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


Money-losing Dendreon to cut 150 employees in bid to become ‘nimble’ biotech company

Once a rising star in Seattle’s biotechnology community, Dendreon Corp. announced Tuesday that it is reducing its staff by 15 percent in an effort to accelerate a path to profitability and operate “as a leaner, more nimble biotechnology company.” The cuts of about 150 people are the latest setback at Dendreon, which eliminated 500 jobs… Read More


Dendreon shares sink after plant closure, restructuring

Dendreon, the once-promising Seattle biotechnology company, is taking it on the chin today after announcing a restructuring that will cost more than 600 people their jobs; the closure of its manufacturing facility in Morris Plains, New Jersey and other cost-cutting measures. “This restructuring sets a new course forward for Dendreon, accelerating our path to profitability and… Read More


Dendreon cuts 500 jobs, sheds a quarter of its workforce

Slower-than-expected uptake of its Provenge prostate cancer drug forced Seattle biotech company Dendreon to announce 500 job cuts this afternoon, following through on a restructuring plan announced a month ago. The company had employed more than 1,900 people as of the end of June, about 1,200 of them in its manufacturing operations. Dendron also said… Read More

Liz Wheden has joined Marketfish as director of client services

Tech Moves: Marketfish hooks a Razorfish vet; NWEN’s new board; Dendreon; and more

Elizabeth Wheden, a marketing industry veteran who previously worked at Razorfish and Wunderman, has joined Seattle’s Marketfish as director of client services. Wheden will work out of the company’s new Seattle offices in the  Collins Building, reporting to CEO Dave Scott who recently relocated to New York City. A graduate of the Wharton School at… Read More


Tech Moves: Datacastle hires Craig Blessing; Opscode co-founder Jesse Robbins honored; and more

Datacastle, a Seattle company that helps organizations securely protect data as employees access corporate resources via the Web and mobile devices, has named Craig Blessing as vice president of sales and business development. Blessing previously worked at Apple Computer, N2H2, Opsware and most recently Doyenz. “The dramatic growth of laptops and edge devices for enterprise… Read More