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Lightstream Raises $8M Series A Round to Enhance its Unique Live Streaming Creative Suite and Technologies

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The new funding will accelerate the company’s already rapid growth – expanding its team and global presence to introduce powerful new opportunities for content creators

CHICAGO, February 26, 2019 — Lightstream, an innovator in live streaming technology, today announced that it has raised $8M in Series A funding led by Drive Capital. The Series A includes $6M invested from Drive Capital, MK Capital and Pritzker Group, and an additional $2M from Silicon Valley Bank. Since the company was founded in 2014, Lightstream has raised a total of $9.8M.

Lightstream delivers innovative, creative broadcasting products and technology that empower storytellers and address the biggest challenges creators face. With the growth of its business and the support of this funding, Lightstream will focus on scaling its highly technical team, powerful new capabilities for its creators, impactful partnerships, and global expansion. Lightstream’s mission is to support creators along their entire journey. This year, Lightstream will provide its creator community with ways to help grow their audiences, and with that growth, turn their passion into a career.

In April 2018, Lightstream entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft’s streaming platform, Mixer. This exclusive partnership has integrated Lightstream’s live streaming Studio into the native broadcasting experience for Xbox and Windows users. Since that integration, and along with the explosive growth of the live streaming industry, Lightstream’s content creators nearly quadrupled this past year and streamed 8.5x more hours in just one month of 2018 than in the entirety of 2017.

“2018 was an incredible year for us. Our creative tools are used by thousands of creators every day and our team is more excited and inspired than ever. The growth has provided loads of data and really stress tested of our technology allowing us to make rapid improvements to the quality and consistency of the experience for every streamer,” said Stu Grubbs, Lightstream Co-founder, and CEO. “We started our company to simplify that first step in the creative journey and make streaming easier. With this funding, we will continue to support creators on the rest of their journey with growth and monetization.”

The launch of its partnership with Microsoft and closing of their funding occurred in April of 2018 and since then they have doubled the size of their team with world-class talent to better serve their rapidly growing community. Lightstream has also hired for two key leadership roles: Chief Technology Officer, Jenny Farver, who leads the engineering team, as well as a Director of Streamer Success, Drew Pierce, who provides content creators with the highest levels of support. Lightstream also worked to globally expand its footprint across North America and Europe in 2018 and will further expand into Asia and South America in 2019.

Drive Capital General Partner, Andy Jenks, has also joined Lightstream’s Board of Directors. “Lightstream is an incredible company that has seen tremendous growth because of smart and efficient practices. Stu and his team stand at the convergence of multiple massive and rapidly growing industries,” said Jenks. “Stu has immense passion and a keen vision for what they can do for creators and the impact Lightstream can have in live streaming, gaming, and beyond. They have assembled an incredible team, made smart strategic moves, created massive partnerships and are building towards something so big that we had to be a part of it.”

With more information and exciting news to come in 2019, be sure to follow Lightstream on Twitter and at https://www.golightstream.com.

About Lightstream
Lightstream is a Chicago-based startup built with a true passion for live video production, gaming and supporting the explosive growth of creators and their communities. Its cloud-based technology and products transform difficult technical hurdles into streamlined workflows. Lightstream empowers creators to effortlessly share their passion, talent, and creativity on live streaming platforms like Mixer, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube and more.

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Alteryx to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences

Alteryx enhance analytics process, improve productivity, and generate a business decision. Alteryx integrate data cataloging with human insight. And hence empower organizations for finding and managing information.

Our Alteryx training will cover both Alteryx Server Course and Alteryx Designer Course.

In Alteryx Server training, you will be able to learn Alteryx Installation and Configuration, Gallery Administration, Scheduling Workflows, Using Developer Macros, Using CReW Macros for Scheduling. Further in this training, you will also be able to learn Advanced Scheduling, Alteryx Service Troubleshooting, Alteryx Server Monitoring, Server APIs to embedded Analytics and Guideline for Self Service Analytics Deployment.

In Alteryx Designer training, you will be able to learn Alteryx Installation, Set Up, Architecture, Gallery Account, Input-Output Data, Preparing Data, Filtering Data, Blending Data, Using Fuzzy Match Macro, Parsing Data, and Reporting in Alteryx. Further in the course, you will also learn Connecting to Data using Connector Macros, Building Custom Macros, Using Developer Macros, Spatial Analytics, Time Series Analysis, Publishing to Gallery, Sharing Apps, and many more topics.

Complete Customization of Alteryx training’s course content is possible for Individual students and for Corporate. Alteryx courses online are available for individuals and for corporate we may arrange the classroom as well. Our certified real-time consultant can provide Alteryx Certification guidance for clearing the Alteryx certification exam. For more information regarding Alteryx training courses do contact us.

We have trained more than 1000+ Professionals in Alteryx in 10+ countries. We have received excellent feedback for our Alteryx corporate training from corporate clients across the globe.

Few of the clients we have served across industries are:

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MaxMunus has successfully conducted 1000+ corporate training in Bangalore / Bengaluru, India, Finland, Sweden, Germany, USA, UK, Netherlands, Ireland, Austria, Israel, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Denmark, JAPAN, South Korea, UAE, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom.
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Intuit QuickBooks Partners With Milaap to Support Small Businesses During COVID-19

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Initiative to provide funding, resources and tools to small and micro businesses

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India:   Intuit QuickBooks today announced the launch of the Small Business Relief Initiative, in collaboration with Milaap, to help small and micro businesses in India to raise money to tackle the challenges arising from the COVID-19 lockdown. Intuit’s QuickBooks Online is the world’s leading financial management solution for small businesses and accountants.

The Small Business Relief Initiative aims to raise funds for small and micro-businesses that are facing difficulties in paying employee salaries and in covering business expenses due to COVID-19. India has around 6.4 crore MSMEs that contribute to 29% of the GDP and employ 11.1 crore people. (Source)

As the COVID-19 induced lockdown continues, most of the small and micro businesses in the country are struggling to survive mainly due to cash flow problems. The Small Business Relief Initiative brings together Milaap’s crowdfunding platform with Intuit QuickBooks’ expertise, to provide local businesses with the resources and tools they require to start a crowdfunding campaign in a few clicks, via the Milaap platform where qualifying businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 can raise micro-grants to meet essential business expenses.

Talking about the program, Aditi Puri Batra, Country Manager, Intuit QuickBooks India, said, “Small and micro businesses play an important role in the larger supply chain and thus their health is imperative to kick-start the industry when the lockdown eases. While the Government of India and Reserve Bank of India have taken multiple steps to address the liquidity crunch faced by these businesses, there is a need for more programs that can put cash into their hands as not every one of them may have access to lending. We are hopeful our initiative fills that gap and empowers these small and micro businesses that are also a crucial source of employment for millions of people in the country.”

Intuit QuickBooks India is also fundraising by enabling its employees in India to donate funds to a small and micro business of their choice on Milaap’s platform and creating awareness about the initiative across its small business network and associated brand channels.

Regarding this initiative, Mayukh Choudhury, CEO and co-founder, Milaap said, “Small and micro businesses are a lifeline for countless communities. Over the last decade, Milaap has supported over 1.5 lakh micro and small businesses. An immediate financial stimulus, for these vulnerable businesses is the need of the hour. Such a stimulus will address not only the availability of goods across local areas, but also the sustenance of employment across the economy.

How the Small Business Relief Initiative works:

Intuit QuickBooks India Small Business help site: Intuit QuickBooks is providing its network of small businesses with a resources and tools site that enables businesses to start their own fundraiser or support an existing one. From there, small businesses can share their story on Milaap and request help covering employee-related and business expenses. Then everyone – friends, family, neighbours, companies – can all search the Small Business Relief Initiative site to find small businesses in need and donate directly to them.

Milaap.org Small Business Relief Fund: Milaap.org, India’s largest crowdfunding platform for medical emergencies and social causes, has launched the Small Business Relief Initiative where people can donate to support the overall initiative. Donors in India will be able to donate towards a business of their choice on the Milaap platform.

The Small Business Relief Initiative in India follows a similar program Gofundme launched by Intuit QuickBooks in the US in partnership with Gofundme.

About Intuit
Intuit’s mission is to Power Prosperity Around the World. We are a global financial platform company with products including TurboTax, QuickBooks, Mint and Turbo, designed to empower consumers, self-employed and small businesses to improve their financial lives. Our platform and products help customers get more money with the least amount of work, while giving them complete confidence in their actions and decisions. Our innovative ecosystem of financial management solutions serves approximately 50 million customers worldwide. Please visit us for the latest news and in-depth information about Intuit and its brands and find us on social.

About Milaap

Milaap is South Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform for personal and social causes, especially in healthcare emergencies, micro businesses, and in natural crises. Milaap’s community of funders come from over 130 countries across the world and have contributed over Rs. 900 crores, for 200,000+ projects across India. Over the last 10 years, Milaap has become a preferred platform for people to raise funds for and contribute to the causes they care about in India. Milaap.org has the vision of making giving a part of everyday life for Indians. The website has over 2.5 million page views every month, and is growing 3x yearly. The e-mail support extends over 15 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is rendered via a dedicated team that hand-holds users through any procedure on the website. The platform’s single minded goal is to ensure an easy, trusted, and engaging way of giving for Indians.

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Board Infinity has Introduced Microlearning to Enable Education Continuity Amidst COVID-19 Outbreak

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New Delhi, March 2020: As schools and colleges around the world have shut down its classrooms to limit the coronavirus outbreak, college authorities and educators around the globe have shifted its focus to the online medium. With online classes being the norm today, Board Infinity, a career tech startup has introduced micro-learning in Personal Finance & Investment Planning, Data Structure &Algorithms, AI & ML, Product Management, Placement & Internship Preparation, and Python for Data Science. These modules are available from 10 hours to 20 hours depending upon the learners’ needs. Students can thus master the fundamentals from the comfort of their home and at an affordable cost. On successful completion, the learners also receive a digital certificate for each program.

 

In addition, the students have the advantage of live classes& mentoring from the industry experts to strengthen the fundamentals of each course. The experts include Rahul Baid – Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting; Yashwant Pachisia– AVP, Commercial Banking, HSBC; Ashish Anand – Marketing Director, Droom Technology; Mirza Rahim Baig – Analytics Leader, Flipkart; Kunaal Naik – Analytics Practitioner, Lifeaholic Evangelist, DELL EMC; Ruble Joseph – Vice President, eClerx; Naggapan Ramaswamy – Product Manager, Razorpay& Aditya Mehta – Data Scientist, General Mills

 

Speaking on this occasion, Sumesh Nair, Co-Founder of Board Infinity says, “COVID-19 has thrown life out of gear for everyone, whether it is business, parents or students. But thanks to technology, students are able to enhance their skills & continue their education. Keeping this in mind, we have introduced a shorter duration program for students & working professionals to continue their learning and get accustomed to new-age skills. This is a great time to upskill till the market picks up in the upcoming quarters.”

 

He further added that since the lockdown, we have added more than 8000 learners &there has been a surge in traffic from cities other than the top 10 such as Madurai, Nagpur, Jalandhar, Calicut, Belgaum, Raipur, Udaipur, Ranchi and Kanpur.

 

About Board Infinity

Board Infinity, a career-tech start-up aims to impact the entire skilling ecosystem using its unique expert-led model and live classes across domains. The start-up is bridging the gap between job seekers and the industries by making them learn as well as earn byproviding various job opportunities. It also gives directions to the students with the right knowledge to make effective career choices so that they are ready to face the corporate world. In addition, the company provides short skilling courses delivered by industry experts in live classes format across emerging technologies and management roles.

 

Board Infinity products have been designed with the best expertise in the industry and are aimed at students going for higher education as well as working professionals. Today, the platform has 700+ experts with tremendous growth year on year and they serve customers across 50 cities in India.

 

 

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