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Clear Health Analytics, a PELG Client, Wins Its Second Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award

Congratulations to Clear Health Analytics (“CHA”) on winning the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (“RWJF”) Rx Cost and Coverage Challenge. This is CHA’s second Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award. CHA has developed a unique health insurance decision analysis tool that creates a cost comparison of available health insurance plans for families based upon a customized analysis of their healthcare use, enabling them to choose the best coverage at the best price given their particular needs. RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and supports research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues.

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New York Technology Council Merges with NY Tech Meetup to form 60,000-Member NY Tech Alliance

Congratulations to the New York Technology Council (“NYTECH”) and NY Tech Meetup (“NYTM”) on their merger, forming the NY Tech Alliance, which, with over 60,000 members, is now the region’s largest organization representing the technology community. NYTECH was co-founded by Paul Ellis in 2009. The mission of NY Tech Alliance is to represent, inspire, support, and help lead the New York technology community and ecosystem to create a better future for all. The NY Tech Alliance builds on over 15 years of combined work of NYTECH and NYTM building, supporting, and advocating for the tech community in New York City.

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PELG Attorney Leads Panel on the 2016 Venture Capital Outlook

Paul Ellis leads a panel presentation entitled “Venture Capital Update 2016: Market Outlook and Series A Terms.” This panel, which is one of a series that Paul Ellis moderates for the New York Technology Council, takes place on March 29, 2016. He is joined by a panel of VCs, including Eliot Durbin, General Partner ofBoldstart Ventures, Ali Hamed, General Partner ofCoVenture, Warren Lee, General Partner of Canaan Partners, and Ryan Ziegler, General Partner of Edison Partners.

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PELG Attorney Honored for Role in the New York Technology Council

On February 4, 2016, at the 2016 NYTECH Winter Celebration, Paul Ellis was honored for his service to the technology community through his many contributions tothe New York Technology Council. Mr. Ellis co-founded NYTECH in 2009 and has sat on its board ever since. He also organizes the monthly “Legal Track“ series of events dedicated to educating founders, executives and in-house counsel of small and midsize technology companies about the critical legal issues they face. In addition, PELG is a sponsor of NYTECH.

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Clear Health Analytics, a PELG Client, Partners with Enroll America on Cost Tool for HealthCare.Gov

Congratulations to Clear Health Analytics (“CHA”) on its partnership with Enroll America in the creation of a digital tool to help consumers compare plans on the HealthCare.Gov platform. CHA has developed a unique health insurance decision analysis tool that creates a cost comparison of available health insurance plans for families based upon a customized analysis of their healthcare use, enabling them to choose the best coverage at the best price given their particular needs. Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition, working with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge toolsin order to maximize the number of Americans enrolled under the Affordable Care Act.

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Clear Health Analytics, a PELG Client, Wins Prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award

Congratulations to Clear Health Analytics (“CHA”) on winning the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (“RWJF”) Plan Choice Developer Challenge. CHA has developed a unique health insurance decision analysis toolthat creates a cost comparison of available health insurance plans for families based upon a customized analysis of their healthcare use, enabling them to choose the best coverage at the best price given their particular needs.RWJF is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health and supports research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues.

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LASTLOOK, a PELG Client, Launches its Mobile App for iOS

Congratulations to LASTLOOK on the launch of its app in the iOS App Store. Made by creatives for creatives, LASTLOOK makes it easy to privately shre, review and approve photos with other users. PELG has represented LASTLOOK since the company’s inception.

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PELG Attorney Leads Panel on Long-Range Planning for the Successful Sale of a Company

Paul Ellis leads a panel presentation entitled “Long-Range Planning For The Successful Sale Of A Company: “Small’ Decisions Today That Can Result In A Big Purchase Price Tomorrow.” This panel, which is one of a series that Paul Ellis moderates for the New York Technology Council, takes place on May 29, 2014. Joining Mr. Ellis on the panel areMichael K. Williams, Director – Mergers and Acquisitions, McGladrey, Mitchell S. Rock, Senior Vice President, The Manhattan Group at Morgan Stanley, Anthony Grass, Founder & President, e-Market Intelligence, Inc. and serial entrepreneur, and Dan Ramsden, Managing Director, Oberon Securities.

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Media Behavior Institute, a PELG Client, Closes Strategic Financing with Nielsen and GfK MRI

Congratulations to Media Behavior Institute (“MBI”) on the closing of a financing in which media research heavyweights Nielsen and GfK MRI have each acquired a 25% position in the company.  MBI is poised to launch its innovative USA TouchPoints product, which will use smartphones and a proprietary app to enable consumers to record their media usage at frequent intervals throughout the day, providing valuable information for marketing efforts.  This strategic transaction represents the first time that Nielsen and GfK MRI have invested in the same company.  PELG attorneys have represented MBI since the company’s inception.

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Cesare Attolini, a PELG Client, Launches its First U.S. Location

Congratulations to the acclaimed luxury clothing retailer, Cesare Attolini, on the successful launch of its New York City store.  Founded in the 1930s, Cesare Attolini is renowned for its superb Neapolitan tailoring and bespoke service.  The new Madison Avenue boutique features the debut of the contemporary collection in the United States as well as the company’s custom suits.

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Toura, a PELG Client, Partners with British Library in Launch of Smartphone App

Congratulations to Toura on the launch of the British Library’s first smartphone app, powered by Toura’s technology platform. The Library’s ‘Treasures’ app will present a rich selection of its collection, providing the opportunity for interaction with the Library’s collections at home, on the move, or within the Library itself. Toura, a leading technology platform for smartphone-based mobile guides for the travel and tourism industry around the world, has partnered with institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Asia Society and the Royal Academy of Arts, and has been featured in such publications as the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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PELG Attorney Delivers Plenary Presentation on Mergers and Acquisitions at the International Money Transmitters Conference

On Sunday, October 17th, 2010, Paul Ellis delivers a plenary presentation entitled “Mergers and Acquisitions in the Money Transmitter Industry” at the International Money Transmitters Conference, being held from Saturday, October 16th through Tuesday, October 19th in Miami. This conference, the premier international event in the money transmission industry, brings together a wide range of subject-matter experts and includes panels on the latest developments in the rapidly-changing mobile and internet money transfer space.

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ShopKeep.com, a PELG Client, Launches its Innovative Point-of-Sale Retail Solution

Congratulations to PELG client ShopKeep.com on its successful launch. ShopKeep.com offers a groundbreaking point-of-sale software program designed for independent retailers. A web-based solution for local storeowners to run their registers, track customers and manage inventory, ShopKeep offers a simple, accessible system that is extremely cost-effective. ShopKeep.com has already garnered high praise from industry opinion leaders, including Independent Retailer Magazine, Beverage Dynamics and Women’s Wear Daily, to name a few.

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PELG Attorney Leads Panel on Negotiating Early-Stage Financing Term Sheets

Paul Ellis leads a panel presentation entitled “Negotiating Early-Stage Financing Term Sheets: Key Concepts and Market Trends.” This panel, which is one of a series that Paul Ellis moderates for the New York Technology Council (NYTECH), takes place on April 26, 2010. He is joined by a panel of investors, including Brian Cohen, Vice Chairman of New York Angels, Charles Crockett, a Founding Partner of Ascend Venture Group, and Bob Greene, a Co-Founder of Contour Venture Partners.

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PELG Attorney Co-Founds the New York Technology Council

Paul Ellis is a co-founder of the recently-created New York Technology Council (NYTECH). NYTECH is a New York City-based association dedicated to promoting and supporting the technology industry. NYTECH’s mission is to promote New York’s technology businesses and to improve coordination and communication among various constituencies in the technology industry, including companies, entrepreneurs, academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, financiers, service providers and others, that are essential to the growth and dynamism of the industry.

NYTECH will conduct regular meetings at which it will present speakers and panel discussions on topics of importance to the technology community and will operate several special interest groups on specific topics related to its organizational mission. NYTECH will also conduct other activities and programs such as a university internship program, venture capital roundtables, networking events and joint activities with other area organizations.

In addition to his role as a board member, Mr. Ellis will also organize and moderate NYTECH’s “Legal Forum,” a bi-monthly panel dedicated to educating executives of small to mid-sized companies about the critical legal issues they face.

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PELG Attorney Participates in Panels at the New York Academy of Sciences and at Columbia University On Legal Essentials for Emerging Companies

Paul Ellis participates in presenting a series of panels entitled “Legal Essentials for Emerging and Entrepreneurial Companies.” This series, which takes place at the New York Academy of Sciences on September 21 and 29 and October 13, 2009 and at Columbia University on September 23 and 30 and October 7, 2009, covers intellectual property protection, business structure and organization, and venture capital and angel financing. Joining Mr. Ellis in presenting the series are attorneys Tom Halket and Ted Weitz.

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