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Tech Moves: Chef names new VP of Engineering, Lyft COO leaves after tension with founders; and more

—Jez Humble has joined Chef as the company’s Engineering Vice President. Prior to joining Chef, Humble was a principal at ThoughtWorks, where he led product and consulting efforts focused on team collaboration and software development efficiency. In addition, Humble is the co-author of “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation,” a book about… Read More

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Startup Awards: Vote for Seattle’s Investor of the Year

Even though it’s cheaper than ever to get a software or Internet company off the ground these days, money still matters. But the best investors bring more to the table than deep pockets, adding extra horsepower when startups need them the most. Today’s featured category in the Seattle 2.0 Startup Awards is Investor of the Year, recognizing some… Read More

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Social media agency Banyan Branch takes root with $1.7M

Banyan Branch, the Seattle-based social media marketing firm whose clients include Hartz, Porsche and Gilt Groupe, has raised $1.7 million from a prominent group of angel investors that includes former Qpass CEO Chase Franklin; Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress; KissMetrics founder Neil Patel; venture capitalist Bill Bryant and others. “Social media has become pervasive within… Read More

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Varolii lands $8 million, names Bill Bryant, Lee Roberts to the board

Varolii, which helps airlines, utilities, banks and other companies send automated alerts to customers, has raised $8 million and named Seattle venture capitalist Bill Bryant and former FileNet CEO Lee Roberts to the board. The company’s existing investors — including BlueRun Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Institutional Venture Partners and InterWest Partners — participated in the round. Varolii… Read More