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Brightcove Inc., the leading global Internet TV platform, announced the formation of a majority-owned Japanese subsidiary, Brightcove KK. The new subsidiary is backed by $4.9 million in new investment from Brightcove Inc. and four market-leading Japanese strategic partners: Dentsu, Inc., J-Stream, Inc., transcosmos, Inc. (transcosmos), and Cyber Communications, Inc. (CCI). Three of the investment partners, Dentsu, J-Stream, and CCI, along with Brightcove Inc., will be sales agents for Brightcove KK in Japan, giving Brightcove KK immediate and powerful access to the Japanese market.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Brightcove KK will operate a localized version of Brightcove’s award-winning, on-demand Internet TV platform, which is currently used by media companies and marketers across North America and Europe. With Brightcove KK, Japanese media companies and marketers will gain access to the most powerful and scalable software as a service (SaaS) solution available for online video players, distribution, and advertising.

“Brightcove enters the Japanese market at a time when household broadband penetration has surpassed 50 percent, presenting enormous opportunities for media companies and advertisers to build online businesses and engage audiences,” said Jeremy Allaire, chairman and chief executive officer, Brightcove. “It is a great privilege to be partnering with the market leaders in Japan for digital media and advertising. By combining the proven Brightcove technology with the capabilities of our partners, Brightcove KK will give media companies and marketers in Japan a unique solution for implementing their online video strategies and unlocking the potential in the market.”

The Brightcove KK partners represent the market leaders in Japan in digital media, advertising, and content delivery.

  • Dentsu, Inc. is the largest advertising company in Japan with a market share of approximately 30 percent and has over 6,000 clients Groupwide.
  • J-Stream, Inc. is Japan’s largest content delivery network specializing in streaming media for content providers and business corporations.
  • transcosmos is Japan’s leading information processing outsourcing company adopting the latest Internet technology through the strategic investment and business development.
  • CCI is Japan’s largest interactive adverting company that currently has more than 30 percent of the country’s digital brand marketing, a popular advertising serving technology, and online advertising network.

These companies bring tremendous reach into the media and marketing sectors in Japan, and will help ensure the success of Brightcove KK in the Japanese market.

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The French Trade Office in San Francisco has announced the beginning of the French Tech Tour (FTT). The week long mission will introduce 11 French technology startups to the movers and shakers of Silicon Valley. The 11 finalists were selected from over 24 applicants by 9 supporting companies including AT&T, Cisco, Ebay, Google, HP, Intel Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and Symantec. Backed by UBIFRANCE, the FTT focuses on bridging the gap between Silicon Valley and Paris. The week of workshops and one-on-one interviews will also include a mini-conference on May 21st called Valley Talk: Make It or Break It where both French and U.S. startups will learn strategies for business success.

In its second year, the FTT has quickly gained recognition in both the U.S. and France. Referred to as the home of some of the best high tech clusters in Europe, French companies continue to raise the technology bar for their U.S. counterparts. Participation in this tour furthers the collaboration between the two countries. This year’s startup companies include:

Bobex – a leading B2B e-marketplace, active in 6 countries, makes markets more transparent by matching local buyers and suppliers for non strategic products & services.

Exaprotect – a provider of regulatory and audit compliance log monitoring, event management for threat detection, and change management to allow business policy based network configuration change.

DELCREA – the inspirer in resolving the challenges of email from both diagnostic to efficiency solutions for individuals to large companies. Their software brings an innovative approach to control, organize and secure email faster and easier while reducing time building knowledge bases from existing content, and eliminating all risk of compromising internal and external business sensitive data.

myERP.com – a complete web-based ERP solution using Google technology (GWT & Google Apps) and covering all functional fields of company management around a single database: CRM, Commercial Management, Logistics, Points of sale, Finance & Accounting, Purchases, Production, Quality.

Maeglin – a mobile phone software company specialized in peer-to-peer exchanges. At Maeglin, we free people’s mobile, with Pleex a Mobile social networking software that allows content back up & sharing.

Momindum – the technology leader in the creation of rich media presentation. Our software generates, from recorded speech, professional presentations using synchronized documents and indexed video; our rich media are capitalized in a base with deep-tagging technology.

Newscape Technology – the top innovator in software graphical engines on mobile devices to enable the development of new applications using massive 2D / 3D vector data, textures, Content / Advertising and topography.

Sinequa – a search specialist created with the vision that corporate information is complex, heterogeneous and poorly organized. Sinequa has built a corporate search solution that can access to all sources and applications, managing security, using linguistic and semantic algorithms to add context to information and to offer intuitive navigation combined with efficient search.

STG Interactive – has invented a way for everybody on the planet to create their own secure and user-friendly mini-site, called a “frogans,” located on the Internet via its frogans address. STG Interactive provides developers and Internet users with free standard technology for authoring and browsing frogans, and is the directory provider of frogans addresses.

TellMeWhere – the first local search engine where relevancy of results are guided by recommendations of people you can choose and where content can be enriched and corrected by end-users, provides a better alternative to current local search engines or directories.

Twinsoft – an actor in Enterprise Mashups whose flagship product, Convertigo Enterprise Mashup Server helps companies reuse their existing assets to build new and exciting WEB 2.0 composite applications for a fraction of the cost and time needed to complete software rewrites or traditional development.

Each company will hold one-on-one meetings with supporting companies’ corporate development teams, as well as interviews with media, training for presenting and demoing at conferences in the U.S. and introductions with some of the valley’s fast-growing startups.

The Valley Talk mini-conference will host keynote speaker Eric Benhamou CEO of Benhamou Global Ventures, Chairman of 3Com and former CEO of Palm. The show will include an in-depth talk with leading editor’s and analyst from CNET, Fortune, GuideWire Group and VentureBeat. Along with demonstrations from each company the event will conclude with a panel of leading executive in business development from sponsoring companies outlining what they are looking for in partnerships as well as potential acquisitions.

“Our goal is to build deeper relationships between the tech communities here in Silicon Valley and in France,” said Aymeril Hoang, Director, Information & Communications Technology, Embassy of France in the U.S. Trade Office. “By bridging this gap we can open the door to new opportunities for both countries. It’s as much about introducing Silicon Valley to the technology leadership in France as vice versa. Hopefully we are fostering and growing the big companies and partnerships of the future.”

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Martin Dawes Systems, an international provider of solutions for the convergent communications market, announced the appointment of Sir Julian Horn-Smith to its board as a non-executive director. As a senior figure in global telecommunications, Sir Julian will have an influential role in assisting the company to advance its international development.

A pioneer and thought leader in the mobile communications arena, Sir Julian was one of the founding members of Vodafone Group Plc and played a leading role in building Vodafone into a successful international brand and business. He retired from the Vodafone board in July 2006 when he held the title Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Welcoming Sir Julian to the board, the Chairman, Martin Dawes, said: “Sir Julian and I have worked closely together on many occasions since the launch of Vodafone’s UK network in 1985, when he appointed Martin Dawes Communications to be one of the first, and most successful, service providers to the new mobile network. He has unrivalled knowledge and experience of the global telecommunications industry and I am delighted that he has accepted the challenge of working with us as we continue to grow and develop our business as a global provider of choice to the telecoms sector and beyond.”

Commenting on his appointment, Sir Julian said: “I am pleased to be joining the board at such a significant time for the company and the industry in general. Martin Dawes Systems is already a leader in this space and I am excited to be part of this company as it continues to make significant strides in a dynamic and exciting global market.”

In addition to his role at Martin Dawes, Sir Julian Horn-Smith is a member of the board of Digicel Limited, the Caribbean and Pacific mobile telecoms operator, and a member of the advisory boards of The Company Agency and Altimo, the telecoms arm of Alfa Group, which has extensive investments, notably in Russia and Ukraine.

He is also a senior adviser to UBS Investment Bank, in London, and a non-executive director of the board of Lloyds TSB Group Plc.

About Martin Dawes Systems

Martin Dawes Systems is a leading software and services vendor specialising in billing and subscriber management solutions for the convergent communications market. Combining an informed and inspired approach with robust and proven systems, Martin Dawes Systems offers service providers attractive propositions that build customer loyalty and increase ARPU. Employing the latest technology and solutions, Martin Dawes Systems helps its customers drive revenues up while keeping operational costs to a minimum. Its company philosophy is one of partnership to promote enduring business relationships and mutual opportunities for growth. Headquartered in the UK, Martin Dawes Systems operates internationally from offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

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Dr. Shan Nair was announced today as the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award, presented by the Asian American Business Development Center (AABDC).

Dr. Shan Nair 2008 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business.The awards honor Asian American entrepreneurs and executives with great achievements in business nationwide. In honor of the recipients, an awards dinner will be held May 28 at The Waldof-Astoria in New York City. The 2008 awards recognize achievements from 2007 and is the first and largest business award program for the Asian American business community.

“All this year’s award recipients have faced the challenges of running a business head-on with outstanding success. Asian Americans are a successful group of individuals and this is why our organization wants to recognize the talent among the community,” says John Wang, president of AABDC.

Dr. Shan Nair, Co-Founder of Nair & Co is an Oxford University trained Ph.D. nuclear physicist and Charter Member of TiE-Boston and has a unique blended background in high technology, software and accounting. Dr. Nair has lived in 13 countries in South East Asia, Europe and the Middle East becoming multi-lingual in the process and placing him in an excellent position to understand international issues. When the Chernobyl accident occurred, he was one of the two UK technical experts assisting the European Commission on its post-accident risk assessment.

Once the UK power generation industry was privatized in the early 1990s, he retrained as an accountant within the industry and left to found Nair and Co. He introduced and trained UK legal practices in the Law Society’ Practice Management Standards and now uses his expertise to ensure Nair’s quality standards for clients continue to reflect the Sarbanes-Oxley (SAS-70) certification requirements. Dr. Nair is also responsible for the overall development of the group’s policies, strategies and goals. He has driven the company’s strong focus on using IT to leverage business advantage.

The award program also serves as an advocacy channel for many corporations to demonstrate their support for cultural diversity by nominating distinguished Asian American executives for the program. Previous award winners include Grace Wu Vice President of Merrill Lynch; Vivek Shah, President of Digital Publishing, Business & Finance Network at Time Inc.; Sandeep Gupta, Principal of Deloitte & Touche, LLP; Grace Hwang, Director of Reporting & Analysis at Verizon Wireless; Rachel Lam, Senior Vice President of Investments & Group Managing Director at Time Warner; Nawzer Parakh, Vice President for Operations & Global Business Manufacturing Director at The Dow Chemical Company; and Ansso Wang, Assistant Vice President of Corporate and International Affairs at American International Group (AIG).

For more information about the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Awards visit http://www.outstanding50.com/.

About Nair & Co

Nair & Co provides businesses an integrated solution geared to making your company’s thrust to expanding business overseas less risky, stress free and more strategic in the finance, tax, HR, compliance and legal arenas. Specialized in working with the unique challenges of US-based technology companies, Nair & Co has headquarters in the UK and offices in USA, China, Japan and India and acts for nearly 700 foreign operations in over 40 countries. Nair & Co employs highly qualified international specialists as your one point of contact client service directors to support your international registration, tax, accounting, compliance, HR and payroll needs. Our unrivalled knowledge base, attention to detail and superior work ethics protect your company’s operations more effectively and save you time and money in the long run. For more information, visit http://www.nair-co.com.

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The United States’ infrastructure problems could reach crisis proportions in the next 10 years if steps are not taken to attract more private capital to the sector or overhaul the nation’s antiquated regional infrastructure planning process. This is one of the key findings in Infrastructure 2008: A Global Perspective, a report published jointly today by Ernst & Young LLP and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).

The report estimates that the US currently has a US$170 billion annual funding gap for infrastructure projects. However, the gap is widening every year and there are fears that the gap could balloon over the next few years as local and state governments experience “revenue shrink,” particularly from lower property tax collections.

“Frankly, the US has been coasting when it comes to infrastructure spending, especially when compared to growing economies such as China which spends about nine percent of GDP on vital infrastructure,” said Dale Anne Reiss, global leader of real estate, Ernst & Young, LLP. “The economic uncertainty facing us means that public infrastructure is in even greater jeopardy,” said Ms. Reiss.

“It is clear from the experience of other countries that public private partnerships (PPPs) are an essential tool in planning, building and maintaining vital infrastructure,” said Mike Lucki, head of Ernst & Young’s global infrastructure services group. “Failure to fully embrace this model in the US could lead to our economy falling behind more of our global competitors,” Mr. Lucki added.

The report concludes that infrastructure funds – private vehicles set up to invest in infrastructure assets – currently hold an estimated US$400 billion in capital for investment. This, combined with broader adoption of the PPP model, could alleviate much of the current strain on public coffers caused by the need for radical improvement in local, state and regional infrastructure, says the report. However, the report also questions whether the US has the political will and determination to take a long term approach to the infrastructure issue.

“Unfortunately, the infrastructure debate in this country only moves forward when catastrophic examples occur of the state of our bridges, roads, airports and water systems,” said Mr. Lucki. “If we are going to address this issue and be in a position to challenge rampant economies such as China over the next few decades, we have to take a much more considered and holistic approach and not wait for another structure to collapse. We need to create a mindset to have the will to build,” he added.

The EY/ULI report provides a snapshot of current and planned infrastructure investment in a variety of categories across the globe, with an in-depth look at the United States, China, Japan, India and Europe.

About Ernst & Young’s Global Real Estate Center

Today’s real estate industry must adopt new approaches to address regulatory requirements and financial risks, whilst meeting the challenges of expanding globally and achieving sustainable growth. Ernst & Young’s Global Real Estate Center brings together a worldwide team of professionals to help you achieve your potential – a team with deep technical experience in providing assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The Center works to anticipate market trends, identify the implications and develop points of view on relevant industry issues. Ultimately it enables us to help you meet your goals and compete more effectively. It’s how Ernst & Young makes a difference.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential. For more information, please visit http://www.ey.com.

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CertiPath, the identity management and secure information sharing authority, has appointed Kaus Phaltankar as vice president of business solutions.

Phaltankar, a certified information systems auditor (CISA) and certified information systems security professional (CISSP), brings two decades of innovative network and security experience coupled with a proven track record of driving new business initiatives. He has designed and implemented security architecture for numerous Fortune 500 companies, patented resilient network infrastructure design and authored an industry-leading book on implementing secure intranets and extranets.

Phaltankar is a veteran of PKI (public key infrastructure) technology, the leading mechanism for identity management and authentication exchange, and managed the Internet’s first commercial PKI certificate authority. His leadership ensures that CertiPath has the resources and intelligence to expand its PKI communications bridge, streamlining secure connectivity across various industries.

“Kaus has been on the frontlines of secure information sharing since its inception,” said Jeff Nigriny, CertiPath president and COO. “His business and technical experience enables CertiPath to provide the next generation of secure connectivity to global organizations, starting in the commercial aviation space. Kaus will spend the next year evaluating the networking structure of our nation’s airports and commercial aircrafts, ultimately devising a plan that will allow them to communicate securely with trusted partners and suppliers.”

With CertiPath’s highly scalable model for managing and conveying identity assurance, organizations join a “trust fabric” that provides industry-wide efficiency, risk-mitigation and new opportunities to engage with a broader pool of prospective partners.

Prior to CertiPath, Phaltankar founded multiple firms focused on providing network, security and compliance solutions for large enterprise customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. As a founder and CEO of CLEAN Communications, a Managed Security Service Provider, he developed relationships with large telecommunications and security firms, rapidly growing the business before it was acquired by one of the nation’s largest managed service providers.

“CertiPath founded its service on trust, delivering secure communication to the A&D industry in the form of PKI. Now the organization is positioned to expand the service, making secure collaboration more accessible within aviation, defense and other industries. Because supply chains are rarely contained entirely in one vertical, the business benefits of wide-scale PKI adoption are immeasurable,” said Phaltankar, who will report to Nigriny. “It’s exciting to operate on the cutting edge of secure information sharing, delivering new capabilities around the world.”

About CertiPath

CertiPath provides the aerospace and defense industry’s only public key infrastructure (PKI)-based communications bridge where information can be shared widely, securely, effectively and affordably between partners, suppliers and customers – regardless of the size and scope of the supply chain.

Certipath’s disruptive solution tears down the burdensome and costly company, employee and program-centric approaches to identity assurance. Today, organizations in the U.S., U.K. and Europe including Boeing, BAE Systems, EADS, Lockheed Martin, Northrop-Grumman, Raytheon and the U.S. Federal Bridge (FBCA) are members of this fast-growing community. For more information, visit CertiPath on the web at http://www.certipath.com

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