Friday, October 31, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Oct. 31

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Oct. 31, 2014
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S.F.-Based Imago BioSciences Raises $26.5 Million in First Round
San Francisco-Based Fleksy Raises $2 Million in New Funding
o Menlo Park's Permira to Acquire Metalogix
Santa Clara-Based Inevac Names James Moniz as CFO
o Report: Technology Deals Market on Pace to Become Strongest in Years
Briefly Noted: hopTo, Coupa Software, Immersion


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o S.F.-Based Imago BioSciences Raises $26.5 Million in First Round

San Francisco -- Imago BioSciences, a San Francisco-based a biotech company developing therapeutics to treat a small family of orphan diseases, said on Friday it has raised $26.5 million in its first round of funding, led by Clarus Ventures. Frazier Healthcare, Amgen Ventures and Merck Research Labs Venture Fund also took part in the round, which the company will use to continue research and development efforts. Imago's clinical focus is on orphan diseases that involve genetic alterations disturbing normal patterns of gene expression, or diseases in which modifying gene expression patterns can have a therapeutic effect. 

o San Francisco-Based Fleksy Raises $2 Million in New Funding

San Francisco -- Fleksy, a San Francisco-based developer of mobile keyboard technology, said it has raised $2 million in a new round of funding, which the company will use to bolster its product offerings for the Apple and Android platforms. Investors included Digital Garage, Eniac Ventures, Middleland Capital, Highland Capital Partners and Militello Capital. Since launching in December, the company's keyboard has been downloaded more than 2 million times by Android users alone. The app is designed to improve upon native touchscreen text input through autocorrect, gestures and customization options. "We have already shipped three significant updates to our iOS product in the last month," said co-founder and COO Ioannis Verdelis.

o Menlo Park's Permira to Acquire Metalogix

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Permira, a U.K.-based private equity firm with offices in Menlo Park, said it will acquire Washington, DC-based Metalogix, a developer of management tools for collaboration platforms. Financial terms of the deal, handled through Permira's Menlo Park office, were not disclosed. Members of Metalogix's senior management team, including CEO Steven Murphy, will maintain a significant ownership interest in the company, with current investors Insight Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners giving up their stakes. Founded in 2008, Metalogix focuses on developing management software tools for Microsoft SharePoint, Exchange and Office 365. The company currently counts more than 14,000 clients in 86 countries. 

o Santa Clara-Based Inevac Names James Moniz as CFO

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Intevac, a Santa Clara-based maker of thin film processing systems and photonics products, has named James Moniz as its new CFO. He will succeed Charles Eddy, who has served as interim CFO since the resignation of Jeffrey Andreson in September. Eddy, who also was the company's CFO from its founding in 1991 until 2007, will remain to assist with the transition. Moniz most recently was the CFO of Nanometrics, and earlier also held CFO roles at Photon Dynamics and Nextest Systems. He had been retired since 2011. 

o Report: Technology Deals Market on Pace to Become Strongest in Years

San Jose, Calif. -- 2014 is on pace to become the second most active year in U.S. technology deals since the last major recession, according to a new report from PwC. During the third quarter, U.S. tech companies completed 64 transactions worth $30.1 billion. Average deal value was $470 million, up 19% from the previous quarter. By comparison to the same quarter a year ago, deal volume remained relatively flat and value grew 8%. Technology IPOs set a new record of $23.5 billion in proceeds during the quarter. "The recent surge in spin-off activity reflects the urgency of technology majors who are actively weighing their strategic options to compete in a future that requires agility alongside innovation," said Rob Fisher, PwC's U.S. technology industry deals leader. "Regardless of the outcomes, the remainder of 2014 and start of 2015 are poised to prove interesting as the disruptive power of technology takes aim at some of the industry's most recognizable names." 

o Briefly Noted:

(Campbell, Calif.) Campbell-based hopTo, developer of a mobile productivity platform, has named Barry Flanagan as its vice president of sales. Flanagan previously held software sales, channel program and strategic alliance roles at VMware, Centrix Software and Citrix. 

(San Mateo, Calif.) San Mateo-based Coupa Software, a San Mateo-based developer of cloud applications for finance, on Friday named Tara Ryan as its chief marketing officer (CMO). Ryan most recently led the marketing and communications efforts at Proofpoint, and previously served as the vice president of marketing at Zebra Technologies. 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based Immersion, a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, has named Mahesh Sundaram as its vice president of worldwide OEM sales. Sundaram most recently served as the vice president of Asia Pacific at Dolby Laboratories.

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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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> 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:

> 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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