The latest in rankings, chatting, meetings and retailing from the Excelsior State, the City of Flowers, D-Town and Maydenheth.

Pretty SaaS-y …

Legal Publish earned a spot on TL NewsWire’s Top 25 Products of 2014 with its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) content management and marketing platform. TL NewsWire, a weekly newsletter that covers new products and services of interest to legal professionals, reported on nearly 200 new products this year. The top 25 are determined by subscribers to the website via click-thru links.

New York City-based Legal Publish ranked 18 overall with readers. The marketing platform was created to “provide law firms with the flexibility, extensibility, and ease of use to build, manage, and market their websites to meet their unique business needs.”

The platform includes modules such as:

  • Proposal generator
  • Client gift order system
  • Alumni portal


Making a New Pal

Paltalk knows how to sweet-talk a new pal. With this week’s acquisition, Tinychat is the latest buddy for the video chat provider. 

New York City-based Paltalk claims to have more than 225 million registered users. Chief Operating Office Eric Sackowitz said Paltalk and Tinychat have a shared vision about the future of video communication platforms and will together deliver that experience to its global community.

Michael Stern, one of the co-founders of Tinychat, headquartered in Glen Cove, N.Y., will stay on with Paltalk as vice president of product development. Stern said he was looking forward to drawing on Paltalk's "deep expertise and resources" to exponentially grow the Tinychat audience.

Hopefully all that paltalking and tinychatting will make for some interesting conversation.

The Mercent of CommerceHub

Come January, if the closing goes as planned, Albany, N.Y.-based CommerceHub will have a second home in Seattle with retail tech company, Mercent.

CommerceHub announced the Mercent acquisition this week. It plans to keep that location open with the current staff to take advantage of the East/West coast presence. The combination is intended to “allow clients to orchestrate the entire omnichannel commerce experience from demand to doorstep.”

CommerceHub CEO Frank Poore stated that the acquisition will create an offering that "enables retailers to radically expand their product assortment, generate greater demand and optimize customer delivery from any source of supply.” 

Eric Best, Mercent founder and CEO, will stay on as chief marketing officer. The merged companies, they claim, will enable retailers to:

  • Expand product assortments
  • More effectively promote products
  • Deliver a true omnichannel experience
  • Launch marketplaces featuring third-party seller assortment

As the bard would say: “A right judgment draws us a profit from all things we see.”  

Dreaming of GenieConnect

Lanyon’s going to need a bigger office. After acquiring Passkey and merging with Active Network Business Solutions earlier this year, the company has now picked up mobile tech company GenieConnect to “underscore Lanyon’s ongoing commitment to powering the next generation of corporate meetings, events and travel.” 

Dallas-based Lanyon plans to add GenieConnect’s mobile technology to its existing meetings and travel software platform to create a suite of solutions for corporation events. The companies have previously collaborated on a number of events and Genie Connect is already used in many of Lanyon’s programs, the companies claim.

Giles Welch, CEO of GenieConnect, headquartered in Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK, said he looked forward to continued growth and innovation and bringing his mobile technology to Lanyon's "illustrious global customer base."

Lanyon CEO David Bonnette boasted that the addition of GenieConnect’s mobile application to Lanyon’s Smart Events Cloud and RegOnline would enable the company to further expand the "the only enterprise-wide suite of solutions with advanced mobile capabilities.”