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Panna, First Digital Cooking Magazine, Secures $1.35 Million In Funding

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 06, 2013

Panna (http://pannacooking.com/), named one of the Best Apps of 2012, is a highly-curated video cooking magazine where users can easily cook along with celebrity chefs in their own kitchens.

Today, Panna, which launched this past November, announced that it has secured $ 1.35 million in first round funding. The funding was led by Anthem Ventures. Other investors include Lerer Ventures, Crosslink Ventures, Maveron, Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital, RSL Venture Partners, Launchpad LA, David Tisch’s BoxGroup, Rick J. Caruso, Ken Siskind, Jay Livingston, Dan Rose, Aaron Schiff and David Levy.

Pannas creator is former entertainment industry executive, David Ellner. Ellner spent the last 25 years in media including positions as the President of Digital and Business Development for 19 Entertainment, home to hit television series American Idol, and as the Executive Vice President of Global Digital Initiatives at Universal Music Group. With Panna, Ellner uses his expertise in content and digital technology to create high-definition video content thats designed so that home cooks can follow along.

“David’s built an incredible product, as is evidenced by the traction with consumers, top notch chefs, and Apple. We’re excited to work with him and a stellar group of co-investors to build on that, and believe that Panna is building a tremendous brand that will resonate with a huge global audience of food lovers digitally and beyond, says William Woodward, partner at Anthem Ventures. In fact, Panna has been named Editors Choice by Apple following the iPad and iPhone releases, and has received various holiday home page placements in the App Store.

Ellners frustrations as a home cook sparked the idea for Panna, making it a product truly built from the ground up with the home cook in mind. Cookbooks are great but I always found myself wanting more. I wondered if the recipes came out the way the chef intended. Panna aims to answer that question by hosting an array of chefs under one digital roof, presenting the home cook with a pro at their side.

Panna is the future of home cooking, says Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), one of several pros in Pannas line-up of chefs. We have captured recipes that not only can provide step by step explanations, but embedded in our movies are terrific tips on shopping, ingredients, technique, chef’s secrets, favorite equipment and all the tools necessary to create wonderful meals.

Other chefs include Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and Top Chef Masters Winner); Sean Brock (Husk, McCradys); Melissa Clark (NY Times food writer and recipe developer); Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirscheimer (Canal House Cooking); Anita Lo (Annisa and Top Chef Masters); Seamus Mullen (Boqueria, Tertulia); Chad Sarno (Health Starts Here Senior Culinary Educator, R&D Chef); Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza); and Michael Tusk (Cotogna, Quince). Panna has also secured partnerships with key brands like Sur La Table to include new chef segments on cooking equipment.

Participating chefs were asked to submit their favorite recipes from their repertoires. For example, heres a short teaser from one of Jonathan Waxmans favorite desserts, his Tarte Aux Pommes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbqnuQ7Cn9M. With home kitchens and backyard grills as sets and backdrops for each video, the chefs demonstrate step-by-step cooking technique for the 47 recipes in the app, thus far. Each recipe is simple, impressive and guaranteed to work. Even the more difficult recipes, such as piecrusts, are broken down so that theyre easy to execute.

“We’ve been blown away by David’s ability to get a lot done with very few resources, which makes this cash infusion so exciting, says Ben Lerer, managing director at Lerer Ventures. Panna’s already a beautiful product with awesome talent attached to it and the sky is now the limit.”

Download Panna on the App Store here: http://goo.gl/lEjv6

Whats Coming

Funds from this round will be used to scale up the company by expanding the team, producing new content and ramping up sales and marketing efforts. Panna recently launched a new shopping list function on the iPhone, which will be available for the iPad in the next month. Panna is currently expanding the app to the Android platform and investing in mobile advertising. The next issue, set to release in June, will be a summer issue featuring live fire Mexican grilling recipes from Rick Bayless.


Webs Takes Home Four Awards for Excellence in Digital Marketing and Customer Service

SILVER SPRING, Md. (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

Webs, the digital services business of Vistaprint, a Cimpress company (Nasdaq: CMPR), and provider of the worlds premier marketing platform for the small business, today announced that it is the recipient of several industry awards for both digital excellence and outstanding customer service. Webs received a Platinum AVA Digital Award for its Build a Better Website infographic, while also taking home two Gold Awards for the 2014 Visual Guide for Social Media Networks infographic and an internally generated coding humor cartoon. Webs also won a bronze Stevie Award for Sales & Customer Service for outstanding customer service and long-lasting customer loyalty.

Its an honor to receive such prestigious awards, said Scott Bowen, vice president and general manager of Webs. Our company is comprised of some exceptionally creative and dedicated individuals, and its fantastic to be recognized among other truly impressive projects and teams from around the world.

At Webs, were committed to providing our customers with the best experience possible, added Katerina Fuller, manager of digital customer service for Webs. The entire customer service team works around the clock to make sure that the customers voice is heard, and its wonderfully satisfying to have our efforts recognized.

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition that recognizes excellence by creative professionals responsible for the planning, concept, direction, design and production of digital communication. The Awards aim to honor the evolving ways that companies engage audiences through the creative convergence of digital arts. Platinum winners are recognized for their excellence in terms of quality, creativity and resourcefulness.

The Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service are the worlds top sales awards, business development awards, contact center awards, and customer service awards. The Stevie Awards organizes several of the worlds leading business awards shows including the prestigious American Business AwardsSM and International Business AwardsSM. Webs was selected as a Bronze winner from more than 1,900 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry that were evaluated in this years competition. This is the third Stevie Award the Webs support team has received, having been named Support Team of the Year in 2011 and Customer Service Management Team of the Year in 2012.

Livefyre Appointed by Time Out to Continue Multimedia Brand’s Digital Transformation

San Francisco, California (PRWEB) June 18, 2014

Livefyre today announced that it has been appointed by Time Out Group to implement a phased rollout of its social engagement platform, across the multimedia brand’s global sites. As part of the companys digital expansion strategy, Time Out selected Livefyre to help deepen audience engagement and provide a more social experience by harnessing the unique voice of readers through user generated content (UGC). Now deployed on Time Out UK, Livefyre is in use across the sites editorial and paid content and has resulted in an increase in interaction levels by more than 200%.

“At Time Out, we are proud to have a highly engaged community of fans who love to share their recommendations and experiences, said Dave Cook, chief digital officer at Time Out. Working with Livefyre has opened up new opportunities to bring these communities to our global sites and celebrate their knowledge and enthusiasm. With more cities and communities than ever before able to access Time Out, we can continue to expand our digital offering to become the worlds most comprehensive platform of event information and inspiration.”

With over 6 million unique users visiting the site each month, Time Out London is already successfully using Livefyres platform for native advertising opportunities in addition to editorial. For example, a recent campaign for British Airways invited four travel bloggers to live blog on the site, and share their experiences via a LiveMediaWall, featuring their own Tweets, Instagram images and Facebook posts from some of the destinations the airline serves.

Further advancing its digital transformation to weave in real-time social content throughout the company’s sites, Time Out is partnering with Livefyre, a platform that has been highly successful with driving user engagement for major media companies and brands in the United States. Livefyres LiveReviews application is now installed across 15 Time Out Sites, allowing users to complement the reviews given by Time Outs editorial team with crowd sourced material.

The passion that people feel for the cities they live in is expressed widely and frequently across external social media and blogs, said Jordan Kretchmer, founder and CEO, Livefyre. “Being able to bring the knowledge, excitement and taste of readers to others is a fantastic complement to the expert reviews and commentary for which Time Out is famous. Time Out has seen the potential to increase brand engagement and average time on site through its social communities and were really proud to be a part of it!

As part of the brand’s digital rollout, Livefyre is installed across Time Outs global platform, serving almost all of the 67 major cities across the globe that the publisher operates in, including New York, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Beijing and many more. This news follows Time Outs acquisition of Huge City, the crowd-sourced event guide for every neighborhood in the world.

About Livefyre

Livefyre helps companies engage consumers through a combination of real-time conversation, social curation and social advertising. With Livefyre’s social CMS, brands can integrate real-time social content into their websites, mobile apps, and advertisements and television broadcasts to increase viewer engagement, boost website traffic and drive revenue. As the fourth largest network online, Livefyre is powering real-time social experiences for over 600 leading brands including American Idol, AOL, Bravo, CBS, Conde Nast, Cox Media Group, Dow Jones/WSJ, FOX Sports, Mashable, NASCAR, Showtime, Sony Playstation, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, Unilever and Universal Music Group. Livefyre acquired social storytelling platform Storify in September 2013 and social application provider Realtidbits in November 2013.

Founded in 2009 with offices in San Francisco, New York, London and Sydney, Livefyre was named one of the best places to work in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Business Times and 2013 Corporate IT Software Company of the year by the World Technology Network. For more information, visit http://www.livefyre.com or follow us Twitter and Instagram at @livefyre or @storify.

About Time Out

Time Out is the ultimate insider guide for inspiring you to keep up and join in with all thats new and best in your city.

Founded in 1968 in London by Tony Elliott, Time Out has since grown into a global media group that spans 67 cities across 37 countries with a monthly combined audience of over 33 million. No-one knows the city better than Time Out, and the business is uniquely positioned to provide the platform and marketplace for inspiring people to make the most of their own city through a distribution network, which incorporates a massively growing online presence, mobile applications, magazines, events and partnerships.

The expansion of the business through its global platform continues with additions to the US portfolio of Time Out Las Vegas, Time Out Washington DC and Time Out Miami in March 2014 and Time Out Madrid and Time Out Kuala Lumpur in May and June 2014.

In 2011, Oakley Capital acquired a 50% stake in the business.