Links 3/31: Charter to buy Bright House; Angelakis to head new Comcast venture unit

Charter To Buy Bright House For $10.4B
(Multichannel News)

Comcast to form investment company with CFO at helm (Reuters)

(Comcast Voices/ Comcast Corporate Blog)

Exclusive: Cablevision to make $1 offer for New York Daily News (Reuters)

Is Yuengling now bigger than Samuel Adams? (Fortune)

Etsy IPO Price Expected At Between $14-$16 A Share, Starting Roadshow Tomorrow (TechCrunh)

Cuomo Budget Said to Include $100 Million Venture Capital Fund (Bloomberg)

How IBM and The Weather Channel's new deal can save you money (Fortune)

Links 3/30: IBM acquires Blekko for Watson; CardioNet pays $6.4 million to settle billing probe

In Comcast Suit, You May Already Be A Winner
(The Post of Sanatoga PA and The Pottsgroves)

Sling TV Subject To Content Restrictions (Multichannel News)

IBM acquires technology from curated search engine Blekko to bolster Watson (Silicon Angle)

MSG Sale Of Sports Business Possible But Not Certain (Investor's Business Daily)

Penn faculty startup raises $100K from Startup PHL angel fund (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Medical device firm CardioNet pays $6.4M to settle billing probe (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Q&A: Amazon VP Peter Faricy explains the company’s move into home improvement (GeeKWire)

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Rovi Taps SAP Exec For Board Seat
(Multichannel News)

Google taps Morgan Stanley exec for CFO post
Ruth Porat received an MBA from Wharton.

ARRIS Appoints Patrick Macken as Senior Vice President and General Counsel (Arris Press Release)

Ecrypt Appoints Former SAP and Microsoft Engineer as Vice President of Product Development (Marketwire)

New publisher to oversee two South Jersey newspapers
(Philadelphia Business Journal)

Checkpoint Systems' CFO resigns; acting replacement chosen (NJBIZ)


IBM losing touch with values that bred success (Minneapolis
Star Tribune)

Comcast fighting fears it will become an ‘Internet gatekeeper’ (New York Post)

Salesforce aims to surpass SAP on German market: executive tells WiWo (Reuters)

Links 3/25: Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer; Nucci on 2nd big bet

NBC News Chief Andrew Lack Targets MSNBC as Priorities Emerge (Hollywood Reporter)

Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer (AP via

Michael Wolff on Liberty's John Malone: What Is He Actually Hunting? (Hollywood Reporter)

Tennessee sues FCC to stop expansion of municipal broadband (The Verge)

Apple snaps up FoundationDB for behind-the-scenes help (CNET News)

Our 2nd Big Bet (Rick Nucci/GetGuru)

How SnapLogic’s cloud integration bet paid off – with CEO Gaurav Dhillon (Jon Reed/Diginomica)

Mobile Marketing Startup Localytics Raises $35M More (TechCrunch)
Round led by Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures).

An afternoon at SAP’s latest Silicon Valley venture: A coffee shop (Ars Technica)

Philly Tech People News 3/22/2015; David Freschman's passing; Mateo named Veeva's Executive Vice President of Global Sales

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David Freschman, Investor Who Advised ‘Shark Tank,’ Dies at 52 (Bloomberg)
Locally, he guided Innovation Ventures,  the Delaware Innovation Fund, and Early Stage East.

Software Industry Veteran Alan Mateo Joins Veeva Systems as Executive Vice President of Global Sales (Business Wire)
Alan Mateo

hybris Appoints Rob Rosenthal as Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas (Business Wire)

TCS, IBM veteran Natarajan Srinivasan to head Wipro's SAP unit (Times of India)

Uber’s Chief Financial Officer to Leave Company (NY Times)

Former United Way leader joins Independence Blue Cross (Philadelphia Business Journal)

TierPoint has named Tim Cody as Sr. Sales Executive for the Philadelphia market. In his new role, Cody is responsible for new business development. Cody brings with him over 30 years of varied sales experience, including working in sales for Philadelphia Technology Park, a colocation and data center services provider that was acquired by TierPoint in June 2014.

TierPoint is a leading national provider of cloud, colocation and managed services designed to help organizations improve business performance and manage risk. With corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., TierPoint operates 13 highly-redundant, Tier III plus data centers in the states of Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

PrimePay Adds Director of Product Management Ryan A. Cieslak to Maximize Market Focus (PR Web)

Quattro Names Vice President of Business Development, Promotes Two (PR Web)

Comcast Faces Open Season on the Cable Bundle (Holman Jenkins / Wall Street Journal)

Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation (TechCrunch)

SAP CEO Bill McDermott's keynote at CeBIT (video)

Links 3/19: Two First Round Capital-backed adtech companies team up; SAP raises dividend payout

Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages

Rebecca Rimel’s Millions in Compensation at Pew Charitable Trusts and Elsewhere (Nonprofit Quarterly)

AppNexus Buys Yieldex for $100 Million
(Wall Street Journal: MoneyBeat)
First Round Capital is an investor in both New York-based AppNexus and Colorado-based Yieldex, which are adtech companies. AppNexus had a valuation of $1.2 billion as of its last round.

Enterprise Software Values Drop on Public Markets, But Not in VC (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)

Oracle salesmen get SEVENFOLD salary boost for flogging its cloudy aaS produce (The Register)

Suddenly, more tech workers want to get poached by Oracle (Business Insider)
Comcast, SAP not in top 40, but don't know how broad a sample is represented.

Dell Boomi Launches API Management Cloud Service (eWeek)

SAP Announces $1.4 Billion Dividend as It Boosts Payout Ratio (Bloomberg)

Plex – the modern face of manufacturing software (Diginomica)

Demo Pit Finalists Announced for Phorum 2015 (Business Wire)

Philly Fed business index slips to new low (CNBC)

Links 3/18: Sony's VUE launches in Philly & 2 other cities; eMoney looks for many more people post-acquistion

Apple Is Out to Blow Up the Cable TV Model (Bloomberg)

Comcast Puts DOCSIS 3.1 Live in the Field (Light Reading)

Philly is one of three cities it launched in today.

Moonves Said to Have Mulled Time Warner Deal as CBS Plots Future (Bloomberg)

Clinical Ink, CentrosHealth merge to bolster mobile clinical trial tools (Mobile Health News)
Clinical Ink is based in Winston-Salem and Philadelphia. CentrosHealth is based in Boston. The merger also involves an additional investment in the company.

InsideSales raises $60M in round led by Salesforce Ventures (VentureBeat)

Salesforce and Microsoft Invest in at $1.5B Valuation (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)

Detente is over as Oracle lays into Salesforce and Workday (Diginomica)

SAP sees procurement services as the cloud's silver lining (Reuters)

Dell Boomi API Management Makes It Easier and More Cost Effective to Create, Publish and Manage APIs (Business Wire)

Software firm for 'One Percent' seeks 60 Philly engineers ( Philly Deals)

Charlotte firm expects 400% client growth with new big-time financial backing (Charlotte Business Journal)
New backer is LLR Partners of Philly.

Tech startups market to PCB spring breakers Panama City News Herald)
Wharton-founded startup hits the beach during spring break to evangelize its communications app.

Comcast partnership with Braves on new stadium includes establishing major Atlanta R&D center

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Comcast today announced a partnership with the Atlanta Braves, in which it will provide all its technology goodies for the Braves' new stadium in suburban Cobb County, SunTrust Park, and the office and entertainment complex surrounding it. Comcast will also be an anchor tenant for an office tower in the complex. The stadium is scheduled to open in 2017.

What surprised me was that its plans for the office space are not only for it to house local employees serving the Atlanta market, where it is the major cable system incumbent. It also will have an Innovation Lab that will serve as a primary technology development hub for Comcast, along with the company's other major R&D centers in Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, and Denver.

Comcast plans to base about 1,000 employees at the new office, but its not known how many will be in the R&D workforce. (A Comcast spokesperson said they didn't have any numbers on that yet.)

A little back story: The Braves are currently owned by John Malone's Liberty Media. Cable pioneer Malone has been through the years both a frequent business partner and sometime nemesis to Comcast. He is currently involved in the pending Comcast / Time Warner Cable / Charter deal, through which Charter, in which Liberty Media owns a large stake, will acquire some of the subs Comcast plans to shed and enter into a joint venture with Comcast that will acquire other Comcast and TWC subs.

Comcast could also be interested in a cable rights deal with the Braves similar to the one it has with the Phillies. But last year Liberty Media renegotiated its previously subpar local cable package with Fox channels Fox Sports South and SportSouth. Its a long-term contract but of unknown length, and I don't know if it has any opt-out clauses that would allow the Braves to seek another deal. But the very fact that Liberty Media and Comcast are working together on the Braves makes me think other arrangements could be possible in the future.

See also Wall Street Journal blog article, Braves Hit Home Run With Comcast Deal.

Links 3/17: Apple reported to be planning to launch streaming TV service in Fall, but without Comcast's NBC as of now

Apple said to plan September launch of subscription TV service (CNET)

Apple is feuding with Comcast, and may not include its channels in its upcoming streaming TV service (Quartz)

NBC reportedly working on Apple TV app, but you'll need cable to use it (The Verge)

SAP CEO McDermott Walks A Fine Line on NSA Allegations (Re/code)

SAP opens coffee shop for those ‘who share a passion for technology’ in Silicon Valley (GeekWire)
How about opening one in Philly?

Business intelligence upstart Birst gets $65 million venture infusion (Fortune)
Partnership with SAP; competes with Qlik.

Oracle Meets Profit Expectations In Its FQ3, Misses With Revenue Of $9.3B Due To Forex Headwinds (TechCrunch)

Dataminr Confirms $130M Raise To Take Its Social Media Data Analysis To New Verticals (TechCrunch)

GSK Selects Veeva as Global Multichannel CRM Partner (PR Newswire)

Software Industry Veteran Alan Mateo Joins Veeva Systems as Executive Vice President of Global Sales
(Business Wire)

Warby Parker has hired Goldman Sachs, bringing it one step closer to an IPO (Business Insider)

LLR Partners Invests in Agility Recovery (Business Wire)

Microsoft Cloud-First Push Shines In CRM, Lags In ERP (Information Week)

Links 3/16: SAP denies backdoors, defends its software used in government; Rovi Reacts To Investor Pressure

Little support in D.C. for Comcast-Time Warner deal (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Comcast more vexed by HBO Now than other MVPDs, analyst says (FierceCable)

Rovi Reacts To Investor Pressure
(Multichannel News)
Based in California, Rovi has significant parts of its business operating out of Radnor.

​SAP denies backdoors, defends its software used in government (ZDNet)

SAP is pushing mobile apps, and that’s great news for their mobile security partner Mocana(Brian

Oracle Analysts Reduce Q3 Estimates Ahead Of Report (Investor's Business Daily)

AWS market share reaches five-year high despite Microsoft Cloud growth surge (Computerworld)

HR analytics “stuck in neutral”, warns Deloitte (Diginomica)

ResearchKit An “Enormous Opportunity” For Science, Says Breast Cancer Charity (TechCrunch)

Inside Big Taxi's Dirty War With Uber (Bloomberg)

Microsoft reportedly declines to invest in $110M round for Android OS-maker Cyanogen (GeekWire)

Blue Pillar Secures $14M Led by EnerTech Capital for Facilities IoT (Marketwire)

Gilt Groupe’s Very Cloudy Future (Re/code)

Healthcare providers test new venture capital, innovation models (Healthcare Finance News)

Inquirer article: Search results snippet suggests possible Cerner (formerly Siemens) layoffs in Malvern, but reference removed from article

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From Google search results:

"The fallout from the Cerner Corp. of Siemens Health Services is ... at the heath care information technology company's Malvern location were ..."

Today's actual Inquirer article: Jobs picture improving, but area's laid-off professionals still need work

No mention of Cerner / Siemens.


The Long Story Behind Gigaom’s Sudden Demise
(Peter Kafka / Re/code)

Gigaom: The Life and Death of a Venture Funded Media Startup (Michael Wolf / Medium)

QVC debuts TV shopping on the Apple Watch
(Internet Retailer)

Verizon's small cell moves could provide backhaul bounty for Cincinnati Bell, FairPoint and Lumos (FierceTelecom)

Philly Tech People News 3/15/2015: Comcast promotes three to EVP; New SAP CTO on development plans


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Mark Schweitzer Joins Strategic Marketing Consultants CMG Partners as Partner (CMG Partners [pdf])
Schweitzer was previously senior vice president of marketing and product at Comcast Business.

Comcast Gives EVP Nod to D’Arcy Rudnay, Arthur Block, Lawrence Salva (Variety)

New SAP CTO Quentin Clark on SAP’s Development Future, How His Work Impacts Customers (ASUG News)

Terrence Curtin Named President of TE Connectivity (PR Newswire)

Uber, Mint, and Square investor Rob Hayes shares what he looks for in community-driven startups (VentureBeat)

Alibaba adds U.S. investing partner (Fortune)

TierPoint Names Dennis Jesielowski to New COO Position (Business Wire)

Benjamin’s Desk names new CEO, has big plans for year ahead (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Universal Display Corporation Names Rosemarie B. Greco to Its Board of Directors (Business Wire)

Implementing Enterprise SaaS: If it’s Easy, it’s Because You’re Not Trying (Josh Greenbaum/Enterprise Applications Consulting)

Links 3/13/2015: FCC hits delay on merger shot clock again; Josh Kopelman on state of Series A funding

Comcast hits back at merger critics (The Hill)

States sink teeth into Comcast deal (Politico)

FCC delays review of Comcast-Time Warner Cable and AT&T-DirecTV mergers (LA Times)

Charter Communications in Talks to Buy Bright House Networks (Variety)
Interestingly, Bright House partners with Time Warner Cable on technology, programming and other services.

AccuWeather Launches All-Weather All-The-Time Net (Multichannel News)
State College-based AccuWeather launches weather channel that actually focuses on weather. Replaces The Weather Channel on FiOS TV.

What the Seed Funding Boom Means for Raising a Series A (Josh Kopelman / First Round Review)

TiVo Receives Approval To Acquire Aereo Assets (TechCrunch)
Assets sold for less than $2 million.

CloudMine: Fueling the transformation of how people consume and interact with enterprise data (David Luk / Safeguard Scientifics Blog)

Oracle Q3 Preview: How Much Will Currency Matter? (Barron's Tech Trader Daily)

CenturyLink CFO: We won't sell our assets ... yet (FierceTelecom)

Links 3/12: Charter in talks to buy Bright House Networks; Philly to be one of three initial launch cities for Sony Playstation Vue

Lyft Raises $530 Million in Fight With Uber (WSJ: Digits)

PlayStation Vue Nears Commercial Debut: WSJ (Multichannel News)
Philadelphia reported to be one of three initial launch cities.

F.C.C. Releases Net Neutrality Rules (NY Times)

Charter in Talks to Buy Newhouse’s Bright House Networks (Bloomberg)

Google’s Pay TV Push Is Slow. Google’s Broadband Push Is a Question Mark. (Re/code)

Bob Moul interviewed on Bloomberg Radio
(Bloomberg Radio/Audio)
Discusses Artisan Mobile, mobile tech, Apple, and Philly tech scene.

Also involves Aria Systems.

Bentley Adds MANAGEservices Offering for Construction Managers through Acquisition of EADOC Cloud Services (Business Wire

IBM workforce declined 12% in 2014; losses tied to corporate divestitures (Computerworld)

Synchronoss Cloud Growth Outlook Conservative: FBR (Investor's Business Daily)

Agilence receives $4.3 Million in New Funding to Support Growth Initiative (PR Newswire)

Links 3/11: Zuora scores $115 MM round; More details emerge on stategy

Zuora $115M Investment Round Validates Subscription Approach (TechCrunch)

Looker Raises Another $30M For Its New Approach To Business Intelligence (TechCrunch)
First Round Capital, Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures) participated.

More Details Emerge on Amazon Rival (Wall Street Journal: Digits)

Aereo Just Can’t Let Go (Zatz Not Funny)

Local firm adds U.S. technology company (Winnipeg Free Press)
Buys AmerisourceBergen Technology Group, based in Illinois.

SAP brings new analytics tools to companies large and small (PCWorld)

Why NY-area patent lawyers want Philly office ( Philly Deals)

HBO Wanted More Leverage with the Cable Guys. Apple is Happy to Help.

Apple's new ResearchKit lets iPhone users participate in clinical trials (The Verge)

How Dollar Shave Club got started (Fortune)

NBC News expose in New York Magazine

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Gabriel Sherman writes the latest, up to date expose of NBC News in New York Magazine, describing the time when Brian Williams sought to take over the "Tonight Show", how his (at least) temporary ouster was handled, and NBCU CEO Steve Burke's decision to bring back Andrew Lack to run NBC News again.

Reportedly, Comcast's goal was to quell the ongoing soap opera within NBC News when it took it over, something it has probably failed to do.

Philly Tech People News 3/8/2015: NBC brings back Andrew Lack to lead news division; Philly Fed names Patrick Harker as new President

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NBC Brings Back Andrew Lack to Lead Its News Division (NY Times)

Philadelphia Fed names Patrick Harker as Plosser's successor (Reuters)

Aria Systems Appoints Mark Verbeck as CFO as Company Enters Accelerated Growth Stage
Based in Califiornia, Aria has about 70 of its 200 employees located in Broomall, according to LinkedIn, mostly in development.

LeadiD Chief Marketing Officer Blair Lyon leaves for Electronic Ink ( Philly)

New Amazon Competitor Hires E-Trade CMO (Re/code)

Passion drives Unisys Federal's new president (Washington Technology)

doForms Appoints Laura Teller, SVP Strategic Partnership

Oki Data Americas, Inc. Names Sergio Horikawa Deputy President

NextGen Healthcare Enterprise Architect Elected to Chair HIMSS EHR Association Privacy and Security Workgroup

Lou Ann Kramer Joins SEND Management Team at Instem

Warby Parker co-founder launching growth equity firm (Fortune)

Bringing People Along: My First 100 Days as CMO (Maggie Chan Jones - Chief Marketing Officer at SAP / LinkedIn Pulse)

ORS Partners Announces New President and Chief Operating Officer

Farewell Valley Forge Tech (Mathew Goldsborough)
By Valley Forge Tech founder Mathew Goldsborough, who has relocated to warmer climes.

Saturday Highlights: Google intros insurance shopping site; Comcast has objections to California's merger conditions

Google Introduces Long-Anticipated Insurance Shopping Site (NY Times: Bits)

Like Uber for Wireless… (Kevin Werbach via Medium)
Wharton prof gives his view of what Google may be up to in Wireless.

Public cloud providers’ end game shouldn’t surprise anyone (Gigaom)

Comcast has tons of objections to California’s “approval” of TWC merger (Ars Technica)

SAP S/4HANA FAQ: Pricing and Licensing Implications (ASUG News)

The University of Pennsylvania’s Weiss Tech House Announces PennVention Semifinalists (Weiss Tech House)

Links 3/6: SAP to cut more than 2,000 jobs, but to hire about the same; NBC News brings back Lack as chief

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SAP to Reduce More Than 2,000 Jobs in McDermott’s Second Cut (Bloomberg)

Violin Memory's strings snap as losses DOUBLE from last quarter (The Register)

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Gets Predictive (Information Week)

Andrew Lack takes command of NBC's troubled news operation (LA Times)

NBC Makes It Official, Hiring Andy Lack As News Chief (Wall Street Journal: CMO Today)

Sling TV’s Web-TV Service Attracts at Least 100,000 Sign-Ups in Its First Month (Re/code)

Google Fiber incites SMB battle against CenturyLink, Comcast in Provo, Utah (FierceTelecom)

Google Fiber hikes rates for TV subscriptions for new customers (Kansas City Star)

Ad Tech's Rough Ride on Wall Street Continues With Latest IPO (Ad Age)

Links 3/5/2015: SunEdison buys Philadelphia-based Solar Grid Storage; Campbell's uses vending machines to quiz employees (in a good way)

Netflix: We Support Title II (Multichannel News)
Walks back CFO's comments.

Comcast Says Wi-Fi Not Ready For Prime Time (Investor's Business Daily)

Angelakis: Comcast Not Worried About OTT (Multichannel News)

Campbell’s quizzes its own employees with the ‘Snackbot’ (Digiday)

Safeguard Scientifics Announces Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Financial Results (Safeguard Scientifics)

Safeguard CEO Zarrilli: “As we embark on 2015, we remain focused and disciplined. We have set out the following goals and objectives: to increase the total number of our partner companies to approximately 30; to realize continued growth in partner company aggregate revenue; to deploy $35 million to $50 million in new partner companies; to deploy $30 million to $50 million in follow-on funding for current partner companies; and to realize a minimum of two profitable exits.”

SunEdison Buys Philadelphia-based Solar Grid Storage for Battery-Backed PV and Wind Power (Greentech Media)

This Venture Capitalist Says We Have Entered a Tech Bubble (Bloomberg)

Heroku Enterprise launches, bringing Salesforce's app platform to the business (Computerworld)

Drexel to phase out Sacramento operations (Philadelphia Business Journal)

ExpenseWatch Debuts as a High Performer in G2 Crowd’s Expense Management Tools Grid Report (PR Web)

Veeva shares dive 21% today after strong earnings report

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Despite beating earnings estimates for its Q4 FY 2015, Veeva Systems (NYSE: VEEV), based in California, but having considerable operations in Radnor, plunged 21% in trading today.

For the Fiscal Year 2015 ending January 31, the SaaS life sciences firm reported yesterday afternoon that its earnings rose 68% to 37 cents a share, with revenue up 49% to $313 million.

Guidance for FY 2016, however, just meet expectations, which may have spooked some investors, who might have been expecting more. Revenue was guided at $390 million-$395 million, with EPS of 43 to 45 cents.

Veeva also announced it had acquired Qforma CrowdLink, a key opinion leader (KOL) information source for the pharma industry. Terms weren't disclosed. Although Qforma had an ownership structure I haven't quite figured out yet, with connections in Europe, its headquarters appear to be located in Morris Plains, New Jersey.

CEO Peter Gassner said that Veeva's more recently introduced offerings, content management system Vault and database service Network, are growing rapidly and are now contributing about 20% of revenue, up from 10% a year ago. Analysts have been watching to see how successful Veeva would be in growing beyond its core CRM business.

High-growth companies such as Veeva are often subject to rapid price swings due to slight variations in perceived outlook.

Safeguard Scientifics leads $5 million Series A in CloudMine

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CloudMine, the Philadelphia-based mobile cloud platform company, received a $5 million Series A investment led by Safeguard Scientifics and including several other local investors, it was announced this morning.

Although it still has a geographically diverse portfolio, Safeguard appears to be doubling down in Philadelphia. In addition to CloudMine, its local investments include Clutch, WebLinc, ThingWorx (acquired by PTC), longtime portfolio company, and Hoopla (which has since moved its headquarters to Silicon Valley but still has development offices in Malvern). In addition, it recently brought parts of healthcare technology companies Dabo Health and Syapse to the area, and also led an investment in Trice Medical of King of Prussia.

Last month, Safeguard announced it was moving its headquarters from the Route 202 corridor to a location near the Blue Route in Radnor, in part to have easier access to the entire Philadelphia area.

CloudMine, a mobile backend as a service (BaaS) provider, garnered considerable attention after it was founded in 2011 though it seemed to take a while in finding revenue traction. But it found its niche by focusing on verticals such as healthcare, pharmaceuticals and retail, where there are needs for rigorous data security. CloudMine has partnered with important cloud infrastructure players such as Rackspace and CenturyLink.

CloudMine's CEO is co-founder Brendan McCorkle. It had previously received $3.2 million in funding, according to CrunchBase. MissionOG, one of its early major backers, did not participate in this round. CloudMine currently has 16 employees.

Philly Tech News Quotes & Tweets 3/2/2015

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"After today, the only 'certainty'... is that we all face inevitable litigation and years of regulatory uncertainty."-Comcast EVP David Cohen

“If anyone doubts the hostility of the regulatory climate in Washington now, imagine how clear it would be on the morning after a rejection. These risks must at least be acknowledged" -Craig Moffet of MoffettNathanson, on outlook for Comcast / Time Warner Cable merger, after lowering his odds of it being completed from 70/30 to 60/40.

“We are very disappointed with the results of the auction. This has been a very difficult sales process and the results reflect that.” -William Baldiga, counsel for Aereo and partner at Brown Rudnick, in a statement.

Philly Tech People News 3/1/2015

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SAP Security Chief Said to Join Infosys to Work for Old Boss (Bloomberg)

Christie confidant Bob Grady joins private equity firm (Fortune)

Office Practicum Appoints New Chief Sales Officer

Revitas Demonstrates Strong Growth with Key Customer Wins and New Chief Financial Officer
Was previously CFO of Quintiq, which was acquired by Dassault Systemes.

BlackLine Appoints New CFO to Take Company Through Next Phase of Growth
Was previously CFO of Fiberlink (acquired by IBM). Joins the rapidly growing LA-based financial SaaS firm.

Comcast Ventures Brings ‘Catalyst’ Fund to Bay Area (Multichannel News)
Laurence Toney Joins VC Unit for Minority-Led Start-ups.

Charlotte Field Joins Charter (Multichannel News)
Last with Comcast.

Accolade Prepares for Continued Growth with Key Executive Appointments

Ancero names Peter M. Cava Jr. as Director of Operations