Friday, March 27, 2015

Bay Area Tech Wire -- March 27

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 27, 2015
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Palo Alto-Based DoorDash Raises $40 Million in Second Round  
Report: Milpitas-Based View Raising Funding at $750 Million Valuation
PayPal to Pay $7.7 Million to Settle Treasury Department Allegations
WSJ: Google Executives Averaging One White House Visit a Week
Report: New Owner Apple Has Shut Down Vienna-Based FoundationDB
Briefly Noted: Hercules Technology Growth Capital


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--Product Manager - Washington, DC
--IT Report Developer -- Kennedy Center
--Director, Solution Consulting - Washington, DC
--Director, Site Experience - Washington, DC
--The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium - May 20 - Cambridge, Mass.
--Sales Operations Manager - FirstFuel Software (Massachusetts)
--Business Development Representative - FirstFuel Software (Massachusetts)
--Associate - North Atlantic Capital - Portland, ME
--Principal Analysts, Enterprise Security
--Intellectual Property Services/Patent Applications Drafted

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o Palo Alto-Based DoorDash Raises $40 Million in Second Round

Palo Alto, Calif. -- DoorDash, the Palo Alto-based developer of a web- and app-based food delivery service, said it has raised $40 million in its second round of funding, led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Previous backers Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and Charles River Ventures also took part in the round. Launched less than two years ago, DoorDash now delivers meals in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Orange County, San Jose, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, with service launching in Brooklyn next month. The company, however, has much larger plans for the future. "While today marks another milestone in DoorDash's story, it feels still like the beginning," the company wrote in a blog post. "Our vision is to build an on-demand marketplace for local merchants that will facilitate commerce in every local economy. After all, it’s not as if local business owners opened their stores because they are passionate about delivery. We will build the last mile platform to help bring their inventory to the masses. This round of funding will help accelerate our march across the country and invest further in the logistics technology that will scale our platform beyond food." 

o Report: Milpitas-Based View Raising Funding at $750 Million Valuation

Milpitas, Calif. -- View Inc., a Milpitas-based developer of high-tech architectural glass that automatically tints to block out heat and glare, is in the process of raising up to $100 million at a valuation of about $750 million, VentureWire reported. The news comes roughly a year after the company raised $100 million in a round led by private equity firm Madrone Capital. View said its Dynamic Glass transitions between four variable tint states, changing either automatically, based on outside conditions, or through a user's smartphone.

o PayPal to Pay $7.7 Million to Settle Treasury Department Allegations

San Jose, Calif. -- PayPal, the online payments arm of San Jose-based eBay, will pay nearly $7.7 million to the Treasury Department to settle allegations that it processed hundreds of foreign transactions in violation of U.S. economic sanctions programs. According to the settlement agreement, PayPal from 2006-2013 green-lighted more than $50,000 of transactions in places like Cuba, Iran and Sudan, violating sanctions meant to freeze the assets of targeted countries, suspected narcotics traffickers and terrorists. "In particular, PayPal failed to employ adequate screening technology and procedures to identify the potential involvement of U.S. sanctions targets in transactions that PayPal processed," according to the settlement. "As a result of this failure, PayPal did not screen in-process transactions in order to reject or block transactions pursuant to U.S. sanctions program requirements." center/sanctions/CivPen/Documents/20150325_paypal_settlement.pdf (PDF) 

o WSJ: Google Executives Averaging One White House Visit a Week

Mountain View, Calif. -- Executives from Internet giant Google have visited the White House for meetings with senior administration officials an average of about once a week since President Obama took office in 2009, The Wall Street Journal reported. A large percentage of those meetings took place amid the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust investigation into the Mountain View-based company. Despite recommendations from key FTC staff members, the agency in early 2013 voted to end its investigation into Google, after the company agreed to voluntarily change some of its practices. All told, company officials have visited the White House more than 230 times, including more than 60 by company lobbyist Johanna Shelton, according to The Journal. 

o Report: New Owner Apple Has Shut Down Vienna-Based FoundationDB

Cupertino, Calif. -- Following its reported purchase of Virginia-based database software developer of FoundationDB earlier this week, Cupertino-based technology-giant Apple apparently has shut down the company, Business Insider reported. Citing information from Peter Goldmacher, the vice president of development of Aerospike, the publication wrote that Apple plans to use the company's noSQL database technology for internal purposes only, with no plans to resell it. "Word in Goldmacher's circles is that Apple will be `replacing' its huge Cassandra noSQL implementation with FoundationDB," Business Insider reported, adding that the company uses Cassandra to store data for several of its services, including iMessage and iTunes passwords. 

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(Palo Alto, Calif.) Palo Alto-based Hercules Technology Growth Capital, a provided of senior secured loans to venture-backed technology companies, said on Friday it has raised $100.1 million through an underwritten public offering. The company said it sold nearly 7.6 million shares for $13.23 each, and plans to use the net proceeds to fund investments in debt and equity securities.

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> Product Manager - Washington, DC

Reporting to the Vice President of Product Management, the Product Manager will be an integral member of our team, helping to create web and mobile applications for Optoro’s enterprise software solution, data and analytics platform, and cutting-edge eCommerce site You will work closely with engineers and designers to build solutions that are changing the reverse logistics industry. This position is ideal for entrepreneurial candidates with 2 to 4 years of product management experience who want to be part of a rapidly growing start-up. For more information and to apply, go to:

> IT Report Developer -- Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center Information Technology department's Report Developer would help to gather report requirements, document specifications, estimate project timelines, and will be responsible for the design, development, QA, and delivery of custom reports and reporting solutions. Also required will be an understanding of ETL processes and data warehouse concepts, transactional databases, star/snowflake schema databases, as well as familiarity of OLAP cubes. Responsibilities Include: Perform advanced report development utilizing SQL Server Reporting Services. Utilize an understanding of relational database concepts as well as data warehouse and ETL concepts. Design, code, and test database objects to support reporting. Experience: 3+ years’ experience with full life cycle of Report Development projects. 1+ years' experience with SQL Server Reporting Services. Excellent written and verbal communication. For consideration, apply online here.


> Director, Solution Consulting - Washington, DC

Recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, Optoro is transforming the retail industry by helping to build more sustainable supply chains. We're backed by some of the most prominent investors in the country, including Kleiner Perkins & Revolution Growth. The Director of Solution Enablement will provide leadership to the Solution Enablement team, ensuring they are inspired, engaged and motivated. This person is expected to contribute to the organization’s growth and development in a variety of ways including: Client Engagement, Client Management, Solution Development, Business Development, People Development and Thought Leadership Development. Requirements: A Bachelor's degree from a 4 year college (or equivalent). An advance degree is preferred. Proven leadership experience in a client facing role. At least 7 years of relevant consulting experience within a top tier consulting firm or leading supply chain software solution provider. For more information or to apply, go to:

> Director, Site Experience - Washington, DC

Recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, Optoro is transforming the retail industry by helping to build more sustainable supply chains. We're backed by some of the most prominent investors in the country, including Kleiner Perkins & Revolution Growth. The Director of Site Experience will work closely with the Vice President of Ecommerce to deliver the business objectives of increasing revenue from our ecommerce site The responsibilities of this new created position will be focused on delivering a winning online shopping experience that is on-brand and maximizes conversion. Requirements: Minimum 4 years of experience in marketing/ecommerce. Preferred Bachelor 's degree in Math, Finance, Marketing, Social Science. Minimum 2 years of experience with analytics and a proven track record in driving tangible results and actionable insight. Skilled knowledge of key digital analytics tools, particularly Google Analytics, including implementation/tagging experience and data analytic skills. Preferred experience with site search platforms, testing platforms and customer research. For more information or to apply, go to:


> The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium - May 20 - Cambridge, Mass.

The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium will help CIOs to invent their future and accelerate success through technology. CIOs will engage with business leaders, technology trendsetters, and academic thought leaders in panel discussions and explore new thinking and practices. Panel discussions include: Academic Keynote Panel -- The Impact of Automation; Platform Shift -- How New Business Models are Changing the Shape of Industry, and the Role of CIOs; Leading Digital: A Manifesto for IT and Business Executives; The Board, CEO and CIO Roles in Dealing with Digital Disruption; Cybersecurity - New Approaches to Assessing and Maximizing Your Protection; Demand Shaping: How IT Becomes a Distinctive Advantage; and Cashing in on Your Data. Use code 15NETECHWIRE when registering for a $200 discount. Register at


> Sales Operations Manager - FirstFuel Software - Massachusetts

FirstFuel is looking for an experienced and diligent self-starter to lead FirstFuel's Sales Operations group. As manager, you will be responsible for directly supporting the Field Sales Team and supervising a lean team of talented individuals to manage sales systems and processes, customer proposals and sales training. The Sales Operations Manager will directly report to FirstFuel's SVP of Global Sales & Business Development and will work cross-functionally with Marketing, Regulatory, Product Management and Customer Solutions to help drive continued company success and rapid growth. For more information or to apply, click here.

> Business Development Representative - FirstFuel Software - Massachusetts

Our Lead Generation Representative thrives in a fast-paced environment and is accountable for identifying and qualifying new business opportunities for the sales team. He/she enjoys prospecting and is skilled at qualifying new customer opportunities. He/she is capable of challenging a prospect’s existing business practices, introducing and aligning FirstFuel’s products, solutions, and service. You will be driving initial discovery calls to confirm a business need. For more information or to apply, click here.

> Associate - North Atlantic Capital - Portland, ME

Portland, Maine based North Atlantic Capital is seeking an Associate to play a crucial role in executing our investment strategy by researching promising technology market segments and proactively reaching out to the CEOs and CFOs of leading private companies within those market segments. He or she will also participate in all phases of investment process including: due diligence, meetings with management, focused company and industry research, financial modeling and writing investment recommendations. All candidates considered must have: 2-4 years work experience, investment banking or corporate development experience, experience working with or strong affinity for technology companies and an exceptional educational background. Send resumes to:


> Principal Analysts, Enterprise Security

Current Analysis, a Progressive Digital Media company, is seeking a Principal Analyst to work in our Enterprise Security group with expertise spanning secure messaging, data security and governance, firewall/VPN and intrusion prevention and detection. Of particular importance is the ability to view security broadly and speak to its impact upon the entire IT technology landscape such as mobility, data center, application development, big data, and collaboration. Qualified candidate should have the ability to identify market trends and weigh the relative strengths and weaknesses of companies and products while delivering high quality analysis under tight deadlines. The goal is to deliver intelligence that alerts and helps sales professionals respond to competitive threats and opportunities, and gives end users insight into the strengths and weaknesses of competing products/strategies. Companies covered include, but are not limited to CA, Checkpoint, Cisco, EMC/RSA, IBM/ISS, Juniper, McAfee, Microsoft, Symantec, and Trend Micro. Send resumes to For more information about the position, go to: 

> Intellectual Property Services/Patent Applications Drafted

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