Friday, November 21, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 21

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 21, 2014
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Koch Industries to Acquire Fremont-Based Oplink Communications
MegaChips Completes $200 Million Deal for Sunnyvale-Based SiTime
San Ramon-Based Accela Acquires Decade Software
Foster City-Based Love With Food Acquires G-Free Foodie Box Club
San Jose-Based Level Studios Names Dan Connolly as CEO
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IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District
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o Koch Industries to Acquire Fremont-Based Oplink Communications

Fremont, Calif. -- Koch Industries, a Kansas-based conglomerate, said it will pay approximately $445 million in cash to acquire Fremont-based Oplink Communications, a maker of optical communication components, modules and subsystems. Under the deal, Koch plans to launch a tender off for shares of Oplink at $24.25 each. Oplink will be managed by Molex, an electronics components unit of Koch. "Oplink will significantly expand Molex's fiber optic capabilities for technology development and new product innovation," said Tim Ruff, Molex's senior vice president of business development and corporate strategy. Oplink supplies components to telecom, data communications and cable TV equipment makers. 

o MegaChips Completes $200 Million Deal for Sunnyvale-Based SiTime

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Japan's MegaChips said it has completed its $200 million acquisition of SiTime, a Sunnyvale-based developer of MEMS and analog semiconductors. The deal was first announced last month. SiTime will retain its name and operate as a unit of MegaChips. The acquisition combines two companies providing semiconductor products for the fast-growing wearables, mobile and Internet of Things markets. "Through the acquisition of SiTime, MegaChips becomes a leader in MEMS," said CEO Akira Takata last month. "SiTime will help us expand our portfolio and diversify our customer base." 

o San Ramon-Based Accela Acquires Decade Software

San Ramon, Calif. -- Accela, a San Ramon-based developer of civic engagement software for government agencies, said on Friday it has acquired Fresno-based Decade Software, a developer of environmental health and safety tools to health departments. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Accela said the acquisition will help bolster its platform and boost its customer base. "We're reinforcing our leadership position in the civic tech market, accelerating our ability to innovate and adding value for government agencies," said Maury Blackman, the president and CEO of Accela. 

o Foster City-Based Love With Food Acquires G-Free Foodie Box Club

Foster City, Calif. -- Love With Food, the Foster City-based developer of a marketing platform for organic, all-natural or gluten-free consumer food brands, said on Friday it has acquired Madera-based G-Free Foodie Box Club. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Love With Food said the acquisition will help it cater specifically to a growing community of gluten-free and gluten intolerant consumers. KC Pomering, the founder of G-Free Foodie, will curate a monthly box offered through Love With Food starting in December, with prices starting at $24.50 a month. Pomering also will provide cooking lessons and tips on Love With Food's YouTube channel and host Twitter parties to answer questions. 

o San Jose-Based Level Studios Names Dan Connolly as CEO

San Jose, Calif. -- Level Studios, a San Jose-based digital agency within the Publicis Groupe, has named Dan Connolly as its new CEO. Connolly, who was promoted from partner of the agency to president in August, also will sit on the brand leadership team of Publicis' Razorfish Global network, and will oversee all business units across the agency's U.S. and European locations. Under Connolly's watch, Level Studios has seen its revenue jump 45.7% year over year from 2013. 

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(San Francisco) Onevest, provider of an equity crowdfunding platform with offices in San Francisco, New York and Maryland, said it has launched a free peer-to-peer learning platform for startup founders and early stage investors. The platform,, features curated videos and articles aimed at helping visitors become more successful in the startup industry. Launch partners include General Assembly, Draper University, Early Investing and The Founder Institute.

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> Chief Information Officer - Washoe County, Nevada

Reporting to the Assistant County Manager, the CIO will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Technology Services Department and provide guidance and support to the Information Technology Advisory Committee. As the Department Director, the CIO will oversee a staff of 75 employees in deploying, utilizing, and leveraging information technology to enhance productivity, broaden the capabilities, and reduce the operating costs of Washoe County government. A Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of progressively responsible management experience managing IT services is required. Salary range is $109,886 to $142,834 DOQ plus excellent executive benefits. Detailed brochure available at Confidential inquiries to (916) 630-4900. Send cover letter, resume, and current compensation to  prior to December 5, 2014.

> 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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