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Trustpilot raises $55 million for online business reviews - VentureBeat

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 11:30 AM PST

Trustpilot, a Copenhagen-based ratings platform for ecommerce companies, today announced that it has raised $55 million in a series E equity investment round led by Advent International affiliate Sunley House Capital Management, with participation from Vitruvian Partners, Draper Esprit, Index Ventures, Northzone, and Seed Capital. It comes after a $20 million round in September 2017, and brings the firm's total venture capital raised to $198.8, according to Crunchbase.

CEO Peter Mühlmann said the influx of capital will help strengthen Trustpilot's market position through investment in its sales and technology teams. "There has never been a greater need for trust online and in the world which is why we keep pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the review space," he said. "Our open and transparent approach is crucial. It empowers consumers and companies to collaborate, innovate and improve together and that's what builds lasting brand trust."

Mühlmann founded Trustpilot — which closed out 2018 as one of the top 1 percent most-visited websites globally — in 2007, when he noticed his parents were struggling to find reputable online stores. Anyone with an email address, Facebook profile, or Google account can submit reviews to Trustpilot, and although companies can report posts they believe to be disingenuous or that plainly violate Trustpilot's guidelines, Trustpilot exposes the number of reviews that have been flagged and what the ultimate outcome was.


Above: Reviews on Trustpilot.

Image Credit: Trustpilot

Trustpilot says its reviews database contains more than 58 million reviews of over 265,000 businesses in over 150 countries, and that users contribute about 1.2 million new reviews each month. It also says that those reviews get about 3.5 billion monthly impressions, more than 400 million of which come from Google alone.

Trustpilot surfaces reviews on businesses' websites via an embeddable, customizable widget — Trustbox — and on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn through bespoke apps. They show up in Bing and Yahoo in the form of merchant reviews, and thanks to Trustpilot's licensing agreement with Google, they're listed as Google Seller Ratings in Google Shopping, AdWords, Google Search Partners, and Google's organic search results.

Trustpilot extends to corporate clients a number of tools and services, including app integrations with Magento, WooCommerce, Shopify, and BigCommerce; an API that merges the review invite and response flow into customer relationship management (CRM) software and email clients; and automated invitations that ask recent customers to leave reviews. (Trustpilot claims that businesses using its review reminders collect an average of 35 percent more reviews.) That's in addition to a performance dashboard that tracks things like collection rates and changes in review scores over time, and Review Insights, a feature that taps AI to automatically sort, segment, and score reviews by topics like price, website experience, delivery, and other topics.

Trustpilot lets businesses collect and respond to reviews for free, but its suite of other features don't come cheap. Its $299 per month Lite plan adds in email invitations and TrustBox access, and the $549 per month Pro plan includes analytics, the ability to export review data, and more. Access to the API and embedded review profile, meanwhile, is locked behind the top-end, variably priced Enterprise tier.

"Trustpilot offers a powerful value proposition to businesses, enabling them to improve their digital marketing efficiency and enhance customer engagement," Sunley House Capital's Mohammed Anjarwala, who will join Trustpilot's board of directors, said. "We believe that the company has significant opportunities for continued growth, both in its core UK market and internationally, and look forward to supporting Peter and the Trustpilot team."

Trustpilot currently employs about 700 people in its Copenhagen headquarters and across offices in London, New York, Denver, Vilnius, Berlin, and Melbourne.

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Purdue University Global Pitches New Online Course with Baseball and Business Double Play - Associated Press

Posted: 06 Mar 2019 07:49 AM PST

INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 6, 2019--What do Purdue University and Major League Baseball have in common?

In 2019, both institutions will celebrate their 150 th anniversaries, and a pair of professors affiliated with Purdue are marking these dual sesquicentennials by introducing a six-week online course that promises to serve as a virtual management game plan for leadership outside the locker room – and potentially in the boardroom.

The course chronicles 150 years of baseball history as seen through the changing lens of business management, including economic changes through two world wars; advancements in gender, race and labor relations; marketing; leadership; technology; and the use of Big Data in decision-making.

The course curriculum was developed by Prof. Rebecca Herman, a baseball author and faculty member with Purdue University Global's School of Business and Information Technology, and Prof. Randy Roberts, a 150 th Anniversary Professor and Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The course debuts online in March, beginning as an exclusive offering to Purdue Alumni Association members. More than 700 people already have enrolled in the course.

"We want people who have never taken an online course to experience one, and this particular experience unites people in their love of baseball," said Herman, a baseball enthusiast whose grandmother played professional women's baseball during World War II. "The virtual classroom is a place of ideas, conversation, questions and discovery and, throughout its history, baseball has been enmeshed in almost every important societal or economic trend and change. It offers a fantastic environment for lessons in business and management."

Purdue Alumni Association members who register in the noncredit, six-week class will spend roughly three to five hours a week on course-related activities, including a weekly live seminar, readings, discussion and video messages from noted baseball leaders.

"The course will offer a historical perspective of how baseball has been a reflection of American history, whether it's race relations, labor relations or entertainment," Roberts said. "It will examine the role baseball has played and how baseball has changed and evolved as America has changed and evolved."

Herman pointed out that the course was developed with the support of Major League Baseball and was featured as part of Purdue Global's offerings at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas in December. She said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has been incredibly helpful in providing resources such as John Thorn, MLB's official historian, who has reviewed course content and was interviewed for the Distinguished Leaders Video Series.

Given the tiny fraction of baseball players who reach the professional level and even fewer who make the jump to the major leagues, Purdue University Global presents a convenient online option that offers them a quality, highly personalized education that can provide a competitive edge to advance in an alternate career path.

"Highly competitive jobs in professional coaching, broadcasting and the front office often strongly recommend or require a college degree," said Herman, a Purdue Global faculty member since 2005. "The lessons of baseball in areas like diversity and race relations, management and labor relations, and data analytics and decision sciences are incredibly relevant in today's work environment. We explore all of these topics in the course."

For more information about the course, visit the Purdue Alumni Association website at

About Rebecca Herman

Rebecca Herman, Ph.D, is an organizational culture expert, best-selling author, professional speaker, leadership consultant, and baseball researcher and writer. She loves to work with people and organizations to help them achieve their fullest potential and wants to help people become a major league leaders.

Dr. Herman is a graduate business professor of leadership and organizational development for Purdue University Global. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Herman enjoyed a successful career as a leader in human resources for over two decades.

She is co-author of "Lead Me Out to the Ballgame," a leadership book based on two years of interviews with over 100 people in Major League Baseball. She frequently blogs about the San Diego Padres as co-founder of Padre360 and also discusses all things baseball as TheBaseballPHD.

She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi fraternity with over 30 years of volunteer service and most recently as international vice president on the Executive Board.

Dr. Herman earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville and earned her Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

About Randy Roberts

Randy Roberts, 150 th Anniversary Professor and Distinguished Professor of History at Purdue University, was the 2015-16 Charles Boal Ewing Chair of Military History at West Point. In addition to winning the Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award at Purdue University and twice receiving Teacher of the Year in the School of Liberal Arts, he won the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Indiana Professor of the Year.

He specializes in teaching military history – including courses on World War I and World War II – sports history and popular culture.

Roberts is also an award-winning, best-selling author. He has won several national book awards. His book, coauthored with Johnny Smith, is Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, which received featured reviews in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the London Times, the National Review, and other newspapers and magazines. His most recent book coauthored with Johnny Smith is A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle.

About Purdue University Global

Purdue University Global is the extreme personalization online university, providing students the competitive edge to advance in their chosen careers. It offers a hyper-tailored path for students to earn an associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree, based on their work experience, desired pace, military service, previous college credits and other considerations -- no matter where they are in their life journey.

Purdue Global serves approximately 29,000 students, most of whom earn their degree online. It also operates 14 locations in Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin. Purdue Global is a nonprofit, public university accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. It is affiliated with Purdue University's flagship institution, a highly ranked public research university located in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University also operates two regional campuses in Fort Wayne and Northwest, Indiana, as well as serving close to 6,000 science, engineering and technology students at the Indiana University-Purdue University (IUPUI) Indianapolis campus.

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IPWebMedia Website Design: Helping Your Business Win Online - PRNewswire

Posted: 06 Mar 2019 05:42 AM PST

LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Pavel Ilii, Head of IPWebMedia, has the vision of helping small businesses refocus their website design experience to prioritize speed and accessibility and deliver businesses their best customer experience yet. 

Coming from Los Angeles, California, we know small business owners depend on their company's success to live the comfortable lifestyle everyone deserves.  As we all know, first impressions are crucial.  With a majority of first introductions to businesses being made online, business owners need a website that will represent their business digitally as well as they represent themselves in person. 

We understand that operating a business is difficult, we're here to make expanding your business's capabilities easy.  We believe no small business owner should have to choose between restocking vital inventory or keeping an employee and adding on vital services that will help the business grow and thrive.  As a small business owner, you should have access to website design that will put your business ahead. Period.

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IPWebMedia's award-winning services have been featured by Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and The Wall Street Journal (among others), our services are effective at helping businesses just like yours for one simple reason: our process is better.  Having worked with clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, we've seen it all and we're here to bring our experience to your business's new website, as well.

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France Unveils Plan to Tax Internet Giants | Business News - U.S. News & World Report

Posted: 06 Mar 2019 04:23 AM PST

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PARIS (AP) — The French government is unveiling plans to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenues of internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.

UMass Moves Into Competitive Online College Business - WBUR

Posted: 05 Mar 2019 08:02 AM PST

On Monday, at the annual State of the University address at the UMass Club, UMass President Marty Meehan announced the university system will move into adult online education, to better compete with Southern New Hampshire University and other big schools that offer courses and degrees online.

Meehan said one big reason to move into online education is that the number of college students in New England is declining.

"In New England, there will be between 32,000 and 54,000 fewer college-aged students just seven years from now," Meehan said. "That means colleges and universities will have too much capacity and not enough demand at a time when the economic model in higher education is already straining under its own weight."

Meehan said on-campus education is increasingly expensive, and taxpayer support for public universities has been in a long decline.

"Since 2008, state funding for public higher education has decreased when you adjust for inflation by 12.5 percent, according to a recent report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston," Meehan said. "The equation is simple: As costs go up, inability to keep pace with inflation from the state, we make cuts that impact students, and our students and their families pay and borrow more."

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Meehan said by offering online education for adults, UMass will address the needs of the people least able to pay off their college loans: those who did not graduate.

"Approximately 1 million adults in Massachusetts have some college credit but no bachelor's degree," he said.

"In that context, I think it's a Band-Aid for a broken system," said Zach Bears, executive director of Mass PHENOM, a grassroots organization that is pushing for more funding for public higher education.

"Those adult students, there never should have been a system where the only way for them to get an education was to take on debt in the first place, so in that sense, it's good that we're providing more options and trying to fix that. In the long term, we need to address the systemic challenges that have forced so many students into that position," Bears said.

The UMass plan for a national online college did get the support of Gov. Charlie Baker.

"UMass as a system should be the adult online education leader here in the commonwealth for people who are either looking to secure a credential because of their place of employment or to finish the degree that they never got finished or to pursue a degree in something that's particularly important to them," Baker said after the address.

UMass would be competing with universities that have been in the online education business for years: Southern New Hampshire University, Arizona State, Purdue and Penn State. Meehan says UMass intends to become one of four or five major national players in that business with strong footholds in their region.

Meehan did not ignore on-campus education in his annual address. He endorsed legislation that would restore public higher education funding to 2001 levels.

That's something Bears was happy to hear. "Higher-education funding has dropped by over a third per student since 2001," Bears said.

And Meehan pointed out that one aspect of UMass finances is improving: its endowment. When Meehan took over the presidency in 2005, he made it one of his priorities to increase the endowment. At the time, it was $768 million. On Monday night, he said it's almost $1 billion.

This segment aired on March 5, 2019.

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