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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Bay Area Tech Wire - March 23
========================================== BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 23, 2017 ========================================== Sponsor: Bluetooth World 2017, March 28-29, Santa Clara Convention Center https://bluetoothworldevent.com o Hayward-Based Ripcord Launches After Raising $9.5 Million in First Round o San Francisco-Based Lystable Raises Additional $10M to Close First Round o San Francisco-Based Drivemode Lands $6.5 Million in First Round o San Jose-Based Paradata Nearing Completion of $10 Million Funding Round o San Francisco-Based RichRelevance Names Carl Theobald as New CEO o Survey: Most Americans Uninformed About Key Cybersecurity Issues > Bluetooth World 2017, March 28-29, Santa Clara Convention Center o Briefly Noted: Uepaa, Keysight Technologies, Intel _____________________________________________ > Job/Event/Marketplace Classified Listings (Full Listings Below Stories)
o Hayward-Based Ripcord Launches After Raising $9.5 Million in First Round
Hayward, Calif. -- Ripcord, a Hayward-based developer of robots that scan, index and categorize paper records to make them searchable, said on Thursday it has launched operations after raising $9.5 million in its first round of funding. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round, which also included participation from Lux Capital, Legend Star and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Ripcord helps companies digitize paper records and connect them to their existing enterprise systems. The technology includes scanning, natural language search technology, records certification tools and cloud access via a secure platform. Once records are uploaded, users can share and connect records to other enterprise applications like SAP, Oracle and NetSuite. http://www.ripcord.com https://youtu.be/iL_1kcH-4Xs (Video of Ripcord robot) _____________________________________________
o San Francisco-Based Lystable Raises Additional $10M to Close First Round
San Francisco -- Lystable, the San Francisco- and London-based developer of a freelancer collaboration app, said on Thursday it has raised an additional $10 million to close its first round of funding at $21 million. Valar Ventures led the additional tranche, with participation from previous backers SciFi VC (formerly HVF Investments), Kindred Capital and Goldcrest Capital, as well as new investors Glynn Capital and Wilmont Ventures. Eric Scott, a partner at SciFi VC, will join the company's board of directors. Lystable said its free app is designed to streamline freelancer collaboration by managing profiles, assigning work, tracking invoices and making payments. Customers include The Economist, Expedia, NY Daily News, Airbnb, ESPN, CNBC, IDEO and Google. "The additional capital will be used to continue to expand our team in the U.S. and specifically to launch a major new product later in 2017," said founder and CEO Peter Johnston. https://lystable.com/ http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170323005358/en/Lystable-Increases-Series-Funding-21-Million _____________________________________________
o San Francisco-Based Drivemode Lands $6.5 Million in First Round
San Francisco -- Drivemode, the San Francisco-based developer of a safe platform for smartphone use in vehicles, said on Thursday it has landed $6.5 million in its first round of funding, led by Panasonic. Miyako Capital, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Venture Capital and Innovative Venture Fund Investment also participated in the round, which the company will use to accelerate new product development and expand its staff. Drivemode is the developer of an Android app featuring a "no-look" interface that allows users to focus on the road while accessing music, navigation, calls and texts from their phones. The company, which previously had raised $2.65 million since its 2014 launch, said it also is planning to add new functions such as parking reservations and roadside assistance through partnerships. Sunny Sugaya, managing director of Miyako Capital, will join the company's board of directors. http://www.drivemode.com http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/drivemode-raises-65-million-series-a-for-smartphone-connected-car-development-300427706.html _____________________________________________ o San Jose-Based Paradata Nearing Completion of $10 Million Funding Round
San Jose, Calif. -- Paradata, a San Jose-based developer of cloud-based software for the supply chain industry, said on Thursday it is nearing completion of a new $10 million funding round, which is being led by previous backers Richmond Global and PivotNorth. SAP.iO also is participating in the round, which the company will use to scale its core platform. Paradata said its technology is designed to help manufacturers, distributors and suppliers make better procurement and sourcing decisions through real-time insights into part and component costs, compliance, lead time and other go-to-market risks. "We want to be the Google of the supply chain industry, empowering manufacturers to look up any component or part across their entire supply chain ecosystem and quickly find the single source of truth," said CEO Debbra Rogers. Customers include Adtran, Aerohive Networks, Juniper Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Pure Storage and Teledyne/Lecroy. http://www.paradata.io http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/paradata-nears-completion-of-10-million-financing-round-as-sapio-joins-to-speed-delivery-of-unique-smart-supply-chain-saas-solution-300428239.html _____________________________________________
o San Francisco-Based RichRelevance Names Carl Theobald as New CEO
San Francisco -- RichRelevance, a San Francisco-based developer of e-commerce personalization tools for retailers, on Thursday named Carl Theobald as its new president and CEO. He succeeds Eduardo Sanchez, who will remain with the company as a board advisor. Theobald most recently served as the CEO of FollowAnalytics, and previously was the CEO of Avangate. "Eduardo has played an instrumental role in cementing RichRelevance's leadership and building a profitable business in retail personalization," said Chairman Bill Pearce. "We are well positioned to build on this foundation to expand into new areas." RichRelevance's platform uses machine learning and algorithmic decisioning to match any consumer with the most relevant content, including product recommendations, search results, content, offers and video. http://www.richrelevance.com http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170323005384/en/RichRelevance-Appoints-Carl-Theobald-President-Chief-Executive _____________________________________________
o Survey: Most Americans Uninformed About Key Cybersecurity Issues
Washington, DC -- Despite the growing prevalence of cyberattacks, many Americans remain uninformed about key cybersecurity issues, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center. The survey of more than 1,000 adult Internet users included 13 questions designed to test their knowledge of cybersecurity topics and terms. The median respondent answered only five of the 13 questions correctly, with just 1% correctly answering all 13 questions. While most people were able to identify strong passwords and recognize the dangers of using public Wi-Fi, far fewer were knowledgeable about technical issues. For instance, just 39% were aware that Internet service providers can see the sites their customers are visiting while utilizing the "private browsing" mode, 33% knew that the a URL beginning with "https://" indicates that traffic on the site is encrypted, and only 13% were aware that the risks of using insecure Wi-Fi networks can be minimized by using a virtual private network (VPN). Those with higher levels of education and younger Internet users are more likely to answer cybersecurity questions correctly. Both the quiz and the complete report are available at the links below. http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/cybersecurity-knowledge/ (Quiz) http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/03/22/what-the-public-knows-about-cybersecurity/ (Complete report) _____________________________________________ ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center
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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.
(Santa Clara, Calif.) Santa Clara-based chipmaker Intel on Thursday named Omar Ishrak and Greg Smith to its board of directors. Ishrak is the chairman and CEO of Medtronic, and previously spent 16 years in various roles with General Electric, most recently as the president and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. Smith is the chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president of corporate development and strategy at Boeing. https://newsroom.intel.com/news-releases/intel-elects-two-new-members-board-directors/
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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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