Monday, December 15, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Dec. 15

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Dec. 15, 2014
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San Francisco-Based Riverbed to Be Acquired in $3.6 Billion Deal
Palo Alto-Based SurveyMonkey Lands $250 Million in Funding
San Jose-Based SunPower Invests $20 Million in Tendril
HGST to Acquire Skyera to Bolster Solid-State Storage Offerings
Report: IT Employment Grows Modestly in November
Briefly Noted: Duetto, DocuSign, Perkins+Will


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o San Francisco-Based Riverbed to Be Acquired in $3.6 Billion Deal

San Francisco -- Following a two-month review of its financial and strategic business options, San Francisco-based application performance infrastructure company Riverbed Technology said on Monday it will be acquired for approximately $3.6 billion in cash by private equity firm Thoma Bravo and Teachers' Private Capital. Under the deal, which will take the company private, stockholders will receive $21 a share in cash. "Having undertaken a thorough strategic review, during which we assessed a wide variety of options to maximize value, the board unanimously concluded that partnering with Thoma Bravo was the best choice for Riverbed," said Jerry Kennelly, the company's chairman and CEO. Kennelly will remain with the company in the same capacity. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2015. 

o Palo Alto-Based SurveyMonkey Lands $250 Million in Funding

Palo Alto, Calif. -- SurveyMonkey, the Palo Alto-based developer of an online survey platform, said on Monday it has raised $250 million in equity funding to pursue future mergers or acquisitions. Participants includes new investors T. Rowe Price Associates, Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Baillie Gifford & Co, as well as previous backers Tiger Global Management, CEO Dave Goldberg, ICONIQ Capital, Google Capital, Social+Capital Partnership, Ryan and Chris Finley and Laurel Crown Partners. "We plan to use some of the new capital to pursue potential acquisitions as well as provide meaningful liquidity to our employees and investors who have shared in our growth over the years," said  Goldberg. Founded in 1999, SurveyMonkey currently counts more than 20 million customers. 

o San Jose-Based SunPower Invests $20 Million in Tendril

San Jose, Calif. -- SunPower, the San Jose-based developer of solar panels and systems, said on Monday it has invested $20 million in Colorado-based Tendril, developer of a cloud-based software platform designed to deliver personalized energy services. The company also will license Tendril's Energy Services Management (ESM) platform, which it plans to bolster with new smart energy applications aimed at a broader set of consumers and utilities. "Consumers want even more flexibility to tailor their energy supply and usage to fit their lifestyles, beliefs and financial goals," said Tom Werner, SunPower's president and CEO. 

o HGST to Acquire Skyera to Bolster Solid-State Storage Offerings

San Jose, Calif. -- HGST, the San Jose-based storage technology unit of Western Digital, said on Monday it has acquired San Jose-based Skyera, a developer of solid-state storage systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Skyera will be fully integrated into HGST, bolstering the company's existing solid-state storage offerings and expanding its engineering talent. "Flash solutions represent a large, exciting growth area for HGST and uniquely complement our existing portfolio," said Mike Cordano, the president of HGST. Western Digital and Skyera have partnered for several years.

o Report: IT Employment Grows Modestly in November

Alexandria, Va. -- The number of information technology jobs in the U.S. grew by just 0.1% last month to 4.7 million, according to new figures from the TechServe Alliance, a national trade association for the IT and engineering staffing industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has grown by 3.3% since Nov., 2013, with 148,900 workers added. "While the rate of growth in IT employment ebbs and flows month-over-month, we have now had a stretch of 56 consecutive months of posting positive numbers," said Mark Roberts, CEO of the TechServe Alliance. "Based on all the data we see as well as the front-line reports of my member companies, I believe future growth in many IT and engineering skill sets will actually be impeded more by the lack of supply of qualified candidates than by lack of demand." (PDF)


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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Duetto, a developer of hotel revenue strategy tools, on Monday named Greg Stanger as its CFO. Stanger previously held CFO roles at Expedia, Chegg and oDesk, and was a venture partner at Technology Crossover Ventures. The news comes five months after the company a $21 million round of funding led by Accel Partners.

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based DocuSign, developer of a platform that lets users make secure transactions through their smart phones, on Monday named John Hinshaw to its board of directors. Hinshaw is the executive vice president of technology and operations at HP. 

(San Francisco) Architecture and design firm Perkins+Will has named Lisa Weeks as its director of interiors and Hakee Chang as a senior interior designer, both based in the firm's San Francisco office. The office recently has designed interiors projects for clients such as Software AG and AmWins.

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THE CENTECH GROUP, Inc. (CENTECH) is seeking a talented Senior Software Developer with in-depth full lifecycle software development experience to support internal application development efforts in Falls Church, VA. As a part of our development team, this member will interface with business stakeholders to perform business requirements elicitation and analysis; execute the development of approved designs and work packages; perform complex system builds and deployments; perform unit testing and provide post deployment management. Required skills: C#, ASP. NET, .NET Framework, Web Forms/Services, SQL Server, Javascript, JQuery, TFS, Source Safe, Stored Procedures, DB administration, and some SP preferred. Send resumes to: and reference this Tech Wire job posting. EOE/M/F/D/V

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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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