Fidelity Joins $1.9 Million Round in Blockchain Data Startup Coin Metrics

CoinDesk | February 27, 2019

Blockchain analytics startup Coin Metrics has closed a $1.9 million seed round with Fidelity Investments, Highland Capital Partners and Dragonfly Capital.Announced today, the startup also released its first suite of commercial products for institutions seeking customized research reports.Coin Metrics co-founder and board chairman Nic Carter told CoinDesk that institutional investors aren’t satisfied with the current crop of price aggregation services that don’t distinguish the integrity of different data sets.

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In today’s highly competitive business world the speed at which an organization can bring new products to market and the agility of its supply chain to produce or procure the core components of their offering are increasingly seen as definitions of success.

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In today’s highly competitive business world the speed at which an organization can bring new products to market and the agility of its supply chain to produce or procure the core components of their offering are increasingly seen as definitions of success.

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11:11 Systems Completes the Acquisition of Static1

11:11 SYSTEMS | July 11, 2022

11:11 Systems (“11:11”), a managed infrastructure solutions provider, announced the acquisition of Static1, a leader in managed network and IT infrastructure development and services. Driving increased productivity, efficiency and security for its customers, Static1 designs, builds, runs and optimizes IT infrastructure.The enterprise network infrastructure market is valued at $56B as of 2021, and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. The shifting dynamics of remote work and the increased need for bandwidth and technology to enable the migration to wireless are major factors driving the growth of the connectivity market. IT leaders must ensure applications and data are connected, anywhere, anytime, but most businesses do not have the internal resources to manage those new complex infrastructure requirements. “Feedback from customers has shown that there is a dearth of offerings that combine cloud, connectivity and security in one platform, We are focused on providing the platform for these three core pillars while ensuring that our customers’ apps and data are always running, accessible and protected. Static1 is a natural addition to our portfolio particularly because of the team’s significant depth in connectivity. With this acquisition, we will strengthen our existing managed services and add entrenched industry expertise and relationships to our portfolio.” -Brett Diamond, CEO, 11:11 Systems Static1 is a leader in complex industries such as media, entertainment, pharmaceutical, retail, financial services and not-for-profits. Their services span the gamut from connectivity to security management to monitoring, network, infrastructure and SD-Wan technology. Through this acquisition, Static1’s team and technology will complement 11:11’s recent acquisitions of Unitas, Cleareon, iland and Green Cloud Defense– each of which hold market leadership positions within the cloud, connectivity and security spaces. “11:11 and Static1 share a vision for addressing the most pressing issues that businesses face, This exciting step forward benefits our customers with continued best-in-class support, greater uptime, reliability and security, all while reaping the benefits of accessing the full spectrum of purpose-driven solutions 11:11 has to offer.” -Anthony Lobretto, president and CTO, Static1 11:11 is backed by Tiger Infrastructure Partners, a middle-market private equity firm that invests in growing infrastructure platforms. Q Advisors, a global TMT investment banking boutique, acted as exclusive financial advisor to 11:11 Systems in connection with this transaction. Perkins Coie acted as legal advisor to 11:11 Systems. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. ABOUT 11:11 SYSTEMS 11:11 Systems is a managed infrastructure solutions provider that holistically addresses the challenges of next-generation managed cloud, connectivity and security requirements. The 11:11 model empowers customers and partners to “Rethink Connected,” which includes fully-integrated, fully-automated services, activities and data powered on a single platform delivering increased performance, optimization and savings. Learn more at 1111Systems.com. ABOUT STATIC1 Static1 is a Managed Services Expert that focuses on clients needing solutions to process complex data sets, share high bandwidth files across the globe, manage remote workforces while protecting data security and integrity, and more. With the tools, processes and knowledge to design, build, run and optimize IT infrastructures, Static1 builds what companies need and services what the company builds, taking great pride in helping clients anticipate, operate, integrate and collaborate better. For more information and a full review of capabilities, visit Static1 at www.static1.com ABOUT TIGER INFRASTRUCTURE PARTNERS Tiger Infrastructure Partners is an innovative, middle-market private equity firm that invests in new and growing infrastructure platforms. Tiger Infrastructure targets investments in communications (digital), energy transition, transportation, and related sectors, primarily located in North America and Europe. For more information, visit www.tigerinfrastructure.com.

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National Motor Freight Traffic Association Agrees to Assume Administration of Digital LTL Council

NMFTA | June 15, 2022

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