Ayush Agarwal

Ayush Agarwal made a name for himself  in the Seattle area helping startups as a venture associate at Madrona Venture Group. The former business analyst at McKinsey & Company left the Seattle venture capital firm last summer to take on a new role at ExactTarget’s CoTweet unit. But now Agarwal has a new gig, joining Google as a project manager overseeing the AdMob developer products.

“I love the people and the culture, and am super excited about mobile advertising,” Agarwal tells GeekWire.

Nick Hughes, a Seattle entrepreneur and GeekWire guest contributor, has taken on the CEO role at Order.sm. The Seattle company says that it is devising a new mobile ordering system for restaurants. Hughes previously founded the Seattle marketing and advertising startup Loyaltize, and before that worked at Boeing. Hughes tells GeekWire that he co-founded the company recently with Jacques Crocker, formerly of Zaarly, and Gary Windels, who also works at Cobalt.


JJ McKay, who some call “Seattle’s greatest socialite,” has joined the advisory board of Newsweek DailyBeast. McKay, who also advises, U.S. Bank, Wetpaint, Internmatch and Reign Capital, called the position a “big honor.” When Tina Brown and Stephen Colvin of Newsweek DailyBeast came to Seattle a few months ago, McKay helped organize the party to entertain them.

Management consultant Arnie Alger, a former executive at Intermec Technologies, has been named CEO of Performance Partners Inc. The company also is working with Australia business intelligence software company Calumo to set up North American operations in Bellevue.

Deborah Hanamura has been hired as the director of marketing at Metia/Seattle, a digital marketing agency. She previously worked at IdentityMine.

Michelle Broderick, a former marketing manager at Yelp, Redfin and RealNetworks, has joined Uber as Seattle general manager. Broderick will oversee operations for the private driving service, which just launched in Seattle earlier this month. Jen Joyce, a former social media marketing manager at Hotel Max, also has joined the company’s Seattle operations as community manager.

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  • Avid reader

    How is this guy Ayush an entrepreneur?  He was the lowest level McKinsey analyst, then a low level associate at Madrona, then jumped ship to a twitter derivative and now is just a manager at Google like 10,000 others… what makes his move so special?  

    John/Todd, How the heck does an associate make a name for him/herself in any city?  Not hating on Ayush, but just really commenting on the broad brush treatment by journalists/editors… come on, be a little discerning…

    • johnhcook

      First off, I never said he was an entrepreneur. I said he helped startups, and from what I observed of Ayush when he lived in Seattle that was absolutely the case. He was (and still is) well known in the technology community, and I frequently bumped into him at tech events around Seattle. The Tech Moves column is meant to highlight people who are taking new jobs, changing positions, accepting board seats, etc. 

      It doesn’t always have to be a CEO role, though we do like to highlight those too. I thought people who had worked with or knew Ayush in Seattle would be interested in his new role at Google so included the item in today’s column. 
      Thanks for reading and for the comment.

    • http://blog.daryn.net daryn

      Many of us who were in the startup world in Seattle when Ayush lived here got to know him, so to answer your rhetorical question: that’s how an associate made a name for himself. He was everywhere, all the time, as well as all over social media. I’m glad geekwire let me know about his new gig. 

      Oh, and congrats to @michellebee:twitter ! TeachStreet is excited to have her as our new neighbor.

    • g33k

      Avid reader, I don’t think you know Ayush.  He loves startups and was always very generous with his time and energy.  In all my interactions with Ayush, he asked great questions and his advice was always on the money.  I don’t think I know anyone else who has the talent to earn a spot at McKinsey and Madrona and Google, and I’m sad that we lost him to the Bay Area.  It would be a shame if Geekwire didn’t cover him (thanks John!).
      Ayush, congratulations on the move!  I hope that your next update will be about your own startup.

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