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BIB Limited receives Maltese sports betting brokerage licence

The Malta Gaming Authority has issued the world’s first sports betting brokerage license to BIB Limited, a subsidiary of Bet IT Best GmbH

Nico Jansem, Bet IT Best

Nico Jansen, Bet IT Best’s CEO commented: “We are thrilled to finally open our whole sports betting portfolio to the public. By holding an official licence from a well known and highly respected entity we now have official proof of the overall reliability of services, processes, expertise, financial capabilities, validation of our business model and reliability of our IT hard- software.

He continued: “This was the last piece nearly all bookies have been asking for. Until yesterday, due to regulatory requirements, bookmakers have not been able to fully rely on our offered services, as we are offering a licensable service.”

BIB Limited will be using the software and services developed by Munich based Bet IT Best GmbH which address and cover the whole value chain of anybody interested in sports by ‘providing multiple unique and highly valuable assets’. The licensed sports betting brokerage service will be integrated into the existing sports news and livescores of Bet IT Best.

Jansen added: “As of today (January 13) bookies can rely on our licence, which will finally answer all outstanding questions and doubts which rose up by their respective compliance departments. As of now we are finalising the integration of further bookies, who had been waiting in the wings for this class 3 license to be issued.”

Article source: http://www.sbcnews.co.uk/marketing/2017/01/17/bib-limited-receives-maltese-sports-betting-brokerage-licence/

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Playtech opens Live Casino Romania studio

New site extends unrivalled global live casino presence and opens doors to rapidly growing emerging market

London: January 2017 – Playtech, the world’s leading gaming content and software, systems and services supplier, has opened a state-of-the-art live casino studio facility in Bucharest, Romania to cater for a huge demand in licensees in the newly regulated Eastern European country.

Playtech opens Live Casino Romania studioPlaytech’s new Romania live casino facility employs native dealers and further bolsters its position as the world’s leading live casino software and content provider with the largest global footprint in the gaming industry.

Playtech has well-established, large-scale live casino studios in Manila and across Europe including Latvia and other regulated markets including Spain and Belgium in order to cater to local audiences in regulated and soon-to-be regulated jurisdictions.

The facility, that was delivered ahead of schedule, offers licensees a huge range of new and classic game variants including live blackjack, roulette and casino hold’em. All products are streamed using the latest HD camera equipment and next generation live gaming platform offering available across all desktop and mobile devices.

Romania opened its newly regulated, licensed online gaming framework earlier this year with Playtech receiving approval for four licences including software, live studio, platform and hosting services.
Mor Weizer, Playtech CEO, said: “The opening of the new studio further solidifies Playtech’s position as the market leader in global, cutting-edge, regulated live casino.

“This is just the beginning of our growth plans with a series of exciting new products and variants in our 2017 live casino roadmap as well as significant expansion plans for our other facilities,” Weizer added.

About Playtech

Playtech is a market leader in the gambling and financial trading industries. Founded in 1999 and listed on the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange, Playtech has more than 5,000 employees in 13 countries.

Playtech is the gambling industry’s leading software and services supplier with more than 130 licensees globally, including many of the world’s leading regulated online, retail and mobile operators, land-based casino groups, government sponsored entities such as lotteries, and new entrants opening operations in newly-regulated markets. Its business intelligence-driven gambling software offering includes casino, live casino, bingo, poker and sports betting.

It is the pioneer of omni-channel gambling which, through Playtech ONE, offers operators and their customers, a seamless, anytime, anywhere experience across any product, any channel (online, mobile, retail) and any device using a single account and single wallet. It provides marketing expertise, sophisticated CRM solutions and other services for operators seeking a full turnkey solution.

Playtech’s Financials division operates both on a B2C and B2B basis. Its B2C focused offering is an established and growing online CFDs broker, operating the brand markets.com. Its B2B offering includes the division’s proprietary trading platform, CRM and back-office systems, as well as its liquidity technology platform which provides retail brokers with multi-asset execution, prime brokerage services, liquidity and complementary risk management tools.

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Playtech plc

+44 (0)20 3772 2500

Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer

Ron Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer

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Andrew Smith, Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0)1624 645954

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Article source: https://calvinayre.com/2017/01/12/press-releases/playtech-opens-live-casino-romania-studio/

Big ambitions drive MS3 to new heights

Now, the business is taking advantage of the vast need for privately owned software engineering corporations in West Virginia, and in the nation as a whole, according to Weikel.

Weikel used to work for the government to research and develop ideas for implementation, but he said the implementation was often less than it could be. Weikel said he created MS3 to fulfill the government’s need for quality consulting agencies and skilled, valuable resources to ensure ideas achieved their full potential.

Over the years, Weikel said the company has moved away from government consulting because of the difficulties it presents for small businesses, but the company has seen vast expansions after turning toward the commercial sector.

Weikel’s company, employing approximately 50 information technology specialists, works on software to support the technological needs of companies. For example, Weikel said his company worked on software to track billing information, inventory and other important functions for the Ralph Lauren webpage.

MS3 has secured big name clients such as Keurig and Ralph Lauren Corporation, among others. Weikel said the company is currently speaking with other big names such as McDonald’s, HarperCollins Publishers, New York Company and others.

“Our company executes a task in three to six months that other consultants work on for one, two or even three years,” Weikel said. “We get a lot done in a small amount of time.”

As a testament to the company’s growth since its inception in 2010, Weikel said MS3 was listed as the No. 1 fastest growing company in West Virginia by INC500 and listed as No. 112 fastest in the United States. MS3 was also awarded No. 133 for the Entrepreneur Magazine’s E-360 for top innovative businesses in U.S.

Weikel said MS3’s success can be partially attributed to the multiple product sets on which it relies.

“My first company was centered on a single thing — real estate. When the market crashed, my company crumbled as well. MS3 isn’t betting on a single pony, however. For example, if the health care market shrinks, we serve higher education companies and other industries as well, so it’s not as detrimental.”

MS3 — which has an office in Ranson as well as an office in Ce Bu, Philippines — is looking to expand further throughout the state. Weikel said he was considering opening a tech and operations support office in Greenbrier County. He is also working to establish a working relationship with West Virginia University to get more young West Virginian minds into the field of technology, research and engineering.

“MS3 has a very diverse staff, but the biggest commonality is that workers are tied to and contributing to West Virginia in some way,” Weikel said. “The unique backgrounds and diversity at MS3 gives us a unique outlook — meaning we’re not generating cookie cutter solutions.”

Weikel thinks technology and engineering are ways to put West Virginia on the world stage. He said his company is the perfect example of the ingenuity and success West Virginians can achieve.

“I think ingenuity is the greatest asset we have in West Virginia,” Weikel said. “There’s a stereotype about ‘redneck West Virginians’, but a lot of mechanics and working class West Virginians can find a strip of metal in a junkyard and find a way to make a car run with it. That’s ingenuity and resourcefulness we can harness.”

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Staff writer Danyel VanReenen can be reached at 304-263-8931, ext. 131, or on Twitter @DVanReenenJN.


Article source: http://www.journal-news.net/news/local-news/2017/01/big-ambitions-drive-ms3-to-new-heights/

Altenar solution inks major Poker network

Article source: http://www.igamingbusiness.com/press/altenar-solution-inks-major-poker-network

Betcloud, Exefeed, Berkotech and many regional companies are opting to exhibit at VIGE2017

Thursday, 12nd of January 2017 – The organizers are to announce that their floor plan is getting really busy and regional igaming companies are seeing the potential of the event.

The latest exhibitors that were announced are Betcloud24, Exefeed, Berkotech and ViARsys. All of these companies are based in region and offer quality services for local and global companies.

Betcloud, Exefeed, Berkotech and many regional companies are opting to exhibit at VIGE2017“We must ensure that all local companies get a good shot at growing their business during the event, but also provide the delegates with the right opportunities to find solutions for their investments and seal the deals that will help them operate.”, commented Zoltan Tundik, Head of Business at EEGMedia(Owners of EEGEvents and organizers of VIGE.WORLD.)

Betcloud is an independent company offering state-of-the-art software solutions to the iGaming industry which was created by a team of innovative and visionary people with the aim to create a fully flexible and tailored software solution for operators whilst working with high-profile iGaming partners. As a new software supplier in the iGaming industry, their vision is to keep developing, improving and making cutting-edge market-leading solutions.

Betcloud is a sports betting software solution and platform which can be integrated into existing gambling operators platform or can be offered as a standalone product, where clients can choose to operate on their license or get a white label from them.

Exefeed is a company specialized in odds calculation, as well as creating applications for sports betting. Their focus is on making improvements on the client side, mainly profits and turnover rate, because they are confident that their odds are spot on for every particular market. The company is led by individuals from the betting industry with vast experience that is used to create products and services that are market leaders.

Their main goal is to provide custom made solutions for each and every client. In other words, to provide the product or service to a particular market and to enable client to obtain product or service custom tailored to their needs. They create odds. They do not calculate average odds from other betting companies, and they do not rely on any model provided by someone else.

ViARsys is an Austrian Start up company developing  and distributing Virtual and Augmented Reality Systems, offering Turn key Solutions for Arcades.

Berkotech Kft. is a manufacturer of high quality software and is one of the leading software vendors in the casino sector in Hungary. Their main service areas are developing hardware with microprocessors and software created on individual order as well as related consulting activities. Their most important products are CRATOS and AUXO.

You can view the updated floor plan and attending companies list by visiting the official website: www.vige.world

Be sure to save the date and attend VIGE2017, which will be held between the 20th and 22nd of March 2017 at the Austria Vienna Center in order to hear the fresh information at the seminars which will be held within the Expo, highlight your brand for visiting delegates by booking a stand or attend and network with the leading and newcomer company representatives that are going to be present at the show.

Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on +40 735 559 234 or by mail on organizers@vige.world.

For more details please visit the official website: www.vige.world or register your attendance here.

Exhibitor options can be contracted here.

THE ORGANIZERS LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN VIENNA!

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Article source: http://calvinayre.com/2017/01/12/press-releases/betcloud-exefeed-berkotech-many-regional-companies-opting-exhibit-vige2017/

Poker Bots: Are They Cleverer Than You?

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Poker is a game of skill with a healthy dose of luck thrown in. That’s if you’re pretty good. For most casual online players it’s a game with plenty of upswings and downswings and a long-term Return On Investment (ROI) that will do nicely for a few extra Christmas presents.

But just as tracking software has given players the edge over their opponents, so bots are threatening to take things up a notch or three.

Where tracking software was once the ultimate tool for online players, the bots have taken things to a whole new level. And the software is getting smarter.

Better software and data availability has led to a rise in predictive methods for everything from sportsbetting and the stock market to buying up concert tickets. Unsurprisingly that has now stretched to a few hands of No Limit Hold’em.

But can software ever replicate the psychology of a Will Kassouf needle or a large dose of Phil Ivey aggression? Can you really get rich playing online with a bot?

How Poker Bots Work

Futurama poker bot Bender vs human Fry

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Poker bots are pieces of software used on online poker sites (usually) by players who cannot beat the game normally. Bots are computers that use mathematics and player knowledge to attempt to beat real-life human players.

Bots run in the background and as standalone programs alongside the client you’re running. Primarily, they track the hands that have been played and make observations that the human eye may not be able to see.

It’s like a HUD (Heads-Up Display) but it actually plays for you too. Running a bot is pretty easy, as long as they are permitted by the poker site you’re playing at. They’re just downloadable programs and they come with clear instruction manuals.

There are plenty of bots for sale on the open market. They can tackle cash, MTTs or Omaha but none guarantee a winning run over the long term.

That hasn’t stopped some sites cracking down on them though. PokerStars were investigating a suspected high-profile case of bots in last year’s Turbo Championship of Online Poker. The player was eventually found to be human.

Later it also emerged that a group of Russian players had used bots to win over $1.5 million on PLO cash games on ‘Stars’ site.

The world’s largest poker room later made changes to ban all third-party software from its tables. Earlier this year they also froze several accounts amidst fears of bot usage.

“…We want to make clear that the line will be drawn to preserve poker as a battle of wits and a test of heart.” PokerStars and Amaya Corporate Communications chief, Eric Hollreiser.

Pokerstars corporate communication chief Eric Hollreiser

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The New Generation of Bot

Researchers are busy developing new bots that are effectively better than people. Not only do they play optimum strategy in particular situations but they can also bet hard and, most importantly, bluff just like humans.

A bot known as Baby Tartanian 8 won the Annual Computer Poker Competition earlier this year. It is believed to be the ‘best poker bot’ ever invented.

While other bots have been able to crack Limit Hold’em, with its strict and fairly basic betting patterns, Baby Tartanian 8 has been proven to beat No Limit.

No Limit has so many more facets to the game than Limit: the all-in raise, betting for value, the sheer range of moves on each turn card. That’s why the BT8 bot has been creating such a buzz. Its algorithms have been set up to deal with the “unknowns” of Hold’em (i.e. you don’t know your opponents’ cards).

award winning robot poker software Tartanian 8

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BT8’s creators call it “asymmetric information” and want the bot to be used for things like business negotiations, in which one or both sides are always holding their cards very closely to their chest.

In a test against players like Doug Polk in 2015, over 80,000 hands the humans won by over $730,000. The bots, it seems, aren’t quite in the Ivey league just yet.

Beating The Bots: Teaming Up

The new generation of bots can handle many more hand scenarios than the original bots, which just had the capacity to call, fold, or go all-in. The downside is they are expensive and difficult to develop, and getting hold of one is also tricky. Aside from that,  most poker sites have banned them entirely.

Carl Sampson is a trainer and poker pro who is well-known in the gambling world. For him, having a strong team of players around you is a great way of beating the software.

Cheats and colluders have existed in online poker since the first games appeared. Individual players are at a distinct disadvantage because they work and play alone, and can’t share information on suspicious behaviour.

With a team of players helping each other spot the cheats – or in this case, bots – Sampson believes the bots can be weeded out.

Just like financial traders work together to improve their results, players need to start working as a collective to beat the game. Indeed, with the online game getting tougher and tougher, it’s vital that players share information and work together to plug the leaks.

Spot The Bot: 5 Handy Tips

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Identical Times For Decisions: Is that opponent taking 32 seconds on each and every decision? If so, that coincidence might be just be a bots programming.

Identical Bet Sizes: Just because the bets are the same time and time again, it doesn’t mean your opponent is a multi-tabling god who just doesn’t have time to talk to you.

Check The HUD Lines: Lots of poker bots feed off tracking software stats and make decisions accordingly. But it swings both ways: if you can use a HUD on your site, do your own research on them. If you find several players at the table with identical pre-flop bet stats over a long period of time, you could be under attack from more than one bot.

If you notice a player is making the same fold to your 6bb raise, make it a regular move. The bot won’t back off in fear, remember. It will just fold. Try a cheeky re-raise with any two cards for several hands in a row and see if it does the trick.

Chat? What Chat?: Despite repeated attempts to talk to your opponent in the chatbox, you don’t get a reply.

Call Security: Most major poker sites have an integrity unit whose job is to weed out bots and put a stop to the accounts.

Make Lots Of Adjustments: If you suspect your opponent is a bot, you can make slight and regular adjustments to your play to throw it/he/she off the scent.

Article source: https://www.casino.org/blog/poker-bots-are-they-cleverer-than-you/

Hazelcast: the rise of the ‘data worker’ & the In-Memory Data Grid

Open source in-memory data grid (IMDG) company Hazelcast has integrated with Apache Spark, the open source data processing engine.

What is an IMDG?

But back to basics for a moment, what is an IMDG anyway, really?

Essentially then, in an IMDG we see data distributed (that’s why it’s called a grid, obviously) and stored across multiple servers each of which must reside in an ‘active’ mode state such that the data itself resides in main memory in a world where the ‘data model’ in deployment is most typically object-oriented and non-relational.

So then, an IMDG is all about scalability (you can reduce or increase the numbers of servers in the grid) and main memory access (for speed and performance) for what is these days very typically big data analytics related functions.

Turbo access to iterative data

Hazelcast has blended its IMDG approach with Apache Spark in a kind of IMDG booster turbo approach that is designed to enables data workers to  execute streaming, machine learning or SQL workloads which require fast iterative access to datasets.

The firm argues that by combining the two technologies, data developers can now go beyond “the historical limitations” (so says Hazelcast) of a single Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Resilient Distributed Dataset (RDD)

One of the key driving forces behind the widespread developer adoption of Apache Spark is it’s easy-to-use Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for operating on large datasets, one of which is Resilient Distributed Dataset (RDD). At the core, an RDD is an immutable distributed collection of elements of data, partitioned across nodes in a cluster to provide fault tolerance and parallel access to data.

“Both of these key features are a natural fit with Hazelcast, as they’re essential building blocks for any performant distributed compute capability,” says the firm.

The data worker ‘must-have’

Greg Luck, CEO of Hazelcast has said that the feedback his team gets from the community is that any big data solution needs to be able to distribute processing and storage across machines whilst maintaining a flexible and convenient programming interface.

“Without these functionalities, it becomes impossible to build enterprise applications which are expected to process more and more data,” said Luck.

Demo application

To demonstrate the potential of integrating Apache Spark into a Hazelcast IMDG application, BetLeopard, an example sports betting application, has been developed. Put simply, BetLeopard is a bet engine that scales across multiple JVMs with the sharing of events via Hazelcast IMDG partitions, with a query engine that uses Spark to provide real-time risk and analytics of future events.

The combination of Hazelcast’s advanced in-memory compute capabilities and distributed store, alongside Spark’s query and analytics capabilities creates a powerful gaming solution. In addition, the integration provides a solid base for the next generation of JVM applications.

The code is available at https://github.com/hazelcast/betleopard.

Article source: http://www.computerweekly.com/blog/Open-Source-Insider/Hazelcast-the-rise-of-the-data-worker-the-In-Memory-Data-Grid

TIPLIX relaunches affiliate program with Income Access


Nicky Senyard, Income Access.

Malta-based German language sports betting brand TIPLIX has become the latest industry operator to relaunch its affiliate program in partnership with Income Access (Paysafe Group).

Relaunching its affiliate program utilizing Income Access player tracking and acquisition software,TIPLIX will primarily seek to grow its sports betting and casino partner services for German and Austrian markets.

Operated by Trusfulgames Ltd, TIPLIX has established retail betting shop presence in Austria and Germany. Tiplix now moves to offer a comprehensive sports betting service for its core markets.

“When we decided to launch a new affiliate programme, we immediately considered Income Access due to its strong reputation among our peers and partners in the iGaming industry,” said Florian Geheeb, COO of TIPLIX.

“As a sports-betting company currently doing most of our business in retail shops, we are looking forward to working with Income Access to make our push into the online sphere as successful and growth-driven as possible.”

The TIPLIX affiliate programme will be managed by the brand’s in-house team of affiliate managers. The team will use the Income Access software’s Ad Serving tool to target affiliate marketing campaigns according to players’ geo-location, language, device and other criteria.

“We are excited to support TIPLIX’s new affiliate programme,” said Nicky Senyard, Managing Director of Income Access.

“Given its presence in a number of European jurisdictions with different languages, our Ad Serving solution and our software’s other features will ensure that its player acquisition via the affiliate marketing channel is maximised.”

Article source: http://www.sbcnews.co.uk/europe/2017/01/09/38875/

Daimler, betting on urban transportation, puts its marker on Portland

Imagine a time, maybe not too long from now, when most city folk don’t own a car. It’s so normal that many teens don’t even bother getting a driver’s license.

Oh, there are still plenty of cars around. Perhaps more than there are today.

When people want to go somewhere, they might order up a car service like Uber or Lyft, only without a driver. Or they might use a car-sharing service, grabbing a ride for just a couple hours. Maybe they’d hop on a bus. Then light rail. Then a rental bike.

Imagine what this might mean for carmakers.

“If you take these all into consideration this is a pretty tragic picture for auto manufacturers,” said Jorg Lamparter, chief executive of Moovel Group, a subsidiary of the German industry titan Daimler.

When Daimler imagines this future, Lamparter says, it thinks about apps, about self-driving cars, about electric vehicles. And it thinks about Portland.

“It’s a place where we can perfectly test and develop our products,” Lamparter said by phone from Moovel’s main office in Germany.

Daimler bought GlobeSherpa in 2015 and folded the tiny Portland startup best known for TriMet’s ticketing app into Moovel, which has a portfolio of other apps for planning and paying for transportation in urban areas.

GlobeSherpa had 27 employees at the time of its sale; Moovel now employs 80 in Portland and is in the process of closing its office in Austin and moving that work to its new office in Old Town. When complete, the Portland workforce will number nearly 120.

Most of us depend mightily on our cars, yet they sit idle nearly all the time – in the garage at home or a parking lot at work. Meanwhile, we spend thousands of dollars a year on gas, insurance, maintenance and loan payments.

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Daimler is considering the possibility that as transportation options proliferate, city dwellers might consider cheaper alternatives – paying for cars only when needed, using a ride-hailing service like Uber or a car-sharing service like Daimler’s car2go. Maybe they’d use public transport sometimes or borrow a bike for short trips.

Moovel’s Portland employees are dreaming up and designing new iterations of its mobile technology such as RideTap, app technology for urban transportation.

Designed to enable multipurpose apps for urban travelers, RideTap offers multiple options for any given trip. Software designers can build in the ability to summon a Lyft ride, locate a nearby car2go vehicle, or plot a public transit ride. Users can weigh the options and choose the fastest, or most affordable, option for each trip.

Lamparter said that Daimler hopes the apps will enable travelers to choose the most efficient options for getting around. But just as importantly, tracking which options travelers select will teach the maker of Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars what they want.

“They all give us access to customers and users who do not use their own cars,” he said. “They all provide us information about people living in urban areas.”

Daimler already has a substantial Portland presence, at the former Freightliner site on Swan Island. Daimler Trucks North America employs 1,000 at its new riverfront headquarters there, plus more than 500 at a nearby Western Star truck factory.

Peek inside Moovel’s new HQ in Old Town

Freightliner aside, though, Portland doesn’t have much heritage in the auto industry. So the Rose City, 5,300 miles from Stuttgart, might seem like an unlikely choice for Daimler’s bet on the market’s future.

It doesn’t seem strange to Portland transportation consultant Adrian Pearmine, who focuses on “smart cities” and connected vehicles for the engineering and planning firm DKS Associates.

“We’re becoming a small, little transportation innovation cluster,” Pearmine said.

That started with TriMet, he said, which published its bus and rail arrival information in an open format that became the industry standard after Google adopted it. The agency continued its technological embrace with services like GlobeSherpa’s ticketing app. Meanwhile, other companies – like Jaguar Land Rover – opened Portland outposts to explore transportation technology.

(Matt Jones, the Jaguar executive who opened the company’s Portland lab, is now Moovel’s chief product officer.)

And Portland has the full array of urban transportation options: Cars, bikes, buses, light rail, streetcars and car-sharing services. That makes the city a natural destination for Daimler, according to Pearmine, who said he likes Moovel’s approach.

“The thing I like about the way that Daimler is coming at it is it’s not all-in on the autonomous vehicle and it’s not all-in on one single ride-sharing solution,” Pearmine said. Rather, Daimler and Moovel are exploring a number of alternatives, he said, giving them the leeway to change course as technology evolves.

And it may not be evolving quite as fast as some people think, according to Jennifer Dill, professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University.

For example, Dill said, young people today do seem more likely to take transit or use a car-sharing service. But she said it’s not yet clear whether that represents a cultural shift, or if it’s simply that young people aren’t as rushed and don’t have as much money to spend on cars. As they grow up, perhaps, their travel habits may look more like their parents.’

And Dill said it could be that transportation technologies reinforce old transportation patterns rather than introduce new ones. If you can take a self-driving car, and work on your laptop while riding, perhaps you would be more likely to live in the suburbs and endure a longer – but more productive – commute.

Even with 120 employees in Portland, Moovel still represents a relatively tiny outlay for Daimler, which reported more than $150 billion in revenue last year. So it’s more like Moovel is hedging Daimler’s bets, rather than remaking the company.

GlobeSherpa founder Nat Parker now runs Moovel’s Portland office. He said it’s his job to inject a bit of startup fervor and imagination into a larger company that longs for some original thinking.

“There is a petting zoo aspect to it,” Parker said. “They’re kind of fascinated with our colorful feathers.”

Parker said that operating within Daimler, but as a subsidiary in an office halfway around the world, gives Moovel the opportunity to see the industry from an outsider’s perspective. And he said the growth of the Portland outpost over the past 18 months shows the parent company values that insight.

“Daimler has essentially said: We want you to focus on innovation, growth, and change, and we’re willing to invest significant resources,” Parker said.

Correction: This article has been corrected to note that RideTap is a software development kit enabling other transportation apps, but not a standalone app itself.

— Mike Rogoway; twitter: @rogoway; 503-294-7699

Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/silicon-forest/index.ssf/2017/01/daimler_betting_on_urban_trans.html