Friday, November 7, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Nov. 7

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 7, 2014
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WSJ: Google Barge Project Derailed Due to Fire Safety Concerns
Menlo Park-Based Resolution1 Security to Spin Out from AccessData
o San Francisco's Acquires Versatile Systems
Shares of Redwood City-Based Coherus Rebound Following IPO
o Single Database Login to Help Law Enforcement Better Fight Terrorism
o Briefly Noted: MobileIron


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o WSJ: Google Barge Project Derailed Due to Fire Safety Concerns

Mountain View, Calif. -- A plan by Mountain View-based Google to turn mysterious barges into floating technology showrooms was scrapped last year amid fire safety concerns from the Coast Guard, The Wall Street Journal reported. The barges, which had been located near San Francisco and Portland, Maine, sparked widespread speculation last year about their intended use. Google eventually said the barges would serve as "interactive space[s] where people can learn about new technology," with the San Francisco location drawing an estimated 1,200 visitors a day. According to the Journal, however, the company's plans fell apart over safety concerns. "These vessels will have over 5,000 gallons of fuel on the main deck and a substantial amount of combustible material on board," wrote Robert Gauvin, the Coast Guard's acting chief of commercial vessel compliance, in an email to the company's contractor last March. Months later, a Coast Guard inspector warned of the need for increased safety measures in case "people are forced to jump overboard on the waterside (like a fire)." Google has since moved the San Francisco barge to Stockton, while the Maine barge has been dismantled.

o Menlo Park-Based Resolution1 Security to Spin Out from AccessData

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Resolution1 Security, the Menlo Park-based developer of cybersecurity technology, said it will spin out from parent AccessData at the start of next year. The new standalone company said it hopes to capitalize on strong demand for its core incident resolution platform. "Our cybersecurity business has grown with widespread adoption by major Fortune 500 companies and government entities," said CEO Brian Karney. "This move will enable Resolution1 Security to realize its full potential." The company said it plans to accelerate its business through additional capital and strategic partnerships. 

o San Francisco's Acquires Versatile Systems

San Francisco --, a Boston-based provider of management and technology consulting services with West Coast operations in San Francisco, said on Friday it has acquired Pennsylvania-based Versatile Systems, a provider of credit, mobile and technology services. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Now will be able to offer a one-stop shop for CTOs," said Scott Cohen, managing partner of "The addition of third-party hardware and software solutions… broadens our ability to fully support our enterprise and government customers." (PDF)

o Shares of Redwood City-Based Coherus Rebound Following IPO

Redwood City, Calif. -- Shares of Redwood City-based therapeutics developer Coherus BioSciences rebounded on Friday, a day after dropping nearly 7% in their market debut on the NASDAQ. The company late Wednesday priced 6.3 million shares at $13.50 each, then saw its stock drop to $12.61 by Thursday's close. In Friday's trading, however, shares -- trading under the symbol "CHRS" rose nearly 20% to close at $15.10. Coherus develops biosimilar therapeutics aimed at expanding patient access to medications.

o Single Database Login to Help Law Enforcement Better Fight Terrorism

Washington, DC -- Following three years of development, law enforcement officials now will be able to use a single login to access multiple databases that potentially could help thwart terrorist activity and crimes such as school shootings, Nextgov reported. Databases included in the project include the Homeland Security Information Network, the Justice Department's Regional Information Sharing Systems, the intelligence community's internal networks and the FBI's Law Enforcement Enterprise Portal. "Let's say you have a lone-wolf incident or an active-shooter incident, where you need to be able to securely share information in a timely way. With a single sign-on capability, there is no wrong door," Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment at the Office of Director of National Intelligence, told Nextgov.

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(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based MobileIron, a developer of enterprise mobility management tools, said on Friday it has won five new patents in the U.S., all granted during an eight-day period ending Oct. 21. The patents relate to data-in-motion security, content security and enterprise app stores. 

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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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