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Tech Moves: Flexe hires Amazon biometrics leader; Fresh Chalk founder departs; and more

— Versatile warehousing firm Flexe employed Amazon vet Lara Rogers as SVP and common supervisor.

Rogers spent the previous decade at Amazon and was most just lately director of enterprise, product and expertise for Amazon One, the tech large’s palm-reading ID system.

Based in 2013, Flexe closed out 2020 with a $70 million Series C round and has raised $144 million in complete funding.

The corporate’s market lets retailers buy warehousing house on an on-demand foundation, avoiding long-term warehouse leases.

— Longtime Microsoft govt Gavriella Schuster joined the board of cybersecurity firm Open Programs. The 25-year veteran of Microsoft left in August to concentrate on variety, fairness and inclusion initiatives.

— Enterprise software program startup Amplify introduced Sajo Jacob as its CTO and a co-founder. He was most just lately a common supervisor at Amazon the place he spent eight years and beforehand a software program architect at Microsoft.

The Seattle and Bend, Ore.-based firm came out of stealth mode with $6 million in funding final month. Amplify’s device optimizes onboarding and use of software program utilizing AI and machine studying. 

— Material, a Seattle e-commerce startup, appointed Prakash Muppirala as EVP of platform options and buyer success.

Muppirala was most just lately CTO and president of digital innovation at retailer Restoration {Hardware}, now know as RH. He beforehand was an govt at Staples and spent nearly a decade at eBay.

Material supplies back-end infrastructure for on-line procuring, focusing on mid-market manufacturers.

— Scener, the Seattle-based startup that provides a social layer to the viewing of streaming tv content material, has named David Baron as CEO. The corporate additionally introduced a brand new crew of buyers and advisors, together with J.J. Abrams, the filmmaker and producer. Read the story.

— Fresh Chalk co-founder Liz Pearce is now VP of promoting at GoDaddy. Pearce co-founded Fresh Chalk, a service to search out native professionals by means of good friend suggestions, in 2019.

Previous to Fresh Chalk, Pearce was chief income officer at Streem and spent 10 years at undertaking administration platform Liquid Planner, together with 5 years as CEO.

“I used to be impressed by the various small enterprise house owners I labored with over the previous couple of years at Fresh Chalk,” Pearce advised GeekWire in an e mail.

“I joined GoDaddy to serve entrepreneurs on a bigger scale, whereas additionally leveraging my expertise constructing and promoting software program.”

Her fellow co-founder Patrick O’Donnell, who additionally co-founded Urbanspoon and MightyAI, is now CEO of Fresh Chalk.

— Pay-equity startup Syndio added three new executives:

Syndio raised $50 million in September for its data-science powered software program. The corporate at present has 114 workers, up from 80 two months in the past.

— Apptio promoted Jeremy Ung to the newly established function of chief engineering officer. He joined the cloud-based IT administration firm in 2019 as VP of engineering.

Previous to becoming a member of Apptio, Ung was a senior supervisor of software program improvement at Amazon Internet Providers and spent 5 years at Microsoft.

Apptio additionally promoted Toyan Espeut to chief buyer officer earlier this 12 months.

Microsoft veteran Scott Rockfeld joined voice-enabled storytelling platform Novel Impact as chief advertising and marketing officer.

An angel investor and startup mentor, Rockfeld spent 18 years at Microsoft, most just lately as a senior director of product administration and advertising and marketing.

Based in 2015, Novel Impact participated within the inaugural Alexa accelerator, appeared on Shark Tank and gained a Webby award. The Seattle startup closed a $3 million Series A round in 2018.

— Seattle startup Educative added startup veterans Sarah Daniels as chief content material officer and Cody Lamens as VP of gross sales. Educative raised $12 million for its coding improvement platform in Could.

Daniels is the previous CEO and co-founder of Blue Canoe, an app for studying to talk English, and chief advertising and marketing officer at Market Chief. In her new function, she’s going to oversee Educative’s catalog of programs for software program builders.

“It’s going to be a really enjoyable experience right here, and I really like serving to builders develop their profession and study to construct the subsequent era of expertise,” Daniels mentioned. She is going to stay an adviser to Blue Canoe.

Lamens joins Educative from Rosetta Stone the place he was VP of world enterprise and training gross sales. He was beforehand head of gross sales at TINYPulse and director of gross sales at Ideoclick.

Karen Taylor is now CEO of Blue Canoe. She has been a board member on the firm for the previous 5 years.

— The Riveter co-founder Amy Nelson departed SaksWorks in October to return to The Riveter the place she continues to serve on the board.

Nelson joined SaksWorks, a new co-working partnership between Saks Fifth Avenue-owner Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) and WeWork, as president in July. She advised GeekWire that she left after launching the partnership and preliminary areas and was excited to return to The Riveter.

Based in Seattle in 2017 as a female-focused co-working house supplier, The Riveter pivoted to a digital group final 12 months after shutting down its bodily areas. The corporate is now remote-first with a crew of 4 and rising once more.

Nelson advised GeekWire that The Riveter will return to its roots by “specializing in ladies who seek the advice of, freelance or are launching their very own enterprise.” She cited a necessity for more sources, particularly as she’s witnessed more ladies go impartial in the course of the pandemic.

Nelson relocated to Columbus, Ohio earlier this year. 

— Entrepreneur and startup veteran Clay Robinson departed Salesforce to hitch worldwide commerce platform Mamneta as chief expertise officer.

Previous to Salesforce, the MightySE founder beforehand labored at Seattle-area firms Shiftboard, Apptio and Tellwise.

— Amazon veteran Stephen Curial joined Jungle Scout as CTO. The Austin, Texas-based firm creates software program for Amazon sellers.

Curial spent more than a decade at Amazon, most just lately as director of software program improvement for the Fulfilled by Amazon program. He’ll proceed to be based mostly in Seattle.

— Form Therapeutics appointed David Huss as chief scientific officer and Lisa Taylor Ash as common counsel. Each are alum of Juno Therapeutics, the place Form Therapeutics CEO and co-founder Francois Vigneault was VP of analysis.

Huss joined Form Therapeutics in 2018 and was most just lately head of analysis. Taylor Ash joined the Seattle biotech firm in 2019 as VP of authorized.

This 12 months, Form Therapeutics raised $112 million and signed a deal value as much as $3 billion with pharma large Roche. The corporate is growing RNA enhancing and gene remedy applied sciences

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