Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 12

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 12, 2014
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San Jose-Based Cavendish Kinetics Raises $7 Million in Funding
o YouTube Launches Beta Test of Music Subscription Service
Santa Clara-Based Ineda Systems Lands New Investment from Cisco
o San Jose-Based Harmonic Invests in and VJU
RedOwl to Open San Francisco Office Headed by New COO
Briefly Noted: Alfresco Software, Violin Memory, Couchbase, 8x8


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o San Jose-Based Cavendish Kinetics Raises $7 Million in Funding

San Jose, Calif. -- Cavendish Kinetics, a developer of RF MEMS tuning technology for mobile and wearable devices, said it has raised $7 million in a new round of funding, co-led by Tallwood Venture Capital and Wellington Partners. Qualcomm Ventures and other previous backers also took part in the round, which the company will use to support growth. "The explosive growth of smartphones and wireless network traffic is driving the use of additional spectrum, which traditional smartphones cannot support efficiently," said CEO Paul Dal Santo, adding that his company's technology is "dramatically improving smartphone connection speed and battery life over the entire LTE spectrum." Cavendish also has named Gilles Delfassy, the former president and CEO of Anadigics and ST-Ericsson, to its board of directors. 

o YouTube Launches Beta Test of Music Subscription Service

San Bruno, Calif. -- Google's YouTube said on Wednesday it has begun testing a new music subscription service, known as YouTube Music Key. The web and mobile service, which will normally cost $9.99 a month, offers ad-free music that can be played even if users lock their screen, open another app or go offline. It also will include access to Google Play Music, which features a library of more than 30 million songs. In addition, YouTube said it has launched a new music section on its mobile app featuring music videos, recommended music playlists and playlists of trending music. 

o Santa Clara-Based Ineda Systems Lands New Investment from Cisco

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Ineda Systems, a Santa Clara-based developer of low-power system on a chip products used in the wearables and Internet of Things markets, said it has landed a new $2 million investment from Cisco Investments to close its second round at $19 million. The company in April had initially announced $17 million in the round from Walden-Riverwood Ventures, Samsung Catalyst Fund, Qualcomm Ventures, IndusAge Partners and Imagination Technologies. The company said it will use the latest funds to further develop its Dhanush family of wearable processor units. Babu Mandava, the CEO of Ineda, said his company's products are "specifically tailored to meet the stringent power and performance needs of the wearable and IoT markets." 

o San Jose-Based Harmonic Invests in and VJU

San Jose, Calif. -- Harmonic, a San Jose-based developer of video delivery infrastructure tools, said it has made "significant" investments in San Francisco-based and Australia-based VJU. is the developer of a large video transcoding service, and VJU offers cloud-enabled playout services for the broadcast and pay-TV industries. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed. Harmonic said that the moves will allow it to offer cloud-based services that provide higher video quality and simplified cloud-based operations. Harmonic and previously had collaborated on multiple projects together, including the launch of a cloud-based transcoding service earlier this year. 

o RedOwl to Open San Francisco Office Headed by New COO

San Francisco -- RedOwl Analytics, a Baltimore-based developer security analytics focused on compliance and insider threats, said on Wednesday it plans to open a new office in San Francisco, to be headed by Brian White, the company's newly appointed COO. White most recently served as a principal at Chertoff Group, and previously led a business development team for Lockheed Martin. The news comes nearly five months after the company raised $4.6 million in its first round of funding. Investors included Marc Benioff, the chairman and CEO of; Igor Sill of Geneva Venture Group; Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank; Christian Lawless of Conversion Capital; Attractor Ventures; Propel Baltimore and TEDCO's Veterans' Opportunity Fund. (PDF)

o Briefly Noted:

(San Mateo, Calif.) Alfresco Software, a U.K.-based developer of enterprise content management software with U.S. headquarters in San Mateo, on Wednesday named Sydney Sloan as its chief marketing officer (CMO). Sloan most recently was the head of customer experience at Jive Software. 

(Santa Clara, Calif.) Santa Clara-based Violin Memory, a developer of all-flash storage arrays and appliances, on Wednesday named William Kurtz to its board of directors. Kurtz, the CFO and chief commercial officer of Bloom Energy, will serve as chairman of the board's audit committee. 

(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Couchbase, developer of a NoSQL database, has named Shekhar Iyer to the newly created role of senior vice president of global field operations. Iyer most recently was the global vice president of analytics and big data at SAP. 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based 8x8, a developer of cloud-based unified communications, contact center and collaboration tools, has named Enzo Signore as its senior vice president and chief marketing officer (CMO). Signore most recently served as the vice president of worldwide enterprise solutions and field marketing at Avaya.

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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.

> 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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