Four top level executives have suddenly left DocuSign: the company s chief operating officer, chief human resources officer, chief product officer and chief growth officer, Geekwire's Todd Bishop and Taylor Soper report.This comes after the odd experience DocuSign had with its CEO.The company had lined up a replacement for CEO Keith Krach, but the replacement backed out in March, accepting an offer at another company, DocuSign said earlier this year.Krach announced his resignation in October, although he agreed to stay on until a new CEO was found, and agreed to stay as chairman for three years.Krach joined DocuSign as the chairman in 2010 and took over as CEO in 2012.DocuSign has not yet formally announced the resignation of the four execs, but their names have been removed from the company's leadership page and at least one of them, COO Gordon Payne, has confirmed on LinkedIn that he left DocuSign in May.The other executives no longer on the leadership page are HR officer Peter Navin, growth officer Mike Dinsdale and top product officer Matt Malden.DocuSign, which allows people to sign documents electronically, raised almost $400 million of its total $528 million VC funding, most of it under Krach s watch.It was valued at $3 billion, although some of its investors, including Fidelity Investments has since written down the valuation of its stake in the company, indicating that the investor doesnt' think its worth as much now as it once was.Many highly valued startups are experiencing the same thing now.DocuSign was widely expected to be gearing up for an IPO, but these management changes may be a sign that the company is focused on other, more basic aspects of its operations.DocuSign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.NOW WATCH: Watch this beautiful footage of Saab s fighter jet that aims to compete with the F-16Loading video...
The company also Wednesday forecast revenue in the current quarter that topped analysts estimates, sending shares up as much as 6.6 percent in extended trading.Chief Executive Officer Marc Benioff is benefiting from a multiyear effort to persuade corporations to adopt software delivered over the Internet, or the cloud.During a call with analysts, the company touted new deals with Samsung Electronics Co., Uber Technologies Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. that expanded on existing relationships.Revenue increased 27 percent to $1.92 billion in the fiscal first quarter ended April 30, topping the average estimate of $1.89 billion.Over the last three years -- as successful as the company has always been -- we have put a particular emphasis on the enterprise and a focus on expansion in our international markets, Keith Block, president and chief operating officer, said on a conference call with analysts.Benioff said the company will continue to look for new ways to work with Amazon s cloud services, which provide computing power and storage for customers.The acquisition will help it offer AI capabilities to automate and personalize customer support, marketing and many other business processes.
Those are some of the words used by those who attended Mark Zuckerberg s meeting with conservatives Wednesday at Facebook s headquarters in the wake of accusations of political bias at the social network.But also: No one is kidding themselves — everyone knows how left-wing Silicon Valley is.The accusations of bias stem from a recent Gizmodo report based on an anonymous former Facebook worker who claimed his fellow Trending Topics curators suppressed news from conservative media outlets.Facebook has denied finding evidence to support the claim, but the controversy ruffled enough feathers — including those of a senator — that CEO Zuckerberg arranged a meeting with conservatives such as Glenn Beck and several others.In a post Wednesday after the meeting, Zuckerberg thanked those who attended and said: It s important that Facebook remains a platform for all ideas and that we continue to give every person a voice.It doesn t make sense for our mission or our business to suppress political content or prevent anyone from seeing what matters most to them, he said.The Wall Street Journal cited a Barclays Capital estimate that political candidates were expected to spend up to $300 million on Facebook ads this year.Other Facebook executives who attended the meeting included Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, plus a couple of conservatives, according to Politico and the WSJ: board member Peter Thiel, who is a California delegate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, and Joel Kaplan, formerly an aide to George W. Bush and now the company s head of global public policy.Photo from Associated PressTags: conservatives, facebook, Glenn Beck, mark zuckerberg, trending news
Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday held a wide-ranging discussion with a group of conservative commentators who said afterward the Facebook CEO acknowledged the giant social network has a problem reaching conservatives.The meeting at Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters came about after a report accused the company of harboring a bias against conservative views.S.E."Facebook wants to restore the "trust" of conservativesCupp said Zuckerberg, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Vice President Joel Kaplan and board member Peter Thiel mostly listened to the 17 conservatives who attended.While the Facebook executives did not comment further on an internal investigation into allegations of political manipulation, they explained how difficult it would be for Facebook employees to inject bias into what stories make it into the "trending topics" section of the site or on individual users' news feeds, Cupp said.The Facebook team also said any such tampering would be "philosophically against both the mission of the company and Mark's personal mission," Cupp said."Rob Bluey, editor in chief of the website The Daily Signal, made similar comments to Fox News' Greta Van Susteren shortly after the meeting ended."In a Facebook post afterward, Zuckerberg did not directly respond to allegations that Facebook employees suppressed conservative stories on its "trending topics" feature.""I wanted to hear their concerns personally and have an open conversation about how we can build trust.On mobile devices, users can tap on the search bar to see the top trends, but they can't see separate categories.Topics that appear as trending can have a self-fulfilling effect, as more Facebook readers see and share the items, and other news organizations decide to write their own stories.
You have to wonder what other errors Theranos has that it s going to need to correct.The latest issue surrounding the troubled lab-technology company: It has voided the results of two years worth of blood tests that were done with Theranos Edison blood-testing devices.The Wall Street Journal reported that Theranos has re-issued thousands of test results that it has corrected.The company processed approximately 890,000 tests a year in its labs.You read that right: Two years of blood tests were basically stricken from the record.The company s valuation ended up being based on a technology that Theranos itself had given up on.All of that can t help Theranos case that the doors of its Palo Alto headquarters, and its testing labs, should be kept open.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services are still considering pulling Theranos license to operate labs in California, and have proposed kicking Theranos Chief Executive and founder Elizabeth Holmes out of the blood-testing industry for two years and fining the company, to boot, according to the Journal.Last week, Sunny Balwani stepped down from his president and chief operating officer posts at Theranos rather than face the possibility of a two-year ban from the blood-testing industry himself.Photo: Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in 2014.
As an experienced programmatic and performance company, Matomy understands that one size SDK does not fit all , said Sagi Niri, Mataomy s chief operating officer, in a statement.Our mobile initiative is focused on eliminating the stress faced by mobile publishers by offering easy-to-use smart monetization solutions to help grow their mobile advertising business whilst alleviating time spent on menial tasks.MobFox s superior technology is able to accommodate the requests of publishers connecting them to the largest advertisers in the world competing for the best inventory.The company offers demand- and supply-side-platforms DSP and SSP and a single gateway for mobile, video, and native ad inventory management via a real-time bidding RTB marketplace.MobFox also offers easy integration to open-source SDK s for iOS and Android and provides a rich creative service.Matomy Media Group was founded in 2007 and creates customized performance and programmatic ad solutions.It is listed on the London and Tel Aviv stock exchanges.
Indiegogo is partnering with Arrow Electronics in a move to expedite product development from crowdfunding through to market launch.Now, in addition to serving as a key supply-chain company for thousands of manufacturers, it will also serve as the default support and engineering assistant for entrepreneurs seeking an easier path to market.Aimed squarely at technology and Internet of Things IoT crowdfunders, the new strategic alliance will see Arrow integrate its design and production platform directly into Indiegogo s crowdfunding engine, giving users a direct channel to a myriad of design tools, prototyping wares, experts, and supply chain management.Today s news comes five months after Indiegogo announced that cofounder Slava Rubin was stepping aside as CEO to be replaced by David Mandelbrot, the company s former chief operating officer.Indiegogo says that the alliance came about after the company noticed Indiegogo creators were increasingly using Arrow s services.We ve seen an incredible amount of growth among tech and IoT projects on Indiegogo, due, in part, because our team is constantly developing new ways to help entrepreneurs with support beyond funding, said Mandelbrot.
The company said it will be releasing the developer edition in Q4 2016, and it s already working on a consumer version that s scheduled to be released next year.Ara has made so much progress this year, it s actually spun out into a new business unit run by Richard Woolridge the chief operating officer of ATAP , Google said.Enabled devices will have six generic slots that can be customized to your heart s desire.The idea of Ara is to ensure that your devices are future-proofed, meaning that the whole upgrade every two years mentality is no longer a thing.When you want to eject it, you can either specify the module you no longer want within the settings app or simply tell Google using your voice.Google is working on giving developers more access to tools that it calls the first truly modular computing platform.Created by former DARPA director Regina Dugan, who has since departed for Facebook, ATAP specializes in projects that could be developed within two years, which is a much shorter time from Google s other innovative program, X, which focuses on moonshots.In previous years, the company has shared details around some of the things it s been working on, including its wearable technology effort Project Jacquard, touch-sensitive textiles Project Soli, and Project Vault, which specializes in encrypting a microSD memory card.Other efforts in the group include augmented reality technology Project Tango, modular smartphone customization effort Project Ara, and a smart contact lens that helps you manage your glucose levels.Google also shared updates today relating to Project Jacquard and Project Soli.
Facebook might be hosting upwards of 8 billion views per day on its platform, but a wide majority of that viewership is happening in silence.
As much as 85 percent of video views happen with the sound off, according to multiple publishers. Take, for instance, feel-good site LittleThings, which is averaging 150 million monthly views on Facebook so far this year. Eighty-five percent of its viewership is occurring without users turning the sound on. Similarly, millennial news site Mic, which is also averaging 150 million monthly Facebook views, said 85 percent of its 30-second views are without sound. PopSugar said its silent video views range between 50 and 80 percent.
The news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Facebook has built a video ecosystem that does not require users to turn the volume up — and publishers have been more than happy to play ball. Most users’ news feeds are now inundated with short videos that feature text or captions narrating what’s being shown on screen. While most of these videos feature narration or some form of background music, the intent is to make it easy for people to consume the information presented in the videos without needing to turn the sound on.
“From day one, there pretty much has been the psychology that you have to catch their attention immediately,” said Gretchen Tibbits, chief operating officer for LittleThings. Facebook counts a view at three seconds, which means publishers have to find ways to convince users to stick around in order to capture that view. “But while the first three seconds are critical, the video also has to be designed to capture attention without needing sound,” said Tibbits.
Tailoring content to the whims of the Facebook news feed has helped publishers scale on the platform. It’s also turned news feeds stale as publishers put up countless videos that have the same look and feel. Take, for instance, this NowThis video about a Tylenol ingredient that makes people less empathetic and this Tech Insider video about a futuristic bike. While they focus on completely different topics, the key ingredients are the same: a striking visual or message up front followed by a text-heavy explanation of the content.
But it works, which means publishers will continue to do this type of content.
When it comes to distributing branded content, advertisers for the most part have also come to terms with these quasi-silent videos as the de facto standard — non-live edition — for Facebook. And in these instances, the format works.
According to MEC North America, branded videos from its clients average 85-90 percent silent video views. But that doesn’t mean consumers are less engaged. Internal studies conducted by the agency showed that KPIs like brand lift and intent to purchase were not affected by whether the viewer watched the video with the sound on or off, said Noah Mallin, head of social for the agency.
“Sound is still an option [on Facebook], but it’s not required,” said Rye Clifton, director of experience at GSD&M. “If you can make something compelling without needing people to turn the audio on, you’re ahead of people who are not thinking that way.”
But that’s only if the content is completely made for Facebook. It’s different when it’s a paid media buy for a video ad that wasn’t intended solely for Facebook. When measuring the performance of campaigns on a cost-per-view basis, nine times out of 10, YouTube will come in at a lower price than Facebook, according to Nick Pappas, CEO of SwellShark. (A hurdle here is that Facebook only charges advertisers for three-second or 10-second views, whereas on YouTube, advertisers can pay based on completed views.)
“As a paid advertising channel, [Facebook] works sometimes, but it’s so important to have creative that meets the criteria of the platform — otherwise it can be a waste of money,” he said.
Virgin Media expansionVirgin Media rural mapThe majority of properties passed will be connected to the wider network using coaxial cables, which can currently deliver 200Mbps to homes and 300Mbps to SMBs.However last month, Virgin Media said at least one quarter one million of the properties covered via Project Lightning will be connected via FTTP – opening up the potential for up to 10Gbps in the future.The expansion will mainly cover areas already served by BT and Virgin Media had invited communities in a number of counties to register their interest so they could be covered first.Project Lightning has already started work in larger cities such as Manchester and Leeds as well as more rural areas in Leicestershire.Not just for urban areasKirknewton West Lothian , Houston, Crosslee, Craigends and Brookfield Renfrewshire , Bridge of Weir Renfrewshire , Ratby Leicestershire Wilsden West Yorkshire , Kilmacolm Inverclyde , Stoke Poges Buckinghamshire , Lightwater Surrey , Hartley Wintney and Phoenix Green Hampshire and Oakley Dorset received the most votes.The collective support and demand from across the UK has exceeded our expectations and we re delighted to be supercharging these 10 areas with ultrafast fibre broadband and top notch entertainment, said Paul Buttery, chief operating officer at Virgin Media.
When Iván De Cabo hacked together Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur , the super casual game playable from within the iOS Notification Center game, he had no idea what would happen next.This then led to an acquisition offer that went up and up — from an initial $350 to $60,000, De Cabo told TechCrunch at the time — that was politely declined.However, TechCrunch has learned that Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur has since been acquired by a different suitor, Spanish gaming company Genera Games, for a sum I understand to be more than triple the offer De Cabo originally received.In a call, De Cabo told me he was first introduced to Genera by his then boss at Icinetic, Lucas Gozálvez who also owned a 15 per cent stake in Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur but at first the gaming company wasn t interested in making an acquisition.What I don t know is how I found out that there exist extensions for iOS that let you code for the notification center, De Cabo recalls.My first impression when I met Ivan was that guy is really smart and honest, I want to work with him to evolve the game niche that he has opened, says Curro Rueda, Genera Games Chief Operating Officer, in a statement.
Overwatch - a first-person shooter - also marks the first time the studio has launched a title worldwide on PC and consoles simultaneously."Blizzard has a huge following on a global basis and is one of the best renowned publishers," said Piers Harding-Rolls, head of games at the IHS Technology consultancy.Thomas Tippl, chief operating officer at Activision Blizzard, said Overwatch would be "Blizzard's biggest launch since Diablo 3 in 2012" and hoped it would "resonate well in e-sports".If it captures the attention of e-sports competitors, it could have a very profitable future."We value the input of the community and we have been changing things here and there, addressing player concerns.""There was a victory pose that we felt like we could make better and more exemplified the character.
Everyone s heard about the recent advances in virtual reality and how the new technology is going to transform computer gaming and perhaps even our lives in general , but how many readers have actually tried it?Even if you were able to get your hands on an in-demand and expensive headset such as the Oculus Rift, you d need a pretty powerful PC to run it – that laptop you use to Skype with your mum just isn t going to cut it.On a recent visit to the Central branch, we plunged head-first into some virtual worlds using the latest technology – the Oculus Rift CV1 headset which was released in March and the HTC Vive released in April .Peter Yu, JetOne s chief operating officer, first introduced us to virtual reality by giving us an Oculus Rift headset and sending us into a futuristic firefight between a squad of hi-tech soldiers and a brutal battle robot.Using the system s two hand controllers, we enjoyed a spot of very cartoony tennis, before being whisked into a lush underwater world where we explored a shipwreck and even a whale skeleton populated by a host of aquatic creepy-crawlies.Do you have a Hong Kong s Best Kept Secret to share?
Di Digital reported when a bunch of tech volunteers started the Refugee Tech in October last year. Although the number of asylum seekers has fallen since those are the barriers that newcomers will enter the labor market still many. Read also: Klarna founder invests millions of refugees As a basis for this weekend's event will help the Migration Board with a list of challenges that newcomers face when applying for work and it is the starting point for hacking event. Refugee Tech was created with the objective of gathering the sharpest players from different parts of the community with the common goal to facilitate the integration of new arrivals in Sweden. Now we take the next step together with the Swedish Migration Board and Stockholm Tech, says Milad Fallah from the Refugee Tech. The Authority's Chief Operating Officer Michael Ribbenvik will participate during parts of the weekend's hackathon.
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The company is disclosing those rounds for the first time.The company s products are designed to help companies deal with a bunch of trends, such as the continued adoption of mobile, video, anything-as-a-service XaaS , big data analytics, and Internet of Things IoT, or making everyday objects smart and connected .San Jose, California-based Innovium first raised a round of funding in the first quarter of 2015 in a round led by venture capital firms Walden Riverwood Ventures and Capricorn Investment Corp., with participation from S-Cubed and Qualcomm.Later in 2015, the company raised more money from Greylock Partners and existing investors.Board members include Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Dipender Saluja of Capricorn, Lip-Bu Tan of Walden International, and Mark Stevens of S-Cubed.Innovium believes that the meteoric explosion of data requires a grounds-up approach to high performance Ethernet networking.We are delighted to receive top-tier investor support towards this mission, said Rajiv Khemani, CEO of Innovium, in a statement.Khemani was previously chief operating officer at Cavium Networks, a multi-core chip maker that went public.And Puneet Agarwal, chief technology officer, led Broadcom s technology development of multiple generations of data center switches, including Trident and Tomahawk.They ve got a very experienced team that is developing products in a market that is dominated by some very large players, said Quinn Li, vice president and global head of Qualcomm Ventures, in an interview with VentureBeat.The company says its engineering and executive team came from companies including Broadcom, Cavium, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, Intel, and Juniper.
Facebook Inc. s photo-sharing application Instagram is unveiling tools to help businesses differentiate themselves from regular users in a bid to help drive advertising revenue.Instagram, which has been heralded by analysts as a key source of growth for Facebook, will now let businesses create special profiles that will allow customers to contact them directly rather than posting public comments.We now have more than 200,000 advertisers on Instagram, the vast majority of them are small businesses, said Marne Levine, Instagram s chief operating officer, in an interview at the company s Toronto office.Instagram ads are expected to bring in $1.53 billion in revenue in 2016, or 15 percent of Facebook s total ad sales, according to eMarketer.Instagram has 8.5 million users in Canada, Levine said.The new features are similar to tools on Facebook and Twitter, which allow users to pay the social networks to promote specific posts.Businesses on Facebook can build profiles that help them handle customer service complaints and share information online.Instagram is still early in its efforts to increase revenue, Levine said.Two years ago we had just started to introduce advertising, she said.
The firm expects to be opening the plant near Zurich in September or October.Hot airOnce the filter is saturated, the gas will be released by warming it with the heat generated by a nearby municipal waste incineration plant, then piped to a 4 hectare greenhouse.The American Physical Society estimated that on a large scale C02 could be captured for $600 per tonne, says Climeworks chief operating officer Dominique Kronenberg.Fuel from the airClimeworks will be using funding from the Swiss Federal Office of Energy to fine-tune the plant design to make it run more cheaply and efficiently during the three-year pilot period.The firm expects to add modules in the future to catch additional C02 that can be used with existing technologies to produce liquid fuels.Read more: Pilot plant to turn CO2 into house parts and paving stones; Trailblazing power plant is first to bury its carbon
Instagram wants to give its users an incentive to create more content for the photo and video-sharing site.To do that, it s considering sharing revenue generated from news, sports, celebrities and other content, said Carolyn Everson, vice president for global marketing solutions at Instagram s parent, Facebook Inc.Content is incredibly important on Facebook and Instagram, Everson said in an interview Wednesday on Bloomberg TV.We want to be a major distribution platform and we are trying to find different ways to help content producers monetize that content.Many Facebook advertisers are starting to use Instagram, generating crossover between the two platforms, she said.Analysts have pegged Instagram as a key source of growth for Facebook.Instagram ads are expected to bring in revenue of $1.53 billion in 2016, or 15 percent of Facebook s total ad sales, according to eMarketer.On Tuesday Instagram unveiled tools to help businesses differentiate themselves from regular consumer users in a bid to help drive advertising revenue.The platform has more than 200,000 advertisers, the majority of whom are small businesses, Marne Levine, chief operating officer, said in an interview Tuesday.While Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has made virtual reality increasingly important with the Oculus Rift headset, Everson said that Facebook doesn t know what the business model is yet.
Peter did what he did on his own, not as a Facebook board member, Ms. Sandberg said at the Code Conference.Mr. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and a venture capitalist, sparked debate in media and tech circles last week when he confirmed that he had provided about $10 million to back an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker by Terry Bollea, who uses the professional wrestling name Hulk Hogan.During an onstage interview at the conference, Ms. Sandberg said Gawker is among a handful of publishers that Facebook is paying to stream live video.Until now, Facebook has remained quiet on Mr. Thiel s move.Last month, the debate had prompted Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to invite several prominent conservatives, including Mr. Thiel, to Facebook s headquarters to discuss the issue.On another subject, Ms. Sandberg was asked whether she is interested in being the next chief executive of Walt Disney Co., or in serving in public office.