Yearly Archives: 2017

Fishermen Labs launches United Nations Development Programme’s New Website

UNDP selects Fishermen Labs to lead web revitalization project – PR by 1800pr

LOS ANGELES, May 30, 2017  — Fishermen Labs, a leading product development agency with a heavy focus on mobile app and dynamic web projects, today announced the completion of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) website design project.  The project follows CEO Eden Chen’s commitment to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which world leaders signed up to in order to end poverty and inequality for good. The project provided an updated design language, solutions to the navigational system and templates for UNDP’s global website and network of nearly 170 associated country sites.

Visit the new UNDP.ORG website.

Eden Chen, co-founder of Fishermen Labs, said: “The United Nations Development Programme has been an inspiration to me for many years. The opportunity to work on a site with massive global impact and that spans hundreds of countries was both complex and fulfilling. We believe in the power of storytelling and we strive to use the digital space to solve global challenges, and the new UNDP design achieves both these goals.”

Mila Rosenthal, UNDP Director of Communications, said: “Fishermen Labs was a great collaborator for us to help modernize our digital footprint.  Their talented team worked with us to create a fresh and engaging new look for our website. We’re excited to be rolling it out this year.”

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About the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, to eradicate poverty, and reduce inequalities and exclusion. The organisation works with governments and people across the world to create a future where every community, rich or poor, is prepared to withstand disasters and minimize loss, and where climate change, poverty and inequality are a thing of the past. In all UNDP’s activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

UNDP supports countries’ efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years. The 17 Goals are a plan to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that no one is left behind. They include things like making sure people have access to clean water, energy, education, health care and good jobs; achieving gender equality; reducing vulnerability to climate-change and disasters; reducing inequality; protecting our oceans and forests; preventing conflict and promoting peace and justice around the world. Achieving all the Goals will mean an end to all forms of poverty.

To learn more about UNDP please visit:

About: Fishermen Labs
Fishermen Labs is a product development agency specializing in mobile app and web development, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence and digital marketing. We are one of the fastest growing product development agencies in the US. Our client roster is made up of a diverse set of brands and startups including Walmart, Sony, Lenovo, Puma, Regal Entertainment Group,, the United Nations,, Anta, Goodwater Capital, TBN and Pressed Juicery.

We work with brands from ideation to acquisition. We have extensive experience in developing and leveraging technology solutions to help our clients create digital products, enter into new markets, deepen customer engagement, drive higher revenues and increase efficiency.

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Matthew Bird
1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “1800pr”
Direct: +1.646.401.4499
Main: +1.800.782.6185

Company Contact
Eden Chen
Fishermen Labs

MVNO ROK Mobile from United Nations to Mobile World Congress Americas SF Conference

ROK Mobile honored at United Nations for #Vets2Vets mobile social impact initiative for homeless veterans

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13, 2017  — ROK Mobile, the first social impact mobile provider will be showcasing its socially conscience mobile pre-paid offerings, including the lowest unlimited talk, text and data plan in the United States at the SF Mobile World Congress Americas at booth #1078 North Hall from September 12th to September 14th at the Moscone Center. This comes off the heels of ROK Mobile’s successful social impact showing at the United Nations for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Michel Cousteau’s “Wonder of the Sea 3D” movie premiere.

ROK Mobile was honored at the United Nations by UN PGA Spokesperson Dan Thomas, for ROK Mobile’s support of SDG 14 – Life Below Water, and the company’s social impact initiative to better the planet with its mobile causes such as the #Vets2Vets homeless veteran mobile program. Vets2Vets, which is officially launching in the next 45 days, is a program where ROK Mobile along with NGO and Veteran Affairs non-profits partners will work to put a free mobile phone and service in every homeless veterans hand throughout the United States by 2018, starting with the greater Los Angeles area.  For every two people that sign-up in support of Vets2Vets (Veterans-helping-Veterans), ROK mobile will donate free service to a homeless veteran for life.

See ROK Mobile at Conference: Booth Details 
Booth #1078
North Hall
Location: The Moscone Center

On-site media contact:
Clinton Ehrlich
Director of Marketing
ROK Mobile
(310) 890-5752

About ROK Mobile
ROK Mobile was founded by seasoned business innovators John Paul DeJoria (John Paul Mitchell Systems, Patrón Tequila) and Jonathan Kendrick (British entrepreneur) as a lifestyle wireless company delivering social value-added services with wireless plans. ROK Mobile believes consumers should expect more from a carrier, and its plans go beyond standard connectivity services of talk, text and data to include international calling, insurance and other value-added services. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Strategic Communications Partnerships Contact:
Matthew Bird
1-800-PublicRelations “1800pr
(646) 401-4499

PR/ Media Contact:
Abigail Krasno
Account Director
1-800-PublicRelations “1800pr
(832) 520-4125

Imperative Fund Completes $1.5 Million Funding Round For Tabasco, Mexico Project

Social-Impact Fund completes financing on first community development project – lifting 500 families out of poverty

NEW YORK, June 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Imperative Fund, an Impact Investing company that lifts communities out of poverty in 5 years or less while generating market competitive returns, today announced it has successfully completed the financing for the State of Tabasco, Mexico project – code named Tabasco I. The financing comes on the heals of positive media exposure on Imperative Funds social initiatives – lifting communities out of poverty in 5 years or less while delivering a return on investment.

CEO and Co-Founder, Camilo Galvis commented, “The idea of a 8.5% return in investment banking doesn’t sound like huge returns until you realize that money that was put to work will eliminate poverty conditions for 500 families and ensure the future of their children. It’s about making money while doing good.”

To learn more about how individuals, institutions, funds and banks can participate with the imperative fund please contact Camilo Galvis at or for media inquiries contact Matthew Bird at

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About The Imperative Fund
The Imperative Fund works on sustainably lifting communities out of poverty, in 5 years or less, while recovering 100% of the invested funds and generating market competitive returns. In implementing its model, Imperative aspires to become the most efficient Fund/Company working to bring communities out of poverty. Furthermore, Imperative envisions becoming an outsourcing alternative for governments in their strive to provide access to all the goods and services required to mobilize a community to its next level of social and economic development and environmental sustainability.

By harnessing today’s financial and technological innovation within an open market economy, Imperative’s framework eliminates the association between low-income and poverty. Through a private fund investment strategy built on rigorous by-laws, algorithmic computation and sociological analysis, Imperative bundles social enterprises to deliver a suite of goods and services tailored to the needs of each community.

For more information, please visit:

Company Contact
Camilo Galvis
CEO & Co-Founder
Imperative Advisors, LLC

PR and Media Contact
Matthew Bird
1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. 
Direct: 646.401.4499

ROK Mobile Appoints former COO John Janes to Chief Executive Officer

LOS ANGELES, May 03, 2017 — ROK Mobile, a MVNO provider who is leading the industry in social-impact benefits bundled with mobile voice, text, and data plans, announced that it has appointed former Chief Operating Officer, John Janes, to Chief Executive Officer.  The decision comes on the heels of transitioning from a management team well-versed in entertainment and media to one with deep backgrounds in wireless telecom, prepaid distribution, and alternative financial services.

With over 20 years of telecom and financial services experience, John joined ROK Mobile as their Chief Operating Officer in 2015.  He was instrumental in delivering on ROK’s go-to-market strategy that spanned telecom, entertainment, operations, marketing and distribution, and included both CDMA and GSM cellular offerings.

ROK Mobile Chairman and Co-Founder, Jonathan Kendrick, commented, “John Janes is someone who has demonstrated extraordinary vision and success throughout his career and we know that his leadership, organizational, and telecom skills will greatly benefit the work we’re doing as we re-launch ROK Mobile into wireless dealers across the U.S. and in the U.K.”

Prior to joining ROK, John served in key management and executive roles at Sprint, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile USA, Green Dot Corp. and Wipit, Inc. where Janes managed key business functions spanning strategy, compliance, program development, information technology and operations. John was also instrumental in facilitating the strategic and tactical go-to-market plans to support the development and market launch of the industry’s first nationwide prepaid Monthly Unlimited program, generating prepaid category-leading results with over 5M subscribers and annual revenues in excess of $3B.

“I am honored to be taking the lead and working alongside the best mobile team in the business here at ROK Mobile.  I believe that ROK’s #1 priority is to provide maximum value to our customers.  With our social-impact offers that include life, legal, automotive and communication services bundles we are able to deliver on that commitment in underserved markets in the U.S. and around the world,” commented Janes.

About ROK Mobile
ROK Mobile was founded by seasoned business innovators John Paul DeJoria (John Paul Mitchell Systems, Patron Tequila) and Jonathan Kendrick (British entrepreneur) as a lifestyle wireless company delivering social value added services with wireless plans. ROK Mobile believes consumers should expect more from a carrier, and its plans go beyond standard connectivity services of talk, text and data to include international calling, insurance and other value added services.

For more information visit


ROK Mobile - PR/ Media Contact: 

Matthew Bird 

1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “1800pr” 

(646) 401-4499

DaVinci Vaporizer Selects 1-800-PublicRelations “1800pr” as Public Relations Agency of Record

World-Class PR and Content Marketing Firm to Lead Brand and Corporate Communication Initiatives for DaVinci Vaporizers.

Las Vegas, NV –(March 1, 2017)DaVinci Vaporizer, a global leader in manufacturing and distributing vaporizer products and home of the DaVinci IQ, the world’s #1 portable vaporizer, today announced that 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. (1800pr), a leading PR and content marketing firm who is ranked #3 for social-impact for media and content communications, will serve as the public relations agency of record (AOR).


The Company will work in partnership with 1800pr to extend its brand leadership, and leverage PR and corporate communications with content marketing solutions to build and sustain brand buzz and market growth.


“We are excited to partner with a firm that has a distinguished reputation for brand management. 1800pr’s expertise, passion and creative thinking are impressive and I look forward to our partnership as DaVinci scales its Vaporizer and Technology platform into the future,” said Cort Smith, Founder and CEO of DaVinci Vaporizers.


“We’re excited about winning a game-changing brand like DaVinci and being able to work alongside their energized and engaged executive leadership team,” commented Matthew Bird, President of 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “DaVinci is a distinguished leader in its category, and we look forward to furthering that leadership position for the brand.”


About DaVinci Vaporizer 
DaVinci is a leading manufacturer and marketer of high quality vaping brands including; “The DaVinci”, “DaVinci Ascent” and 2017’s new “DaVinci IQ” portable Vaporizers. DaVinci takes pride in its meticulous product development and manufacturing process. The company’s mission is to bring a source of purity and enlightenment using premium hardware and unsurpassed technology to perfect the vaporizing experience. Based in Las Vegas, DaVinci Vaporizer brings a quality product to market and educates the world with a global vigor equal to Leonardo DaVinci, our namesake. For additional information visit


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About 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “1800pr”
1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “1800pr” is a full-service communications marketing agency, currently ranked #3 in social-impact for media and content communications. The company services over 400 established and emerging brands, small businesses, multi-national corporations, global interests groups, high-profile individuals, communication firms, government agencies and academic institutions. 1800pr’s heavy emphasis on performance-driven and on-demand PR and marketing programs is the firm key differentiator; Achieving goals, delivering measurable results on-time, on-budget and on-demand!


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Matthew Bird
1-800-PublicRelations, Inc.
+1 (646) 401-4499

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