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Sentient Technologies Lands Series C Funding

04 Dec 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Sentient provides what it calls “massively scaled” artificial intelligence within networks. It routinely runs multiple distributed AI jobs on millions of nodes.

In the looser-than-loose venture capital environment we’re currently experiencing, an upstart company with an idea and big plans has found the right connections and hit the jackpot. vc funding

 

San Francisco-based Sentient Technologies (pronounced “sen-shent”), which proclaimed that it wants to build the largest, most powerful artificial intelligence network in the world, revealed Dec. 1 that it has raised $103.5 million in Series C funding that brings total investment in the startup to more than $143 million.

Click here to see white paper.

Here are five reasons to continue your job search over the holidays.

 

With shopping, vacations and just the general desire to avoid stress during this jolly time of year, the holidays may be a tempting time to take a break from the job search. Nobody’s hiring during the holidays—who is going to look at your resume if everyone is on vacation, right?

Forget all the myths surrounding the holiday job search. ‘Tis the season to land a job and bring a little extra holiday cheer into your lives. Here’s how:holiday office party

1. Your Job Search Competition is at the Mall

Many people believe that no one hires between Thanksgiving and the middle of January. That couldn’t be further from the truth—lots of companies are finalizing their budgeting for the following calendar year, and making hiring decisions accordingly.

While it may be the season of good will, there’s nothing wrong in taking advantage of others’ misguided beliefs: many drop their job search for the period, crowding department stores and leaving the career path completely open for those smart enough to take advantage of the situation. Not all those with the power to hire are on vacation, so get those resumes out there as often as possible and let others miss out on the opportunities that presented themselves.

2. The Holidays Are a Perfect Time for Networking

We all know that most jobs don’t even make it to the job boards—they are either filled internally or through word of mouth recommendations. Holidays give you a great excuse to check in with your network and find out what might be available. Get your foot in the door with an informational interview, especially at a time when everyone is in the holiday spirit. The positive vibes will only enhance the mood and make the process a little less stressful and more rewarding. Whether you get the job during December or early next year, the holidays are the perfect time to position yourself as the right person for the job.

3. Holiday Cards are Not Just for Loved Ones

There’s more to the job search than submitting your resume for every opening you find. It’s about maintaining your contacts and keeping your name top of mind with those involved in the hiring process. So when you are mailing those holiday cards out, take the time to send some holiday well-wishes to those in your professional network—especially to that one guy who called you in June and said, “It was down between you and another candidate and we felt he fit our current needs better at this time.” A correspondence to touch base, discuss holiday plans and send well-wishes may spark a memory of how well-received you were earlier in the year, and the idea that you’d be a perfect fit for that position that just opened up. Click here for full list.

Making Moves In Big Data- 2014

25 Nov 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Here is a noteworthy list of moves made that affected the Big Data world in 2014. Enjoy!!

 

Top 10 mergers and acquisition in the Big Data space 2014big plane merger

 

Oracle & BlueKai

Oracle bought marketing tech startup BlueKai for about $400m in February.

BlueKai offers a data management system that allows marketers to personalise marketing campaigns and measure how well their campaigns reach certain types of people.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although multiple media outlets put the deal at around $400m.

The software giant is integrating BlueKai with its acquired companies Eloqua, a marketing firm, and email marketing specialist Responsys.

Salesforce & RelateIQ

The business software company paid up to $390m to acquire Palo Alto-based RelateIQ, in a deal that will close in October.

RelateIQ, which will become a Salesforce subsidiary, uses a ‘relationship intelligence’ platform to automatically capture data from email, calendars and smartphone calls to provide users with insights into their working lives in real-time.

RelateIQ, founded in 2011, managed to raise $69m in venture capital, with $40m in Series C finalised just this March.

The acquisition is less than the $2.5bn Salesforce paid for online market ExactTarget in 2013 and more than the $326m Salesforce paid for social media monitoring company Radian6 Technologies in 2011.

TIBCO & Jaspersoft

TIBCO paid $185m to acquire Jaspersoft, which is best known for its low-cost open source ETL and reporter software, in April.

The deal is expected to build up Tibco’s analytics business portfolio that until now only consisted of TIBCO Spotfire analytics product, which provides data-discovery tools.

Jaspersoft uses a commercial open source business model that allows developers to embed reporting, analytics and dashboards into applications via multiple data sources.

There have been some 16 million downloads of Jaspersoft’s software and more than 140,000 production deployments as well as 2,000 commercial customers.

Cloudera & Gazzang

The Hadoop vendor agreed to buy data security company Gazzang for an undisclosed amount in June.

The acquisition will see Cloudera incorporate the startup’s encryption software into its Apache Hadoop system in efforts to address the challenges of processing sensitive and legally protected data within the Hadoop ecosystem.

“We did not have that as part of the platform and our way for solving that was to go and work with Gazzang and a number of other vendors, who specialise in doing that,” Cloudera’s CTO and founder Amr Awadallah told CBR in an interview recently.

“Every time, we had to do that with a new customer, they had to sign a deal with us and customers kept telling us we need to have encryption as part of our platform.”

The deal follows Cloudera’s launch lasts year of Sentry, a security module that aims to manage user access rights to specific data sets within a given database.

Hortonworks & XA Secure

Fellow Hadoop vendor Hortonworks also struck a deal to acquire startup XA Secure to make its big data software safe enough for companies to use.

Hortonworks said it plans to use the security firm’s security capabilities, such as centralised policy management, fine-grain access control and encryption management, on its Apache Hadoop stack.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hortonworks said XA Secure’s 10 employees have joined Hortonworks.  Click here to see the full list.

Sure-Fire Way To NOT Land The Job Of Your Dreams

19 Nov 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

One more reason to work with a Recruiter- so you are better prepared for the interview than this guy was…worst interview

Applicant Stabs Boss During Job Interview.

A Southern California man’s job prospects are not looking good after he allegedly stabbed the boss during an interview Monday afternoon.

El Cajon police say the applicant, Jose Lopez, showed up drunk to a job interview at 207 South Sunshine Avenue.

When the business owner smelled alcohol on Lopez’s breath, he confronted the interviewee about it.

In turn, Lopez became angry and then got physical, police say. A fight ensued, but when the boss got the upper hand and put the suspect in a headlock, Lopez stabbed him in the arm, according to investigators.

Lopez then ran off, leaving behind one very important piece of evidence: his job application.

READ MORE.

Source: http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Applicant-Jose-Lopez-Stabs-Man-During-Job-Interview-Police-283015471.html#ixzz3JXDe5Zfq
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At Rayboy Insider Search, we specializes in Sales, Marketing, Engineering, and Executive Leadership talent in the storage, software, and infrastructure marketplace. We are currently partnering w/ a client that is an independent, agile business unit within one of the most well-known names in technology; essentially a startup with none of the risks inside of a multi-billion dollar company.  They are disrupting the big data server landscape with a differentiated fabric computing platformproviding the highest-density, most energy-efficient server on the market.  Switching, storage, and compute are unified into a single appliance, and it centralizes the management under a single pane of glass. This combination adds up to a value prop that saves customers 20-50% on TCO compared to traditional server infrastructure. Verizon Terremark is their largest customer, and is leveraging this company’s solution to build their next-generation cloud. Additionally, they are also running some of the world’s largest data centers for other customers such as Rackspace, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Red Hat, as well as many bleeding edge web shops. They recently set a significant industry benchmark record with the largest known demonstration of Openstack scalability ever.business-job-interview-hiring-young-men-welcomes-boss-senior-his-female-assistant-their-office-43206928

People who join this group will get to learn about all of these different facets of the data center, as opposed to just focusing on a single type of technology. It’s a great opportunity for employees to expand their capabilities and expertiseThey are in the vortex of some massive change to compute architecture, so for sales reps interested in technologies like Hadoop, Openstack, Fabric Computing, Cloud Computing, and Big Data, they will be engaging with those every day.

They already have A-player Sales Reps dong well in the Northeast and Texas and are looking to add another rock star to cover the Southeast (PA to FL). Ideally, this person would be based somewhere in the middle of the territory, in either Atlanta, NC, or VA/MD. The compensation plan is extremely lucrative and includes aggressive accelerators, uncapped earnings, as well as an equity package of RSU’s. They’ve had top sales reps W2 over $1M in the past, so they are not afraid to pay sales people well. Top performers are recognized and rewarded, and there will absolutely be career advancement opportunities as the company continues to scale. This is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in the success of a red-hot startup division that is already generating huge revenue and shipping a clearly differentiated product- the timing couldn’t be better.

If you or someone you know may be a good fit for this opportunity, Please contact us A.S.A.P at info@rayboyis.com or APPLY HERE.

At Rayboy Insider Search, we specialize in Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Executive Leadership talent in the storage, software, and infrastructure marketplace.  We’re currently partnering with a multi-billion dollar market leader in the enterprise networking space who has been recognized by IDC and Gartner for their leadership in ethernet, storage, and converged networking solutions. They are also driving the future of software networking, designing solutions for software-defined networking and network functions virtualization. They have an aggressive executive leadership team that is still doing acquisitions to enhance their portfolio of offerings, and their stock price has doubled in the past 15 months. The company is successfully taking market share and key customers from their biggest competitor (Cisco), as evidenced by a recent monumental victory at a marquee technology household name based in Palo Alto.network engeer

This customer is making a long-term investment in our client’s solutions, installing over a hundred IP-networking switches, as well as agreeing to a long-term service contract that includes having an Onsite Engineer (OSE) to manage their IP networking environment. So this is a brand new opportunity with a new customer, and the incoming OSE will definitely have an opportunity to make a name for themselves. The role be based full-time at the customer site in Palo Alto, so no outside travel will be involved. This particular customer engagement will be highly visible within the organization, and someone who comes in and delivers excellent customer care will go a long way towards breaking open more opportunities within this account. The firm is big on training, and this OSE will have a great opportunity to expand their knowledge base, not in only in IP networking but storage as well, if desired. The company pays a lucrative base salary + bonus, and is well known for paying out their bonuses at 100% This is an opportunity to join a tier-1 market leader covering a brand new marquee customer in a highly visible role- the timing couldn’t be better!

If you think you may be right for this exciting opportunity please contact us A.S.A.P. at Info@rayboyis.com or APPLY HERE.

At Rayboy Insider Search, we specialize in Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Executive Leadership talent in the storage, software, and infrastructure marketplace.  We’re currently partnering with a well-funded Bay Area startup that is disrupting the scale-out NAS marketplace. They have designed a cloud-based multi-tenant management solution that is both affordable and easy to use, combining an elegant hardware architecture and integrated, enterprise-grade software, including features like continuous data protection, inline deduplication and disaster recovery at 1/10 the price point of their competitors. In addition to their award winning solutions (as recognized by Gartner, CRN, and others), they pride themselves on having a fun down-to-Earth work environment. The kitchen is always stocked with snacks and beverages, lunch is provided many days of the week, they have a great espresso machine, as well as pool table, table tennis, or foosball for relaxation. They also do Friday morning bagels as a company and Friday afternoon beer bashes!demand funnel

Since going GA earlier this year, they have been doubling revenue quarter over quarter each quarter since. In order to continue building on this momentum, they are now looking to hire their first Director of Demand Gen to be based in their Silicon Valley HQ. This Director will have a critical impact on the company’s success, as the firm has very short sales cycles (sometimes under 30 days) and leads can quickly be translated into revenue. They already utilize Marketo for marketing automation, and need a leader who can put additional lead nurturing processes and demand generation programs in place. They fully expect this Director to build a team underneath themselves as the company continues to scale, and will be paid a lucrative base salary plus equity ownership in the company. If you are passionate about working with ground-breaking storage solutions and interested in getting in on the ground floor with a well-funded startup in a highly impactful role, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. The timing couldn’t be better!

If you or someone you know would be interested in learning more contact us now at :

Info@Rayboyis.com or APPLY HERE.

Network Storage Inc. Acquired by Data Strategy

10 Oct 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Data Strategy (www.data-strategy.com) announced today that it has completed an acquisition of Network Storage Inc., a move that solidifies Data Strategy as one of the Midwest’s leading providers of data center technologies, security, mobility, and cloud computing solutions. As a result of the acquisition, Data Strategy will leverage its expanded regional footprint toward job creation and service integration, much of it in the Indianapolis and Louisville metro areas. “Data Strategy was an ideal partner for us” With a combined workforce of nearly 100 full-time employees, the new entity will be headquartered at Data Strategy’s current base in Grand Rapids. Expanded markets include Detroit, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indianapolis. The Indianapolis headquarters of Network Storage Inc. will serve as a regional hub. aquireFor Data Strategy, the acquisition made sense given the complementary nature of entities’ solutions, markets, and core values. Current and prospective clients will benefit from a one-stop approach to meeting technology needs end-to-end; local business communities will benefit from increased investment in capital and people. “As we continue to solidify our position as a growing player in the Midwest, we expect to add 10 to 15 jobs in the next 12 months and expect to make sizeable capital investments in our local organizations,” said Dana Jacks, Executive Vice President at Data Strategy. The transaction will improve the group’s logistical capabilities while creating a more robust portfolio of products, services and solutions. Officials from both companies noted that the deal will strengthen their affiliation with vendor partners, such as EMC², Cisco, VMware, and HP. Building scale with vendor partners will allow greater efficiencies, improved pricing, and increased services to be passed along to clients of Data Strategy.  READ MORE.

Jordan Rayboy, President and CEO of Rayboy Insider Search, presented twice at the NAPS (National Association of Personnel Services) annual conference held September 15-17 in Houston, TX. The NAPS conference is the premier training opportunity for the search and placement industry. Attendees had an opportunity to learn from best practices and understand how to improve their business while expanding their professional network.logo

Jordan presented a hard-hitting session called “Time Kills All Deals” explaining how driving a sense of urgency w/ clients and candidates will help lead to more mutually successful outcomes. Jordan also participated in an all-star speaker panel that wrapped  up the conference, answering audience questions on best practices to grow their recruiting business.

This was Jordan’s third time speaking at the NAPS annual conference. He has also presented at numerous Fordyce Forums and state associations. Jordan was the keynote speaker this year at both the Top Echelon annual conference and the Ohio Recruiters Association annual workshop. Jordan is also a member of the Pinnacle Society, an elite consortium of 75 of the highest producing recruiters in North America. He was elected to the Pinnacle Board of Directors in 2011, later serving as Member Education Chair, and was elected Pinnacle’s Member of the Year in 2013 for his contributions to the society. Click here to see the full NAPS 2014 conference agenda.

Rayboy Insider Search attends Interop

02 Oct 2014, Posted by Jeska Rayboy in Blog

Rayboy Insider Search enjoyed seeing everyone who attended Interop 2014 in NYC. Interop is a prominent technology conference and expo designed to inspire, inform, and connect the world’s IT community. It is always a pleasure for us to see our clients in action and get first handM&A interop demos on all of the technologies and services they bring to the market. We were particularly fascinated with the innovation taking place in the security and compliance sector. Looking forward to helping our newest partners add top talent to their teams. To see information on all of the vendors that are attending Interop this year go

to  http://www.interop.com/newyork/

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