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What does Firefish do?

Firefish (www.firefish.in) creates learning opportunities by innovating new products and by partnering with government and non-government agencies. Firefish operates in four verticals (1) Education products and services (2) Technology products and services (3) Consulting (4) Services to not-for-profit organizations.


   
Shares Outstanding 127,482,504 a/o Aug 12, 2013
CEO owns 66,550,660 shares. Float is only 60,931,844!!
Authorized: 1 billion

Company hardly ever sells shares,

Back in March 2012 there were 98,666,650 shares o/s

 
Active Nev. SOS:
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In June, some investors bought $50,000 worth of stock at a price of 1 cent per share. They must believe the pps will go much higher than 1 cent to make a return.

QB Company

Never had a r/s

Company has no notes payable, not many liabilities, and revenue is up over 300% from last quarter.


Recent news:

Aug 30, 2013 (ACCESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- SAN DIEGO, August 30, 2013 /Accesswire/ - Firefish, Inc. (OTCBB: FRFS), provider of education products and services, announced that enrolments in the Primary Olympiad were on track to exceed 10,000 registrations with signups from over 100 schools. Primary Olympiad is an annual competition in India for school children in grades 1 through 5 in English, Maths and Science subjects.

"This year, we have launched a new competition in India - Middle School Olympiad - for children in grades 6 through 8, which, like the Primary Olympiad, will focus on English, Maths and Science subjects. This new competition has been well received by schools" said Harsh Shetty, Firefish's CEO.


Firefish Projects:
 

Primary Olympiad

Culturally, Indian parents have tremendous aspirations for their children. They desire world class products in education, nutrition, health and finance. Particularly in education services, parents seek world class products that directly result in improvement in learning. Such products when are delivered in a trusted environment like the school itself and allow parents to compare their children with others resulting in focused improvement are received even better. There are about 2 million high income households in India.

To serve this BIG desire, Firefish Networks launched the Primary Olympiad.

The Primary Olympiad, now in its fourth successful year of running, consists of the English, Maths and Science Olympiads. It is a national level certification program and competition for children in standards 1 through 5. The English Olympiad focuses on Spelling and Grammar. The Maths Olympiad focuses on Arithmetic and Geometry. The Science Olympiad focuses on Science and Environmental Studies.

Enrolled children receive book sets published by the Cambridge University Press which are of the highest international standards. Participating schools receive trainer's guides and sample papers. After about 5 months of preparation, children write a city round competition. Selected children move on to a national round competition.

In addition to awards, certificates and recognition, students receive a detailed score card that analyzes their performance in a variety of competency dimensions. Schools also receive a confidential score card that shows how the school performed relative to other schools.

This program helps children learn English, Maths and Science in a very structured format with a lot of activities. This also helps them have a strong foundation in English, Maths and Science. By participating in an international level competition, early in their life, children are better prepared to take on challenging competitions in the future.

Primary Olympiad 2012-13 received 8,000 enrollments from 20 cities across India. A large number of schools across various cities like Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Baroda, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Mysore, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Rajkot, Surat, Solapur and Trichy are part of this competitive program.
 

ECP with Govt. of Chhattisgarh

The Government of Chhattisgarh wants to improve the level of teaching of the English language in the state run schools in Chhattisgarh. The level of knowledge of the English language in government schools is poor with most children in grades 6th through 8th unable to understand a simple English written paragraph. Chhattisgarh state has 36,000 government schools with an average enrolment of 500 - 1,000 students.

In order to improve children's learning levels, one of the several approaches the government took was to invest in the training of teachers. In partnership with the NGO Pratham and the Cambridge University Press, the government of Chhattisgarh, offered an English training program for teachers. Firefish was the operating partner for this project.

Teachers enrolled in the program received a set of books published by the Cambridge University Press. Firefish trained the master trainers of the state government. The master trainers in turn worked with enrolled teachers to provide periodic inputs. After a 6 month period, teachers took a written exam. Detailed scorecards were issued to each participant to help identify weak areas to focus on in the future. All participants received certificates.

Over 1,300 teachers enrolled in the program over the course of 3 years. Each teacher works with about 500 children.
 

ELP and Franchise

English language skills are considered the pathway to a better life in India due, in part, to perceptions created by the booming outsourcing industry which requires skilled English speakers. Most urban high-paying jobs too require English. As a result, those servicing workers in the urban high-paying jobs are forced to interact with them in English to an extent. Hence, there is a very big demand to learn English since a majority of lower income Indians do not speak the language fluently.

Partnering with the NGO Pratham, Firefish developed a unique bi-lingual English learning product targeted at lower income young adults from urban and semi-urban locations.

Firefish hired 20 teachers and ran concurrent classes with the aggregate capacity to teach over 1,000 people at any time. The English skills of the students progressed from basic alphabet recognition to being able to engage in conversations using simple English sentences in a 3 month period.
 

Quizzes for school children for popularization of environment protection

With growing concern about the environment and protection of the earth's habitat, several large fossil fuel producers in India have started to focus on outreach to school children. Their goal is to sensitize children early to environment issues so that they can be responsible citizens that nurture the environment in the future.

Firefish, partnered with Qpundits to operate these quizzes in schools across India. The quiz, called - Green Guru - was marketed to over 3000 schools in India via direct mail and phone calls.

Over 50 schools across six cities registered and nominated two of their best students to the competition. The competition was conducted by a reputed Quiz Master. The top team was selected for a national round competition and invited to Delhi. Teams from across India competed in a national round competition for cash and kind prizes. The Green Guru quiz is now an annual feature that schools across India look forward to participating in.
 

Employability training with NGO Pratham

India's poor education system has resulted in a huge mismatch between the economy's massive labor needs, and available skilled workforce. Each year, 12.8 million people enter the workforce but the shortage of trained manpower is expected to reach 300 million jobs by 2022. The reason for this is that while youth entering the workforce have finished 12 years of schooling they are unsuited for employment in the formal workforce due to a lack of skills such as formal communication skills, English skills, skills to operate computers and use software tools, basic math, presentation skills and group-interaction skills.

Leading non-profit organization Pratham launched an initiative, called the Pratham Institute, to run classes for youth from low income backgrounds to improve their employability skills so that they could get jobs and strengthen their communities as a result. Firefish worked with Pratham to build a detailed business plan and towards initial execution of the project.

The business plan built by Firefish was funded by one of the world's largest social venture funds. Since its funding Pratham has trained thousands of youth in employability skills.
 

Livelihoods and women's empowerment with Leading Family Foundation

In certain rural Indian populations women, culturally, are considerably disenfranchised compared to the men. This problem is further worsened by the fact that women's literacy is very low. In the state of Rajasthan, only about 50% of the women are literate.

A Leading Family Foundation wanted to work on the issue of women's empowerment by helping the women find employment which would strengthen their position in the community. The Leading Family foundation launched a rural business process outsourcing (BPO) unit that employed only women. Firefish worked with the family foundation to strengthen the work of the rural BPO. Firefish additionally recommended that the foundation also foray into other manufacturing opportunities suitable for women so that the work of the foundation can achieve huge scale in terms of livelihoods achieved.

The leading family foundation is now implementing the business plan developed by Firefish and is in the process of hiring an entrepreneur CEO that can execute that plan.
 

English language training for teachers from NGO Pratham

English language skills are considered the pathway to a better life in India due, in part, to perceptions created by the booming outsourcing industry which requires skilled English speakers. Most urban high-paying jobs too require English. As a result, those servicing workers in the urban high-paying jobs are forced to interact with them in English to an extent. Hence, there is a very big demand to learn English since a majority of lower income Indians do not speak the language fluently.

The NGO Pratham has a large English teaching program for children from low income communities. However, the teachers employed in this program could themselves benefit from English language training.

Firefish partnered with Pratham to offer an especially built bi-lingual English learning program to teachers employed by Pratham.

Over 500 teachers from Pratham underwent this program in Mumbai city. Pratham has subsequently integrated this program created by Firefish with their internal training and rolled it out to Pratham teachers nationwide.
 

Using Tablet devices for improvement of education outcomes - a consulting project for a Leading Social Venture Fund

Tablet PCs are increasingly being used in schools worldwide. Primarily they are used to demonstrate via visual aids, concepts that students find difficult to understand and as e-book readers for textbooks. In India, several prestigious schools such as the Podar School, Universal School and Zee School have announced the introduction of Tablet PCs in schools in the 2012-13 school year.

Affordable Private Schools (APS) are schools that teach in English and charge low fees allowing access to low-income parents. However, they frequently flout stringent government norms on minimum requirements for schools related to infrastructure and educational qualifications of teachers. There are around 350,000 APS schools in India. As many as 50% of the urban school going students and about 20% of rural students are enrolled in APS schools.

A leading social venture fund wanted to see if educational outcomes could be improved in APS schools by the introduction of Tablet PCs. APS Schools employ teachers that are poorly trained. As a result, student understanding of concepts is weak. Tablet PCs, whose prices have fallen dramatically recently, create an individualized learning environment that could significantly enhance learning by allowing students to learn at their own pace in a stimulating environment.

Firefish's research report and business plan resulted in the social venture fund starting a pilot for this project in Hyderabad city.
 

Educational android app for children to learn science - with a leading NGO

One of the many educational needs of children in India is a sound understanding of scientific principles. While children from high-income communities have access to the latest in scientific thinking taught in the best environments, children from low-income communities are left behind due to a lack of teachers who can teach well and due to a lack of science equipment and infrastructure in schools. The government of India operates close to 700,000 schools across India. In most of these schools if the science equipment exists, it is kept firmly under lock and key.

Tablet PCs are increasingly being used worldwide for education purposes due to falling prices and since it is a personalized learning device. In low-income communities it is a way to overcome the doubly defeating issue of poorly trained teachers and lack of science equipment.

Firefish partnered with a leading NGO to release an educational app on the android platform for children. The app teaches basic scientific principles by referring to household items. The app teaches children in a game environment to maximize children's learning by holding their interest. The NGO's staff provided initial content and game design. Firefish built the app along with generating all the content.

Firefish is developing one complete line of operations to cater to this humongous educational requirement.
 

Social networking for educators - with NGO Pratham

Educators in India operate largely alone. There is little opportunity to interact with other educators and share experiences. There is no forum for teachers to come together and discuss best practices or motivate each other. Over the lifetime of a teacher, their initial enthusiasm for teaching is defeated by dull repetition.

This is especially true of educators in low income communities. Motivating educators in low income communities would have the most social impact. The government of India operates about 700,000 schools employing about 3.5 million teachers. The NGO Pratham employs about 100,000 teachers.

Firefish, partnered with Pratham to build a social networking platform for educators. The platform initially targeted Pratham's community of 100,000 teachers and subsequently was opened to the larger community of educators. The platform had all the latest features present in any social networking portal and additionally allowed participants to communicate in local language and via text messaging to account for preferences in India.

All of Pratham's internet enabled teachers registered on the portal and a proportion of them used the platform actively. Subsequently, Firefish offered many other products and services to those registered on the platform.
 

Training software for finance training - with IIFM

One of the key fast growing sectors in India, that is employing a lot of entry level people, is the financial products industry comprising of banks, insurance companies, brokerages and non-banking financial entities. International Institute of Financial Markets (IIFM) has launched a training program for those seeking to enter the financial industry. IIFM is seeking for ways to give the students maximum hands-on experience before they enter their finance jobs so that they are more productive than if they are just exposed to theoretical training.

Firefish, along with IIFM, has created a simulation tool that students can use to understand how equity, commodity and currency markets operate. Students can understand the basics of technical analysis by using the simulation tool.
 

English language training over mobile phones - with NGO Pratham

English language skills are considered the pathway to a better life in India due, in part, to perceptions created by the booming outsourcing industry which requires skilled English speakers. Most urban high-paying jobs too require English. As a result, those servicing workers in the urban high-paying jobs are forced to interact with them in English to an extent. Hence, there is a very big demand to learn English since a majority of lower income Indians do not speak the language fluently.

Firefish, along with Pratham NGO, has developed an innovative mobile phone based English language learning product. Along with a leading telecom provider in India, this product is to be launched later this year. Subscribers can log into this service, navigate to the appropriate lesson, listen to a 2 minute segment, use the IVR system to respond and receive basic feedback.

In the initial pilot, about 10,000 subscribers are expected. Based on the success of the pilot, the product will be rolled out nationwide.
 

Financial employability training with TradeNow - a marketing project

India's poor education system has resulted in a huge mismatch between the economy's massive labor needs, and available skilled workforce. Each year, 12.8 million people enter the workforce but the shortage of trained manpower is expected to reach 300 million jobs by 2022. The reason for this is that while youth entering the workforce have finished 12 years of schooling they are unsuited for employment in the formal workforce due to a lack of skills such as formal communication skills, English skills, skills to operate computers and use software tools, basic math, presentation skills and group-interaction skills.

One of the key fast growing sectors in India is the financial products industry comprising of banks, insurance companies, brokerages and non-banking financial entities. International Institute of Financial Markets (IIFM) has launched a training program for those seeking to enter the financial industry. Firefish handles the marketing of the program that is launched by IIFM. Over 500 students were trained by Firefish-IIFM through TradeNow.
 

Entrepreneurship training with Gold Nib Fellowship Commission

There is a rapidly growing culture of entrepreneurship in India driven by success stories of Indians in the Silicon Valley and a resulting acceptance and lionizing of homegrown entrepreneurs by the Indian media. Many youngsters today will list their aspiration as 'Entrepreneur'. However, there is a lack of an ecosystem that fosters this entrepreneurial energy. First generation entrepreneurs need support systems to help them grow and bloom.

Gold Nib Fellowship Commission has launched an Entrepreneurial competition coupled with training and guidance. The Gold Nib Fellowship allows the selected entrepreneurs to successfully close seed funding. Firefish is the strategic partner for Gold Nib Fellowship Commission and seeks to develop an alliance with young entrepreneurs who are in the field of Education.

Last year, over 800 entrepreneurs applied for the Gold Nib Fellowship Awards and over 100 entrepreneurs applied for the Gold Nib Fellowship.
 

Micro-philanthropy portal - a consulting project for a Leading Social Venture Fund

Micro-philanthropy is an increasingly popular model for connecting communities in need with individual donors that want to give to a specific cause. DonorsChoose in the US connects classrooms in need with individuals. For instance, a teacher may request on DonorsChoose that her classroom needs reference books such as dictionaries and thesauruses so that children can learn better. This need of $500 may be met by perhaps 25 donors each contributing about $20.

A leading social venture fund wanted to investigate if a similar idea could work for India. Firefish investigated if Indian classrooms could be connected with donors worldwide by researching the idea extensively, talking to experts, talking to potential schools and talking to potential donors. Regulatory issues related to transmitting non-profit money between countries were researched.

The resulting plan that Firefish created was partially funded by the Social Venture Fund and entrepreneurs were tasked with raising matching funds.
 

Evaluation of education companies for acquisitions - for a US-based Private Equity Firm

A US-based Private Equity Firm was evaluating several acquisition opportunities, with a specific focus on education companies, to merge with their publicly listed entity.

Due to the extensive experience of Firefish in the education sector and also Firefish's expertise with publicly listed entities, Firefish was chosen by the US-based Private Equity Firm for this project.

Firefish's valuation assessments, merger process suggestions, and integration suggestions allowed the US-based Private Equity Firm to maximize its shareholder value.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 



 

 

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#2419  Sticky Note Here is how it works. Traders that want ForReal 09/22/16 03:17:29 PM
#2016  Sticky Note $FRFS: COMPLETE DD PACKAGE a/o 09/01/2016: SHEEPWOLF 09/01/16 01:22:47 PM
#1951  Sticky Note FRFS FACTS: if you check carefully for the funnyG986 08/31/16 10:30:53 PM
#1816  Sticky Note Why I value it $5-$10: xyz1002 08/30/16 02:32:51 PM
#1467  Sticky Note $FRFS JUST RECENTLY REINSTATED WITH NVSOS : Dab Daddy 08/29/16 09:01:29 AM
#2580   I already stated my reasons for not initially ForReal 09/30/16 02:53:59 PM
#2578   Unreal. You gave everyone the impression you knew 444 09/30/16 02:41:06 PM
#2576   OK. Truth time. Mr Shetty, and I did ForReal 09/30/16 12:18:04 PM
#2574   So since your out what did Mr Shetty Bbrozonis4 09/30/16 11:00:07 AM
#2572   Thanks Friends, I just got to dump my ForReal 09/30/16 10:20:21 AM
#2571   That will change on open. Bbrozonis4 09/30/16 09:20:41 AM
#2570   Something may be brewing this am, big bid Riley34 09/30/16 09:13:59 AM
#2569   :D I sure hope your right my friend!!! Bbrozonis4 09/30/16 08:52:09 AM
#2568   This stock is headed in the right direction, Riley34 09/30/16 08:51:25 AM
#2567   Yes yes would be very nice to hear Bbrozonis4 09/30/16 08:23:22 AM
#2566   Looking forward to a good move soon. Few lukin4winners 09/30/16 08:22:26 AM
#2565   Looks like there's a possibility of something to Bbrozonis4 09/29/16 03:03:14 PM
#2564   Have a look at the 1 year chart, Riley34 09/29/16 02:56:36 PM
#2563   That would be nice see a little movement :D Bbrozonis4 09/29/16 02:54:57 PM
#2562   Things are getting interesting here, we have been Riley34 09/29/16 02:52:13 PM
#2561   These low trsding days are getting old ahhhh lol Bbrozonis4 09/29/16 12:07:12 PM
#2560   Got your PM, I don't have PM on Riley34 09/29/16 11:15:08 AM
#2559   Nope. He had FRFS in his portfolio long 444 09/29/16 10:55:37 AM
#2555   Whatever happened to that FRFS Expert? Supposedly ForReal 09/29/16 09:42:29 AM
#2554   Oh I guess that would be because I ForReal 09/29/16 09:28:29 AM
#2553   I don't care whether you are short or Riley34 09/29/16 09:10:05 AM
#2552   Did you try and call the CEO last night? ForReal 09/29/16 09:04:08 AM
#2551   Here is the link to prove that Firefish Riley34 09/29/16 08:46:25 AM
#2549   You already did I call your bluff nothing Bbrozonis4 09/28/16 11:04:24 PM
#2548   Good Luck. Hope this turns out well for ForReal 09/28/16 10:59:54 PM
#2547   Thanks 2+2 is maybe .... Did I help Bbrozonis4 09/28/16 10:41:57 PM
#2545   If you feel not to share what he Bbrozonis4 09/28/16 10:19:02 PM
#2544   lol! yeah, seemed little far fetched. roy 09/28/16 07:26:46 PM
#2543   How ironic that after so many people inundated 444 09/28/16 06:44:40 PM
#2542   If you are referring to xyz1002, whose post 444 09/28/16 05:01:21 PM
#2538   hmmm well that's all very interesting and possibly roy 09/28/16 03:28:55 PM
#2537   You're willing to speculate about whether or not 444 09/28/16 03:15:47 PM
#2536   The exact reason I have declined to share ForReal 09/28/16 03:09:28 PM
#2535   We know he works at mlakshmi, I highly Riley34 09/28/16 03:00:03 PM
#2534   No. But I will offer this. The contact ForReal 09/28/16 02:52:06 PM
#2533   Would you like to share With the board STOCKPICKER4LIFE 09/28/16 02:39:17 PM
#2532   We had 1.2 Mil bought at 34 in Riley34 09/28/16 02:20:58 PM
#2531   Or someone who heard bad news yesterday........ haha Bbrozonis4 09/28/16 01:57:55 PM
#2530   Probably or just needed cash for another play. lukin4winners 09/28/16 01:50:55 PM
#2529   Likely Just an impatient flipper, was looking to Riley34 09/28/16 01:48:37 PM
#2528   Who would sell .0025 real head scratcher lol lukin4winners 09/28/16 01:38:57 PM
#2527   Figure I would throw it out there and Bbrozonis4 09/28/16 11:57:29 AM
#2526   I think we can venture to guess that Riley34 09/28/16 11:10:59 AM
#2525   If you don't mind was it positive or Bbrozonis4 09/28/16 11:03:16 AM
#2523   Specific information or not L2 is primed for lukin4winners 09/28/16 09:09:22 AM
#2522   yes- been meaning to dd the timeline of roy 09/28/16 08:55:53 AM
#2521   Glad you got in touch, I will try Riley34 09/28/16 08:32:41 AM
#2520   ForReal been trading for many years I trust lukin4winners 09/28/16 08:20:28 AM
#2516   I just tried calling Mr. Shetty. It should 444 09/28/16 06:37:49 AM
#2515   Thanks for the number. I will definitely try 444 09/28/16 01:50:42 AM
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