Industry Notes for the Week of Feb. 6


ISA cancels in-person expo, switches to virtual

The board of directors of ISA SIGN Expo 2021 announced ISA Sign Expo 2021 will go completely virtual, taking place over its scheduled dates of April 7-9. The board stated: “We continue to closely monitor the ongoing developments with the coronavirus and the related effects of it. While the opening of the event is not for a few months, we must make decisions now about whether ISA can host an in-person event. Given the current state of the pandemic, we believe that the only solution will be for ISA Sign Expo 2021 to become a fully virtual event taking place over the same dates, April 7-9, 2021.

App news and updates

Exposing.AI identifies if Flickr pics were used to train Biometric AI

Find Biometrics reports Exposing.AI is a new online service designed to help people become aware of whether or not their Flickr photos have been used to train any facial recognition algorithms.

People on the Move

Mediaclip named among Quebec’s leading businesses

Mediaclip is among the 110 companies included in the Women’s Business Awards presented by theCaisse de dépôt et placement du Québec on the occasion of the launch of its Première en affaires magazine on Jan. 26, 2021. This initiative is carried out in collaboration with the Women of Scotiabank initiative and Inno-Center, the John Molson School of Management at Concordia University, with the support of BDC, Femmessor, E&Y and Léger, and the participation of the Ordre des CPA du Québec and the Réseau des Femmes d’affaires of Quebec.

Sony Electronics elevates Neal Manowitz to president, COO

Sony Electronics Inc. announced long-time executive Neal Manowitz will be promoted to president and COO for Sony Electronics Inc North America effective April 1, 2021. Mike Fasulo, who has led Sony’s Electronics operations in North America for the past seven years will be retiring, after serving 37 years with the company.

MAC Group names Ron Howell southwest regional business manager

MAC Group announced Ron Howell will be the Southwest Regional Business Manager across all of the MAC Group brands covering lighting and grip, bags, tripods, software and accessories, and audio. He ran a wedding and portrait business for ten years, while also being an influential force in the sales consulting industry throughout the Southeast since 1994.

Picsolve appoints Roy Kishor as chairman of board of directors

Picsolve International Ltd,, the supplier of photography services to theme parks and attractions, announced Roy Kishor was appointed chairman of the board of directors and a non-executive director, via Blooloop.

After 27 years, Jeff Bezos will step down as CEO of Amazon

Financial News

Apple reports first-quarter revenue up 21 percent

Apple Inc. announced fiscal 2021 revenue of $111.4 billion, up 21 percent year over year, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $1.68, up 35 percent.

Smartphoto shows double-digit revenue in 2020

Wetteren, Belgium-based Smartphoto group again achieved another strong year in 2020. Revenue showed double-digit growth of 19.2% from 51.5 million euro in 2019 to 61.4 million euro in 2020.

Cimpress announces lower second-quarter results

Vistaprint parent Cimpress plc reported lower second-quarter fiscal 2021 results. Total revenues in the fiscal second quarter were $786.1 million compared with $820.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Snap fourth-quarter revenue up 62% to $911 million

Snap Inc. reported fourth-quarter revenue jumped 62% to $911 million, while the net loss declined from $241 million to $113 million. For the year, the company shaved its loss to $945 million from $1 billion, on sales of $2.5 billion.

Xerox releases fourth-quarter and full-year results

Xerox reported fourth-quarter revenue of $1.930 billion, up 9.2 percent or 8.5 percent in constant currency compared to quarter 3 and down 21.0 percent or 22.3 percent in constant currency year-on-year.

Mitsubishi Electric announces third-quarter results

Mitsubishi Electric reported third-quarter revenue declined 10 percent to 2,940.6 billion yen while operating profit declined 24 percent to 137.7 billion yen.

Open Positions


Dakis is looking for a full-stack software developer and an SaaS senior project manager.

Nations Photo Lab

Nations Photo Lab is looking for a Product+Business Development Manager for Artsy Couture.


Shutterfly has vacancies, including a director/general manager of studios, based in Eden Prairie, MN.