PayPal rolls out Venmo payments to its U.S. retailers (Reuters)

Behind the digital curve, Philadelphia Media Network tries to straighten out its brand (Columbia Journalism Review)

IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!
(The Register)

Food services firm Aramark to buy Avendra, AmeriPride in $2.35 billion deal (Reuters)

Christie to throw support behind Newark's Amazon bid, sources say (

Manufacturing fuels robotics in central Pennsylvania (Axios)
Steve Case's #riseoftherest tour.

Mixing business and pleasure: newspaper asset sales mingled with home buying spree (Digital First Media Workers)

Amazon: Not This Time!
Fanatics Inc. is probably protected since most of its gear is under license.

Netflix adds 5.3 million subscribers during Q3, beating analyst estimates (CNBC)

IBM's Long String Of Quarterly Revenue Declines Expected To Continue

Philly Tech People News 10/15/2017: Danny Sullivan goes over to other side; SAP COO Christian Klein to join exec board

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Verizon's media head Marni Walden to leave (Reuters)

Blue Bell-based Anexinet, which has been both expanding its geographic footprint and increasing its analytical capabilities, appointed company Veteran John Kolimago to head its new Cloud Solutions business unit.

Apple names former Honeywell executive as new general counsel (Reuters)

My new chapter: joining Google to better explain search & help bridge the gap (Danny Sullivan)

SAP COO Christian Klein to join exec board (Marketwatch)

Epicor Software Corporation Announces CEO Succession

SEI Names David Hintz US Equity Portfolio Manager

Fintech Firm eOriginal Appoints Michael Coluzzi As New CFO (Crowdfund Insider)

Peter Strid, formerly of PeopleLinx, has joined LiquidHub as Director Business Development.

David Anderson Appointed Chief Executive Officer of InsPro Technologies

Norm Mullock Joins Wilson Legal Solutions As Vice President of Strategy

Weekend Highlights: Final push to Amazon Deadline; Google says will Invest in Business, Workforce Development in Pennsylvania, elsewhere

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Cities throw themselves at Amazon as deadline looms (The Hill)

KOZs proposed, renewed to lure Amazon to University City (PlanPhilly)

Texans' Love Of Business And Philly's Great Location Could Win Amazon's HQ2 (Bisnow)

‘Dear Jeff’: Boston Globe shows how Amazon HQ2 can ‘help make our city better’ (GeekWire)

Google to Invest in Business, Workforce Development in Pennsylvania (USA Herald)
But not only Pennsylvania, or Pittsburgh.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, a Wharton grad, chose to announce this in Pittsburgh.

New Jersey to join Nevada, Delaware in online poker pact (LA Times)

Salesforce takes another shot at IoT

Hive-IO, run by former Devon IT CEO Joe Makoid, gets Series B funding from Citrix, Osage

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Hive-IO, a startup focused on software-defined infrastructure, announced Tuesday it had completed its Series B Round of financing led by Rally Ventures with Citrix Systems, Inc., Osage Venture Partners (OVP), and El Dorado Ventures participating.

Hive-IO, based in New York, definitely has a Philly-like feel to it. Joe Makoid, former CEO of King of Prussia-based Devon IT, is Hive-IO's CEO as well as a founder. And with Osage's participation, Nate Lentz, Managing Partner at OVP joined the Hive-IO Board of Directors.

In July, Hive-IO announced it has acquired "certain assets" of Atlantis Computing, another player in software-defined infrastructure.

10/14: Comcast NBC's Fandango is acquiring rival online ticketer; SoFi Withdraws U.S. Banking Application, Citing Leadership Change

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Microsoft and Amazon struck a brilliant partnership to take on Google in the next big thing for cloud computing (Business Insider)

Cable operators need to raise standalone broadband to $80 to offset cord cutting, analyst says (FierceCable)
But is that truly the best approach, or should Cable emphasize bundles that minimize any cost savings from cord cutting?

Comcast NBC's Fandango is acquiring rival online ticketer

SoFi Withdraws U.S. Banking Application, Citing Leadership Change (Fortune)

Fifty years old and still humming: Like the mainframe, Syncsort won’t quit
(Silicon Angle)

While Amazon and Microsoft battle in the cloud wars, this startup quietly built a $175 million business by picking up their slack (Business Insider)
But how's Linode doing?

10/12: Amazon's other tech hubs; Walmart recruiting at Penn

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Amazon's portfolio of tech hubs hints at top U.S. contenders for HQ2 (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Wal-Mart Wants to Break Into the Ivy League Recruiting Circuit (Bloomberg)
Recruiting at Penn.

Pharma companies are starting to recruit top talent from tech giants like Google and LinkedIn

Many patent-holders stop looking to East Texas following Supreme Court ruling (Ars Technica)

NetSuite: One Year After the Oracle Acquisition (LAURIE MCCABE'S BLOG)

10/11: Trump v NBC; Farrow v NBC

Can Trump Really Shut Down NBC? (Bloomberg)

How Did NBC Miss Out on a Harvey Weinstein Exposé? (NY Times)

Comcast Pressures Local Cable Firms to Curb Low-Cost TV Packages (Bloomberg)

Qlik Announces CEO Transition David Murphy Appointed Interim CEO

Qlik Announces CEO Transition
David Murphy Appointed Interim CEO

October 11, 2017 10:05 AM Eastern Daylight Time
RADNOR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Qlik®, a leader in data analytics, today announced that Lars Björk, CEO, has transitioned his responsibilities to David Murphy as interim CEO. David Murphy is the former President and COO of Blue Coat Systems and a current Qlik Board Member and Thoma Bravo Operating Partner. A search is underway to find a permanent CEO.

“Having spent my entire career at some of the premier companies within the software industry, I have long admired Qlik’s mission to deliver comprehensive business intelligence solutions across a wide spectrum of analytics use cases”
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David has more than 30 years of success in the software technology industry. As a part of the senior leadership team at Blue Coat Systems, he helped nearly double the revenue and profitability of the business over a three-year period, and successfully repositioned the company as a leading next-generation security vendor. Prior to Blue Coat, David was instrumental in building Mercury Interactive and Tivoli Systems into market leaders. “Having spent my entire career at some of the premier companies within the software industry, I have long admired Qlik’s mission to deliver comprehensive business intelligence solutions across a wide spectrum of analytics use cases,” said Murphy. “I look forward to working with the executive team to facilitate a seamless leadership transition while overseeing the company's ongoing growth.”

On behalf of Qlik’s Board, Seth Boro, a Board Member and Thoma Bravo Managing Partner, said “We thank Lars for his leadership at the company, and wish him the best in his future endeavors. He has been instrumental in building a world-class software business and in developing one of the most unique corporate cultures in the technology space. We are committed to Qlik’s success, and look forward to continuing to deliver unparalleled solutions and support for Qlik’s customers.”

“I have had the great privilege of serving Qlik for over 17 years, and I am proud of the innovative offerings and exponential growth we’ve achieved during my time with the business,” said Björk. “Qlik is a company with a great legacy, mission and culture, and I look forward to watching Qlik continue to evolve as one of the premier software companies in the world.”

About Qlik

Qlik® is the leading data analytics platform and the pioneer of user-driven business intelligence. Its portfolio of cloud-based and on-premise solutions meets customers’ growing needs from reporting and self-service visual analysis to guided, embedded and custom analytics, regardless of where data is located. Customers using Qlik Sense®, QlikView® and Qlik® Cloud, gain meaning out of information from multiple sources, exploring the hidden relationships within data that lead to insights that ignite good ideas. Headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Qlik does business in more than 100 countries with over 45,000 customers globally.

© 2017 QlikTech International AB. All rights reserved. Qlik®, Qlik Sense®, QlikView®, QlikTech®, Qlik Cloud®, Qlik DataMarket®, Qlik Analytics Platform®, Qlik NPrinting™, Qlik Connectors™, Qlik GeoAnalytics™ and the QlikTech logos are trademarks of QlikTech International AB which have been registered in multiple countries. Other marks and logos mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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10/10: Walmart Says Its Online Sales Will Explode Next Year; SoftBank Leads $93 Million Investment in Pittsburgh AI Software Startup

Walmart Says Its Online Sales Will Explode Next Year Amid War With Amazon (Fortune)

Ikea on Amazon? Furniture giant to use online retailers (Seattle Times)

SoftBank Leads $93 Million Investment in Pittsburgh AI Software Startup (Bloomberg)

Altice no different from Comcast or Charter, despite promise to transform U.S. cable business, analyst contends

Apple Nears Pickup Of Steven Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’ Reboot (Deadline)
NBC also has a role.

Express Scripts to Buy Medical Gatekeeper for $3.6 Billion (Bloomberg)

10/9: bpost acquires Radial, formerly eBay enterprise, for $820M: Honeywell prepares to spin off businesses - sources

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bpost acquires Radial, formerly eBay enterprise, for $820M

Exclusive: Honeywell prepares to spin off businesses - sources (Reuters)

Trump vs Corker (Axios)

Switch and Roku stocks are doing much better than Blue Apron and Snap (Recode)

How Amazon is readying its blitz on the ad industry (Digiday)

VMware, SAP join forces on enterprise IoT

Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker
Is One of Tech’s Hot Prospects
(NY Times)

Weekend Highlights: Some fear 'Amazon tax' could hurt Pennsylvania's bid for company's second HQ; How Chattanooga used fiber to buoy the rest of its tech community

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New GE CEO Shakes Up Leadership Team
(Reuters via Fortune)

In Philly’s latest digital health accelerator cohort, women-led companies dominate (MedCity News)

Art Commission gives preliminary OK to 100 digital ad 'Links' connecting public to free WiFi (Phila Business Journal)

Some fear 'Amazon tax' could hurt Pennsylvania's bid for company's second HQ (TribLive)

How Chattanooga used fiber to buoy the rest of its tech community (VentureBeat)

The rising tension between IoT and ERP systems (ZDNet)

The Secret History of a Fleeting Pre-Internet Digital Media Channel (Motherboard)


10/6: Sprint and T-Mobile Said To Be Ironing Out Final Deal Details; Shopify defends itself after Citron criticism

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Disney, Altice USA Seal Carriage Deal (Multichannel News)
Final multi-year agreement includes carriage of SEC, ACC networks.

Adelphia revisited: A decade on, Wired recounts the deal that spawned today’s consolidated cable industry (FierceCable)

Sprint and T-Mobile Are Ironing Out Final Deal Details (Bloomberg)

Shopify defends itself after Citron criticism (Reuters)

Amazon beams: We're best cloud buds with General Electric (The Register)
But what about Azure?

Amazon is on the brink of deciding if it will make a big move into selling drugs online (CNBC)

New Salesforce Service Targets Retail Banks' Customer Loyalty Challenges (CRM Daily)

SAP at 40 (SAP Video)

SAP started by ex-IBMers in 1970s.

Today: SAP market value - $136.5 bn

IBM market value - $146.7 bn

10/6: Facebook to Build Huge Virginia Data Center; Will PayPal Get Paid…For Venmo?

Facebook to Build Huge Virginia Data Center (Telecom Ramblings)

Wall's fiber-optic hub connects the world, bets on giant data centers (Ashbury Park Press)

UPMC brings insurance plans to midstate, heightening competition (Central Penn Business Journal)

Statewide hackathon attracts hundreds of technologists from across Pennsylvania (Statescoop)

Will PayPal Get Paid…For Venmo? (Barron's Tech Trader Daily)

Google Fiber Drops Cable TV Package For New Cities

Comcast launches Instant TV that will cost $68 to $100 a month after internet charges (

WorkWave to Be Acquired by IFS; Company Staying in New Jersey to Grow, CEO Says

WorkWave to Be Acquired by IFS; Company Staying in New Jersey to Grow, CEO Says

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Chris Sullens, CEO of Workwave | Esther Surden

WorkWave (Holmdel), a Software-as-a-Service cloud-based business that serves the field service, last mile delivery and logistics industries, has signed an agreement to be acquired by IFS , a global enterprise applications company. Details of the deal were not disclosed; however, a story in Reuters said that this was IFS’ biggest acquisition to date.

WorkWave will remain in New Jersey, and there will be no changes in its leadership team, location, or employee base, said president and CEO Chris Sullens in an interview.

“We are committed to New Jersey and are excited about growing in New Jersey,” Sullens said. “I think it is important to New Jersey that a tech company has grown significantly enough that a global industry leader like IFS decided that it was important to add it to their portfolio.” WorkWave plans to continue to grow, and hopes to double the size of its footprint over the next five years, he added.

The acquisition will help WorkWave accelerate its progress and create value through growth, versus creating value through consolidation, which is the object of some acquisitions, Sullens noted.

IFS develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations in industries such as aviation, defense, energy, utilities, engineering, construction, oil and gas, and services, as well as the manufacture of automobiles and other products. Headquartered in Sweden, IFS has over 2,700 clients and 1 million users worldwide; and it maintains offices around the world.

“We actually will be a separate division within IFS,” Sullens said, adding that he will report to IFS’s CEO. IFS has an Americas division, but it only handles sales and marketing for the company’s own enterprise solutions so “they’ll maintain their headquarters and we’ll maintain ours.” The two divisions will work with each other when it makes sense, he said, noting that the products WorkWave sells and the market it serves are different from those of its new parent’s Americas division.

Sullens said that he sees several synergies with IFS. “We both feel strongly that the service industry is a very attractive vehicle to sell software. They have a large presence in the service industry software market, and the vast majority of our business is in the field service industry software market.” After the acquisition is finalized, WorkWave “will be the only company in the world that is able to solve the needs of service industry businesses, regardless of their location anywhere in the world and regardless of the complexity of the needs that they have.”

In addition, joining forces with IFS will help WorkWave expand its international footprint, Sullens said. “About 6 percent of our customers are outside of the U.S.; and for IFS, the vast majority of their enterprise customers are outside of the U.S. They have presence in more than 50 countries, with 93 offices around the world. As we expand, we will continue to focus on increasing our market share in the Americas, but as we have opportunities and customers outside of the U.S., we can leverage their brand, their infrastructure, their footprint and resources to be able to serve those customers much more cost-effectively than we could on our own.”

This was the right time to sell the company, he explained. “We were a private equity-backed business and we have grown very rapidly. I was looking to take the company to the next level. … A big part of our move to Bell Works was because we planned for significant growth and expansion in our business as well as our employee base.” In parallel, Sullens was taking strategic considerations into account.

“I was looking at our current partners from a banking perspective as well as a private equity perspective,” and asked if they would “continue to be there to support us as we continue to acquire companies, continue to invest in our team.” There were approaches that could have worked for a private equity-backed firm, but a strategic investor like IFS “had a set of resources that I felt would take us to the next level.

“Being part of an almost $500 million software business that has a great reputation and is a leader in the software space at the enterprise level allows us to become more aggressive in terms of how we invest the business.” Both businesses “come in with the same mentality. We are both software companies and we know what it takes to build product, to implement products with customers and serve our customers afterwards. There is much more alignment with someone such as IFS in terms of understanding what we need as a business to grow and them being excited about providing the funding to allow us to do that.”

IFS, he said, was excited that WorkWave is going to focus on executing the five-year plan it already has in place. With the acquisition, WorkWave can look for opportunities to accelerate that plan. At a high level, Sullens said that the company will continue to invest in PestPac, its pest-control product; expand PestPac’s footprint; and improve the experience of it pest-control customers. This is the largest field service vertical WorkWave has. The company will also expand beyond the pest-control field service vertical to cleaning and janitorial franchise businesses; and to lawn and landscaping; plumbing; and heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) businesses. “We are doing that through a product we are getting ready to launch in Q4.”

The company is also developing software to expand in the last mile logistics market for companies that do package delivery, food delivery and prepared meal delivery, a growing sector. “We have some exciting initiatives going on that will really differentiate our products in this market and allow us to grow even faster."

Esther Surden is Publisher and Editor of NJTechWeekly, and a contributor to Philly Tech News. This article originally appeared in NJTechWeekly, and is republished here with her permission.

Energage Receives $15 Million in Funding to Cement Position as Market Leading Employee Engagement Platform


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Energage Receives $15 Million in Funding to Cement Position as Market Leading Employee Engagement Platform

Trusted Workplace Survey Company Gives Talent Leaders the Power to Solve Employee Engagement Through Pulse Surveys, Workplace Insights, Coaching, and Recognition

October 04, 2017 07:30 ET | Source: Energage

Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage
EXTON, Penn., Oct. 04, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Energage, the employee engagement platform that unlocks potential and inspires performance, today announced a $15 million round of funding. Energage also unveiled its new name and launched a new technology platform to give talent leaders the ability to measure engagement and act on workplace insights.

The new employee engagement platform from Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, builds on the company’s proven, core survey capabilities used by over 7,000 organizations a year, along with its rich insights and consulting expertise.

The new round of investment and strategic guidance from NewSpring Capital, along with additional financing from Bridge Bank, will support Energage to drive continued growth, specifically by focusing on sales, marketing, and product development. Previous investors Rittenhouse Ventures, also participated in this financing.

“This round of funding validates our vision to create meaningful conversations between managers and employees that inspire people and energize organizations to achieve profound results,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our technology approach to employee engagement builds on our trusted survey products, adding new features such as social recognition to allow people to appreciate and celebrate their colleagues and their work.”

“Energage understands the evolving dynamics of today’s work environment and is creating solutions to address some of the most challenging issues being faced by employers and employees alike,” said Michael DiPiano, Managing General Partner of NewSpring Capital. “We are excited to partner with the Company and look forward to working alongside the team as they create better and more productive workplaces for their clients.”

With only one in three U.S. employees engaged in the workplace, talent leaders crave a solution to attract, retain, and inspire top talent to achieve great things. For more than a decade, Energage has built an unmatched reputation in workplace surveys (annual and pulse) and culture-building expertise. Energage is the trusted survey provider behind Top Workplaces, the respected program that recognizes good employers nationally and regionally, and it partners with major newspapers such as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and the Chicago Tribune to provide aspiring companies with actionable employee engagement insights.

Moving to the name Energage captures the spirit of the new platform and its rapid transition from measurement to action, energizing meaningful discussions and inspiring higher performance.

“Our mission is making the world a better place to work together,” Claffey said. “With the Energage platform, companies finally have a way to turn the potential of engagement into real action.”


About Energage

We are a HR Technology company based in Exton, PA and formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics. The Energage platform helps realize your workplace’s full potential by combining cutting-edge AI technology, Top Workplaces insights, and personalized guidance. We combine neuroscience, organizational development, and over 14 million survey responses into clear next steps for you to develop an employee-centric approach to success.

About NewSpring

Founded in 1999, NewSpring partners with the innovators, makers, and operators of high-performing companies in dynamic industries to catalyze new growth and seize compelling opportunities. The Firm manages approximately $1.7 billion across four distinct strategies covering the spectrum from growth equity and control buyouts to mezzanine debt. When NewSpring invests, they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and resources to take growing companies to the next level and beyond. Partnering with management teams to help develop their businesses into market leaders, NewSpring identifies opportunities and builds relationships using its network of industry leaders and influencers across a wide array of operational areas and industries. Visit NewSpring at

About Bridge Bank

Bridge Bank is a division of Western Alliance Bank, Member FDIC, the go-to bank for business in its growing markets. Bridge Bank was founded in 2001 in Silicon Valley to offer a better way to bank for small-market and middle-market businesses across many industries, as well as emerging technology companies and the private equity community. Geared to serving both venture-backed and non-venture-backed companies, Bridge Bank offers a broad scope of financial solutions including growth capital, equipment and working capital credit facilities, sustainable energy project finance, venture debt, treasury management, asset-based lending, SBA and commercial real estate loans, ESOP finance and a full line of international products and services. Based in San Jose, Bridge Bank has eight offices in major markets across the country along with Western Alliance Bank’s robust national platform of specialized financial services. Western Alliance Bank is the primary subsidiary of Phoenix-based Western Alliance Bancorporation. One of the country’s top-performing banking companies, Western Alliance ranks #4 on the Forbes 2017 “Best Banks in America” list. For more information, visit


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