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Friday, March 10, 2017
Bay Area Tech Wire - March 10
========================================== BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 10, 2017 ========================================== To subscribe: www.bayareatechwire.com o Sunnyvale-Based Sift Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Funding o Alarm.com Completes Deal for Two Units of Redwood City-Based Icontrol o San Francisco-Based Gusto Promotes Lexi Reese to COO o General Catalyst Names Trevor Oelschig as Partner in Bay Area o Oakland-Based Navis Names Chief Revenue Officer and Chief HR Officer o Briefly Noted: Ooma, PubMatic, Silicon Valley Forum - Women in Tech Festival _____________________________________________ > Job/Event/Marketplace Classified Listings (Full Listings Below Stories)
o Sunnyvale-Based Sift Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Funding
Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Sift, the Sunnyvale-based developer of a free app designed to help consumers maximize credit card benefits and earn reimbursements, said it has raised $1.5 million in a new round of seed funding. Participants included Liquid 2 Ventures (Joe Montana's fund) and Plug and Play, as well as several individuals. The company, formerly known as ShopInBox, also said it has publicly released its iOS app. "In our beta testing, we have saved users hundreds of thousands of dollars and estimate users get back over 5% of their spend," said co-founder Abhinav Dubey. "This round of funding will help us grow our user base as well as continue to develop ways in which we can level the playing field for consumers." Sift said its service automatically analyzes lengthy credit card policies and files claims on behalf of users. The company said it can unlock hidden benefits, including price adjustment refunds, extended warranties and return protection for 90% of all credit cards in the U.S. http://www.siftwallet.com/ http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sift-announces-15-million-seed-round---poised-to-bring-transparency-to-the-credit-card-market-300421296.html _____________________________________________
o Alarm.com Completes Deal for Two Units of Redwood City-Based Icontrol
Redwood City, Calif. -- Alarm.com, the Virginia-based developer of a platform that lets users monitor and control their properties from anywhere, said it has completed its acquisition of two business units from Redwood City-based Icontrol Networks. Financial terms of the deal, first announced in June, were not disclosed. The acquisition includes Connect, the Redwood City-based developer of an interactive security and home automation platform, and Canada-based Piper, developer of an all-in-one video and home automation hub. "The market for security-oriented connected home and connected business solutions continues to be attractive," said Steve Trundle, the president and CEO of Alarm.com. "These two business units will allow us to upsize our distribution channels and increase the scale of our research and development initiatives." http://www.alarm.com https://www.icontrol.com http://www.alarm.com/about/press/PressGeneric.aspx?cmid=432 _____________________________________________
o San Francisco-Based Gusto Promotes Lexi Reese to COO
San Francisco -- Gusto, a San Francisco-based developer of payroll, benefits and human resources technology, said it has promoted Lexi Reese to chief operating officer (COO). Reese, the former vice president of global programmatic sales and strategy at Google, had been the company's chief customer experience officer. In her new role, she will oversee al of the company's marketing, sales, customer experience and insights and operations teams. Gusto, which also maintains offices in Denver, counts more than 40,000 small business customers. The company, formerly known as ZenPayroll, raised a $60 million funding round in 2015, led by Google Capital. https://gusto.com _____________________________________________
o General Catalyst Names Trevor Oelschig as Partner in Bay Area
San Francisco -- Venture capital firm General Catalyst has named Trevor Oelschig as a managing director in its San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. Oelschig previously spent nine years at Bessemer, where three of his early-stage investments went on to have IPOs in the past three years. In his new role, he will focus on companies in enterprise and business applications. "At General Catalyst, I focus on the application layer with special attention paid to user-centric products with a sneaky potential to become hugely useful in enterprises," said Oelschig. "I also spend time on the underlying picks and shovels that help developers build great software and keep systems up and running." General Catalyst now has five managing directors in its Bay Area offices, managing investments in companies such as Snap, Stripe, Illumio, Gusto and Digit. http://generalcatalyst.com/ https://medium.com/@gcvp/trevor-oelschig-joins-general-catalyst-8973abf0d2b2#.7mvxjihlt _____________________________________________
o Oakland-Based Navis Names Chief Revenue Officer and Chief HR Officer
Oakland -- Navis, an Oakland-based provider of technology for managing the movement of cargo through terminals, has named Bruce Jacquemard as its chief revenue officer and Sunaina Lobo as its chief human resources officer. In addition, the company has promoted Scott Holland to vice president of global product management. Jacquemard most recently served as the president and executive vice president of sales, marketing and global delivery at ONE Network Enterprises, while Lobo held HR and business leadership positions at SVB Financial Services, Cisco Systems, ANZ Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. http://www.navis.com http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170310005156/en/Navis-Appoints-Chief-Revenue-Officer-Chief-Human _____________________________________________ ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
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.
(Redwood City, Calif.) Redwood City-based PubMatic, developer of a revenue automation platform for publishers and programmatic tools for media buyers, on Friday named Philip Buxton as its London-based vice president of international marketing. Buxton previously served as chief marketing officer (CMO) of The Drum, a European media and marketing news and information platform. The company also has named Nigel Kwan as its director of marketing for APAC, Osbaldo Franco as its director of marketing research and Imelda Suriato as its creative services director. https://pubmatic.com/news/pubmatic-announces-expansion-of-global-marketing-organization-with-key-appointments/
(San Jose, Calif.) Silicon Valley Forum, a San Jose-based nonprofit focused on startup events and entrepreneurship, said it will again host its two-day Women in Tech Festival, March 24-25 at Microsoft's campus in Mountain View. The event will include a pitch competition featuring 10 female-founded startups in a diverse range of tech sectors. as well as a series of talks, networking opportunities and workshops. http://siliconvalleyforum.com/event/26811228105
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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 _____________________________________________
> 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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