VC-backed Engine Yard names new SVP of engineering

Engine Yard has hired Paul Melmon as senior vice president of engineering. Previously, he was at Costanoa Venture Capital where he served as an entrepreneur-in-residence. Based in San Francisco, Calif., Engine Yard is a cloud application management platform. It is backed by Benchmark, New Enterprise Associates, Oracle and Amazon.

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peHUB Second Opinion

Today in Second Opinion, there’s news that talks to sell J. Crew have broken down, which coffee shops dominate the U.S., NYSE leads the race to get the Alibaba IPO and Amazon will begin shipping its video-sharing device in April.

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PE-backed Auction.com adds former Oracle CFO to board of directors

Auction.com has named Jeff Epstein to its board of directors. Epstein is the former chief financial officer for Oracle. Currently, he is an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and a senior advice for Oak Hill Capital Partners. Auction.com, which is backed by Google Capital and Stone Point Capital, is an online real estate marketplace.

SRS Wants You to Play AcqMan for the Holidays

Shareholder Representative Services is trying something new this holiday season. SRS is unveiling AcqMan — acq is short for acquisition–a game which tests players’ knowledge of M&A. This is how it works: Users pick from six different AcqMan avatars that represent different deep-pocketed strategic buyers. Choices include Dell, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and Takeda.

Oracle Buys Endeca Technologies

To extend its core offerings of relational databases, Oracle, based in Redwood Shores, Calif., has agreed to acquire Endeca Technologies, maker of unstructured data management, Web commerce, and business intelligence software. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. PRESS RELEASE: Oracle today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Endeca Technologies, Inc., a […]

As The Patent Wars Escalate, Investors Worry About Jobs At Startups

Give Google credit for lighting the fuse with its harangue last week entitled “When Patents Attack Android.” Now investors and entrepreneurs are weighing in on the heels of a Department of Justice probe. This weekend, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered a scathing assessment of the troubled patent system on his blog when he claimed […]

peHUB Second Opinion 5.12.10

Carried Interest Taxes: The Obama reckoning has come.
Related: KKR is afraid of interference from the gubmint.

Flash Crash: We just had a hearing yesterday; yet another panel is coming. This crash is the best thing to happen for bureaucracy since the Kremlin.

The Fed: Its superpowers remain intact; it will continue to oversee small banks.

SAP: It’s buying Sybase for $5.25 billion. Like so much in life, the deal is really about Oracle.

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