Friday, October 24, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Oct. 24

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Oct. 24, 2014
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Streaming Music Service Deezer to Acquire San Francisco-Based Stitcher
WSJ: Former Apple Exec Raises $30M for Menlo Park-Based Retail Startup
Silicon Valley VC Confidence Declines for First Time in Two Years
Google Executive Breaks World Record with Fall From Stratosphere
Senators Seek Commerce Committee Hearing on Internet-of-Things
Briefly Noted: Bedrock Technology Partners


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--Human Services Agency IT Director - City and County of San Francisco
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o Streaming Music Service Deezer to Acquire San Francisco-Based Stitcher

San Francisco -- Deezer, the France-based operator of a digital music streaming service, said on Friday it will acquire San Francisco-based Stitcher, developer of a personalized Internet talk radio app. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With the acquisition, Deezer will offer more than 35 million music tracks and 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher features content from more than 12,000 sources, including NPR, BBC, Fox News, The Wall Street Journal, This American Life, Marc Maron and CBS Radio News. Deezer will continue to support Stitcher's mobile products. "Almost every music listener listens to some form of talk radio, whether it is news, entertainment or sports," said Daniel Marhely, the founder of Deezer. "The acquisition of Stitcher helps us realize this opportunity." 

o WSJ: Former Apple Exec Raises $30M for Menlo Park-Based Retail Startup

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Ron Johnson, the former Apple executive who built that company's wildly successfully retail strategy, has raised $30 million for his new Menlo Park-based online shopping startup, known as Enjoy. The Wall Street Journal reported that the stealthy company aims to help shoppers develop deeper connections to items they purchase online, like Apple Stores allow shoppers to try products before they buy. "There's more to life than logistics. There's more to life than a review," Johnson told the Journal. "Just because we're moving online, it doesn't mean that need for a connection is going away/" The funding reportedly includes a recent $25 million round co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Oak Investment Partners, with Andreessen Horowitz also investing. Johnson departed Apple in 2011 to become the CEO of JCPenney, where he had a much less successful tenure and was ousted last year. 

o Silicon Valley VC Confidence Declines for First Time in Two Years

San Francisco -- The confidence of Bay Area venture capitalists fell for the first time in two years during the third quarter, according to the newly released Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index. The index, produced by University of San Francisco professor Mark Cannice and based on a survey of 33 Bay Area venture capitalists, registered a 3.89 out of 5, down from 4.02 a quarter ago. "The lower Q3 index reading raises some concern for the near to medium term outlook for the high-growth venture environment," wrote Cannice. "Worries over inflated valuations and their eventual impact on the venture business model drove the decline in confidence. However, healthy levels of investment and fundraising, rampant disruptive innovation, and VC's belief in the determination of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs kept sentiment at a relatively high level." The complete report is available at the link below.  

o Google Executive Breaks World Record with Fall From Stratosphere

Mountain View, Calif. -- A senior vice president at Mountain View-based Google on Friday set a world altitude record by jumping from a helium-filled balloon near the top of the stratosphere and hurdling to Earth at faster than the speed of sound, The New York Times reported. Alan Eustace made the jump over Roswell, N.M. following a two-hour ascent that took him to an altitude of more than 25 miles. The fall took about 15 minutes and reached speeds of up to 822 miles per hour. Eustice, Google's senior vice president of knowledge, has been with the company since 2002. A video of the event is embedded in the article below.

o Senators Seek Commerce Committee Hearing on Internet-of-Things

Washington, DC -- With the so-called "Internet-of-Things" market expected to grow at a feverish pace over the next several years, a group of four U.S. Senators is now looking to sort out a range of cutting-edge policy issues related to the Internet-connected devices. In a letter to the leadership of the Senate Commerce Committee, Senators Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) have requested a hearing on the matter by year's end. "The proliferation of connected products is sparking a number of important policy questions related to consumer protection, security, privacy, technical standards, spectrum capacity, manufacturing, regulatory certainty and public-sector applications, among many others," they wrote. "The number and the scope of these issues demands our prompt attention so we can better understand the technologies and explore how best to preserve America's global leadership position in innovation and economic growth. (PDF)

o Briefly Noted:

(Sunnyvale, Calif.) Sunnyvale-based Bedrock Technology Partners, a provider of information technology consulting services, has named Avinash Rao as its vice president of systems engineering. Rao previously spent 10 years at NetApp, where he managed the company's systems engineering team.

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> IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District

Nestled between the awe-inspiring Sierra Nevada and the greater Bay Area, the Chief Financial Officer for the Turlock Irrigation District (TID) is conducting a national search to find an experienced Information Technology Services Department Manager. Ideal candidates will be highly skilled technology professionals. The successful candidate must have a proven and verifiable track record with providing technology solutions for leveraging existing systems and transitioning TID to a more integrated, contemporary, state-of-the-art technology organization with significantly improved technology applications to support all aspects of the public utilities administrative (finance, personnel, customer billing, and customer service) and operational needs. A Bachelor’s degree and at least ten (10) years of progressive experience with at least three (3) years of management experience required. Salary to $151,434. Interested candidate should email their resume and compelling cover letter to This position is open until filled; First review of resumes will begin 12/5/14. Detailed brochure available at Confidential inquires to Robert Burg at 916/630-4900.

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> 5 Ways to Win Online with the Broadcast Quality Generation – Free Webinar Oct. 16, 2014

Join Jason Thibeault Senior Director, Marketing Strategy at Limelight Networks for this free webinar to learn how the Broadcast Quality Generation is reshaping the way you need to deliver videos and websites. We’ll explore some techniques you can employ to have instantaneous, instantly available digital experiences and discuss: Five strategies you can use right now to improve digital content : publishing efficiency. How you can simplify your media publishing workflow to better meet their needs? Critical components for providing digital experiences at broadcast quality. Oct. 16, 2014. 10:30am PT/1:30 pm EST. Register Now!

> 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:

> 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 Send inquiries to or (800) 878-2940

> 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 Send resumes to

> 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 Confidential inquires welcomed to Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900. Apply online at

> 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;; Phone:(650)303-1782

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