Links 3/27: Oracle Increases Runtime Database License Fees for SAP Customers, Comcast Says It’s Not Talking to Apple About Apple TV, Because Apple Hasn’t Asked



Unit4 retires legacy brands in ‘people platform’ launch (Diginomica)

Oracle Increases Runtime Database License Fees for SAP Customers (ASUG News)

Comcast Says It’s Not Talking to Apple About Apple TV, Because Apple Hasn’t Asked (Re/code)



Bucks County Commissioners Join Bucks County IDA to Announce $2 Million Financing for Keystone NAP (Keystone NAP)

Google teams with Johnson & Johnson for robotic-assisted surgery (Engadget)

Ultimate Software, NetSuite link HCM and ERP clouds (Business Cloud News)

Atlantic.Net Expands Data Center Footprint In U.S., Europe and Asia (CRN)




FinancialForce raises $110 million as it goes for growth (Diginomica)

Slack’s Valuation More Than Doubles to $2.8 Billion in Five Months (Wall Street Journal: Digits)

Gartner Again Positions Dell Boomi as a “Leader” in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service, Worldwide
(Business Wire)

Blue Bell tech company to hire more than 40 by end of year (Philadelphia Business Journal)


Links 3/25: Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer; Nucci on 2nd big bet



NBC News Chief Andrew Lack Targets MSNBC as Priorities Emerge (Hollywood Reporter)

Comcast says $45B Time Warner Cable deal to take longer (AP via Phiily.com)


Michael Wolff on Liberty's John Malone: What Is He Actually Hunting? (Hollywood Reporter)

Tennessee sues FCC to stop expansion of municipal broadband (The Verge)

Apple snaps up FoundationDB for behind-the-scenes help (CNET News)

Our 2nd Big Bet (Rick Nucci/GetGuru)

How SnapLogic’s cloud integration bet paid off – with CEO Gaurav Dhillon (Jon Reed/Diginomica)



Mobile Marketing Startup Localytics Raises $35M More (TechCrunch)
Round led by Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures).




An afternoon at SAP’s latest Silicon Valley venture: A coffee shop (Ars Technica)


Philly Tech People News 3/22/2015; David Freschman's passing; Mateo named Veeva's Executive Vice President of Global Sales








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David Freschman, Investor Who Advised ‘Shark Tank,’ Dies at 52 (Bloomberg)
Locally, he guided Innovation Ventures,  the Delaware Innovation Fund, and Early Stage East.



Software Industry Veteran Alan Mateo Joins Veeva Systems as Executive Vice President of Global Sales (Business Wire)
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hybris Appoints Rob Rosenthal as Senior Vice President of Sales, Americas (Business Wire)

TCS, IBM veteran Natarajan Srinivasan to head Wipro's SAP unit (Times of India)

Uber’s Chief Financial Officer to Leave Company (NY Times)


Former United Way leader joins Independence Blue Cross (Philadelphia Business Journal)



TierPoint has named Tim Cody as Sr. Sales Executive for the Philadelphia market. In his new role, Cody is responsible for new business development. Cody brings with him over 30 years of varied sales experience, including working in sales for Philadelphia Technology Park, a colocation and data center services provider that was acquired by TierPoint in June 2014.

TierPoint is a leading national provider of cloud, colocation and managed services designed to help organizations improve business performance and manage risk. With corporate headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., TierPoint operates 13 highly-redundant, Tier III plus data centers in the states of Washington, Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.


PrimePay Adds Director of Product Management Ryan A. Cieslak to Maximize Market Focus (PR Web)

Quattro Names Vice President of Business Development, Promotes Two (PR Web)




Comcast Faces Open Season on the Cable Bundle (Holman Jenkins / Wall Street Journal)

Meerkat Raises $12M From Greylock At A $40M Valuation (TechCrunch)




SAP CEO Bill McDermott's keynote at CeBIT (video)






Links 3/19: Two First Round Capital-backed adtech companies team up; SAP raises dividend payout



Facebook Introduces Free Friend-To-Friend Payments Through Messages
(TechCrunch)

Rebecca Rimel’s Millions in Compensation at Pew Charitable Trusts and Elsewhere (Nonprofit Quarterly)

AppNexus Buys Yieldex for $100 Million
(Wall Street Journal: MoneyBeat)
First Round Capital is an investor in both New York-based AppNexus and Colorado-based Yieldex, which are adtech companies. AppNexus had a valuation of $1.2 billion as of its last round.

Enterprise Software Values Drop on Public Markets, But Not in VC (Wall Street Journal: Venture Capital Dispatch)


Oracle salesmen get SEVENFOLD salary boost for flogging its cloudy aaS produce (The Register)

Suddenly, more tech workers want to get poached by Oracle (Business Insider)
Comcast, SAP not in top 40, but don't know how broad a sample is represented.


Dell Boomi Launches API Management Cloud Service (eWeek)

SAP Announces $1.4 Billion Dividend as It Boosts Payout Ratio (Bloomberg)

Plex – the modern face of manufacturing software (Diginomica)

Demo Pit Finalists Announced for Phorum 2015 (Business Wire)


Philly Fed business index slips to new low (CNBC)