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DataFox Digest - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Insights from the experts

Jason Lemkin of SaaStr talks about the danger of making an underqualified first marketing hire - and the cost of getting top talent - in The Problem With Junior Marketing Hires (And What a True VP Costs).

Tomasz Tunguz, venture capitalist at Redpoint Ventures, argues that the hot fields of natural language processing and semantic understanding will be the new frontier for sales in The Next Major Technology To Shape SaaS.

Sherice Jacob at iElectrify breaks down Instant Articles, an early-stages new Facebook feature for content publishers that's shown increased engagement among users, in Facebook’s Secret Feature That Can Turbo-Charge Your Content Shares.

Major new hires

Horizon Media (New York, NY), a media services agency, hired Michelle Gordon as VP, Director of Consumer Insights, the company announced in a press release.

Nutrition and wellness company Metagenics (Aliso Viejo, CA) named Brent Eck as its new president and CEO, the company announced in a press release.

Accolade (Plymouth Meeting, PA), a healthcare engagement services company, hired Rajeev Singh as its CEO, Michael Hilton as Chief Product Officer and Rob Cavanaugh as President of Field Operations, according to a company press release.

Recent company milestones

Shire (Ireland), a biopharmaceutical company, will acquire Dyax (Cambridge, MA), which is focused on developing treatments for a rare genetic disease, the companies announced in a joint press release.

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced a partnership with First Data Corporation (Atlanta, GA) and others to teach returning veterans entrepreneurship skills, the SBA announced in a press release.

Qualcomm (San Diego, CA) and ZTE (China) signed an agreement that allows ZTE to use Qualcomm's patent licenses to develop 3G and 4G mobile products for sale in China, the companies announced in a joint press release.

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Until next time,
Team DataFox