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Mural Unveils Bold New Brand Transformation and Product Experience

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The company aims to change how teams work together through a new brand identity, an enhanced product user interface, and the introduction of a collaboration skills development offering

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today Mural, the leading collaborative intelligence company, unveiled a provocative new brand identity, a bold new user interface (UI) for its digital whiteboard product, and a new collaboration skills development offering — the first of its kind in the market. Laying the groundwork for future product enhancements in 2023, these launches advance Mural’s mission to support how teams collaborate from anywhere in order to do their best work together.

Mural Unveils Bold New Brand Transformation and Product Experience

According to Microsoft’s most recent Work Trend Index Special Report, 85 percent of leaders at hybrid companies lack confidence in the productivity of their employees while roughly 3 out of 4 hybrid employees say they “need a better reason to [go into the office] than company expectations.” These conflicting stances are byproducts of the persistent debate regarding where work happens.

With the announcement of the brand promise — “Intentional practices. Extraordinary work.” — Mural seeks to reconcile leaders to employees by changing how people collaborate so that remarkable work happens by design and not by accident. Mural is the only company with a systematic approach for improving teamwork that combines specialized collaboration training with powerful collaboration spaces made to inspire teams to connect and innovate from anywhere.

“For more than a decade, tens of thousands of teams at global enterprise companies like IBM, Microsoft, and SAP have taught us that skillfully applying purpose and intention to how people collaborate leads to extraordinary, innovative work,” said Mariano Battan, co-founder and CEO of Mural. “Every team can do extraordinary work. They just need to know how.”

New brand identity elevates “intentional practices”

The new Mural brand is vibrant and welcoming, positioning teamwork as being most effective when leaders take care to plan and anticipate, first inviting and then guiding participation.

Through new typography, colors, and illustrations, the Mural brand entices engagement, prompting teams to strike a balance between structure and play as they advance ideas to impact. This balance and direction is symbolically represented by Mural’s new wordmark.

 

“When teams are connected to each other and to a common purpose, that’s when their best work happens,” said Kit Unger, Mural’s senior vice president of design. “It all comes together with our new brand, which reflects our core values in a distinctive, recognizable way. Our new system of expression is the foundation for our marketing, branding, and communications.”

Elements of Mural’s brand evolution include:

A transformed identity: As a prominent representation of the company, people, and brand, the Mural wordmark is rooted in the concept of “structure and play.” Built on a foundation of black bars, the wordmark gives plenty of room for imagination, exploration, and motion.New color palette: Ideas are colorful and diverse, and so is the Mural brand. The core colors are deliberately optimistic and energetic while still warm and welcoming. The new palette also reflects several changes to hue, saturation, and brightness to increase color contrast for a more accessible set of default colors.

Mural partnered with the transformation and design consultancy, COLLINS, who have done celebrated work with next-generation brands like Spotify, Dropbox, and Twitch.

New product user interface

Mural invites teams worldwide to change how they work together through collaboration spaces that are playful and simple to use and can be used regardless of where or when work happens.

The new product user interface includes improved visual thinking tools and features. Highlights of the new interface include:

New user interface and dashboard refresh: The new UI is modern looking, fresh, and playful with rounded corners, new icons, colors, animated moments, drop shadows, top left text alignment on sticky notes, and more. This makes working in Mural easier and faster through a series of enhancements to core functionality, navigation, and search. Facilitation Superpowers® features, including timer, voting, private mode, and laser pointer, are clearly and prominently grouped. Core product capabilities are more discoverable and easily understood for all experience levels, resulting in a more vibrant, engaging experience.Accessibility enhancements: Text, icons, form components, and other interface elements have gone to darker grays or black-on-white backgrounds, which is more inclusive to a larger audience. Combined with more whitespace and larger default sizes, this hierarchy ensures Mural’s interface is clearly legible and meets WCAG AA color contrast requirements. In fact, Mural’s accessibility team worked in partnership with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to improve keyboard and screen reader support within the canvas for the visually impaired.

Kit and the product design team go into more detail on the purposeful approach to Mural’s rebrand and product improvements in this blog post.

Today’s brand and product changes set the stage for further enhancements in the coming months.

New collaboration skills development offering

In March, Mural acquired LUMA Institute, the recognized global leader in equipping people to be collaborative problem solvers through its acclaimed learning experiences and certification programs. Building on years of partnership between the two companies, the combination of Mural and LUMA now means that it’s easier than ever for global enterprises to enable employees to creatively innovate and solve problems together.

Mural has now launched its LUMA Elevate offering, exclusively available for Mural members. The new package is a combination of customizable in-person and on-demand learning experiences focused on improving teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving — the skills fundamental to succeeding in the modern hybrid work environment. Mural members can design the curriculum and learning paths to meet their unique needs and goals.

Mural’s new user interface is available at www.mural.co, and brand assets are available at www.mural.co/brand-assets. There will be a generous phased rollout in the platform between December 2022 and March 2023 where members can opt-in to the new UI. Members will be given control to switch between the classic UI and the new UI to ensure that everyone can transition at their leisure. Visit Mural’s product updates for all official releases and updates.

About Mural

Mural is a collaborative intelligence company. We connect teams to unlock their potential, increasing the innovation capacity of the enterprise. Mural creates a culture of effective collaboration — where everyone is connected, contributing, and empowered to deliver business-driving outcomes. We power effective collaboration, innovation, alignment, and team building at 95 percent of the Fortune 100 including SAP and Microsoft, as well as universities, schools, and nonprofits.

Try Mural for free www.mural.co.

Mural is a registered trademark of Tactivos, Inc.

LUMA System provided by LUMA Institute, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tactivos, Inc.

 

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AgentSync Appoints Guidewire CEO Mike Rosenbaum to Board of Directors

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DENVER, Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — AgentSync, the company that’s powering growth and operational efficiency for insurance carriers, agencies and MGAs with world-class producer management and compliance solutions, today announced the appointment of Guidewire Chief Executive Officer Mike Rosenbaum to its Board of Directors. Rosenbaum’s leadership and in-depth corporate experience in insurance and technology will help AgentSync on its mission to revolutionize and modernize insurance compliance.

I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum at AgentSync

“We welcome Mike’s skill set as both an insurance and SaaS leader,” said Niji Sabharwal, Chief Executive Officer of AgentSync. “His experience running the largest insurance core system business on the planet, combined with his 14 years leading product teams at Salesforce, make him a one-of-a-kind fit to help direct the company through this next stage of growth.”

Rosenbaum has been Chief Executive Officer of Guidewire since 2019, where he oversees the company’s position as a top software provider to the global Property and Casualty insurance industry. He also ensures the success of the Guidewire customer community, and directs the advancement of its cloud offerings. Rosenbaum spent 14 years at Salesforce and most recently served as Executive Vice President, with responsibility for customer success and product development.

“AgentSync is a company with a bright future, and I am thrilled to be able to play a role in its success and growth going forward,” said Rosenbaum. “The company’s insurance compliance and producer management solutions unlock significant value for carriers, agencies and MGAs, and I look forward to leveraging my capabilities and network in insurance and SaaS to continue driving momentum for the organization,” he said.

About AgentSync

AgentSync builds modern insurance infrastructure that connects carriers, agencies, MGAs, and producers. The company’s solutions create onboarding, licensing, and appointing processes insurers and producers love while ensuring growth and compliance never compete. Founded in 2018 by Niranjan “Niji” Sabharwal and Jenn Knight, and headquartered in Denver, Colo., AgentSync has been recognized as one of Denver’s Best Places to Work, as a Forbes Magazine Cloud 100 Rising Star, and an Insurtech Insights Future 50 winner.

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Snow Joe® Breaks The Ice For Winter 2023 With Its Innovative Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper

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High-quality steel craftsmanship and spring-loaded, shock-absorbing design make for the most efficient ice chopper to date

HOBOKEN, N.J., Jan. 12, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Snow Joe, America’s #1 brand of snow throwers, debuts its latest ice-breaking innovation: the 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle. Engineered to alleviate the painstaking task of chopping hard-packed ice, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper features a unique spring-loaded, durable poly handle with a reinforced, D-ring grip to absorb the shock from ice chopping and reduce the strain on both your wrists and shoulders. Its durable, 7-inch carbon steel chopper blade and heavy-duty, 39.7-inch steel shaft offer control and precision to swiftly scrape, slice, dice and break through layers of tough ice and hard-packed snow on driveways, decks, steps, sidewalks, patios, and more!

“This is no ordinary ice chopper…consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”   –Paul Riley, Jr., COO

“This is no ordinary ice chopper,” says Paul Riley, Jr., Chief Operating Officer at Snow Joe. “With its state-of-the-art steel construction and the significant ease of the spring-loaded, shock-absorbing handle, consumers can break ice smarter, not harder, all winter long.”

Weighing only 3.2 pounds, the Snow Joe Ice Chopper is easy to maneuver and stores compactly.  Plus, it comes with a complete two-year warranty, so consumers can enjoy strain- and pain-free ice removal around their homes, yards, gardens, and garages for seasons to come.

To date, the Snow Joe Chopper has garnered over 3,700 reviews with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars, earning Amazon’s choice for best ice chopper!  So, when it comes to ice, don’t play nice—Go With Joe® and Get Equipped® with the Snow Joe 7-inch Spring-Loaded Impact-Reducing Steel Ice Chopper with Shock-Absorbing Handle, available while supplies last at snowjoe.com and Amazon.

About Snow Joe

Snow Joe — and its complementary brands Sun Joe®, Aqua Joe®, and Auto Joe® — planted its roots in 2004 as a digitally native, direct-to-consumer company that designs, develops, and distributes high-quality, yet affordable, lawn and garden tools. It has grown to become a leader in electric and cordless snowblowers and electric pressure washers, and now offers a wide range of tools to tackle any outdoor chore, any season. For more information, visit https://snowjoe.com/ or connect on Facebook and Instagram

© 2023 Snow Joe, LLC. All Rights Reserved. AUTO JOE, AQUA JOE, SNOW JOE and SUN JOE are registered trademarks of Snow Joe, LLC.

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CCTV+: China’s top disciplinary body adopts communique to promote full, rigorous Party self-governance

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BEIJING, Jan. 11, 2023 /CNW/ — The Communist Party of China’s (CPC) top disciplinary body on Tuesday pledged in a communique that studying and implementing the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress will be the primary political task now and in the near future, and constantly promoting full, rigorous Party self-governance.

 

The communique was adopted at the second plenary session of the 20th Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the CPC, which was held in Beijing from Monday to Tuesday.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, attended the session and made an important speech.

The speech made by Xi at the session was studied, and it was agreed that it provided fundamental guidance for advancing the great new project of Party building in the new era and the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on China’s new journey in the new era, according to the communique, which called on all Party members to study and implement the spirit of Xi’s speech.

Discipline inspection and supervision organs must take the study and implementation of the guiding principles of the 20th CPC National Congress as a primary political task at the current stage and in the years to come, and turn effective implementation of the guiding principles into a strong driving force to promote high-quality development of the disciplinary inspection and supervision work on the new journey of the new era.

An eight-point requirement was put forward by the session:

To focus on implementation of the strategic decisions of the 20th CPC National Congress to intensify political oversight;To promote improvement of the systems and regulations for the Party’s self-reform;To ensure that political inspections serve as a powerful tool;To implement the central Party leadership’s eight-point decision on improving conduct with perseverance, tackle pointless formalities, bureaucratism, hedonism, and extravagance;To make all-around efforts to tighten Party discipline;To win the tough and protracted battle against corruption;To advance reform of the discipline inspection and supervision system in an in-depth manner;And to develop qualified human resources capable of shouldering responsibilities in discipline inspection and supervision on the new journey in the new era.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUSUK9dwD4s

 

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