How Do You Value a Business Start-Up?

– The solution to the problem of how to value an early stage start-up company got a boost today as Dave Berkus, the author of the popular “Berkus Method,” published an update to his work after twenty years of use by investors and entrepreneurs worldwide.

First published in 1996 then widely distributed in the book, “Winning Angels” by Harvard’s Amis and Stevenson in 2001, The Berkus Method has become a tool used worldwide by investors and entrepreneurs to provide a simplified answer to the vexing problem of valuing a very early stage company, often one that is pre-revenue. 

Using the elements of risk associated with achievement of success, internationally-known early stage investor, Dave Berkus assigned maximum values to each element of risk to measure an entrepreneurial team’s progress and likelihood of ultimate success. The sum of the values of risk-reduction elements successfully addressed becomes the value of the start-up.

Used by angel groups, investors and entrepreneurs worldwide, the Berkus Method has become the basis for negotiation of valuation for countless early stage companies over the past two decades.

“After watching others try to fit this method into various types of businesses and in varying geographic areas where values differed dramatically from the norm, I recently revisited the very basic premise of the method, and revised it to accommodate virtually any kind of business and any geographic areas,” stated creator Berkus.

The full description of the Berkus Method may be found at, or by searching for “The Berkus Method” in any search engine.

About Dave Berkus:  Internationally recognized super angel investor and author, Dave Berkus has invested in over 140 early stage companies since 1993, and boasts a 97% average annual rate of return (IRR). Author of fourteen books on the subject and international speaker to civic, entrepreneur and angel groups, Berkus retells stories and lessons learned from over fifty years of entrepreneurial experience, including his stint as founder and CEO of a multiple-year Inc.500 company that dominated the hotel automation industry, and his service on over forty early stage boards of directors.  Video clips and information may be found at, YouTube, TEDx, or Wikipedia. His weekly blog, BERKONOMICS, is circulated to over 120,000 and may be found at

Press contact: Dave Berkus, or 626-355-537

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Handyman Connection Named As One Of Franchise Times Top 200+ Franchises

Ohio-based Handyman Company Ranked #477 Among Countrys Largest 500 Franchises


BLUE ASH, OH., Nov. 7, 2016 — Handyman Connection announced today it has been named one of Franchise Times Top 200+ Franchises of 2016. The Blue Ash, Ohio-based company was ranked #477 on the list of the countrys largest franchises. The Franchise Times Top 200+ is an annual ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the U.S. by global systemwide sales, based on the previous years performance.

We are elated to once again be included in Franchise Times Top 200+ rankings, said Jeff Wall, President and CEO of Handyman Connection. It is our network of exceptional owners and home repair professionals coupled with our commitment to exemplary customer service that make this possible.

With 77 units in North America, Handyman Connection continues to grow in the handyman segment of the home repair and improvement industry. Handyman Connection understands that the value of providing a reliable, quality service for home repair services will continue to thrive in the future. Franchisees of Handyman Connection can expect a total investment to be approximately $104,000- $158,000. To learn about franchise opportunities with Handyman Connection, contact David Brand, General Manager of Development, at 877-771-4040 or dbrand or visit

About Handyman Connection

Since 1991, homeowners across North America have been calling on Handyman Connection for our professional craftsmanship and exemplary customer service. Each Handyman Connection franchise is locally owned and operated, backed by the company that helped launch the industry. Our values are steeped in a long-standing dedication to the people we serve, and truly differentiate Handyman Connection as a home repair company.


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Westchester Networking for Professionals Hosts Annual Holiday Networking Event

Westchester County, New York, 2016-Nov-07 — /EPR Network/ — Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP), one of Westchester County, NY largest business organization, announces they will be hosting their Annual Holiday Business Networking Mixer on December 1, 2016 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will be held at Havana Central in Yonkers, NY and will host an array of local business owners, entrepreneurs and  professionals from a variety of industries throughout Westchester County and surrounding areas for a night of networking and holiday celebration.

 “There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit, than surrounding yourself with motivated women and men and enjoying a festive evening during the holiday season with some face-to-face networking, meeting new people and generating new business opportunities before the year ends”, says Founder, Theresa Todman.

 The event will be a great success in partnership with Havana Central one of Westchester County, NY’s popular Latin restaurant located in Yonkers, NY, serving traditional Cuban cuisines with live music and a festive ambiance. Since it’s opening in 2012, Havana Central has been committed to providing customers with an outstanding memorable dining experiences that include exceptional food and and genuine hospitality.

 During the event, attendees will enjoy complimentary appetizers, cocktails and drink specials, a chance to win raffle prizes and unlimited networking opportunities. This event is free for VIP Members. Non-VIP Members and guests can register for advance tickets online for $10.00 per person at  Ticket prices will increase to $20.00 after November 18, 2016.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses seeking to gain additional exposure and attract new customers.

 ABOUT Westchester Networking for Professionals

Westchester Networking for Professionals (WNFP), located in Westchester County, NY  is a business organization assisting our community of business professionals improve develop and growth in their businesses through live networking events, programs and marketing opportunities. For more information visit website at

Michelle Jones
Westchester Networking for Professionals
(914) 266 -0347

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Electronic Cigarettes International Group Announces 2016 Third Quarter Conference Call Schedule

GOLDEN, Colo., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (The “Company”) (OTCBB: ECIG), a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic cigarettes and vapor products, today announced that it will release 2016 third quarter results on November 14, 2016.  In conjunction with the release, the Company has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, on November 14, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time.

A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through November 21, 2016 and may be accessed by calling 201-612-7415 using passcode 13649494#.  A web cast archive will also be available at shortly after the call and will be accessible for approximately 90 days.    

Electronic Cigarettes International Group, a leading global marketer and distributor of electronic cigarettes and vapor products, is dedicated to providing a compelling alternative to traditional cigarettes for more than 1 billion current smokers around the world.  The Company offers consumers a full product portfolio whose brands include VIP, FIN, Vapestick, and others, incorporating superior product quality and the latest technology.  The Company owns multiple subsidiary companies and has operations in North America and Western Europe.  ECIG offers consumers a full product portfolio that incorporates product quality and the latest technology.  To learn more, visit   

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SES Advisors Named a Great Place to Work®

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Ninety-seven percent of SES Advisors’ employees feel comfortable taking time off when necessary – one of several factors that designated the company a Great Place to Work® by the global authority on workplace culture.

“Our work requires, and we take pride in, a culture that treats all of our employees as independent capable professionals,” says James G. Steiker, Chairman and CEO of SES Advisors. “We try to model the ‘ownership culture’ that our clients seek when they move toward employee ownership, and are thrilled that the Great Place to Work Survey bears this out.”

Headquartered in southeast Pennsylvania, SES Advisors, Inc. implements and administers  ESOPs – employee stock ownership plans – facilitating transfer of the benefits of stock ownership to employees of companies nationwide. Its own workforce enjoys similar ownership, the benefits of which extend to increased productivity and morale.

SES Advisors’ employees anonymously completed 33 surveys, revealing a 90 percent confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.49.  Results also revealed that:

Off-site retreats, paid maternity leave, generous vacation and sick day offerings, and medical reimbursement are also cited as benefits of working with SES Advisors.

“We applaud SES Advisors, Inc. for seeking certification and releasing its employees’ feedback,” said Kim Peters, Vice President of Great Place to Work’s Recognition Program. “These ratings measure its capacity to earn its own employees’ trust and create a great workplace – critical metrics that anyone considering working for or doing business with SES Advisors, Inc. should take into account as an indicator of high performance.”

Great Place to Work® is the independent global authority on high-trust, high-performance workplace cultures. Through proprietary assessment tools, advisory services, and certification programs, including Best Workplaces lists and workplace reviews, Great Place to Work® provides the benchmarks, framework, and expertise needed to create, sustain, and recognize outstanding workplace cultures. In the United States, Great Place to Work® produces the annual Fortune “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list.

About SES Advisors, Inc.

SES Advisors, Inc. has one of the largest core groups of ESOP attorneys, consultants and administrators in the country, with offices in California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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Largest Solar Barn Raising in Virginia Generates Funds for World Relief

HARRISONBURG, Va., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — More than 30 volunteers gathered at the Harrisonburg Gift & Thrift Store, on November 5th for a solar ‘barn raising’ that highlighted robust community support for renewable energy and a commitment to serving disadvantaged communities around the world. Together, the 30 volunteers, including professional electricians and solar advocates, worked side by side to install the first section of what will be the largest commercial solar array in Harrisonburg, Va. on the roof of the nonprofit thrift store.  When fully complete, the 107 kilowatt (kW) system will save Gift & Thrift over $14,000 annually, all of which will directly benefit the global relief and development work of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

The Solar Self Generation Agreement (SGA) between Secure Futures and Gift and Thrift represents a milestone in Virginia, as a unique model of grassroots organizing and funding, as well as the first solar installation on a Mennonite Church USA affiliated thrift store.

“This community driven solar barn raising will allow Gift and Thrift to focus on their mission of aid relief, instead of expensive energy bills, by using only the highest quality American made equipment with a service life of 35-40 years,” said Dr. Tony E. Smith, President of Secure Futures LLC.

The barn raising is the product of a series of local partnerships, each building on a long-term commitment to building a more sustainable and resilient community.

Harrisonburg has the greatest per-person amount of solar energy installed, compared to any city in Virginia,” said Jeff Heie, an organizer of the solar barn raising. “We believe strong grassroots support has been a huge driver of that success.”

The solar barn raising effort put 62 kW on the warehouse roof on Saturday. Gift and Thrift board members and other volunteers are currently fundraising for the remaining 45 kW to be installed in spring, 2017.

“We have an excellent matching grant initiative,” said board member Tim Godshall. “For every dollar we raise, Gift & Thrift will save six dollars in energy bills over the 35-year lifespan of the system.”

Individuals and groups interested in supporting the solar initiative are encouraged to do so at

Contact: Jesse Reist

Secure Futures LLC


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Business Spirituality: The Intuitive Side on Illuminating Feng Shui, November 9th

Illuminating Feng Shui hosted by Feng Shui Master, Kathleen Zemansky, and guest, Danielle Nistor, will discuss Business Spirituality: The Intuitive Side this coming Wednesday, November 9th at 3:00 PM on the VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel.

Danielle Nistor, The Divine Connector, Best Selling Author and International Spiritual Teacher, joins Feng Shui Master and host, Kathleen Zemansky on this episode of Illuminating Feng Shui to discuss the connection between spirituality and business. She holds a BA in International Law and diplomas in many healing modalities. What sets her apart from other intuitive healers is her powerful Divine Connection and profound dedication to her client’s transformation. Her mission is to help people transform their confusion and fear into joy, inner peace and life purpose.

Danielle has empowered thousands of people globally to step into their greatness. Through individual sessions, channeled guided meditations, and unique transformational seminars, she will help listeners identify and overcome the hidden obstacles that hold them back from reaching their full potential, life purpose, success and happiness.

Kathleen will offer her business Feng Shui, Astrology and Auspicious Timing expertise for continued and lasting business success.

Listen in for sound business practices along with Business Feng Shui, Astrology and Timing tips from the TimeBlazr™ Business Management System by Business Feng Shui Master Kathleen Zemansky. 

Tune in this Wednesday, November 9th at 3 PM (PST) for this eye-opening show on the VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel at or

About Danielle Nistor

Danielle Nistor is a Divine Messenger for Mother Mary and the Ascended Masters. She is also a best-selling author and an international spiritual teacher. Her very own method of “Healing in Spirit” offers in just one session the channeled information on the roots of your problems and the essence of your soul, a clearing of blockages, and a blessing initiating the manifestation of the desires of your soul. Danielle has worked with thousands of conscious entrepreneurs, healers, and artists guiding them to create a life of authentic abundance and success while achieving their mission and living fulfilling lives. When she’s not working, she loves to walk the sacred places, write, and delight in the art of Ikebana. Learn more at Danielle’s motto is: “It’s your life. Live it fully. Live it with purpose.”

About Kathleen Zemansky:

Kathleen specializes in Business Feng Shui, Astrology and Good Timing, and uses these tools to empower her clients to follow their unique birth map, optimize their physical workspace, use their greatest strengths at the right times, and achieve their personal and business goals to craft their destiny. Kathleen developed her proven date selection technology, The TimeBlazr™ Business Management System, to increase efficiency, productivity, and accountability for her clients, who are both entrepreneurs and professionals.  Kathleen’s deeper passion is generating greater peace and understanding in the world through cross-cultural communication.  She believes her work is a way to pay forward the generosity and joy she has experienced in her world travels and studies.  She is thrilled to offer this timeless wisdom for a modern age to help make our world a better place to live, work and thrive.  For more information about Kathleen and her services, please go to 

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Contact Executive Producer: Robert Ciolino at (480) 553-5770 or at for advertising / sponsorship or other show details.

Listeners can download the current versions of the VoiceAmerica™ Talk Radio App at:  Google Play: 

About VoiceAmerica/World Talk Radio LLC 

World Talk Radio, LLC is the world leader in online media broadcasting and the largest producer and distributor of live Internet based talk radio and TV, delivering over 1,000 hours of programming weekly on its VoiceAmerica™ Network as well as live and on-demand video content on VoiceAmerica.TV. Featuring more than 200 hosts broadcasting to seven niche community based channels: its flagship VoiceAmerica™ Variety Channel, VoiceAmerica™, Empowerment, VoiceAmerica™ Health & Wellness Channel, VoiceAmerica™ Business Channel, VoiceAmerica Sports, 7th Wave Channel, and VoiceAmerica™ Kids Channel. VoiceAmerica™ TV offers targeted and exclusive video programming channels. VoiceAmerica™ /World Talk Radio, LLC is one of the pioneers in Internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offering an innovative, effective and comprehensive digital broadcast platform. Digital Publishing through its 14 years of broadcast and media experience along with our seasoned staff of Executive Producers, Production and Host Services Group, VoiceAmerica™ /World Talk Radio, LLC provides an Internet radio and video platform for new, emerging and veteran media personalities to expand and monetize their business and brand in an online digital medium.

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Xilinx Demonstrates Reconfigurable Acceleration for Cloud Scale Applications at SC16

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) today announced it will demonstrate reconfigurable acceleration for cloud scale applications at SC16. Through a series of demonstrations and presentations, Xilinx and its ecosystem will highlight how Xilinx® All Programmable technologies are ideally suited to handle computationally intensive data center workloads including machine learning, data analytics, video transcoding, storage and networking – enabling the world’s largest cloud service providers to develop and deploy reconfigurable acceleration platforms at cloud scale. To learn more, visit Xilinx at booth #3640, November 14 – 17, 2016 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Xilinx Technology Briefing — Reconfigurable Acceleration in the Cloud Data Center
Wednesday, November 16 at 9:00AM
Location: Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA)
In this briefing, the principals from Xilinx engineering and research will outline how cloud scale data centers can take advantage of a flexible, power efficient FPGA accelerator platform and provide a look at the Xilinx technology roadmap ahead. Register Now.

Xilinx Demonstrations and Developer Zone – Booth #3640

Acceleration Developer Zone
The Acceleration Developer Zone is a hands-on opportunity to learn about the evolution of FPGA programming models towards standard programming paradigms like OpenCL. Workstations will be available with a choice of four self-paced tutorials in English and Mandarin and Xilinx experts will be on hand for one-on-one instruction. Participants will get a complimentary trial to the Xilinx developer cloud resources hosted by Nimbix, a leading provider of heterogeneous accelerator clouds for big data and machine learning.

Learn more about these in-booth demos at

Xilinx Ecosystem Demonstrations throughout the Show Floor

About Xilinx
Xilinx is the leading provider of All Programmable FPGAs, SoCs, MPSoCs, and 3D ICs. Xilinx uniquely enables applications that are both software defined and hardware optimized – powering industry advancements in Cloud Computing, Embedded Vision, Industrial IoT, and 5G Wireless. For more information, visit


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Widely Used Investing Social Platform StockTwits Launches Site for Newer Investors

NEW YORK, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — StockTwits Inc, the largest social platform for investors and traders, launched today, a new content site created for new and casual investors. StockTwits is well known in the retail investing and trading communities as the definitive social platform for discussing intraday market activity, with more than 200 messages posted each minute across 7,500 individual stocks and tickers.

“Every day, our social streams are full of fascinating stories of companies and stocks as told by market participants, but those stories aren’t necessarily accessible or useful in their current form to the average person,” said StockTwits CEO Ian Rosen. “Many financial news sites provide information on markets or investing, but Money Badger is the first to bring the incredibly interesting world of the trading floor, seen through the eyes of traders rather than media, to the public- and to relate that world to people’s own daily lives and goals.”

Money Badger will relate intraday market stories, provide basic investing education, and bring the stories that live in the daily StockTwits streams to life for the occasional investor or those new to trading.

“Whether it’s a crazy ride for a company whose mobile phones have a newly discovered habit of exploding, or the basics of how a bond works-  as a publication, Money Badger’s purpose is to help those who’ve never invested to learn the basics of the market, to buy their first shares of stock, and to become engaged with the fascinating market stories that evolve each day,” said Scott Steinhardt, Editor. “We make business news easily digestible and relatable, with an added touch of savvy and humor.”

Money Badger content is available at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at @gomoneybadger.

About StockTwits

StockTwits, founded in 2008, is the largest social platform for investors and traders, and also the host of events such as Stocktoberfest held annually in Coronado, CA, and more than 150 other events annually in 37 cities.

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Robin Systems Slated As Finalist for 2016 Red Herring 100 Global Award

SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Robin Systems, the first Application-Defined Data Center software company, today announced it has been selected as a finalist for Red Herring’s 2016 Top 100 Global award, a prestigious recognition honoring the year’s most audacious and far-reaching private technology companies and entrepreneurs from across the globe throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

“Today’s global enterprises are experiencing unprecedented levels of performance, agility and cost pressures as they look to harness information to drive their business strategies in today’s digital, data-driven economy,” said Chief Executive Officer Premal Buch of Robin. “We’re honored to be named as a finalist in this prestigious competition, recognizing our ability to help companies across the globe manage complex data-centric applications and optimize performance, agility, reliability and cost all at the same time. It’s a great endorsement of our vision to help today’s enterprises create an Application-Defined Data Center that is elastic, scalable, responsive and efficient.”

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The Red Herring editorial team selected the companies demonstrating the most innovative technologies and business models originating from more than 1,000 companies in more than 40 nations. These companies, representing past Red Herring award winners, are judged on a range of qualitative and quantitative metrics, including but not limited to technology innovation, financial performance, growth criteria, management’s execution standards, potential globalization of the strategy and market share improvement.

“In today’s economies, the unrivaled technology ubiquity is not only disrupting how we work but also how we live and think. The vast amount of data and intellectual property combined with the innovation and disruption created by today’s entrepreneurs is touching every sector. More than 300 startups are striving in the construction field alone. The 2016 Red Herring nominees have proven that while some will worry about a bubble, there is no pause in innovation any time soon. And nothing must be taken for granted in this electoral year,” said Red Herring CEO Alex Vieux. “Speed, creativity and unconventional business models are constantly shifting investors’ thesis and users’ behavior — both are demanding more, not less, from entrepreneurs. An unprecedented number of entrepreneurs are jumping ahead of the competition and making a difference. Constant breakthroughs make recent developments obsolete faster than ever before.

“In light of everything, Robin Systems is performing exceptionally well in its field and deserves to be singled out as one of the Red Herring Global finalists,” Vieux continued. “At this stage, we are left with the daunting task to select the best qualified companies for the 2016 Top 100 Global Award.”

The finalists are invited to present their winning strategies at the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles, Nov.15-17. The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Nov.17.

The Robin Containerization Platform: Application-centric IT infrastructure for Digital Enterprise

Robin’s Containerization Platform makes possible the Application-Defined Data Center, enabling IT professionals to dramatically simplify application deployment and lifecycle management while guaranteeing predicted Quality of Service. This also enables enterprises to achieve significant CAPEX and OPEX savings via application consolidation on shared hardware. Running on a customer’s own commodity hardware, the Robin Containerization Platform software pools the computing and storage resources across servers to create a containerized agile compute layer, where applications are deployed within containers. The container-aware scale-out block storage enables modern agile application lifecycle management, including snapshot and cloning of the entire application. Robin’s application-aware infrastructure fabric controller automates and marshals the compute and storage layers, thereby making the infrastructure completely transparent to the application owners and developers.

Robin Containerization Platform helps users:

For more details, please watch a webinar co-hosted by 451 Research and Robin Systems, “Application-Defined Data Center: The Next Stop in Data Center Evolution,” or visit

About Red Herring

Red Herring is a global media company that unites the world’s best high-technology innovators, venture investors and business decision-makers in a variety of forums, including print, online and exclusive events worldwide. Red Herring provides an insider’s access to the global innovation economy, identifying new and innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs. Its Red Herring 100 awards for North America, Europe, Asia and Global have recognized more than 5,000 companies in their early stages, including Baidu, Google, eBay and Skype. For more information, please go to:

About Robin Systems

Robin is an enterprise software company offering industry’s first Application-Defined Data Center software. With a team that includes industry veterans from leading enterprise technology companies such as NetApp, Oracle and Veritas, Robin seeks to disrupt the $20 billion-plus virtualization market with its container-based compute and storage platform software that delivers better performance, higher consolidation and a much simpler application deployment lifecycle than traditional hypervisor-based virtualization. Founded in 2013, the San Jose, California-based company has raised more than $23 million in venture funding from leading investors such as Clear Ventures, DN Capital, USAA and SAP’s Hasso Plattner Ventures.

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