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Former LPI Managers Urvish Badiani, Nadia Karatsoreos headed to Datto

urvishWe heard today that more Level Platforms staffers have left the recently acquired company to join another channel-related vendor, Datto. This time it’s Urvish Badiani and Nadia Karatsoreos, who had both previously worked at LPI as Partner Development Managers. Badiani had been with LPI since 2006, and Karatsoreos was with the company for the last three years.

(Pictured): Former LPI Partner Development Managers Urvish Badiani and Nadia Karatsoreos will be joining Datto on August 12 in similar capacities.

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Exclusive Q&A: Rob Rae…his First Days at Datto

Earlier this month, BDR provider Datto announced that it had hired Rob Rae as the company’s new VP of Business Development. Definitely no stranger to both the channel and the SMB industry, Rae is best-known for his tenure as Director of Partner Development and Operations at Level Platforms, where had been for the last six years prior to joining Datto last week.

For those of you that have met Rae personally, you will undoubtedly know that his commitment to the channel and the partners that serve our SMB industry is always something that’s top of his mind. This was always his mantra while he was with LPI, and he says it is something he will be taking over to his new position at Datto.

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Datto Appoints LPI Veteran Rob Rae as VP of Business Development

It was announced today by Datto that the BDR provider has hired Rob Rae to the position of VP of Business Development. Rae, who is known by most in the SMB channel for his work as VP of Partner Development at Level Platforms, will begin his tenure at Datto on Monday, August 5.

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AVG/LPI Acquisition: Partners Share their Thoughts, Reactions

In a game-changing move yesterday for the SMB channel,  AVG announced that it acquired the business of LPI Level Platforms, which includes the company’s NOC, RMM and Managed Workplace platform. Obviously, the news might have come as a surprise to some in the industry, and also many are probably wondering how AVG and LPI became “hooked up” in the first place.

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AVG Purchases Level Platforms to Enhance its Cloud-Based Services Model

This morning, we heard another big news announcement, having just recovered from the announcement that SolarWinds acquired N-able last month: AVG Technologies said today that it plans to purchase (subject to closing) the business of LPI Level Platforms.

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Oops…My Bad! 5 Blogs We Missed Last Week

Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior. It has been a bit of taking a breather here for us, since we wrapped up our Spring Conference and SMB 150 Awards Gala just over a week ago. But the quiet before the storm won’t last long…before you know it, we will be gearing up for our annual fall event to be held Oct. 10-12 in Las Vegas at the Rio!

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Level Platforms RMM Software and DOCUWISE Print Management Software Integrate

Yesterday, Level Platforms announced a technology integration between their Managed Workplace RMM software and DOCUWISE, LLC’s PESO software. This integration will allow MSPs to more fully manage print ecosystems.

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Oops…My Bad! 5 Blogs We Missed Last Week

Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior. We have been pretty busy around here at SMB Nation in gearing up for our SMB 150 Awards, and our Spring Conference, which will be held May 3-5, 2013, at the Microsoft Redmond Campus. For more information, and to register, go to: http://spring.smbnation.com/.

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Level Platforms Releases Dates, Location for MSP Summit

Level PlatformsEarlier this week, Level Platforms released details about their upcoming MSP Community Summit. This event is slated to take place June 17-19 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV and will feature session tracks geared for Level Platforms Managed Workplace 2013.

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Datto Technology Now Integrated Into Level Platforms Solution

Datto Level Platforms logoThis morning, Datto, Inc., announced the release of deep product integration with the Level Platforms Managed Workplace platform. This integration will allow Datto partners to provide an improved end-user experience to their customers.

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Oops…My Bad! 5 Blogs We Missed Last Week

Here we go again! As I do each week, I am really enjoying bringing our readers a quick round-up of the blog coverage I didn’t manage to get to during the week prior. We have been pretty busy around here at SMB Nation in gearing up for our SMB 150 Awards, and our Spring Conference. We also, celebrated the one-month anniversary of Cloud Nation, a new platform introduced to help VARs, MSPs and SMBs create and successfully grow cloud practices. A reminder that voting has been extended to Feb. 22 for the 3rd Annual SMB Nation 150 Awards; go to www.SMB150.com, to vote for all of your industry favorites…

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Friday Afternoon Club with: Peter Sandiford, CEO, Level Platforms

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Peter Sandiford, CEO, Level Platforms, regarding the many accomplishments the company has achieved in the last year, as well as Sandiford’s outlook for 2013. With the year now in full swing, Sandiford offered how far LPI has come in the last year, and where the company is headed in the next year.

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