Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bay Area Tech Wire -- July 9

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BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- July 9, 2013
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Santa Clara-Based Intevac Names Wendell Blonigan as New CEO
o Menlo Park-Based GI Partners Sells SoftLayer Technologies to IBM
o San Francisco-Based Tapjoy Names Matthew Service as New CFO.
o Milpitas-Based KLA-Tencor Names Bren Higgins as New CFO
o San Francisco's BBVA Ventures Invests in German Startup SumUp
o West Virginia University Flips Switch on "Super Wi-Fi" System
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o Santa Clara-Based Intevac Names Wendell Blonigan as New CEO

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Intevac, a Santa Clara-based maker of vacuum process equipment, imaging products and vision systems, on Tuesday named Wendell Blonigan as its new president and CEO. He succeeds company founder Norman Pond, who will continue as chairman. Blonigan most recently was the founder and CEO of Orbotech LT Solar, and previously served as the COO of Photon Dynamics. The news comes five months after Intevac announced plans to reduce its workforce by approximately 13% as part of a cost-reduction plan aimed at saving $12-$14 million a year.
http://www.intevac.com 
http://investor.intevac.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=775806 
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o Menlo Park-Based GI Partners Sells SoftLayer Technologies to IBM

Menlo Park, Calif. -- GI Partners, a Menlo Park-based private equity investment firm, said on Tuesday it has sold portfolio company SoftLayer Technologies, a provider of cloud computing infrastructure provider, to IBM. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. GI originally acquired Texas-based SoftLayer in 2010, merging it with The Planet, a company it had acquired four years earlier. SoftLayer now operates 13 data centers, serving more than 21,000 customers. IBM has made more than a dozen acquisitions in the cloud computing space since 2007.
http://www.gipartners.com 
http://www.softlayer.com/ 
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/gi-partners-completes-sale-softlayer-154000859.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UgHb9xRUCEARYzQtDMD 
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/41430.wss 
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o San Francisco-Based Tapjoy Names Matthew Service as New CFO.

San Francisco -- Tapjoy, the San Francisco-based developer of a mobile ad and monetization platform, on Tuesday named Matthew Service as its new CFO. Service most recently held COO and CFO roles at blinkx, managing all aspects of the online video search and advertising company, and previously held roles at Autonomy and Regent Pacific Management. He succeeds Al Wood, who took over as CFO in 2011.
http://www.tapjoy.com 
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/tapjoy-adds-matthew-chief-financial-160000957.html;_ylt=A2KJ2PbPadxRU0gA1FbQtDMD 
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o Milpitas-Based KLA-Tencor Names Bren Higgins as New CFO

Milpitas, Calif. -- KLA-Tencor, a Milpitas-based maker of process control and yield management tools for chipmakers, on Tuesday named Bren Higgins as its executive vice president and CFO. He succeeds Mark Dentinger, who plans to resign as CFO once the company files its annual report for the year ended June 30. Dentinger will then remain with the company as a senior advisor through the end of 2013. Higgins currently serves as the company's vice president of corporate finance, overseeing its treasury and investor relations functions and supporting its business development efforts.
http://www.kla-tencor.com 
http://ir.kla-tencor.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=775784&corpSection=PR 
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o San Francisco's BBVA Ventures Invests in German Startup SumUp

San Francisco -- BBVA Ventures, the San Francisco-based venture arm of BBVA Group, said on Tuesday it has invested in German startup SumUp, a developer of tools used to process credit card payments through mobile devices. The firm joins American Express and Groupon as investors in the company, which operates in 11 European countries and plans to expand into Latin America. SumUp was founded in 2011 by German entrepreneur Daniel Klein. The deal marks BBVA Ventures' first investment in Europe.
https://sumup.com 
http://bbvaventures.com/ 
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/bbva-invests-sumup-europes-leader-151800417.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UbgcNxRDxcAA4PQtDMD 
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o West Virginia University Flips Switch on "Super Wi-Fi" System

Morgantown, W.Va. -- West Virginia University on Tuesday became the first university in the U.S. to flip the switch on a system that uses vacant broadcast TV channels to provide the campus with wireless broadband Internet services. The initial phase of the project, built in partnership with the Advanced Internet Regions (AIR.U) consortium, utilizes "TV white spaces" -- frequencies left empty when television stations moved to digital broadcasting -- to provide free public Wi-Fi access for students and faculty at tram platforms. The technology has been dubbed "Super Wi-Fi," since TV band spectrum can allow networks to broadcast Wi-Fi connections over several miles, as well as through hilly and forested terrain. "This may well offer a solution for the many West Virginia communities where broadband access continues to be an issue," said John Campbell, the CIO at West Virginia University.
http://wvutoday.wvu.edu/n/2013/07/09/nation-s-first-campus-super-wi-fi-network-launches-at-west-virginia-university 
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o Briefly Noted:


(San Francisco) San Francisco-based UBM Tech's InformationWeek on Tuesday announced four new editors and one promotion. The company has named Wyatt Kash as editor of InformationWeek Government, Shane O'Neill as managing editor, Alexandra Rudansky as associate editor of InformationWeek Healthcare and Kristin Burnham as senior editor. In addition, copy chief James Donahue has been promoted to managing editor. 
http://ubm-tech.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=17177&item=136924 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Visage, a developer of software designed to aggregate data and produce reports about enterprise mobility spending, on Tuesday named Matt Barkoff as its vice president of sales. Barkoff most recently served as the executive director of sales at EndPlay, and previously held senior leadership roles at Badgeville and Clickability.
http://www.visagemobile.com 
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/visage-names-matt-barkoff-vp-130000990.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UgRJtxR5lYADFHQtDMD 

(Redwood City, Calif.) Redwood City-based ItsOn, developer of a cloud-based mobile service platform designed to enhance to capabilities of mobile operators, on Tuesday named Thierry Chassaing as its senior vice president of product and engineering and Mak Azadi as its senior vice president of operations. Chassaing most recently was Yahoo's vice president of engineering for mobile and presentation services, while Azadi was Shutterfly's vice president of customer experience.
http://www.itsoninc.com 
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/itson-inc-appoints-svp-product-130000542.html;_ylt=A2KJ2UgyJ9xRtiYAJSPQtDMD 

(New York) A newly launched mobile app for Apple and Android devices is designed to help green card holders more easily apply for American citizenship. The free CitizenshipWorks app, created by New York-based Pro Bono Net and the Immigration Advocates Network, aims to help applicants determine their eligibility to become U.S. citizens, collect the necessary documentation, find free and low-cost legal help and study for the English and Civics tests.
http://www.citizenshipworks.org/ 
http://xylinks.com/cwapp-screenshots (screenshots of app)

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Cognitive Networks, a provider of data services that power enhanced TV on smart TVs, on Tuesday named Joshua Siegel as its vice president of product. Siegel most recently was responsible for video ingestion and streaming technology as principal product manager at Hulu.
http://www.cognitivenetworks.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130709005245/en/Cognitive-Networks-Names-Joshua-Siegel-Vice-President 

(Redwood City, Calif.) Redwood City-based Arrayent, a developer of connected product platforms for consumer products, on Tuesday named Raghu Tarra as its vice president of engineering. Raghu most recently served as the senior vice president and general manager of Echostar's Sling unit, and previously was a founding member of Sling Media.
http://www.arrayent.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20130709005511/en/Slingbox-Veteran-Raghu-Tarra-Joins-Arrayent

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