Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 5

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 5, 2014
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San Francisco-Based BluWrap Raises $12.6 Million in New Funding
Hayward-Based C3Nano Raises $12 Million in Third Round
Unique Solutions Design Hires Silicon Valley-Based CEO
BET Founder Launches Urban-Themed Streaming Movie Service
Global Semiconductor Industry Posts Highest-Ever Quarterly Sales
Briefly Noted: Adara, SteelBrick, Systems in Motion


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o San Francisco-Based BluWrap Raises $12.6 Million in New Funding

San Francisco -- BluWrap, a San Francisco-based developer of technology designed to extend the shelf life of fresh proteins, said on Wednesday it has raised $12.6 million in a new round of funding, led by Wheatsheaf Investments, part of the Grosvenor Estate. Previous backers Anterra Capital, Firelake Capital and Rabo Ventures also participated in the round, which the company will use to accelerate adoption of its technology, secure new sources of protein supply, expand geographically and further develop its capabilities in other species of seafood and pork. BluWrap's technology uses oxygen management techniques to maintain an all-natural controlled atmosphere environment that extends the shelf life of perishable proteins, such as fish. 

o Hayward-Based C3Nano Raises $12 Million in Third Round

Hayward, Calif. -- C3Nano, the Hayward-based developer of a nanomaterial-based transparent conductive material used in consumer electronics products, said on Wednesday it has landed $12 million in its third round of funding, co-led by Nagase America and an undisclosed large-cap global industrial company. Previous backers GSR Ventures and Phoenix Ventures Partners (PVP) also contributed, as well as private investment group Hongguo International. The company plans to use the new funding to expand its manufacturing capacity and organization, as well as to bolster R&D activities. Founded in 2010 as a spinout from Prof. Zhenan Bao's chemical engineering laboratory at Stanford University, C3Nano is the developer of coatable transparent conductive material Active-grid. 

o Unique Solutions Design Hires Silicon Valley-Based CEO

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia -- Unique Solutions Design, a developer of body scanning technology designed to accurately reflect the real size and shape of apparel consumers, on Wednesday named Tuoc Luong as its new CEO, based in Silicon Valley. He succeeds founder Tanya Shaw, who has become executive chairwoman. The company said the move is part of its plan to build out its Silicon Valley operations, and launch an aggressive online apparel sizing-matching campaign this winter. Luong most recently served as the CEO of Shanda Online, and previously was global senior vice president at Yahoo. Earlier this year, Unique Solutions Design launched an online "Predictive Model" for apparel shoppers that allows them to input key measurements and shop with greater accuracy online. 

o BET Founder Launches Urban-Themed Streaming Movie Service

Silver Spring, Md. -- RLJ Entertainment, the Maryland-based media company created by BET founder Robert Johnson, said on Wednesday it has launched a new subscription streaming video service focused on urban-themed movies. The service, known as Urban Movie Channel (UMC), will showcase dramas, documentaries, comedies, horror movies and stage plays aimed at African-American audiences. "UMC was designed so that the African-American and urban creative community could directly reach consumers in a way that removes many of the restrictions associated with the legacy content development and distribution models," said Johnson. "As more video is consumed over broadband, we believe that we can quickly become the preeminent provider of quality urban entertainment to what has largely been an underserved, yet highly engaged audience." UMC will launch with a free trial period through Feb. 4, then cost $4.99 a month or $49.99 a year. 

o Global Semiconductor Industry Posts Highest-Ever Quarterly Sales

Washington, DC -- The global semiconductor industry posted its highest-ever quarterly sales during the third quarter, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $87 billion during the period, up 5.7% from the prior quarter and 8% from the same period in 2013. "Global semiconductor sales remain strong and well ahead of last year's pace," said Brian Toohey, president and CEO of the SIA. "The industry has now posted seven consecutive months of sequential monthly growth, and year-to-year growth has been strong across nearly all semiconductor product categories, with DRAM and analog leading the way."

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(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based Adara, developer of a platform that uses loyalty, search and booking data to help connect online advertisers with customers, on Wednesday named Jie Cheng as its chief analytics officer. Cheng most recently served as the chief analytics officer at Acxiom. 

(San Mateo, Calif.) SteelBrick, a developer of configure price quote apps, on Wednesday announced the opening of new headquarters in San Mateo, which also will serve as its technology hub. The company, which had been based in Palo Alto, also has named Michael Hoefer as its vice president of engineering, Kelly Wasden as its vice president of sales and alliances (West) and John Kim as its vice president of sales and alliances (East).

(Newark, Calif.) Newark-based Systems in Motion, a provider of enterprise technology consulting services, on Wednesday named Mark Orttung as its new CEO. Orttung, most recently the president and COO of, succeeds Neeraj Gupta, who will become executive chairman. 
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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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