Friday, March 24, 2017

Bay Area Tech Wire - March 24

BAY AREA TECH WIRE -- March 24, 2017
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Google Looking to Boost Diversity Through New Howard University Program
Sunnyvale Lowe's Store to Get Pilot of Augmented Reality Navigation App
California No. 4 on WalletHub's Most Innovate States List
o Bill Gates Again Top Forbes' Billionaires List, Jeff Bezos Ranks Third
Survey: Most Americans Now on Social Media, Binge Watching Video
o Briefly Noted:
Engagio, Samba TV

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--Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center
--Job Listing: Director of the Department of Technology/Chief Information Officer
--Mid-Atlantic Marketing Summit - April 21 - DC

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o Google Looking to Boost Diversity Through New Howard University Program

Mountain View, Calif. -- Looking to bolster its recruitment of African-American software engineers, Mountain View-based Google said it has partnered with Howard University to launch a summer computer science residency called "Howard West." The three-month program, for rising juniors and seniors at Howard, will include a dedicated workspace at the company's Mountain View campus and a stipend to cover housing and other expenses in Silicon Valley. Howard President Wayne Frederick said the move will "[rally] the tech industry and other thought leaders around the importance of diversity in business and the communities they serve." The program expands on a longstanding partnership between the organizations, with the Google in Residence (GIR) program already embedding Google engineers as faculty at Howard and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Google said it expects to include about 740 new students in the program within five years, with plans to eventually expand it to other HBCUs. "Howard West will continue Howard's tradition of providing unprecedented access to opportunity, only now with a presence in the heart of Silicon Valley," said Bonita Stewart, Google's vice president of global partnerships, and a Howard alumna. 

o Sunnyvale Lowe's Store to Get Pilot of Augmented Reality Navigation App

Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Lowe's shoppers in Sunnyvale will be among the first in the nation to get access to the home improvement chain's in-store navigation app, which it says is the first retail application of indoor mapping using augmented reality. As part of a pilot program beginning in April, customers in Sunnyvale and Lynwood, Wash. will be able to use Google Tango-enabled smartphones to search for products, add them to a shopping list and locate them within the store using augmented reality. The app uses motion tracking, area learning and depth perception to guide customers through the store using a mixed reality interface. Customer can create a list of their required items, then follow directional prompts overlaid onto the real-world setting to find each item using the most efficient route around the store.

o California No. 4 on WalletHub's Most Innovate States List

California ranks No. 4 in WalletHub's new 2017 rankings of the Most & Least Innovative States, released Thursday. To come up with the list, analysts compared the 50 states and Washington, DC across 18 key metrics, with data ranging from share of STEM professionals to R&D spending per capita to average Internet speed. California tied Washington, DC and Massachusetts highest venture capital spending per capita, but ranked just 48th in eight grade math and science performance. The complete rankings are available at the link below. 

o Bill Gates Again Top Forbes' Billionaires List, Jeff Bezos Ranks Third

For the fourth straight year, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tops Forbes' newly released list of The World's Billionaires, with an estimates net worth of $86 billion. Financier Warren Buffett ranks second ($75.6 billion) and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos third ($72.8 billion). Bezos, in fact, had the best year of any person on the list, adding $27.6 billion to his figure from a year ago. Among tech moguls, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg moved up to No. 5 ($56 billion) Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison No. 7 ($52.2 billion) and Google co-founders Larry Page ($40.7 billion) and Sergey Brin ($39.8 billion) were 12th and 13th, respectively. All told, the number of billionaires jumped 13% to 2,043, marking the first time that list has surpassed 2,000. The complete rankings are at the link below. 

o Survey: Most Americans Now on Social Media, Binge Watching Video

New York -- Eighty-four percent of Americans are now on social networks, and nearly half subscribe to at least one paid streaming video service, according to a new survey by Deloitte. In addition, nearly three quarters of U.S. consumers and nearly 90% of millennials and Gen Z have binge watched video content, with the latter two groups viewing an average of five hours of content in a single sitting. And nearly all millennials and Gen Z are multitasking while watching TV, averaging four additional activities, such as texting, browsing the web, using social networks, reading email and online shopping. "The shift to streaming, mobile, on-demand services and personalization are significant opportunities in 2017," said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and U.S. media and entertainment leader of Deloitte. "Brands can bring new value, services and incredibly entertaining content to the empowered consumers across all age groups in a manner that can be monetized." The full report is available at the link below. 

Briefly Noted:

(San Mateo, Calif.) San Mateo-based Engagio, a developer of account-based marketing and sales tools, has named Heidi Bullock as its chief marketing officer (CMO). Bullock most recently served as the group vice president of global marketing at Marketo, where she held marketing positions for nearly five year. 

(San Francisco) San Francisco-based Samba TV, a developer of software that provides real-time viewership data from smart TVs, set top boxes, mobile devices, laptops and PCs, has named Christopher Scoggins to its board of directors. Scoggins is a senior executive at Oracle Data Cloud, managing global revenues, partnerships and strategy. 

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> Bluetooth World 2017, 28-29 March, Santa Clara Convention Center

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> 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.

> Director of the Department of Technology/Chief Information Officer

The City and County of San Francisco is conducting a national search for an engaging, customer-service driven executive to oversee the award-winning Department of Technology with over 220 employees and an annual operating budget of nearly $100 million. The Director of the Department of Technology/Chief Information Officer (Director of DT/CIO) is at-will management-level position reporting to the Mayor with functional reporting to the City Administrator. Interested candidates should apply by by submitting a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, and current salary to Confidential inquiries welcomed to Ms. Heather Renschler at (916) 630-4900. Detailed brochure available at

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