Friday, July 19, 2013

Bay Area Tech Wire -- July 19

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BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- July 19, 2013
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Silicon Valley Companies Attract $2.66 Billion in VC During Q2
o Mountain View-Based Symantec Acquires Spain's PasswordBank
o San Francisco Ranks No. 6 on List of "Top Startup Cities -- By Cost & Taxes"
o Survey: IT Employment to Remain Stable for Remainder of 2013
o Documentary Series Startupland Nears Funding Goal
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o Silicon Valley Companies Attract $2.66 Billion in VC During Q2

Arlington, Va. -- Private companies in Silicon Valley attracted $2.66 billion in venture capital during the second quarter, nearly $400 million more than last quarter, though sizably less than the same period in 2012, according to the latest MoneyTree report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data provided by Thomson Reuters. Nationally, venture capitalists invested $6.7 billion in 913 deals, with investment activity rising 12% in terms of dollars and 2% in the number of deals compared with the prior quarter. The Internet-specific and biotechnology sectors saw the largest increases. "In many ways it feels like the late 1990's with information technology driving venture investment and significantly outpacing other sectors when it comes to level of activity and momentum," said Mark Heesen, president of the NVCA. "The difference, however, is where we go from here. There will be no tech bubble. IT investing will continue to be the bedrock of the venture industry -- but at sustainable levels."
https://www.pwcmoneytree.com/MTPublic/ns/moneytree/filesource/displays/notice-D.html
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o Mountain View-Based Symantec Acquires Spain's PasswordBank

Mountain View, Calif. -- Symantec, the Mountain View-based developer of Internet security software, has acquired Spain's PasswordBank, The Next Web reported, citing a story from Spanish news outlet Expansion. The company paid a reported $25 million for PasswordBank, developer of an identity-as-a-service platform that provides identity and access management, as well as single sign-on features. Symantec reportedly will retain most of the company's employees, turning its Spain offices into a research and development center.
http://www.passwordbank.com/ 
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/07/18/symantec-acquires-spanish-startup-passwordbank-for-25m/ 
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o San Francisco Ranks No. 6 on List of "Top Startup Cities -- By Cost & Taxes"

San Francisco -- The San Francisco Bay Area ranks No. 7 on Entrepreneur's new list of the "Top Startup Cities -- By Cost & Taxes." The rankings, compiled by San Francisco-based tax-planning startup GoodApril, consider factors such as median tech wages, taxes, housing costs and the cost of office space. "If you were to ask your accountant where you should base your startup company, this is probably how she's respond," the publication writes. Austin tops the list, followed by Seattle, Boulder, New York, Boston and Washington, DC.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/227436 
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o Survey: IT Employment to Remain Stable for Remainder of 2013

Chicago -- Information technology workers can expect a fairly stable employment environment over the next six months, along with an upswing in temporary jobs, according to a new national survey by CareerBuilder and Sologig.com. IT employers surveyed expect permanent hiring to trend down slightly, with temporary and contract hiring increasing 18%. "In the wake of the recession, IT employers continue to cautiously add permanent headcount, relying more on temporary workers to help meet their growing technological demands," said Eric Presley, the CTO of CareerBuilder. "Our data shows an encouraging increase in projected temporary positions, many of which can lead to permanent employment, as 40% of IT employers plan to transition temporary workers to full-time status." The complete survey is available at the link below.
http://www.careerbuilder.com/share/aboutus/pressreleasesdetail.aspx?sd=7%2f18%2f2013&siteid=cbpr&sc_cmp1=cb_pr770_&id=pr770&ed=12%2f31%2f2013 
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o Documentary Series Startupland Nears Funding Goal

Washington, DC -- With less than a week left in its Kickstarter campaign, documentary web series Startupland is nearly two-thirds toward its goal. The series, which chronicles the experiences of five tech companies as they go through an accelerator program at Fortify Ventures, has attracted more than $45,000 from 252 backers. The campaign, which launched late last month, is seeking $75,000. The series, billed as "part storytelling and part startup 'how-to,'" follows the founding teams of five early-stage companies -- LedCyte, RidePost, Snobswap, TrendPo and The Trip Tribe -- as they navigate their way through the often unglamorous but potentially rewarding startup world. The campaign, as well as a trailer for the series, directed by Justin Gutwein, is available at the link below.
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/76065318/startupland-a-documentary-series 
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o Briefly Noted:


(Palo Alto, Calif.) Ignition Partners, an early-stage venture-capital firm focusing on enterprise IT, on Friday named Rachel Chalmers as a principal in its Palo Alto office. Chalmers previously spent 13 years at the 451 Group in San Francisco, most recently serving as the firm's vice president of research. Ignition closed a $150 million fund earlier this year and expanded its focus to consider more deals up and down the West Coast. .
http://www.ignitionpartners.com 
http://www.ignitionpartners.com/IgnitionChalmersRelease.pdf (PDF)

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The video is available at www.ConcordDebate.com
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Current Analysis is a provider of competitive intelligence, market analysis products, and advisory services to Fortune 100 Telecom Service Providers and IT Software and Service Vendors. We currently seek a Research Leader to work in our Collaboration and Communications group. Qualified candidates should have a thorough understanding of the collaboration and communications marketplace as well as technical knowledge of and/or expertise with unified communications, PBX systems, hosted telephony platforms, presence and chat, voice and video conferencing, and tele-presence solutions. The Research Leader will deliver intelligence and analysis to our clients and gives end-users insight into the strengths and weaknesses of competing vendors and their offerings; Proactively track and analyze the collaboration and communications marketplace; Attend industry trade shows, analyst conference, webinars and vendor briefings; Present research findings in both live and online events. To apply for this position send your resume to: hr@currentanalysis.com or fax at: 703.421.3077
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