1800PR Negotiates Strategic Blockchain Partnership between BurstIQ and International Trade Administration (ITA)

  • International Trade Administration (ITA) Signs Blockchain Partnership with BurstIQ to Support Healthcare and FinTech Initiatives​ – via 1800pr Strategic Communications Strategy

  1. First U.S. Government / Trade collaboration with blockchain company in history
  2. Denver, CO company ranked #1 blockchain healthcare platform in the world
  3. BurstIQ is the first blockchain company to be accepted into the ITA Strategic Partnership Program
  4. ITA Blockchain initiative creates possible path for US economic development and job creation in technology sector
  5. Blockchain News:  Enterprise Blockchain solutions to revitalize industry on heals of crypto crash

BurstIQ and the International Trade Administration (ITA), aka, Division, U.S. Department of Commerce announced the formation of a strategic public-private partnership focused on promoting blockchain, healthcare practices and strategic domestic and international initiatives to drive U.S. economic development, trade and international competitiveness.


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Paul Thanos, Director of the Office of Finance and Insurance Industries (OFII) & Analysis Director at the International Trade Administration (ITA) Division, U.S. Department of Commerce commented:

We are excited to be working with BurstIQ. This collaboration marks our first strategic public-private partnership in the blockchain industry. BurstIQ is well-positioned to support and advance our economic development efforts through their health data platform – enabling new economic opportunities for both the digital health and FinTech industry.


The ITA is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace, with more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. ITA works with its Strategic Partners in support of ITA’s mission to strengthen the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promote trade and investment, and ensure fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements.


Frank Ricotta CEO of BurstIQ commented:

BurstIQ is committed to promoting economic development in partnership with the ITA. We are looking to work with the ITA to establish business and economic growth opportunities both domestic and international that wouldn’t otherwise exist without this emerging growth collaboration. Furthermore, the ITA’s mission aligns well with our mission to support the development of a global, person-centric health data economy. BurstIQ is looking forward to working closely with the International Trade Administration to advance the missions of both organizations.

BurstIQ is an industry-leading blockchain enablement company, offering enterprise-level blockchain solutions for the health and healthcare industry. The company offers a HIPAA- and GDPR- compliant platform that seamlessly leverages blockchain, advanced security, Big Data capabilities, and machine intelligence to enable a global health data network through which healthcare businesses and individuals can access, control, monetize, and gain insights from their health data. BurstIQ provides platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solutions to healthcare institutions, insurers, life sciences/pharma companies, and government agencies at the state, national, and international level.



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BurstIQ, Inc. Selects 1-800-PublicRelations (“1800pr”) as Public Relations Agency of Record

blockchain Healthcare Company BurstIQ signs with 1800pr:  to drive PR, social impact, corporate communications and marketing

DENVER, Feb. 20, 2018  — BurstIQ, Inc., a leading healthcare blockchain data company, announced today that it has selected 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. (1800pr) to serve as the company’s public relations agency of record. BurstIQ’s decision to formalize its partnership with 1800pr follows a highly successful strategic communications program that led to several key partnerships and the successful launch of BurstIQ’s private placement offering at the 2018 World Economic Forum (#DAVOS2018). BurstIQ will continue along the strategic trajectory established in partnership with 1800pr, securing critical partnerships to accelerate growth and platform development.

“As we have transitioned from a startup to an emerging growth company, our partnership with 1800pr has been invaluable,” says Frank Ricotta, CEO of BurstIQ. “We are eager to take that partnership to the next level and execute on the strategic vision laid out by CEO Matthew Bird. The next 18 months are going to be very exciting.”

“Having the opportunity to work with a successful emerging-growth firm like BurstIQ is beyond exciting. Their proprietary blockchain technology is uniquely positioned to disrupt multiple markets within the next 18 months, and we are thrilled to be partnering with them,” commented Matthew Bird, CEO of 1800pr.

About BurstIQ ™ 
BurstIQ ™ is a leading healthcare blockchain data company. The company offers a HIPAA-compliant enterprise-level health data platform that seamlessly leverages blockchain technology, big data capabilities and machine intelligence enabling healthcare organizations to securely manage and control their data.   The platform allows the creation of a next generation data marketplace for monetization of both individual and business data, personalized products and services, value-added B2B services, and more. The BurstIQ platform and data marketplace work together to improve the security and individual control of health data, increase health access and equity, reduce healthcare costs, and enable new insights and care models. Currently BurstIQ services major healthcare institutions, OEM data partners, unions, government agencies and sovereign nations.

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About 1-800-PublicRelations, Inc. “1800pr”
1800pr is an award-winning strategic public relations agency with an emphasis on performance-driven PR programs, social-impact brand communications strategy and experiential event activations. We design, create and execute event-based sustainable communication programs to help our clients meet their strategic business objectives through media relations, global social impact initiatives and public-private partnerships. The high-energy sustainable communications initiatives we craft and content created is meant for brands to inspire social change while building market-share to support the global community.

Since 2014, 1800pr has serviced over 300 established brands, fortune 500 companies, government agencies, emerging growth companies, consumer product companies, non-profits, high-profile individuals, and financial institutions. *1800pr is a proud supporter and a media partners of the United Nations SDGs

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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.

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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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Fishermen Labs

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.

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World Poker Fund Holdings Forecasts $143 Million in Revenues From First In-Flight Online Casino Assets and Contracts

Recent M&A Deal Projected to Be Worth $1 Billion in Annual Revenues

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 10, 2016) World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: WPFH), a leading developer and operator of online and event-based social gaming platforms and brands, announces today that the 49% stake in Universal Entertainment Group (“UEG”) contracts and assets to be acquired, as previously announced, are projected to generate 1800pr-Performance-based-pr-banner-300x250-1approximately $143 million in annual in-flight gaming and online revenues for WPFH from the initial offerings, based on accepted industry analysis as well as UEG and Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma projections.

Jamie Gold WSOP Champion and WPFH Spokesperson added, “WPFH is moving at light speed in terms of partnerships and acquisitions of ‎game changing technology and brands. This latest move gives us the opportunity to be the first and only real money gaming source in the sky and further. I’m truly excited to be a part of it all.”

The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma gaming portal is set to launch in the next 90 days and initially will offer live cash-casino, cash-bingo and cash-poker games online to international (non-U.S.) players. In-flight cash gaming is then set to launch in Q1 2017 on selected international airline flights, cruises and other forms of transportation. The in-flight international gaming offerings will be done through and will be offered once an international flight in excess of two hours reaches cruising altitude. Eligible passengers (ages 21 and up) will be given the opportunity to receive complimentary Wi-Fi access for the duration of the flight for a minimum deposit of $25 into their online, real-money play, casino account offered by, which will be operated by and software/support provided by UEG, through its contractual arrangement with the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma. Passengers on these flights will be able to play casino games (not just poker) through their personal devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, or using the inflight entertainment system at their seat.

UEG spokesperson Christina Fallin (daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin) commented: “We are proud to be working with World Poker Fund and The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma on this project. It is an extraordinary time for the State of Oklahoma. The recent federal court ruling granting the Iowa Tribe the unique gaming licenses will generate significant revenue potential that will directly benefit the people of Oklahoma through tax revenues and The Iowa Tribe and its partners. It’s a win-win all around.”

International, in-flight cash gaming represents an extraordinary market opportunity. This market is currently not served at all and is not included in the industry estimated $35.5 billion in annual revenues from on-line cash gaming world-wide. Over 3.5 billion passengers are expected to fly in 2016 and more than 3 billion of those are projected to be non-U.S. passengers. WPFH and its market partners through, initially will have access to 180 million of those international passengers through a single in-flight Wi-Fi provider, which controls the entertainment content on its partner airlines. UEG estimates that, even if only 20% of eligible passengers on those flights who have Wi-Fi access, choose to gamble in flight, revenues of over $808 million US would be generated annually, of which a projected $143 million in gross revenues would result to WPFH from the assets and contracts to be acquired by it from UEG. WPFH management believes that the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma gaming web site, managed through their contractual vendor relationship with UEG, can successfully penetrate this market and expand to other international passengers and carriers after the first offering through the initial in-flight Wi-Fi provider. This is a unique and untapped market.

About World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc.
World Poker Fund Holdings, Inc. is a leading developer and operator of online and event based social gaming platforms and brands. The company is currently in the final stages of launching its two core celebrity driven social gaming brands for online poker and casino gaming at The company does not offer any games or gaming opportunities for cash in the United States and is not licensed as a gaming operator in the United States or any other jurisdiction.

To learn more about World Poker Fund Holdings (WPFH) and its upcoming events, please visit

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