Friday, October 20, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Oct. 20

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o San Francisco-Based Lyft Raises $1 Billion in New Round Led by Alphabet
o Mountain View-Based EchoPixel Lands $8.5 Million in First Round
o San Francisco-Based Intezer Raises $8 Million in First Round of Funding
o New Bill in Congress Would Regulate Online Political Ads
o San Jose-Based Electric Cloud Names Carmine Napolitano as New CEO
o Briefly Noted: Reltio, EdCast, Intuit
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o San Francisco-Based Lyft Raises $1 Billion in New Round Led by Alphabet

San Francisco -- Lyft, the San Francisco-based ridesharing service that competes head-to-head with Uber, said it has landed a $1 billion round of funding, led by CapitalG, the investment fund of Google-parent Alphabet. The round, which comes just six months after Lyft landed $600 million from a conglomeration of investors, gives the company a post-money valuation of $11 billion. David Lawee, a partner at CapitalG, has joined the company's board of directors. "Ridesharing is still in its early days and we look forward to seeing Lyft continue its impressive growth," said Lawee in a statement. Lyft's service currently is available to 95% of the U.S. population, up from 54% at the beginning of the year. Still, the company trails Uber in the fast-growing market. "While we've made progress towards our vision, we're most excited about what lies ahead," Lyft said in a statement. "The fact remains that less than 0.5% of miles traveled in the U.S. happen on rideshare networks. This creates a huge opportunity to best serve our cities' economic, environmental, and social futures."
http://www.lyft.com
https://blog.lyft.com/posts/alphabet-capitalg-leads-1-billion-round-in-lyft
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o Mountain View-Based EchoPixel Lands $8.5 Million in First Round

Mountain View, Calif. -- EchoPixel, a Mountain View-based developer of interactive virtual reality software designed to assist healthcare professionals in detailed interpretation of medical images, said it has raised $8.5 million in its first round of funding. Intel Capital led the round, which also included participation from previous backers Aurus Capital, Runa Capital and Harris & Harris Group, along with new investors LAM Research and Binomial. The company said it will use the proceeds to expand its commercial, research and development and regulatory organizations. EchoPixel's True 3D Viewer software enables physicians and surgeons to see and interact with medical images the way they would with real, physical objects. The technology currently is being used at the University of California, San Francisco; Stanford; the Cleveland Clinic; the Lahey Clinic; and the Hershey Medical Center; among others.
http://www.echopixeltech.com/
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/echopixel-raises-85-million-series-a-financing-led-by-intel-capital-300539662.html
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o San Francisco-Based Intezer Raises $8 Million in First Round of Funding

San Francisco -- Intezer, a San Francisco-based cyber security startup focusing on malware analysis and detection, said on Friday it has raised $8 million in its first round of funding, led by Intel Capital. Magma and Samung NEXT also took part in the round, which the company will use to bolster its global sales efforts and expand into targeted markets. The company's technology is designed to detect advanced threats by essentially replicating the concepts of the biological immune system. "Intezer has developed the most advanced technology for detecting code-reuse, effectively performing 'DNA mapping' for software," said co-founder and CEO Itai Tevet. "With this technology, we are able to identify every single piece of code running in the organization, enabling us to detect the most sophisticated cyber attacks and help security teams to respond immediately."
http://www.intezer.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005287/en
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o New Bill in Congress Would Regulate Online Political Ads

Washington, DC -- Heavily influenced by Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election, a new bill introduced in Congress Thursday would regulate political ads sold online the same way they are regulated on TV and the radio. The Honest Ads Act, co-sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), aims to prevent foreign actors from influencing U.S. elections on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google. Specifically, it would increase the transparency of online political ads by: expanding the definition of "electioneering communication" to include paid Internet and digital ads, require sites with at least 50 million monthly viewers to maintain a public file of all political ads purchased by a person or group that spends more than $500, and require that sites make all reasonable efforts to ensure that foreigners are not purchasing political ads. "In the wake of Russia's attack on the 2016 election, it is more important than ever to strengthen our defenses against foreign interference in our elections," said McCain. "Unfortunately, U.S. laws requiring transparency in political campaigns have not kept pace with rapid advances in technology, allowing our adversaries to take advantage of these loopholes to influence millions of American voters with impunity. Our bipartisan legislation would address this serious challenge by expanding landmark campaign finance law to apply to internet and digital communications platforms that command a significant audience." Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) also are cosponsors.
https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ID=5F6526C7-1383-451A-A7C5-161A3D4E6D0D
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o San Jose-Based Electric Cloud Names Carmine Napolitano as New CEO

San Jose, Calif. -- Electric Cloud, a San Jose-based provider of tools designed to help clients deliver software faster by accelerating development, automating deployments and coordinating releases, on Friday named Carmine Napolitano as its new CEO. Napolitano, who previously served as the company's CFO, succeeds Steve Brodie, who will continue as a strategic advisor. Napolitano has spent more than 25 years as a CEO, COO and CFO, working with companies such as Paradata, Blekko, Computer Access Technologies, LeCroy, Centric Software and Wavefront Technologies. He has completed more than $500 million in financial transactions, including an IPO, three company exits and more than a dozen financings. Electric Cloud's clients include E*TRADE, Gap, HPE, Intel and Lockheed Martin.
http://electric-cloud.com
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/electric-cloud-appoints-carmine-napolitano-as-next-ceo-300538351.html
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(Redwood Shores, Calif.) Redwood Shores-based Reltio, developer of a platform designed to provide companies with data, relevant insights and recommended actions, has named Renee Hollinger as its chief human resources officer. Hollinger most recently served as the executive vice president of global human resources at ironSource, and previously was the vice president of human resources at Big Heart Pet Brands.
http://www.reltio.com/about/news/fortune-ranks-reltio-number-one-best-small-workplace-in-america

(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based EdCast, the developer of a personalized learning platform, has named Becky Willis as its vice president of enterprise engagement, Ryan Bertrand as its vice president of enterprise solutions and Abhijit Bhaduri to its advisory board. Willis previously spent 16 years in key executive roles at HP and HP Enterprise, Bertrand held leadership positions at Skillsoft, IBM, SuccessFactors and Degreed; and Bhaduri is the author of "The Digital Tsunami" and founder of a digital transformation consulting service.
https://www.edcast.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005434/en/EdCast-Attracts-Key-Industry-Leaders-HPE-Skillsoft

(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Intuit, the developer of financial management software such as TurboTax and QuickBooks, said that Diane Greene will step down from its board of directors after 11 years of service. Greene is the CEO of Google's cloud businesses, and previously was the co-founder and CEO of VMware. The board has nominated Thomas Szkutak, the former senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) at Amazon.com, to stand for election at the company's annual meeting.
http://investors.intuit.com/Press-Releases/Press-Release-Details/2017/Diane-Greene-to-Step-Down-From-Intuit-Board-of-Directors-Former-Amazoncom-CFO-Thomas-Szkutak-Nominated/default.aspx

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Oct. 19

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o San Francisco-Based Mya Systems Raises $18 Million in Second Round
o Canada's Resolver Acquires Sunnyvale-Based RiskVision
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San Jose-Based Xperi Names Murali Dharan as President of Tessera
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Comcast Ventures Names Gil Beyda as Managing Director
o Briefly Noted: Freenome, Power Integrations, 8x8
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o San Francisco-Based Mya Systems Raises $18 Million in Second Round

San Francisco -- Mya Systems, the San Francisco-based developer of an artificial intelligence recruiting tool, said on Thursday it has raised $18 million in its second round of funding, led by Foundation Capital. Emergence Capital also participated in the round, which the company -- formerly known as FirstJob -- will use to expand its AI team, open new offices in Europe and expand its platform into new job categories. Mya's technology uses natural language processing and machine learning techniques to automate outreach and communications with job candidates throughout the recruiting process. The tool applies advanced matching algorithms and predictive models to shortlist large applicant pools, then automatically schedules interviews, enabling recruiters to prioritize their time with candidates most likely to succeed. "We're at an exciting inflection point in Mya's development during which we're both scaling our existing platform and developing new capabilities to support our longer-term vision," said co-founder and CEO Eyal Grayevsky. "This funding will provide the capital to extend our market leadership position, expand our solution globally and invest toward innovation -- like our outreach capabilities and multi-lingual support." The company previously had raised $11.4 million in its first round in May.
https://hiremya.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005419/en/AI-Recruiting-Company-Mya-Systems-Announces-18M 
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o Canada's Resolver Acquires Sunnyvale-Based RiskVision

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Resolver, the Toronto-based developer of an integrated risk management platform, said it has finalized its acquisition of Sunnyvale-based RiskVision, bolstering its IT risk and compliance capabilities and expanding its customer based in key markets. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. RiskVision's technology offers capabilities including threat and vulnerability management, IT risk, vendor risk, and incident management. "Organizations are under increasing pressure to contain the risk of data breach," said Will Anderson, the CEO of Resolver. "RiskVision's product capabilities in this arena extend Resolver's ability to help our customers' information security and compliance teams." Resolver, which in July announced $20 million in new funding, now has more than 225 employees in eight offices.
http://www.resolver.com/ 
http://www.resolver.com/about-us/news/resolver-acquires-riskvision-recognized-leader-integrated-risk-management-software-security-operations/ 
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o San Jose-Based Xperi Names Murali Dharan as President of Tessera

San Jose, Calif. -- Xperi, a San Jose-based developer of audio, imaging and semiconductor packaging technology, on Wednesday named Murali Dharan as the president of its Tessera Intellectual Property unit. Dharan, most recently as CEO of IPVALUE, will be responsible for the strategic direction, management and growth of the Tessera intellectual property licensing business. Earlier in his career, he served as an executive vice president at Preview Systems, vice president and general manager at Silicon Graphics and vice president and general manager at NEC. "Murali is well positioned to build on our existing portfolio of valuable IP and pursue broader monetization opportunities we believe to be in the many hundreds of millions of dollars," said CEO Jon Kirchner. Xperi subsidiaries Tessera and Invensas focus on semiconductor packaging technology, which has been widely licensed and is found in billions of electronic devices globally.
http://www.xperi.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005037/en/Xperi-Corporation-Names-Murali-Dharan-President-Tessera
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o Comcast Ventures Names Gil Beyda as Managing Director

San Francisco -- Comcast Ventures, the San Francisco-based venture capital arm of the cable giant, on Wednesday named Gil Beyda as managing director and promoted Daniel Gulati to partner. Beyda has spent the past nine years investing in B2B startups as the managing partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed-stage fund formed in conjunction with Comcast Ventures. His investments include Demdex, acquired by Adobe; Divide, acquired by Google; and DoubleVerify, acquired by Providence Equity. He will continue to run Genacast, in addition to his new role. "We've learned a lot from him over the past nine years, value his partnership and are thrilled to have him join us as a managing director," said Amy Banse, managing director and head of funds at Comcast Ventures. Gulati joined the firm in 2014 to focus on early stage investing. He relocated to San Francisco last year and has led investments in companies such as Away, a direct-to-consumer travel brand, and MealPal, a subscription meal service.
http://www.comcastventures.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005192/en/Comcast-Ventures-Hires-Gil-Beyda-Managing-Director
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(South San Francisco) South San Francisco-based health technology company Freenome, a developer of non-invasive disease screening products for proactively treating cancer and other diseases, said it has formed a scientific advisory board. Inaugural members include Olivier Elemento, director of the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine, head of the Cancer Systems Biology Laboratory and associate professor of computational genomics in computational biomedicine at Weill Cornell Medical College; and Anshul Kundaje, an assistant professor of genetics and computer science at Stanford University.
http://www.freenome.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005444/en/Freenome-Announces-Formation-Scientific-Advisory-Board 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based Power Integrations, a developer of high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, said it has opened a new production support and R&D center in Malaysia. The facility also will serve as an operations hub from which the company will manage its Asian supply chain.
https://www.freenome.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017006768/en/Power-Integrations-Expands-Asian-Presence-New-Production-Support

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based 8x8, a provider of unified communications, on Thursday named multiple senior executives to its global sales organization. As part of the announcement, 8x8 is realigning the company into two business units -- Small Business & eCommerce and Midmarket & Enterprise. These two units, led by new senior vice presidents Samuel Wilson and Scott Sampson, respectively, will align sales and delivery, coupled with demand generation, services and support to drive segment revenue, growth and profitability.
https://www.8x8.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171019005519/en/8x8-Appoints-Accomplished-Industry-Executives-Key-Strategic 

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Oct. 18

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o San Mateo-Based Feedzai Raises $50 Million in Third Round of Funding
o Sunnyvale-Based BaseHealth Raises $8.5 Million in Third Round of Funding
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San Francisco-Based Splunk Acquires SignalSense
o South San Francisco-Based Mission Bio Lands $10M in First Round  
o San Leandro-Based OSIsoft Invests in Menlo Park's Dianomic
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o San Mateo-Based Feedzai Raises $50 Million in Third Round of Funding

San Mateo, Calif. -- Feedzai, the San Mateo-based developer of a risk management platform powered by big data and artificial intelligence to help prevent fraud, said it has raised $50 million in its third round of funding, led by an unspecified investor. Previous backer Sapphire Ventures also participated. The company now has raised $82 million since its inception from investors also including Oak HC/FT, Capital One Growth Ventures and Citi Ventures. Feedzai's machine learning technology and omnichannel fraud prevention tools serve customers, such as banks and merchants, that transact in virtually every country. The company said it's on track to more than double its headcount to approximately 300 employees by the end of this year. "Our vision is to serve all of the leading banks and merchants that drive the majority of money movement worldwide," said co-founder and CEO Nuno Sebastiao. "We've made major headway on our vision in the last year, and this new round of funding will help us accelerate our growth."
http://www.feedzai.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005109/en/Feedzai-Raises-50-Million-Series-Funding-AI 
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o Sunnyvale-Based BaseHealth Raises $8.5 Million in Third Round of Funding

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- BaseHealth, the Sunnyvale-based developer of a predictive population health management platform, said on Wednesday it has raised $8.5 million in its third round of funding, including $2.5 million from lead investor HBM Healthcare Investments. The company said it will use the proceeds to further develop its analytics engine, which is based on peer-reviewed medical literature, curated by physicians and scientists and enhanced with laboratory, biometric, social, family history and behavioral data. The platform uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to assess patient risk for 43 possible disease threats. The goal is to identify rising unknown risks within a particular patient population, to both prevent diseases before they start and control them before it's too late. "Healthcare systems have a lot of data and yet they still have a hard time finding these patients, making it hard to respond proactively to patient care needs," said CEO Jason Pyle. "Our system enables healthcare professionals to assess the unknown risk that exists within their patient population and provide access and critical care needed to both improve our overall population's health and improve the individual patient's experience with the healthcare system."
http://www.basehealth.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005204/en/BaseHealth-Raises-8.5-Million-Series-Funding
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o San Francisco-Based Splunk Acquires SignalSense

San Francisco -- Splunk, the San Francisco-based developer of a software platform for real-time operational intelligence, said it has acquired Seattle-based SignalSense, a developer of cloud-based data collection and breach detection tools that leverage machine learning. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Splunk said the company will join its products organization in Seattle, helping the company further bolster its machine learning capabilities and machine data platform. "The addition of the SignalSense team will help expand Splunk's product leadership and drive customer value," said Richard Campione, Splunk's chief product officer.
http://www.splunk.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005273/en/Splunk-Acquires-SignalSense 
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o South San Francisco-Based Mission Bio Lands $10M in First Round

South San Francisco -- Mission Bio, a South San Francisco-based developer of single-cell DNA analysis tools, said it has raised $10 million in its first round of funding, led by Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield Fund. The company said the financing will support the launch of its Tapestri platform, a genomics platform supporting the discovery and development of precision medicine. The platform includes an instrument, consumables and software. "Delivering the right medicine to every diseased cell in a patient requires an understanding of the complex cell-to-cell variations that drive disease," said CEO Charlie Silver. "We believe that Tapestri's novel capability for scalable single-cell DNA analysis will enable the development and delivery of precision medicine based on the unique genomic profile of each patient."
http://www.missionbio.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005084/en/Precision-Medicine-Meets-Single-Cell-DNA-Analysis-Mission 
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o San Leandro-Based OSIsoft Invests in Menlo Park's Dianomic

San Leandro, Calif. -- OSIsoft, the San Leandro-based developer of an open enterprise infrastructure designed to connect sensor-based data, systems and people, said it has made an investment in Menlo Park-based Dianomic, developer of an open source platform designed to simplify IoT application and system development, as part of a larger collaboration with the company. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Under the alliance, Dianomic will build and support a set of Linux-based micro-service modules to help connect and manage smart sensors for OEMs and developers. The company will use OSIsoft's Message Format, which enables communication with the PI System and other OSIsoft technologies. "Dianomic's team has unique expertise and experience in time series streaming data, open source tools and open source services that make them ideal to help us bring the IIoT market and open source community together," said Richard Beeson, OSIsoft's chief technology officer (CTO).
http://www.osisoft.com 
http://www.dianomic.com 
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/osisoft-to-collaborate-with-dianomic-as-part-of-edge-and-open-source-strategy-2237264.htm
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o San Francisco-Based Appthority Names Anne Bonaparte as CEO

San Francisco -- Appthority, a San Francisco-based developer of enterprise mobile threat protection tools, on Wednesday named Anne Bonaparte as its new CEO. She succeeds Paul Stich, who had led the company since 2013. Bonaparte most recently served as the president and CEO of BrightPoint Security, which was acquired by ServiceNow. "Her wealth of experience and deep domain expertise are a great fit for Appthority as the company continues to innovate in the expanding enterprise mobile security space," said Sean Cunningham, the managing director at Trident Cyber Security and an Appthority investor and board member. Appthority, which is backed by Venrock, U.S. Venture Partners, Trident Capital Cybersecurity and Correlation Ventures, develops technology designed to help customers keep their data private and secure from mobile device, app and network threats.
https://www.appthority.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171018005478/en/Appthority-Names-Anne-Bonaparte-CEO 
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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Zenefits, developer of a digital human resources platform, has named Souvik Das as its senior vice president of engineering. Souvik most recently served as the senior vice president of engineering at healthcare technology company Grand Rounds, and earlier was the chief technology officer (CTO) of Capital One's Auto Finance business unit.
https://www.zenefits.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005536/en/Zenefits-Appoints-Souvik-Das-Senior-Vice-President 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Project Frog, a product and technology company that develops software and prefabricated building platforms, said it has landed a new investment from the Autodesk Forge Fund as part of a larger alliance with Autodesk. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The two companies will collaborate on a cloud-based platform designed to standardize and simplify data flow between the architecture studio, the factory and the jobsite.
http://projectfrog.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005684/en/Project-Frog-Announces-Autodesk-Investment-Bolsters-Industrialized 

(Redwood City, Calif.) Redwood City-based Impossible Foods, a biochemistry company that makes meat and dairy products directly from plants, has named technology marketing veteran Tara Kriese to lead its marketing division. Kriese most recently was the chief marketing officer (CMO) at wearable tech startup Thalmic Labs, and earlier was the senior director and head of marketing for Samsung Electronics America.
http://impossiblefoods.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017005452/en/Impossible-Foods-Hires-Tech-Marketing-Veteran-Tara 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based MapD Technologies, a developer of GPU-accelerated data analytics, has named Monica McEwen as its vice president of federal. McEwen previously served as the vice president of federal at Qlik Technologies. Her appointment follows an investment in the company last year by In-Q-Tel (IQT), an investment fund backed by the CIA.
http://www.mapd.com
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mapd-names-monica-mcewen-vp-federal-300537637.html 

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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o San Mateo-Based LimeBike Raises $50M for Dockless Bike Sharing Service  
o S.F.-Based Illumina Ventures Raises New $230 Million Investment Fund
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Rally at Supreme Court to Call Attention to Wireless Tech Risks
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o Report: Rate of IT and Engineering Job Growth Slows in September  
o Briefly Noted: Zoox, Guardian Analytics
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o San Mateo-Based LimeBike Raises $50M for Dockless Bike Sharing Service

San Mateo, Calif. -- LimeBike, the San Mateo-based operator of a dockless bike sharing service, said on Monday it has raised $50 million in its second round of funding, which the company will use to speed the rollout of its programs into more than 30 cities and campuses across by year end. Coatue Management led the round, which also included participation from new investors GGV Capital, Franklin Templeton Investments, Section32, AME Cloud Ventures, Stanford-StartX Fund and The Durant Company, as well as previous backers Andreessen Horowitz and DCM Ventures. The company, which now has raised $62 million since its inception, LimeBike is the largest dockless bikeshare operator in the U.S., with approximately 10,000 bikes deployed in 20 markets. Rides cost $1 for 30 minutes or $0.50 for students. The "smart" bikes are enabled with GPS, wireless technology and self-activating locks. The company said it will use the new funds to expand operations, support ongoing upgrades to its bike design and the mobile app and increase the size of the current deployed fleet by 10 times towards the end of 2017. LimeBike started its first deployments in June at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and operates locally in South San Francisco and Alameda, with discussions underway in San Francisco. Coatue partner Thomas Laffont will join the company's board of directors.
http://www.limebike.com/ 
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/limebike-closes-50-million-series-b-to-expand-dockless-bike-sharing-nationwide-300537042.html 
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o S.F.-Based Illumina Ventures Raises New $230 Million Investment Fund

San Francisco -- Illumina Ventures, a San Francisco-based early-stage venture capital firm focused exclusively on genomics and precision medicine, said on Monday it has raised $230 million for its first fund. The firm was launched in the summer of 2016 with an initial $100 million investment from Illumina, with the balance coming from a mix of corporate, institutional, sovereign and individual investors. "Genomics has the potential to solve many of society's biggest challenges, from understanding the molecular basis of life, to more accurate medical diagnosis, life-saving drugs, and more sustainable sources of energy and food," said Nicholas Naclerio, founding partner. "The investor interest in this fund exceeded my expectations and will allow us to expand our team and support a greater number of entrepreneurs." Illumina Ventures so far has invested in seven companies, including Biota Technology, DNA Script, Encoded Genomics, Genome Medical, Kallyope, SerImmune and Twist Bioscience.
http://www.illuminaventures.com
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/illumina-ventures-closes-230-million-fund-300536918.html 
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o Rally at Supreme Court to Call Attention to Wireless Tech Risks

Washington, DC -- A large contingent of health advocates is planning to rally outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday in a bid to draw attention to the risks of wireless radiation. A group called the National Coalition for Responsible Technology said it is hoping to bring focus to FCC exposure guidelines that it says are "not biologically-based, but instead are based on a long-outdated physics assumption that the only potential risk from wireless exposures is from heating." The group points to "thousands" of scientific studies that it said show harmful effects from non-thermal levels of this radiation. Participants will include representatives from the Environmental Health Trust, ElectromagneticHealth.org, What Is 5G?, California Brain Tumor Association, Center for Safer Wireless, California Alliance for Safer Technology and Campaign for Radiation Free Schools. "I am disappointed that our government is not adequately warning parents about wireless radiation risks," said Ellen Marks, chair of the California Alliance for Safer Technology, which is fighting legislation that would enable 5G antennas in the state. "Considering the extensive science linking cancer and other negative health effects to wireless radiation our government has a responsibility to protect public health -- especially that of innocent children." The rally is scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EDT.
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171016005470/en/Health-Advocates-Rally-Washington-Wireless-Tech-Risks 
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o GL Capital Completes Deal for Foster City-Based SciClone Pharmaceuticals

Foster City, Calif. -- A consortium led by GL Capital said it has completed its acquisition of Foster City-based SciClone Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical firm focused on the Chinese market. Bank of China Group Investment, CDH Investments, Ascendent Capital Partners and Boying also participated in the deal, which was first announced in June. SciClone is now a private company, with its shares no longer trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market. The company's products span major therapeutic markets including oncology, infectious diseases and cardiovascular disorders.
http://www.sciclone.com
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/consortium-led-by-gl-capital-completes-acquisition-of-sciclone-300536487.html 
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o Report: Rate of IT and Engineering Job Growth Slows in September

Alexandria, Va. -- Following a modest uptick in August, the rate of IT and engineering job growth in the U.S. slowed in September, according to new figures fro the TechServe Alliance. The number of IT jobs grew 0.1% sequentially last month to just over 5.3 million, while engineering employment also grew 0.1% to nearly 2.6 million. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown 2.3% and engineering employment by 1.9%. "Despite the deceleration in the rate of growth, both IT and engineering outperformed the overall labor market which actually contracted for the first time in seven years in light of the hurricanes that hit Texas and Florida," said Mark Roberts, CEO of the TechServe Alliance. "Given the weather events had an adverse impact on two states that are economic powerhouses, I think the deceleration in the rate of growth is no cause for alarm. We fully expect employment to rebound in these areas in the coming months."
http://www.techservealliance.org
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rate-of-it-and-engineering-job-growth-decelerates-300536652.html
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(Menlo Park, Calif.) Menlo Park-based Zoox, a robotics company developing autonomous mobility, said on Monday its board of directors has named Carl Bass as an independent director. Bass retired as the president and CEO of Autodesk earlier this year, having served in that role since 2006. He has served as an advisor to Zoox since 2016.
http://www.zoox.com 
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(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Guardian Analytics, a developer of behavioral analytics and machine learning tools for banking payment fraud detection and enterprise B2B portal fraud, on Monday named Eric Tran-Le as its vice president of product management. Tran-Le previously held leadership positions in product management and marketing at Logtrust, Oracle and Microsoft.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Oct. 13

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o Redwood City-Based Equinix Completes $259 Million Deal for Europe's Itconic
o NEA Names Ben Narasin as Venture Partner in Menlo Park
o VC Investments on Track for Decade-High, But Fewer Companies Benefitting
Survey: Dealmakers Expect Tech M&A to Remain Strong Over Next Year
o Briefly Noted: Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center, Verizon
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o Redwood City-Based Equinix Completes $259 Million Deal for Europe's Itconic

Redwood City, Calif. -- Equinix, a Redwood City-based owner and operator of data centers, said it has completed its $259 million deal for Itconic, a data center, connectivity and cloud infrastructure provider in Spain and Portugal, from private equity firm The Carlyle Group. The all-cash deal, which also includes cloud services subsidiary CloudMas, was first announced in September. Equinix said the acquisition, which includes five data centers, will strengthen its position in Europe and extend its footprint into two new countries within the region. As a result, the company will serve more than 400 customers in Iberia, including brands such as L'Oreal, Vueling, Deloitte, BNP Paribas, Repsol, Real Madrid, Randstad, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Aon and Bank of America. "The acquisition of Itconic further extends Equinix's ability to provide businesses with the direct and secure connectivity they need to undergo IT transformation and to expand their global reach now into Spain and Portugal," said Eric Schwartz, the company's EMEA president.
http://www.equinix.com 
https://www.equinix.com/newsroom/press-releases/pr/123580/equinix-closes-acquisition-of-itconic/ 
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o NEA Names Ben Narasin as Venture Partner in Menlo Park

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (NEA) has named entrepreneur and early-stage investor Ben Narasin as a venture partner, based in Menlo Park. Narasin has made seed investments in companies like Dropcam, Lending Club and Zenefits. He most recently served as a general partner at Canvas Ventures, and was previously with TriplePoint Capital, where he oversaw the firm's seed funding investment activities. Earlier in his career, he founded Fashionmall.com, which he led through an IPO in 1999. "It has been our good fortune to collaborate with Ben on numerous investments, such as Branch Metrics, Enigma and Transfix," said Scott Sandell, NEA's managing general partner. "He is a talented investor and a deeply committed partner to entrepreneurs, and we believe his focus on disruptive early-stage companies will bring tremendous value to our technology practice."
http://www.nea.com 
http://www.nea.com/news/press-releases/ben-narasin-joins-nea-as-venture-partner 
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o VC Investments on Track for Decade-High, But Fewer Companies Benefitting

Washington, DC -- Venture capital investments in the U.S. are on track to reach their highest level in a decade, according to new figures from National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and PitchBook. Investors sank $21.5 billion into 1,699 venture-backed companies during the third quarter, increasing the year's total investment to $61.4 billion across 5,948 deals. The deal value figures were inflated by a handful of mega-deals, including a $3 billion funding round for WeWork. In fact, deals that carried a valuation of $1 billion or more represented less than 1% of 2017 deal count, but nearly 22% of the aggregate deal value. "We are witnessing an upward trend in the amount of capital deployed while the number of companies receiving investment continues to shrink," said Bobby Franklin, president and CEO of the NVCA. "However, if you peel back the onion, you uncover the influence unicorns are having on market dynamics, with investments by non-traditional investors into these companies inflating the overall dollars invested and valuations. The trends of fewer companies receiving investment and the concentration of dollars into unicorns and later-stage rounds signal a new normal for the venture industry." The complete report is available at the link below.
https://nvca.org/pressreleases/total-venture-capital-dollars-invested-2017-track-reach-decade-high/
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o Survey: Dealmakers Expect Tech M&A to Remain Strong Over Next Year

San Francisco -- Dealmakers expect technology M&A to remain robust over the next 12 months, according to a new survey by business law firm Morrison & Foerster. Slightly more than half of survey respondents (51%) expect deal flow to increase over the next year compared with the previous year, while only 19% anticipate a slowdown. In addition, 45% forecast that private company M&A valuations will remain steady, with 31% anticipating a decrease in pricing. "It is encouraging to see such a bullish forecast, particularly following Q3 closing with a higher aggregate value of deals than the previous quarter," said Robert Townsend, the co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's global M&A practice group. "A significant percentage of dealmakers clearly expect tech M&A to have a strong and sustainable growth trajectory buoyed by new innovations and a healthy outlook for private equity spending." The complete report is available at the link below.
https://www.mofo.com/special-content/spotlight-ma-and-leaders-survey/ 
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o Briefly Noted:

(Palo Alto, Calif.) The Palo Alto-based Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center (SVAMC), a non-profit that works with technology companies, law firms, ADR institutions and universities to help resolve technology related business disputes, has named Lester Schiefelbein as its CEO and Chris Compton as its president. Schiefelbein was previously the vice president and deputy general counsel of Lockheed Martin Space Systems, and Compton was a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Founder Gary Benton will continue as chairman.
http://www.svamc.org
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171012006523/en/New-Leadership-Silicon-Valley-Arbitration-Mediation-Center 

(San Francisco) Wireless carrier Verizon said it has extended its initial data relief offer for customers impacted by the wildfires in Northern California through Oct. 15. In qualified counties, the company is giving postpaid customers talk, text and data relief while prepaid customers receive an extra 3 GB for talk, text and data. Complete details are at the links below.
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