Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 25

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 25, 2014
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Mountain View-Based Elance-oDesk Raises $30 Million in Funding
o San Francisco-Based Scripted.com Raises $9 Million in Second Round
San Francisco's PocketMath Raises $10 Million in First Round
S.F.-Based ForgeRock Names Robert Humphrey as CMO
Survey: Americans' Knowledge About The Web Varies Greatly
Briefly Noted: TriNet Group, hopTo, Veeva Systems


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--Chief Information Officer - Washoe County, Nevada
IT Services Department Manager, Turlock Irrigation District
--Senior Manager, External Reporting - Mode Media, Brisbane CA
Senior Analyst - Consumer Services US
--Human Services Agency IT Director - City and County of San Francisco
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o Mountain View-Based Elance-oDesk Raises $30 Million in Funding

Mountain View, Calif. -- Elance-oDesk, the Mountain View-based provider of a service that helps companies find online freelance workers, said on Tuesday it has raised $30 million in a new round of funding, led by Benchmark. Previous backers T. Rowe Price, FirstMark, Sigma West, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and the Stripes Group also participated. The company said it will use the proceeds for expansion, with plans to launch new regions in 2015 as well as collaborate with organizations such as the World Bank, The Rockefeller Foundation, World Economic Forum and SamaUSA to help extend online work to disadvantaged areas of the world. Elance-oDesk was created last December when Mountain View-based Elance merged with Redwood City-based oDesk. All told, more than 3.7 million businesses and 9.3 million freelancers have used the company's sites.

o San Francisco-Based Scripted.com Raises $9 Million in Second Round

San Francisco -- Scripted.com, the San Francisco-based operator of a service that matches vetted freelance writers with specific client projects, said on Tuesday it has raised $9 million in its second round of funding, led by Storm Ventures. Previous backers Crosslink Capital and Redpoint Ventures, as well as angel investors also participated in the round. "This next round of financing will give us the resources to pay more writers while simultaneously focusing on improving our product and technology," said co-founder and CEO Sunil Rajaraman. Scripted said more than 50,000 paid jobs have cycled through its marketplace since its launch in 2011. Tae Hea Nahm, a managing director at Storm Ventures, will join the company's board of directors.

o San Francisco's PocketMath Raises $10 Million in First Round

San Francisco -- PocketMath, developer of a self-serve mobile advertising platform with offices in Singapore and San Francisco, said on Tuesday it has raised $10 million in its first round of funding from Rakuten Ventures. The company said it will use the proceeds to expand its staff, accelerate product development and establish a strategic partnership with Rakuten. SaeMin Ahn, managing partner of Rakuten, will join the company's board. PocketMath's platform is designed to help businesses buy advertising on mobile devices through the programmatic trading of ads, also known as real-time bidding. The goal is to execute highly targeted marketing campaigns that connect advertisers to their ideal audiences. PocketMath recently added sales directors in Washington, DC; India and Australia.

o S.F.-Based ForgeRock Names Robert Humphrey as CMO

San Francisco -- ForgeRock, a San Francisco-based developer of open source identity relationship management tools, has named Robert Humphrey as its chief marketing officer (CMO), leading the company's marketing strategy. Humphrey most recently served as the senior vice president of global field and channel marketing at CA Technologies, and previously was the CMO of ITKO. ForgeRock was founded in 2010 and is backed by Accel Partners, Foundation Capital and Meritech Capital.

o Survey: Americans' Knowledge About The Web Varies Greatly

Washington, DC -- While the vast majority of Internet users can identify a photo of Bill Gates and know that hashtags are widely used on Twitter, far fewer know that Mosaic was the first popular web browser or that the Internet isn't the same as the World Wide Web. Those are the findings of a new "Web IQ" survey from the Pew Research Internet Project. The survey is a quiz of 17 questions relating to a variety of Internet topics, including the meaning of common online terms, recognition of famous tech figures, history of some major technological advances and underlying structure of the Internet and other technologies. The quiz is available at the top link below. Answers and complete survey results are available at the bottom link.
http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/web-iq-quiz/ (Quiz)

o Briefly Noted:

(San Leandro, Calif.) San Leandro-based TriNet Group, a cloud-based provider of human resources services, said on Tuesday it has increased its stock repurchase program by $30 million. The company now can buy back up to $45 million in outstanding shares under the program, which launched at $15 million in May.

(Campbell, Calif.) Campbell-based hopTo, developer of a mobile productivity platform, has named Ashfaq Munshi to its board of directors. Munshi is the chairman and founder of Terabitz, and previously served as the CTO of Yahoo and head of Yahoo Labs.

(Pleasanton, Calif.) Pleasanton-based Veeva Systems, a developer of cloud technology for the life sciences industry, has named Tim Slevin as senior vice president of global data solutions, leading the company's data division. Slevin previously founded Healthcare Data Solutions (HDS), and early was part of the executive management team at SK&A Information Services.

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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 www.ralphandersen.com Confidential inquiries to (916) 630-4900. Send cover letter, resume, and current compensation to apply@ralphandersen.com  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 apply@ralphandersen.com This position is open until filled; First review of resumes will begin 12/5/14. Detailed brochure available at www.ralphandersen.com 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: https://hire.jobvite.com/j?aj=o8CsZfwV&s=Bay_Area_Tech_Wire

> 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 www.currentanalysis.com Send resumes to ieppolito@currentanalysis.com

> 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 www.ralphandersen.com Confidential inquires welcomed to Robert Burg at (916) 630-4900. Apply online at http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=PBT&R2=0942&R3=063112

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