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Tech Moves: Zillow CMO named to Avvo board; Blue Box bolsters team; Dendreon CEO out; Snap Skout’s new COO and more

—Zillow Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bohutinsky has joined the board of Avvo, the Seattle company that’s building an online marketplace for legal advice. Zillow and Avvo have much in common, including ties to Expedia. Avvo was founded by former Expedia general counsel Mark Britton, while Zillow was founded by former Expedia execs Rich Barton and… Read More

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Want to fight that traffic ticket? Avvo unveils new legal marketplace to help clients pick lawyers

Avvo today is unveiling a new matchmaking service to make it easier for clients to choose attorneys. Dubbed the Avvo Legal Marketplace, the service allows individuals to research attorneys and then choose the most appropriate lawyer for their case. The launch of the service is a natural extension for Avvo, which already operated a rating… Read More

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Intel inks big Seattle lease: 50,000 sf at Union Station

Intel is growing its presence in Seattle, taking over 50,000 square feet of space at the 705 Union Station building bordering Seattle’s Pioneer Square and International District neighborhoods Intel did not respond to comment, but we’re hearing that the new office marks a consolidation of other office space that the company had in the Seattle area,… Read More

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Tech Moves: Uber’s Broderick on the move; Qliance names COO; F5 execs get new gigs; etc.

Michelle Broderick has been promoted to lead the global marketing efforts for Uber, the fast-growing private driver service backed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Menlo Ventures, Goldman Sachs and others. Broderick had served as general manager of the Seattle region, and the company is currently looking to hire her replacement. Broderick said she’ll remain in Seattle…. Read More

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Attorney rating service Avvo prevails in libel case, calls it a victory for ‘Web transparency’ and First Amendment

Calling it a victory for Web transparency and the First Amendment, Seattle-based Avvo today said that a judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a disgruntled Florida lawyer who claimed that the company’s rating amounted to defamation and false advertising. “We’ve said from the very beginning that we will not be bullied into censoring important… Read More

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Looking to take on Quora, Avvo rebrands as a Q&A site

When former Expedia executive Mark Britton founded Avvo in 2007, the goal was to create an online directory and ranking system of attorneys. The Seattle company continues to offer that service — along with a directory of doctors. But Avvo is now putting a bigger emphasis on its Q&A forum, redesigning its home page to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Avvo gets a new VP

We’ve been tracking some departures, appointments and even new office space in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in recent days. Here are a few notable Tech Moves: Avvo, the online directory of lawyers and doctors, not only has a new VP of marketing but also new office space. The company, which has moved into the… Read More

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A sign of a bubble? Startup-related legal questions surge in Silicon Valley, Seattle

There are all multiple ways to measure if the startup tech market is booming: IPOs, venture capital, inflated valuations in M&A deals. But Avvo, the Seattle online directory of lawyers, has been tracking another interesting metric: startup-related questions in its legal Q&A forum. Pageviews at Avvo for startup-related terms — such as “non-compete agreement” and… Read More

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Geek of the Week: Sendi Widjaja, Avvo CTO

Our latest Geek of the Week, Sendi Widjaja, is the CTO at lawyer and doctor ratings site Avvo. He has seen his share of fights in his day — from the streets of Jakarta to the battlefields of World of Warcraft. He’s survived them all, and he has some great stories to tell as a… Read More

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Avvo CEO Mark Britton named to the board of Orbitz

It’s been a little while since Avvo co-founder Mark Britton worked in the travel business. But he’ll be dusting off those old skills as the most recent board appointment at Orbitz, the giant publicly-traded online travel company. Britton, the former general counsel and executive vice president at Expedia, replaces outgoing board member Rick Fox. It may be… Read More