Tech Moves: Zillow co-founder joins Palantir board; Hootsuite names new CEO; and more

Spencer Rascoff
Former Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. (GeekWire Picture / Kevin Lisota)

— Zillow Group co-founder and former CEO Spencer Rascoff joined the board of Palantir Applied sciences, a giant information firm backed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel.

The notoriously secretive Silicon Valley startup filed for an IPO this week. Journalist Alexandra Wolfe Schiff and early Palantir worker Alexander Moore, who’s now a associate at 8VC, have been additionally appointed to the board.

Rascoff, who stepped down as CEO of Zillow in early 2019, resigned from the Seattle-based actual property firm’s board in April. He additionally stepped down from the board of Journey Advisor. Rascoff is an angel investor, co-founder of Los Angeles-based tech information enterprise dot.LA and dealing on a brand new stealth startup, in line with a submit on Twitter. (GeekWire is a dot.LA associate and investor.)

— Vancouver, B.C.-based social media administration platform Hootsuite named Tom Keiser as its new CEO. He succeeds Hootsuite founder Ryan Holmes, who will stay chairman of the board. Keiser was most just lately COO of CRM software program firm Zendesk. He led know-how and product operations at retailers Hole Inc and L Manufacturers, and spent greater than a decade as a marketing consultant at EY.

Arvin Patel. (Mental Ventures Picture)

— Mental Ventures named former TiVo government Arvin Patel as chief working officer of the Bellevue, Wash.-based patent holding and know-how firm’s Invention Funding Fund. Based by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, Mental Ventures is among the world’s largest patent holders. Patel was chief mental property officer at TiVo and has held IP roles at Technicolor and IBM.

Adriana Gil Miner.(Qumulo Picture)

Seattle hybrid cloud storage startup Qumulo appointed Adriana Gil Miner as its chief advertising officer. Miner was most just lately SVP of name advertising and communications at Tableau Software program. She beforehand served as CMO at technique and design agency Artefact and was vp of digital technique at Weber Shandwick.

— Investor and advisor Betsy Atkins joined the board of Bellevue, Wash. contract administration startup Icertis. Atkins is the CEO and proprietor of enterprise capital agency Baja Corp. She at the moment serves on the boards of Volvo Vehicles, Wynn Resorts and SL Inexperienced Realty. Final yr, Icertis’ valuation pushed previous $1 billion. The corporate is at the moment ranked No. 5 on the GeekWire 200 index.

— Tax automation firm Avalara appointed Kathleen Weslock as its new chief human assets officer. Weslock beforehand led human assets at lithium know-how firm Livent, Frontier Communications and Cisco Techniques. Scott McFarlane, CEO of Avalara, describes Weslock as “a confirmed human assets chief who has efficiently managed and scaled expertise applications for a few of the world’s most well-known international corporations.”

— Entrepreneur Brian Glaister joined Axon as head of justice options, a brand new digital enterprise unit for the legislation enforcement know-how firm. Glaister was most just lately managing director at startup consultancy Conflux Improvements. He was beforehand an entrepreneur in residence at Itron and Mental Ventures, and based Cadence Biomedical, a medical machine startup.

Brian Smith. (GBH Insights Picture)

— Former Microsoft advertising supervisor Brian Smith is now senior vp at New York-based advertising consultancy GHB Insights. At Microsoft, Smith helped with the worldwide launch of Home windows 10 Professional and led go-to-market technique for the Home windows pill launch. Smith most just lately was SVP of behavioral analytics at PSB, a market analysis consultancy based mostly in Washington, D.C. He will probably be based mostly in Seattle.

Shahar Ronen has joined Remitly as principal product supervisor for the Seattle startup’s new banking service referred to as Passbook. The banking initiative, particularly designed for immigrants, launched in February this yr. Ronen joins Remitly from San Francisco, Calif.-based Sift, a fraud prevention firm, the place he was a bunch product supervisor. He beforehand spent 5 years at Microsoft, the place he was a product supervisor for Bing and MSN Analytics.

Microsoft alum Rahul Auradkar was named chief product officer of New York-based monetary know-how platform Capitolis. Auradkar was chief product officer of Seattle AI startup AnswerIQ, which was acquired by Freshworks earlier this yr. He beforehand was vp of merchandise at Apptio. Whereas at Microsoft he labored on the Azure, Workplace 365 and Home windows server groups. He’ll relocate to New York.

— Cambia Grove introduced its 2020 Innovator Fellows. This system’s second cohort is specializing in information in digital well being care transformation. The Fellows are:

 Michael Barabe, Washington State Well being Care Authority

Mark Francis, Digital Caregiver

Jen Garcia, Seattle Youngsters’s Hospital

Tyrone Grandison, Pearl Lengthy Time period Care Options

Doan Ha, Oregon Well being and Science College

Aju Jacob, BlueCross BluShield of Tennessee

Josephy Kliegman, Cerner

Phung Matthews, MedQuest Pharmacy

Dayanand Sharma, The Handoff Firm

Kevin Williams, HealthTech Options

— RFID maker Impinj promoted Jeff Dossett to chief income officer. Dossett initially joined the Seattle-based firm in 2017 and was most just lately EVP of gross sales and advertising. He was beforehand the CEO of media firm GOOD Worldwide and served as head of partnerships and interim CFO at Seattle startup Porch.

— Ideoclick, a Seattle e-commerce startup, promoted Jonathan Ferrell to vp of enterprise growth. He joined the 11-year outdated firm in 2019 as senior supervisor of enterprise growth. Previous to Ideoclick, Ferrell was a gross sales supervisor at Amazon and spent a decade at Verizon in retail and enterprise gross sales.

Eric Emans. (Lighthouse Picture)

— Seattle-based Lighthouse eDiscovery employed Eric Emans as CFO. Emans was most just lately CFO and treasurer for nonprofit A Place for Mother. Lighthouse makes software program that helps attorneys shortly sift by way of mountains of complicated documentation.

— Seattle-based funding financial institution Cascadia Capital added Adam Stormoen as a managing director for the agency’s healthcare apply. Stormeon was most just lately managing director of healthcare funding banking at Duff & Phelps. He’ll based mostly in Minneapolis, Minn.

— Infrastructure options agency HNTB employed Gordon Phillips as its aviation venture director. He will probably be based mostly in Bellevue, Wash. and ship design initiatives for aviation shoppers together with Sea-Tac Airport. Phillips most just lately was a program design supervisor at Clay Paslay Administration Group engaged on the 10 yr enlargement program at Sea-Tac.

— Salesforce named Seattle-area exec Darryn Dieken as its chief availability officer. Learn extra concerning the new C-suite position.

Boeing’s John Mulholland has taken on the position of vp and program supervisor for the Worldwide House Station following Mark Mulqueen’s retirement. Read the story.

— Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson was named new CEO of augmented actuality startup Magic Leap. Learn the story.

— Concur veteran Elena Donio stepped down as CEO of New York Metropolis-based Axiom and can return to the West Coast. Learn the story.


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