Thursday, June 11, 2015

Bay Area Tech Wire -- June 11

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- June 11, 2015
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Dick Costolo to Step Down as CEO of San Francisco-Based Twitter
Pleasanton-Based Blackhawk Network to Acquire Achievers Corp.
ViaSat Acquires San Jose-Based Engreen
Menlo Ventures Names Matt Murphy as Managing Director
California Near Top of List for Job-Loving Comments on Twitter
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PlanGrid, Checkr

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--SFW Capital Partners
USGIF GEOINT Hackathon - Herndon, Virginia
--Director of Information Technology - City of Berkeley, CA
--San Francisco International Airport - Enterprise Architect

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o Dick Costolo to Step Down as CEO of San Francisco-Based Twitter

San Francisco -- Dick Costolo will step down as the CEO of San Francisco-based social media giant Twitter at the end of this month, the company announced late Thursday. The company's board has named Jack Dorsey, Twitter's co-founder and chairman, as its interim CEO, while it searches for a permanent successor. Dorsey also will continue to serve as the CEO of Square, the payments and financial services company he co-founded in 2009. "I am tremendously proud of the Twitter team and all that the team has accomplished together during my six years with the company," said Costolo. "I am deeply appreciative of the confidence the board, the management team and the employees have placed in me over the years, and I look forward to supporting Twitter however I can going forward." (PDF)

o Pleasanton-Based Blackhawk Network to Acquire Achievers Corp.

Pleasanton, Calif. -- Blackhawk Network, the Pleasanton-based operator of a prepaid and payments network, said on Thursday it will acquire San Francisco-based Achievers Corp., developer of an employee recognition and rewards platform. Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close by June 30, were not disclosed. Blackhawk said the acquisition will broaden the reach of its incentive and engagement business. Achievers' cloud-based platform is designed to increase employee engagement through social recognition and rewards. The platform lets employees recognize each other in real time from any desktop, mobile or tablet device. 

o ViaSat Acquires San Jose-Based Engreen

San Jose, Calif. -- ViaSat, a Carlsbad-based provider of broadband and communications services, said on Thursday it has acquired San Jose-based Engreen, a developer of network virtualization technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. ViaSat said the acquisition will add management flexibility for its global satellite-ground system. "Our investment in Engreen reinforces our commitment to the global Ka-band satellite market," said Kevin Harkenrider, ViaSat's senior vice president of commercial networks. "This transaction will enhance our ability to rapidly create, deploy and manage services in our Flexible Broadband System." 

o Menlo Ventures Names Matt Murphy as Managing Director

Menlo Park, Calif. -- Menlo Ventures, the Menlo Park-based venture capital firm, on Thursday named Matt Murphy as a managing director. Murphy, who departed Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers earlier this year, becomes one of seven investing partners at the firm. While at Kleiner Perkins, Murphy started the KP iFund in collaboration with Apple, and was a board observer at Google. His investments include AutoNavi, Aerohive Networks, Drawbridge, Simplivity, AppDynamics and Shazam. "Matt is the perfect fit to expand our partnership in core areas of investment such as mobile apps and data center infrastructure," wrote Managing Director Mark Siegel in a blog post. 

o California Near Top of List for Job-Loving Comments on Twitter

Weston, Mass .-- People in California are among the most active in the nation when it comes to tweeting about their job satisfaction, according to a new study by Monster and Brandwatch. California ranks fourth, behind only Hawaii, Utah and Oregon in the ratios of people discussing hating their job vs. loving their job on Twitter. All told, eight of the top 10 job-loving states are in the West, while each of the top 10 job-hating states, led by Florida is in the Eastern half of the U.S. The complete report is available at the link below.

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(San Francisco) San Francisco-based PlanGrid, developer of a cloud-based construction document collaboration platform that last month announced $18 million in its first round of funding, on Thursday named Salesforce executive George Hu to its board of directors. Hu currently serves as Salesforce's COO, and has been with the company in a variety of roles since 2002. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Checkr, a developer of background screening technology, on Thursday named Bon Idziak as its head of government relations and compliance. Idziak most recently was CEO of an internationally recognized consumer reporting agency, and also currently serves on the board of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS). 

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> SFW Capital Partners

SFW Capital Partners, a leading investor in analytical tools & related services companies, is pleased to announce the closing of SFW Capital Partners Fund II, LP and its related entities. The fund is a partnership formed to invest in middle market businesses that provide instruments, information, software or services to support critical decision-making processes across all major sectors of the global economy.

> USGIF GEOINT Hackathon - June 12-14 - Herndon, VA

USGIF invites coders, data scientists, and thought leaders to the first ever GEOINT Hackathon. Individuals and teams will partner, program, and pitch solutions as they compete for $15,000. Participants will be challenged to create an open-source solution within a roughly 40-hour timeframe. This is a GEOINT hack and location matters! The geography of interest and specific hack goal will be announced Friday during the kick-off briefing. Here’s a hint: We are more interested in fostering collaboration than creating apps. All collaboration-centric coders are encouraged to sign up. The winning team will not only receive the cash prize but also passes to attend the GEOINT Symposium. More information and registration details can be found here:


> Director of Information Technology - City of Berkeley, CA

The Director of Information Technology leads a large municipal department in providing a diverse array of digital services to its employees, citizens, and beyond. Reporting to the City Manager, the Director of IT will be seen as the technology leader working across the organization to ensure a forward-thinking and strategic approach to technology in support of all municipal business units. Bachelor’s degree is required. This position requires six years responsible experience in information technology, four years of which must have been at a supervisory or management level. Salary range $137,772 to $189,396 DOQ, plus benefit package including CalPERS. Detailed brochure by clicking here. Confidential inquiries to Greg Nelson at (916) 630-4900. Submit cover letter and resume to prior to Friday, July 3, 2015.

> San Francisco International Airport - Enterprise Architect

This is truly a rare opportunity to join an award winning and progressive organization that is innovating to be the most technologically empowering airport in North America! This newly created position of Enterprise Architect for San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is focused on developing and delivering the strategic technology roadmap for both the short- and long-term. By providing expertise on the design of architectural solutions as well as the establishment of architecture standards, the Enterprise Architect will play an integral role in building a holistic view and framework for the Airport’s technology strategy, processes, and information technology roadmap. Top contenders will be strategic thinkers and strong communicators to ensure proposed technical solutions are aligned with the Airport’s overall objectives, mission, and vision. Requires five years of experience at a senior level as an application and systems architect; experience in the development of platf! Bachelor’s degree required. Annual salary range is $123,578 to $157,742 plus outstanding benefits including retirement plan. Detailed brochure available at
To apply, send a compelling cover letter and a comprehensive resume to by June 15, 2015. Confidential inquiries welcomed to Heather Renschler or Greg Nelsen at (916) 630-4900.

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