|By PR Newswire||
|August 4, 2014 02:26 PM EDT||
KAHULUI, Hawaii and SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- FlikMedia, Inc. (formerly, Crossbox, Inc.) OTCBB: FLKM announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Flikdate, Inc. (www.flikdate.com) through a merger transaction consummated on July 26, 2014.
The Company announced that as a result of the Flikdate™ Merger, that they are now a digital media company focused on designing, developing and bringing to market proprietary and patented video applications for use on mobile platforms. As a result, we changed our trading symbol from CBXX to "FLKM."
Flikdate™ has developed a patented software application for iOS and Android mobile devices to enable men and women to engage in live video social "dating" interaction on their smartphones, referred to as a "social discovery application" for online dating. The technology permits users to go on a virtual date and quickly swipe - or "flik" in the parlance of the application – between multiple users at any given time. We believe that Flikdate™ is the world's first video speed dating platform, which was also developed with an internal monetization process whereby users create revenue events for the Company each time the video dating service is utilized.
FlikMedia owns intellectual property that we rely on for our primary mobile app, Flikdate™, including our proprietary software for integrated video delivery and mobile video monetization (USPTO registration US20140043426 A1). Our technology powers the Flikdate™ application.
Mr. Nick Bicanic, the Chief Executive Officer of both FlikMedia and Flikdate, stated "We believe that the intellectual property we have created enables the process of leveraging direct video interactions, and it has potential implications far beyond the social and dating interaction areas of digital media. We are enthusiastic about Flikdate™ and also believe that our technology will enable us to build Flick Media as a platform for video based interaction and communication, well beyond the internet dating industry."
Flikdate™ enables users to quickly test their "instant chemistry" through video on their smartphone. Face-to-face "dates" are intended to save users hours of time over legacy online dating sites and help avoid uncomfortable – or unsafe – real world encounters with members who do not match their profile and or their picture, making Flikdate™ an extremely safe "Dating Authentication" application for mobile users.
According to independent research firm IBIS World, the online dating industry historically generates revenue principally from monthly subscriptions (USD $2.0 billion in 2013). Mr. Bicanic noted, "We believe existing legacy subscription business model does not optimize revenue or user experience in the mobile environment. Our Flikdate™ technology has been engineered for a clearly defined transactional revenue model to enable us to avoid a subscription based model entirely, through the sale of a virtual currency called 'Fliks.' Fliks permit members to 'play or engage people they are interested in' by swiping through recommended members. Each swipe uses a Flik. 'Fliking' is designed to increase user engagement by being more like a game. We believe the 'gamification' of dating is important to expanding our potential market audience and our revenue generating capabilities."
Mr. Arben Kryeziu the co- inventor of Flikdate™ and our Chief Technology Officer added "We believe that the nature of human behavior is to continue to look at potential matches and the individual user's selection process for people that they would like to actually chat and or meet with for a date strongly supports this incremental revenue model. Of course, some people will purchase more fliks than others, but we feel confident that our model will be more sustainable and potentially more lucrative than monthly subscriptions that turn over frequently."
According to independent research firm Newzoo, an international full service market research and consulting firm, focused completely on the games industry, the mobile casual gaming revenues surpassed USD $17 billion in 2013, or 23% of the global games market and in 2017, mobile game spending will surpass USD $35 billion, or 34% of the total market.
Mr. Bicanic stated, "The success that Tinder and Snapchat have enjoyed as a result of rapid consumer adoption as casual social interaction platforms is further evidence that we are in an engaging and potentially rewarding space with our proprietary video based application. However we believe they lack the transactional revenue model that Flikdate™ has integrated from its beginning."
Mr. Bicanic also noted "The early critics of Facebook™ did not believe that the company could transition into a mobile monetization model, and they have been proven wrong. We believe that mobile online dating monetization has the potential to follow a similar customer utilization trajectory when compared to brands such as Facebook™ and Snap Chat™."
The Flikdate™ application has already received media attention, including appearances on television via the Good Morning America Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and in print within GQ magazine and the USA Today newspaper publication.
Mr. Bicanic also stated, "We believe the fundamentals of the mobile online dating business are favorable. According to IBIS World, a leading publisher of business information since 1971, the dating services industry continues to expect strong demand in the next five years, and the estimated revenue for the mobile dating market is expected to nearly double in the next five years, with rising smartphone adoption and new location-based features leading the market. IBIS World also expects continued consolidation within the dating services industry which has risen throughout the past five years and concludes that industry consolidation is largely the result of increased mergers and acquisitions, as larger companies acquire well-established dating sites and companies to increase the density of their consumer bases."
In anticipation of the Flikdate™ acquisition, Crossbox, Inc. recently changed its name to FlikMedia, Inc. Under the terms of the transaction, FlikMedia issued shares of our common stock to the former Flikdate™, Inc. stockholders representing 71.5% of our 45,151,287 currently outstanding shares. The terms of the transaction are fully described in our Form 8-K filed with the SEC on July 29, 2014.
In connection with the transaction, FlikMedia is now managed by the Flikdate™ executives, including Nick Bicanic, former CEO and co-founder of EchoEcho, a company funded by Google Ventures, and the inventor of the patent on which Flikdate is based. The Company is also led by Mr. Olivier Chaine, whose 14-year career, included serving as Vice President of Web Operations at LowerMyBills.com, which was sold to Experian. Mr. Chaines value to the Company has been - in assisting the Company in the sales and marketing of their patented software-based technology.
Also in a recent related development, Mr. Arben Kryeziu has been named as the Chief Technology Officer of FlikMedia and Flikdate. Based on Hawaii and New York City, Mr. Kryeziu is a co-founder and investment committee member of mBloom Fund, LP a high tech venture fund funded by the State of Hawaii. mBloom is an investor in Flikdate™.
About FlikMedia, Inc.
FlikMedia is a mobile digital media company focused on designing, developing and bringing to market proprietary and patented video applications for use on mobile platforms. Flikmedia owns and operates Flikdate™, a social discovery engine that is based on the Company's patented technology. Flikdate™ is an iOS and Android based app that allows mobile users to engage in live video social dating in a "face-to-face" environment designed to test two individuals "instant chemistry." We believe that our founders have significant expertise in web-based video applications and hold five US patents on methods and systems for compressing, encrypting, streaming, and playing media data. FlikMedia intends to commercialize its video technology in several vertical industries, including job search, customer support, and gaming. In select instances FlikMedia also intends to white label its technology to third party businesses with an already established customer base in exchange for share of the revenue.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements contained in this document include certain predictions and projections that may be considered forward-looking statements under securities law. These statements involve a number of important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, but not limited to, lack of consumer acceptance and demand for our products, insufficient working capital to expand our technology and engage in marketing of our products, intense competition from larger and more well-established companies, and other economic, competitive and technological factors involving the Company's operations, markets, services, products, and prices. With respect to FlikMedia, Inc. and its Flikdate™, Inc. subsidiary, the matters discussed in this document are forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements.
Chief Marketing Officer
SOURCE FlikMedia, Inc.
SYS-CON Events announced today the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp, being held November 1-2, 2016, in conjunction with 19th Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Combined with real-world scenarios and use cases, the Enterprise IoT Bootcamp is not just based on presentations but with hands-on demos and detailed walkthroughs. We will introduce you to a variety of real world use cases prototyped using Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone, Spark, and Intel Edison. Y...
Sep. 24, 2016 07:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,759
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
Sep. 24, 2016 06:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,453
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the organization. And the same can be said about the organization’s analytics. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data Practice at EMC, will introduce a methodology for capturing, enriching and sharing data (and analytics) across the organizati...
Sep. 24, 2016 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,562
If you’re responsible for an application that depends on the data or functionality of various IoT endpoints – either sensors or devices – your brand reputation depends on the security, reliability, and compliance of its many integrated parts. If your application fails to deliver the expected business results, your customers and partners won't care if that failure stems from the code you developed or from a component that you integrated. What can you do to ensure that the endpoints work as expect...
Sep. 24, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,487
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
Sep. 24, 2016 04:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,677
While DevOps promises a better and tighter integration among an organization’s development and operation teams and transforms an application life cycle into a continual deployment, Chef and Azure together provides a speedy, cost-effective and highly scalable vehicle for realizing the business values of this transformation. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 19th Cloud Expo, Yung Chou, a Technology Evangelist at Microsoft, will present a unique opportunity to witness how Chef and Azure work tog...
Sep. 24, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,515
The vision of a connected smart home is becoming reality with the application of integrated wireless technologies in devices and appliances. The use of standardized and TCP/IP networked wireless technologies in line-powered and battery operated sensors and controls has led to the adoption of radios in the 2.4GHz band, including Wi-Fi, BT/BLE and 802.15.4 applied ZigBee and Thread. This is driving the need for robust wireless coexistence for multiple radios to ensure throughput performance and th...
Sep. 24, 2016 03:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,412
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Sep. 24, 2016 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,013
I'm a lonely sensor. I spend all day telling the world how I'm feeling, but none of the other sensors seem to care. I want to be connected. I want to build relationships with other sensors to be more useful for my human. I want my human to understand that when my friends next door are too hot for a while, I'll soon be flaming. And when all my friends go outside without me, I may be left behind. Don't just log my data; use the relationship graph. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ryan Boyd, Engi...
Sep. 24, 2016 02:15 PM EDT Reads: 1,180
The Internet of Things can drive efficiency for airlines and airports. In their session at @ThingsExpo, Shyam Varan Nath, Principal Architect with GE, and Sudip Majumder, senior director of development at Oracle, will discuss the technical details of the connected airline baggage and related social media solutions. These IoT applications will enhance travelers' journey experience and drive efficiency for the airlines and the airports. The session will include a working demo and a technical d...
Sep. 24, 2016 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,625
SYS-CON Events announced today that China Unicom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. China United Network Communications Group Co. Ltd ("China Unicom") was officially established in 2009 on the basis of the merger of former China Netcom and former China Unicom. China Unicom mainly operates a full range of telecommunications services including mobile broadband (GSM, WCDMA, LTE F...
Sep. 24, 2016 01:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,670
Enterprise IT has been in the era of Hybrid Cloud for some time now. But it seems most conversations about Hybrid are focused on integrating AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google ECM into existing on-premises systems. Where is all the Private Cloud? What do technology providers need to do to make their offerings more compelling? How should enterprise IT executives and buyers define their focus, needs, and roadmap, and communicate that clearly to the providers?
Sep. 24, 2016 01:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,472
SYS-CON Events announced today that SoftLayer, an IBM Company, has been named “Gold Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 18th Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York, New York. SoftLayer, an IBM Company, provides cloud infrastructure as a service from a growing number of data centers and network points of presence around the world. SoftLayer’s customers range from Web startups to global enterprises.
Sep. 24, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 744
The Transparent Cloud-computing Consortium (abbreviation: T-Cloud Consortium) will conduct research activities into changes in the computing model as a result of collaboration between "device" and "cloud" and the creation of new value and markets through organic data processing High speed and high quality networks, and dramatic improvements in computer processing capabilities, have greatly changed the nature of applications and made the storing and processing of data on the network commonplace.
Sep. 24, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Reads: 730
Digital innovation is the next big wave of business transformation based on digital technologies of which IoT and Big Data are key components, For example: Business boundary innovation is a challenge to excavate third-party business value using IoT and BigData, like Nest Business structure innovation may propose re-building business structure from scratch, as Uber does in the taxicab industry The social model innovation is also a big challenge to the new social architecture with the design fr...
Sep. 24, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,016