Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Oct. 23

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Oct. 23, 2014
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Burlingame-Based PlayStudios Lands $20 Million in Third Round
San Francisco-Based Zignal Labs Raises $10.7 Million in Second Round
Mountain View-Based Google Acquires San Francisco-Based Firebase
Sunnyvale-Based Good Technology Acquires Macheen
San Jose-Based NeoPhotonics to Acquire Product Lines from Emcore
Briefly Noted: Bedrock Technology Partners, Intematix


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o Burlingame-Based PlayStudios Lands $20 Million in Third Round

Burlingame, Calif. -- PlayStudios, a Burlingame-based developer of social casino games such as myVEGAS Slots and myVEGAS Blackjack, said on Thursday it has raised $20 million in its third round of funding, led by Jafco Ventures. Several previous investors also took part in the round, which the company said will give it greater financial flexibility for growth. PlayStudios said its casino game apps have been downloaded more than 18 million times since its first product launch in late 2012. The company's myVEGAS games are free-to-play and offer users a chance to earn real-world rewards from travel, leisure and hospitality brands such as ARIA, Bellagio, Royal Caribbean International, Cirque du Soleil, MGM Grand, Wolfgang Puck, House of Blues, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage, the Las Vegas Monorail and Sugar Factory. 

o San Francisco-Based Zignal Labs Raises $10.7 Million in Second Round

San Francisco -- Zignal Labs, the San Francisco-based developer of a platform designed to help users make decisions faster by aggregating data from millions of sources, said on Thursday it has raised $10.7 million in its second round of funding. Participants included previous backers Andy Ballard, managing partner of Figtree Partners; Mitchell Cohen, manager of Ross Investment Associates; and Jim Hornthal, co-founder and chairman of Zignal Labs. The company, which also has offices in Washington, DC, will use the proceeds to expand its leadership, sales and engineering teams. Zignal also said it has formalized its executive team by naming co-founders Josh Ginsberg as its CEO and Adam Beaugh as its president and chief product officer. In addition, the three-year-old company has named Alyson Welch as its vice president of sales. 

o Mountain View-Based Google Acquires San Francisco-Based Firebase

Mountain View, Calif. -- Boosting its tools for mobile app development, Mountain View-based Google said it has acquired San Francisco-based Firebase, developer of a platform designed to help developers sync data across web and mobile apps. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company, which has more than 110,000 developer users, will become part of Google's Cloud Platform team. Co-founders James Tamplin and Andrew Lee will continue to lead an employee base that will remain largely intact. "Google's backing allows us to dramatically scale Firebase," wrote Tamplin. "We're proud of what we've built over the last three years, but we've only scratched the surface of the opportunity ahead of us. With Google's engineering talent, resources, and technical infrastructure, we’ll be able to do much more, much faster." 

o Sunnyvale-Based Good Technology Acquires Macheen

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Good Technology, a Sunnyvale-based developer of enterprise mobility tools that allow employees to connect to corporate networks using their personal mobile devices, said it has acquired Texas-based Macheen, a provider of mobile cloud application services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Good said the acquisition will help clients that allow employees to use their personal mobile devices at work (known as BYOD, or bring your own device) lower the costs and risks associated with rapidly expanding mobile regulations, tax liabilities and complexities around mobile reimbursement and corporate stipend programs. "By acquiring Macheen and its cloud-based offering, and coupling that with expanded carrier relationships, we will be securely and cost-effectively taking more friction out of deploying secure mobile apps and workflows," said Christy Wyatt, the chairman and CEO of Good.

o San Jose-Based NeoPhotonics to Acquire Product Lines from Emcore

San Jose, Calif. -- NeoPhotonics, a San Jose-based developer of photonic integrated circuits used in high-speed communications networks, said on Thursday it will pay $17.5 million to acquire the tunable laser and transceiver product lines of New Mexico-based Emcore. The deal, which consists of $1.5 million in cash and the remainder in a promissory note, is expected to close in early January. NeoPhotonics said it plans to add Emcore's tunable lasers to its current product line, and integrate the company's facility in Newark into its existing Silicon Valley operations. "Emcore's narrow linewidth tunable laser product line is highly complementary to our broad existing portfolio of optical components for 100 Gigabits per second coherent transport systems, and this acquisition significantly expands our footprint in this rapidly growing segment," said Tim Jenks, the chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. 

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(Sunnyvale, Calif.) Sunnyvale-based Bedrock Technology Partners, a provider of information technology consulting services, has named Ravi Poddar as its CTO. Poddar, most recently was a key architect at NetApp, will lead the company's engineering team, including technology strategy and development. 

(Fremont, Calif.) Fremont-based Intematix, a manufacturer of phosphor materials used in LED lighting, on Thursday named Jerry Turin as its CFO. Turin most recently served as the CFO of Oclaro, where he also previously served as vice president of finance, corporate controller and treasurer. 

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> IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District

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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 Send resumes to

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

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