Zeel brings in-home massage to Triad

Zeel, an in-home massage therapy company, said Thursday it is begun providing services in Winston-Salem and Greensboro. It already has been in the Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh markets.

The company offers in-home massages directly to customers in homes, hotels, workplaces and events in as little as an hour. The company said massages are provided by vetted, licensed, insured and experienced massage therapists.

Member benefits include: a discounted massage each month; discounts on all other massages booked; and a free massage table with a deluxe sheet set. There’s no initiation fee to join, and a 90-day trial option is available. Discounts can be shared with household members at the customer’s location.

Zeel said the cost of a 60-minute massage is $105, counting tip and taxes. The discount membership rate is $87. Massages are booked on Zeel’s iPhone or Android app, or at www.zeel.com.

Richard Craver

Filipowski, Platz launch cloud database

FlureeDB, a technology company with two local entrepreneurs in charge, said it launched Thursday a scalable, blockchain cloud database for public beta use.

The entrepreneurs are Brian Platz and Flip Filipowski, who co-founded Silkroad Technology. They said Fluree is focused on enabling enterprises to take advantage of the trend of decentralized applications.

The entrepreneurs say blockchain technology provides a tamper-resistant consensus model that uses a decentralized network to verify and encrypt accurate transactions. FlureeDB builds each database transaction into a block of time, creating a central blockchain.

FlureeDB operates as a public benefits corporation. For more information, got to www.flur.ee. A developer whitepaper can be found at http://www.flur.ee/assets/pdf/flureedb_whitepaper_v1.pdf.

Richard Craver

NorthState declares $1.30 dividend

The board of directors for NorthState, based in High Point, declared Thursday a cash dividend of $1.30 per share on its common stock.

The dividend is payable Dec. 5 to stockholders registered as of Nov. 20.

Richard Craver

Red Ventures now owns Bankrate.com

Charlotte digital consumer company Red Ventures said Thursday it has completed its $1.4 billion purchase of Bankrate.com.

Bankrate is an online publisher, aggregator and distributor of personal finance content, such as mortgage, credit card and auto loan rates.

Bankrate shareholders received $14 per share, representing 31 percent premium over its three-month average closing share price.

Red Ventures uses advanced analytics, data science and integrated technology to cultivate digital connections between brands and consumers across the financial services, home services and healthcare industries.

Richard Craver

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