Monthly Archives: April 2014

Kineta, Inc. and RLB Holdings Announce New Joint Venture to Address High-Need Therapeutics Including Autoimmune Diseases

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of immune-modulating drugs for critical diseases, and RLB Holdings, an investment fund founded by Ray and Lydia Bartoszek, have formed a joint venture, Kineta RLB, LLC, which will commercialize promising, high-value compounds in selective disease areas with unmet medical needs. “The vision of Kineta RLB […]

HipLogiq Secures $7 Million in Series B Funding to Fuel Social Media Marketing Growth

Dallas, TX — Nov 18, 2013 / ( — HipLogiq announces today $7 million in series B funding from Hadron Global Partners, a joint venture created to invest in marketing automation, data analytics and eCommerce. Ray Bartoszek, principal of RLB Holdings, and Anthony Lanza, principal of Carriage House Partners (CHP), are majority owners of Hadron Global Partners. HipLogiq received $5 million in […]

Ex-Glencore Oil Traders Form Investment Firms to Invest in Biotechnology

Cashing out after Glencore’s initial price offering in 2011, ex-Glencore oil traders have formed investment funds and invested in biotechnology. In the past few months, two investment firms founded by ex-Glencore oil traders — Hydra LLC and RLB Holdings — have invested in Kineta Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development of novel immune […]

Crunch Franchise Announces Deal with Fitness Holdings & RLB Holdings to Open 42 Locations in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania

NEW YORK, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Crunch, the health club chain best known for making serious fitness fun through unique programming and cutting-edge training, has inked a deal with Fitness Holdings LLC & RLB Holdings to open an additional 42 clubs across New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. (Logo: ) “Our decision to partner with Crunch Franchise is the result of finding […]

Dallas startup for social marketing solutions raise $5 million in first round funding

Dallas-based HipLogiq said this morning that it raised $5 million in its first round of fundraising. Hiplogiq, which develops social media and marketing tools for companies and small businesses, said the funding will allow it to focus on marketing its two apps: SocialCompass and SocialCentiv. Hiplogiq CEO and co-founder is Bernard Perrine, who was a former founding partner of Kinko’s. […]

HipLogiq Debuts as Parent Brand for SocialCompass and SocialCentiv

Social Marketing Software Company Evolves Into an Idea Factory  DALLAS (March 8, 2013)— Social Compass, a Dallas-based social marketing company, is changing its name to HipLogiq and will retain the SocialCompass name for its enterprise social marketing software. The software is used by big brands to harness the power of social media and engage with customers 1-on-1 across mass media social […]

RLB Holdings and Kineta Announce Second Investment, and Partnership Focused on Program Advancement

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–RLB Holdings and Kineta are pleased to announce a new investment partnership focused on accelerating development of Kineta’s clinical stage drug candidates. The two drug programs funded by the investment partnership are ShK-186, a novel immune-sparing targeted therapeutic focused on autoimmune diseases and rOAS, a novel pan-viral therapeutic aimed at an array of malicious […]

Holding Point a shale gas hub; sand facility to open soon

With new investors, a new name, a new fracking sand facility and new companies, the old Holding Point is poised to become one of the largest staging areas for drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. With new investors, a new name, a new fracking sand facility and new companies, the old Holding Point is poised […]

Enter sand man: Bartoszek Loves fracking

Former New York oil trader Ray Bartoszek has bet $20 million that he can turn Montana sand into fracking gold. But today, as the 47-year-old energy maven-turned-private-equity mogul opens his upstate 200-acre rail terminal, his bet on the state’s fracking future looks shaky. “For the last six months, I felt the momentum was moving towards […]

Dissed by Mets, Bartoszek fracks

He went from Fred to fried to fracking. Ray Bartoszek, days after Mets owner Fred Wilpon passed him over in favor of David Einhorn as a prospective minority investor in the team last May, quickly jumped at the chance to spend his money in a completely different field — he acquired a 200-acre former upstate […]