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Tech Moves: Godreau heading to NYC with UP Global; Chef opens in Europe; and more
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Tech Moves: Godreau heading to NYC with UP Global; Chef opens in Europe; and more

—UP International continues to broaden, and this time the Seattle non-profit has picked an skilled enterprise capitalist to assist lead the cost in New York Metropolis. The group, greatest recognized for working the Startup Weekend occasions, has tapped Enrique Godreau III as senior vice chairman.

The founding accomplice of Voyager Capital and 9Mile Labs, Godreau can be based mostly in a brand new workplace New York Metropolis main the group’s gross sales and growth efforts. That’s Godreau’s hometown.

“Enrique has been extremely concerned in the startup group and we’re thrilled to have him becoming a member of UP International,” mentioned UP International CEO Marc Nager. “He brings a wealth of over 30 years of expertise inspiring entrepreneurs, serving to them scale, mentoring leaders, in addition to investing in startups throughout the nation. As we develop as a corporation, Enrique’s data and ardour will assist our crew and group leaders make a fair greater affect the world over.”

Godreau is acquainted to these in Seattle startup circles, having based Voyager in 1996. He’s additionally served as a mentor to The Founder Institute and an advisor to The Ladies’s Enterprise Capital Fund. Godreau mentioned he’s trying ahead to serving to UP International “speed up and broaden our work with the help of present and new group leaders, companies, foundations, and authorities companions.

UP International operates Startup Weekend, Startup Subsequent, Startup Training, Startup Digest and Startup Week, fostering entrepreneurship in 500 cities the world over.

“Entrepreneurism and innovation immediately are poised to have a world affect of seismic proportions,” mentioned Godreau in an e-mail to GeekWire. “Cloud computing, international digital networks, affect investing, social enterprises, the maker motion and a world populace keen to shift, at scale, from being customers to additionally being producers, is altering the world. UP International is uniquely positioned to function the nexus of progress in international entrepreneurship and I need to assist us get there.”

—Seattle IT automation startup Chef is increasing its presence in Europe, hiring Justin Arbuckle as Vice President of Europe and Chief Enterprise Architect for Chef. He beforehand labored at GE Capital. The appointment comes as the corporate says that European gross sales for Chef grew by 400 % in 2013, with the crew anticipated to double in measurement to 10 by the top of the 12 months.

“Justin is enthusiastic about – and deeply skilled in – utilizing automation to make enterprise IT higher, quicker, and more agile. His confirmed monitor document consists of empowering engineers with web-scale IT rules to ship unprecedented worth for patrons,” mentioned CEO Barry Crist in an announcement. “We’re doubling down on Europe and with Justin on the helm we’re well-positioned to capitalize on this super alternative.” Previously generally known as Opscode, Chef raised $32 million in enterprise funding final December.

—Portland-based Orchestrate, a managed database service that mixes a number of NoSQL databases behind a single API, has named Adam DuVander as Developer Relations Director. DuVander is the previous government editor of ProgrammableWeb, and served as a reporter for Wired journal and Internet Monkey. He’s additionally the writer of Internet Scripting 101, and most not too long ago served as developer communications director for SendGrid.

“The expansion of Orchestrate relies upon largely on incomes the respect of the developer group and demonstrating our price,” mentioned Antony Falco, CEO and co-founder of Orchestrate. “Adam shouldn’t be solely favored and revered by his friends, however has deep expertise as a developer advocate, author, and organizer, making him an ideal match for this crucial position.”

—Full of life, the Seattle startup that permits concert-goers to simply receive video and audio recordsdata of dwell concert events, has named Scott Kawa as its director of venue relations and tour advertising and marketing. Kawa, who beforehand labored at Alcatel-Lucent and Common Music Group, will assist “Scott brings invaluable expertise in the core areas of our enterprise – music and cellular distribution. Our venue and artist companions are in good palms,” mentioned founder and CEO Dean Graziano.

—Seattle knowledge middle operator DigitalFortress has named Internap co-founder Tony Naughtin to the board. “Tony has a wealth of experience in the managed providers trade and we glance ahead to his contributions as a member of Digital Fortress’ board of administrators,” mentioned Digital Fortress CEO Paul Gerrard.

—Seattle startup Zealyst has named Brandon Paddock, an 8-year veteran of Microsoft, as CTO. “We have been drawn to him by his ardour for constructing progressive options rapidly, his agile, out-of-the-box pondering, and how prepared he’s to don a zebra Snuggie,” the corporate wrote in a weblog put up.

—Seattle startup HasOffers has opened a brand new workplace in New York Metropolis, and appointed Lane Buschel as head of communications. Buschel, who beforehand served as VP of communications at Glam Media, can be based mostly in the New York workplace. “New York is town of promoting. From the Time Sq. logos in lights to the most important avenues for purchasing and retail on the planet, it’s a place the place lots of the most impactful promoting campaigns are born,” mentioned HasOffers CEO Peter Hamilton in a blog post. “Cellular units have modified the work day, journey, habits, and purchasing of New Yorkers, and businesses and advertisers are rapidly adapting to join to customers like by no means earlier than. I consider we’ve received the correct crew and expertise to assist them get there.”

—The Nationwide Enterprise Capital Affiliation has named Scott Sandell, a Basic Accomplice at New Enterprise Associates, chairman of the board of administrators.

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