Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Sept. 10

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Sept. 10, 2013
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Cupertino-Based Apple Introduces Two New iPhone Models
o Fremont-Based Synnex to Acquire IBM Customer Care Services Business
o Virtustream Lands $40 Million Round, Led by SAP
o Palo Alto-Based Sutter Hill Leads $27M Round for Benu Networks
o SVForum Names Debbie Brackeen as New Chairperson
Briefly Noted: Arrayit - Genentech, IdeaScale, Comcast
TechCrunch Disrupt SF - Startup Battlefield Finalists

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o Cupertino-Based Apple Introduces Two New iPhone Models

Cupertino, Calif. -- Apple on Tuesday introduced a pair of new iPhones -- the faster 5s, which includes a fingerprint security sensor, and the cheaper 5c, with a starting price-tag of $99 in five available colors. The 5s is powered by the company's new A7 chip, making the iPhone the first smartphone with 64-bit architecture. It also includes an 8 megapixel camera and a fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone, among several new features. The unit, which is made of aluminum and available in gold, silver and gray, will run from $199 for 16GB to $399 for 64GB when it is released Sept. 20. The 5c, with a four-inch display, is made of plastic and available in blue, green, pink, yellow and white. It is powered by Apple's A6 chip and also features an 8 megapixel camera. Prices will be $99 for the 16GB model and $199 for the 32GB when it is released, also on Sept. 20. A new feature-rich iOS 7, featuring a completely redesigned user interface, also is due out Sept. 18. More information is at the links below.
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/10Apple-Announces-iPhone-5s-The-Most-Forward-Thinking-Smartphone-in-the-World.html (iPhone 5s)
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/10Apple-Introduces-iPhone-5c-The-Most-Colorful-iPhone-Yet.html (iPhone 5c)
http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2013/09/10iOS-7-With-Completely-Redesigned-User-Interface-Great-New-Features-Available-September-18.html (iOS7)

o Fremont-Based Synnex to Acquire IBM Customer Care Services Business

Fremont, Calif. -- Synnex, a Fremont-based provider of business process services to resellers, retailers and original equipment manufacturers, said on Tuesday that it will pay $505 million to acquire IBM's worldwide customer care services business. The deal, expected to close in the coming months, includes $430 million in cash and $75 million in stock. Synnex plans to combine the business with its New York-based Concentrix unit, which will have approximately 45,000 employees servicing over 300 clients in more than 40 languages. "This acquisition will make Concentrix a global top 10 player in a growing market," said Kevin Murai, the president and CEO of Synnex.

o Virtustream Lands $40 Million Round, Led by SAP

San Francisco -- Virtustream, a Maryland-based developer of software designed to move complex IT environments to the cloud, with West Coast operations in San Francisco, said on Tuesday it has landed $40 million in its fourth round of funding, led by partner SAP. The company said it will use the funds to expand capacity for its infrastructure-as-a-service, as well as further develop its xStream cloud management software. The two companies have worked together since 2010, when Virtustream was among the first cloud providers certified to deploy business applications from SAP. Virtustream now has raised $115 million since its inception.

o Palo Alto-Based Sutter Hill Leads $27M Round for Benu Networks

Palo Alto, Calif. -- Sutter Hill Ventures, the Palo Alto-based venture capital firm, said on Tuesday it has led a new $26.6 million round of funding for Massachusetts-based Benu Networks, a developer of software for fixed and mobile broadband operators. Spark Capital and Comcast Ventures also took part in the company's second round. The company said that it will use the funding to drive customer acquisition and accelerate adoption of its technology. Stefan Dyckerhoff, a managing director at Sutter Hill, will join the company's board of directors.

o SVForum Names Debbie Brackeen as New Chairperson

Redwood City, Calif. -- SVForum, a Redwood City-based non-profit organization for technologists and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, on Tuesday named board member Debbie Brackeen as its new chairperson. Brackeen, the managing director and head of global lab network at Citi Ventures, succeeds Deborah Magid. SVForum organizes more than 20 area networking and educational events a month, reaching approximately 18,000 technology professionals annually.

o Briefly Noted:

(Sunnyvale, Calif.) Sunnyvale-based Arrayit, a developer of life science technologies, said on Tuesday it has sold drug discovery technology to pharmaceutical giant Genentech. Under the deal, Genentech paid $138,000 for a manufacturing robot, printing pins and consumables.

(Berkeley, Calif.) Berkeley-based IdeaScale, developer of a software platform that lets organizations collect ideas from communities and put them to a vote, on Tuesday named Mat Fogarty as its senior vice president of business development. Fogarty is a former business development executive at Spigit, and earlier was the co-founder and CEO of Crowdcast.

(Livermore, Calif.) Cable giant Comcast on Tuesday named Mary Stutts to the newly created position of regional vice president of external affairs for California. Stutts, based in Livermore, will oversee the company's communications, government affairs, community investment and telecom policy matters throughout the state. She previously held external affairs leadership positions at Genentech, Kaiser Permanente, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Bayer and UnitedHealth Group.

(San Francisco) TechCrunch has named 29 finalists got its Startup Battlefield at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt SF, taking place in San Francisco through Wednesday. The companies will demo their products for a chance to win a $50,000 price. Winenrs will be announced during the event's closing ceremony Wednesday night. A complete list of finalists is available at the link below.

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> IDF13 San Francisco

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> The Debate on Public and Private Data Now Available Online

Now available online! Listen in to the insightful and entertaining panel of legal and IT experts who debated issues of privacy and big data recently in Menlo Park. Hosted by Concord Law School. Moderated by NYU Professor Arthur Miller, the panelists included: Joseph Alhadeff, Chief Privacy Strategist/VP Global Public Policy, Oracle; Ian Ballon, Greenberg Traurig, Executive Director Stanford Law's Center for E-Commerce; Johannes Ernst, Cloudstore; Thomas Feledy, Lieutenant, SF Police Department; Françoise Gilbert, Founder/Managing Director of the IT Law Group; Ann Geyer, Managing Director of Tunitas Group; Matthew Miller, Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital; and Mark Weinstein of Sgrouples.com. The video is available at www.ConcordDebate.com

> Mobile Commerce World

Mobile Commerce World is for retail and enterprise executives charged with developing their company’s mobile commerce strategy. Mobile Commerce World brings together the mobile commerce ecosystem, including marketers, retailers, mobile app developers, software and service providers, integrators, security providers, operators, business strategists and leading companies. The 3 day conference program offers more than 50 sessions, 120+ experts, along with an exhibit of leading solution providers, all focused on educating the next generation of retailers and businesses who are developing their mobile commerce strategy. Register today for a free expo pass at http://www.mcommworld.com/sanfrancisco/?sourceCode=WEMCW13111

> Patent Applications Drafted

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> Research Leader – Collaboration and Communications

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

> Director of Business Development

Join a growing commercial software company! Be a leader in helping organizations adopt innovative business management software, both in the cloud and self-hosted! Unanet Project Portfolio comprises a complete Professional Services Automation (PSA) solution with Budgeting & Forecasting, Resource Planning & Skills Management, Timesheet and Expense Management, Billing and Revenue Recognition, Project Management & Reporting and Teamwork Collaboration capabilities in software solution. Unanet Project Portfolio is a web-based solution that delivers real-time performance management and project accounting for our customers’ projects and people. To learn more about the Director of Business Development position, please visit www.unanet.com Send resumes to careers@unanet.com

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