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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Bay Area Tech Wire - March 1
========================================== BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 1, 2017 ========================================== To subscribe: www.bayareatechwire.com o South San Francisco-Based Freenome Raises $65 Million in First Round o Berkeley-Based Brillouin Energy Raises $7.75 Million in Funding o San Francisco-Based Yelp Acquires Restaurant Waitlist Startup Nowait o Oakland-Based Pandora Names Naveen Chopra as New CFO o California Ranks No. 23 in U.S. News "Best States" Rankings o Briefly Noted: Capsilon, enSilo _____________________________________________ > Job/Event/Marketplace Classified Listings (Full Listings Below Stories)
o South San Francisco-Based Freenome Raises $65 Million in First Round
South San Francisco -- Freenome, a South San Francisco-based health technology startup focused on the early detection and intervention of diseases, said on Wednesday it has raised $65 million in its first round of funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz. Seed investors Data Collective (DCVC), and Founders Fund also contributed, as well as new investors GV (Google Ventures), Polaris Partners, Innovation Endeavors, Asset Management Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Spectrum 28. Vijay Pande, a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, will join the company's board of directors. Launched in 2014, Freenome uses a combination of machine learning, biology and computer science to create disease screenings. "Our goal is to bringing accurate, accessible and non-invasive disease screenings to doctors to proactively treat cancer and other diseases at their most manageable stages," said co-founder Gabe Otte. "This funding will allow us to increase the number of clinical trials in collaboration with top researchers and clinicians around the world, enabling us to bring our product to market more quickly." Freenome, which also raised $5.5 million last year, said it will use the4 latest proceeds to expand clinical trials, accelerate research and bring its disease screenings to market. https://www.freenome.com/ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170301005927/en/Freenome-Announces-65-Million-Series-Funding-Led _____________________________________________
o Berkeley-Based Brillouin Energy Raises $7.75 Million in Funding
Berkeley, Calif. -- Brillouin Energy, a Berkeley-based clean technology company, said on Wednesday it has raised $7.75 million in its second round of funding. Lead investor Jim Farrell has joined the company's board of directors. Brillouin, in collaboration with SRI International, is developing an ultra-clean, low-cost, renewable energy technology capable of producing commercially useful amounts of thermal energy from LENR (low energy nuclear reactions). "This kind of financial support allows us to continue to build on the significant progress we have made toward commercializing the development of Brillouin Energy's LENR technologies," said CEO Robert George II. The company is in the process of finalizing a $15 million third round, which it plans to launch later this month. http://www.brillouinenergy.com http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170301005566/en/Brillouin-Energy-Closes-7.75-Million-Series _____________________________________________
o San Francisco-Based Yelp Acquires Restaurant Waitlist Startup Nowait
San Francisco -- Yelp, the San Francisco-based operator of a local business reviews site, said on Wednesday it has paid $40 million in cash to acquire Pittsburgh-based Nowait, developer of a restaurant waitlist system and seating tool. Yelp previously had announced an investment in the company, and integrated its waitlist technology into its app, enabling restaurants to share real-time seating availability. The system replaces paper lists or handheld buzzers with a smart phone experience. "Nowait has quickly become an important feature for Yelp users and a valuable addition to our overall restaurant offerings," said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp's co-founder and CEO. "With this acquisition, we'll make even bigger strides in the restaurant industry by allowing Yelp users to more quickly move from search and discovery to transacting at a local business." http://www.yelp.com http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170301005514/en/Yelp-Acquires-Leading-Restaurant-Waitlist-Service-Nowait _____________________________________________
o Oakland-Based Pandora Names Naveen Chopra as New CFO
Oakland -- Pandora, the Oakland-based Internet radio service, has named Naveen Chopra as its chief financial officer (CFO). He succeeds Mike Herring, who assumed the role of president last March after previously serving as CFO for three years. Chopra previously served as the CFO of TiVo, and as that company's interim CEO for eight months prior to its acquisition by Rovi last fall. "[His] deep knowledge and background in consumer-oriented technology companies make him the right choice as our new CFO," said founder and CEO Tim Westergren. http://www.pandora.com/ http://press.pandora.com/file/4247784/Index?KeyFile=38257848 _____________________________________________
o California Ranks No. 23 in U.S. News "Best States" Rankings
Washington, DC -- With high marks for its economy and health care, California ranks No. 23 on U.S. News & World Report's inaugural "Best States" list. The publication said the rankings are based on thousands of data points in areas such as health care and education, as well as factors such as a state's economy, the opportunity it offers people, its roads, bridges, Internet and other infrastructure, its public safety and the integrity and health of state government. California ranked No. 3 for its economy and No. 10 for its health care, but also saw bottom-10 ranking for its opportunity and government. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Minnesota topped the list, which can be found at the link below. https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rankings _____________________________________________ ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center
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For just $50 you also have access to a wide range of developer sessions as well as hear from inspirational keynotes from big brands including Garmin, Google, Zipcar and Plantronics.
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> Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center
Join us to get inspired and discover the future of connectivity and IoT. There's nothing more inspirational than seeing, playing and experiencing amazing IoT gadgets that have successfully gone to market and made it big. Entry is FREE and you will be able to visit the various zones including Automotive, Audio, Smart Home and Health & Fitness, test your innovations at the Testing Stations and meet a range of suppliers. For just $50 you also have access to a wide range of developer sessions as well as hear from inspirational keynotes from big brands including Garmin, Google, Zipcar and Plantronics. Register for FREE entry or purchase an 'Access all areas pass' for just $50! For more information: https://bluetoothworldevent.com _____________________________________________ > Private VC Event with 3Q Digital at Google San Francisco
When can three hours make you millions of dollars? When 3Q Digital and Google host you as part of an exclusive focus group of VCs to explain two things: what makes a start-up viable; and what digital tools they can and should use to recognize their potential. On Feb. 28, from 4-7 pm at Google's San Francisco office, join 3Q Digital CEO David Rodnitzky and select Google experts to hear how 3Q has grown some of the Bay Area's biggest companies (Eventbrite, GoPro, SurveyMonkey, Square, and more) from seed money to household brand -- and what those companies had in common at the beginning. You'll also learn why we've turned down partnerships with so many start-ups seeking digital marketing over the years, and you'll get a first-hand look at Google's most current suite of digital growth tools. The event is intimate (and so exclusive we're holding it in a secret room). If you'd like to claim your spot, please claim your spot here, https://3qdigital.com/private-vc-event-3q-digital-google-san-francisco/ _____________________________________________
> The Shifting Sands of Employee Motivation
The old "if-then motivators" of giving bonuses for the achievement of goals no longer work. Work has become too complex and is changing too rapidly for such simple formulas to be relevant and to motivate performance. Here, we summarize research on shifts in employee motivators. http://www.fairfaxcountyeda.org/bay-area-tech-wire _____________________________________________ > Director of the Department of Technology/Chief Information Officer
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