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Net Element’s (NETE) Secret Sauce for Restaurateurs, Aptito, Goes Fully Retail

The Aptito iPad point-of-sale system from Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) has been tickling the fancy of diners all over with its digitally presented menus. In dining establishments that are adapting to a world increasingly reliant on digital technology, instead of a menu printed on laminated paper stock, a customer can view the menu electronically displayed on a tablet. That digital menu is part of the Aptito platform, which made its debut in 2011. However, there’s more to Aptito than electronic menus. The platform is a comprehensive All-in-One Digital Network Solution for retail businesses of all kinds.

The Aptito system aims to use mobility to put managers and staff in control. For example, with Aptito, waiting staff in restaurants won’t be running back and forth between customers and a stand-alone payments terminal. With Aptito’s Point-of-Sale Mobile Communicator, staff are able to receive and send orders directly from their iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphone from table side or anywhere in the restaurant. The Aptito Full Station package includes an iPad, an iPad enclosure, credit card swiper, cash drawer, local server, and both kitchen and receipt printers. The system comes with a visual interface that is fast and simple to use. Staff can be trained in 15 minutes or less.

Wait staff carrying the Aptito Mobile Communicator enhance the customer experience by allowing them to instantly request their server or the bill with a simple touch. This creates an unprecedented level of customer service and an opportunity to grow sales. Aptito’s secured antitheft tablet enclosures can be wall-mounted close to tables, enabling the customers to send orders to their waiter or to the kitchen at any time during their dining experience.

And, of course, Aptito displays menus digitally on the screen of the visual interface instead of on print material. Customers can view the dishes and fully customize their orders, add comments, and see nutritional information. The Aptito platform offers up-selling opportunities, as well, by presenting customers with wine-pairing choices and dish recommendations.

The image of an entrée or dish on the screen can be enlarged simply by touching. In addition, menus can be viewed in the language of choice. This increases the ability to market to tourists, since menus can be read in their native languages.

Aptito also has a Rating System that asks guests to provide feedback at the end of their meal and add their comments. This information is stored in the Aptito Management System for internal use, which, in some cases, is much better that having it broadcast online or on social media. This private feedback gives managers the ability to nuance their offerings in response to customers’ comments.

Net Element is a global technology company that specializes in mobile payments and value-added transactional services. The company owns and operates a global mobile payments and transactional processing provider, TOT Group, Inc., which in turn owns and markets the following brands: Unified Payments, Aptito, Restoactive, Digital Provider and PayOnline.

In 2012, Unified Payments was lauded by Inc. Magazine as the Fastest Growing Company in America. Restoactive is a seamless digital add-ons for legacy point-of-sale systems. Digital Provider is a leading provider of SMS messaging and mobile billing solutions. PayOnline is a fully-integrated, processor agnostic electronic commerce platform.

For more information, visit www.NetElement.com

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Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (GALT) is “One to Watch”

Fibrosis is when connective tissue from an injury or other circumstances thickens and scars, or when there is excess fibrous connective tissue in an organ after it has been exposed to a chronic disease. Unfortunately, the effects of fibrosis cannot be reversed, and there is currently no treatment that stops the disease from getting worse, although some treatments can deal with the symptoms temporarily.

Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: GALT) is currently undertaking its phase 2a pilot trial (NASHFX) with GR-MD-02 in non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) patients with advanced fibrosis. Although the study did not meet original expectations, Galectin’s larger scale, one year trial in patients with NASH cirrhosis has already enrolled 162 subjects, and top line results will be reported by the end of December 2017. The company considers it encouraging to see that GR-MD-02 has an important clinical effect in both moderate and severe cases of psoriasis. This further suggests that the substance can play a role for human diseases that could be related to NASH.

Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotechnology company focused on the science of galectins, a family of proteins, and drug development. With this expertise, the company creates new therapies for patients suffering from fibrotic diseases and cancer. Galectin works with a variety of partners in order to achieve cost effective and efficient development results within short time frames.

GALT is currently looking to enhance and market its lead compounds in liver fibrosis and cancer immunotherapies. The company has three key areas of focus: studying galectins, developing proprietary compounds for diseases, and advancing its discovery programs. All three work together in order to achieve the overall goal of creating new therapies for fibrotic diseases and cancer.

For more information, visit www.GalectinTherapeutics.com

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eXp World Holdings, Inc. (EXPI) Maintaining a Positive Outlook Thanks to Advances in Internet Technology

At the beginning of 2016, 43% of real estate agencies expected competition from non-traditional firms. Although this number was down 2% from 2015, a survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) (http://dtn.fm/Fx2Sb) found that 46% of agencies believe the competition from virtual firms is increasing, compared to a small 17% of agencies expecting competition from brick and mortar firms.

With this in mind, it is worth noting that the real estate industry is one of the slowest to adapt to this new digital age. The last few years can be seen as the first real phase of digital development within the real estate industry, as technology has played but a minimal role until now. Thanks to today’s growing technology, people in the real estate industry are able to make faster and more informed decisions.

Until now, the industry has believed in location. However, today people can access and accomplish more through the use of smartphones, computers, and other mobile devices. With technology companies such as Airbnb, people are becoming more accustomed to a sharing economy. According to an article by Wharton University of Pennsylvania (http://dtn.fm/M0Vl6), 86% of Americans believe the sharing economy they are now part of makes life more affordable, 83% say things are more convenient and efficient, and 63% believe it is more fun than engaging with traditional companies.

But why does the technology industry want to play a role in the real estate sector? The answer is simple. Real estate is one of the largest single assets in the United States. The sector is now worth approximately $50 trillion, with residential housing making up approximately $26 trillion of this. As a result, real estate companies are having to embrace the digital world quickly at the risk of letting technology-savvy companies take over.

To do this, real estate firms are having to implement cloud-based Big Data technologies to better serve their customers. eXp World Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: EXPI) is a prime example. eXp Realty, the company’s real estate division, is a fully agent-owned cloud brokerage. The agents and brokers at EXPI work, train, strategize, collaborate, innovate, and build teams across North America from the comforts of home using the company’s cloud office environment.

EXPI believes that, with the advancements in technology today, real estate consumers are equipped with deeper knowledge and understanding than ever before. Many consumers today leverage the company’s cloud-based technology to buy and sell without the aid of brick and mortar offices. EXPI’s primary goal is to become “the first truly agent-owned, cloud-based, full service, global real estate brokerage company delivering around-the-clock access to collaborative tools and professional development for managing real estate brokers and agents.”

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.eXpWorldHoldings.com

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Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Embracing the New Sharing Economy

The travel and hospitality industry is changing, with companies worldwide attempting to strengthen their positions within the industry by increasing consolidations, examples being hotels such as Marriott (NASDAQ: MAR), AccorHotels, and others. At the same time, other companies are focusing less on consolidation and more on incorporating new business models that meet consumer needs.

One growing area in the industry is the concept of sharing, facilitated by the efficient processing of business and consumer communication. Companies such as Airbnb, OpenTable, and Uber are focused on helping customers find what they need rather than offering their own brick and mortar facilities or other physical assets.

Next year is expected to be a growth year for this new sharing economy. The concept is simple: instead of having excess supply and/or demand, the sharing economy aims to keep supply and demand in balance. Companies worldwide will provide as much as the consumer needs when he/she needs it, with an emphasis on convenience. New business models ensure that the experience is as convenient as possible for the consumer. They are referred to as ‘market-makers’, because they control both supply and demand, which in turn has created a major move toward convenience that has been lacking in the industry.

To generate this cost and market effectiveness that is convenient for the consumer, companies are required to partner with the customer. The customer wants to be connected to his/her experience. Partnering with the customer means connecting with the customer. This not only allows the customer to participate in the design of his/her experience but also enables the companies to gather more feedback, which in turn can be shared with other customers.

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI), a technology-driven travel company, offers travel solutions to every demographic through its booking engine, NextTrip.com. Through NextTrip, customers are able to choose from a range of transport options, accommodations, tours, and much more. Monaker has incorporated itself within the new sharing economy, where guests are able to make decisions based on their demographic, holiday requirements, time preferences, and, thanks to social media, other people’s experiences.

For more information, visit www.MonakerGroup.com

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Moxian, Inc. (MOXC) – An Information Partner for Smart Growth

Moxian, Inc. (OTCQB: MOXC) is a precision marketing machine. For six years, the corporation has been steeped in integrated marketing techniques, offering ways for companies to get to know their customers and competitors as well as they know themselves.

Moxian is a pioneer of novel social marketing and promotion platforms with a particular focus on Asian markets. From its head office in Shenzhen, China, the company has developed and delivered products and services that enable its merchant clients to manage advertising campaigns and promotions targeting potential customers.

Since 2010, Moxian has leveraged big data to create winning marketing solutions and encourage stable, sustainable growth. With constant, harmonious promotion and business development, Moxian steadily drives local merchants and users to its marketing platform while simultaneously pushing that platform to the mainstream areas of the Internet. Moxian’s platform is specially designed to attract new users to subscribe to it and to entice current users to return frequently. How does the company do this? It employs social media to encourage regular interactions between merchants and consumers.

Once Moxian drives merchants and consumers to its platform, it monitors and tracks their activity. The data collected from its database of users’ activities is in turn offered to and used by merchants who wish to study consumer behavior on the platform. In offering this option, Moxian has built a social customer relation management tool that allows business owners to engage in precision marketing.

With the guidance of its experienced management team and a set of wide-ranging business strategies, Moxian seems ready to take advantage of the significant market opportunities presented by the online-to-offline sector in China. As a growing number of merchants adopt its platform, merchant fees will likely offer a major source of repeat revenue for the company, which is also poised to earn additional revenue from the sale of advertising on its platform. All in all, the company’s multiple revenue sources, operating performance and growth initiatives are positioning it to advance even further.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Moxian.com

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Net Element, Inc. (NETE) Subsidiary Announced as Payments Partner of Dunkin’ Donuts in Russia

Before the opening bell, Net Element, Inc. (NASDAQ: NETE) announced that PayOnline, its wholly-owned subsidiary, has entered into an agreement with Dunkin’ Donuts (NASDAQ: DNKN) that will enable the coffee and baked goods chain to accept payments for online ordering and delivery services in Russia. Since its entry into the Russian market in 2010, Dunkin’ Donuts has experienced rapid growth. Today, DNKN operates 33 coffee houses in Moscow alone.

Earlier this year, Dunkin’ Donuts introduced online ordering and delivery services on its official site on the Russian internet in an effort to better meet the needs of individuals residing and working in this market. Through its new agreement with PayOnline, DNKN will seek to enhance this service by enabling easy and secure payment acceptance spanning a range of common payment methods, including Russian national payment cards, Visa (NYSE: V), Visa Electron, MasterCard (NYSE: MA) and Maestro.

“When choosing a payment partner, the determining factors for us were: a favorable cost factor, good image of the partner in the market, and a positive feedback from existing clients,” Stanislav Petrushin, marketing department specialist with Dunkin’ Donuts, stated in this morning’s news release. “In addition, it is critical for us to provide ease-of-use and loyalty to our clients. As a result, friendly and adaptive payment interface and around-the-clock support for payers finally persuaded us to choose Net Element’s PayOnline as our payments partner.”

Through its new partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts, Net Element is primed to build upon the recent growth recorded by its PayOnline subsidiary. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to expand PayOnline’s foothold in Central Asia, opening an office in Kazakhstan alongside its existing sales office in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Early results from these efforts have been promising. Just last week, Net Element highlighted strong growth in its transaction processing volume during the first seven months of 2016. Discounting the effects of foreign currency exchange, the company realized a 77 percent year-over-year increase in total dollars processed from January to June 2016, with online solutions leading the way with a 90 percent year-over-year spike.

This solid performance has also positioned Net Element to increase its visibility within the investor community. The company was recently named one of the fastest-growing technology companies of 2016 by the South Florida Business Journal. Earning a spot on this prestigious list, which is based on percentage growth over a two-year time frame, served as “a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Net Element team,” according to Oleg Firer, chief executive officer of Net Element. The company will be featured alongside other 2016 Technology Award winners in an upcoming special edition of the South Florida Business Journal.

For more information, visit www.NetElement.com

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Airbnb’s Fundraising Reveals Welcome Mat for Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI)

In the relatively short eight years since Airbnb was founded, the San Francisco-based company has connected more than 60 million guests with over two million accommodation listings around the world. Today, Airbnb holds an enviable position as the bellwether of the community marketplace, underwritten by a $30 billion valuation that demonstrates the incredible investor and consumer appetite for the home-sharing market.

Airbnb recently filed a Form D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, announcing an equity deal in which the company raised approximately $555 million. This is likely part of the ongoing $850 million Series F round, as reported by Equidate (http://dtn.fm/s3imF), and brings Airbnb’s total fundraising to more than $3 billion.

What this means for small-cap travel booking company Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) is that the investment community knows there is plenty demand to go around. Not only has Monaker developed a one-of-a-kind booking engine for lodging options, its model includes travel and entertainment booking features that should be turning heads in the investment community.

According to a draft prospectus filed with the SEC (http://dtn.fm/ZDj1b), Monaker is accelerating its corporate action and has initiated the process seeking to uplist shares of its common stock to the NYSE Market.

Headquartered in Weston, Florida, Monaker Group is digging its heels into the alternative lodging market (vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshare inventory). As evidenced by the diversity of Airbnb’s listings – which include castles and villas – this puts Monaker in exactly the right spot to cater to consumers looking beyond hotel rooms for economical and unique accommodations.

The company’s flagship brand is NextTrip.com, the first and only real-time booking engine that features alternative lodging, as well as a full selection of airlines, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services. While its model greatly differs from its competitors in this respect, NextTrip also offers the ability to book in real-time – which means no more waiting for home owners to respond – and employs a B2B solution for the larger Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) and lodging bookers that until now have been unable to access inventory.

These features are offered in a single, easy-to-use platform that gives users access to vacation rental inventory in desirable locations in the U.S., the EU and the Caribbean.

In addition to its existing inventory, Monaker has roughly one million additional alternative lodging units under contract that are set to be added to its platform. In terms of available listings, the additional inventory should easily place NextTrip among the top three largest vacation rental inventories and rival industry peers – along with Airbnb and HomeAway.

Monaker is also tapping into business travel, and recently expanded its initial agreement with Recruiter.com to offer travel products and services to Recruiter’s list of more than three million customers, many of which are senior corporate executives. Monaker expects the deal to provide “meaningful exposure” to decision makers at roughly one million companies worldwide.

Demonstrated by Airbnb’s ability to raise billions of dollars and build confidence in a relatively young industry, the market is ripe and welcoming for Monaker and its ability to deliver innovations that add a new dynamic to the existing home-sharing model.

For more information, visit www.MonakerGroup.com

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Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Aims High with Blended Travel Solutions

Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) is committed to building innovative, travel-focused companies that bring unique products and services to the marketplace. As parent company to a group of diverse and exciting brands and divisions, Monaker’s travel solutions are used by varied demographics. Plus, with key partnerships and established travel brands as its cornerstones, the company continues to pursue its mission of expanding its offerings to become the “one stop” vacation center.

Monaker is a leader within the world of travel. With more than six decades of experience and operation in leisure travel, the Florida-based company continues to offer technologically-driven travel solutions across borders. Within the industry, Monaker is well known for developing the first comprehensive platform to feature real-time alternative lodging booking functionality.

Monaker’s flagship platform, NextTrip.com, delivers this functionality and more. With NextTrip.com, consumers have access to a real-time booking engine that features alternative lodging (vacation home rentals, resort residences and unused timeshares) and a wide array of flights, hotels, cruises, rental cars, tours and concierge services, all of which are unified under one platform that gives customers the power to choose as they see fit when booking their vacations.

In the summer of 2016, Monaker stepped up its list of offerings by introducing a premium service that will allow it to tap into the fast-growing alternative lodging market even further. Earlier this year, a Research and Markets report estimated that the international vacation rental market will reach $170 billion by 2019, and Monaker is taking steps to pursue a portion of this market with its new service. Monaker’s premium service is designed to give property owners a chance to increase their booking revenue by close to 50% while reducing how much time they need to manage their properties by about 10 hours per week. Lots of property owners around the world are constantly seeking a more practical, more convenient way to post their vacation rental properties as alternative lodgings, and Monaker is now offering them that option. At the same time, the new premium service should bring more property listings to Monaker’s alternative lodging portfolio.

For more information, visit www.MonakerGroup.com

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EnteroMedics, Inc. (ETRM) is Pulling its Weight in the Fight Against Obesity

EnteroMedics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM) aims to make America leaner and fitter. The company, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, provides safe, reliable and effective products and therapies to treat obesity and metabolic disorders. Its signature technology, the vBloc® vagal blocking therapy delivered via the Maestro® Rechargeable System, is gaining increasing acceptance both domestically and abroad. vBloc® offers the overweight and the obese relief from those extra pounds that, all too often, trigger a variety of problematic medical conditions.

Overweight and obesity are global problems, but America appears to have taken the cake. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published statistics that are quite alarming. ‘More than 2 in 3 adults are considered to be overweight or obese’ and ‘more than 1 in 3 adults are considered to be obese’.

Overweight is excess body weight due to too much muscle, bone, fat or water. Obesity is an excess amount of body fat. One measure of overweight and obesity is the Body Mass Index (BMI), which is a person’s weight (in kilograms) divided by the square of his or her height (in meters). Your weight is considered normal if the BMI is under 25. Anyone with a BMI over 25 and under 30 is considered overweight. If your BMI is 30 or over, you are obese.

Extra weight means extra stress for the vital organs. The liver, heart, kidneys and pancreas are all adversely affected by visceral fat, the internal fatty tissue that develops to enfold them. Unlike the benign deposits of fat that lie just beneath the skin, which shape our figures, visceral fat is highly toxic. ‘Visceral fat has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. In women, it is also associated with breast cancer and the need for gallbladder surgery’, according to this (http://dtn.fm/tR3tv) Harvard Medical School publication. The NIDDK lists the health risks of overweight and obesity as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, nonalcoholic fatty liver disorders, osteoarthritis, stroke and cancers of the breast, colon, uterine lining and kidney.

Chronic cases of overweight and obesity are treated by surgery. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) figures, as reported by News Medical (http://dtn.fm/mM8vM), relate that ‘about 193,000 people had bariatric surgery in 2014… sleeve gastrectomy was… found to be the most common procedure, accounting for 51.7 percent of weight-loss operations, followed by gastric bypass (26.8%), gastric band (9.5%), and biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (0.4%).’ These are all intensely intrusive procedures with many risks that may be hard to stomach. Sleeve gastrectomy, for example, is a procedure in which up to 80 percent of the stomach can be removed.

The vBloc® vagal blocking therapy from EnteroMedics, Inc. is, on the other hand, minimally invasive. It is implanted under the skin just outside the ribcage and involves limited scarring. Recovery time from surgery is short. Some patients reported having the surgery on Friday and going out to work the following Monday.

The vBloc® Therapy works to control sensations of hunger using a pacemaker-like device. A Briefing Document (http://dtn.fm/gY7a9) on the FDA website indicates that when the therapy is used for 12 hours per day as prescribed, patients experienced an average excess weight loss of 28 percent over one year. This was 50 percent more weight loss than patients who did not receive vBloc®.

In June 2016, EnteroMedics announced a series of successful vBloc procedures at the Beltline Bariatric and Surgical Group in Atlanta, Georgia. And this week, it was disclosed that the European Patent Office had issued a Notice of Intention to Grant a European Patent covering safety features of the Company’s vBloc® Neurometabolic Therapy System. EnteroMedics, with its vBloc® Therapy, is beginning to look like a heavy hitter.

For more information, please visit www.vbloc.com

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Horizon Pharma plc (HZNP) is “One to Watch”

Headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Horizon Pharma (NASDAQ: HZNP) is a biopharmaceutical company whose aim is to improve lives with the recognition, development, acquisition, and commercialization of accessible medicines to meet a variety of patient medical needs. Horizon Pharma now markets nine key products through its orphan, rheumatology, and primary care business units.

Products include ACTIMMUNE®, Buphenyl®, Duexis®, KRYSTEXXA®, Migergot®, PENNSAID® 2%, Ravicti®, Rayos®, and Vimovo®. These products are used to reduce the frequency and severity of serious infections, treat patients with urea cycle disorders, relieve signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, decrease the risk of developing upper gastrointestinal ulcers, and treat patients with chronic gout, among other symptoms and diseases.

In October 2014, HZNP acquired PENNSAID® 2%, followed by Hyperion Therapeutics in May 2015. At the beginning of this year, the company completed the acquisition of Crealta Holdings LLC, which allowed it to expand its orphan business with KRYSTEXXA® (pegloticase), a biologic medicine for chronic, refractory gout.

In addition, Horizon Pharma recently entered into a definitive agreement with Raptor Pharmaceutical Corp. (NASDAQ: RPTP), through which HZNP will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of RPTP common stock for a cash payment of $9.00 per share. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016 and is estimated to be worth $800 million.

Horizon Pharma has approximately 890 global employees and operates across Ireland, Europe, and the United States. As of August 9, 2016, Horizon Pharma had a market capitalization of $3.60 billion. The company has seen steady growth in net sales and adjusted EBITDA. With net sales up from $74 million in 2013 to over $1 billion in 2015, HZNP expects to strengthen its focus on rare diseases while expanding further into Europe and other international markets.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.HorizonPharma.com

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