Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Bay Area Tech Wire -- Jan, 26

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Jan. 26, 2016
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Sunnyvale-Based Rambus Acquires Smart Card Software
o Area Tech Executive, Investor Launches S.F.-Based zipdragon ventures
Verizon Wireless Completes $70M Network Upgrade for Super Bowl
o Longtime Chairman of KRON-Owner Media General Dies at 77
o U.S. News Ranks "Computer Systems Analyst" as Third Best Job of 2016
o Briefly Noted: WalletHub - Best Areas for STEM

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--Term Faculty Position in Cybersecurity Governance - Kogod - Washington, D.C.
--Digital Entertainment Expo - Feb. 9-11 - Los Angeles - 15% Off With Code "TW"

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o Sunnyvale-Based Rambus Acquires Smart Card Software

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Rambus, a Sunnyvale-based developer of computer memory technology, said it has acquired U.K. mobile technology company Smart Card Software, the owner of Bell ID and Ecebs, for approximately $92.7 million in cash. As part of the acquisition, the mobile payment platform developed by Bell ID and smart ticketing platform created by Ecebs will be incorporated into the Rambus Cryptography Research Division. "The technologies developed by Bell ID and Ecebs complement our CryptoManager platform and will allow us to leverage our foundational security technology to offer differentiated, value-added security solutions," said Martin Scott, senior vice president and general manager of the division.

o Area Tech Executive, Investor Launches S.F.-Based zipdragon ventures

San Francisco -- Noted Bay Area investor and tech executive Sheeraz Daniel Haji said on Tuesday he officially has launched a new investment firm providing seed capital to cloud startups in industries such as clean energy, food and water. The firm, zipdragon ventures (ZDV), already has made several investments, and currently counts Classy, FotoNotes, Gridium, Munchery, Voltaiq and Zerista among its portfolio companies. Another portfolio company, FrontLeaf, was acquired by zuora. Haji, who also currently serves as a senior advisor for ENGIE and as venture partner for Rembrandt Venture Partners, previously served as the CEO of Cleantech Group, which was acquired in January by Enovation Partners. Earlier, he co-founded and served as the CEO of GetActive Software, which merged with Convio. He then was the president of that company, leading to an IPO and eventual $325 million acquisition.

o Verizon Wireless Completes $70M Network Upgrade for Super Bowl

San Francisco -- Wireless carrier Verizon Wireless said it has made a $70 million investment over nearly two years to bolster its network throughout the Bay Area in preparation for Super Bowl 50. The company said it has more than tripled its 4G LTE wireless data network capacity in key areas, bolstering performance in more than 10 major areas from San Francisco to Santa Clara, along with the three major area airports and several hotels. Among the improvements, Verizon said it has built 16 new area cell sites, installed 75 small cells and deployed for the first time a patented antenna system to reach the lower stadium seats at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. "We do this because we anticipate that this will be the most 'shared' Super Bowl," said Brian Mecum, vice president of network for Verizon Wireless.

o Longtime Chairman of KRON-Owner Media General Dies at 77

Richmond, Va. -- John Stewart Bryan III, the chairman of KRON-owner Media General since 1990, died Saturday as a result of complications related to neck injuries sustained in a fall earlier this month. He was 77. Bryan spent more than 50 year in the local media business, working as a newspaper journalist, serving as publisher of four newspapers and rising to become the chairman, president and CEO of Media General.

o U.S. News Ranks "Computer Systems Analyst" as Third Best Job of 2016

Washington, DC -- The job of "computer systems analyst" ranks No. 3 -- behind only "orthodontist" and "dentist" -- in U.S. News & World Report's newly released 2016 list of "The 100 Best Jobs." The publication ranks more than 100 jobs in 12 sectors, using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to identify those with the greatest hiring demand. Jobs were then scored using seven component measures including 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level and work-life balance. "Computer systems analyst" also led among technology jobs, followed by "software developer," "web developer," "IT manager" and "information security analyst." The complete list is available at the link below.
http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/the-100-best-jobs (Overall list)
http://money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings (Rankings by industry) 

Briefly Noted:

(San Jose, Calif.) The area comprising San Jose, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara ranks No. 1 in the nation in WalletHub's newly released list of 2016's Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals. The site compared the 100 most populated metro areas across 16 key metrics. The area comprising San Francisco, Oakland and Hayward came in 15th. The full report is at the link below.

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> Events Manager, Government Executive - Washington, DC.

Government Executive Media Group is the leading source of information and analysis for public sector managers nationwide. We produce over 75 events each year and have exceptional capabilities in research and marketing services. Our ideal candidate for the Events Manager position will have 3-5 years previous event management experience, preferably in a high-velocity, bottom-line focused industry. Responsibilities include: Plan and execute events ranging in size from intimate round tables and briefings to large-scale, multi-day conferences, locally and nationally. Serve as the event's project manager, owning the logistics and overall management for all assigned events as well as the related day-to-day communications with: underwriters; internal executives, staff, and colleagues; relevant speakers and other program participants; vendors and other external partners. Meet or exceed budgetary goals through vendor contract negotiation and other creative cost efficacy measures. Be an enterprising, entrepreneurial, and productive team contributor. For full details on the position and to apply, go to: https://atlanticmedia.applytojob.com/apply/DCV5tQ/


> Term Faculty Position in Cybersecurity Governance - Kogod - D.C.

The Department of Information Technology and the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center (KCGC) invite applications for a term faculty position in cybersecurity governance and cyber risk management. Position is open immediately and will remain open until it is filled. The mission of the KCGC is to promote responsible governance in the preparation for, prevention and detection of, and response to cybersecurity breaches. Qualifications. The requirements for this position are a Ph.D. or a Masters degree with equivalent work experience in Cybersecurity Governance and Enterprise Cyber Risk Management. A track record of teaching excellence is preferred. Professional publication experience and evidence of research in scholarly journals are a plus. Experience in administering cybersecurity governance programs is also desirable. Responsibilities. Split between 1) developing and teaching cybersecurity and information technology courses and 2) research, writing and educational services for the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center. Service participation in department, KCGC, school, and university activities are also required. For more information and to apply, go to: http://apply.interfolio.com/33488

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