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Xip Secures $5 Million in Seed Funding and Announces $1 Million Creator Fund

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Xip announced today it has secured $5 million in seed funding and launched a $1 million Creator Fund to support knowledge creators who produce educational, tutorial, or coaching content. As the first platform to bring the personalized video format popularized by Cameo to the online learning space, Xip connects learners with experts they know and love, who offer them personalized feedback through asynchronous videos. Jomayra Herrera from top education VC Reach Capital led the funding round with participation from LinkedIn Executive Chairman and Founding Partner of Next Play Ventures Jeff Weiner; Chief Operating Officer of MasterClass and angel investor Mark Williamson; Benjamin Grubbs from Next 10 Ventures; and Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), among other compelling venture capitalists, startup founders, and operators. “We are thrilled to partner with the Xip team. We know the best type of learning is personalized, actionable, and in the moment,” said Jomayra Herrera from Reach Capital. “Xip enables exactly that by rethinking how consumers can learn from creators. It’s a moment of delight for learners and a great way to generate sustainable income for creators.” Xip connects users with popular knowledge creators on YouTube, TikTok, Twitch, and Instagram, who frequently receive direct messages from fans asking for one-on-one help. Current Xip creators include notable coaches, professional athletes, musicians, and photographers. “For decades, one-on-one help has been shown to produce significantly better learning outcomes than one-size-fits-all instruction. Yet most of the advancement in the online learning space is of the one-size-fits-all variety,” said Xip Co-founder & CEO Chris Taylor. “Widespread access to high-quality content is great, but the options for personalized help are still lacking. Xip makes one-on-one instruction easily accessible to improve the way we all learn.” On average, creators earn four times higher hourly rates compared to synchronous Zoom lessons. Xip users find the platform incredibly helpful and give it five-star reviews 97% of the time. The Xip Creator Fund is designed to help creators kickstart their success as online instructors. Participating creators receive income guarantees, marketing support, equipment, waived setup fees, and additional resources to start earning meaningful income from helping their fans. “Starting an online coaching or instruction business is resource-intensive, and we want to help by investing in our creators,” Taylor said. “If you’re a creator who has dreamed of starting an online education business, we’re here to help you bring that dream to life.” In addition to the Creator Fund, Xip will use its seed round to invest in the team and product. Xip Co-founder & CTO Eddie Siegel said, "I'm looking forward to using this funding to grow our exceptional engineering team. We have a very exciting future ahead of us as we continue to invest in building the world-class tools that creators need to bring 1-1 learning to the masses!" For more information, visit www.xip.co. About Xip Xip delivers a personalized learning experience that changes the way people learn online. As the first platform to bring the customized video format popularized by Cameo to the online learning space, Xip connects learners with experts they know and trust, who offer them personalized feedback through asynchronous videos. Xip is devoted to true learning and improvement and enables tutorial creators to earn meaningful income by providing their fans with one-on-one help that scales. Visit Xip.co to learn more. Contact Details Trust Relations Alisha Dickinson +1 858-652-0061 xip@trustrelations.agency

June 15, 2022 01:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Bluberi Names Lisa Girard Chief Financial Officer

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Bluberi (or “the Company”) today announced that Lisa Girard has joined its executive leadership team in the role of Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Girard brings a strong background in finance with companies in the manufacturing sector to the emerging slot supplier and will lead the Company’s finance and accounting departments as they continue to grow. Ms. Girard holds a master’s degree in accounting and has worked over 20 years in accounting and finance roles with defense contractors and manufacturers. She has overseen merger and acquisition activity, and been responsible for financial reporting and banking, as well as heading up finance and accounting teams across multiple companies. Most recently, Ms. Girard served as Chief Financial Officer of EIS Wire & Cable, based out of western Massachusetts. “We are excited to add Lisa to the team in this key role,” said CEO, Andrew Burke. “Lisa has a deep financial background and experience working with manufacturing companies who are owned by venture capital firms, like Bluberi. We are confident that she is the right person to shepherd us through our current growth phase and into the future.” “I am pleased to join Bluberi at this critical juncture in the Company’s history. Bluberi is growing quickly and has big plans. I look forward to being a part of the trajectory of what is sure to become a key gaming supplier, and to working with our customers and other stakeholders to fulfill the Company’s vision of being the easiest to work with in the industry. The quality of the team at Bluberi, and of the products that we are creating, is second to none, and I am eager to see what the future holds for us,” said Ms. Girard. Ms. Girard will join the Company at their office in Las Vegas, where she enjoys taking advantage of everything the valley has to offer whether on the hiking trails, yoga classes, or taking in concerts, shows, and sporting events with her husband, family, and friends. ### About Bluberi Backed by more than 25 years of industry experience, Bluberi is an inventive company that is dedicated to developing and delivering the highest quality casino gaming experience to players and operators. Our team is comprised of seasoned, multi-talented innovators who are focused on bringing gaming to life with entertaining games and high-performing cabinets. Our products are designed to add vitality to gambling and transport players to an energetic world of winning. We are the risk-taking spirit of gambling and we add imagination and innovation to everything we create. Learn more at bluberi.com. Contact Details Bluberi Lesley Hodges, Sr. Director of Marketing Lesley.hodges@bluberi.com

June 15, 2022 08:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Logitix Expands Performing Arts Division to Help Theaters and Arts Events Optimize Ticket Sales

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Logitix, the leader in live event ticketing technology and analytics, announced they are expanding their performing arts division to help theaters optimize pricing, distribution, and inventory management of tickets. As part of their growth in performing arts, Logitix named longtime industry executive Jack Rubin as their strategic advisor. As the Co-Founder and former CEO of Tessitura Network, Rubin is one of the preeminent leaders in enterprise CRM, ticketing, marketing, fundraising, and analytics for theaters, arts centers, operas, festivals, dance companies, and orchestras. “Jack is an absolute icon in our industry and will be an essential part of our continued growth in the performing arts,” said Logitix President Greg Nortman. “As the most trusted solution for optimizing ticket sales, we look forward to helping even more live events within the performing arts industry.” Logitix optimizes ticket sale outcomes for all of its partners through proprietary dynamic pricing and ticket sales distribution through multiple channels. Its unique platform analyzes millions of real-time data points, providing up-to-the-minute insights within the live event marketplace. “I recognize that Logitix has the technology, data, and analytics expertise tied to sales distribution channels that can produce considerable revenue for the performing arts sector,” said Rubin “What they bring are new sales channels for these organizations. They are clearly building something special in the world of ticketing and I’m thrilled to be part of the journey.” Rubin was Co-Founder and CEO of Tessitura Network from the company's inception in 2001 until he stepped down during a long-planned transition in 2021. He guided the company from an initial two-person organization with two license holders, to over 725 organizations in ten countries using Tessitura. Rubin’s prior experience includes the position of Chief Financial and Strategic Officer of Hotels.com, where he assisted in a successful IPO for the company in 2000. Jack has an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate School and a B.B.A from the University of Texas. About Logitix Logitix is the preeminent monetization engine and ticketing platform for the live event industry, combining optimized pricing, distribution, and inventory management with real-time insights to help sellers and buyers respond to a rapidly changing market environment. The Logitix vision is to automate the entire ticket life cycle and provide data-driven insights to serve the diverse needs of its clients. The company is backed by ZMC and is privately held. For more information about Logitix, visit Logitix.com or find them on LinkedIn. Contact Details Eric Nemeth nemeth@ericpr.com Company Website https://logitix.com/

June 15, 2022 08:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Long-Time Indianapolis Fruit Leader Stepping Back

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Indianapolis Fruit, a member of the FreshEdge family of produce and specialty food companies shares that, effective July 4, 2022, John Cunningham will transition from COO of Indianapolis Fruit to Distribution and Retail Advisor. He will focus on deepening customer relationships, mentoring and developing the evolving executive team, and advising on strategic initiatives. “We’re excited for John to continue positively impacting our team and our customers’ business. He has a tremendous track record of elevating performance,” said Daniel Corsaro, President of Indianapolis Fruit Company. “John has been a great member of our family and has been critical to our growth and development! We are very grateful for everything he has done and look forward to the insight and great things that he will accomplish with our evolving leaders,” said Greg Corsaro, President and COO of FreshEdge, LLC, the parent company of Indianapolis Fruit. “I’m excited to announce that after 40 plus years in the produce industry and 19 with Indianapolis Fruit and the FreshEdge Team, I’ve decided to step back. I’m looking forward to enjoying my personal and professional life at a different pace. I’m eager to continue to work with Daniel Corsaro and our team to enhance our retail merchandising and education programs,” said John Cunningham, Indianapolis Fruit Company. Indianapolis Fruit will continue to be led by Daniel Corsaro, President, and the existing executive team. As part of this transition, Ross Nelson will transition from Vice President of Retail Execution to Vice President of Procurement. About Indianapolis Fruit Indianapolis Fruit, a FreshEdge company, distributes fresh produce, value-added, specialty foods, and floral to retail grocers in 20 states across the Midwest, central, and southeastern areas of the United States. Offering more than 3,500 available skus, 500 plus organic items, and a full-service fresh cut division, Indianapolis Fruit continues to deliver on what consumers want. For more information, visit www.indyfruit.com Contact Details Indianapolis Fruit Company Daniel Corsaro, President +1 317-981-3442 dccorsaro@indyfruit.com Company Website https://indyfruit.com/

June 14, 2022 10:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Mike Bako’s Guide to Father’s Day Gifts That Will Become Year-Round Favorites

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A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/OjMDmH1C4OQ Thinking about what to get dad for Father’s Day? Wondering what to get for the guy who has everything? Looking to avoid cliched gifts like ties and coffee mugs? You’re not alone. Mike Bako, the Modern Man, Trends Editor of Daily National, father of two beautiful boys, has some ideas that can help. With Father’s Day around the corner, many of us are scrambling to figure out the perfect gift for dad, without resorting to old standbys. This year, it’s time to get creative, and find something Dad will actually use and enjoy. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual consumer survey spending on gifts for Father’s Day is expected to total $20 billion. That comes out to around $170 on average that people will spend honoring dad. Spending patterns also reflect the sentimental nature of the holiday as consumers are prioritizing unique and meaningful gifts. That means everyone will be looking for ways to manage and save their money, discover deals, and most importantly…shop smart. Gift ideas that can help dad around the house: This time of year, so many of us are prepping the outside of our homes and backyards for the warm summer months ahead. BBQ cleaned off, pool uncovered, grass mowed, but what about inside our homes and what about when the inevitable, unwanted, and pesky insects pay a visit. If you find yourself in that situation or the dad in your life does, there is a great product from Zevo that can help and makes a great gift. The Zevo Flying Insect Trap eliminates flying insects without spraying chemical insecticides. Just plug it into any wall socket to activate an irresistible blue light to continuously attract and trap insects over time into a powerful adhesive backing you never have to touch! The trap has no chemical insecticides, no odors, and no messes, so you can confidently and discreetly use it in any room. Traps conveniently work day and night to help protect your family from pesky flying insects. For information: https://zevoinsect.com/flying-insect-trap-starter-kit-model-3/ How to shop smart: If you want to be smart with your spending, you want to buy things that the dad in your life will use. For the dad that likes to entertain and grill in the backyard, road trip, tailgate, camp or go fishing, the Magellan Outdoors Pro Explore Leakproof Square 12 Can Cooler is sure to keep his beverages ice-cold the entire day. Magellan Outdoors Pro Explore Leakproof Square 12 Can Cooler For the dads on the go there is a great option from Duluth Trading Company. Its their Buck Naked Boxers. No pinch. No stink. No Sweat! Almost feels as if you are wearing no underwear at all! They’re stretchy, yet supportive too, for extra ease when you’re climbing or kneeling. They also wick sweat for efficiently than any cotton skivvies out there to keep you drier. Plus, they’re treated to fight order. Men’s Buck Naked Boxers The best part about gifting either of these items and if you do want to be smart with your spending is that you can get them on Ibotta. Ibotta is a leading free cash back rewards platform and they offer cash back rewards on purchases from more than 2,700+ leading brands and retail partners. There have been more than 40 million downloads to date making it one of the most frequently used shopping platforms in the U.S. To date, Ibotta shoppers have redeemed more than $1.1 billion in cash back rewards For more information, visit dailynational.com About Mike Bako Mike Bako is a broadcast and digital journalist. Reuters, FOX News, Fox Business, WPIX in New York, and ESPN Radio all frequently rely on Mike’s insights on new trends, current events, sports, and culture. He currently serves as editor of the lifestyle and news website Daily National. Mike is also a father to two beautiful boys, Henry and Evan. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 13, 2022 03:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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Celebrate National Candy Month in June

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Kick off summer with National Candy Month in June! This month-long celebration occurs each June to celebrate Americans’ favorite confectionery treats, their contributions to emotional well-being and the good times they bring to summer occasions. Recently, Lauren Boland and Carly Schildhaus from the National Confectioners Association participated in a nationwide satellite media tour to discuss Americans’ favorite candies and the connection between candy and emotional well-being. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/01lDotBhb2U Confectionery enjoys a special place in American life all year round, but as Americans embark on road trips, beach vacations and other summer adventures, chocolate and candy will play an even more important role in their celebrations. In fact, 71% of Americans say their summer holiday celebrations will involve these fun treats, according to a National Confectioners Association survey. Some more findings from the survey: 83% of people headed on a road trip this summer will enjoy chocolate and candy. 63% of beachgoers in the U.S. will bring candy with them. 76% of Americans who plan to go camping will bring candy. The survey also reveals that when in the mood for something sweet, Americans prefer chocolate, gummy candy and taffy for summer adventures, with watermelon, cherry and strawberry as their favorite summer candy flavors. As National Candy Month begins, the confectionery industry continues to provide chocolate and candy treats in a variety of sizes, types and formats for all types of consumers to enjoy, whether they’re having a piece of chocolate, sharing something sweet with a friend or celebrating a special moment or occasion. Regardless of how they consume their favorite treats, the average American enjoys chocolate and candy 2-3 times per week, averaging 40 calories per day and just one teaspoon of added sugar per day. For more information on National Candy Month, visit NationalCandyMonth.com. About the National Confectioners Association (NCA): The National Confectioners Association is the leading trade organization for the U.S. confectionery industry, which generates more than $37 billion in retail sales each year. Making chocolate, candy, gum and mints, the industry employs nearly 58,000 workers in more than 1,600 manufacturing facilities across all 50 states. NCA advocates for an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and work to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy. Learn more at CandyUSA.com or follow NCA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 13, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time

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How Parents Can Help Kids Financially Prepare For Post-Graduation

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June 10, 2022 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Gala Bingo Pays Tribute to UK Gaming Shows

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Tipping Point was created exclusively by ITV for the UK audience and has been airing for 10 years, 2 weeks from now. The first episode was launched on 2 July 2012 and still has a big following, a decade later. The show still makes headlines and just last week, a contender from Oldsbury managed to win the highest jackpot of £10,000 – Congratulations Tina and congratulations Tipping Point! UK online bingo site Gala Bingo, has had a long-term relationship with ITV, stretching back to 2013, where they partnered up for an online slot version of TV show Coronation Street. Over the years, the collaboration has also rendered in playable versions of classic game shows like The Chase, and In For a Penny. David Winter, Marketing Manager at Gala Bingo says that “the bingo community has a close bond to long-time runners like Coronation Street, and are naturally very fond of game shows, such as The Chase, In For a Penny and Tipping Point. These are frequently hot topics in our chat rooms so we have chosen to post a handful of blog posts over the last few months that include anything from stats, viewers habits, quizzes, and fun facts that might be out of interest for the British TV audience.” In their latest post, Gala Bingo has compiled a chronological list of memorable game shows, and where you can stream some truly classic moments that have lived with the viewers throughout the decades. The post invites readers to a trip down memory lane by looking at 6 decades of game shows in the UK. Here is a selection of golden classics available on Netflix and Prime Video: Game and competition shows available on Netflix in the UK. · Wheel of Fortune (1983) · Ready Steady Cook (1994) · Men on a Mission (2015) · Naked Attraction (2016) Game and competition shows available on Prime Video in the UK: · The Challenge (1998) · Fear Factor (2002) · The Block (2003) · 8 out of 10 Cats (2005) · Would I Lie to You? (2005) · Wipeout (2008) · 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow (2010) · Million Dollar Money Drop (2010) For the complete list and closer look at 10 of the biggest shows between 1960-2020, please see the blog post here. Contact Details Intelligiants Ltd Freddie Kvarnebrink +44 7889 314155 press@intelligiants.com

June 10, 2022 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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Tips to Get Your Pool Ready and Safe for Summer

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When summer starts to heat up, there's nothing better than heading to the pool with your family and friends to cool off. However, as pool season commences- it’s crucial to keep water safety top of mind. Recently, retired four-time Olympic medalist, Cullen Jones, conducted a satellite media tour to talk about the importance of swimming safety and share general swimming safety tips and tricks. A video accompanying this announcement is available at: https://youtu.be/FqP8IywG6IE With temperatures rising across the country, now is the time to discuss pool safety and readiness, ensuring your pool and yard are prepared for the summer months ahead – so you can spend your summer ENJOYING your pool instead of worrying about MAINTAING it. Leslie’s has teamed up with the Aquatic Safety Research Group to share important tips on how to keep kids safe while they learn to swim. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends swimming lessons for all children starting at age 1, and it’s important to practice skills year-round. Here are 5 Water Safety Tips for Kids: 1. Start early and practice often. Children can begin learning to swim as early as age 1 to adjust to the water and learn safe boundaries. Learning how to swim can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% among children 1–4 years old, according to the National Institutes of Health. It’s important to keep active throughout their formative years. 2. Be patient and reassuring. New experiences can be frightening for any child. It’s normal for little ones to cry the first time they are in the water. Don’t force them, and always make sure they aren’t hungry or tired when it's time to practice. 3. Keep learning separate from play time. Have designated times for swim practice apart from regular pool recreation. Make it fun and reinforce new skills during water play, keeping practice to 15–20 minutes to better engage kids. 4. Practice the basics. Proper breathing, kicking, and strokes are all key elements of swimming. Practice them in shallow water, at the edge of the pool, or with specially approved learn-to-swim aids. The initial focus should always be on breathing and becoming comfortable in the water. 5. The right tools can make a difference. It's important to have certified learn-to-swim equipment and swim trainers to help swimmers learn to be safe in the water and feel confident while learning to swim. But remember that swim aids are never a substitute for adult supervision and formal lessons. Leslie's is proud to support the water safety efforts by partnering with the YMCA of the USA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Leslie’s will be accepting customer donations in stores from May 5th through October 31st. Or donate online to support water safety efforts in our communities. 100% of all donation funds will be split equally to benefit efforts by the YMCA and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, partner organizations that both share Leslie's passion for water safety. To learn more about swimming safety and needed tools and product to maintain and secure your pool visit lesliespool.com/pool-safety About Cullen Jones Retired four-time Olympic medalist and the first African American swimmer to hold a world record. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jones swam on the legendary world-record setting 4x100 freestyle relay team. In 2012, Jones won gold as Team USA’s anchor in the 4x100 medley relay, silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay and individual silver in the 50m freestyle. In total Cullen accounts for 13 U.S. medals (seven gold) at major international competitions. Jones married his wife, Rupi, in 2007 and she gave birth to their son, Ayvn, in 2019. Learned to swim after being rescued from a near-drowning when he was five years old... His favorite celebrity is Michael Jordan because of his positive attitude... Jones' future aspirations are to write for a men's fashion magazine... He has a dog named Charlie Instagram Olympic Experience: 2008 Olympic Games, gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle 2012 Olympic Games silver medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay, silver medal in 50m freestyle, gold medal in the 4x100 medley relay Career Highlights: Two-time gold medalist in the 4x100 relay at the World Championships Silver medal at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne in the 50m freestyle Contact Details YourUpdateTV +1 212-736-2727 yourupdatetv@gmail.com

June 09, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

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