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Bay Area Tech Wire -- Feb. 23

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Feb. 23, 2015
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San Francisco-Based Postmates Raises $16 Million in Second Round
o San Francisco-Based Thoma Bravo Acquires PowerPlan
o San Jose-Based FotoNation Acquires Smart Sensors Ltd.
Greenhill & Co. Names Bryce Dakin as Managing Director in San Francisco
o Briefly Noted: Unchained Labs, Symic Biomedical, Talend


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o San Francisco-Based Postmates Raises $16 Million in Second Round

San Francisco -- Postmates, the San Francisco-based developer of an on-demand delivery service, said it has raised $16 million in its second round of funding, led by Spark Capital. Previous backers also participated in the round, which brings the company's total funding to just over $22 million. The company said it will use the latest proceeds to grow its operations, design and engineering teams and expand geographically. Since closing its first round of funding in Dec. 2012, Postmates has developed its own logistics software that dispatches and guides couriers through major cities to deliver local goods, including prepared food, groceries and retail goods. The company boasts partnerships and promotional campaigns with merchants in San Francisco, DC, Seattle and New York, including Whole Foods, Momofuku Milk Bar, Hapa Ramen and The Meatball Shop. "We're currently averaging thousands of deliveries per week," said co-founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann. "More importantly, is how quickly our supply is growing. We have nearly 2,000 active Postmates couriers on the platform in our four markets." Nabeel Hyatt, a venture partner at Spark Capital, will join the company's board of directors. (PDF)

o San Francisco-Based Thoma Bravo Acquires PowerPlan

San Francisco -- Thoma Bravo, the San Francisco-based private equity firm, said on Monday it has acquired Atlanta-based PowerPlan, a provider of accounting, tax and capital budgeting optimization tools, from current investors JMI Equity and TPG Growth. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1994, PowerPlan provides asset-intensive companies -- specifically within the utility, oil and gas, transportation and telecom industries -- with an integrated accounting, tax, and budgeting platform. "PowerPlan has addressed the information gaps that develop between finance and field operations in asset-centric businesses, and established a market-leading software company that is critical to all of its customers' operations," said Scott Crabill, a managing partner at Thoma Bravo. 

o San Jose-Based FotoNation Acquires Smart Sensors Ltd.

San Jose, Calif. -- FotoNation, a San Jose-based unit of Tessera Technologies that develops computational imaging tools for smartphones and digital cameras, said on Monday it has acquired U.K.-based Smart Sensors Ltd. (SSL), a developer of iris recognition biometric technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "The iris structure yields five times as many distinct, identifiable features compared to fingerprints,” said Petronel Bigioi, FotoNation's senior vice president of engineering. "Integrating their capabilities with FotoNation's class-leading face detection, tracking and recognition capacities will enable our customers to deliver unique solutions tailored for mobile devices and other high volume products." 

o Greenhill & Co. Names Bryce Dakin as Managing Director in San Francisco

San Francisco -- Greenhill & Co., a New York-based independent investment bank, on Monday named Bryce Dakin as a managing director based in San Francisco and primarily focused on the semiconductor and electronics segments of the technology sector. Dakin most recently served as a managing director at GCA Savvian Advisors, a boutique investment banking M&A advisory firm focused on the tech sector. "While we recently made a significant move through the acquisition of Cogent Partners to expand the types of advice our firm offers, we also continue to be focused on deepening our industry sector coverage as part of our M&A advisory business," said CEO Scott Bok. "The technology sector is one where we hope to significantly expand our coverage in years to come." 

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(Pleasanton, Calif.) Pleasanton-based Unchained Labs, a newly formed developer of life sciences tools, on Monday named four new members of its management team. New hires include Will Lachnit (vice president of corporate development), Rick Gordon (vice president of sales). Taegen Clary (senior director of marketing) and Krista Witte (senior director of science). 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Symic Biomedical, a biotechnology firm developing a new category of therapeutics, on Monday named Barbara Yanni and William Newell to its board of directors. Yanni retired last year from Merck & Co., where she was most recently vice president and chief licensing officer, and Newell is the CEO of Sutro Biopharma. (PDF)

(Redwood City, Calif.) Redwood City-based Talend, a developer of big data integration software, on Monday named Brad Stratton as its senior vice president of worldwide sales. Stratton previously spent 12 years in an expanding series of roles at Verint, most recently serving as vice president of enterprise strategic accounts.

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