Agora Holdings, Inc. (AGHI)
Agora Holdings, Inc. (AGHI), together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Geegle Media, is leading a diversified family entertainment and media enterprise through business segments which include: TV on Demand, interactive media, business products and consumer platforms. With its multi-dimensional approach, Geegle Media supports Agora Holdings' mission to deliver innovate and high-quality business solution products and to deliver video content from around the world.
Geegle Media web platforms include; GeegleTV, Frame, 1000Salads, RealtyTV and LobbyTV. Geegle TV is a multi-platform video entertainment website that curates high-quality video content from around the world. In 2016, GeegleTV will serve as co-producer by airing original content. By exposing undiscovered content to millions of users and rendering it shareable to social media, Geegle TV will serve as a marketing partner to local and internationally based TV shows not yet on the open market.
For commercial use, Geegle Media provides a variety of solutions that include web development and billing software for VoIP applications. RealtyTV is its state-of-the-art platform for real estate brokerages. LobbyTV is another of its widely used products by business offices. For individuals, Geegle TV combines radio, On Demand movies, news, sports and children's content.
Geegle Media is also developing 1000salads, an online hub that encourages healthy lifestyles. The portal will feature recipes and products, health-oriented articles and a curated selection of local restaurants and grocers that deliver to the health-conscious user. Currently in its alpha stage of development, 1000salads is gearing up its sales and marketing in preparation for its launch in 2016.
Geegle Media differs from other On Demand providers, such as Netflix and HBO, in that its service is free of constraints such as subscription, fees and penalties. As consumers increasingly opt for personalized sources of entertainment, Agora recognizes the vast opportunities and growth potential provided by the rising popularity of TV On Demand. The company also benefits from strong and visionary management with a track record of bringing innovative ideas to fruition.
ContentChecked Holdings Inc. (CNCK)
ContentChecked Holdings Inc. (CNCK) is the parent company of a family of mobile applications designed for individuals with specific dietary requirements. Since the official U.S. launch of its first app in early 2015, ContentChecked has continued to build its database of product information obtained from food manufacturers – the database now incorporates 70% of all conventional U.S. products, fully supporting the needs of ContentChecked customers.
Consumers register their food allergies or intolerances with ContentChecked, and simply scan the bar codes of whichever items they are considering purchasing. The app then provides users with information on what products fit their pre-set requirements. This connection between food producers and users is the basis of the ContentChecked business model – a highly engaged consumer, ready to buy, and in need of recommendations.
By initially focusing upon food allergies and intolerances, ContentChecked had access to a marketplace of more than 15 million people in the United States that suffer from food allergies, in addition to a demographic who develop stomach problems as a result of different foods. Though the overall market for food allergies and intolerances is valued at $13 billion in 2015, ContentChecked further expanded its market reach through the launch of MigraineChecked, SugarChecked and VeganChecked applications.
With these offerings, ContentChecked's market reach now extends to the roughly 38 million people in the United States currently diagnosed with migraines; as well as to the largest health-related cost in the country: the 97 million people at risk of developing, or have already developed, Type 2 diabetes. ContentChecked's growth is spearheaded by a talented team of professionals using their experience in entrepreneurial endeavors, sales, marketing and advisory services, nutrition, web design, social media and graphics and data management to help users better manage their food allergies, migraines, and overall health.
eXp Realty International Corp. (EXPI)
eXp Realty International Corp. (EXPI) is the holding company for a number of businesses, most notably eXp Realty LLC, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage™. eXp Realty is a full-service real estate brokerage offering 24/7 access to a suite of collaborative tools, training features and socialization channels designed to meet the unique needs of real estate brokers and agents. By creating a fully-immersive, cloud office environment for real estate professionals, eXp effectively reduces agents' overhead, increases their profits and provides greater service value to consumers.
Through eXp Realty's innovative platform, agents and brokers are afforded the opportunity to earn equity in exchange for production and contributions to company growth. Additionally, eXp features an aggressive revenue sharing program that pays agents a percentage of the gross commission income earned by fellow professionals they recruit into the company. The result is a shared ownership community featuring a synergistic and collaborative group of forward-thinking, entrepreneurial professionals. With the emergence of the internet as the most powerful property marketing and advertising medium, eXp's internet and cloud technologies have helped thousands of consumers find, buy or sell homes without the need for a brick and mortar real estate office.
Since its launch in October 2009, eXp Realty has experienced rapid growth, with brokerage service now offered in 35 U.S. states and Alberta, Canada. In February 2016, the company officially welcomed its 1,000th real estate professional into its family of agent-owners, up from just 467 agents at the end of 2014. Following this achievement, the Agent-Owned Cloud Brokerage claimed a spot among the top 50 real estate brokerages in the United States based on agent count, according to data from RISMEDIA's 2015 PowerBroker 500 Report.
Similarly, eXp Realty generated record financial results during 2015. Following the launch of two new initiatives – including an online lead generation program and a stock compensation plan – the company achieved a 71 percent year-over-year increase in net revenues, recording $22.87 million for the year. As it continues to expand its footprint across North America, eXp Realty will look to leverage its unique agent-owned business model to continue attracting driven, entrepreneurial agents and real estate industry leaders while promoting sustainable financial growth.
International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO)
International Stem Cell Corp. (ISCO) specializes in the therapeutic applications of human stem cells and the development and commercialization of cell-based biomedical products. The company was the first to develop and perfect a new class of human stem cells called parthenogenetic stem cells, created from unfertilized human eggs. ISCO has a strong patent portfolio offering clean intellectual property and freedom to operate. The company’s stem cells present superior immune matching capabilities and can be used in millions of people regardless of sex or racial background, with minimal expectation of immune rejection after transplantation.
The company’s human stem cells have been shown to be as pluripotent as embryonic stem cells, however their creation does not involve the destruction of a viable human embryo, which effectively sidesteps the controversy and ethical dilemmas associated with the use of human embryonic stem cells. In contrast to induced pluripotent stem cells, ISCO’s stem cells do not involve manipulation of cells’ genome thereby avoiding potential safety and regulatory obstacles in clinical applications.
The company's scientists are currently focused on using its stem cells to treat severe unmet medical needs of the central nervous system (Parkinson’s disease), the liver and the eye, where cell therapy has been clinically proven but is limited due to the unavailability of safe human cells. Once the technology has been clinically validated there are an essentially unlimited number of potential applications. Because of their immune-matching ability a relatively small number of these stem cell lines could offer the potential of producing the first true stem cell bank as a means of serving populations of different immune types across the globe.
In addition to its therapeutic focus, ISCO also provides a growing revenue stream through two wholly owned subsidiaries. Lifeline Cell Technology specializes in producing primary human cells and growth media for biological research, and Lifeline Skin Care, the company manufactures and markets advanced anti-aging skincare products utilizing the company’s expertise in stem cell biology.
Laguna Blends Inc. (LAGBF)
Laguna Blends Inc. (LAGBF) is a network marketing company focused on the generation of sales through independent affiliates. Leveraging innovative tools and technologies, the company's affiliates are able to build international businesses from their own homes while effectively capitalizing on the performance of some of the world's most rapidly expanding, in-demand markets. To date, Laguna's primary focus has been on the hyper growing hemp food and beverage marketplace. As part of these efforts, the company introduced Caffe, a hemp-infused instant coffee product, and is preparing to launch Pro369, a water soluble hemp protein powder.
As a network marketing company, Laguna is strategically positioned to grow very quickly following its entry into the rapidly expanding hemp market space. In early March 2016, the company gave prospective shareholders a preview of this potential when it launched sales of its protein coffee beverage through 135 independent affiliates throughout the United States and Canada. In less than a week, Laguna's affiliate base grew by more than 100 percent to include 278 independent marketers, demonstrating the high levels of demand for functional beverage products across North America, as well as the considerable interest in the viable business opportunity Laguna presents to its affiliates.
Through the commercialization of Caffe and Pro369, Laguna is establishing a foothold in two high-demand global markets. According to reports from the Coffee Association of Canada (CAC), coffee is consumed by a larger proportion of adults than any other beverage, excluding water. In recent years, the emergence of energy drinks has slowed the coffee industry's performance, but the single cup serving market, of which Caffe is a part, has maintained steady growth, rising above 32 percent market share as of January 2014, according to Mintel Research. With a product in this space - as well as the global hemp industry, which was valued at nearly $500 million in 2012 by the Hemp Industries Association - Laguna's initial offerings position it strongly for sustainable growth.
With growth through its marketing network already underway, Laguna has turned its attention toward further expansion of its product line. In March 2016, the company signed a letter of intent with Robert Lamberton Consulting regarding the development of a "Limitless functional beverage brain health and memory coffee" product. Under the terms of this LOI, all hard costs associated with the development of the product will be billed to Robert Lamberton Consulting. The two parties are expected to enter into a formal research and development agreement outlining the details of this arrangement in the second quarter of 2016.
Laguna is the first network marketing Company to use exciting virtual 3D technology to enable affiliates to train, recruit and drive sales by utilizing a simple interactive platform. Laguna believes this technology is a game changer in the Direct Selling / Network Marketing Industry.
Moxian, Inc. (MOXC)
Moxian, Inc. (MOXC) engages in the business of providing social marketing and promotion platforms designed to help merchants accelerate and advertise their business growth through social media. These products and services enable merchants to run targeted advertising campaigns and promotions, and aim to enhance the interaction between users and merchant clients by using consumer behavior data compiled from the Moxian database of user activities. The company has two primary core products: Moxian+ User App and Moxian+ Business App.
Developed in Shenzhen, China, Moxian integrates social media, entertainment and business intelligence. The Multi-Channel Social Commerce Platform, which includes a variety of tools such as Moxian's proprietary Social Customer Relationship Management (SCRM) system, generates knowledgeable data for merchants. This way, consumers and businesses are able to connect and interact with one another to achieve the concept of "online lifestyle, offline fun."
Moxian+ User App serves as an App driven for consumer users to use the platform, consisting of our proprietary virtual currency (MO-Coin and MO-Points), social networking, redemption centre and game centre. Users can earn MO-Coins by playing games, and then use those coins to redeem prizes sponsored by Moxian and client merchants. This model not only drives registered consumers to Moxian and merchant, but also provides merchants the opportunity to advertise, run marketing campaigns, and learn about their customers through the Platform.
Moxian+ Business App is an independent App with built in Social Customer Relationship Management tool built for merchants. Merchants are able to set up a store on the Moxian platform through this business App, push promotions via a variety of methods offered on the platform and look at generated report customized to their own shop.
Moxian's management team has more than 100 years of combined experience in a variety of pertinent endeavors, including management of private and public enterprise, multi-national organizations, quality, engineering and procurement, finance, marketing, communication and more. Together, Moxian's management team is effecting the company's aim to create and lead a personalized social network platform that best fits users and businesses.
Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, Inc. (OGES)
Oakridge Global Energy Solutions, Inc. (OGES) is an integrated energy storage solutions company focused on the design, development and manufacture of high-quality cells, batteries and power systems. The company's innovative 'Made in the U.S.A.' product line includes multiple lithium-ion technologies and form factors that are optimized to address three high-demand target markets – including stationary and grid storage; motive applications, such as electric and hybrid electric fleet vehicles; and specialty applications, such as military, aerospace, marine, medical and telecom backup.
Through a recent restructuring of its operations, Oakridge strategically positioned itself to expand its market reach moving forward. The company currently owns and operates two manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Florida, which play an instrumental role in its efforts to meet the growing demand for its cutting-edge large format Pro Series golf car batteries and its small format Patriot Series RC batteries. These operations also allow Oakridge to bring stable employment opportunities back to the U.S., effectively highlighting its tireless commitment to the revitalization of the country's manufacturing industry.
The company also maintains a presence on the international stage through its recently formed subsidiary, Oakridge Global Energy Solutions Limited, Hong Kong. This subsidiary, which is expected to serve as the foundation for Oakridge's sales efforts throughout the Asia-Pacific region, was created primarily to address the tremendous international demand for its revolutionary stored energy solutions. The company also maintains a substantial interest in Leclanche S.A., a Swiss developer and manufacturer of large-sized lithium-ion batteries that was originally founded in 1909.
Oakridge has indicated plans to expand its presence in a collection of markets throughout Europe and Asia as it continues to build upon its established product development and manufacturing infrastructure. The company will lean on the expertise of its proven management team – which includes well over a century of combined industry experience – as it looks to increase its share of the $12 billion domestic battery manufacturing industry.
OurPet's Company (OPCO)
OurPet's Company (OPCO) develops, produces and markets various pet accessory and consumable products designed to awaken pets' natural instincts, be it in feeding, playing or waste management. Sold globally through pet specialty retailers, food, drug and mass chains, e-commerce and international channels, the company's products are marketed under a the OurPets®, Pet Zone® and PetTastic® brands with well-known sub-brands such as Play-N-Squeak™, Cosmic Catnip™, Durapet, SmartScoop and Flappy. In total, OurPet's has an intellectual property portfolio featuring more than 160 individual patents, giving the company sustainable access to the pet products industry for the foreseeable future.
In recent years, the U.S. pet products and services market has experienced strong growth, with total sales accounting for approximately $73 billion in 2014, according to a report by Packaged Facts. In 2015, this strong performance is expected to continue, building on the recent rise in related ecommerce purchases, as well as an uptick in dog and cat ownership throughout the country. In order to capitalize on this market performance, OurPet's maintains an ongoing new product development program to continually keep an evolutionary and revolutionary new product pipeline feeding its offerings. In July 2015, OurPet's introduced many new products at the national Super Zoo trade show in Las Vegas such as the Catty Whack®, Designer Diner™/Barking Bistro™ and the Zoom Plume™.
The company's capitalization strategy is guided by a management team of experienced industry professionals dedicated to further strengthening its product portfolio through aggressive development of innovative products. Management has a proven track-record of leveraging deep knowledge in the innovation, technology, distribution and pet markets to successfully push through adverse market conditions to achieve increases in revenue, margins and net income.
OurPet's, through its innovative and extensive line of popular pet products, is in a favorable strategic position to continue building upon its recent market growth. For prospective shareholders, this positioning makes the company an intriguing investment opportunity in the months to come. Look for OurPet's to capitalize on steady market performance moving forward, providing an opportunity for the company to realize strong investor returns in the future.