Tequity | September 02, 2021
Tequity, an M&A advisory firm specializing in global Enterprise B2B Cloud, SaaS, and IT companies, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to online training software Greenius, a leader in online training solutions for the green industry, in their acquisition by LMN, a Serent Capital portfolio company and North America's leading B2B landscape business management software company.
On working with Tequity, Jay Murray, Greenius Co-Founder and CEO said "I am really glad we engaged Tequity to help us sell our business - they have a deep knowledge of the SaaS market that was invaluable throughout the project from start to finish. I didn't realize the extent of the due diligence process before we began but Tequity worked with us and the buyer to keep things simple and avoid complications where possible. With Tequity's guidance I truly believe we were able to achieve a better outcome for the shareholders than if we had tried to go it alone, with a very strategic buyer who appreciates our technology, our customers, and our people."
London, Ontario-based Greenius is an industry leader with a proven track record of delivering exceptional online courses for landscape owners. Its team joins LMN immediately, filling an increasing customer need. A recent survey of LMN customers found that 70 percent identified training as a top priority for their employees in the coming years.
Together, Greenius and LMN will create the green industry's first fully integrated system offering end-to-end training together with comprehensive business management software, providing landscaping business owners everything they need in one system. Greenius will also continue to be provided as a stand-alone offering to customers.
"The addition of Greenius to the LMN family is huge for our customers, and the industry," said Mark Bradley, CEO, LMN. "We know just how important training is to landscaping leaders and their teams, and with Greenius, we can provide the best available training to help customers meet and exceed their needs."
Greenius bolsters LMN's training capabilities. The company offers hundreds of courses in both English and Spanish each year on a variety of topics to the green industry, including but not limited to maintenance, construction, snow, safety, equipment, supervisor training and more.
Many companies continue to be challenged by skilled labor shortages. With the addition of Greenius, landscape owners using the LMN platform will now have more opportunities to develop team members within their organizations to foster growth and retain employees.
"We could not be more excited to join LMN," said Arden Urbano, Co-Founder and President, Greenius, who will continue to lead the Greenius team. "We share the same values and passion for customers, and together we will create an experience that will help them take their companies and the industry to the next level."
Tequity assists Enterprise B2B SaaS, Cloud, and IT companies with business growth and exit strategies. Our mission is simple: Achieve the best outcome for our clients. With decades of combined experience as executives, consultants, and owners of software and technology companies, we leverage our deep industry knowledge across tech ecosystems and our relationships with strategic, growth-focused buyers around the globe to drive successful M&A transactions.
ENA | March 13, 2020
Earlier today, the Federal Communications Commission launched the “Keep Americans Connected” pledge, which requires participating service providers to take the critical steps needed to ensure Americans stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. ENA is proud to announce that it has joined the pledge, and in doing so, is committed to ensuring the education, healthcare, library, and government communities it serves maintain continued access to robust and reliable broadband during this critical time.
Google | May 08, 2020
Google today launched Read Along, an Android app that taps AI and machine learning to help children learn to read.
It’s now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese.
Read Along comes preloaded with around 500 stories and interactive games within those stories, for which kids earn stars and badges as they learn.
Google today launched Read Along, an Android app that taps AI and machine learning to help children learn to read by providing verbal and visual feedback. After first debuting in India, it’s now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Preliminary research suggests that apps like Read Along could significantly improve children’s reading skills. A three-month pilot of Read Along’s predecessor — Bolo — in the Unnao district of India involving 1,500 children across 200 villages found that, compared with a control group, 39% of the app’s users reached the highest level of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) reading assessment test and 64% saw an increase in scores. Moreover, 92% of parents said they noticed some improvement in their child’s skills.
Read Along comes preloaded with around 500 stories and interactive games within those stories, for which kids earn stars and badges as they learn, practice, and progress. An in-app assistant called Diya demonstrates how to pronounce words and sentences and uses natural language processing to detect whether a student is struggling or successfully reading a passage, and it gives them positive and reinforcing feedback along the way. Within Read Along, parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap on their photo to learn at their pace and to track their individual progress.
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“Read Along is easy to start and doesn’t require sign in. Even the voice data is analyzed in real time on the device so that it works offline and is not sent to any Google servers,”
~ Hyder said.
The app personalizes kids’ experiences by recommending the difficulty level of stories and games based on their reading level performance. Read Along engineering lead Zohair Hyder notes that the app has no ads or in-app purchases and that it works without Wi-Fi or data. Parents need only connect it to the internet to download additional stories.
“Google teamed up with Disney and Penguin Random House for a read-along app that paired the latter’s Little Golden Books series with music and ambient sounds.”
Read Along will continue to improve as we receive feedback from families, expanding the selection of books and adding more features.” The launch of Read Along follows that of narrated children’s stories on Google Assistant. Last April, Google brought Tell Me a Story, a Google Home smart speaker feature that reads aloud stories from popular franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Blaze and the Monster Machines, to Android and iOS devices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and India. In a related development, in October 2018, Google teamed up with Disney and Penguin Random House for a read-along app that paired the latter’s Little Golden Books series with music and ambient sounds.
With many students currently at home due to school closures, families around the globe are looking for ways to help children grow their reading skills. To support families, today we're sharing early access to Read Along by Google. It’s an Android app for children 5+ years old that helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud. Read Along was built with childrens' safety and privacy in mind, and has no ads or in-app purchases. And after the initial download of the app and stories, Read Along works offline without Wi-Fi or data—helping with worries about unsupervised access to the Internet.
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