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Veritone closes $50 million funding agreement with Acacia Research

Cloud-based Artificial Intelligence company Veritone has signed a funding agreement with patent investment group, Acacia Research, for up to $50 million in working capital. The funding is structured as an initial $20 million convertible investment, with a contingent additional investment...

Symantec EVP Balaji Yelamanchili joins Jive board

Jive Software has appointed Balaji Yelamanchili to its board of directors. Mr. Yelamanchili is currently executive vice president and general manager at Symantec, where he has overall responsibility for the company's enterprise security products and services business. Previously, Mr. Yelamanchili led strategy, development and...

Microsoft buys AI-powered scheduling app Genee

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Genee, an artificial intelligence-powered scheduling app for meetings. Genee uses natural language processing and optimized decision-making algorithms, says Microsoft.  Co-founders Ben Cheung and Charles Lee, who started the company in 2014, plan to...

Rivada Networks names Stephen Bye Chief Technology Officer

Rivada Networks has appointed Stephen Bye as chief technology officer. Mr. Bye currently serves as CTO for C Spire. Before joining C Spire, Mr. Bye was the CTO for Sprint, where he was responsible for technology and network innovation, strategy, planning and...

PTC appoints Andrew Timm CTO

PTC has appointed Andrew Timm as the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO). In this role, Mr. Timm will drive the company’s technology innovation, alignment, and governance processes, said the company in a statement. Most recently, Mr. Timm served as vice...

ChannelAdvisor appoints Joe Cowan to board

ChannelAdvisor has appointed Joe Cowan, president and chief executive officer of Epicor Software, to the company’s board of directors. Mr. Cowan currently serves as a director of Nice Systems, a publicly held provider of internet-based data solutions. He previously has...

Citizens Bank names Lamont Young head of Digital

Citizens Bank, part of the 145.2 billion Citizens Financial Group, has appointed Lamont Young as head of Digital. Mr. Young will oversee Citizens' investments in digital, online and mobile banking, digital marketing, user experience, and social media. He will also continue to...

Immersion names Sharon Holt to its board

Immersion, a developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, has appointed Sharon Holt to its board of directors. She has also been appointed as a member of the compensation committee. From 2004 to 2012, Ms. Holt was senior vice president at Rambus, where she rose...

CSS appoints Manish Tandon CEO

Technology services company CSS has appointed Manish Tandon as its new chief executive. Mr. Tandon will take over from TG Ramesh, the current CEO, who now transitions to a strategic advisor role as a non-executive director on the board. He...

VoiceBox Technologies hires cognitive scientist Mark Johnson

Seattle-based conversational voice technology company VoiceBox Technologies has hired cognitive scientist Dr. Mark Johnson  to head its satellite office in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Johnson is chief scientific officer of VoiceBox Technologies Australia, and will lead innovation for Voice Artificial Intelligence...

Automated in-app marketing platform Insert raises $10M

Insert, an automated in-app marketing platform, has raised $10 million in Series A financing, led by Battery Ventures. Insert's existing seed investors, including Israeli angel investor Shlomo Kramer, also participated in the round. As part of the financing, Battery Ventures...

Sprint appoints Jan Geldmacher president of Enterprise

Sprint has appointed Jan Geldmacher, a veteran of European telecom companies, as president of Enterprise. Mr. Geldmacher will oversee business-to-business sales and business development, supporting enterprise customers with wireless communications solutions and services, said the company in a statement. Reporting to Marcelo Claure,...

LeadGenius closes $10 million Series B round

Berkeley, California-based LeadGenius has closed a Series B financing round of $10 million. Lumia Capital led the financing, with participation from Javelin Venture Partners, and existing investor Sierra Ventures. All other existing investors including Better Ventures, Bee Partners, Y Combinator (through its...

Huawei appoints David He president of Huawei Enterprise US

Huawei has appointed David He as the new president of Huawei Enterprise US. In this role, Mr. He will be based in the company's U.S. headquarters in Plano, TX, and oversee the Enterprise Business Group's American operations. As president of Huawei...

AI-powered chatbot Mezi raises $9 million

AI-powered chatbot shopping app Mezi, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. Existing investors Nexus Venture Partners participated in the round, along with new investors Saama Capital and American Express Ventures. Amit Singhal, former SVP and head of Google...