Launches as Premier, Free, Online Invitation Service. New Digital Invitations Combine Style & Unique Design With Innovative Delivery and Management Features. Invite Online, In Style.

    surroundSend,'s revolutionary Invitation Delivery Platform,
    changes the way online invitations are sent, received and managed - via
    email, print, SMS/text, customized event web page, and Facebook

    NEW YORK and TORONTO, March 19 /CNW/ -- Online invitations have just been
reinvented, as entrepreneurs and brothers Lorien Gabel and Matt Harrop today
announced the launch of Finally, users have free access to stylish
online invitations with optimum functionality. The free online invitation
service enables hosts to design, send and manage personalized online
invitations and event communications and to create a unique ad-free web page
for all their social and business events.
    pingg surroundSend is a revolutionary invitation platform that allows
hosts to choose the way their invitations and event communications are sent to
each invited guest -- via email, SMS/texting, print (pingg will print and
individually mail each invite), or posted to Facebook. pingg simplifies the
chore of managing all event communications -- including follow-ups, reminders
and last minute changes -- by enabling the host to customize, create, schedule
and track from a single event management page.
    The combination of simply navigated design tools, a vast selection of
pre- designed invitations, a library of over two million images, plus the
pingg Designer Series, helps hosts create unique and stylish invitations.
pingg's surroundSend then reaches guests via email, SMS, web, print and
    Gabel, who along with Harrop previously founded and sold two successful
technology companies, states, "We took a look at the online invitation
landscape and noted a huge void in the level of style, design, and
sophistication being offered to consumers. We've not only developed a new way
to experience sending and receiving online invitations, but made it our number
one priority to seamlessly fuse style, design and customization with robust
delivery and management features."
    The following capabilities are what make pingg "well sent":

    -- pingg offers galleries of distinctive, invite designs and themes that
       provide hosts with unprecedented choice. Alternatively, hosts can
       upload their own photo, logo or PDF, conduct a custom search on pingg
       Plus+ from over two million additional images, or use original art from
       the Designer Series.
    -- pingg delivers an actual digital invitation to every guest. Guests
       receive full event details and the ability to RSVP directly from their

    -- surroundSend is a revolutionary communication platform that seamlessly
       integrates multiple channels so hosts can reach guests wherever they
       may be. Invitations, event details, and follow-ups can be communicated
       via email, SMS/texting, Facebook, a dedicated event web page, or with
       actual print invitations (pingg stamps and sends them through snail
       mail to each guest).

    -- Each event automatically gets its own dedicated webpage with a unique
       address.  Host are able to customize their page with photos, videos,
       gift and charity registries, tools for money collection, Google Maps,
       news and RSS feeds of the event, guest comments and RSVP tracking. All
       of this is presented without intrusive or inappropriate banner ads.

    -- Easily import contacts from multiple sources. Using the pingg address
       book, hosts can tag, group, and organize contacts and print contacts
       and guest lists.
    -- Beyond basic RSVPs, pingg provides tracking of email
       open/forwards/bounces, web page views, event capacity, and all guest
       activity via event and news RSS feeds.
    -- Add photos, videos, gift/charity registry, collect money and more all
       from a dedicated ad -free event web page.
    Brothers Lorien Gabel and Matt Harrop have strong Canadian roots, but
spent a great deal of their youth traveling the globe with their free-spirited
parents. Lorien, schooled as a lawyer, joined younger brother Matt to create
Interlog, one of Canada's first commercial ISP (Internet Service Providers) in
1993. A strong success, the company was acquired by a multi-national
telecommunications provider in 1998. Driven by their entrepreneurial spirit,
and determined not to be one hit wonders, Lorien and Matt then co-founded Bird
on a Wire Networks -- a web hosting and data-center provider, which was one of
the first in Canada. Within two years, the company was acquired by AT&T
Canada. In 2006, Lorien and Matt founded pingg Interactive Corp.
    Based in New York, was co-founded in 2006 by brothers Lorien
Gabel and Matt Harrop. Lorien and Matt are CEO and CTO respectively. Their
third business venture together, is a new, free online invitation
and event management platform that lets image conscious hosts seamlessly
create, send and manage stylish invitations and event communications for
personal and professional events all with the convenience of pingg's new
proprietary invitation delivery system - surroundSend. For more information,
    CONTACT:  Margo Spiritus/ - / 646-277-7348

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