Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 13

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 13, 2014
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Redwood City-Based Course Hero Raises $15 Million in First Round
Sunnyvale-Based UpLift Raises $8.2 Million in First Round
MobileIron Tops Newly Released Deloitte Technology Fast 500
Scotts Valley-Based Catbird Promotes David Keasey to CEO
Report: IT Employment Reverses Nine-Month Downward Trend
Briefly Noted: Comcast
, Semiconductor Industry Association, SocialCode

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--IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District
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Senior Analyst - Consumer Services US
--Human Services Agency IT Director - City and County of San Francisco
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o Redwood City-Based Course Hero Raises $15 Million in First Round

Redwood City, Calif. -- Course Hero, the Redwood City-based developer of an online learning platform for students, said it has raised $15 million in its first round of funding, co-led by GSV Capital and IDG Capital. Previous backers SV Angel and Maveron also participated in the round, which the company will use to expand its team and bolster its content and services. Founded in 2006 by Cornell University student Andrew Grauer, Course Hero is designed to connect college and high school students with online content in specific courses and expert tutors. The company now counts more than 5 million users of its services, which include homework help from tutors, customizable flashcards and more than 7 million course-specific notes, study guides and practice tests. (PDF)

o Sunnyvale-Based UpLift Raises $8.2 Million in First Round

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- UpLift, a Sunnyvale-based developer of a payment marketing platform that lets large online merchants promote preferred payment types and drive the use of co-branded cards, said it has raised $8.2 million in its first round of funding, led by IDG Ventures. PAR Capital Ventures, Thayer Ventures and several travel industry executives also took part in the round. UpLift said it will use the proceeds to expand its platform apps for both merchants and third party service providers, introduce its services into new verticals and integrate additional data sources for all its markets. The company was founded by Brian Barth and Stu Kelly, the co-founders of SideStep, a travel metasearch business acquired by Kayak in 2007 for $200 million. 

o MobileIron Tops Newly Released Deloitte Technology Fast 500

San Francisco -- MobileIron, a Mountain View-based developer of enterprise mobility management tools, tops the newly released 2014 Deloitte Technology Fast 500, an annual ranking of the fastest growing North American companies in the technology, media, telecom, life sciences and clean tech sectors. Companies are selected based on their percentage of fiscal year revenue growth from 2009-2013. MobileIron led the way with revenue growth of 123,678%, beating out El Segundo-based Fuhu (67,627%) and San Francisco-based Twilio (25,248%). Other Bay Area companies in the top 10 included San Jose-based Apigee (No. 5), San Francisco-based Kabam (No. 6) and Milpitas-based Aquantia (No. 8). The complete list is available at the link below. 

o Scotts Valley-Based Catbird Promotes David Keasey to CEO

Scotts Valley, Calif. -- Catbird, the Scotts Valley-based developer of security policy automation and enforcement tools for private clouds and virtual infrastructure, said on Thursday it has promoted David Keasey to the role of CEO. Keasey, previously the company's executive vice president of sales and business development, succeeds Edmundo Costa, who will continue as an advisor. Earlier, he was the senior vice president and general manager of Verizon Terremark's information security business and was part of the leadership team at Cybertrust.

o Report: IT Employment Reverses Nine-Month Downward Trend

Alexandria, Va. -- Ending a nine-month downward trend in information technology job growth, the number of IT jobs in the U.S. grow 0.2% last month to finish October at 4.7 million, according to new figures from the TechServe Alliance, a national trade association for the IT and engineering staffing industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown 3.5% since last October. "After nine consecutive months of a downward trend in the rate of growth in IT employment, I am pleased to see October's uptick," said Mark Roberts, CEO of the TechServe Alliance. "While too early to tell whether this is a sustainable trend, the data is certainly consistent with near universal feedback from my member companies who report strong demand and a shortage of available talent in many skill sets." (PDF)

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(Philadelphia) Cable giant Comcast said it will launch the industry's first voice-enabled television user interface for its X1 customers. The "talking guide" features a female voice that reads aloud selections like program titles, network names and time slots as well as DVR and on-demand settings. The feature will be available to all X1 customers in the next few weeks. 

(San Jose, Calif.) The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) on Thursday named Brian Krzanich, the CEO of Intel, as its 2015 chairman and Necip Sayiner, the president and CEO of Intersil, as its vice chairman. Both were elected by the organization's board of directors.

(San Francisco) SocialCode, a developer of social marketing technology with offices in New York and San Francisco, said on Thursday it has signed a licensing deal with mobile app developer Avocado Software, and named Jenna Bilotta, Avocado's co-founder, as its head of product design. Bilotta previously held product design and leadership roles at YouTube, Google Reader and Gmail. 

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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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