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Swiftpage names Valley tech exec as first chief product officer

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 3:40pm
New title: Chief product officer Company: Denver-based Swiftpage LLC, which has a large presence in Scottsdale. Its main product is Act, an online customer relationship management and marketing automation software platform for small to midsize businesses. Replaced: This is a new position at Swiftpage. Previous gigs: Most recently, Sargent had been vice president of product for SiteLock LLC for nearly a year. Previously he was vice president of product management at Docutech LLC and director of…

Researchers at existing Mauna Kea observatories to return to work after 'longest suspension in history'

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 8:26pm
Researchers at the existing observatories atop Mauna Kea announced Friday that they will be returning to work after four weeks — the longest suspension period in the telescopes' 50-year history. The unscheduled hiatus was the result of a weeks-long standoff at Mauna Kea where protesters of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope have been blocking access. While Mauna Kea Access Road remains blockaded, officials say that protesters agreed to permit researchers entry after Gov. David Ige withdrew…

Portland community stories: How one developer uses personality to overcome a jock stereotype

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 6:12pm
Darren Buckner taught himself to code and has built projects for e-commerce companies and the NFL but he constantly fights against "not looking like a software developer."

How NCDOT recovered $35K taken in phishing scheme at Global TransPark

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 6:00pm
The State Bureau of Investigations had good news for David Howard, deputy secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Boeing 777X in 'full body workout' (Video)

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:59pm
Boeing's newest widebody jet, the 777X, created buzz among aviation enthusiasts this week as it conducted a fresh round of taxi tests at the Everett factory. The jet, which features retractable wingtips, is longer and higher than the jet maker's own iconic 747 double decker, putting on a show for Paine Field jet spotters who share photographs on social media when Boeing puts its aircraft to work. The 777X test aircraft underwent a series of ground tests, including several rounds of low speed passes…

Davis biotech company shares soar following USDA approval

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:55pm
Shares in Davis-based Arcadia Biosciences Inc. shot up 124% Friday on news of a USDA approval for drought-tolerant soybeans the company has developed in a joint partnership with Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp. Arcadia (Nasdaq: RKDA) is part of a joint venture with Argentina-based Bioceres (NYSE: BIOX) developing traits for stress-tolerant soybeans. News of the U.S. Department of Agriculture approval sent Arcadia shares to close at $4.51, up $2.50 per share, and more than doubling the market capitalization…

Pet care app Petgud launches in Chicago

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:45pm
A new Chicago startup is working to simplify how pet owners take care of their furry friends. Petgud, a mobile app developed by Chandra Vadamodula, is trying to be the one-stop shop for booking grooming, veterinary, pet boarding, pet sitting and dog walking appointments on demand. The app, which just launched into beta mode in June, can be found in both Apple and Google’s app stores. Petgud, pronounced pet-good, aims to be a digital marketplace that allows users to search for pet care providers…

Axon Enterprise shares falter as huge number of Taser orders have problems

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:41pm
Shares of Axon Enterprise Inc., the Scottsdale body camera and Taser manufacturer, dropped sharply Friday when it reported $6 million in orders for its Taser 7 product were not met during the second quarter. Axon had a supply disruption when its battery component supplier for the new Taser 7 “was unable to meet” Axon’s “stringent quality standards as it scaled,” Axon CEO Rick Smith said. “We since worked closely with the supplier to help them scale, and it is now producing at production…

Japanese auto tech manufacturer Denso opens Seattle 'innovation lab'

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:38pm
The company – which recently joined Toyota and SoftBank in a $1 billion investment in Uber's self-driving car unit – confirmed its opened a Seattle office about a year after the Business Journal first reported on the search.

Stripe becomes latest San Francisco company to open Chicago office

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:31pm
San Francisco payments startup Stripe has officially opened a Chicago office as it looks to hire dozens of engineers and salespeople across the city. Stripe announced Thursday that it’s launched a Chicago outpost at 515 N. State St. The office, which is located inside a WeWork, currently holds around 15 employees and expects to grow to 40 by the end of the year, Stripe co-founder and President John Collison said in an interview. A large focus of the Chicago space will be on engineering, a…

Fastest Growing Companies: Redtail Technology grows by helping financial advisers serve clients

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 5:27pm
Redtail Technology Inc. helps independent financial advisers and retirement planners maintain a paperless office.

Women of Influence podcast: Joelle Brock built a thriving business with her best friends

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:14am
Joelle Brock did at least two things people say you shouldn’t when starting a business. Her business partners are longtime friends, defying the conventional wisdom that you shouldn’t go into business with friends or family. And they’ve built their IT business “from the heart” and “run it from the heart,” rather than putting emotions aside, as many are taught. And on the whole, Brock said, “It’s been absolutely awesome.” Brock, whose IT firm Leading Edje LLC consistently is…

Facebook said to be in talks with publishers on news effort

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:54am
The project involves the social network striking deals potentially worth millions of dollars to publishers.

San Jose’s Extreme Networks closes $272M deal for smaller Milpitas rival

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:37am
Extreme Networks, Inc.'s purchase of Milpitas-based Wi-Fi router maker Aerohive Networks has closed, with the San Jose networking company paying $272 million in cash to acquire one of its biggest rivals. Extreme paid $4.45 per share in cash for Aerohive in the deal that officially closed Friday. The acquisition had already been approved by the boards of both Aerohive and Extreme when it was announced in late June. Acquiring Aerohive will help Extreme boost its revenue in the coming year to around…

First look: Inside Conga's new 88,000-square-foot Broomfield headquarters (Photos)

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:33am
The space includes scooters, guitars, pool tables and blankets on couches by fireplaces.

Deal of the Week: Lavu makes new acquisition, continues growth streak

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:24am
To my knowledge, Lavu has notched our first Deal of the Week trifecta — three appearances in this column this year.

Developers want more Atlanta companies to show appetite for West Midtown

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:23am
Signs of confidence in the budding office market.

Bay Area snags majority of 15 highest-paying non-tech jobs at tech companies

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:18am
Not a geek? Not a problem in the Bay Area. It turns out that a number of non-technical positions at tech companies in the Bay Area pay six-figure salaries, according to a report by online career site Comparably. Of the top 15 popular non-tech positions at tech companies across the nation, the Bay Area pays the highest average salaries for 12 of these positions, the survey found. The report includes anonymous, self-reported salary records of 21,936 employees in non-technical positions across the…

Atlanta Inno: Cannabis supply chain startup raises seed round

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:14am
Atlanta Inno reports on the week’s biggest local tech and startup stories.

Former SafeNet CEO, Northwestern Mutual execs form new AI company

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 9:00am
With Octavian, the goal is to fill a growing demand for predictive analytics, especially for the region's robust manufacturing industry, where companies are increasingly seeking data to make operations more efficient and less costly.