Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Dec. 2

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Dec. 2, 2014
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S.F.-Based Cognitive Networks Raises $14.5 Million in Second Round
Mountain View-Based Knightscope Lands $5.2 Million in First Round
o Mountain View-Based Veniam Raises $4.9 Million in First Round
San Francisco-Based ChangeTip Raises $3.5 Million in Seed Funding
o Supreme Court Seen as Unlikely to Protect Threats Made on Facebook
Nearly a Third of Bay Area CIOs Planning to Expand IT Teams
Briefly Noted: hopTo, i-Human Patients, Bigcommerce


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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 S.F.-Based Cognitive Networks Raises $14.5 Million in Second Round

San Francisco -- Cognitive Networks, a San Francisco-based provider of real-time data services for smart TVs, said on Tuesday it has secured $14.5 million in its second round of funding that included participation from Hearst Ventures and two other undisclosed new investors. Previous backers Rogers Venture Partners and DCM Ventures also participated. The company said it will use the proceeds to continue expanding its core platform, which recognizes content displaying on Smart TVs in real time and provides the capability to deliver enhanced TV experiences. Viewers are able to see contextually relevant content running in sync with related TV programming. The platform also powers big data tools used for media buying, selling, measurement and targeting.
http://www.cognitivenetworks.com/cognitive-networks-announces-completion-14-5m-series-b-financing-round/ .

o Mountain View-Based Knightscope Lands $5.2 Million in First Round

Mountain View, Calif. -- Knightscope, the Mountain View-based developer of an autonomous technology platform aimed at predicting and preventing crime, said on Tuesday it has landed $5.2 million in its first round of funding. Previous backer NTT Docomo Ventures led the round, which also included participation from Konica Minolta and Flextronics. The company said it will use the proceeds to accelerate deployments in Silicon Valley, as well as continue technology development. Knightscope's Autonomous Data Machines (ADMs) are fully autonomous robots that use an array of onboard sensors to monitor areas and provide a physical presence in public places where security is needed. The devices communicate through a wireless network with the company's security team, providing real-time alerts of unusual or suspicious activity. "As important as our smartphones are to our lives today, we will wonder in the future how we ever lived without these machines in our communities," said William Santana Li, Knightscope's chairman and CEO.

o Mountain View-Based Veniam Raises $4.9 Million in First Round

Mountain View, Calif. -- Veniam, a Mountain View-based developer of technology that turns vehicles into Wi-Fi hotspots, said on Tuesday it has raised $4.9 million in its first round of funding, led by True Ventures. Union Square Ventures, Cane Investments and private investors also participated in the round, which the company will use to grow its Mountain View office and accelerate the deployment of vehicular networks in U.S. cities. Veniam has built a network of more than 600 connected vehicles in Portugal, which act as free Wi-Fi hotspots, and the company's technology also is being deployed at places like ports and container terminals. "This funding will allow us to expand rapidly in the U.S. with significant momentum," said founder and CEO João Barros. "The interest in our technology has been overwhelming and we feel confident that large-scale vehicular networks, enabled by our proprietary technology, will be the foundation for a faster expansion of the Internet of Things in cities and industrial environments." Veniam's founding team includes Robin Chase, the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, and Roy Russell, Zipcar's founding CTO.

o San Francisco-Based ChangeTip Raises $3.5 Million in Seed Funding

San Francisco -- ChangeTip, the San Francisco-based developer of a social media tipping platform, said on Tuesday it has raised $3.5 million in its seed round of funding, led by Bitcoin investment firm Pantera Capital. Bold Start Ventures, DCG, CryptoCurrency Partners and 500 Startups also took part in the round, which the company will use for product enhancement, platform engineering development and user acquisition. ChangeTip is a Bitcoin-enabled social media tipping platform that lets users send any amount of money over 35 different social media platforms or content channels, including Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and GitHub. Users can reward content creators with small amounts of money by way of an online comment or reply, similar to how one would tip a street musician or a waiter. "A million users can tip $0.01 and the content creator can collect his $10,000 -- an impossibility in a legacy payments world," said founder and CEO Nick Sullivan.

o Supreme Court Seen as Unlikely to Protect Threats Made on Facebook

Washington, DC -- The Supreme Court seems unlikely to protect the "free speech" rights of people who post serious threats to others on social media sites, Tribune Newspapers reported on Tuesday. Hearing the case of a man sent to prison for his Facebook posts threatening to kill his ex-wife and cut the throat of an investigating FBI agent, justices disagreed with the notion that the defendant should have been protected by the First Amendment. The majority, Tribune reported, seemed to take the side of a government lawyer who argued that social media threats should be taken as seriously as all other threats. A "reasonable person [would] think that the words would put someone in fear," said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Victims of domestic violence have urged the court to uphold the conviction, while some free-speech advocates have supported defendant Anthony Elonis.

o Nearly a Third of Bay Area CIOs Planning to Expand IT Teams

San Francisco -- About 31% of Bay Area chief information officers expect to expand their information technology teams in the first half of 2015, according to a new survey from Robert Half Technology. That's up 15% from the previous six-month period. Another 60% plan to hire only for open IT roles and 10% plan to put hiring plans on hold, while none expect to reduce their IT staffs. Ninety-one percent reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth through midyear, down 2% from the previous survey. Skills most in demand in the DC area include database management and desktop support, followed by network administration. "The Bay Area is experiencing intense IT hiring due to continued software platform upgrades, virtualization projects and mobile initiatives," said Megan Slabinski, Bay Area district president of Robert Half Technology. "We continue to see a 'war for talent' for in-demand roles, including front-end web developers, data analysts, system administrators and system architects."

o Briefly Noted:

(Campbell, Calif.) Campbell-based hopTo, developer of a mobile productivity platform, on Tuesday named Robin Brandl as its vice president of product. Brandl most recently spent five years at Microsoft, helping launch and drive sales for the company's Enterprise Mobility Suite.

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based i-Human Patients (IHP), a developer of virtual medical training products and services. on Tuesday named Bob Brown as its vice president of engineering. Brown previously held leadership and software engineering roles at Education.com, Visible Path, Model N, Blue Martini Software and SGI.

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Bigcommerce, developer of an e-commerce platform for small- and midsized retailers, on Tuesday named Chris Fry to its board of advisors. Fry is the former head of engineering at Twitter and Salesforce.com.

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> Software Developer - Falls Church, Virginia

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: developers@centechgroup.com and reference this Tech Wire job posting. EOE/M/F/D/V

> Intellectual Property Services/Patent Applications Drafted

I provide a wide range of services relating to intellectual property protection including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. I am a registered patent attorney with over 20 years experience. I charge a flat fee of $3600.00 (excluding government filing and drafting fees) to prepare a utility patent application for filing with the US Patent & Trademark Office in both the mechanical and electrical technology areas. Sample patents drafted include: 6,134,944; 6,158,244; 6,225,635; 6,226,346; 6,417,754; 6,490,469; 6,515,737; and 6,850,920. I am located in San Jose. If you are interested, I can send you my terms in more detail. Please contact me at prestonianpatents@gmail.com

> 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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