Friday, November 18, 2016

Bay Area Tech Wire - Nov. 18

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- Nov. 18, 2016
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o San Francisco-Based LiveRamp to Acquire Arbor and Circulate
Tesla Shareholders Approve $2.6 Billion Acquisition of Solar City
Santa Clara-Based Versa Networks Names Kelly Ahuja as CEO
Survey: 24% of Americans Have Made Money from "Gig" Economy
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o Briefly Noted: The Marconi Society - Vint Cerf,  Lithium Technologies, Reltio

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o San Francisco-Based LiveRamp to Acquire Arbor and Circulate

San Francisco -- LiveRamp, a San Francisco-based unit of Acxiom that connects more than 300 digital marketing platforms and data providers, said it will pay $140 million in cash to acquire Arbor and Circulate, two companies that help publishers connect people-based data to the marketing ecosystem. The deals also include $50 million of stock awards, replacing unvested equity. The acquisitions increase the scale of LiveRamp's omnichannel identity graph and network, doubling its publisher partnerships to more than 450, while providing the company with mobile technology, additional talent and international reach. "These acquisitions both increase the deterministic reach we can provide marketers and gives us the ability to help all publishers tap into people-based marketing budgets," said Travis May, the president and general manager of LiveRamp. 

o Tesla Shareholders Approve $2.6 Billion Acquisition of Solar City

Palo Alto, Calif. -- In a marriage of two of the nation's largest green tech companies, shareholders of Palo Alto-based high-end electric car maker Tesla on Thursday approved the company's $2.6 billion acquisition of San Mateo-based solar energy provider SolarCity. Under the deal, first announced in August, SolarCity stockholders will receive 0.11 shares of Tesla for each of their shares. The combined company plans to develop "fully integrated residential, commercial and grid-scale products that improve the way that energy is generated, stored and consumed." "Now is the right time to bring our two companies together," Tesla said in a recent statement. "Tesla is getting ready to scale our Powerwall and Powerpack stationary storage products and SolarCity is getting ready to offer next-generation differentiated solar solutions. By joining forces, we can operate more efficiently and fully integrate our products." The deal is expected to officially be completed in the coming days. 

o Santa Clara-Based Versa Networks Names Kelly Ahuja as CEO

Santa Clara, Calif. -- Versa Networks, a Santa Clara-based developer of software-defined wide area networks and software-defined security tools, has named Kelly Ahuja as its new CEO. The company also has named Pankaj Patel as the lead director on its board. Ahuja, who succeeds co-founder Kumar Mehta, is an 18-year veteran of Cisco, serving most recently as senior vice president of the company's service provider business. Pankaj, meanwhile, was most recently Cisco's executive vice president and chief development officer. pany/press/versa-networks-adds-leadership-team-board-directors/ 

o Survey: 24% of Americans Have Made Money from "Gig" Economy

Washington, DC -- Nearly a quarter of Americans say they have recently used digital commerce platforms to earn money by taking on tasks, selling their possessions or renting their property, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. Broken down, about 8% of the more than 4,500 U.S. adults surveyed have taken on tasks like driving for a ride-hailing app or performing deliveries, while 18% have sold something online and 1% have rented out their property on a home-sharing site. "These findings highlight the great diversity of experiences within the gig economy, and also illustrate the extent to which these services are blurring the boundaries between formal and informal employment," said Aaron Smith, the lead author and associate director of research at Pew Research Center. "A slight majority of these workers rely heavily on the income they earn from these platforms, and use them for largely financial reasons. But a substantial minority views this work much more as a hobby -- or simply a way to pass the time – as opposed to a true `job' or a dedicated source of income." The complete report is available at the link below. 

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(Mountain View, Calif.) The Marconi Society, a Mountain View-based organization focused on furthering scientific achievements in communications and related technologies, has named Internet pioneer Vint Cerf as its chairman. Cerf, who previously served as vice chairman, succeeds David Payne, who led the organization for six years. He currently serves as the vice president and chief Internet evangelist at Google. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Lithium Technologies, a developer of software that lets businesses create their own social networks and online communities, on Friday named Mike Betzer as the senior vice president and general manager of its social media management business. Betzer, who will be based in the company's Austin, Texas office, most recently was the CEO of Humanify, and earlier served in executive roles for Lithium from 2012-2014.
(Redwood Shores, Calif.) Redwood Shores-based Reltio, developer of a data management platform as a service, on Friday named Mike Gustafson to its board of directors. Gustafson is the executive chairman of ClearDB, and previously was the senior vice president and general manager of Western Digital's Flash Platforms Business and chairman and CEO of Virident Systems. 

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