Atom Tickets secures Series B funding from trio of Hollywood studios

Santa Monica, California-based Atom Tickets, a theatrical mobile ticketing platform and app, completed a Series B round of financing from investors that include The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, and others. Lionsgate led the two-year old company’s Series A round. PRESS RELEASE SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Atom Tickets, the first-of-its-kind theatrical mobile ticketing platform and app, today announced that it has completed a Series B round of financing from investors that include The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS), 20th Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF). Atom Tickets is a social, mobile ticketing platform designed to make movie-going simple. Movie fans can use the service to purchase tickets and concessions, coordinate and invite friends without having to pay for them, and skip the lines at the theater. The app is available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. “We’re thrilled to partner with
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Entertainment Cruises names Svendsen CEO

Entertainment Cruises, a portfolio company of Pritzker Group Private Capital, said Wednesday it named Kenneth Svendsen its CEO. Most recently, Svendsen served as president of the Walt Disney Travel Company. PRESS RELEASE January 06, 2016 06:00 AM Eastern Standard Time CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Chicago-based Entertainment Cruises, a member of Pritzker Group Private Capital’s family of companies and the largest dining cruise company in the United States, today announced the appointment of Kenneth Svendsen as its new chief executive officer. Svendsen, 49, joins Entertainment Cruises following nearly three decades in the entertainment, hospitality and travel industries. Most recently, he served as president of the Walt Disney Travel Company, an affiliate of The Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), one of the country’s largest travel wholesalers, and served as senior vice president of global sales, distribution, and travel operations for Disney Destinations. Additionally, Svendsen led Customer Relationship Management (CRM) for
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Market Recap Aug 20, 2015

The indexes were finally able to break out of this huge range; unfortunately for bulls it was to the downside. The S&P 500 fell 2.11% and the NASDAQ 2.82% in the largest losses since February 2014. It has not been a particularly healthy market for quite a while now but we simply have been unable to rip the bandaid off and get a real correction. Maybe this is the beginning of one. On the...

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Market Recap Aug 5, 2015

Indexes gapped up at the open but came off their highs to drift in a tight range in the afternoon. The S&P 500 gained 0.31% and the NASDAQ 0.67%. Economic releases were mixed. The non-manufacturing ISM index soundly beat expectations, hitting a 10-year high of 60.3 in July. The ADP report came in at 185,000, below expectations for 215,000 private-sector payrolls. Markets digested...

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STTG Market Recap May 5, 2015

While the indexes had a new 2 day rally Fri/Mon, it was difficult to really trust it because some secondary indicators (such as the NYSE McClellan Oscillator we cite often) have been trending in the wrong way. Today was a good example of why you want those secondary indicators to be in our favor before going all in, on a short term basis, in a market. The rug was pulled out from under bulls...

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Insight Venture Partners invests in SMS Assist

Insight Venture Partners has invested $45 million in SMS Assist. Chicago-based SMS Assist is a mobile and cloud-based multisite property management company. The Pritzker Group invested in SMS in 2013. PRESS RELEASE CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SMS Assist, the innovative mobile and cloud-based multisite property management company, today announced a $45 million investment from New York-based Insight Venture Partners. “The backing of world-class investment firms like Insight Venture Partners and Pritzker Group continues to fuel our innovation and ensure that SMS Assist leads the industry in quality and customer satisfaction,” said Michael Rothman, SMS Assist’s chief executive officer. “This capital will allow SMS Assist to accelerate our investment in technology and people, take advantage of new opportunities and continue our rapid growth.”
SMS Assist is revolutionizing multisite property management using its proprietary, cloud-based platform to provide a fully-outsourced business solution for a growing list of national and Fortune 500 companies including Family
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STTG Market Recap Feb 4, 2015

Wednesday's sessions was volatile marked by a sharp spike down in the closing moments of the day as news broke that the European Central Bank revoked a waiver that allowed banks to use Greek government debt as collateral for loans. The decision will force Greek lenders, who since 2010 had been able to access funds from the ECB against junk-rated collateral, to apply for funding from their...

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