Tech Moves: Convoy names general counsel; startup founders land new gigs after shutdowns

— Freight market Convoy introduced John Morrow as its new general counsel, efficient Nov. 1. 

A Seattle tech vet, Morrow was an government at Apptio for 5 years together with by means of the software program firm’s IPO and later $1.9 billion private equity deal. He was most just lately general counsel and secretary at Paymentus, a Redmond, Wash.-based digital billing platform that went public this yr.

Morrow’s appointment comes after turnover within the high authorized position at Convoy all through 2021, as reported by Bloomberg Law.

Former Convoy General Counsel Diankha Linear departed in Could and is now COO at textual content messaging platform Group.com. Performing head of authorized Megan Lutes departed in July to hitch 3D printing startup Glowforge as its general counsel. Convoy’s Director of Authorized Peter Hisken served because the interim head.

Based in 2015, Convoy’s final valuation was $2.7 billion in November 2019. The corporate recently subleased 123,000 sq. ft of workplace area in downtown Seattle. Different latest management appointments embrace Amazon vet Dorothy Li as CTO and Sunita Solao as VP of people.

— Former Amazon Internet Companies VP Steven Shure joined various search engine Neeva as chief enterprise officer. He’ll proceed to be based mostly in Seattle.

Shure joined Amazon in 2006 as vp of Amazon Prime and later led the worldwide shopper advertising and marketing group. Previous to Amazon, he was a advertising and marketing government at Time Inc.

“I’ve all the time had a deep perception within the energy of customer-supported, subscription-based merchandise, and have seen firsthand how these merchandise (and clients) are inevitably compromised after they turn into depending on promoting income,” stated Shure.

Based in 2019 by former Google SVP of Adverts Sridhar Ramaswamy and former VP of YouTube monetization Vivek Raghunathan, Neeva is an ad-free, personal search engine. The corporate raised $40 million earlier this year and counts many ex-Googlers amongst its employees. Neeva grew to become publicly obtainable in July and customers will ultimately pay between $5-to-10 a month for the service.

“I keep in mind folks asking me years in the past why I assumed anybody would ever need to subscribe to a delivery service,” stated Shure. “I hope and count on that within the not too distant future, the query ‘why would anybody need to pay for a search engine?’ will, in hindsight, sound simply as ridiculous.”

Editor’s be aware: This story has been up to date to replicate that Shure relies in Seattle and never relocating to the Bay Space.

— Puppet CEO Yvonne Wassenaar joined the board of knowledge safety startup Rubrik. The Silicon Valley firm introduced a strategic partnership with Microsoft final month.

A former New Relic government, Wassenaar has been CEO of Portland, Ore.-based Puppet since January 2019. She additionally presently serves on the boards of forecasting platform Anaplan, analysis agency Forrester and Harvey Mudd School.

— Former Amazon Air VP Gur Kimchi was appointed to the board of Pittsburgh-based Close to Earth Autonomy, a developer of autonomous flight techniques.

Kimchi left Amazon in September 2020 after eight years. He beforehand served as a member of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee.

— Aviation firm Wheels Up introduced Srikanth Satya as chief know-how and growth officer. Wheels Up just lately named Vinayak Hegde, one other Seattle-based tech veteran, as its president.

Satya was most just lately vp of engineering for unstructured storage at Dell EMC. He beforehand held engineering management roles at Microsoft and Amazon Internet Companies.

Headquartered in New York, Wheels Up affords memberships and a market of personal planes.

— Freightweb co-founder Farah Ali returned to EA as vp of know-how development and technique, following the shutdown of the Seattle startup.

Ali beforehand served as EA’s vp of engineering for participant and developer experiences, departing the gaming firm in 2019 to deal with Freightweb full-time.

Ali was beforehand CTO at Freightweb, a transportation logistics startup that raised $3 million last year. She was beforehand an engineering chief at Microsoft and eBay. Ali is presently a technical advisor to Madrona Enterprise Group.

Freightweb’s different co-founders Marty Sinicrope and Will Payson have additionally moved on to new ventures, in keeping with their LinkedIn bios. Payson advised GeekWire that the pandemic’s impacts on delivery and trucking created “an insurmountable problem for a new startup.”

— Former Inrix and ReachNow government Steve Banfield joined Silicon Valley startup Placer.ai as VP of enterprise growth for its market. Placer.ai gives retailers with location analytics, just like Seattle startup Positioned, which was acquired by Snap for more than $200 million in 2017.

Banfield was most just lately CEO of Simplata Applied sciences, a Madrona Enterprise Labs (MVL) spinout he co-founded with CTO Bruce Roberts. Each tech vets have been entrepreneurs-in-residence at MVL earlier than main the information safety startup.

Banfield and Madrona Enterprise Labs declined to touch upon the standing of Simplata. In response to a Washington Office of the Secretary of State filing, the company has been terminated.

Roberts is now a platform architect at Seattle startup Zeitworks, another Madrona Venture Labs spinout.

— SilverLake co-CEO Greg Mondre resigned from the Expedia Group board. Mondre joined the journey large’s board in 2020 after Silver Lake and Apollo International Administration made a combined $1.2 billion equity investment, considered one of a sequence of strikes made by Expedia to navigate the enterprise results of the COVID-19 pandemic.

— Amazon Studios’ introduced COO and co-Head of Tv Albert Cheng will focus solely on his COO position, according to a report by Deadline. The tech large’s leisure arm plans to broaden internationally and double unique native packages. Vernon Sanders, additionally beforehand co-head of Tv, is now head of U.S. and international tv at Amazon Studios.

— Former Amazon SVP Diego Piacentini joined the advisory board of CLIPr, a Seattle-based video administration platform. Piacentini is the founding father of VC agency View Totally different and in addition an advisor to Seattle trucking startup Convoy.

— Portland, Ore.-based Bumped employed Babak Farrokh-Siar as chief income officer. He’s based mostly in Los Angeles.

Farrokh-Siar was most just lately VP of enterprise growth and partnerships at fintech firm Acorns. He beforehand managed promoting partnerships at Apple.

By way of Bumped’s app, customers obtain fractional shares of inventory from the manufacturers they store. The app launched last November after a yr of beta testing.

Theresa Bak-Thomsen is now director of discovery biologics at Novo Nordisk’s Seattle analysis middle. She just lately relocated from Copenhagen to Seattle. She was beforehand director of antibody know-how and has labored on the Danish pharmaceutical firm for greater than a decade.

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