SOURCE: Marketwire; VC Taskforce

Marketwire; VC Taskforce

Marketwire; VC Taskforce

February 11, 2010 19:20 ET

Marketwire Named Official News Distribution Partner of the VC Taskforce

SILICON VALLEY, CA--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - Marketwire and the VC Taskforce today announced a strategic partnership aimed at cross-promoting the two organizations among venture capitalists and portfolio companies. Marketwire will become the official newswire of the VC Taskforce and will distribute its news releases, event announcements and other media advisories to industry outlets. Additionally, Marketwire will leverage its search engine optimization (SEO) services to help raise awareness about VC Taskforce events and initiatives in online communities. The partnership underscores the value of Marketwire's industry-leading tools for news distribution and communications workflow and the VC Taskforce's continued commitment to education.

With Marketwire as its newswire partner, the VC Taskforce will benefit from:

  • Marketwire's news optimization services and new media tools, including SEO and social media offerings;
  • Multimedia enhancements, such as embedded videos and images;
  • Customized news distribution circuits tailored specifically to the industry sector and region; and
  • News monitoring and reporting services through Marketwire's News Dashboard.

Additionally, VC Taskforce member firms will receive discounted services from Marketwire, including news distribution, measurement and other communications tools.

"The agreement between Marketwire and VC Taskforce reinforces and more widely promotes VC Taskforce's mission to support the venture community," said June Riley, CEO of VC Taskforce. "Moreover, it also supports the aim of increasing the value we can provide to our members, partners and participants."

"We look forward to helping VC Taskforce raise awareness of its events and initiatives," said Marketwire's EVP, Marketing/Media/Editorial Operations Paolina Milana. "Through this partnership, we also hope to forge new relationships with the VC community to support and reinvigorate new business endeavors."

About VC Taskforce
Founded in 2001, VC Taskforce™ is an organization that provides forums for real-time information exchange and dialogue through panels, workshops and roundtable meetings conducted by business and industry experts to assist venture capitalists, institutional investors and venture-backed company executives in managing their businesses for maximum success. Visionary thinking, uncensored questions and opinionated discussions around pressing issues of the day that face members are the hallmark of their events. Today, more than 7,000 members, partners and participants have been involved in VC Taskforce. www.vctaskforce.com.

About Marketwire
The only fully integrated North America-based global newswire, Marketwire is a full-service partner to IR, PR and MarCom professionals seeking top-tier press release distribution, media management, multimedia and monitoring solutions. Marketwire's customer-centric corporate philosophy focuses on being the best by infusing every aspect of its business with the following core attributes: precision, adaptability, innovation and simplicity.

Marketwire delivers its clients' news to the world's media and financial communities, fulfilling disclosure requirements in North America in compliance with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), and serving as Primary Information Provider (PIP) with the UK's Financial Services Authority (FSA). With a reputation for technology leadership, Marketwire offers innovative products and services -- including Social Media, Search Engine Optimization, News Dashboard coverage reports, exclusive access to networks such as The Canadian Press Wire Network, Easy IR and Easy PR workflow solutions, and more -- that help communication professionals maximize their effectiveness while ensuring accuracy and best practices. Having merged companies (Market Wire and CCNMatthews) in April 2006, and enjoying a combined history of 25 years of service, Marketwire is now majority-owned by OMERS Private Equity, which manages the private equity activities of OMERS Administration Corporation and today has $4 billion of investments under management. The group's investment strategy includes the active ownership of businesses in North America and Europe. For further information visit: www.omerspe.com.

Marketwire distributes the majority of press releases issued by publicly traded companies in Canada and serves more than 11,000 clients worldwide through 20 offices on four continents. For more information, visit us at http://www.marketwire.com/.

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