Monday, November 10, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 10

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 10, 2014
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Obama Calls on FCC to Implement "Strongest Possible" Net Neutrality Rules
ShoreTel Receives Beefed Up $574 Million Takeover Bid from Mitel Networks
San Francisco-Based AppDirect Acquires Leftronic
San Jose-Based SunPower Acquires SolarBridge Technologies
S.F.-Based Mindjet Lands $10 Million in Debt Financing from Wellington
Briefly Noted: Valpak, Equilibrium, Psyx Research


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o Obama Calls on FCC to Implement "Strongest Possible" Net Neutrality Rules

Washington, DC -- Calling the preservation of an open Internet "essential" to the U.S. economy, President Obama on Monday called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. "I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper, restricting what you can do or see online," wrote Obama. His proposed rules would keep ISPs from blocking or intentionally slowing down -- or "throttling" -- websites, and ban the paid prioritization of sites from owners willing to pay for faster speeds. They also would increase transparency to points of interconnection between ISPs and the rest of the Internet. "`Net neutrality' has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation -- but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted," wrote Obama. "We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas." 

o ShoreTel Receives Beefed Up $574 Million Takeover Bid from Mitel Networks

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- ShoreTel, a Sunnyvale-based maker of IP phone systems and unified communications tools, said on Monday it has received a beefed up $574 million takeover bid from Canada-based Mitel Networks. Mitel is offering $8.50 a share, consisting $8.10 in cash and the remainder in stock. The company previously had rejected Mitel's original offer of $8.10 a share in cash, or $540 million. ShareTel said it will "carefully review and evaluate the revised proposal to determine the course of action that it believes is in the best interest of the company's stockholders."

o San Francisco-Based AppDirect Acquires Leftronic

San Francisco -- AppDirect, the San Francisco-based developer of a monetization and management platform connecting providers and consumers of cloud services, said on Monday it has acquired Leftronic, a Y Combinator company providing real-time business data and analytics dashboards. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppDirect said the acquisition expands its data management and visualization capabilities. Launched in 2010 with seed funding from Y Combinator, Leftronic offers a data visualization platform that companies use to monitor key metrics and performance indicators from across their businesses. Clients include Cisco, Nike, HomeAway, Yale University, Twilio and Vodafone. Leftronic will continue to operate as an independent entity, with its entire staff joining AppDirect. 

o San Jose-Based SunPower Acquires SolarBridge Technologies

San Jose, Calif. -- SunPower, a San Jose-based maker of solar panels and systems, said on Monday it has acquired Texas-based SolarBridge Technologies, a developer of microinverter technology for the solar industry. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. SunPower said it will utilize the technology, which converts direct current (DC) generated by a single solar photovoltaic panel into alternating current (AC), to develop new microinverters for use in its high-efficiency solar panels. Solar panels integrated with SolarBridge's microinverters can be directly installed, eliminating the need to mount or assemble additional components on the roof or the side of a home.

o S.F.-Based Mindjet Lands $10 Million in Debt Financing from Wellington

San Francisco -- Mindjet, the San Francisco-based developer of an innovation management software platform, said on Monday it has landed $10 million in debt financing from Wellington Financial. Scott Raskin, the CEO of Mindjet, said the company will use the funds to "continue to execute on our many growth opportunities." Mindjet is backed by venture capital firms Investor Growth Capital, Industry Ventures and PICO Holdings. 

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(San Jose, Calif.) Florida-based Valpak, the large provider of local print and digital coupons, said on Monday that husband and wife team Damian and Jami Vest have acquired the company's existing business in San Jose and expanded it to become Valpak of Silicon Valley. The territory includes the cities of San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Equilibrium, developer of an enterprise content management and automatic mobile media delivery platform, on Monday named Chris Duke as its vice president of product management and marketing. Duke previously spent 10 years at Apple, where he managed all of the company's apps on both OS X and iOS. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Psyx Research said that its newly released Psyx digital music player app for Apple devices has been chosen as a winner of the Startup Innovators Challenge at the San Francisco Music Tech Summit 16. The app is designed to improve the overall quality of digital music on MP3s. The company plans to release an Android version of its app in mid-December.

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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

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