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MindLink Software Limited



Nature of business

MindLink is the only purpose-built Business Critical Collaboration platform that allows teams to coordinate and exchange information in real-time across the business.

MindLink offers Instant Messaging, Presence and unique Persistent Group Chat leveraging companies Microsoft Lync investment and taking business collaboration to the next level.

It is fully integrated into existing processes and software applications, accessible via desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux), Tablets and Mobile devices (including Mobile Device Management) and offers advanced security and out-of-the box compliance features.

It can be embedded into SharePoint or other portals toimprove team efficiency and delivers real impact on the bottom line.


Location / Markets operated in

With offices in London and New York, MindLink operates globally across EMEA, the Americas and AsiaPac.

MindLink’s collaboration tools apply to organisations of any size and in any industrylooking to improve knowledge sharing and team collaboration.

MindLink is used across a wide range of sectors including financial services (investment banking, trading, insurance, banking), government, healthcare,professional services, energy, construction and engineering and pharmaceutical.


Contact information

MindLink  Europe

4 – 8 Crown Place
London EC2A 4BT

+44 (0) 20 3582 1487

[email protected]


MindLink North America

410 Park Avenue,
15th Floor
New York, NY 10022

+ 908-824-0004
[email protected]


Key executives

MindLink’s management team has more than 30 years’ of combined experience working with many medium to large sized businesses, facilitating better collaboration for both internal and external users.  Key executives are:

  • Joseph Do, Co-Founder and CEO
  • Howard Travers, Co-Founder & Director Business Development
  • Annekathrin Häse, Director Marketing & Strategy
  • Steve Henderson, Non-Executive Director Finance
  • Harpreet Gosal, Head of Engineering

Brief history of the company /certifications/licenses, products/services offered


MindLink Software builds on a 10 year heritage from Formicary Limited to refine its collaboration offering.   Originally formed in 2011 and known as Formicary Collaboration Group, MindLink was created as a spin off from Formicary to focus onpurposeful business collaboration within the enterprise.

The name change to MindLink Software was the next phase in the organisation’s evolution, moving beyond its legacy and reinforcing a sole focus of harnessing technology to enhance business through collaboration.

Products/ Services:

MindLink offers Instant Messaging, Presence and unique Persistent Group Chat leveraging companies Microsoft Lync environments.

It lets teams set-up dedicated topic groups for purposeful real-time knowledge & information sharing and communication. Live information feeds from external social sources or internal line-of-business applications can be streamed to any topic group directly, while intelligently filtering brings only relevant content to each user. Conversations are indexed and recorded – meaning organisational knowledge is preserved and searchable for future use.

MindLink can be accessed from anywhere through a web browser, desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux), mobile devices, tablets or via plug-ins from Microsoft Outlook and SharePoint or any other web-based portal. It is highly secure and fully compliant.

Finally, MindLink has the flexibility to grow and scale with a business. Using open API’s, MindLink can extend into other applications across the technology landscape – ensuring that meaningful Critical Collaboration can occur in every function and department inside the organisation.

Key features

  • Mobility
  • Integration
  • Security & Compliance
  • Scalability
  • Ease-of-Use & Adoption

Key benefits

  • Faster decision-making
  • Effective cross-functional teamwork
  • Measurable ROI
  • Secure and managed information sharing
  • Knowledge recording and retrieval

Partners/ Certifications:

MindLink Software is a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner and RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Partner. MindLink solutions are fully compatible with Microsoft Lync 2010,Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 and Microsoft Lync 2013.

Corporate social responsibility activities

As a business, we believe that we have a responsibility towards improving lives and build thriving communities for the less fortunate. Our commitment extends from our employees who give money and volunteer hours to various engagements around the world. Supported charities include:

·         Arts For All

·         Barnardo’s

·         Children’s Society

·         CRISIS

·         Disasters Emergency Committee – Philippines Typhoon Appeal

·         Inspire!

·         Kid’s Company

·         Red Cross

·         Save the Children

·         Soapbox

·         Water Aid

Major projects of note

–          MindLink is working with governments, police forces and secret service organisations

–          MindLink is migrating the last remaining MindAlign customers to Microsoft Lync

Examples of latest projects:

Redburn Partners, a UK based independent institutional equities broker


  • Complex, disjointed technology infrastructure
  • None-integrated systems, e.g. CRM, Order Management, GroupChat
  • Need for real-time stock data, industry news, analyst access and sales input


  • Cohesive, integrated collaboration environment
  • MindLink Anywhere


  • Integrated Business Processes
  • Improved Cross Selling and Revenue
  • Enhanced Knowledge Management

“Whether they are sitting next to each other or working in offices separated by thousands of miles, our sales teams and analysts are able to work much more cohesively, quickly,and effectively, ensuring maximum success for our investor clients.” Peter Culvert, IT Manager, Redburn Partners

Numis Securities – a UK based investment banking and institutional stock broker


  • Stringent compliance mandates and regulations
  • Inter-team communication between trading sales, research and corporate broking
  • Remote access for users on the go
  • Integration with existing systems, e.g CRM, Outlook etc.


  • Migration to Microsoft Lync
  • MindLink Anywhere, Mobile, Email and Social Connectors, API


  • Integrated business processes with excellent usage uptake
  • Lower cost of ownership and maintenance
  • Improved productivity and efficiency with increased revenue potential

“We needed a collaboration platform that was accessible in the office and on the go, offered superior integration with our existing systems and met stringent compliance requirements – MindLink came highly recommended.” Simon Bailey, Director and Head of IT and Operations, Numis Securities


Robinhood plans confidential IPO filing as soon as March – Bloomberg News



Robinhood plans confidential IPO filing as soon as March - Bloomberg News 4

(Reuters) – Online brokerage Robinhood, at the centre of this year’s retail trading frenzy, is planning to file confidentially for an initial public offering as soon as March, Bloomberg News reported late on Friday, citing sources.

The California-based brokerage has held talks in the past week with underwriters about moving forward with a filing within weeks, Bloomberg said.

Robinhood did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Reuters reported last year that Robinhood has picked Goldman Sachs Group Inc to lead preparations for an initial public offering which could value it at more than $20 billion.

Robinhood was at the heart of a mania that gripped retail investors in late January following calls on Reddit thread WallStreetBets to trade certain stocks that were being heavily shorted by hedge funds.

The online brokerage tapped around $3.4 billion in funding after its finances were strained due to the massive trading in shares of companies such as GameStop Corp.

(Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; editing by Richard Pullin)

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Analysis: How idled car factories super-charged a push for U.S. chip subsidies



Analysis: How idled car factories super-charged a push for U.S. chip subsidies 5

By Stephen Nellis

(Reuters) – When President Joe Biden on Wednesday stood at a lectern holding a microchip and pledged to support $37 billion in federal subsidies for American semiconductor manufacturing, it marked a political breakthrough that happened much more quickly than industry insiders had expected.

For years, chip industry executives and U.S. government officials have been concerned about the slow drift of costly chip factories to Taiwan and Korea. While major American companies such as Qualcomm Inc and Nvidia Corp dominate their fields, they depend on factories abroad to build the chips they design.

As tensions with China heated up last year, U.S. lawmakers authorized manufacturing subsidies as part of an annual military spending bill due to concerns that depending on foreign factories for advanced chips posed national security risks. Yet funding for the subsidies was not guaranteed.

Then came the auto-chip crunch. Ford Motor Co said a lack of chips could slash a fifth of its first-quarter production and General Motors Co cut output across North America.

“It brings home very clearly the message that the semiconductor is really a critical component in a lot of the end products we take for granted,” said Mike Rosa, head of strategic and technical marketing for a group within semiconductor manufacturing toolmaker Applied Materials Inc that sells tools to automotive chip factories.

Within weeks, automakers joined chip companies calling for chip factory subsidies, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Biden both pledged to fight for funding.

Industry backers now aim to be part of a package of legislation to counter China that Schumer hopes to bring to the Senate floor this spring. Still, all agree it will do little to solve the immediate auto-chip problem.

Headlines about idled car plants resonated with the public that had shrugged off abstract warnings in the past, said Jim Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Lawmakers, already worried that a promised infrastructure bill will not materialize this year, decided to push for quick solution.

“Nobody wants to be seen as soft on China. No one wants to tell the Ford workers in their district, ‘Sorry, can’t help,'” Lewis said. “It was one of those moments where everything aligned.”

The package includes matching funds for state and local chip-plant subsidies, a provision likely to heat up competition among states including Texas and Arizona to host big new chip plants that can cost as much as $20 billion.

The subsidies could benefit a factory in Arizona proposed by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co and one in Texas eyed by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, even though those factories would be geared toward high-end chips for smartphones and laptops, rather than simpler auto chips. And those factories would not come on line until 2023 or 2024, according to plans disclosed by the companies, the world’s two largest chip manufacturers.

In the longer term, a raft of U.S. companies are also poised to benefit. Any chipmakers that build factories will source many tools from American companies such as Applied, Lam Research Corp and KLA Corp.

Intel Corp, Micron Technology Inc and GlobalFoundries – which already have U.S. factory networks – will also likely benefit.

Smaller, specialty chip factories also could benefit.

“The recent chip shortage in the automotive industry has highlighted the need to strengthen the microelectronics supply chain in the U.S.,” said Thomas Sonderman, chief executive of SkyWater Technology, a Minnesota-based chipmaker that makes automotive and defense chips. “We believe that SkyWater is uniquely positioned due to our differentiated business model and status as a U.S.- owned and U.S.- operated pure play semiconductor contract manufacturer.”

Even with subsidies, the U.S. companies still must compete with low-cost Asian vendors over the long run, and the immediate auto chip troubles will probably persist.

Surya Iyer, a vice president at Minnesota-based Polar Semiconductor, which makes chips for automakers, said his factory is booked beyond capacity and has started to speed some orders up while slowing others down, to meet automakers’ needs as best it can.

“We are expecting this level of demand to continue at least for the next 12 months, maybe even longer,” he said.

(This story has been refiled to add attribution to quote in paragraph 9, add dropped words in paragraphs 10 and 17)

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis and Hyunjoo Jin in San Francisco and Alexandra Alper in Washington. Editing by Jonathan Weber and David Gregorio)

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Atlantia disappointed with CDP bid for unit, continues talks



Atlantia disappointed with CDP bid for unit, continues talks 6

By Francesca Landini and Stephen Jewkes

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s Atlantia said on Friday an offer by a consortium of investors led by state lender CDP for its 88% stake in Autostrade per l’Italia fell short of the mark and asked its top managers to see if the bid could be sweetened.

“The offer falls below expectations,” the Italian infrastructure group said in a statement, adding it had mandated the chief executive and the chairman to assess “the potential for the necessary substantial improvements” to the bid.

Italian state lender CDP, together with co-investors Macquarie and Blackstone, has presented a proposal valuing all of Autostrade per l’Italia at 9.1 billion euros ($11 billion).

The consortium also requested Atlantia guarantee up to 700 million euros in potential damage claims and another roughly 800 million euros for a pending legal case, making the bid less attractive than previously expected.

One source said the consortium estimated overall pending legal claims against Autostrade at 3 billion to 4 billion euros, adding the 700 million euro cap did not mean the amount would be detracted from the offer price from the start.

Earlier on Friday Atlantia’s minority investors TCI and Spinecap had called on Atlantia’s board to reject the offer, saying it undervalued the asset.

“No deal is better than a bad deal, especially a bad deal and a wrong price,” TCI Advisory Services partner Jonathan Amouyal said in a emailed comment to Reuters.

TCI, which holds an indirect stake of around 10% in Atlantia, repeated that the value for 100% of Autostrade should be no less than 12.5 billion euros.

The board will hold a further meeting in order to take a final decision on the offer in due time, Atlantia said.

The negotiations between Atlantia and the CDP-led consortium are part of an effort to end a political dispute over Autostrade’s motorway concession triggered by the collapse of a motorway bridge run by the unit.

(GRAPHIC – Atlantia share performance:

The bid expires on March 16, but the deadline could be extended in case Atlantia calls an extraordinary shareholders meeting (EGM) on the issue, according to one source with knowledge of the matter.

Shares in the group ended down 0,7%, after recovering some losses, as investors waited for the decision of the board.

Atlantia, which is controlled by the Benetton family, owns 88% of Autostrade, with Germany’s Allianz and funds DIF, EDF Invest and China’s Silk Road Fund holding the rest.

The group also kept open an alternative plan to demerge and sell its stake in Autostrade per l’Italia unit and called an EGM on March 29 to extend to end-July a deadline for offers for the demerged stake.

(Additional reporting by Stefano Bernabei, editing by Louise Heavens and Steve Orlofsky)

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