Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Sept. 17

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BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Sept. 17, 2014
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o San Jose-Based Cisco to Acquire Metacloud
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Palo Alto-Based Accel Partners Increases Investment in LightSpeed
o San Francisco-Based Switchfly Names Graham Blankenbaker as CTO
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Thiel Foundation Opens Applications for Fellowship Program
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S.F.-Based Underground Cellar Raises $1M from "Shark Tank" Investor
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Briefly Noted: Maxta, Veracyte, Vantage Data Centers

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o San Jose-Based Cisco to Acquire Metacloud

San Jose, Calif. -- Cisco, the San Jose-based network equipment giant, said on Wednesday it will acquire Pasadena-based Metacloud, which operates private clouds for clients. Financial terms of the deal, expected to close by the end of October, were not disclosed, with all Metacloud employees joining Cisco's Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization. Cisco said the acquisition will accelerate its strategy to build what it calls "the world's largest global Intercloud," a network of clouds. "We believe Metacloud's technology will play a critical role in enabling our customers to experience a seamless journey to a new world of many clouds," said Hilton Romanski, Cisco's senior vice president of corporate development.
http://www.cisco.com 
http://www.metacloud.com/ 
http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1489587 
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o Palo Alto-Based Accel Partners Increases Investment in LightSpeed

Palo Alto, Calif. -- Accel Partners, the Palo Alto-based venture capital firm, said on Wednesday it has increased its investment in Montreal-based LightSpeed, developer of a commerce platform for retailers, as part of the company's new $35 million round. iNovia Capital led the company's second round, which increased its total funding to $65 million. LightSpeed's platform is currently used by approximately 20,000 retailers, including Adidas, Harman, Leica and DASH. The company now processes more than $7.5 billion in annual transactions. "This investment will help us continue to scale our reach and break into new verticals and geographies," said CEO Dax Dasilva. LightSpeed also announced plans for LightSpeed Payments, a new payments platform debuting this fall in partnership with Element Payment Services.
http://www.accel.com
http://www.lightspeedretail.com/ 
http://www.lightspeedretail.com/lightspeed-closes-35-million-in-funding-to-fuel-expansion/ 
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o San Francisco-Based Switchfly Names Graham Blankenbaker as CTO

San Francisco -- Switchfly, the San Francisco-based developer of a platform that powers shopping and loyalty redemption services for brands across airlines, hotels, financial services and e-commerce, on Wednesday named Graham Blankenbaker as its CTO. Blankenbaker most recently served as a division CTO at TIBCO Software, where he led product strategy, technical direction and engineering for the company's cloud applications group. He also previously held roles with Loyalty Lab, Six Apart and United BioSource. Founded in 2003, Switchfly boasts a client roster that includes American Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa Miles & More, United MileagePlus, InterContinental Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels, Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline and Groupon.
http://www.switchfly.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140917005135/en/Graham-Blankenbaker-Announced-Chief-Technology-Officer-Switchfly#.VBmPWZRdXng 
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o Thiel Foundation Opens Applications for Fellowship Program

San Francisco -- The Thiel Foundation, a San Francisco-based non-profit founded by Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, on Wednesday opens applications for its 2015 class of Thiel Fellows. The program awards $100,000 grants to 20 young entrepreneurs, so they can take a hiatus from school in favor of a two-year fellowship to pursue the creation of startups, technologies and nonprofits. "We're offering young people freedom," said Jonathan Cain, president of the Thiel Foundation. "Freedom to pursue ideas they find meaningful instead of mandatory. Freedom to take big risks instead of big debt. Freedom, essentially, to write their own futures." Since the program began in 2011, more than 80 winners of the award have pursued projects in areas such as network security, app development, neural networks, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cryptocurrency, open-source technology, 3D printing, mobile health, alternative energy, public health, education, finance, gaming, data streaming and cloud storage. The final deadline for application submission is Jan. 15.
http://www.thielfellowship.org/ 
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o S.F.-Based Underground Cellar Raises $1M from "Shark Tank" Investor

San Francisco -- Underground Cellar, the San Francisco-based developer of an online wine marketplace, said on Wednesday it has raised $1 million in a new round of funding from "Shark Tank" investor Barbara Corcoran. As part of the deal, Corcoran is also featuring the company in her VC fund, Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners. Underground Cellar said it is seeking an additional $200,000 to expand its user base and attract additional wineries onto its platform.
https://www.undergroundcellar.com/ 
https://angel.co/underground-cellar
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140917005573/en/Underground-Cellar-Secures-Backing-Famous-%E2%80%98Shark-Tank%E2%80%99#.VBnlsJRdXng
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Collaborate, Educate and Innovate at the fourth annual CyberMaryland 2014 Conference October 29-30th at the Baltimore Convention Center, One W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. A two-day event of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials from across the nation and globe will convene in Maryland—the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity. Network with nationally known speakers and entrepreneurs, join flash talks and pitch forums, attend sessions on commercialization and product ventures and Job Fair. Registration also includes National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and MaryLand of Opportunity Night. Please visit www.cybermaryland.org Send inquiries to liz@fbcinc.com or (800) 878-2940

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o Briefly Noted:


(Sunnyvale, Calif.) Sunnyvale-based Maxta, a developer of software-defined storage tools, on Wednesday named Jim Fitzgerald as its vice president of business development and OEM sales. Fitzgerald most recently was the vice president of business development at Nexenta Systems.
http://www.maxta.com/press/maxta-inc-names-jim-fitzgerald-vice-president-business-development-oem-sales/ 

(South San Francisco) South San Francisco-based Veracyte, a molecular diagnostics company focused on genomic tests designed to help physicians make more informed treatment decisions at an early stage in patient care, said on Wednesday it has promoted Christopher Hall to COO. Hall joined the company in 2010 as chief commercial officer.
http://www.veracyte.com
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/veracyte-inc-announces-promotion-of-christopher-m-hall-to-chief-operating-officer-275416201.html 

(Santa Clara, Calif.) Santa Clara-based Vantage Data Centers, an operator of data centers, on Wednesday named David Renner as its senior vice president and CFO. Renner most recently served as the CFO of Elo Touch Solutions, and previously was the CFO of Optium.
http://www.vantagedatacenters.com 
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140917005068/en/Vantage-Data-Centers-Appoints-David-Renner-Chief#.VBnk4ZRdXng

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> CyberMaryland 2014 Conference – Oct. 29-30 - Baltimore Convention Center

Collaborate, Educate and Innovate at the fourth annual CyberMaryland 2014 Conference October 29-30th at the Baltimore Convention Center, One W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. A two-day event of entrepreneurs, investors, academics, students, enterprises and government officials from across the nation and globe will convene in Maryland—the nation’s epicenter for cybersecurity. Network with nationally known speakers and entrepreneurs, join flash talks and pitch forums, attend sessions on commercialization and product ventures and Job Fair. Registration also includes National Cyber Security Hall of Fame Awards Dinner and MaryLand of Opportunity Night. Please visit www.cybermaryland.org Send inquiries to liz@fbcinc.com or (800) 878-2940
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> Senior Analyst - Consumer Services US

Current Analysis is seeking to recruit a Senior Analyst to join the Consumer Services US team contributing to Current Analysis' existing capabilities and coverage in the US mobile, fixed and converged providers of consumer’s services. The ideal candidate will have exceptional knowledge of the key US wireless players, service portfolios and strategies, with strong knowledge in the following areas: Mobile data, WiFi calling, carrier-OTT partnerships, the MVNO competitive landscape and emerging innovation in the areas of carrier-branded VAS. Qualified candidates should have relevant market knowledge as well as a proven ability to analyze companies their services portfolios and corporate marketing positions. 5+ years professional experience as an analyst, technical writer, journalist, marketing or product management in IT, telecoms or related fields. Experience in tracking and analyzing Consumer Services in the US. Proven written, verbal and interpersonal skills in English required. Proven public event and/or sales presentation experience. Effective prioritization and time management skills. Able to work independently from home office and travel moderately within the US. Bachelor’s Degree required. Current Analysis offers competitive compensation packages and benefits including medical, dental, vision and 401(k). We are an Equal Employment Opportunity organization. To learn more about Current Analysis, please visit us at www.currentanalysis.com Send resumes to ieppolito@currentanalysis.com
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> Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit Baltimore - Sept. 19, 2014

Leading marketers, technologists and agency professionals from throughout the region come together at this annual event to discuss major marketing, social, digital and advertising trends, along with dozens of case studies, presentations and keynotes. Now in its third year and co-produced by Potomac Tech Wire, this summit is becoming a "must attend" event for the region's marketing community. For more information: www.mamsummit.com

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> Human Services Agency IT Director - City and County of San Francisco

Seeking dynamic leader to manage $22.5 million division budget and staff of 75. An exciting civil service career opportunity to match system management expertise to improve client’s quality of life and customer experience through technology. Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years of increasingly responsible experience with at least 3 years of management experience is required. Salary range up to $174,382 plus outstanding benefits and retirement. Detailed brochure available at www.ralphandersen.com Confidential inquires welcomed to Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900. Apply online at http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=PBT&R2=0942&R3=063112
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> EnMasse Design - Bay Area Product Design Studio

Founded in 2002, EnMasse Design is a design studio specializing in industrial design, mechanical engineering, product development and user interface design. We have experience in designing a range of products from small hand held devices to large systems. We're located in Mountain View. Industrial design / innovation / mechanical engineering / user interface design / human factors and ergonomics / injection molding / snap fits / sheetmetal / castings / machined components / formed plastics / class A surfaces / Solidworks / mechanisms / GD&T / system engineering / Dfx / analyses / electrical engineering/Medical / biotech / consumer / telecom / industrial. Send inquires to Jeff Gamelsky, Principal; jeff@enmassedesign.com; www.enmassedesign.com Phone:(650)303-1782
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