Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 6

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 6, 2014
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San Francisco-Based Eaze Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Funding
o Ittiam Systems Opens Offices in Santa Clara, Hires Marketing Exec
o LivingSocial Cuts 20% of Staff, Closes Torrance Sales Facility
Audax Group's Astrodyne Acquires TDI Power
SVForum Announces Plans for Second Annual Startup Expo
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o San Francisco-Based Eaze Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Funding

San Francisco -- Eaze, the San Francisco-based developer of a tech-powered medical marijuana delivery service, said on Thursday it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from nearly 40 Silicon Valley angel and institutional investors, including The ArcView Group and Fresh VC. The company said it will use the proceeds to speed development of its technology platform, which powers medical marijuana deliveries to San Francisco patients in about 10 minutes. The platform is designed to automate the process from order to driver dispatch to delivery. "It's the only way we can scale operations to meet the magnitude of patient demand," said founder and CEO Keith McCarty. 

o Ittiam Systems Opens Offices in Santa Clara, Hires Marketing Exec

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Ittiam Systems, an India-based developer of media creation, management and consumption technology, said on Thursday it has opened a new office in Santa Clara. The move gives the company a physical presence in a region where it says it already counts a "significant customer base." "The industry is making a paradigm shift towards online video processing and on-demand provisioning of video services," said Srini Rajam, the company's chairman and CEO. "Our new facility in Santa Clara puts us in close proximity of this technology revolution and customer thought process." Ittiam also has hired Dirk Peters as its senior vice president of sales and marketing. Peters previously served as the vice president and head of worldwide sales for the professional technology group at DivX, and earlier was the CEO of MainConcept. Ittiam provides advanced media codecs, software development platforms, systems and workflows for embedded and online applications.

o LivingSocial Cuts 20% of Staff, Closes Torrance Sales Facility

Torrance, Calif. -- Two weeks after announcing lower revenue and a higher net loss for the third quarter, deals site LivingSocial said on Thursday it plans to close its sales facility in Torrance and cut approximately 400 jobs, or 20% of its workforce. Gautam Thakar, who took over as CEO in August, said the moves will enable the company to better fund areas of growth, including technology, data science and mobile. "Today is an important step in the refounding of our company," said Thakar. "We are committed to a multi-year journey to build a sustainable business that better meets the needs of our millions of customers and thousands of merchants." The news comes a year after Washington, DC-based LivingSocial announced plans to shift away from its daily deals model toward more of an online marketplace. "This reorganization begins to address the need for the company to further focus on reshaping its mission and redefining the market in an industry that is stagnant, and overly dependent on email," said Thakar. 

o Audax Group's Astrodyne Acquires TDI Power

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Astrodyne, a portfolio company of Menlo Park private equity firm Audax Group based in Massachusetts, said it has acquired TDI Power from a group of private owners. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Headquartered in New Jersey, TDI manufactures power supplies and systems for semiconductor, industrial, medical and other end markets. The company focuses on applications that require precise voltage or current in harsh or highly variable conditions. TDI Power is Astrodyne's sixth acquisition under Audax's ownership. 

o SVForum Announces Plans for Second Annual Startup Expo

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- SVForum, a non-profit focused on technology entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, on Thursday announced plans for its second annual Startup Expo, scheduled for Nov.18 in Sunnyvale. The event is open to accredited investors and emerging tech startups seeking up to their third round of funding. Startups will deliver freestyle pitches to investors and VCs throughout the day, with 12 then handpicked to deliver 2 minute pitches onstage. 

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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Datameer, developer of a big data analytics application for the Hadoop ecosystem, on Thursday named Kimberly Martin as its vice president of business development and global channels. Martin previously held global channel and alliances roles at Informatica, Microsoft and Accenture. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Docker, the company behind the Docker open source platform for building and running distributed applications, on Thursday named Marianna Tessel as its senior vice president of engineering. Tessel previously served as the vice president of engineering at VMware. 

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based MapR Technologies, developer of an Apache Hadoop data analytics platform, on Thursday named Anil Gadre as its senior vice president of product management. Gadre, who had served as an advisor to the company, previously held a variety of roles at Sun Microsystems, including CMO and general manager of Sun's open source software business. 
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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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