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Year in review: Vote for the top Seattle tech story of 2012

It’s been quite the year in Seattle technology. Amazon.com kept growing. Microsoft kept transforming. And several startups raised huge rounds of cash as they looked to become the next Microsoft or Amazon. In case your head was filled with too many Tweets and Facebook posts to keep up, here’s a handy look back at the biggest… Read More

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Tech Moves: aQuantive co-founder Galgon joins Real’s board; Madrona hires PR vet; Expedia changes; etc.

Rob Glaser continues to overhaul the board of directors at RealNetworks, today announcing that aQuantive co-founder Mike Galgon has joined as a director. “Mike is one of the more accomplished technology entrepreneurs in Seattle’s history,” said Glaser in a press release. “We look forward to tapping into his deep understanding of digital media, advertising, and e-commerce… Read More

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Eric Benhamou leaving RealNetworks board

Eric Benhamou is stepping down from the board of RealNetworks, according to an SEC filing. Benhamou, who has served as a director since 2003, will continue to serve as lead independent director, chair of the audit committee, and a member of the compensation and strategic transactions committees of the board of directors (what a mouthful!) until… Read More

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RealNetworks to run divisions as standalone units in possible prelude to bigger moves

RealNetworks plans to start running three of its divisions as standalone business units, saying it wants to make them more accountable for their own financial and operational performance. The company’s RealPlayer, Software as a Service and Games units will become more autonomous as a result of the changes. RealNetworks declined to comment beyond a regulatory… Read More

Buster Benson

Tech Moves: Buster Benson lands at Twitter; Zulily hires a top lawyer; Coinstar changes; etc.

Sometimes people announce new jobs with an email, or a LinkedIn update. Seattle entrepreneur Buster Benson, the former Amazon.com developer who co-founded Rob0t Co-op, announced his new gig by posting photos of the office space of the tech giant he was joining on Instagram and having his followers guess. Facebook? Nope. Amazon.com? Nope. Starbucks? Nope…. Read More

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RealPlayer for Android exits beta with new premium option

RealNetworks released its free RealPlayer for Android today, bringing the app out of beta and attempting to grab the attention of Android users with an all-in-one player for video, audio and photos, plus social media sharing and other features. With the release, the company also added a set of premium features, available for a one-time,… Read More

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Matt Hulett’s startup advice: ‘Money makes you soft’

Matt Hulett, a self-described “late-bloomer” in the tech space, started out shrink-wrapping software in the 80s and is now leading RealNetworks’ GameHouse unit into the future of gaming. It’s no surprise he ended up here. Hulett, a former executive at Mpire and Atom Entertainment who returned to RealNetworks two years ago, has a history of rising… Read More

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RealNetworks names Seattle angel investor to board

Just two weeks after RealNetworks reinserted founder Rob Glaser as interim CEO, more changes are coming to the Seattle technology company. Today, Real announced that John Cunningham, a Seattle angel investor who runs Clear Fir Partners, has joined the board. “John brings broad experience and knowledge across the digital landscape to our board,” said Glaser… Read More

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RealNetworks CEO resigns, and Rob Glaser is back, for now

Thomas Nielsen has resigned as RealNetworks CEO after seven months in the job, and founder Rob Glaser has been appointed by the board to fill the position on an interim basis, returning temporarily to a position that he held for more than 15 years. “The board and Thomas mutually agreed that the CEO position wasn’t… Read More

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Seattle’s unlikely hero? How RealNetworks sparked the region’s startup community

Seattle’s tech industry may be known for heavyweights such as Amazon.com and Microsoft. But the DNA of another company has had a surprising impact on the Seattle startup ecosystem, populating dozens of new ventures and producing some of the region’s most notable entrepreneurial success stories. That company is RealNetworks. OK, I know what you’re thinking. RealNetworks?… Read More

Keela Robison

Tech Moves: GameHouse taps Keela Robison; NanoString hires biotech vet Bruce Seely

Keela Robison is returning to her roots. After stints at Amazon.com and WhitePages, Robison is returning to RealNetworks’ and its GameHouse unit. Robison, who will serve as vice president of operations, will oversee the unit’s mobile and downloadable games business. She worked at RealNetworks as a general manager from 1998 to 2004 before moving on… Read More

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RealNetworks settles suit for $2.4M over unwanted charges

RealNetworks has settled a suit brought by Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna over unwanted charges that consumers received on credit card bills related subscriptions for TV and sports  programming as well as games, according to the AP. The Better Business Bureau received more than 500 complaints from across the country about the practices. It… Read More

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RealNetworks posts wider loss, new CEO cites progress

RealNetworks today posted first-quarter revenue of $67 million, a decline of 23 percent, with a quarterly loss of $17 million — slipping further into the red as all of its three major divisions saw their sales decline. Despite the result, RealNetworks CEO Thomas Nielsen, who took over last year, expressed confidence in the company’s prospects… Read More

Kal Raman

Tech Moves: Ex-Drugstore.com CEO Kal Raman hired at Groupon

Kal Raman, the former Amazon.com and drugstore.com executive who stepped down as CEO of Bellevue-based GlobalScholar last September, has been named senior vice president of Groupon overseeing operations in ten countries in North and South America. “Kal brings e-commerce and operational experience to Groupon which will benefit our customers and our merchants as we set out to… Read More

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IPO-bound INRIX hires former RealNetworks legal chief

Is RealNetworks becoming a farm system for the Seattle region’s aspiring public companies? Tracy Daw, who resigned as RealNetworks’ chief legal officer earlier this week, has been hired as general counsel by INRIX, the Kirkland-based traffic technology company that has made no bones about its plans to eventually file for an IPO. “We are thrilled… Read More