among the 80 nominees, are several MBBP clients:

Congratulations to all! View the full list of “Best Places to Work of 2015“.

MBBP Clients Named 2015 MITX Awards Finalists 04/09/2015

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2015-04-09_13-16-10On Wednesday, April 8th, the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange announced the finalists for the 2015 MITX Awards. The MITX Awards is the largest and most prestigious annual awards competition in the country for digital marketing and technology innovation, bringing together 1,200 of the best and brightest minds in the digital media, marketing and technology industry. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 14th, 2015 at the Marriott Copley.

Among this year’s finalists, are several MBBP clients:

Forge Worldwide
Yottaa
Mullen Advertising, Inc.
LogMeIn
Nanigans
Interactions, Corp.

Congratulations to all! To see the full list of finalists, please visit MITX.

MBBP Clients Named SBANE New England Innovation Awards Finalists 04/07/2015

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2015-04-07_11-01-36The Smaller Business Association of New England recently announced this year’s Innovation Awards Finalists. MBBP would like to congratulate clients OYO Sports and Comark on advancing to the final stage of this prestigious competition. Innovation is at the heart of economic prosperity and SBANE continues to recognize those companies and organizations that have transformed their innovative ideas into a product or service that delivers proven value to customers. Former winners come from varying fields such as technology, manufacturing, service (both for profit and not for profit), and retail / distribution. Winners and Finalists will be honored at the “Evening of Innovation” Gala Dinner on May 6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, MA.

To learn more about all of the Finalists of the 2015 Innovation Awards via SBANE.

Employers Should Maintain and Enforce Overtime Policies to Minimize Potential Liability 03/31/2015

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Massachusetts and Federal law requires that employers pay overtime to non-exempt employee’s that work more than 40 hours a week. Which means employers can be liable for overtime even if the hours were not authorized.

To minimize the liability employers should establish a policy that requires non-exempt employee to request overtime.

To learn more about this law read our Employment Law Blog.

Patients as Customers: Primary Care Practice Taking a Starbucks Approach 03/27/2015

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IroaMBBP client Iora Health has announced an innovative plan to keep you out of the hospital and still make money. There’s no shortage of personal stories stating the classic case of healthcare complications and costs standing in the way of getting (and staying) healthy. The misalignment of financial incentives is a huge problem for patients, who often can’t get the care they need. Iora thinks it may be able to solve both problems and make money doing so. Its business model is meant to keep patients out of the hospital by improving service while earning a dividend on the expensive care it was able to avoid.

What’s so innovative about this? The plan offers the possibility of mass replication of quality care in a franchise-like style. Few health care innovators now expand beyond their original location, but Iora’s ultimate goal is hundreds of practices across the country, a kind of Starbucks for health care.

Read more, including one patient’s story here.

Help Scout Raises $6M Led by Foundry Group 03/25/2015

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Help Scout.fwMBBP client Brightwurks (dba Help Scout), a Boston based start-up recently announced that they are ready to evolve.  Help Scout has been providing Web-based help desks to thousands of customers with only $800,000 in funding, which is a small sum for any tech startup.   After closing a $6 million Series A round recently, Help Scout plans to expand its business, including doubling the size of its team, which is already operating from four countries and 11 states.

Read here for more details on this exciting announcement.

Tax Alert: Massachusetts 2015 Limited Tax Amnesty Program 03/20/2015

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Tax Attorney Robert FinkelTaxpayers who have received a Tax Amnesty Notice from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) may be eligible to participate in a 60-day Amnesty Program. Under the Amnesty Program, the DOR will waive certain penalties (and penalty interest) if an “eligible” taxpayer makes full payment of all tax and interest due for the taxes and tax periods listed on the Tax Amnesty Notice.

In addition to paying tax and interest in full, participants must agree to waive both the possibility of receiving any refund Tax Attorney Diana Espanolaand also the possibility of contesting liability for amounts paid pursuant to the Amnesty Program.

The Amnesty Program ends on May 15, 2015.

Read our full Tax Alert to learn more about the Amnesty Program. To learn how our Tax team can assist you, please contact Robert Finkel or Diana Española.

MBBP Client OtoSense Earns Top Award at GSMA Global Mobile Awards 03/12/2015

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2015-03-12_9-40-31MBBP client OtoSense, a Cambridge-based start-up, has recently been recognized for its sound recognition technology. The company has developed an app that enables hearing impaired end users to select various traditional sounds such as bells, alarms, timers, etc. that occur within an everyday environment and then identify such sounds as they occur and alert the end user via non-acoustic means such as flashes, vibrations or text messages. Selected out of more than 800 entries and judged by a panel of international experts, the start-up won the “Best Mobile App of the Year” Global Mobile Award, in the category of Accessibility & Inclusion, at the 20th annual GSMA Global Mobile Awards.

Well done, OtoSense!

You can view a full list of 2015 Global Mobile Award winners here.

Giant Otter Receives SBIR Phase II Grant 02/27/2015

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Giant Otter Technologies

MBBP Client Giant Otter Technologies announced on February 26, 2015 that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant.  This highly selective two –year grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $750,000 will support Giant Otter’s mission to collect the world’s most comprehensive database of human behavior.

Giant Otter Technologies creates data-driven improvisational role-playing virtual simulations that can help change behaviors and improve relationships.

Read the latest news.

MBBP Client Demiurge Studios Acquired by SEGA Networks 02/20/2015

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2015-02-19_10-29-40MBBP Client Demiurge Studios, an independent game developer out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been acquired by SEGA Networks, a multinational video game developer, publisher, and hardware development company. Founded in 2002, Demiurge Studios made the transition into mobile gaming in 2008 and found success with Marvel® Puzzle Quest™, a top 100 grossing app on the App Store and top 50 grossing apps on Google Play. Previously, they worked with world-class developers like BioWare™ and Irrational Games™ on AAA console and PC games, contributing to titles such as BioshockBorderlands, and Mass Effect. Demiurge Studios will continue to make games under the Demiurge Studios name.

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton serves as counsel to Demiurge Studios, and advised it in connection with the structuring, negotiation and documentation of this transaction.

Joe Martinez was the lead corporate attorney on MBBP’s team, which also included attorneys Mike Cavaretta, Diana Española and Hillary Peterson.

To learn more, read the full press release.

The Industrial Internet Consortium Announces Release of “Track and Trace” 02/18/2015

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MBBP client The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), a non-profit group whose mission is to accelerate growth of the Industrial Internet by identifying, assembling and promoting best practices, has announced the release of the Track and Trace testbed. The goal of this project is to manage handheld power tools in manufacturing and maintenance environments by efficiently tracking and tracing the usage of these tools for proper use. During this two year project, five Industrial Internet Consortium members will be lending their expertise to the testbed. With the Track and Trace testbed, companies will be able to enhance productivity, production quality, and work safety in manufacturing.

To read the full press release.

MBBP Client Valeritas Files IPO 02/17/2015

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Valeritas, Inc.

On February 12, 2015, MBBP client Valeritas, Inc., a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative drug delivery solutions, filed for a $90 million IPO.

The filing with the SEC arrives one week after insulin pump maker Asante Solutions postponed its proposed $49 million offering.

Valeritas markets a disposable device that delivers basal-bolus insulin therapy for Type 2 diabetes.

More details can be found here or visit www.valeritas.com.

Kaspersky Lab Discovers Bank Robbery 02/17/2015

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Kaspersky Lab

MBBP client Kaspersky Lab, Inc., a home and business computer security software company based in Woburn, MA., discovered one of the biggest bank robberies in history, showing that they are a major global player in the cybersecurity industry. On February 16, 2015 Kaspersky announced through a Press Release the criminals may have stolen as much as $1 billion from banks around the world!

For more information on Kaspersky click here.

MBBP Client Forge Worldwide Wins “Sweet” Partnership with Friendly’s 02/05/2015

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forgelogoMBBP would like to congratulate client Forge Worldwide, a Boston-based advertising agency, for winning a partnership with Friendly’s Ice Cream.  Forge Worldwide will now oversee all television, radio, print and out-of-home advertising for Friendly’s as well as provide support to the Friendly’s team as it focuses on its re-brand and resurgence in core markets. Some other clients Forge Worldwide works with include Cisco, Rockland Trust, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dragon Speech Recognition Software.

 

You can read the full announcement here.

Well done, Forge Worldwide!

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