Uber pressures regulators by mobilizing riders and hiring vast lobbying network (Washington Post)

PetSmart to Sell Itself to Investor Group for $8.7 Billion (New York Times: DealBook)
PetSmart's deal in August to acquire Plymouth Meeting-based Pet360 for $130 million plus a potential $30 million earnout was apparently for cash - at least the upfront portion - so former Pet360 equity holders don't seem to gain much by the premium paid for PetSmart.

Philly Tech People News 12/14/2014: First Round's Morgan will head advisory board to NY State venture fund; Sparta Systems' Martinson named NJBIZ Exec of the Year

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First Round Capital partner Howard Morgan will head up a voluntary advisory board for newly established $50 million venture fund for the State of New York.

Human Resources Executive Online reports that Rudy Karsan, who sold Kenexa to IBM for $1.3 billion in 2012, left IBM this summer, and is now running his own firm, Karlani Capital, which is based in Philadelphia. Philly Tech News added a few more details.

Sparta Systems' CEO, Eileen Martinson, Named NJBIZ Executive of the Year (PR Newswire)

Michael Gausling of Originate Ventures
(Keystone Edge)

Famed sports agent Leigh Steinberg partners with Philadelphia entrepreneur (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Anaplan hires SAP veteran as EVP operations (Business Cloud News)

Former SAP COO Mike Morini Joins KidoZen (The VAR Guy)

Renowned Population Health Experts Make Up Advisory Board for Intel-GE Care Innovations™ Validation Institute (Care Innovations)
Advisory Board will be chaired by David B. Nash, MD, MBA, founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) and professor of Health Policy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

InterDigital Principal Engineer Named IEEE Fellow (Globe Newswire)

PA SERS Board Unanimously Selects New Chief Investment Officer; Reports Investment Performance (PA SERS Press Release/pdf)

Janney Montgomery Scott Names Cliff Booth and Joe Culley as Co-Heads of Investment Banking (Business Wire)

Enradius Digital Marketing Launches Philadelphia Office (PR Newswire)

Jodi Robinson Joins Charter (Multichannel News)