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BeyondCurious Launches Program to Incubate Employee Innovation


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

BeyondCurious (http://www.beyondcurious.com), an innovation agency that creates mobile experiences, today announced the launch of the BeyondCurious Academy, an employee development and mentoring program focused on innovation. The Academy is an incubator designed to develop the talent needed to innovate in the mobile age by teaching employees how to flourish in a non-linear, unstructured environment.

“Innovation is about breaking barriers to create exponential value, yet traditional talent development approaches too often fail to foster innovation because they are designed for a structured and linear environment,” said Nikki Barua, CEO of BeyondCurious. “Consequently, an ‘innovation gap’ exists between the type of talent businesses need to succeed and the available talent in the marketplace. BeyondCurious Academy will close that gap.”

Barua noted that the pace of innovation disruption is so high in today’s economy that companies will succeed when they attract and retain people that are effective in solving problems with no prior frames of reference.

BeyondCurious Academy is designed to empower both experienced and inexperienced hires with the skill sets and mindset needed to innovate for clients in the mobile age. Participants will learn through workshops on new innovation techniques and tools, exercises to foster creative thinking and problem solving when faced with extreme constraints, and business mentoring to bring out their entrepreneurial spirit.

BeyondCurious Academy will also teach new hires how to think rather than what to think. For example, a project manager who is accustomed to working with specific timelines, resources and goals will learn how to plan and solve problems in an environment where new ideas and discoveries shift project priorities all the time.

“Our employees seek the autonomy to try new things, the connection to a bigger purpose, and the environment for learning and growth, and our clients count on us to help them innovate ahead of their competition,” said Barua. “The goal of the BeyondCurious Academy is to help our clients succeed by developing our people into industry-leading innovators.”

The agency also announced today the appointment of Amanda Schonfeld as director of talent acquisition for recruitment and people development. Schonfeld was previously with SapientNitro, where she was responsible for managing the North American hiring team.

“An innovative workforce is a combination of the right talent acquisition and the right talent development,” said Barua. “Amanda has the vision and experience to bring in people with the mindset for innovation so that we can unlock their potential with BeyondCurious Academy”

About BeyondCurious

BeyondCurious is an innovation agency that creates mobile experiences for brands such as Toyota, GoPro, Sonos and Lexus. The agency’s CatalystGo offering helps brands innovate better, faster and more cost-effectively than the competition. The agency is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://www.beyondcurious.com.







Cybex Nominated for the FIBO Innovation Award 2015.


Medway, MA (PRWEB) April 08, 2015

Cybex International, a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, has been nominated for the prestigious FIBO Innovation Award for the Cybex Eagle NX Back Extension. As a FIBO Innovation Award winner in 2012 for the Bravo Functional Trainer, Cybex is proud to be nominated again.

The Eagle NX Back Extension is part of the super premium 15-piece Eagle NX strength line, and features refined movements, restyled aesthetics and reimagined user features – while offering extreme durability and advanced biomechanics.

“The Eagle NX Back Extension does a superior job of integrating all of the back muscles, from the shoulders to the lumbar spine,” said Dr. Paul Juris, Executive Director of the Cybex Research Institute. “It also has a unique counter balance which helps maintain the resistance through the entire range of motion.”

The Eagle NX Back Extension employs a curved lumbar pad to encourage optimal spinal range of motion, and to promote controlled movement from fully flexed into extension. A two-position lumbar pad allows users to train hip extension, lumbar extension or both at the same time. Meanwhile, the patent pending counterbalancing system offsets the user’s weight for more consistent loading and greater effectiveness.

In 2015, Cybex is also unveiling new innovations in strength, cardio and service.

In the strength category, Cybex introduces Prestige Strength VRS. This 21-piece line of selectorized strength equipment provides a premium strength option for facilities seeking an exceptionally versatile, user-friendly strength solution for “walkup and workout” users. Visually striking, truly innovative, durable, and biomechanically correct, Prestige Strength VRS has been engineered to surpass other manufacturers’ premium strength lines. The line will be available in the spring of 2015.

In the cardio category, Cybex introduces the SPARC Trainer. The SPARC Trainer is designed to meet the soaring popularity of high intensity interval training, and is Cybex’s quickest, safest, and most effective cardio experience ever. Delivering five benefits in four minutes, SPARC 1) burns calories, 2) strengthens and shapes the lower body, 3) increases stamina, 4) increases strength, and 5) enhances endurance – all while being biomechanically correct and gentle on the user’s joints. SPARC will be available in the summer of 2015.

Lastly, in the service category, Cybex introduces Cybex Care, a web-based asset management system designed to help gym owners save money, reduce equipment downtime and manage machine usage. This truly useful feature will be available on all Cybex 500, 600 and 700 Cardio Series. To complement Cybex Care, Cybex is also introducing Service Wheel, an easy to engage third wheel that allows gym staff to rotate, relocate, maintain, and clean Cybex treadmills – simply, safely, and quickly. Cybex Care and Service Wheel are available now.

Cybex is available in 90 countries globally and is represented by MoveToLive, it’s partner in Germany. For information about these new products, go to movetolive.de/brand-Cybex.

ABOUT CYBEX INTERNATIONAL

For over 45 years, Cybex International, Inc. has been a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment. The Cybex product line, which includes a full range of strength, cardio and service solutions is aesthetically striking, innovative in design, durable in structure, biomechanically correct – and most importantly – truly helpful to everyone from first-time gym members to professional athletes. Led by the Cybex Research Institute, Cybex is fiercely committed to real results and meaningful innovations delivered through a devotion to excellence and a dedication to science. Cybex designs and builds its products in the USA for a wide range of facilities, from commercial health clubs to home gyms, in more than 90 countries worldwide.

For more information on Cybex and its products, visit the company’s website at http://www.cybexintl.com or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.







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TrakBar Pro-X by Trak Fitness LLC Nominated for FIBO Innovation Award


Freeport, New York (PRWEB) March 26, 2015

Trak Fitness LLC, a leader in functionally advanced fitness equipment, is pleased to announce that its TrakBar Pro-X cable attachment / pull-up bar has been nominated for the 2015 FIBO Innovation Award.

The FIBO Innovation Award is the most prestigious award in the fitness industry. For 16 years, FIBO, the largest international trade show in the fitness and wellness industry, has presented the Innovation Award to the world’s most inventive fitness products. The TrakBar Pro-X is one of three products selected for the “Training Equipment” category from a total of 70 participating products.

The TrakBar Pro-X is the first and only cable attachment / pull-up bar that includes multi-axis handles which travel along the length of the bar and automatically adjust to the user’s natural hand, arm and shoulder movements. With unrestricted mobility, users can perform a wide range of new rotational cable pull and pull-up exercises that are not possible with any other exercise equipment.

The handles can be locked in any position along the length of the bar with a single switch. So a single TrakBar Pro-X provides more functionality than every other cable attachment and pull-up bar combined. Users can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of workouts by performing an unlimited range of exercises in succession without changing attachments or releasing their grip.

“We are honored to be nominated for this prestigious award.” said David Kristiansen, President of Trak Fitness LLC. “Our company’s mission is to provide truly innovative equipment to help our customers excel in their fitness goals. This nomination recognizes the passion that goes into our products.”

The TrakBar Pro-X will be exhibited in Hall 7, Stand B20 by Scotfit GmbH, which is the exclusive distributor for Trak Fitness equipment in Germany. It will also be exhibited at the Forum in Hall 9 along with the other Innovation Award nominees. Trak Fitness extends its gratitude to Jimmy Andrews and his team at Scotfit Gmbh for their leading role in presenting the TrakBar Pro-X for consideration.

About Trak Fitness LLC

Trak Fitness LLC is revolutionizing the fitness industry with state-of-the-art, functionally advanced and ergonomically correct fitness equipment. Its patent pending TrakBar Pro-X, and patented TrakHandle Sport and TrakHandle Pro lines of cable accessories are the only attachments available that allow three-dimensional multi-plane movements so that users can train more effectively and efficiently, while minimizing potential stress and injury to joints, and ligaments. Trak Fitness LLC designs all of its products to work in harmony with the natural movements of the human body in order to improve performance, safety and results.







Steelwedge Announces $22.5M of New Growth Capital to Accelerate Supply Chain Planning Innovation and Enhance Customer Support


Pleasanton, CA (PRWEB) March 12, 2015

Steelwedge, the leader in cloud supply chain planning and sales and operations planning (S&OP) solutions, today announced that it has received $ 22.5M in new growth capital led by Camden Partners. Other investors include return backer Mainsail Partners and Shea Ventures. New CEO Pervinder Johar is also investing personally in this round.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to invest in cloud-based software that represents the next generation of supply chain planning solutions,” said Jason Tagler, managing member of Camden Partners, the lead investor. “I have tracked Steelwedge for several years and have been impressed with the results the team has delivered. I am particularly impressed by the number of blue chip customers the company has added during that timeframe.”

The investment will be used to accelerate product development, expand sales and marketing, and deliver the highest quality service to the company’s growing customer base. Integral to these efforts is a new office, which will open in Austin, Texas later this year. The Austin office will serve as a technology, sales, and services hub that will enable Steelwedge to better serve the increasing number of customers and prospects in the region. The office will house a large, state-of-the-art R&D Co-Innovation Lab where product managers and software engineers will work directly with customers to push the boundaries of supply chain management forward.

“This new capital positions us well to build on the company’s incredible growth over the past several years,” said Pervinder Johar, CEO of Steelwedge. “We are excited to have Jason Tagler join the board of directors and to leverage his experience investing in enterprise SaaS businesses. This will help us attack the large market opportunity in supply chain management.”

“We selected Camden as our partner based on Jason Tagler’s understanding of our business and our aligned perspectives on building the company in its next phase of growth,” added Jason Payne, Managing Partner of Mainsail Partners.

Steelwedge was ranked #200 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™ in 2014 based on the company’s 500% revenue growth in the 2009-2013 period. Steelwedge was also positioned as a Visionary in the 2014 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record*. In the past two years the company has added some of the biggest names in manufacturing as customers, including GoPro, Hewlett Packard, and Nissan.

About Steelwedge

Steelwedge’s cloud supply chain planning and S&OP solutions enable leading manufacturers to profitably align demand, supply, strategy and financial goals. Connecting people, processes and technology, Steelwedge big data solutions transform supply chain ecosystems. Leading manufacturers like HP, Lenovo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Nissan, and Monsanto trust Steelwedge to help them mitigate risk and profitably navigate a rapidly changing business environment. Visit http://www.steelwedge.com.

About Camden Partners

Camden Partners, founded in 1995, operates private equity funds that provide growth capital to emerging companies in the Technology-Enabled Business Services, Healthcare and Education sectors. For more information, please go to http://www.camdenpartners.com.

About Mainsail Partners

Mainsail Partners is a leading growth equity firm that invests exclusively in growing bootstrapped businesses and builds them into industry leaders. The San Francisco-based firm has raised nearly $ 400 million in committed capital to back outstanding entrepreneurs. Mainsail has been leading investments in software and technology-enabled companies for more than a decade, including investments in eSecuritel, Netchemia, PayLease, Steelwedge Software, and Zen Planner. For further information, please visit http://www.mainsailpartners.com.

About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record, Tim Payne, 06 March 2014







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