A night out on the town can be a reminder what an eclectic bunch we are. At dinner on a rainy Tuesday night we ran into Phil and Belinda Carville of the South Yuba Club/Monster Gym; Andrew Meyers and his wife, Andrea, of Four Frog Farms; and Dave Perillo and a team from Grass Valley Group, all in the same dining room. Our son showed off his “NingaGo” playing cards. Only one couple seemed to glare at our table — not bad, I joked to my wife.
We talked politics with the Carville’s, sustainable farming with Andrew, and business with Grass Valley Group (now just called “Grass Valley.”) Being a longtime tech wonk, I was most interested in the update from Grass Valley Group.
The stalwart video tech business is embracing change since their recent acquisition by Francisco Partners, I learned. There have been some good management changes (a blend of old and new), team building and a shorter commute for business meetings in San Francisco instead of Paris (Thomson’s home).
I should add that the execs enjoyed the writeups on Francisco-Grass Valley on this blog. One is here.
Though there’s skepticism in some circles of our community about Francisco’s intentions (as a private equity firm), I’m confident it’s going to be a good fit — helping to build a bridge between Silicon Valley and our community.
Grass Valley’s marketing group is rolling out press releases about new features and functionality to their products — three this month alone.
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