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Monday Odds and Ends

-U.K.-based agency Karmarama has launched its own version of Shark Tank called Krank, an in-house program that allows employees to “develop progressive ideas and creative uses of technology,” then pitch their ideas to the senior Krank team. If the ideas win the team over, Karmarama will invest in the development of said product or enterprise. Initial funding of the project is set at £100,000.

-You’ve probably read the Volvo news by now, but we’ve been told the client is issuing an official release tomorrow about its decision, which comes after a nearly six-month review. As has been reported, Grey London won the automaker’s global creative account, previously handled by Arnold, and will run it and establish offices to serve Volvo as needed.

-Director Anton Jøsef has joined the roster of New York-based prodco Harpoon Pictures for commercial representation in the US.

-L.A.-based agency Hawthorne Direct has promoted SVP/ECD John Pucci, who’s also spent time at Euro RSCG Edge, Publicis and RAPP during his career, to chief creative officer.

-Psyop and McCann join forces to bring us an “Endless Performance,” complete with fractal zoom, to hype Toshiba’s Encore tablet (above).

-Integrated prodco ACNE has added senior art director Tyler Andersen to its roster. link

-So, where does startup funding really come from? Well, here’s an infographic that may help answer that. link

-Seattle-based digital agency Metia has launched a new site called Export Britain for the British Chambers of Commerce. link

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