Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bay Area Tech Wire -- April 28

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- April 28, 2015
Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - May 8 - Washington, D.C.

S.F.-Based Loop Commerce Raises $16 Million in New Funding
o San Francisco-Based Bigcommerce Acquire Zing
S.F.-Based Francisco Partners to Acquire HealthcareSource
o Google Commits $162 Million to European News Organizations
o San Jose-Based NanoTech Entertainment Acquires UpLink.to
Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - May 8 - Washington, D.C.
Briefly Noted: ServiceSource, Perkins+Will


> Job/Event/Marketplace Classified Listings (Full Listings Below Stories)

--Director, Product Marketing in Tysons
--IT Report Developer -- Kennedy Center
--The MIT Sloan CIO Symposium - May 20 - Cambridge, Mass.

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o S.F.-Based Loop Commerce Raises $16 Million in New Funding

San Francisco -- Loop Commerce, the San Francisco-based developer of a web-based platform for e-commerce gift giving, said on Tuesday it has raised $16 million in a new round of funding, increasing its total backing to $30 million. This round was led by Oren Zeev, along with Dan Tierney and Stephen Schuler through Wicklow Capital. Loop said it will use the new funds to accelerate growth, including the hiring of new employees across its engineering, data, sales and marketing, product and design teams. Loop's e-gifting software integrates with retailers' online stores and backend systems to allow online customers to select and send gifts. The company's platform is currently used by retailers such as Macy's, Lancôme, Urban Decay, Diane von Furstenberg, Johnny Was, Relax the Back and Thomas Dean.

o San Francisco-Based Bigcommerce Acquire Zing

San Francisco -- Bigcommerce, the San Francisco-based developer of an ecommerce platform for brands, said on Tuesday it has acquired Texas-based Zing, a developer of mobile retail technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Zing's employees and intellectual property will become part of Bigcommerce, expanding the company's omnichannel retail capabilities and accelerating partnerships with point-of-sale providers such as Square, Lightspeed and NCR Silver. Bigcommerce said the acquisition will allow it to make available APIs and technologies for retailers, such as the ability to enable real-time inventory sync between online and physical stores, in-store pickup and dynamic order management.

o S.F.-Based Francisco Partners to Acquire HealthcareSource

San Francisco -- Francisco Partners, the San Francisco-base dprivate equity firm focused on the technology sector, said on Tuesday it will acquire Massachusetts-based HealthcareSource, a developer of talent management software for the healthcare industry. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1992 and backed by Bulger Capital Partners and Insight Venture Partners, HealthcareSource has more than 2,300 healthcare clients. The company's software is designed to help healthcare organizations acquire, develop and retain the best workforce possible. President and CEO Peter Segall will continue to lead HealthcareSource following the transaction.

o Google Commits $162 Million to European News Organizations

Mountain View, Calif. -- Google on Tuesday announced plans to spend approximately $162 million to "support high quality journalism through technology and innovation" in Europe. The company unveiled its Digital News Initiative (DNI), a new partnership with eight European news publishers, including The Guardian and The Financial Times. "The goal is to encourage a more sustainable news ecosystem -- and promote innovation in digital journalism -- through ongoing collaboration and dialogue between the tech and news sectors," Google said in a statement. The Mountain View-based company said that anyone involved in Europe's digital news industry will be able to take part in the DNI's programs. Google, which has had a tumultuous relationship with several European news publishers in recent years, is currently facing antitrust charges in Europe.

o San Jose-Based NanoTech Entertainment Acquires UpLink.to

San Jose, Calif. -- NanoTech Entertainment, a San Francisco-based technology company focused on several aspects of the entertainment industry, said on Tuesday it has acquired mobile app developer UpLink.to. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. UpLink.to's products, including PhotoUpLink and VideoUpLink, will become NanoTech-branded products and sold under the NanoTech Communications label. And company founder Mark Morris will become the president of NanoTech's Communications mobile app unit. "We've worked with Mark for many years and having the UpLink.to team become part of the NanoTech family is a natural fit," said NanoTech Chairman Jeff Foley.


Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - May 8 - Tysons

Tech Wire Media's Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit is less than two weeks away!

The annual event brings together 400+ senior marketers for a content-rich event with dozens of keynotes, presentations, panels and networking breaks.

It will be held on May 8th at the Gannett Headquarters in Tysons, just outside of Washington, D.C.

The summit is a great way for you and your colleagues to stay abreast of all the changes and new developments in 2015 in marketing, social, SEO, mobile, advertising and more.

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o Briefly Noted:

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based ServiceSource, a developer of cloud-based technologies and services designed to help clients better manage recurring revenue, on Tuesday named Joe Kovach as its chief transformation officer. Kovach, who will oversee the company's corporate IT and technical operations teams, most recently served as senior vice president for the Americas at Capgemini.

(San Francisco) Global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will said Tuesday that it has launched a landscape practice in its San Francisco office under the leadership of Jennifer Cooper. Cooper will spearhead the creation of the new practice.

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> Director, Product Marketing - Tysons, Virginia

Perspecsys, a leading cloud security software provider, is seeking a Director, Product Marketing. Reporting directly to the CMO, the individual will be responsible for all outbound lead generation campaigns, Sales and Channel enablement, competitive analysis and positioning, product launches, etc. This position is ideal for entrepreneurial candidates with strong Product Marketing experience, a successful track record achievement, and a desire to be part of a rapidly growing start-up. For more information and to apply, go to: perspecsys@techwiremedia.com

> 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.


> 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 www.mitcio.com.


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