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> January 2024
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Florida Venture Forum Announces Record Number of Companies Selected to Present at 2024 Florida Venture Capital Conference

MIAMI, FLA. – January 10, 2024 – Florida Venture Forum, Florida’s largest statewide support organization for investors and entrepreneurs, today announced the companies selected to present at its 2024 Florida Venture Capital Conference, being held January 31-February 1, 2024 in Miami.

This year companies will be pitching in three main groups, Growth Stage, Early Stage and Healthcare. The latter pitching during the Locke Lord Healthcare Summit.

Ben Patz, Managing Partner at DeepWork Capital and Florida Venture Forum Selection Chair, said, “To support its expanded programming, the Florida Venture Forum has solicited presenting companies in Early, Growth and Healthcare sectors. The selection committees for each sector were impressed with the quantity and quality of applicants and while they hoped for an easier selection process because of the segmentation, selection has gotten even more competitive. We are excited to announce the presenting companies.”

Kevin Burgoyne, President and CEO of the Florida Venture Forum, said, “We are extremely excited to offer attendees at this year’s conference a record number of presenting companies that represent the best and brightest venture-ready innovators from Florida, and beyond. On behalf of the Forum, I want to thank our staff, and selection committee leaders and members who worked so hard to choose these amazing startups. And, finally, congratulations to the companies, and their founders and teams.”

The 2024 Florida Venture Capital Conference will take place January 31 – February 1, 2024, in Miami. For more information and to register visit: https://flventure.org/florida-venture-capital-conference/

Participating companies, by region:

Central & East/West Central Florida

iSOCRATES (https://www.isocrates.com/) St. Petersburg, the company advises on, builds, manages & owns mission-critical Marketing, Advertising and Data platforms, technologies and processes as the Global Leader in MADTech Resource Planning and Execution™ serving publishers, marketers, agencies/consultancies and their enablers. This company will be presenting at the Growth Stage Track.

> October 2023
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In The News - iSOCRATES is now SOC 2 Compliant Organization

iSOCRATES receives SOC 2 Compliant Organization Certification

SOC 2 is an auditing procedure that ensures we securely manage our clients’ data to protect interests of their organization and the privacy. For security-conscious businesses, SOC II compliance is a minimal requirement when considering a SaaS provider.

A SOC 2 Type II report focuses on the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Trust Service Criteria (formerly the Trust Service Principles). It examines a service provider’s internal controls and systems related to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy of data.

> July 2023
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Non-Profit Specialist SIGMA Data Insights Acquired

In the US, marketing, advertising and data platforms specialist iSOCRATES has acquired membership industry and non-profit sector specialist SIGMA Data Insights. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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SIGMA Data Insights’ data scientists specialize in converting big data into insights, and ensuring clients’ data is updated with all key insights. The firm delivers analytics, strategy, and marketing technology solutions to drive customer retention, growth, and acquisition, and makes data accessible and ready to analyze.

Through the deal, SIGMA joins MADTech (MarTech, AdTech, and DataTech) firm iSOCRATES, and long-time SIGMA CEO and principal owner Stefan Willimann (pictured) will join iSOCRATES as a Partner and Practice Lead. The combined company, which will be known as iSOCRATES, employs 50 data and analytics professionals, as well as more than 100 software and data engineers, and media and marketing platform specialists.

Willimann comments: ‘This is a terrific example of ‘try before you buy’ for both firms. Our teams have been working really well with each other delivering 24/7/365 on behalf of our clients since the end of last year before negotiating our deal. Our corporate vision and values are aligned and our growth prospects appear excellent.’

> July 2023
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iSOCRATES acquires SIGMA Data Insights

Membership and Non-Profit industry Data and Analytics pioneer SIGMA unites with global MADTech leader iSOCRATES

St. Petersburg, Florida, July 25, 2023. Global MADTech (MarketingTech, AdvertisingTech, and DataTech) leader iSOCRATES has acquired SIGMA Data Insights, the 38 year old membership industry data and analytics transformation solutions pioneer. The official announcement was made in St. Petersburg and Rochester, New York today. The move to acquire SIGMA Data Insights started earlier this year once iSOCRATES had proven to be a trusted and highly effective business solutions partner for SIGMA.

Long-time SIGMA CEO and principal owner Stefan Willimann, who will be joining iSOCRATES as a partner and Practice Lead said, ”This is a terrific example of ‘try before you buy’ for both firms. Our teams have been working really well with each other delivering 24/7/365 on behalf of our clients since the end of last year before negotiating our deal. Our corporate vision and values are aligned and our growth prospects appear excellent.”

Combined, SIGMA and iSOCRATES (the successor company name) offers a world-class bench of 50 full-time, certified data and analytics professionals as well as 100+ highly specialized software and data engineers, and media and marketing platform specialists. Together, iSOCRATES now has 25 recurring monthly clients for whom it performs mission-critical customer data, media and/or marketing operations, plus many others for whom iSOCRATES does highly successful, project-specific work.

Of particular note, iSOCRATES now offers best-in-class data, analytic, and media/marketing strategy and operations consulting, managed services, and artificial intelligence tools for the Membership and Not-for-Profit industries. In fact, iSOCRATES now has more than a dozen specialists focused on this particular market.

Scott Lugar, CMO, AAA Club Alliance said of the new combination, “For many years SIGMA has been a great entrepreneurial partner and extension of our data-driven marketing team. Because they have an understanding of our business, they are able to present solutions and ideas for driving Membership growth as well as testing scenarios to help maximize our marketing spends. I’m enthusiastic about seeing what is ahead with the combined talent, skill and ability with iSOCRATES.”

The acquisition of SIGMA fits into iSOCRATES’s strategy to build both organically and inorganically the world’s leading MADTech product and services provider. By purchasing SIGMA and integrating its clients and staff, iSOCRATES expects to deepen its commitment to the membership and not-for-profit industries. Both industries’ growing needs overlap iSOCRATES’s proven, affordable core capabilities in data, analytics, media, and marketing technologies and processes. Membership organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, are growing in sophistication and need larger scale resources to help both strategically and tactically.

About iSOCRATES

iSOCRATES advises on, builds, manages, and owns mission-critical Marketing, Advertising and Data platforms, technologies and processes as the Global Leader in MADTech Resource Planning and Execution™ serving publishers, marketers, agencies and enablers.

iSOCRATES has two lines of business: Products (MADTechAI™) and Services (Consulting: Strategy and Operations; Managed Services).

iSOCRATES is staffed 24/7/365 with its own proven specialists who save partners money, time and achieve transparent, accountable performance while delivering extraordinary value. Savings stem from a low-cost, focused global delivery model at scale that benefits from continuous re-investment in technology and specialized training.

The company is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A. with its global delivery center in Mysuru, Karnataka, India.

Media Contact:

William A. Lederer
Chairman and CEO, iSOCRATES
bill.l@isocrates.com
Direct line: (727) 316-9501
https://isocrates.com/

> May 2023
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iSOCRATES Reaches Global Performance Standard

MADTech Leader iSOCRATES receives technical recognition

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A., May 14, 2023 — MADTech industry leader iSOCRATES is proud to announce that it has renewed the ISO audit and has been awarded the coveted ISO 27001:2013 certificate for services under the categories consulting, product development, and managed services.

ISO 27001:2013 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organization.

William A. (“Bill”) Lederer, Chairman and CEO, iSOCRATES LLC, said of the accomplishment, “This, our renewed ISO certification, is another iSOCRATES milestone marking our progress toward becoming the world-class media and marketing product and services provider we aim to be. I am proud of how our global teams are working and growing together to deliver measurable value continuously and predictively at scale. Kudos to Ashwini Thammaiah, our Global Delivery leader and her department heads and senior team leaders who are responsible for this fine achievement. Achieving the ISO 27001:2013 demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering secure and consistent services to all our client-partners. It also demonstrates iSOCRATES is keen to invest time and money in new technology, training, staff, processes, and procedures.”

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> December 2022
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Healthy Workplace Annual Conference & Awards event held at The Lalit Ashok on 2nd December 2022 – Ashwini Thammaiah


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> November 2022
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“Ashwini Thammaiah – 2022”

During the recent Bengaluru Tech Summit Silver Jubilee, iSOCRATES was awarded as Karnataka’s “Progressive Company”.

Ashwini Thammaiah, VP, Global Delivery, shared on the dais at the time and via LinkedIN afterward, “Thanks to all my team and our CEO William A. (“Bill”) Lederer for all the hard work and support because of which we have gotten so far! So much more to do and a long way still to go!!”

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Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM)’s Post

During 2022 The Big Tech Show Mysuru, as part of the Women Work Conclave, a panel discussion was held organized on 19th October 2022 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Mysuru.

The panel discussion involved several prominent women industry leaders, including iSOCRATES VP, Global Delivery Ashwini Thammaiah, who shared her thoughts on “Women in Technology – Aspirations and Challenges.”

> June 2022
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iSOCRATES Reaches Global Performance Standard

MADTech Leader iSOCRATES receives technical recognition

St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A., June 10, 2022 — MADTech industry leader iSOCRATES is proud to announce that it has passed its first ISO audit and has been awarded the coveted ISO 27001:2013 certificate for services under the categories consulting, product development, and managed services.

ISO 27001:2013 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving an information security management system within the context of the organization.

William A. (“Bill”) Lederer, Chairman and CEO, iSOCRATES LLC, said of the accomplishment, “This, our first ISO certification, is another iSOCRATES milestone marking our progress toward becoming the world-class media and marketing product and services provider we aim to be. I am proud of how our global teams are working and growing together to deliver measurable value continuously and predictively at scale. Kudos to Ashwini Thammaiah, our Global Delivery leader and her department heads and senior team leaders who are responsible for this fine achievement. Achieving the ISO 27001:2013 demonstrates our continued commitment to delivering secure and consistent services to all our client-partners. It also demonstrates iSOCRATES is keen to invest time and money in new technology, training, staff, processes, and procedures.”

> November 2021
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ONLINE | Brown Bag Lunch Series: Making a Career in Digital Media and Marketing with Bill Lederer:

https://event.newschool.edu/brownbagwithbilllederer/

> October 2021
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Next Generation BI for Media and Marketing Webinar:

https://www.sisense.com/webinars/next-generation-bi/?v=thank-you-webinar

iSOCRATES selected as ‘Florida Companies to Watch Honoree‘:

https://growfl.com/finalists-announced-for-the-11th-annual-growfl-florida-companies-to-watch/

> June 2019
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iSOCRATES a finalist for ‘Companies to Watch’:

https://stpetecatalyst.com/zaps/isocrates-a-finalist-for-companies-to-watch/

> February 2019
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iSOCRATES Relocates Headquarters to St. Petersburg:

https://patch.com/florida/stpete/isocrates-relocates-headquarters-st-petersburg

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