Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Sept. 30

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Sept. 30, 2014
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o San Jose-Based eBay to Spin-Out PayPal as Independent Company
Palo Alto-Based General Catalyst Launches $10M Stripe Platform Fund
San Francisco-Based Glass, Lewis & Co. Acquires Meetyl
San Jose-Based Lavante Names Frank Harbist as New CEO
Mountain View-Based SOASTA Names Gamiel Gran as CSO
Briefly Noted: LeapFrog Enterprises, Pivotal


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o San Jose-Based eBay to Spin-Out PayPal as Independent Company

San Jose, Calif. -- After running PayPal as a subsidiary since 2002, San Jose-based eBay said on Tuesday it plans to spin off its online payments business into a separate publicly traded company next year. eBay said the move will allow both companies to better capitalize on their respective growth opportunities. "Keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively," said John Donahoe, the president and CEO of eBay. "As independent companies, eBay and PayPal will enjoy added flexibility to pursue new market and partnership opportunities." The company expects to complete the spin-off in the second half of 2015. Donahoe and CFO Bob Swan will be responsible for leading the separation of each business, through neither will have an executive management role in the new eBay or PayPal. Devin Wenig, the current president of eBay Marketplaces, will become CEO of the new eBay, with Scott Schenkel, currently the CFO of eBay Marketplaces, taking over as CFO. The company also has named Dan Schulman, former president of American Express' Enterprise Growth Group, as the new president of PayPal, as well as its CEO following the separation.

o Palo Alto-Based General Catalyst Launches $10M Stripe Platform Fund

Palo Alto, Calif. -- General Catalyst Partners, the Palo Alto-based venture capital firm, said on Tuesday it has launched a $10 million fund focused on startups built on the Stripe Connect platform. The platform, developed by San Francisco-based Stripe, allows businesses to connect their Stripe online and mobile payments account with other services. General Catalyst said its GC Stripe Platform Fund is geared primarily toward seed-stage startups looking for $250,000-$500,000. The firm said its inaugural $500,000 investment from the fund went to Baremetrics, which provides analytics on Stripe data for software-as-a-service businesses.

o San Francisco-Based Glass, Lewis & Co. Acquires Meetyl

San Francisco -- Glass, Lewis & Co., a San Francisco-based provider of governance research and technology services to institutional investors, said on Tuesday it has acquired Meetyl, the San Francisco-based developer of a platform that lets investors privately connect with corporate management. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Investment professionals prefer to communicate with companies directly and privately, and the Meetyl platform allows them to do so efficiently," said Katherine Rabin, CEO of Glass Lewis.

o San Jose-Based Lavante Names Frank Harbist as New CEO

San Jose, Calif. -- Lavante, a San Jose-based developer of cloud-based supplier management tools, on Tuesday named Frank Harbist as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Sam Klepper, who held the role for a year. Harbist most recently served as the CEO of ActiveScaler, and previously was the president and CEO of ProStor Systems. Earlier, he spent more than 20 years at HP. The news comes just a month after Lavante landed $3.5 million in a round of funding led by PointGuard Ventures. Prior investors SAP Ventures and ATA Ventures also participated.

o Mountain View-Based SOASTA Names Gamiel Gran as CSO

Mountain View, Calif. -- SOASTA, a Mountain View-based developer of cloud and mobile testing tools, on Tuesday named Gamiel Gran as its chief strategy officer (CSO). Gran most recently was a partner at Sierra Ventures, and previously held leadership roles at BEA, Edify, Cassatt and Appcelerator. The news comes a little over a year after the company raised $30 million in a round of funding that included new investors Macquarie Capital and Roth Capital, and previous backers Canaan Partners, Formative Ventures and Pelion Venture Partners. SOASTA's web and mobile test automation and monitoring products, CloudTest, TouchTest and mPulse, are designed to let developers and IT professionals test and monitor users. Clients include Avaya, American Girl, Bonobos, Backcountry.com, Chegg, Experian, Gilt Groupe, Hallmark, Intuit, Microsoft and Netflix.

o Briefly Noted:

(Emeryville, Calif.) Emeryville-based LeapFrog Enterprises, a developer of children's educational technology products, on Tuesday named Antony Hicks as its chief international officer, responsible for the company's international operations. Hicks most recently was the CEO of Indochina at The Carlsberg Group, and previously held leadership positions at Molson Coors Brewing Company.

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Pivotal, developer of a platform-as-a-service that lets users update and scale applications on a private cloud, on Tuesday named Joshua McKenty as a field CTO for the company's Cloud Foundry team. McKenty is a co-founder of OpenStack, founder of Piston Cloud Computing and founding technical architect of NASA Nebula, the federal government's first cloud computing platform.

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> Senior Manager, External Reporting - Mode Media, Brisbane CA

Mode Media is a leading vertical social media company with the largest online global reach in lifestyle and among the top 10 of the Wall Street Journal’s annual ranking of the top 50 U.S. venture-backed companies. The Sr. Manager, External Reporting has primary responsibility for all external reporting and compliance. This includes SEC reporting as well as all other regulatory agencies. This position will also act as coordination of any requirements globally. This person will work with the Corporate Accounting Group to provide assistance with the Company’s audit requirements and management of the public accounting firm (E&Y) during the quarterly and annual review/audit process. The manager helps build and maintain a “World Class” accounting and operations service and support organization. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance; CPA required. 10 years’ experience, with at least 5 years of experience at public accounting firm, Big 4 preferred and 2 yrs experience as SEC reporting manager. Strong project management, leadership, relationship development and people management skills. Results orientation with an ability to manage the overall project, collaborate with different individuals across the organization and at target companies. To Apply: https://hire.jobvite.com/j?aj=o8CsZfwV&s=Bay_Area_Tech_Wire

> 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

> Interop New York - Attend NY's Biggest IT Event - Sept. 29-Oct. 3

Interop is the leading independent technology conference and expo designed to inform and inspire the world’s IT community. Featured conference topics include IT Management & Career Development, Software-Defined Networking & Data Centers, Enterprise Mobility, DevOps, Cloud Computing, Security and more. Attend Interop New York, September 29-October 3, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Special Offer for New England Tech Wire Subscribers: Save $200 off Conference Passes or get a FREE Expo Pass! Register today. http://www.interop.com/newyork/?_mc=AD_NE_LE_INY_NETW Send inquiries to ally.thorndike@ubm.com

> 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

> 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

> 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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