Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bay Area Tech Wire -- March 3

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 3, 2015
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San Francisco-Based Accomplice Raises $5 Million in First Round
San Jose-Based HGST to Acquire Milpitas-Based Amplidata
San Francisco-Based iWin to Acquire Download-Free-Games.com
Global Semiconductor Sales Post Highest-Ever January Total
Survey: IT Spending Increased in 2014; Cautious Optimism for 2015
Briefly Noted: Malwarebytes, Exalt Wireless, iMatchative,
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o San Francisco-Based Accomplice Raises $5 Million in First Round

San Francisco -- Accomplice, the San Francisco-based developer of a digital marketing optimization platform, said on Tuesday it has raised $5 million in its first round of funding, which included an investment from WME | IMG. Accomplice, formerly known as Fractal Sciences, now has raised $7 million since its inception. The company said it will use the latest funds to continue developing its marketing optimization platform, with a focus on deepening its engineering, data science, design, and marketing resources. The platform uses data, analytics and insights to help marketers understand the most effective way to find and engage their audiences and take action on what they learn. Accomplice also announced that it is making its platform available to brands and agencies in a beta phase.

o San Jose-Based HGST to Acquire Milpitas-Based Amplidata

San Jose, Calif. -- HGST, the San Jose-based storage technology unit of Western Digital, said on Tuesday it will acquire Milpitas-based Amplidata, a developer of object storage software for public and private cloud data centers. Financial terms of the deal, expected to close by the end of March, were not disclosed. HGST previously had selected Amplidata as a joint development partner for its Active Archive platform. The company said the acquisition will help it expand into higher value data storage platforms. Steve Milligan, the president and CEO of Western Digital, said that adding Amplidata will "broaden the scope of opportunity for HGST in cloud data center storage infrastructure."

o San Francisco-Based iWin to Acquire Download-Free-Games.com

San Francisco -- iWin, a San Francisco-based publisher and distributor of casual games, said it will acquire Download-Free-Games.com (DFG), a game download destination site drawing more than 1.4 million unique monthly users. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acqu8isition comes nearly two years after iWin bought the assets of Oberon Media, which expanded its distribution partner portfolio to include the likes of Yahoo, MSN, AT&T and Iplay. The company said the latest acquisition will further expand its audience. "We have been very impressed with the sustained popularity of DFG for many years and this property compliments iWin's distribution goals," said CJ Wolf, the CEO of iWin.

o Global Semiconductor Sales Post Highest-Ever January Total

Washington, DC -- Worldwide sales of semiconductors posted their highest-ever January total, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). Sales for the month reached $28.5 billion, up 8,7% from the same month in 2014, though down 2% from December. "After a record-setting 2014, the global semiconductor industry is off to a promising start to 2015, posting its highest-ever January sales led by impressive growth in the Americas market," said John Neuffer, the president and CEO of the SIA. "Global sales have increased on a year-to-year basis for 21 consecutive months and remain strong across most regions and product categories."

o Survey: IT Spending Increased in 2014; Cautious Optimism for 2015

Montvale, N.J. -- Spending on information technology increased last year, and there is cautious optimism that this trend will continue in 2015, according to a new study by DATA Inc. All told, 81% of respondents indicated that their firm's IT spending grew from the previous year, the same figure as reported last year. While 90% of participants said they don't expect IT budgets to decrease in 2015, only 56% believe they will increase. "Technology initiatives continue to drive companies' efforts to improve their internal processes, as well as efforts to better connect with customers and key stakeholders," said Conrad Leao, the vice president of operations at DATA Inc. "Among our customers, we see this IT investment in the form of leveraging Big Data, evolving computing platforms and the creation of innovation applications, to name a few." Interestingly, while a strong majority of survey respondents have reported increased IT budgets each of the past three years, the percentage who forecast growth in IT budgets has been on the decline, from 88% in 2012, to 70% in 2013 and 56% this year.
http://www.datainc.biz/survey2014/2014_2015_survey_report.pdf (PDF)

o Briefly Noted:

(San Jose, Calif.) San Jose-based Malwarebytes, a developer of software designed to protect users against malicious online threats, has named Alex Eckelberry to its board of directors. Eckelberry previously served as the president and CEO of Sunbelt Software, where he guided the company to an acquisition by GFI.

(Campbell, Calif.) Campbell-based Exalt Wireless, a developer of wireless connectivity systems for private networks and Internet infrastructures, on Tuesday named Nader Vasseghi as its executive vice president and chief development officer. Vasseghi most recently led the engineering and customer services functions at Firetide, and previously was the founder and CEO of AuroraNetics, a technology start-up acquired by Cisco in 2001.

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based iMatchative, a tech startup focused on data aggregation and analysis, behavioral psychology and algorithms, on Tuesday named Shannon Lewis as a director of sales. Lewis most recently served as the director of business development at Cascabel Management.

(Sunnyvale, Calif.) Benchmark Executive Search, an executive recruitment firm focused on the government contracting market, said it has placed Wray Varley as the vice president of government sales at Sunnyvale-based Infinera, a provider of intelligent transport networks to network operators. Varley most recently was the area vice president of sales at CenturyLink.
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