Aricent Buys SmartPlay

by Leigh Anne Varney on August 15, 2015

eetimesarticle by Rick Merritt

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Design services firm Aricent acquired SmartPlay Technologies of Bangalore for an estimated $180 million. A rise in demand for custom versions of server chip sets is one of the opportunities the merged company will pursue.

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mercSAN FRANCISCO — In a day of superlatives, Fitbit became the first wearable fitness tech firm to join Wall Street on Thursday, set a record for U.S. consumer electronics stock offerings and enjoyed a 48 percent pop in its public debut.

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Game changer: Goodbye disk, hello superfast in-memory databases

June 29, 2015

When it comes to enterprise computing, to paraphrase the title of a popular song, it’s all about the database. Whether you’re a Netflix serving up the latest videos to millions of consumers, a national retailer trying to figure out what’s in stock, or a bank or hospital trying to analyze trends among all the big data […]

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Fitbit prices shares at $20, becomes largest consumer tech IPO

June 29, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Fitbit, the leading wearable fitness tracker that has made step- and calorie-counting popular among all sorts of consumers, priced shares at $20 ahead of its first day of trading, underscoring the surprisingly strong financial condition of a company pioneering a new area of consumer hardware. Read the article by Heather Somerville

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Engineering Shortage Persists

June 11, 2015

Lower engineering salaries means managers should brace themselves for the revolving door, especially when 3-7-year itch kicks in. “Engineers are impossible to find,” says Frank Kern. He should know, as chief executive of product engineering firm Aricent he employs 11,000 software developers. Read the article by Rick Merritt

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Marketing technology is eating the customer journey

May 6, 2015

Marketing has evolved. Today’s marketers own more customer data and touchpoints than ever before, and more than any other department. New digital channels and devices — including search, social media, and mobile — have empowered consumers and complicated the customer journey. On each of these, consumers create unprecedented amounts of data about themselves and their […]

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Computer-Security Industry Critiques Itself Following High-Profile Breaches

May 6, 2015

Nearly 500 companies will gather in San Francisco this week, seeking a piece of the $80 billion industry that tries to keep bad people out of good people’s computers. By DANNY YADRON April 20, 2015 Read the article

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Android Devs – Grab a Slice of the Apple Pie: RoboVM and Interface Builder Basics

May 5, 2015

For us Java folks, Android has been a breath of fresh air when it comes to Java on the client. Being able to reuse our arsenal of IDEs, 3rd party libraries, JVM languages and build & dependency management tools has opened up the opportunity to also take a stab at mobile development. Sure, there are […]

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How fear and self-preservation are driving a cyber arms race

May 5, 2015

When a man was fired from his job in Minneapolis, Minn., last May, he inadvertently touched off a boom in Silicon Valley. Gregg Steinhafel, then a 35-year veteran of Target and its CEO, was shown the door after hackers infiltrated the retailer’s computer systems, stealing 70 million shoppers’ information and 40 million credit and debit […]

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Industry Split on Schwab’s Robo-Advisor

March 11, 2015

Charles Schwab became the first custodian to release it’s own automated asset allocation platform for retail investors on Monday. The launch of Intelligent Portfolios ignited a debate over Schwab’s “no fees” claim and the impact the so-called “robo-advisor” would have on the financial technology sector as a whole. Read the article

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Predictive intelligence company 6Sense raises $20M

February 23, 2015

Before last year, no one knew what 6Sense was. Now one of the darlings of the B2B data world has announced that it has raised an additional $20 million in funding. This means that the predictive intelligence platform has now raised $36 million in just a year. This round of funding was led by Bain […]

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Capital Gains: Uber Raises $2.8 Billion

February 23, 2015

Last week’s news cycle saw some especially big dollars figures as Uber swallowed billions more and Snapchat’s reported valuation soared. Here’s the full venture capital rundown from recent days: Read the article

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6Sense raises $20M for sales, marketing predictive analytics

February 21, 2015

Predictive analytics startup 6Sense has raised $20 million as it pushes to grow its predictive analytics business. The San Francisco company led by Amanda Kahlow said that the funding was led by Bain Capital Ventures, with existing investors Battery Ventures and Venrock also participating. It has now raised a total of $36 million since it was founded […]

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The Daily Startup: 6sense Helps Companies Predict Buyers’ Behavior

February 21, 2015

The startup 6sense has raised $20 million for its big-data analytics software that predicts in real time when people are in the market for products, what they’re looking for and how much they’re likely to buy, Deborah Gage reports for Dow Jones VentureSource. Bain Capital Ventures led the round, which included Battery Ventures and Venrock. […]

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6sense raises $20 mln, led by Bain Capital Ventures

February 21, 2015

Bain Capital Ventures has led a $20 million Series B funding round in 6sense, a SaaS-based predictive intelligence platform for marketing and sales. Previous investors Battery Ventures and Venrock also participated in the round. The deal is the first for Indy Guha since he was promoted to partner at Bain Capital Ventures last week. As part of the funding, he will join […]

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6sense’s predictive powers for sales and marketing help it land $20 million

February 21, 2015

“Imagine a world where you can predict with above 85 percent accuracy who will buy, what they will buy, how much, what channel will reach them, what message will resonate,” CEO and founder Amanda Kahlow told VentureBeat via email. 6sense can provide that intelligence, she said. The platform merges machine learning with its B2B Buyer […]

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Writing JavaFX for Mobile Levels Up with Trillian Mobile-LodgON Partnership

February 12, 2015

JavaFX has made headlines lately as the (alleged) victim of a raging internal battle at Oracle between the SE and ME client teams, who are accused of trying to push HTML5 MAF (Mobile Application Framework, formerly ADF Mobile) and Java ME on mobile platforms. So it’s great news for the many JavaFX-aficionados out there that […]

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Bain Capital Ventures Names New Partner, Opens San Francisco Office

February 12, 2015

Bain Capital Ventures has named a new investing partner, Indranil Guha, or Indy for short, as it continues to expand its presence on the West Coast. At 32, Mr. Guha is the youngest partner in the history of the firm. “If you come where I came from, you’re OK taking on big hairy challenges if […]

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Eta To Present at Major Energy Innovations Panel

January 23, 2015

15.30 – 16.45 Congress Centre – Flüela IdeasLab 277 ideaslab/tech pioneers Energy Innovations with the Technology Pioneers What cutting-edge technologies will redefine energy and resource efficiency? Discover and debate in the IdeasLab: Idea 1: Lowering the cost of solar energy Idea 2: Energy and resource recovery from waste Idea 3: Smart grids for energy efficiency Idea 4: […]

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Power up! The hunt is on to extend battery life for mobile devices

January 23, 2015

Read the article By Sandra Gittlen While users are certainly relying more heavily on their devices, some observers hold that until battery capacity and efficiency evolve, mobile devices will fall short of being the command center of users’ lives. Read the article

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