Remembering Caren Franzini: Former EDA Leader was Friend to the New Jersey Tech Industry

In late Janu­ary, Car­en Fran­zini passed away. Fran­zini was the former CEO of the New Jer­sey Eco­nom­ic De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, hold­ing that post from 1994 to 2012. Dur­ing her term of of­fice, she nav­ig­ated  some very tough times for the New Jer­sey tech and life sci­ences com­munity, re­mained a friend to New Jer­sey tech com­pan­ies and their founders and im­ple­men­ted many cre­at­ive pro­grams. Here is what some mem­bers of the New Jer­sey tech com­munity who knew Fran­zini had to say about her:

New Jersey Law Firm McCarter & English Highly Rated by PitchBook for Venture Capital Activity

Mc­Carter & Eng­lish (Ne­wark and East Brun­swick), a law firm that of­ten rep­res­ents tech star­tups in New Jer­sey, has been giv­en top rank­ings in sev­er­al cat­egor­ies by Pitch­Book (New York), a com­pre­hens­ive source of in­form­a­tion on the activ­it­ies of ven­ture-cap­it­al and private-equity firms and of their af­fil­i­ated ser­vice pro­viders.

Bridgewater-based Synchronoss Regroups for Enterprise Market Assault

On Janu­ary 19, Sychro­noss an­nounced that it had com­pleted its tender of­fer to ac­quire all the out­stand­ing shares of In­t­ralinks Hold­ings (New York) for $821 mil­lion. At the same time it ac­quired In­t­ralinks, Syn­chro­noss agreed to sell a portion of its activation business to Sequential Technology International (Warren) for $146 million. CEO Steph­en Waldis moved to ex­ec­ut­ive chair­man as part of the deal to ac­quire In­t­ralinks. He was an ex­ample of that rare en­tity, a star­tup founder who brought it to IPO and re­mained as CEO as it grew
Photo: Simon Nynens of Wayside Technology Group Photo Credit: Courtesy Wayside Technology Group
Simon Nynens of Wayside Technology Group | Courtesy Wayside Technology Group

NJ Tech Company Roundup: Eastern DataComm, Wayside Technology Group and SHI

Eastern DataComm: Eastern DataComm (Hackensack) said that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for an element of Eastern DataComm’s proprietary Lockdown and Emergency Notification System (LENS). Way­side Tech­no­logy Group an­nounced the launch of their new re­designed web­site and brand re­fresh. SHI In­ter­na­tion­al Corp. ended 2016 with $7.56 bil­lion in rev­en­ue, a 12 per­cent year-over-year in­crease.

Startup Roundup: GovPilot and eureQa

Gov­Pi­lot (Hoboken), a municipal software provider, released its newest software product, a mobile app called “GovAlert,” in both Android and iPhone versions.eure­Qa (Cherry Hill), an SaaS automation platform for e-commerce testing, has raised $400K in follow-on funding from leading investors active in the Philadelphia area.

Tech Biz Tips: The Everything Company: Outsourcing Mundane Tasks

These days artificial intelligence is displacing “touching” on many new smart devices and talking to these devices is becoming more commonplace in our cars, homes, and on our wearables. Tech entrepreneurs need to be developing ways to incorporate their evolving technologies with the creators of artificial intelligence platforms like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and others.

Technology Marketing in the Digital Age: Using Twitter? Here’s how to grow opportunities for your business

By now, most B2B companies have a presence on Twitter. Many use their account for posting their own news and content, events or even their partner news. But that’s not where it should end. Remember, social media is all about engagement with your customers, prospects and more.
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Love at first site: NJIT students develop face-based dating app

Relationships may not be all about looks, but initial attractions are. That's the underlying theory behind a new dating app - "FaceDate" - a group of students and professors at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are in the midst of developing.

One-Stop Online Source for All Data to Make Government in NJ More Transparent

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday signed into law a measure that will increase the transparency and accountability of state agencies by making it easier for the public to find and get data and other information kept by the state government - all at one central online location.


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