Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Aug. 22

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San Francisco-Based Stride Health Raises $23.5 Million in Second Round
o Sunnyvale-Based Matterport Lands $5M Investment from Ericsson Ventures
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Founder Norman Pond Retires as Chairman of Santa Clara-Based Intevac
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Foster City-Based Arena Solutions Lands Investment from JMI Equity
o Berkeley-Based Steep Hill Lands Another $2 Million in Funding
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o Briefly Noted:
AppDirect, PowerSphyr, Altierre
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o San Francisco-Based Stride Health Raises $23.5 Million in Second Round

San Francisco -- Stride Health, the San Francisco-based developer of a health insurance recommendation engine designed to connect independent workers to insurance plans, said on Tuesday it has raised $23.5 million in its second round of funding. F-Prime Capital Partners led the round, which also included participation from previous backers Venrock and New Enterprise Associates (NEA), as well as new investor Portag3 Ventures. Launched in 2014, Stride Health helps independent workers build a personal set of benefits tailored to their needs. In addition to a personalized health plan, the company helps workers predict out-of-pocket healthcare costs, lower the cost of prescription drugs and navigate complex insurance claims. "As individuals transition away from traditional 9-to-5 employment, we're removing the barriers to affordable, accessible benefits," said co-founder and CEO Noah Lang. Ben Malka, a partner at F-Prime Capital, has joined the company's board of directors.
https://www.stridehealth.com/ 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/stride-health-secures-235-million-in-series-b-funding-300507496.html 
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o Sunnyvale-Based Matterport Lands $5M Investment from Ericsson Ventures

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Matterport, the Sunnyvale-based developer of a platform for creating, understanding and distributing 3D models of real-world spaces, said on Tuesday it has landed a new $5 million investment from Ericsson Ventures. Ericsson joined a list of investors in the company that includes Lux Capital, DCM Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, AMD Ventures, AME Cloud Ventures, CBRE, Felicis Ventures, GIC, Crate and Barrel founder Gordon Segal, iGlobe Partners, Navitas Ventures, News Corp and Sound Ventures. Matterport said it will use the latest funds to accelerate its deep learning R&D efforts, extend its platform and build out its global infrastructure. The news comes less than a week after the company came in at No. 26 on the new Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Matterport has developed an end-to-end system for creating, distributing and navigating immersive 3D and virtual reality versions of real-world spaces on the web, mobile devices and VR headsets.
http://www.matterport.com 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ericsson-ventures-invests-in-matterport-300507507.html 
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o Founder Norman Pond Retires as Chairman of Santa Clara-Based Intevac

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Intevac, a Santa Clara-based developer of thin-film processing systems and digital night-vision technologies, said that founder Norman Pond has retired as chairman. Pond, 78, has held the role since the company's spin-out from Varian Associates in 1991, also serving as its CEO on three separate occasions. Intevac has named longtime board member David Dury, the former chief financial officer (CFO) of Aspect Development and co-founder of Mentor Capital Group, as its new chairman. "Norm Pond is a visionary technologist, a pioneer of magnetic media sputtering systems that produce the majority of hard drive disks sold today, as well as digital night-vision technologies that have become the de facto standard for digital night vision for the U.S. military and foreign nations," said Dury.
http://www.intevac.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170821005773/en/Intevac-Announces-Retirement-Chairman-Norman-H.-Pond
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o Foster City-Based Arena Solutions Lands Investment from JMI Equity

Foster City, Calif. -- Arena Solutions, the Foster City-based creator of a cloud-based product development platform, said on Tuesday it has landed a new investment from JMI Equity, a growth equity firm focused on software companies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2000, Arena makes a product development platform used by clients to design and manufacture complex electronics. The company boasts approximately 1,000 customers, including Intuit, Citrix Systems, Nutanix, GoPro, Thermo Fisher Scientific and eBay. "This is the right time for our business to take its next step," said CEO Craig Livingston. Brian Hersman, a general partner at JMI, and Suken Vakil, a principal at JMI, will serve on the company's board of directors.
http://www.arenasolutions.com 
http://www.jmi.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/arena-solutions-receives-strategic-growth-investment-from-jmi-equity-300507007.html 
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o Berkeley-Based Steep Hill Lands Another $2 Million in Funding

Berkeley, Calif. -- Steep Hill, a Berkeley-based developer of tools and services for cannabis science, testing and analytics, said on Tuesday it has landed another $2 million in funding, after also raising $2 million in May. Identities of the investors were not disclosed. The nine-year-old company said it will use the proceeds to scale operations to meet demands of the rapidly emerging California market. "The opportunity to add key personnel within California and to address the explosive demand for the Steep Hill brand throughout the United States and internationally were key motivators in closing the round," said CEO Jmîchae?e Keller. The company has added 17 new employees since the beginning of this year, and currently boasts a 12-person development team.
http://www.steephill.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/steep-hill-closes-second-2-million-investment-round-300507558.html
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o Briefly Noted:

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based AppDirect, developer of a platform that lets businesses find, buy and manage cloud services, on Tuesday named Michael DiFilippo as its new chief financial officer (CFO). DiFilippo most recently served as the CFO of the SaaS division at Citrix Systems, and previously held CFO and senior vice president positions at MuleSoft and Intelleflex.
https://www.appdirect.com/ 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/appdirect-appoints-a-chief-financial-officer-300506277.html

(Danville, Calif.) Danville-based PowerSphyr, a developer of wireless power technology, on Tuesday named Nima Jafarian as its vice president of product management and marketing. Jafarian previously spent five years in global product management and channel marketing roles at Lumileds, and earlier held marketing and R&D roles with Analog Devices and Peregrine Semiconductor.
http://www.powersphyr.com/newsroom/nima-jafarian-lead-product-management-marketing/ 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based Altierre, a developer of long-range wireless technology and applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) market, on Tuesday announced two additions to its France-based European executive team. The company has named Guillaume Vicot as general manager of Europe, Middle East and Africa and Niclas Qvist as vice president of partner management and marketing.
http://www.altierre.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170822005337/en/Altierre-Strengthens-Executive-Team-Europe-Hiring-Guillaume 

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> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - Baltimore - Sept. 15

The Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit: Baltimore will be held on Sept. 15 at Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore. Now in its sixth year, the annual summit has become the "must-attend" marketing event for the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond. The summit brings together 300+ CMOs, Senior Marketers, Agency Professionals and Technology Executives from throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. The event features dozens of case studies, keynotes, and presentations on the most important issues facing marketers in 2018.
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Aug. 21

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Palo Alto-Based ThoughtSpot Lands $60 Million in New Funding
o Mountain View-Based Livongo Names Andy Page as President and CFO
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Rate of Information Technology Job Growth Remains Sluggish in July
o Growing Number of IT Executives Expect Strong Finish to 2017
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Mojo Networks, Knightscope, eBay
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o Palo Alto-Based ThoughtSpot Lands $60 Million in New Funding

Palo Alto, Calif. -- ThoughtSpot, the Palo Alto-based developer of an AI-driven analytics platform, said it has raised $60 million in a new round of funding, led by previous backer LightSpeed Ventures. All previous investors, as well as new investor Capital One Growth Ventures, took part in the round, which comes just months after the company landed $60 million in its third round last summer. ThoughtSpot, which now has raised more than $160 million since its inception, said it will use the proceeds to accelerate research and development for its core platform, as well as expand into the Asia Pacific region and hire employees to nurture and grow key accounts. The company's technology lets users quickly analyze company data, while helping business intelligence and analytics teams cut their reporting backlogs. Customers include Amway, Bed Bath and Beyond, Capital One, Celebrity Cruises, Chevron Federal Credit Union, DeBeers and Scotiabank.
http://www.thoughtspot.com
http://growthventures.capitalone.com/ 
https://www.thoughtspot.com/press-releases/thoughtspot-debuts-ai-driven-analytics-fueled-by-new-%2460m-investment  
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o Mountain View-Based Livongo Names Andy Page as President and CFO

Mountain View, Calif. -- Livongo Health, a Mountain View-based consumer digital health company focused on chronic conditions, on Monday named Andy Page as its president and chief financial officer (CFO). The news comes five months after the company raised $52.5 million in a round of funding co-led by General Catalyst and Kinnevik. Page most recently served as the president of consumer genetics company 23andMe, and previously served as president of Gilt Groupe and CFO of both PlayPhone and StubHub. Glen Tullman. Livongo's CEO, said the addition will "be helpful in managing our accelerating growth and balancing that with our expansion into new products and markets." Livongo's program combines technology with coaching, offering members with real-time, personalized support to make diabetes management easier.
http://www.livongo.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/livongo-names-andy-page-president-and-chief-financial-officer-300507051.html 
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o Rate of Information Technology Job Growth Remains Sluggish in July

Alexandria, Va. -- The rate of IT job growth in the U.S. remained sluggish in July, according to new figures from the TechServe Alliance. The trade association said that the number of IT jobs increased just 0.1% for the month to just over 5.2 million, and is up 2.9% since the same point in 2016. Engineering employment also increased by 0.1% to nearly 2.6 million. "While it still represents an increase in IT employment, the rate of growth has generally been on a downward trajectory for the past year," said CEO Mark Roberts. "Given the extremely low unemployment rates in many high-demand IT and engineering skill sets, the shortage of supply is clearly impeding the growth rate of the U.S. technical workforce."
https://www.techservealliance.org/files/August%202017%20Index%20-%20MBR.pdf (PDF)
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o Growing Number of IT Executives Expect Strong Finish to 2017

Downers Grove, Ill. -- A growing number of IT executives are expressing confidence that business will be strong for the remainder of 2017, according to a new survey by CompTIA. The organization's IT Industry Business Confidence Index increased 3.2 points to 67.4 (out of 100), marking the first time in the survey's nine-year history that the figure improved from the second to the third quarter. "More than three-quarters of the firms surveyed say they are on target or ahead of revenue goals for 2017, which certainly figures into the positive business sentiment," said Tim Herbert, CompTIA's senior vice president of research and market intelligence. All three components of the index showed positive movement in Q3. Executives' confidence in the U.S. economy rose to 62.4 (from 60), confidence in the IT industry rose to 70.6 (from 66.7), and self-assessment of their own company increased to 69.1 (from 65.9). Tempering the positive results are concerns that customers will tighten their purse strings and delay or postpone new spending on technology products and services. "This is especially concerning for small tech firms who often have a concentrated customer base and can be significantly impacted by the loss of just a few accounts," said Herbert. A total of 314 IT companies took part in the survey, which is available through the link below.
https://www.comptia.org/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/2017/08/15/confident-it-executives-anticipate-strong-finish-for-2017-comptia-survey-finds
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o Briefly Noted:

(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Mojo Networks, a developer of cloud-managed Wi-Fi technology, on Monday named Michael Printz as its vice president of sales for North America. Printz previously served as the vice president of worldwide sales and support at Mimosa Networks and DigitalPersona.
http://www.mojonetworks.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170821005647/en/Mojo-Networks-Names-Michael-Printz-Vice-President 

(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Knightscope, a developer of physical security technologies focused on enhancing U.S. security operations, on Monday named a team of six senior executives to lead its nationwide rollout. The team will be led by Stacy Dean Stephens, the company's vice president of marketing and sales, and also include: Kevin Brenker, Ronald Gallegos, Jason Hatfield, Daniel Landreneau and Christopher Reider.
http://www.knightscope.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170821005273/en/Knightscope-Announces-Client-Development-Team 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based eBay on Monday named Scott Cutler, Jay Lee and Jooman Park to new regional leadership roles. Cutler has been promoted to senior vice president of the Americas for eBay's Marketplace business, Lee senior vice president of EMEA and Park senior vice president of APAC.
https://www.ebayinc.com/stories/news/ebay-announces-changes-to-its-regional-leadership-team/ 

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> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - Baltimore - Sept. 15

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Aug. 17

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Hayward-Based Ripcord Raises $25M in Equity, $15M in Debt Funding
o Mountain View-Based ZingBox Raises $22 Million in Second Round
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San Francisco-Based Wine.com Raises $15 Million in New Funding Round
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Earth Networks to Spin Out Oakland-Based Whisker Labs
o S.F.-Based Unity Biotechnology Lands Additional $35M in Second Round
o San Francisco-Based XDBS Names Julie Strong as New CEO
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HackerRank, Zenefits, Comcast - Internet Essentials
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o Hayward-Based Ripcord Raises $25M in Equity, $15M in Debt Funding

Hayward, Calif. -- Ripcord, a Hayward-based developer of robotic devices that scan, index and categorize paper records, said on Thursday it has secured $25 million in its second round of funding, in addition to $15 million in debt funding. Icon Ventures led the round, which also included participation from Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital and Silicon Valley Bank. The company said it will use the proceeds to develop new robots to meet increasing demand for records digitization, build out its software for records management enterprise integration, hire over 100 new employees over the next year and expand into new markets. Co-founded by former Apple and NASA employees, Ripcord enables companies to digitize paper records and connect those records to existing enterprise systems. "Since Ripcord launched in March, we've been flooded with requests from some of the largest global companies," said CEO Alex Fielding. "To keep up with demand, our investors doubled down." Jeb Miller, a general partner at Icon Ventures, has joined the company's board of directors.
http://www.ripcord.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170817005383/en/Ripcord-Raises-40M-Funding-Led-Icon-Ventures 
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o Mountain View-Based ZingBox Raises $22 Million in Second Round

Mountain View, Calif. -- ZingBox, a Mountain View-based developer of Internet of Things (IoT) security software, said on Thursday it has raised $22 million in its second round of funding, co-led by Dell Technologies Capital and Triventures. The company said it will use the additional capital to increase headcount over the next year, as well as expand its market reach. ZingBox's Guardian software uses machine learning to establish baseline normal behavior, detect anomalous activities and provide real-time remediation across an organization's entire IoT footprint. The idea is to analyze communication to and from each device, watching for deviations in behavior and providing alerts for suspicious activity.
http://www.zingbox.com
https://www.zingbox.com/press-releases/zingbox-closes-22-million-series-b-funding-round-led-by-dell-technologies-capital-and-triventures/ 
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o San Francisco-Based Wine.com Raises $15 Million in New Funding Round

San Francisco -- Wine.com, the San Francisco-based online wine retailer, said on Thursday it has raised $15 million in a new round of funding from previous backers. The company, which recently launched a new website and new mobile app, said it will use the latest proceeds to capitalize on accelerating growth. "It's still very early in the game," said CEO Rich Bergsund. "With this capital, we can expand our efforts to innovate and leverage technology to help consumers discover and buy great wine." Wine.com offers more than 17,000 wines, and will ship an unlimited number of bottles for an annual $49 membership fee. The company is majority owned by New York-based private equity firm Baker Capital.
http://www.wine.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/winecom-raises-15m-growth-funding-launches-new-site-and-app-300505752.html 
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o Earth Networks to Spin Out Oakland-Based Whisker Labs

Oakland -- Earth Networks, the Maryland-based operator of a large weather sensor network, said on Thursday it will spin off its Oakland-based Whisker Labs unit, with founder and CEO Bob Marshall becoming the new CEO of Whisker. Rich Spaulding, most recently the president and chief operating officer (COO) of Earth Networks, has become the company's new CEO. Whisker is the developer of a sensing and software platform that taps the electrical network of a home to connect all of its appliances, including unconnected ones like HVAC and water heaters. The platform is designed to monitor home and appliance efficiency, alerting homeowners to energy waste and impending appliance failure. Earth Networks made the company a standalone unit in December. "Ninety-nine percent of appliances in the home are not connected, which means that homeowners exist in an information vacuum," said Marshall. "As an independent company, Whisker Labs will be more strongly positioned to bring to market innovative data, analysis and automation services." The move comes nine months after Earth Networks sold its consumer-focused WeatherBug brand to New York-based xAd.
https://www.earthnetworks.com 
https://www.whiskerlabs.com/ 
https://www.earthnetworks.com/blog/earth-networks-spin-off-whisker-labs/  
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o S.F.-Based Unity Biotechnology Lands Additional $35M in Second Round

San Francisco -- Unity Biotechnology, a San Francisco-based developer of drugs designed to combat diseases of aging, said on Thursday it has landed an additional $35 million in its second round of funding, closing the round at $151 million. The company initially had closed the round last fall. New investors include INVUS Opportunities, Three Lakes Partners, Cycad Group, COM Investments and Pivotal Alpha. They join ARCH Venture Partners, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management and Research, Partner Fund Management and Venrock, who together led the round. The company said it will use the proceeds to expand ongoing research programs in cellular senescence and advance its first preclinical programs into human trials. Unity also has named Graham Cooper to its board of directors. Cooper previously served as the chief financial officer (CFO) of Receptos, acquired by Celgene in 2015.
http://www.unitybiotechnology.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/unity-biotechnology-announces-extension-of-series-b-financing-bringing-total-round-to-151-million-300505764.html?tc=eml_cleartime 
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o San Francisco-Based XDBS Names Julie Strong as New CEO

San Francisco -- XDBS, a provider of technology tools and services focused on B2B demand generation, on Thursday named Julie Strong as its new CEO. She succeeds founder Kartik Anand, who will assume the role of executive chairman. Strong most recently served as the CEO of Palo Alto-based Wheelhouse. "XDBS is entering the next phase of growth and her exceptional track record… makes her an ideal fit," said Anand. XDBS boast more than 1,000 employees, providing services to over 100 technology and marketing companies.
http://www.xdbscorp.com/ 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/xdbs-announces-julie-strong-as-new-chief-executive-officer-300505652.html    
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o Briefly Noted:

(Palo Alto, Calif.) Palo Alto-based HackerRank, creator of a platform designed to help companies evaluate developers based on skill, on Thursday named Nicolas Draca as its first chief marketing officer (CMO). Draca previously was the vice president of marketing at Twilio and senior director of global marketing operations at LinkedIn
http://www.hackerrank.com 
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/hackerrank-appoints-former-twilio-and-linkedin-executive-nicolas-draca-as-first-chief-marketing-officer-300505795.html 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Zenefits, developer of a digital human resources platform for small and medium-sized businesses, on Thursday named Lisa Reeves as its senior vice president of product. Reeves most recently served as the vice president of corporate strategy at Workday, and was previously the co-founder and CEO of GridCraft.
https://www.zenefits.com/ 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170817005317/en/Zenefits-Appoints-HR-SaaS-Executive-Lisa-Reeves 

(Philadelphia) Cable giant Comcast said it has now connected more than 1 million households to high-speed Internet service since 2011 through Internet Essentials, its high-speed Internet adoption program for low-income Americans. That includes more than 149,000 California households. Internet Essentials provides those who qualify with high-speed Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax, as well as the option to purchase an Internet-ready computer for under $150, and multiple options to access free digital literacy training in print, online and in person.
http://www.internetessentials.com

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> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - Baltimore - Sept. 15

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - Aug. 16

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Inbox Summit East - Sept. 29 - DC
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S.F.-Based Skills Tops New Inc. 5000; Three Locals Among Top Eight
o San Francisco-Based Phil Raises $10 Million in New Funding
o S.F.-Based Uber Agrees to Settle FTC Charges Focused on Data Privacy
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Palo Alto-Based LEAP Global Partners Invests in Two Companies
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S.F.-Based NewVoiceMedia Names Dennis Fois as President and COO
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Guardian Analytics, NeoPhotonics
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o S.F.-Based Skills Tops New Inc. 5000; Three Locals Among Top Eight

San Francisco -- Skillz, the San Francisco-based developer of an e-sports competition and streaming platform, is the top-ranked company in the newly released 2017 Inc. 5000, an annual ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies based on percentage revenue growth from 2013-2016. The company, which has 58 employees, generated $54.2 million in revenue last year and had three-year revenue growth of 50,059%. Gametime, the San Francisco-based developer of a last-minute mobile ticketing app, came in at No. 3 (34,021%), and Palo Alto-based Liftoff, a developer of software that automates mobile ad creation and purchasing, at No. 8 (16,981%). Other locals among the top 100 include: Sunnyvale-based Matterport (No. 26), San Francisco-based Samba TV (No. 56), San Francisco-based InfoScout (No. 59) and Los Gatos-based Lexicon Health (No. 88). The complete list is available at the bottom link below.
http://corp.skillz.com/ 
https://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2017
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o San Francisco-Based Phil Raises $10 Million in New Funding

San Francisco -- Phil, the San Francisco-based developer of an end-to-end prescription management and delivery service connecting patients with local pharmacies, said on Wednesday it has landed $10 million in a new round of funding, led by Crosslink Capital. Eniac Ventures, Softtech VC, Forerunner Ventures, SV Angel, Silicon Valley Bank and Transmedia Capital also took part in the round, which the company will use to hasten its national expansion. Phil acts as a concierge service that automates communication between doctors, insurers, pharmacy staff and patients. Customers place orders through the company's website or mobile app, and prescriptions are delivered to their door at no extra cost. The company currently works with dozens of partners and more than 8,000 doctors nationwide. "With larger chain pharmacies, the consumer experience is often held captive by their business model that requires patients to return to the pharmacy, often multiple times a month," said founder and CEO Deepak Thomas. "We focus on providing a hands-off, concierge experience and rather than building our own pharmacy, we chose to partner with independently-owned pharmacies with strong community roots." Phil plans to partner with more than 200 independently-owned pharmacies over the next 12 months.
https://phil.us/
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170816005235/en/Phil-Accelerates-Growth-National-Expansion-10M-Series 
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o S.F.-Based Uber Agrees to Settle FTC Charges Focused on Data Privacy

San Francisco -- Ride-hailing service Uber has agreed to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it deceived customers by failing to monitor employee access to their personal information or reasonably securing sensitive consumer data stored in the cloud. Under the deal, the San Francisco-based company will implement a comprehensive privacy program and obtain regular, independent audits. "Uber failed consumers in two key ways: First by misrepresenting the extent to which it monitored its employees' access to personal information about users and drivers, and second by misrepresenting that it took reasonable steps to secure that data," said Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the FTC. "This case shows that, even if you're a fast-growing company, you can't leave consumers behind: you must honor your privacy and security promises." According to the complaint, Uber in 2014 responded to a hacking incident by developing an automated system for monitoring employee access to consumers' personal information. The FTC, however, alleges the company stopped using it less than a year after it was put in place, and rarely monitored internal access to personal information about users and drivers for more than nine months afterwards.
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2017/08/uber-settles-ftc-allegations-it-made-deceptive-privacy-data?utm_source=govdelivery 
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o Palo Alto-Based LEAP Global Partners Invests in Two Companies

Palo Alto, Calif. -- LEAP Global Partners, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm focused on cross-border investing, said it has made new investments in two Latino-founded companies -- Insikt, a fintech startup specializing in "lending as a service," and Wizeline, an AI driven talent and software as a service company. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Founded by Goldman Sachs alumni Roman Leal and Pablo Perez III, LEAP concentrates on investing in Latino-founded companies in Mexico and the U.S. The firm, which closed its initial fund just two weeks, recently also invested in PayStand and Listo Financial. The fund, LEAP Global Partners Fund I, plans to focus on seed and first-round investments. "In the last 10 years, the number of Latino students in computer science at major Universities has more than doubled," said Leal. "Add to that the emerging opportunities in Latin America, and we believe that we are at the beginning of an important secular growth trend of LatinX led companies."
http://www.leapglobalpartners.com 
http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/cross-border-venture-capital-fund-leap-global-partners-expands-portfolio-with-investments-2230229.htm 
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o S.F.-Based NewVoiceMedia Names Dennis Fois as President and COO

San Francisco -- NewVoiceMedia, a San Francisco-based developer of cloud contact center and inside sales technology, has named Dennis Fois as its president and chief operating officer (COO). Fois previously served as the CEO of customer engagement software provider Rant & Rave, and earlier served as the vice president of EMEA at E-Gain. Based in San Francisco, Fois will take a lead role in accelerating NewVoiceMedia's expansion in North America. NewVoiceMedia's more than 650 customers include MobileIron, Lumesse, Vax, JustGiving and the Canadian Cancer Society.
http://www.newvoicemedia.com 
https://www.newvoicemedia.com/en-us/news/corporate/newvoicemedia-appoints-president-and-chief-operating-officer-to-strengthen-us-presence  
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(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Guardian Analytics, a developer of behavioral analytics and machine learning tools for preventing banking and enterprise B2B portal fraud, has named Jesus Ortiz as its vice president of product development. Ortiz most recently served as a vice president at Oracle, and previously was the chief technology officer (CTO) and vice president of global deployment strategy at Thomson Reuters.
https://guardiananalytics.com/guardian-analytics-appoints-jesus-ortiz-as-vice-president-of-product-development/ 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based NeoPhotonics, a developer of optoelectronic tools for high speed communications networks, on Wednesday named Beth Eby as its senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Eby, previously the vice president of finance at Intel and group CFO of Intel's Internet of Things group, succeeds Sandra Waechter, who had held the role on an interim basis.
https://www.neophotonics.com/press-releases/?newsId=2294043 

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San Francisco-Based HomeLight Raises $40 in Second Round of Funding
o Mountain View-Based Filld Lands $9.65 Million for Mobile Fueling Service
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Oakland-Based Pandora Names former Sling TV Head Roger Lynch as New CEO
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Danville-Based PowerSphyr Names Co-Founder David Meng as New CEO
o San Francisco-Based SiFive Names Naveed Sherwani as New CEO
o Amazon Launches "Instant Pickup" Service in Berkeley
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Collective Health, Sedona Systems, SVAcademy
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o San Francisco-Based HomeLight Raises $40 in Second Round of Funding

San Francisco -- HomeLight, the San Francisco-based developer of an online marketplace designed to connect home sellers with real estate agents, said on Tuesday it has raised $40 million in its second round of funding, led by Menlo Ventures. New investor Citi Ventures and previous backers Zeev Ventures, SGVC, Crosslink Capital and Innovation Endeavors also participated in the round, which increased the company's total funding to $55 million since its inception in 2012. Tyler Sosin of Menlo Ventures will join the company's board of directors. HomeLight's platform aims to help home sellers find real estate agents based on their performance data. The company's algorithms analyze 2 million real estate agents and nearly 30 million aggregated residential real estate transactions. As a result, the company claims that homes sold through its service sell 29 days faster than average, and at slightly higher prices. HomeLight said it will use the proceeds to double its headcount by early 2018, making key hires across sales, marketing, operations and engineering within both its San Francisco headquarters and its Phoenix office. The company also plans to further bolster its platform.
http://www.homelight.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170815005419/en/HomeLight-Raises-40M-Series-Funding-Leading-Destination 
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o Mountain View-Based Filld Lands $9.65 Million for Mobile Fueling Service

Mountain View, Calif. -- Filld, the Mountain View-based developer of a mobile fueling service that delivers gas directly to customers, said on Tuesday it has landed $9.65 million in its first round of funding, increasing its total backing to more than $16 million. Shea Ventures led the round, which also included participation from previous investors PivotNorth Capital, Javelin Venture Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Lucas Venture Group, as well as new investor Cendana Capital. Filld allows customers to schedule fill-ups 24 hours a day at both commercial and residential locations through its mobile app. The company said it will use the latest funds to expand its operations and develop more partnerships. It already works with partners such as Bentley Motors, Volvo, Daimler car2go and Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and plans to announce several other large automotive partners by year's end. "We understand that people already dislike the gas station experience," said CEO Michael Buhr. "Our goal is to liberate all drivers from the stress and disruption of having to go to the gas station."
http://www.filld.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/filld-secures-965m-in-additional-funding-led-by-shea-ventures-300504002.html 
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o Oakland-Based Pandora Names former Sling TV Head Roger Lynch as New CEO

Oakland -- Pandora, the Oakland-based operator of an Internet radio service, has named Roger Lynch as its new CEO, effective Sept. 18. He succeeds Naveen Chopra, who has served as interim CEO since June, and will continue in his role as chief financial officer (CFO). In addition, Pandora has named Michael Lynton to its board of directors. Lynch was the founding CEO of Sling TV, and previously served as the executive vice president of advanced technologies at DISH Network and EchoStar. "Roger brings a stellar leadership reputation, a wealth of consumer experience, and a lifelong passion for music to Pandora -- all of which are critical ingredients in the continued evolution of our company," said Chairman Roger Faxon. The void was created when co-founder Tim Westergren stepped down as the company's CEO in June.
http://www.pandora.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170814005898/en/Pandora-Announces-Appointment-Roger-Lynch-Chief-Executive 
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o Danville-Based PowerSphyr Names Co-Founder David Meng as New CEO

Danville, Calif. -- PowerSphyr, a Danville-based developer of wireless power technology, on Tuesday named co-founder David Meng as its new CEO. He succeeds Neil Ganz, who will remain on the company's board of directors. "David is uniquely qualified to lead PowerSphyr in the next phase of the company's growth," said Ganz. Meng previously founded and served as the CEO of Spectra Optronics International, a clean technology company specializing in LED products for general illumination, and earlier led regional marketing and operations at Multi-FineLine Electronix. PowerSphyr's technology delivers varying levels of wireless power to consumer electronics ranging from mobile and IoT devices to medical and industrial applications.
http://www.powersphyr.com 
http://www.powersphyr.com/newsroom/david-meng-named-ceo/ 
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o San Francisco-Based SiFive Names Naveed Sherwani as New CEO

San Francisco -- SiFive, a San Francisco-based developer of customized, open-source-enabled semiconductors, on Tuesday named Naveed Sherwani as its new CEO. He succeeds Stefan Dyckerhoff, who will remain on the company's board of directors. Sherwani has been involved in the development of more than 300 chips over his 25-year career, including as the founder and CEO of Open Silicon. He earlier held roles at Intel and Brite Semiconductor. "Naveed brings a lifetime of experience not only in the semiconductor and open source sectors, but also in growing successful startups into industry leaders," said Dyckerhoff. The news comes nearly four months after SiFive landed $8.5 million in its second round of funding, led by Spark Capital.
http://www.sifive.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sifive-appoints-naveed-sherwani-as-ceo-300504405.html 
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o Amazon Launches "Instant Pickup" Service in Berkeley

Berkeley, Calif. -- Online retail giant Amazon on Tuesday launched a new service called Instant Pickup, which lets Prime members pick up daily essentials in 2 minutes of less at five U.S. locations, including Berkeley. Available items -- mostly geared toward college students -- include snacks, drinks and electronics, as well as some of Amazon's most popular devices. "As shopping behaviors continue to evolve, customers consistently tell us that they want items even faster," said Ripley MacDonald, Amazon's director of student programs. "While Instant Pickup is available at select pickup locations today, we're excited about bringing this experience to more customers soon." Prime members can place an order online and pick it up from a self-service locker almost instantly. Other initial Instant Pickup locations include Los Angeles; Atlanta; College Park, Md.; and Columbus, Ohio.
http://www.amazon.com/instantpickup
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170815005457/en/Extra-Fast-Amazon-Instant-Pickup-Launches-Week
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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Collective Health, developer of a platform that connects and administers the entire healthcare benefits ecosystem, has named Hope Kragh as its vice president of client success. Kragh most recently served as the director of national accounts at Anthem Blue Cross, and previously held sales and account management roles at UnitedHealth and Cigna.
https://www.collectivehealth.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170810006151/en/Collective-Health-Appoints-Hope-Kragh-Vice-President 

(Cupertino, Calif.) Cupertino-based Sedona Systems, a developer of software designed to automatically discover the optical and IP/MPLS layers of service provider networks, on Tuesday named Michael Casey and Benjamin Shat to its North American sales leadership team. Casey most recently was the senior vice president of global sales at Spider Cloud Wireless, while Shat was the vice president of North American key markets and Verizon sales at Coriant.
http://sedonasys.com
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170815005301/en/Sedona-Systems-Strengthens-North-American-Sales-Leadership 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based SVAcademy said it has launched a new economy apprenticeship focused on providing people of color, women, minorities and others typically underrepresented in the tech industry with access to business development and sales careers in tech. The program is free to attend through employer-sponsored tuition. Complete details are at the link below.
https://sv.academy/ 

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