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The acquisition extends RPI’s overall strategy to offer a full suite of services and e-commerce platform solutions to businesses around the world, leveraging the strengths of each organization to…

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This acquisition leverages the strengths of each organization to deliver a comprehensive e-commerce print solution for professionals, businesses, and consumer brands.

Reischling Press, Inc. (RPI) a pioneer in the personalized print services market, has acquired Blurb®, an industry-leading e-commerce platform of print-on-demand books, magazines, wall décor, and digital services for self-publishers and creative professionals, the company announced today.

The acquisition extends RPI’s overall strategy to offer a full suite of services and e-commerce platform solutions to businesses around the world, said Rick Bellamy, CEO of RPI.

“This is a strategic acquisition for us and culminates the long-term partnership between our two companies,” Bellamy said. “Blurb’s primary audiences are creative professionals and self-publishers, and this acquisition leverages the strengths of each organization to deliver a comprehensive e-commerce print solution for professionals, businesses, and consumer brands.”

RPI and Blurb have partnered together for years in the publishing and personalization market, with their business relationship beginning in 2005. Blurb was the enabling customer for RPI’s acquisition of Paro in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 2011.

“RPI has produced the vast majority of Blurb’s volume for years,” Bellamy said. “Therefore, our overall customer base will continue to receive RPI’s focus and commitment to an excellent customer experience. We plan to expand our capabilities across our existing in-house and partner network platforms to service our customers through our operational excellence.”

Rix Kramlich, CEO of Blurb, will become general manager of RPI’s new eCommerce division.

“Becoming part of RPI is a natural next step for Blurb,” Kramlich said. “It will enable us to focus on and accelerate improvements in the things that our users love about Blurb – our world-class creation tools as well as the breadth and quality of our printed products.”

Blurb will become an RPI company and continue to maintain offices in San Francisco and the UK. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many RPI and Blurb employees are working remotely at this time and will do so for the foreseeable future. Other terms of the deal, including acquisition price, were not disclosed.

This is the fourth acquisition for RPI. In 2019, RPI acquired the assets of SoftPrint Holdings, which accelerated RPI’s ability to deliver expanded services for product builders, increased manufacturing capacity, and reduced delivery times for RPI’s customer base. It also expanded the company’s geographic distribution footprint.

In 2013, the company acquired DPI, an Atlanta-based company that provides web-to-print, on-demand products and services for business-to-business customers. In 2011, RPI acquired Paro, a company based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, that provides print products for the corporate and consumer markets in Europe.

About RPI
RPI is a leading make-on-demand producer of private label personalized print services to businesses around the world, including books, greeting and holiday cards, apparel, and business products for e-commerce companies, mass retailers, and Fortune 1000 corporations.

RPI’s blue-chip retail and e-commerce customers rely on its consistent, reliable execution and state-of-the-art manufacturing for the rapid delivery of innovative products utilizing consumer-generated content. RPI has one of the industry’s largest fleets of HP’s Indigo digital printers and has been listed on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for seven years.

The Seattle-based company, which celebrated its 40th year in business in 2019, has additional production facilities in Kennesaw, GA, Rochester, NY, and Eindhoven, NL. The company has received strategic investments from HCAP Partners and Riverlake Partners.

About Blurb®

Blurb® is a self-publishing platform and creative community that enables individuals, creative professionals and businesses to create, publish, share, and sell high-quality photo books, trade books, magazines, and eBooks. Blurb is accessible across the globe with free, innovative book creation and layout tools. Using the Blurb Print API, content-focused organizations are able to offer their customers the ability to create and print branded custom books. Founded in 2005, Blurb has more than 2 million independent book authors worldwide with more than 22 million units shipped to 70 countries around the world. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at http://www.blurb.com.

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Liquid Alternatives: Watch Out For These “Potholes” (Goldman Sachs)

Theodore Enders, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Strategic Advisory Solutions, says that investors are sometimes disillusioned with their investments in alternatives. However, on closer analysis, it turns out that poor implementation choices within portfolios are more often the problem rather than flawed strategies.

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Liquid Alternatives: Watch Out For These “Potholes” (Goldman Sachs)

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An incisive note from Goldman Sachs Asset Management details the three pitfalls in daily liquid alts investing.

Theodore Enders, Global Head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Strategic Advisory Solutions, says that investors are sometimes disillusioned with their investments in alternatives. However, on closer analysis, it turns out that poor implementation choices within portfolios are more often the problem rather than flawed strategies. (GSAM)

GSAM used the equity market drawdown triggered by the coronavirus endemic in early 2020 as a case study.

Three common implementation pitfalls

 

·        Defining the term “alternative”

GSAM defines daily liquid alternatives (DLAs) more rigidly compared with Morningstar. In the opinion of GSAM, DLAs are similar to hedge funds because they reduce portfolio risk, better manage equity drawdowns, and provide differentiated returns from both equities and fixed-income. Several funds considered as alternatives by Morningstar do not fall within the ambit of this definition.

“During the Coronacrisis drawdown, the Morningstar funds that we exclude from our stricter definition exhibited sharp performance disparity—with nearly a quarter having deeper drawdowns than the S&P 500 (-34%),” writes Enders. “Investors owning these funds and expecting better performance were likely dismayed by the outcome.”

·        Lacking strategy diversification

Investors tend to crowd into the equity long/short strategy. However, there are other DLA strategies available such as tactical trading, relative value, and event-driven.

The problem with excessive use of the equity long/short strategy is that these funds also have the highest beta to equities.

“Therefore, they may disappoint exactly when investors hope to realize the benefits of alternatives,” says Enders. “During the Coronacrisis drawdown, the median Equity Long/Short fund fell -22%, double that of all other alternative funds.”

GSAM recommends the use of a multi-strategy approach.

·        Excessive manager concentration

The third pitfall identified by GSAM is the use by investors of only one or two managers. GSM points out that though the median DLA outperformed US large blend funds during the corona crisis, the range of outcomes was nearly 3 times as wide. This shows the greater potential of return dispersion across managers.

“If an alternatives sleeve was comprised of only one or two managers, investors were likely frustrated if those managers were at the bottom end of that range.”

GSAM’s recommendation: Use multi-manager strategies or hedge fund replication strategies.

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Supernode Global rebrands with £28m fund for mediatech start-ups

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Supernode Global has rebranded with its £28m venture capital fund for media technology start-ups. The rebranded VC brings together Rooks Nest Ventures and media networking community Supernode in what CEO Michael Sackler believes will give media tech start-ups access to capital, while giving investors a route to the most exciting start-ups. Merging both sides of

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Evangelical: Michael Sackler believes venture capital has underserved or even ignored media start-ups

Supernode Global has rebranded with its £28m venture capital fund for media technology start-ups.

The rebranded VC brings together Rooks Nest Ventures and media networking community Supernode in what CEO Michael Sackler believes will give media tech start-ups access to capital, while giving investors a route to the most exciting start-ups. Merging both sides of his business will create a holistic platform.

To date, the old VC side, Rooks Nest Ventures, has made 14 early stage seed investments with an average investment of £400,000.

“We’ve done a little bit more and a little bit less,” said Sackler.

Supernode Global will invest in eight companies per year.

>See also: Draper Esprit raises £110m to invest in tech companies in just three days

Portfolio companies Sackler is particularly excited about include home workout app Fiit, which is in a Series B funding round; Rap Tech Studios, a rap app development company and social media platform for hip-hop fans; and Good Human, a searchable platform for sustainable brands, pitched as a cross between Amazon and Pinterest.

Supernode Global focuses on media infrastructure, both either consumer-facing user-generated-content platforms such as Rap Tech or the under-the-bonnet technology which powers those platforms.

“Any companies that are creating the picks and shovels of the media industry,” said Sackler.

He highlights mobile 3D games engine Unity, which sits under the hood of many of today’s popular games, as the kind of business he would like to invest in.

>See also: Over 1,000 tech start-ups have gone bust since lockdown

Sackler is evangelical about the potential of media technology, arguing the sector has been underserved or even ignored by most venture capitalists.

“These companies that are starting up now are going to have a huge influence on how individuals view the world and possibly even the way society even operates. It’s undervalued and possibly even ignored. You’re consuming media all day every day on these platforms,” he said.

Having founded Rooks Nest Ventures in 2017, the former film producer and angel investor began thinking about creating a global community for mediatech startups and investors last year.

Sackler said: “We thought, let’s focus on building a community which focuses on early stage media technology start-ups where they will get access to the best minds in the business. We didn’t want it to be just a top-of-the-funnel marketing exercise for us. We want to provide every resource we can for start-ups in this space, including venture capital.”

To date, Supernode is creeping up towards 1,000 handpicked members. Although membership is open to all – something which Sackler feels is important for diversity – those members are vetted before joining.

Sackler, a scion of the philanthropic Sackler family, believes that Supernode Global can act as a flywheel, accelerating the development of mediatech.

Sackler said: “We can provide access to a whole range of different services, whether it’s access to capital or talent, partners, workshops, peer-to-peer education, offering both access to start-ups and deal flow for investors.”

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