DataFox Digest - Monday, November 30, 2015

DataFox Digest - Monday, November 30, 2015

Insights from the experts

Rand Fishkin, co-founder of Moz, explores the pros and cons of using outside websites to promote your content in How to Use Hosted Blog Platforms for SEO & Content Distribution.

Leah Bell of SalesLoft shares how account executives Chris Smith and Taylor Thompson keep a healthy perspective on their sales calls in Hold Yourself (and your Prospects) Accountable, A Sales Tips Video.

Carly Stec of Hubspot reveals how smiling, getting a good night's sleep, and using your sense of humor can help you nail your next meeting in 10 Science-Backed Tips for Rocking Your Next Presentation.

Lolly Spindler of Xoombi shows how including call-to-action buttons, blog posts, and infographic in your emails can help your marketing campaign in 3 Things to Include in Your Email Signatures.

Tina Nguyen of ToutApp explains how to put your MBA to use in silicon valley in Startup Trek: When to Join an Early-Stage Startup.

Recent company milestones

Major hires and promotions

OGE Energy Corp (Oklahoma City, OK), announced that its president and CEO Sean Trauschke will be their new chairman of the board (company press release).

Farmland Partners Inc. (Westminster, CO), announced that Michael N. Christodolou, the manager of Inwood Capital Management LLC, has been appointed to the board of directors as an independent director (company press release).

Pure Tech Health (Boston, MA), announced the launch of its science advisory board chaired by Nobel Laureate, H. Robert Horvitz and professor at MIT, David H. Koch (Business Wire).

Expansions and relocations

Vision33 (Irvine, CA), an enterprise resource management solutions provider, now has an office in Ontario, Canada (Business Wire).

Acquisitions and partnerships (Shanghai, China), a P2P lending platform and the Hanwha Group (Seoul, South Korea), an asset management conpmay, signed a memorandum of understanding to solidify their strategic partnership (company press release).

TSO3 (Can, Turkey), a company specializing in the sale, production, maintenance, research, development and licensing of sterilization processes, related consumable supplies and accessories for heat-sensitive medical devices signed a global distribution agreement for its STERIZONE VP4 Sterilizer with GETINGE Infection Control (Getinge, Sweden), a leading provider of disinfectors (company press release).

Expedia (Bellevue, WA), an online travel agency, acquired HomeAway (Austin, TX), an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry (The Motley Fool).

Planar Systems (Beaverton, OR), a global leader in display and digital signage technology announced the closing of a merger with Leyard Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen, China), a designer, producer, and distributer of a range of LED display products and its ancillary systems (Business Wire).

GTCR (Chicago, IL), a private equity firm announced the acquisition of Park Place Technologies (Cleveland, OH), a support solutions company (Business Wire).


Lighter Capital (Seattle, WA), an online loan lender, raised $9 million in a Series B round led by Voyager Capital (company press release).

Desktop Metal (Cambridge, MA), a 3D printing startup, raised $14 million in a Series A round led by Stratasys (The Motley Fool).

Tyro Payments (Sydney, Australia), a debit and credit card point-of-sale company, raised $72 million in their latest round of funding led by Tiger Global (TechCrunch).

Oddup (Hong Kong, China), a startup rating system, raised $1 million in their latest round of funding led by Kima Ventures (VentureBeat).

Coconala (Tokyo, Japan), an online forum where you can buy and sell knowledge and skills, raised $4.4 million in their latest round of funding led by Jafco (VentureBeat).

1% better

The British cycling team used to be a joke: before 2002, it had won only one Olympic gold medal. Then head coach Sir Dave Brailsford set a goal - the team would strive to be 1% better every day. And under his guidance, the team has won seven out of ten possible gold medals in the last two Olympics. Tomasz Tunguz breaks down the benefits of incremental improvement and exactly how to make it work in The Right Kind Of Mania.