Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Nov. 28

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o Cyber Monday Becomes Largest Online Sales Day in History
o S.F.-Based Unity Technologies to Acquire Multiplay from GAME Digital
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Elon Musk's SpaceX Raises Another $100 Million in Funding
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San Mateo-Based Apttus Names Terry Schmid as CFO
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Dictionary.com Names "Complicit" 2017 Word of the Year
o Briefly Noted: ArcTouch, Zendesk, Arctic Wolf Networks, Nutanix,
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o Cyber Monday Becomes Largest Online Sales Day in History

San Jose, Calif. -- When the final numbers are in, Cyber Monday is projected to rank as the largest online sales day in history, according to new online shopping data from Adobe. All told, Cyber Monday was expected to rake in $6.59 billion for the day, am increase of nearly 17%, year-over-year. By comparison, Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day brought in $5.03 billion and $2.87 billion in revenue, respectively. Top sellers on Cyber Monday included the Nintendo Switch, PJ Masks and Hatchimals & Colleggtibles figurines, Apple AirPods, streaming devices like Google Chromecast and Roku, and Super Mario Odyssey, the video game. "Shopping and buying on smartphones is becoming the new norm and can be attributed to continued optimizations in the retail experience on mobile devices and platforms," said Mickey Mericle, Adobe's vice president of marketing and customer insights. "Consumers are also becoming more savvy and efficient online shoppers. People increasingly know where to find the best deals and what they want to purchase, which results in less price matching behavior typically done on desktops. Millennials were likely another reason for the dramatic growth in mobile, with 75% expecting to shop via their smartphone."
http://news.adobe.com/press-release/experience-cloud/adobe-data-shows-cyber-monday-largest-online-sales-day-history-659 
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o S.F.-Based Unity Technologies to Acquire Multiplay from GAME Digital

San Francisco -- Unity Technologies, the San Francisco-based maker of a development platform used to create rich interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences, said on Tuesday it will pay approximately $25.1 million to acquire Multiplay and its game hosting business from U.K.-based GAME Digital. GAME will retain its events business and associated IP. "The team at Multiplay have created scalable multiplayer technology that gives all game creators, from indies to AAA studios, the ability to create performant experiences that can serve hundreds of thousands of players at once," said Unity CEO John Riccitiello. Multiplay serves games including Titanfall 2 (Respawn Entertainment/Electronic Arts), Rocket League (indie developer Psyonix) and Rust (Facepunch Studios). Multiplay will continue to operate under its current brand, with its entire staff joining Unity.
https://unity3d.com/
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171128005627/en/Unity-Technologies-Acquires-Game-Hosting-Division-Multiplay 
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o Elon Musk's SpaceX Raises Another $100 Million in Funding

Hawthorne, Calif. -- SpaceX, the Hawthorne-based space exploration startup led by Tesla co-founder Elon Musk, said it has raised another $100 million, increasing its latest funding round to $450 million. Twenty-five investors took part in the round, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The latest news comes three months after the company -- now valued at $21.5 billion, according to Equidate -- raised the initial $350 million of the round. SpaceX has developed rockets capable of taking off, delivering a payload, then landing back on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean. Musk also recently outlined plans to launch thousands of satellites into orbit to create a massive high-speed Internet network.
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1181412/000118141217000002/xslForm
DX01/primary_doc.xml 
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o San Mateo-Based Apttus Names Terry Schmid as CFO

San Mateo, Calif. -- Apttus, the San Mateo-based developer of cloud software that drives the business process between a buyer's interest in a purchase and the realization of revenue, on Tuesday named Terry Schmid as its chief financial officer (CFO). Schmid for the past seven years served as the CFO of Imperva, guiding that company through its 2011 initial public offering (IPO). He previously was the CFO at Coremetrics, which was acquired by IBM. The hire is key for a company that has raised $274 million since its inception, including $88 million in a round last year, and is looking ahead to the possibility of an IPO. "Terry's proven experience of helping high growth technology companies expand on a global basis meshes perfectly with Apttus' current evolution and future growth strategy," said CEO Kirk Krappe.
http://www.apttus.com
https://apttus.com/press_room/apttus-appoints-terry-schmid-chief-financial-officer/ 
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o Dictionary.com Names "Complicit" 2017 Word of the Year

Oakland -- Dictionary.com on Monday named "complicit" as its 2017's Word of the Year, after online lookups of the word on its site spiked three-fold. The site defines the word, which has been featured in the coverage of several major news stories, as "choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others." "Lookups for the word complicit increased by nearly 300 percent in searches in 2017 as compared to 2016," said CEO Liz McMillan, CEO. "We continue to see a direct correlation between trending word lookups and current events." Other words that trended during the year included: "intersex" (in January), thanks to model Hanne Gaby Odiele speaking up about being intersex to break taboos; "shrinkage" (in February), because the house featured on the famous episode of Seinfeld where this term was introduced was placed on the market; "tarnation" (in the first few months of 2017), due to the "What in tarnation" meme, in which people circulated images of animals and objects wearing cowboy hats; "horologist" (this year), thanks to the subject of the podcast S-Town, who worked as a clockmaker; and "totality" (in August), in relation to the solar eclipse.
http://www.dictionary.com/ 
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dictionarycom-names-complicit-2017-word-of-the-year-300560669.html
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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based app design and development firm ArcTouch has named Chris Reichard as its executive vice president of enterprise mobility. Reichard, a former robotics and space flight engineer at NASA through Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems, most recently served as the director of mobility solutions at Schlumberger.
https://arctouch.com/2017/11/app-maker-chris-reichard/ 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Zendesk, a developer of software designed to help companies improve customer engagement and better understand their clients, has named Mike Frandsen to its board of directors. Frandsen currently serves as the executive director of products at Workday, and previously was the CEO of Potenco and TradePoint Solutions.
https://www.zendesk.com/company/press/zendesk-adds-workday-executive-mike-frandsen-board-directors/ 

(Sunnyvale, Calif.) Sunnyvale-based Arctic Wolf Networks, a provider of cybersecurity services to small and mid-sized businesses, said on Tuesday it has opened new offices in Eden Prairie, Minn. The company, which had 300% year-over-year growth, plans to house 30-40 employees at the office within the first year.
https://arcticwolf.com/company/contact-us/?Referrer=Website 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based enterprise cloud computing company Nutanix has named Tyler Wall as its chief legal officer. Wall most recently was the senior vice president and general counsel at San Francisco-based Red Book Connect, and previously was the vice president, general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary of Brocade.
https://www.nutanix.com/company/press-releases/

(San Ramon, Calif.) The San Ramon-based International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC), an industry organization promoting the development of interoperable, real-time, multimedia telecom products and services, said on Tuesday it will merge with MEF. IMTC said its key activities will continue to be available through the MEF, including the organization's annual SuperOp! testing event and its ongoing work on simulcast and scalable video, real-time media software-defined networks, WebRTC and the Internet of Things.
http://www.imtc.org/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171128005052/en/IMTC-Finalizes-Merger-MEF 

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Nov. 27

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o Campbell-Based Barracuda Networks to Go Private in $1.6 Billion Deal
o San Mateo-Based Medeor Therapeutics Raises $57 Million in Second Round
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San Mateo-Based PacketZoom Raises $5 Million in First Round
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Santa Clara-Based McAfee to Acquire Campbell's Skyhigh Networks
o Thanksgiving, Black Friday Each See 20% Jump in Online Sales
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Cyber Monday Shoppers Getting Brazen About Shopping at Work
o Briefly Noted: NewVoiceMedia. Nektar Therapeutics, Ripple, Model N
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o Campbell-Based Barracuda Networks to Go Private in $1.6 Billion Deal

Campbell, Calif. -- Barracuda Networks, a Campbell-based provider of cloud-enabled security and data protection services, said on Monday it will go private though a $1.6 billion acquisition by San Francisco-based private equity firm Thoma Bravo. The deal, for $27.55 a share, is expected to close by the end of February. "We believe the proposed transaction offers an opportunity for us to accelerate our growth," said CEO BJ Jenkins. "This transaction speaks to the value and strength of Barracuda's security platform, which helps customers protect and manage their networks, applications, and data. I expect that our employees, customers and partners will benefit from this partnership." Barracuda will operate as a privately held company with a continued focus on email security and management, network and application security, and data protection tools that can be deployed in cloud and hybrid environments.
http://www.barracuda.com
http://www.thomabravo.com 
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/barracuda-agrees-to-be-acquired-by-thoma-bravo-for-16-billion-300561780.html 
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o San Mateo-Based Medeor Therapeutics Raises $57 Million in Second Round

San Mateo, Calif. -- Medeor Therapeutics, a San Mateo-based biotechnology company developing personalized cellular immunotherapies, said on Monday it has raised $57 million in its second round of funding, led by RA Capital Management. Sofinnova Ventures and 6 Dimensions Capital also participated, along with previous backers Vivo Capital and WuXi Healthcare Ventures. Peter Kolchinsky, portfolio manager and managing director at RA Capital, and Anand Mehra, general partner at Sofinnova Ventures, have joined the company's board of directors. The company said it will use the funds to support a pair of clinical trials involving kidney transplant patients, and begin development on two new related drugs. "Since Medeor's inception, we have worked to bring our potentially transformative programs to the point of pivotal clinical trials," said co-founder and CEO Steven Deitcher. "We appreciate the capital and intellectual firepower from our new and existing investors in support of these efforts."
http://www.medeortherapeutics.com
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/medeor-therapeutics-raises-57-million-in-series-b-financing-300561638.html 
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o San Mateo-Based PacketZoom Raises $5 Million in First Round

San Mateo, Calif. -- PacketZoom , a San Mateo-based developer of in-app mobile networking technology, said it has raised $5 million in its first round of funding, led by Baseline Ventures. First Round Capital, Tandem Capital and Arafura Ventures also took part in the round, which the company will use to scale the development and adoption of its Application Performance Management and Optimization (APMO) platform. Specifically, PacketZoom plans to open offices in Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America, as well as fill key positions on its executive team. "Poor network quality causes mobile app publishers operational challenges and costs them millions in lost monetization opportunities," said CEO Shlomi Gian. "Our platform provides mobile app developers with real-time insights, control and optimization capabilities without needing to make any code changes."
http://www.packetzoom.com 
https://www.packetzoom.com/press-releases/packetzoom-raises-5-million-series-A-funding.html 
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o Santa Clara-Based McAfee to Acquire Campbell's Skyhigh Networks

Santa Clara, Calif. -- McAfee, the Santa Clara-based cybersecurity giant, said on Monday it will acquire Campbell-based Skyhigh Networks, a developer of technology designed to protect data across all cloud services. Financial terms of the deal, expected to close shortly, were not disclosed. Skyhigh CEO Rajiv Gupta will join McAfee, running its new cloud business unit, and the company's existing organizational structure will remain generally intact. "Skyhigh Networks had the foresight five years ago to realize that cybersecurity for cloud environments could not be an impediment to, or afterthought of, cloud adoption," said McAfee CEO Chris Young. "Skyhigh's leadership in cloud security, combined with McAfee's security portfolio strength, will set the company apart in helping organizations operate freely and securely to reach their full potential."
http://www.mcafee.com/ 
https://www.skyhighnetworks.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171127005280/en/McAfee-Acquire-Skyhigh-Networks-Creating-Global-Leader 
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Thanksgiving, Black Friday Each See 20% Jump in Online Sales

Reston, Va. -- Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday each saw large increases in e-commerce spending, according to a new report from comScore. Online sales on Thanksgiving jumped 22% to $1.57 billion, while Black Friday sales spiked 20% to $2.36 billion, for the first time surpassing $2 billion from desktop sales alone. "Thanksgiving and Black Friday each saw impressive online spending totals… adding to the holiday season's fast start compared to 2016," said Andrew Lipsman, comScore's senior vice president of marketing and insights. "With more consumers opting to kick off their holiday shopping online on Thanksgiving, the traditional day of giving thanks has also become one of the more important online buying days of the holiday season. Black Friday continued the online shopping frenzy, surging to an all-time high of more than $2 billion in desktop spending." comScore expects Cyber Monday to surpass the $3 million mark in desktop spending and reach $4.5 billion in overall digital sales to become the leading online spending day for the eighth consecutive year.
http://www.comscore.com 
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thanksgiving-and-black-friday-post-strong-e-commerce-growth-combining-for-more-than-39-billion-in-desktop-spending-300561849.html 

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o Cyber Monday Shoppers Getting Brazen About Shopping at Work

Austin, Texas -- Cyber Monday shoppers have gotten more brazen about shopping while on the clock, according to a new survey from RetailMeNot.com. More than 62% of employed consumers who plan to shop this holiday season said they would spend at least part of their workday shopping online. What's more, more than 54% said they are willing to get caught shopping while on the clock. More than one in four said they planned to take a long lunch on Cyber Monday, while 9% would reschedule meetings or calls and 9% would leave work early. Nearly 12% said they planned to take the entire day off to pursue the best online deals.
http://retailmenot.mediaroom.com/2017-11-27-Consumers-Getting-Brazen-About-Shopping-on-the-Clock-on-Cyber-Monday 
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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based NewVoiceMedia, a provider of cloud contact center and inside sales technology, has named Chris Haggis as its senior vice president of customer success. Haggis, who has been with the company for more than five years, will have global responsibility for the company's customer success and professional services functions. He will be based in the UK.
http://www.newvoicemedia.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171127005138/en/NewVoiceMedia-Strengthens-Leadership-Team-Appointment-SVP-Customer 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Nektar Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical firm developing drugs to treat cancer, auto-immune disease and chronic pain, has announced three executive promotions. The company has named Stephen Doberstein as its senior vice president of research and development and chief research and development officer; Mary Tagliaferri as its senior vice president of clinical development and chief medical officer; and Jonathan Zalevsky as its senior vice president of research and chief scientific officer.
http://ir.nektar.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=1049694 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Ripple, a developer of blockchain technology designed to let users send money globally, has named Ron Will as its chief financial officer (CFO). Will most recently served as the CFO of TubeMogul, which recently was acquired by Adobe, and earlier served as the CFO, chief commercial officer and operating partner at growth equity firm Mainsail Partners. The company also named Benjamin Lawsky, the former New York superintendent of financial services, to its board of directors.
https://ripple.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171121005269/en/Ripple-Appoints-New-York-State-Superintendent-Financial 

(San Mateo, Calif.) Model N, a developer of cloud-based revenue management software for life sciences, technology and manufacturing companies, said on Monday it has moved to new offices in San Mateo and Waltham, Mass. The company said the new offices are located close to regional transportation hubs, and both feature open floor plans and collaborative workspaces.
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Nov. 21

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o Francisco Partners Closes New $4 Billion Technology Fund
o FCC Set to Roll Back Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules
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San Francisco-Based Sendwithus Raises $5 Million in First Round
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San Francisco -- Francisco Partners, a San Francisco-based private equity firm focused on investing in technology businesses, said it has closed a new fund worth nearly $4 billion -- its largest to date. The firm, which now has raised over $14 billion in committed capital since its inception 18 years ago, said Francisco Partners V will continue its strategy of partnering with management teams and investing in companies across the technology ecosystem. "The technology market continues to undergo substantial change creating tremendous opportunities for both incumbents and those creating disruption," said Dipanjan "DJ" Deb, Francisco's co-founder and CEO. Recent FP investments include a partnership with Ericsson through iconectiv, the acquisition of Quest and SonicWALL through the carve-out of Dell Software Group, partnering with health insurance companies with the first outside capital in Availity, and investing in dozens of founder-backed technology companies, including Dynamo and GoodRx. The firm has 45 investment professionals in San Francisco and London, and utilizes 12 operating partners through its relationship with Francisco Partners Consulting.
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FCC Set to Roll Back Obama-Era Net Neutrality Rules

Washington, DC -- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday outlined plans to roll back Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, potentially allowing Internet companies to speed up websites that pay for faster service, and throttle those that don't. The Restoring Internet Freedom Order, drafted by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, is set to be voted on by the entire commission on Dec. 14. "For almost 20 years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress," wrote Pai. "But in 2015, the prior FCC bowed to pressure from President Obama. On a party-line vote, it imposed heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet. That decision was a mistake. It's depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation… Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet." Instead, Pai said the FCC would only require that Internet service providers be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plans that beast suit their needs. In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) once again would be able to police ISPs, as it did before 2015. Pai vowed to publicly release his full proposal on Wednesday.
https://www.fcc.gov/document/chairman-pai-proposes-restore-internet-freedom 

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o San Francisco-Based Sendwithus Raises $5 Million in First Round

San Francisco -- Sendwithus, the San Francisco-based developer of a communications management platform that lets organizations streamline their email creation process, said on Tuesday it has raised $5 million in its first round of funding, led by BlueRun Ventures. Initialized Capital and acequía capital also participated, along with previous backers Baseline Ventures, SV Angel, Maiden Lane, Y Combinator and Scott Banister. Cheryl Cheng, a general partner at BlueRun, has joined the company's board of directors. Four-year-old Sendwithus said it will use the proceeds to further expand its sales, marketing and engineering teams. "We are excited to partner with BlueRun Ventures, and to have Cheryl join our board and share her expertise as we look to take the company to the next level, building on the strong momentum we have created over the past four years," said co-founder and CEO Matt Harris. The company's product, designed to help clients deliver global, on-brand, targeted transactional emails, is utilized by companies such as Microsoft, Autodesk, Zillow and Blue Apron.
http://www.sendwithus.com
https://www.sendwithus.com/press-releases/11-21-17 
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Justice Department Sues to Block AT&T Acquisition of Time Warner

Washington, DC -- The Justice Department said late Monday it has filed suit to block AT&T's proposed $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner, citing a stifling of competition that would lead to higher prices for customers. According to the complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the DOJ alleges that the combined company would use its control over Time Warner's networks -- such as TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, HBO and Cinemax -- to force rivals into paying hundreds of millions of dollars more a year in distribution rights. The department also warned that the combined company would slow the industry's transition to new video distribution models that provide greater choice for consumers. "This merger would greatly harm American consumers," said Makan Delrahim, assistant attorney general of the DOJ's antitrust division. "It would mean higher monthly television bills and fewer of the new, emerging innovative option that consumers are beginning to enjoy." In response, David McAtee II, AT&T's senior executive vice president and general counsel, called the suit "a radical and inexplicable departure from decades of antitrust precedent," adding that "vertical mergers like this one are routinely approved because they benefit consumers without removing any competitor from the market."
https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-challenges-attdirectv-s-acquisition-time-warner 
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(San Francisco) Symphony Ventures, a U.K.-based services firm specializing in robotic process automation and intelligent automation, with U.S. offices in San Francisco, on Tuesday named Chris Gayner as its director of labs, leading the company's Symphony Labs arm. Gayner previously served as the marketing director at Genfour (now Accenture). Launching in early 2018, Symphony Labs will explore burgeoning trends in business automation through experimentation and collaboration.
http://info.symphonyhq.com/symphonylabs 
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(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based Super Micro Computer, a developer of server, storage technology and green computing, said it has received notice from the Nasdaq that it has fallen out of compliance with a listing rule that requires the timely filing of reports with the SEC. The letter was sent in response to the company's delay in filing its quarterly report for the period ending Sept. 30 and annual report for the year ending June 30. Super Micro submitted a plan to the Nasdaq to regain compliance on Nov. 10, and could be given until March 12 to do so.
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o Santa Clara-Based Marvell Technology to Acquire Cavium in $6 Billion Deal  
o San Mateo-Based Scalyr Raises $20 Million in First Round of Funding
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Hitachi Venara Federal Acquires Key Contracts from Brocade
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Survey: Most Americans Still Prefer Shopping at Physical Stores
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o Santa Clara-Based Marvell Technology to Acquire Cavium in $6 Billion Deal

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Marvell Technology Group, the Santa Clara-based developer of storage, networking and connectivity tools, said on Monday it will pay $6 billion in cash and stock to acquire San Jose-based Cavium, a maker of multi-core SoC products. Marvell will pay $40 a share in cash, plus 2.2 shares for each Cavium share under the deal, expected to be completed by mid-2018. The combination combines Marvell's portfolio of HDD and SSD storage controllers, networking tools and wireless connectivity products with Cavium's multi-core processing, networking communications, storage connectivity and security products. The combined company will boast more than $3.4 billion in annual revenue. "This is an exciting combination of two very complementary companies that together equal more than the sum of their parts," said Matt Murphy, Marvell's president and CEO. "This combination expands and diversifies our revenue base and end markets, and enables us to deliver a broader set of differentiated solutions to our customers. Syed Ali, Cavium's co-founder and CEO, will join Marvell's board of directors, with co-founder Raghib Hussain and Anil Jain, the company's vice president of IC engineering, also joining the company's senior leadership team.
http://www.marvell.com 
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o San Mateo-Based Scalyr Raises $20 Million in First Round of Funding

San Mateo, Calif. -- Scalyr, the San Mateo-based developer of a log management and server monitoring service, said on Monday it has raised $20 million in its first round of funding, led by Shasta Ventures. Previous backers Bloomberg Beta, Susa Ventures and Heroic Ventures also participated. In real-time, Scalyr aggregates a company's server logs and metrics into a centralized system for analysis and troubleshooting. The company currently counts about 140 customers, including CareerBuilder, Business Insider, OkCupid, Baidu and Giphy. "We've had a lot of success with early sales," said founder and CEO Steve Newman, a repeat entrepreneur whose last company, Writely, was acquired by Google to become Google Docs. "Now we just need to spread the word, scaling up sales and marketing. We're also expanding our engineering and product teams."
https://www.scalyr.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171120005216/en/Scalyr-Raises-20M-Series-%E2%80%98Scale-Everything%E2%80%99-Fast 
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o Los Altos-Based AISense Lands $10 Million in First Round of Funding

Los Altos, Calif. -- AISense, a Los Altos-based developer of technology that lets users store, search, share and analyze their voice conversations the same way they can with emails and text messages, said on Monday it has landed $10 million in its first round of funding, led by Horizons Ventures. Draper Associates, Draper Dragon Fund, David Cheriton and Bridgewater Associates also participated in the round, which increased the company's total backing to $13 million since its founding in early 2016. Bart Swanson, an advisor at Horizons Ventures, has joined the company's board of directors. AISense's forthcoming product, available early next year, will let people search their verbal conversations, and provide digestible summaries of what was said and what was agreed upon by various participants. The company currently is powering transcription for the Zoom Video Communications platform. Founder and CEO Sam Liang is best known for pioneering the iconic blue dot as tech lead for Google's location services. He sold his last startup, Alohar Mobile, to Alibaba. "Our implementation with Zoom points to the promise of unmetered processing of voice conversations that will make our verbal communication as easy to recall, search and share as email or other text communications," said Liang.
http://www.aisense.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171120005250/en/AISense-Raises-10M-Series-Power-Ambient-Voice 
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o Hitachi Venara Federal Acquires Key Contracts from Brocade

San Jose, Calif. -- Hitachi Vantara Federal, a Virginia-based provider of data and analytics tools to the federal government, said it has acquired certain "sensitive" assets and service maintenance contracts from San Jose-based Brocade Communications Systems. Financial terms of the deal, which came as Broadcom closed its $5.5 billion acquisition of Brocade on Friday, were not disclosed. Hitachi Vantara Federal gained a variety of sensitive data center networking, campus/edge networking and Storage Area Networking (SAN) service maintenance contracts. In addition, nearly two dozen Brocade technical engineers transferred to Hitachi Vantara Federal to continue supporting the assumed contracts. "Adding Brocade's networking component to our infrastructure, software and analytics portfolio strengthens our IP-based networking and software-defined architecture capabilities that we can now offer to our Federal customers," said CEO David Turner.
http://www.hitachivantarafederal.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171117005422/en/Hitachi-Vantara-Federal-Closes-Asset-Transfer-Agreement
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o Survey: Most Americans Still Prefer Shopping at Physical Stores

Hayward, Calif. -- When it comes to shopping, the vast majority of Americans prefer brick-and-mortar stores to exclusively e-commerce, according to a new study by Hayward-based June20. The survey of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted by Propeller Insights found that 84% prefer either brick-and-mortar or at a combination of online and in-store retailers. The majority said they continue to visit physical stores because they like to see and touch products before buying them. But when asked what they like about the online shopping experience that is missing from stores, 42% said they miss the ability to compare items and 31% miss the easy access to information about products. "Our research shows that Americans gravitate to online shopping because they like having more choices and the ability to compare items with rich content and information at their fingertips. This helps them make their buying decisions," said Jason Seed, the chief operating officer (COO) of June20. "However, our research also reveals that Americans are craving the curated experience that being in a physical store brings." Clothing, beauty products and accessories are the top items Americans prefer to experience in-store before purchasing, while smartphones are the items they feel they least need to experience in person.
https://www.june20.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171116005542/en/June20-Study-65-Percent-Americans-Prefer-Shopping
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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based private equity firm Serent Capital said it has invested an unspecified amount in Maryland-based CallRevu, a developer of call management software for automotive dealers. CallRevu's platform is designed to help car dealerships gain substantial insights into inbound phone calls from potential clients, ultimately helping them improve conversion rates. The company currently serves more than 3,300 dealer locations and partners with 20 auto manufacturers. It marks Serent's second investment in the automotive market, following an earlier deal with Tricolor Automotive Group.
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