Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Feb. 19

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Feb. 19, 2015
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San Francisco-Based Livefyre Raises $47 Million in New Funding
Reports: Uber Raising Another $1 Billion for Foreign Expansion
Pleasanton-Based MegaPath to Sell Managed Services Business to GTT
SEGA Networks Acquires Majority Stake in S.F.-Based Ignited Artists
Survey: IT Leaders Feel Ill-Equipped to Handle Cyber Threats
Briefly Noted: Bessemer Venture Partners, HyTrust


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o San Francisco-Based Livefyre Raises $47 Million in New Funding

San Francisco -- Livefyre, the San Francisco-based developer of a real-time content marketing and engagement platform, on Thursday revealed $47 million in new funding, including a $32 million fourth round. The funding also included a $15 million Series C2 round, which previously had not been announced. Investors included Adobe, Cue Ball, Greycroft Partners, Hillsven Capital, Salesforce Ventures and U.S. Venture Partners. Livefyre said it will use the proceeds to bolster research and development, sales and marketing and international expansion activities. The company's content management platform is designed to let clients discover, manage and publish large amounts of user-generated content pertaining to their brands that's been generated on websites, mobile apps or social networks. Clients include AOL, Bravo, CBS, Conde Nast, Cox Media Group, Dow Jones/WSJ, FOX Sports, Mashable, NASCAR, Showtime, Sony PlayStation, Sports Illustrated, Unilever and Universal Music Group. 

o Reports: Uber Raising Another $1 Billion for Foreign Expansion

San Francisco -- Buoyed by overwhelming demand from investors, San Francisco-based on-demand car service Uber Technologies plans to expand its latest funding round by another $1 billion, the company disclosed Wednesday in a filing with the Delaware Secretary of State. The round, first announced in December, now is expected to close at $2.8 billion, allowing Uber to continue its overseas push, according to published reports. The company reportedly plans to expand into several more foreign cities, as well as to bolster research and development. Uber, which was valued at roughly $41 billion at the time of December's funding, already operates in nearly 300 worldwide markets. In January, it also raised $1.6 billion in convertible debt from wealth management clients of Goldman Sachs Group. 

o Pleasanton-Based MegaPath to Sell Managed Services Business to GTT

Pleasanton, Calif. -- MegaPath, a Pleasanton-based provider of voice, data, security and cloud services, said on Thursday it will sell its managed services business to Virginia-based cloud networking provider GTT Communications for $152.3 million. The deal, which includes $144.8 million in cash and the remainder in stock, is expected to close April 1. The division provides private networking, access services and managed security services to more than 500 large clients. "In 2014, MegaPath made the strategic decision to consolidate our business and place increased focus on high-growth, strategic opportunities," said Craig Young, MegaPath's executive chairman. "This agreement will provide us with additional resources to drive further innovation in our unified communications and cloud offerings." 

o SEGA Networks Acquires Majority Stake in S.F.-Based Ignited Artists

San Francisco -- SEGA Networks, a unit of SEGA focused on creating games for mobile and tablet devices, said on Thursday it has acquired a majority stake in San Francisco-based Ignited Artists, a gaming start-up currently prototyping its first title. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. It was one of three deals announced by the company as it aims to bolster its foothold on the western market. SEGA Networks also has acquired Cambridge, Mass.-based Demiurge Studios, an independent game developer, and invested in U.K.-based gaming studio Space Ape Games. Ignited Artists is an independent mobile gaming studio led by CEO Danielle Deibler, former Activision vice president Alessandro Tento and Mobile Gaming Hall of Fame inducted Scott Foe. "With this partnership, we have the opportunity to develop properties on our own terms alongside a partner with a proven track record and shared vision," said Deibler. 

o Survey: IT Leaders Feel Ill-Equipped to Handle Cyber Threats

Bethesda, Md. -- The majority of information technology leaders feel ill-equipped to combat escalating cyber threats, according to a new survey commissioned by Lockheed Martin. According to the poll of 678 senior IT practitioners, a majority of respondents noted an increase in the severity (75%) and frequency (68%) of cyber attacks, but feared they don't have the budget (64%) or the expert personnel (65%) to address the threats. Among the other findings, respondents who felt they were not presently being targeted for attack relied on their intuition (35%) or logical deduction (33%) rather than data or intelligence (32%) to justify those beliefs. And 36% identified negligent insiders as their organization's most significant network vulnerability. The complete survey is available through the link below.  

o Briefly Noted:

(Menlo Park, Calif.) Bessemer Venture Partners, the large venture capital firm with major operations in Menlo Park, said it has raised $1.6 billion for its ninth investment fund, known as BVP IX. The firm said it will continue to focus on sectors that include consumer Internet, enterprise technology, mobile, cyber security, cloud computing, developer platforms and healthcare IT. Bessemer, which also has U.S. offices in New York and Boston, manages more than $4 billion invested in over 130 companies. 

(Mountain View, Calif.) Mountain View-based HyTrust, a developer of cloud security automation software, on Thursday named Rudy Cifolelli as its senior vice president of sales. Cifolelli most recently was the senior vice president of sales at Prolexic, and previously was the president of North America at SafeBoot. 

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> Senior Level DOT.NET Developer - Washington DC - Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Information Technology department provides and supports a variety of applications, systems and tools to staff, performers, patrons and other constituents to enable this mission to be accomplished. The senior .Net/Sharepoint developer will develop, maintain, enhance and support this set of solutions. Responsibilities Include: Provide software development, enhancement and support for complex .NET (primarily C#) based software used by the Kennedy Center, including Visual Studio 2010 and MVC applications both Windows and ASP.NET based. SQL Server 2008 R2 T-SQL database development ability is also a requirement. Responsibilities include providing business process analysis, custom software development and production system support. Experience: Five or more years of total IT lifecycle experience with three or more years mid-level, hands-on full lifecycle C#, or Java development in a business environment. Full requirements at link below. Experienced in multi-tiered application development. The position holder must be able to independently complete assignments on schedule as well as function as part of a larger team of developers, systems analysts, and business units. For more information and to submit resumes online, click here


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> Manager, Marketing Websites -- Bloomberg BNA - Washington, DC

Bloomberg BNA, a leading source of legal, regulatory, and business information for professionals, seeks a Manager of Marketing Websites to direct and manage the design, development, optimization, administration, and maintenance of the Bloomberg BNA corporate and internal websites. RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead the strategy, design, and development of marketing and internal websites. Proactively present new and innovative ways to optimize the performance. Ensure that all external sites are optimized for SEO. Manage the development and maintenance process for CMS and e-commerce platforms. REQUIREMENTS: 7 years' experience in developing and maintaining corporate and e-commerce web sites. Management level HTML, and CSS code aptitude; preferred experience with other scripting languages. Apply online by clicking here.

> Senior Software Developers - Falls Church, Va.

THE CENTECH GROUP, Inc. is seeking talented Senior Software Developers with extensive full lifecycle software development experience to support application development efforts in Washington, D.C. and our corporate office in Falls Church, VA. Candidates will be responsible for developing software and portal applications, interact with stakeholders and developers to perform business requirements, 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, Ajax, SOAP, JQuery. Some SP experience and knowledge of federal security guidelines. Must be U.S. government cleared/clearable. Present qualifications to and reference this PTW posting. EOE/M/F/Disabled/Vets


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