NextCapital: Regulation Doesn’t Have to Mean Restriction

In Client News, Uncategorized by Ethan Rasiel

At the recent SourceMedia InVest conference in New York, industry experts explained why regulation can be just as much a friend of the advisory industry as an enemy as long as  firms can keep an open dialogue with regulators and a steady eye on the future.

Among those industry experts, the cofounder of our client NextCapital — Rob Foregger. Foregger toldattendees that while technology may stand out as an obvious disruptor to business models, regulation’s potential role in upending an industry is often overlooked.

“Regulation can usurp market forces at times, or can accelerate market forces that are already in place,” Foregger explained. “It can rapidly reorient the competitive landscape.”

Foregger went on to explain that, if the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule continues along its planned trajectory, “product manufacturers” — Foregger’s term for traditional firms that create securities such as mutual funds and sell them to consumers — are the likely losers.

But, Foregger said there is also an upside — the more your business model is aligned with the interests of the client, the better off you may be down the road.

To learn more about the upside of regulation in the advisory industry, read the full story from Financial Planning.

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Kopin: Why Making AR Glasses Is So Hard

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Depending who you ask, AR is either the future or the present. Regardless, there’s still a long road ahead when it comes to developing technology like AR glasses.

As part of Wareable’s AR Week, they asked the biggest names in the industry to explain the challenges they face in advancing the technology. What’s the hold up? When will we arrive? Is this it?

Our client Kopin weighed in. Ernesto Martiez, Ph.D. at Kopin Corporation, says the big problem is that everything is working against each other.

“Smartglasses present one of the most difficult design challenges as the blend of ergonomics, intuitive human interfaces and fashion all work heavily against each other.” Martiez said. “The head and face are the most sacred fashion centers of the body and have to inspire the passion and desire of the user to want to wear them.”

To hear more of Martiez’s insight and takeaways from other AR leaders, check out the full story from Wareable.

And, if you want to learn more about how Lightspeed helps clients like Kopin, contact us here.

D2L Fusion Is Coming!

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

This July 19-20, our client D2L will be hosting their annual Fusion Conference. It’s an opportunity for educators to network with over 1,000 learning leaders from around the world. They will share new perspectives on using innovation to create more learning opportunities.

Attendees will observe latest innovations in education and technology that are helping schools and businesses reach every learner. Attending Fusion allows these learning leaders to stay up to date on industry trends and learn how to deliver a more personalized learning experience. And, learn best practices for accessibility so that they can help make sure every person has the same chance – an equal opportunity to learn.

The conference has four tracks – Instruction and Design; Leadership and Strategy; Technical and Development; and Lightning Round. There are sessions for all skill levels and interests.

And, this year, Ray Kurzweil will be the keynote speaker. Kurzweil is an American author, computer scientist, inventor and futurist who has been called “Edison’s rightful heir” by Inc. Magazine.

This year the D2L Fusion Conference will be in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Bellagio hotel. Click here for registration.


Techaeris Reviews iHome iB76 Sport Earbuds

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Techaeris gave rave reviews to our client iHome’s iB76 Splashproof + Shockproof Wireless Earbuds.

From a design standpoint, reviewer Jason Bouwmeester said he felt the earbuds adjusted well to fit nicely behind the ears. They are also splashproof, sweat proof, and rainproof rated, so they are ideal for sports activities. Bouwmeester said, “The earbuds stayed in my ears even while shaking my head trying to get them to fall out.”

Bouwmeester said that, considering the affordability, the sound was better than expected and that he was able to achieve “pretty much the exact sound balance I enjoy while listening to music”.

To learn more about why Techaeris gave iHome’s iB76 Splashproof + Shockproof Wireless Earbuds high marks, click here to read the full review.

And if you’d like to learn more about how Lightspeed PR helps secure reviews like this for clients, contact us here.

How AI Solves Marketing Pain Points

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

VentureBeat spoke with top marketing technology companies, including our client Velocidi, about the top challenges marketers face and how AI can ease those pain points.

Today, there are over 3,874 companies offering marketing technology. This abundance of tools is both a blessing and a curse for marketers. Most marketers end up using 20 to 50 different tools to manage all their tasks.

As a result, more time is spent managing software than managing strategy. Moving forward the sourcing and centralizing reliable data.

VentureBeat spoke with Mark Kovscek, president of our client Velocidi, about the lack of reliable, centralized data. As a result, marketers suffer many inefficiencies and lost opportunities. Key decisions like creative, messaging, and campaign parameters, are being driven by gut instead of science. And, to make things worse, marketers still spend over three hours on average every week analyzing disparate data sources and making haphazard decisions.

Kovscek says the real problem lies in the nuances of preparing data for different marketing purposes. “As the data is cleansed and prepared, it is optimized for a specific use case (e.g., programmatic, campaign reporting, media attribution) and therefore creates competing versions of the data.”

AI could be the layer that centralizes and manages communication and data across marketing tools.

To learn more about the challenges marketers face and the solutions AI could create, read the full story from VentureBeat.

And, to learn more about how Lightspeed PR help clients get featured in stories like this one, click here to contact us.


D2L Makes ‘Smart List’

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Congratulations to our client D2L on being named to the Getting Smart ‘Smart List’. The education outlet recently compiled a list of the top 30 learning platforms that “deserve a round of applause”.

Getting Smart says, “These tools can help EdLeaders, administrators and educators accomplish a variety of challenging tasks, such as powering and tracking personal learning plans, managing assignments and dynamic grouping, supporting the development of standards-aligned projects, combining formative assessment in a standards-based grade book, and connecting students, parents and teachers anywhere on any device.”

D2L was listed in the Next-Gen Learning Platforms category for it’s “simple, well-designed interface”.

Is Kopin (KOPN) Turning Into an AR/VR Stock?

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

2016 saw an explosion in virtual reality. Funding to VR and augmented reality startups hit an all-time high of $1.8 billion last year. Some market prognosticators are saying the AR/VR market could be worth upwards of $120 billion by the end of the decade.

Could our client Massachusetts-based Kopin Corp. (NASDAQ:KOPN) be the next big AR/VR stock? That’s the question Nanalyze explored in its latest article about Kopin’s past, present and future.

Kopin  has been around for more than 30 years—25 trading on the NASDAQ—and is shifting its business towards AR and VR.

Nanalyze reports Kopin’s core business today is in super-shrinking LCDs and other high-resolution micro-displays and developing optics and other components for wearable technology, particularly for military and government customers. Kopin also recently released a consumer AR sportswearable and has developed the best speech recognition system on the market.

To learn more about Nanalyze’s predictions for Kopin, read the full story here. And, if you’d like to learn more about how Lightspeed PR lands placements like this for clients, click here to contact us.

Built In Chicago Names NextCapital Top Employer

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

Built In Chicago, Chicago’s hub for startups and tech, compiled a list of the top employers in Chicago based on the cultural and financial perks that those companies offer. With several clients in the “Windy City” tech hub, Lightspeed PR has forged strong relationships with outlets like Built In Chicago. As a result, we were able to secure this top placement for our client NextCapital.

NextCapital was featured at the top of Built In Chicago’s list of top employers because of the wide array o perks it offers employees. NextCapital makes financial software used by investors to create personalized retirement investment plans and track how all the investments in their portfolios are performing from a single location. The company has a laid-back work environment that emphasizes work-life balance. They have fun social activities like a company-sponsored cornhole league, after-hours social outings, hackathons and fantasy football leagues. Plus, at work, they give employees 120 degree sit/stand desks and local coffee, espresso and beer. Yes, beer!

On the financial side, employees at NextCapital get a 401(k) with matching and employer-subsidized health, dental and vision coverage.

Want to learn more about how we help clients win top features? Contact us here or call us at 917-770-9435.

Kopin Unveils Elf VR

In Client News by Ethan Rasiel

VR Focus reported that our client Kopin showcased a new VR head-mounted display (HMD) called Elf VR at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). This year, the show featured more virtual reality (VR) exhibitors, and Kopin VR was one of those.

The Elf VR headset is equipped with Kopin “Lightning” OLED microdisplay panels and features 2048 x 2048 resolution of each panel, to provide binocular 4K image resolution at 120Hz refresh rate. Elf VR was created in partnership Goertek Inc.

To learn more about this revolutionary new headset, check out the full report from VR Focus.