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BigTime Software Named on Inc. 5000’s 2019 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America

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Enters Ranks of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BigTime Software, a leading provider of cloud-based software for professional services firms, has been recognized on Inc. 5000’s annual list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

The Inc. 5000 ranking represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“I’ve admired the Inc. list since I was a kid, so of course I’m honored to see BigTime added to its ranks. But, it’s even more exciting to see dozens of our customers make the list!” said Brian Saunders, founder and CEO of BigTime Software. “We cheer every time we see that.”

This ranking reflects the rapid growth that BigTime has seen over the past several years, culminating in record-setting revenues in 2018. This was driven by an expanding client base, new product development and offerings, and growing demand as more small and mid-sized businesses embrace Cloud-based technology.

This growth trajectory has accelerated into 2019. In May, the Company announced the closing of a $14 million equity investment led by Wavecrest Growth Partners. Part of this growth initiative includes the addition of approximately 75 new hires to at its Chicago headquarters, including at the senior management level, in the coming months.

Recently, the Company was recognized with a Gold Stevie Award in the Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Solution category and a Bronze Stevie Award in the Small Computer Software Company of the Year in the 17th Annual American Business Awards. BigTime was also named on G2’s Top 100 Software Companies list for the second consecutive year.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

ABOUT BIGTIME SOFTWARE, INC.

BigTime Software, Inc. is dedicated to developing practice management tools that help growing professional services firms track, manage and invoice their time. Its award-winning industry-specific solutions are designed to speak the language of consultants of all stripes, from engineering and architecture to IT services. To see why thousands of customers rely on BigTime’s cloud-based tools to more easily manage their businesses and effectively plan for tomorrow, visit bigtime.net.

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology

The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

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esaunders@clermontpartners.com

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Over 100 Blue Bird Electric School Buses Plugging into Districts

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Blue Bird’s clean, green electric school bus technology expands with Cummins partnership, saving schools money and cutting emissions

MACON, Ga.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Across North America, some students going back to school this fall will ride electric school buses. More than 100 electric school buses, powered by a Cummins fully electric drivetrain, have been ordered to date from Blue Bird Corporation, a school bus manufacturer highly focused on alternative fuel technologies.


Blue Bird electric buses are already operating in California, North Dakota and Washington. Additional buses on order will transport students in California, Colorado, New Jersey, New York and Quebec later this year or in 2020.

“The amount of interest has been outstanding; people are very excited about a 100-percent electric-powered school bus,” said Phil Horlock, president and CEO of Blue Bird Corporation. “The nation is increasingly influenced in electric vehicle transportation in general, and we anticipate rapid growth of electric school buses as more districts are educated on the zero-emissions and low-maintenance benefits they bring to their local communities.”

Blue Bird has been working with electric technology in school buses since 1994, and recently partnered with the Cummins Electrified Power business segment. Cummins produces the all-electric drivetrains that power Blue Bird’s Vision Electric and All American Electric buses. The partnership brings over 30 years of electric drivetrain experience to this fast-growing segment, and almost 200 combined years of leadership in customer support. Over the next three years, Cummins is investing $500 million in electrification to bring dependable, high quality, fully electric and hybrid solutions to market across a wide range of applications.

“Cummins and Blue Bird are committed to supporting customers and ensuring that we are safely transporting our children and improving air quality for communities,” said Julie Furber, vice president of electrified power at Cummins Inc. “Schools can count on Cummins to deliver the same level of support and service network for these electric buses that we’ve always delivered through our more than 200 wholly-owned branch locations and 3,200 service technicians in North America.”

The innovative Blue Bird electric bus delivers abundant benefits to students, drivers and taxpayers. The buses produce zero emissions, improve air quality and require less maintenance, saving districts time and money. The buses are capable of up to 120 miles of range and can be recharged in approximately eight hours using a standard SAE J1772 Level 2 charger, making overnight charging convenient.

For more information on Blue Bird’s electric school buses, visit www.blue-bird.com/electric.

About Blue Bird Corporation

Blue Bird (Nasdaq: BLBD) is the leading independent designer and manufacturer of school buses, with more than 550,000 buses sold since its formation in 1927 and approximately 180,000 buses in operation today. Blue Bird’s longevity and reputation in the school bus industry have made it an iconic American brand. Blue Bird distinguishes itself from its principal competitors by its singular focus on the design, engineering, manufacture and sale of school buses and related parts. As the only manufacturer of chassis and body production specifically designed for school bus applications, Blue Bird is recognized as an industry leader for school bus innovation, safety, product quality/reliability/durability, operating costs and drivability. In addition, Blue Bird is the market leader in alternative fuel applications with its propane-powered, electric-powered and compressed natural gas-powered school buses. Blue Bird manufactures school buses at two facilities in Fort Valley, Georgia. Its Micro Bird joint venture operates a manufacturing facility in Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. Service and after-market parts are distributed from Blue Bird’s parts distribution center located in Delaware, Ohio. For more information on Blue Bird’s complete line of buses, visit www.blue-bird.com.

About Cummins®, Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service a broad portfolio of power solutions. The company’s products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins employs approximately 62,600 people committed to powering a more prosperous world through three global corporate responsibility priorities critical to healthy communities: education, environment and equality of opportunity. Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and over 7,600 dealer locations and earned about $2.1 billion on sales of $23.8 billion in 2018.

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Justyne Lobello | 478.396.3487 | Justyne.Lobello@blue-bird.com

 

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Shareholder Alert: Robbins Arroyo LLP Announces Another Complaint Filed Against Casa Systems, Inc. (CASA)

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SAN DIEGO & ANDOVER, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$CASA #classaction–Shareholder rights law firm Robbins Arroyo LLP announces that a purchaser of Casa Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CASA) has filed a class action complaint against the company for alleged violations of the Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to its December 2017 initial public offering (“IPO”). Casa Systems provides customers with software-centric broadband connectivity in North America, Latin America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

If you suffered a loss as a result of Casa Systems’ misconduct, click here.

Casa Systems, Inc. (CASA) Accused of Misleading Investors in IPO

According to the complaint, Casa Systems held its initial public offering in December 2017 offering 6,000,000 common shares at $13 per share. Its registration documents stated that its core CCAP products and new technology initiatives would allow for a compelling market opportunity and touted the fact that these initiatives would prompt Casa Systems to experience continued rapid growth. However, these documents were false and misleading as Casa Systems failed to disclose material information about the state of its customers’ spending. In reality, Casa Systems knew its key customers’ spending had entered a “digestion” period that curtailed any new product purchases. On August 14, 2018, Casa Systems announced disappointing financial results and cut its revenue guidance for the year by $50 million. On this news, Casa Systems stock declined from $15.60 to $12.08, a drop of almost 23%. Since then, Casa Systems has continued to have disappointing financial results and the stock now trades at just $6.56, a decline of 49% from its IPO price.

Casa Systems, Inc. (CASA) Shareholders Have Legal Options

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Leo Kandinov

(800) 350-6003

lkandinov@robbinsarroyo.com

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Robbins Arroyo LLP is a nationally recognized leader in shareholder rights law. The firm represents individual and institutional investors in shareholder derivative and securities class action lawsuits, and has helped its clients realize more than $1 billion of value for themselves and the companies in which they have invested.

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Leo Kandinov

Robbins Arroyo LLP

5040 Shoreham Place

San Diego, CA 92122

LKandinov@robbinsarroyo.com

(619) 525-3990 or Toll Free (800) 350-6003

www.robbinsarroyo.com

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JSR Establishes Investment Subsidiary to Accelerate New Business Development

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TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JSR Corporation has announced that it will establish a wholly-owned subsidiary for investment (Limited Liability Company) to accelerate new business development around digital technologies. The subsidiary, JSR Active Innovation Fund, LLC, will launch on October 1, 2019, and will invest globally in start-up companies mainly focusing on digital technology.

With the rapid growth of digitization and innovations generated from start-ups, the conventional market structure will change dramatically in the near future, and all companies will need to seek new business models that utilize digital technology,” said Eric Johnson, CEO of JSR Corporation.

JSR has been actively and globally investing in start-ups that have innovative technology or business models. For example, JSR recently invested in Carbon, a Silicon Valley based digital manufacturing company that invented a new process called Digital Light SynthesisTM enabling rapid production at scale.

Through further strategic investment via the new subsidiary, JSR will accelerate new business development and provide new value by combining JSR knowledge and experience with innovative technology and business models generated by starts-ups.

Investment by JSR Active Innovation Fund LLC will begin with an initial round of 3 billion yen and is expected to grow up to 10 billion yen. Through this investment activity, JSR will collaborate with start-ups as strategic partners and support further expansion.

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Missy Bindseil

mbindseil@jsr-nahq.com

830-237-9527

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