Bluink Ltd Unveils Innovative, Universal Authentication and Simple Sign On for Enterprise

SUNNYVALE, CA, – APRIL 16, 2014 – Bluink Ltd, makers of Injector and the leading innovator in smartphone-based Universal Authenticators, will be presenting Injector Enterprise at RSA Conference.

Injector Enterprise allows organizations to deploy strong authentication and simple sign-on (SSO) leveraging employee BYOD smartphones, allowing employees to login to any system, including Windows, Mac, Linux, websites, and VPNs.   Administrators can manage login policies and credentials to enhance security while improving user convenience.  Employees simply tap, speak to their phone, or scan a QR code, to login to any corporate system using any kind of credential including: long, random passwords, One Time Passwords (OTP), or password-free FIDO authentication.  Users no longer have to remember any passwords!

The Injector Enterprise solution offers advanced policies that can be enforced on a user login credentials, such as: geofenced login restrictions, biometric authentication, automatic password change, password randomization, and two-factor authentication.  Just as important as enforcing strong authentication policies, employee logins can also be instantly de-provisioned centrally.  Injector Enterprise is also the first solution of its kind that can cover any kind of corporate login without requiring any software install on client desktop machines.

“ Injector Enterprise truly is a huge step forward in enterprise SSO.  Never before has authentication been more secure, while being so simple for employees, and so easy to deploy.  Administrators can increase the security of authentication across all their systems, while employees can actually forget their passwords.”, says Larry Hamid, Chief Technology Officer of Bluink Ltd.

See the future of Authentication at the Injector Booth, South Hall S#122, at the RSA Conference, April 20-24, San Francisco, CA.

About Injector

Injector is a smartphone-based universal authenticator, with strong authentication and login support for any system. (www.password-injector.com)

About Bluink

Bluink is an Engineering and Product Development company focused on security and solutions that leverage the power of mobile devices. From Injector to the award winning Shift-IT™ scheduling solution, Bluink’s products make peoples lives more secure, efficient and mobile.

 

SPH Plug and Play – A New Accelerator Programme for Media Start-ups

Singapore, 13 April 2015 – SPH Media FundPlug and Play andInfocomm Investments (“IIPL”) announced today the launch of the SPH Plug and Play media and technology-focused accelerator programme. This collaboration aims to build a strong pipeline of high growth, innovation driven tech start-ups to address challenges that the media industry will face.

SPH Plug and Play will invest S$30,000 in each start-up company selected to participate in the accelerator programme. The programme targets to admit up to 20 media tech start-ups within the next year across media sectors ranging from advertising, e-commerce, marketplaces, mobile, news and content distribution to public relations. 

This collaboration brings together all three partners’ unique roles and strengths in Singapore’s ecosystem as a corporate VC fund, a global accelerator and a government investment arm, bonded by a common goal to build and grow digital media start-ups with high global potential and strong capability to transform the media sector.  

SPH Plug & Play will provide the selected start-ups with mentorship from domain experts from venture capital and media industries. The start-ups will also receive training and enjoy opportunities to leverage on SPH’s vast intellectual property and resources. In addition, there will be valuable opportunities to network with industry stakeholders and potential investors.

Mr. Chua Boon Ping, CEO, SPH Media Fund, said: “As Asia’s leading media company, it is part of SPH’s long term strategy to invest in innovative digital media companies, in particular those that could create synergies with SPH’s existing businesses. SPH Media Fund is delighted to work with Plug and Play as well as Infocomm Investments in creating this accelerator programme that would identify young companies with great potential and nurture them into strong and sustainable businesses.” 

Mr. Saeed Amidi, Founder and CEO, Plug and Play, said: “We are very excited to partner with SPH and Infocomm Investments to launch the SPH Plug and Play Accelerator in Singapore. The media landscape is changing and there are unlimited opportunities across the entire media value chain for startups to innovate. We have been part of the journey of many successful startups that have transformed industries and we hope to find the next big idea through this partnership and work together with aspiring entrepreneurs to accelerate their success.”

Dr. Alex Lin, Head of IIPL, said: “With the rapid digitization of information and media content and the ubiquity of mobile devices and high-speed internet access, we see a blurring of lines between our ICT and media sectors. This convergence is an opportunity not to be missed, and it’s timely that IIPL, SPH Media Fund and Plug and Play have come together to ride on this wave. As Singapore builds itself into a Smart Nation, it is imperative for us to groom promising tech start-ups with the foresight to seize these new opportunities to innovate. The accelerator model is definitely the way to go to achieve this.”

IIPL will also provide the acceleration space at its start-up facility, BASH (Build Amazing Start-ups Here) at Block 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent for SPH Plug and Play to run its programme. At the end of the 10-week programme, the start-ups will pitch their products to a group of active investors in Singapore brought together by the three partners. It is believed that start-up teams that have undergone acceleration will be better placed to attract funding, which will help further grow their products to the next stage. 

Start-up companies that have undergone acceleration may also choose to stay on for a short period of time at BASH to continue building their product and business under the mentorship of IIPL and other ecosystem partners.

Start-up teams who are keen to apply for the SPH Plug and Play programme can do so at www.sphplugandplay.com. The first run of the 10-week programme is targeted to commence around middle of this year. 

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Vice President, International Operations
Plug & Play
HP: +65 9680 3736 (SG) +1 (408) 499-7429
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Singapore Press Holdings 

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SPH MEDIA FUND

SPH Media Fund is the corporate venture capital fund of Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (“SPH”) with a fund size of S$100m. 
SPH Media Fund has a global mandate and seeks to invest in early-stage innovative companies in the areas of Digital Media (including advertising technology and content aggregation/ distribution/ consumption) and Consumer Internet (including e-commerce, marketplaces, social media, education technology, financial technology, etc). 
Singapore Press Holdings Ltd is Asia’s leading media organisation. Incorporated in 1984, SPH is listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange and is in media, online classifieds, properties, events and out-of-home advertising as well as other businesses.   

PLUG AND PLAY
Plug & Play is a global startup accelerator that specializes in growing high tech startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Plug & Play’s network includes over 200 corporations, investors, universities and other partners across verticals such as Retail, Fin-Tech, Internet of Things, Media and Cloud. Through our investment arm, which began as Amidzad Partners in 1998 and is now Plug & Play Ventures, we have invested in over 350 high tech startups globally.

INFOCOMM INVESTMENTS

Managing more than US$200 million, Infocomm Investments builds and invests in startup companies in Singapore and globally. We accelerate the development of these young companies in their formative phase, and invest further as they move towards growth and expansion. Partnering leading startup accelerators globally, we scale up accelerator programmes in Singapore to build a strong pipeline of high quality startups ready to go for global expansion. Our interests: Technology, Software, Internet and everything in between. For more news and information, visit www.infocomminvestments.com or follow @iipl.

The Co-Foundry & Plug and Play Launches Acceleration Program for Fintech Startups in partnership with OANDA Asia Pacific and BlueHill Asset Management

Singapore (April 10, 2015) – The Co-Foundry (TCF), a venture accelerator in Singapore and Plug and Play(PnP), a global accelerator based in Silicon Valley launches a new initiative TCF-PnP Program: Fintech Call 2015, focusing at incubating Fintech startups in the region. This program follows the successful deployment of the US-Singapore Multi-Stage Accelerator Program, which launched in December 2014. Partnering with the top global FX broker service provider, OANDA Asia Pacific and local VC and PE firm in Singapore, BlueHill Asset Management, the TCF-PnP Program: Fintech Call 2015 combines the best of the startup ecosystem with industry to propel fintech startups in reaching their full potential.

“With more than 600 financial institutions in Singapore, the financial services industry is a significant contributor to the economy and has established Singapore as the unrivalled financial hub in Southeast Asia. Strong supporters of the FinTech space, we are very excited about our partnership with The Co-Foundry, Plug & Play and OANDA to find some of the most promising start-ups in the region.”, said Vicknesh R Pillay, Managing Director of BlueHill Asset Management and one of Lead Mentors on the TCF-PnP: FinTech Call panel.
This is the first joint collaboration of its kind coming out of Asia that enables pre-seed and seed fintech startups to gain exclusive access to two leading accelerators and entities with fintech expertise.

The Program aims to be highly flexible and bespoke, spanning from 6-12 months depending on the stage of the startup, with funding support ranging from pre-seed (up to $200k) and seed (up to $1mil). Startups are given the option to start in Singapore or Silicon Valley depending on their target market, and do an exchange to the other accelerator if they are keen.

“This Program aims to provide promising fintech startups with ‘unfair’ advantage. Selected startups would be accelerated in both Singapore and Silicon Valley; and the opportunities to call upon the support of innovation leaders such as OANDA “, said Michael Yap, head of The Co-Foundry.

“Plug and Play is excited to offer selected startups unparalleled access to our global network of partners, investors and mentors. As early stage investors of Lending Club (NYSE: LC), a company that has redefined the banking industry, we are looking forward to accelerating the success of many more FinTech startups from Asia”, said Jupe Tan, head of Plug & Play International.

Unique features of the Program include:

- Infrastructure support (office space, amenities, corporate services) in Singapore and Silicon Valley
- Exclusive access to business & tech mentorship from TCF, PnP, OANDA and BlueHill
- Opportunities to participate in networking events and ideation workshops
- Privileged insight and access to OANDA API

“OANDA is a company driven by innovation, and we are very excited to be able to be part of this Program. Through our freely available APIs, we hope bring together entrepreneurs – developers, designers, and other innovative and creative technologists – to build new and inventive FinTech products for retail and institutional customers”, said Rajesh, Managing Director and CEO of OANDA APAC.

Applications are now open, with the first round closing on April 30
.
For more information, visit http://theco-foundry.com/fintechcall2015/

BlueHill Asset Management Pte. Ltd.
BlueHill Asset Management provides bespoke and discreet sourcing services for project financing, venture capital and private equity investments. We also invest and partner with a number of large corporations, institutional investors, private equity and venture capital firms as well as high net worth individuals to create superior and sustainable returns. We support bold, passionate entrepreneurs with strong management teams to create value, strengthen their businesses and build great companies.
For more information, visit http://www.bluehill.com.sg/

OANDA Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
OANDA uses innovative computer and financial technology to provide Internet-based forex trading and currency information services to everyone, from individuals to large corporations, from portfolio managers to financial institutions. OANDA is a market maker and a trusted source for currency data. It has access to one of the world’s largest historical, high frequency, filtered currency databases.
For more information, visit http://www.oanda.sg/

The Co-Foundry
The Co-Foundry is company with a team of passionate individuals who have come together on a mission to help build valuable startups. The team has the experience in founding startups and also has a deep appreciation of the challenges of building viable businesses under extreme uncertainties.
For more information, visit http://theco-foundry.com/

Plug and Play
Plug and Play Tech Center is a global investor and technology accelerator that specializes in growing tech startups. Headquartered in Sunnyvale California, Plug and Play’s network includes over 300 tech startups, 180 investors, and a community of leading Universities and corporate partners.
For more information, visit http://www.plugandplaytechcenter.com/

Media Enquiries

Ellen Ng | (+65) 9385 6184 | ellen@theco-foundry.com
Patricia Nordstrom | (+65) 6438 5616 | p.nordstrom@bluehill.com.sg

4/3/2015: Last Week in Tech, in Tweets

1. ABC is going beyond the Shark Tank.

2. Automotive innovation in Chicago.

3. The Bitcoin Bowl is no more.

4. Batteries are getting stronger every year.

5. iPhone 6c or Galaxy s6?

6. Google is using Microsoft to improve Chrome.

7. An open-source version of Windows could be on the horizon.

8. The iPad is 5 years old today!

Super-Mom, Super-Woman, Super-Entrepreneur

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines superwoman as “an exceptional woman; especially: a woman who succeeds in having a career and raising a family.” Entrepreneur and mother of eight, Debora Mason is the exact definition of superwoman. And she doesn’t even need a cape.

Even before venturing into entrepreneurship, Mason, founder and CEO of First Data Analytics, led an inspiring life. Her go-getter attitude and competitive spirit helped her graduate from college as a single mom with two kids. “I just didn’t stop,” she says. Mason grew her family and now has eight children and a supportive husband who insists he is her biggest fan.  She enjoys hiking and spending time with her family. “Whatever they do, I do!” she enthusiastically explains.

As Mason’s children grew older and gained more independence, they began to use Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb and she was worried about the potential danger of who was giving them rides and who they were renting space from.  She decided to create the Tuple™ verification service. As a system of verifying service providers Tuple™ offers incentives to both providers and their customers. Service providers can register through Tuple™ verification and place the Tuple™ verification badge on their online profile so customers will know they have been pre-screened. The more information providers provide, the higher their Tuple™ score is. This in turn will increase their business because customers will know that they are a trusted source. Mason believes Tuple™ will help her children and other customers feel safer.

Mason makes the process of creating and growing a startup while raising a family seem easy. What advice would this superwoman give aspiring entrepreneurs? “Do one thing every day.” No matter how stressful circumstances become, make sure you keep moving. She explains that entrepreneurs do not need to make huge changes all the time, just make sure you keep progressing forward, no matter the speed. “Time and persistence are two of the most important attributes for a startup.” Keep doing what you believe in no matter how difficult it may be. In the meantime, we believe that Mason deserves that cape now.

Infoactive helps you make Infographics the Easy Way

“Once upon a time we were two people and all we had to do was build.”

This is how Trina Chiasson begins the story about the birth of her company: Infoactive. Chiasson, who previously worked with nonprofit organizations, found that that design tools were not built for data. Making information graphics was a lot of unnecessary hard work. Chiasson decided the best way to solve this problem was to create Infoactive.
The Infoactive platform brings in live data from a Google Spreadsheet to create and automatically update your infographic. You can easily customize your charts by changing colors and themes or dragging-and-dropping icons and text to create a better visual representation of your data. When you’ve completed your infographic, you can easily embed it into your website or blog.

After receiving great feedback from their pitch at Startup Weekend in April 2012, Chiasson began building the Inforactive platform. Chiasson exhibits all the traits of a successful entrepreneur with her dedication to hard work and ability to adapt to changing situations. Chiasson commented that: “The most important thing I learned running my startup is to roll with the punches. It taught me to not stress about the small stuff and allow things to roll off my back.” Chiasson came to Plug and Play’s International Acceleration Program in early 2015. The Plug and Play International Accelerator is a 3-month immersion into the Silicon Valley ecosystem and is designed to enable high-tech startups to explore business development, fund-raising, and other strategic opportunities. Startups will be exposed to Plug and Play’s extensive network of corporate, technology and investment partners as well as mentors and advisors.

3/25/2015 Last Week in Tech, in Tweets

1. Virtual reality is now a reality.

2. Keyring charging cable for your smartwatch.

3. Tinder has been hilariously hacked.

4. $1k for an algorithm?

5. Uber just closed another round of funding.

6. Google is using Microsoft to improve Chrome.

7. Self-driving luxury cars.

8. Deliberation is beginning for Ellen Pao’s case.

Trip Planning Made Easy with Triple

Have you ever tried to plan a trip with family or friends and found collaborating frustrating? Triple offers a simple solution to put the fun back in travel planning.  Co-Founder and CTO, Stephan Meissl, loves to travel but realized how frustrating trying to plan a trip with friends can be. He says, “I like to travel and explore new places with friends, but it’s always a hassle to plan a trip and stay organized, especially when traveling in a group.” He saw this problem and created a solution that surpasses the capabilities of other travel planning sites that do not offer multiuser editing, offline usage and route download. The company is currently looking for engaged users and beta testers “to make the triple experience flawless and as intuitive as possible.”

Triple was selected to spend three months in Silicon Valley by “Go Silicon Valley”, This is an initiative sponsored by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Austria Federal Economic Chamber that helps connect Austrian companies with the community here in the Silicon Valley and the heart of IT innovation. They pitched in front of international judges and won acceptance into Plug and Play’s International Acceleration Program. Triple made their way to Sunnyvale, California in early 2015.

Meissl has always hoped to experience the way of life in Silicon Valley and learn from the best here. He explains, “The environment is very encouraging. It’s an amazing network, one of the best in the world. It is a great opportunity for us to be here and learn and meet great people.” They came here looking to build a network of strategic partners and potential customers while validating their idea and business model and learning all they could in the Silicon Valley.

2/18/2015: Last Week in Tech, in Tweets

1. Second-hand smartphone sales are spiking.

2. Moving one step closer to a cure for Cancer.

3. U.S. Marshalls are putting Dread Pirate Roberts’ Bitcoin up for auction.

4. Times are changing for Sony.

5. Uber just closed another round of funding.

6. Reddit generates a ridiculous amount in ad revenues, will donate 10% to charity.

7. A self-assembling chair!

8. Philz is going nationwide.

Sensbeat Believes in the Power of Music

Music tells a story. Music has the power to make us think and feel. Now there’s a platform to share your story with your family and friends. Sensbeat, a free app for iOS and Andriod users, lets users take photos, write text, and choose a song to complement the image posted. Users can see other posts from their friends as well as look through specific mood categories to help them select the perfect song for how they are feeling. You can then share a “beat” through the app and connect it with your other social media platforms.

Co-founder and CEO of Sensbeat, Leo Wong, recognizes the power of music to evoke and create emotions while transporting us to another time and place through our memories. Wong believes that listening to music is an experience in itself and that is what inspired him to come up with the idea for Sensbeat. Wong realized that sometimes words could not describe his feelings and music provided an outlet. However, he discovered there was no way to share his experience: “I wanted to share the feeling I was having when listening to a song with my friends and realized there was no social media that would let me express myself through music.” Wong recognized an opportunity to create an app that helps bring people closer together.

The Sensbeat team released their app in August 2014 and have continued to grow since then. They recently concluded a $500,000 round of funding. On top of that huge accomplishment, they have been accepted into Plug and Play Tech Center’s International Acceleration Program.

Plug and Play’s International Accelerator is a three-month immersion into the Silicon Valley ecosystem and is designed to enable high-tech startups to explore business development, fund-raising, and other strategic opportunities. Startups are exposed to Plug and Play’s extensive network of corporate, technology and investment partners as well as mentors and advisors. Wong feels very lucky to be accepted into Plug and Play: “The startup culture in Hong Kong is not that rich compared to the states. But nonetheless, we chased our dreams day and night and we were finally able to come to Plug and Play. We are really excited about this journey.”

Wong heard about Plug and Play through their collaboration with Hong Kong Cyberport. In September 2014, Cyberport sent a delegation to Plug and Play for a meet-and-greet networking event in conjunction with F50. Cyberport, founded in 2002, is a “creative digital community with a cluster of technology and digital content tenants” that is owned by Hong Kong’s SAR Government. Their 100,000 square meter operation is host to a number of established companies in addition to an incubation program.

Sensbeat has been a part of Plug and Play’s accelerator for a few weeks and they are already seeing the benefits of the program. Roy Tang, Sensbeat’s lead Andriod engineer believes that “Silicon Valley is a great place and we’ve already met so many people here who are enthusiastic and passionate about what they’re doing.” The only question now is: what song Sensbeat will be sharing to describe their feelings about their success with Plug and Play?