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

Tracy Daw

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

Tracy Daw

RealNetworks’ top lawyer is leaving the company

[Follow-up: Departing RealNetworks legal chief gets to keep $200k bonus for Intel patent work] Tracy Daw, a 12-year veteran of RealNetworks and the chief legal officer at the Seattle digital media company since 2010, “has stepped down to pursue another career opportunity,” according to a regulatory filing this afternoon. It’s the latest in a series… Read More

William Blake

Tech Moves: Cray taps Microsoft GM as CTO; Weber names creative director; etc.

William Blake, the former general manager of parallel computing platforms at Microsoft Corp., has been named senior vice president and chief technology officer at supercomputer giant Cray Inc. Blake has more than three decades of high performance computing experiencing. He’s served on Cray’s board since June 2006, but will step down from that role this summer…. Read More


Tech Moves: Robert Wise joins MTN; RealNetworks taps CFO; REI’s promotions; and more

Robert Wise has been named chief innovation officer at MTN Satellite Communications, charged with building up the company’s product and technical team in Seattle. Wise most recently served as an engineering vice president in HP’s public cloud computing business, and before that served as an executive at Seattle mobile music startup Melodeo and as a… Read More

RealNetworks HQ. Wikipedia photo

Memo of the day: Who keeps calling 911 from RealNetworks?

We’ve heard about companies being on life support, but this is a new one on us. With flatlining revenues and a moribund stock price, RealNetworks certainly needs resuscitation. Is it time to call in the paramedics? Here’s a memo sent to employees of the Seattle company today by its facilities manager, asking staffers to revisit… Read More


RealNetworks cuts another 22 jobs in effort to focus business

RealNetworks has cut another 22 jobs, shaving its workforce in an ongoing effort to focus its business. The layoffs were made last week, including some at the company’s Seattle headquarters, a company spokesperson confirmed to GeekWire. RealNetworks isn’t providing specifics about the types of positions that were cut, but says it’s working to identify other… Read More

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Chart: Who pays the most in Seattle for software engineers

Steve Ballmer was right. It’s all about developers, developers, developers these days. In fact, the market is so hot that companies like Amazon.com, Twitter and Facebook are doing “acqui-hires” — like the one today of TeachStreet — just to gobble up key engineering talent. But that’s not really the norm, and most tech companies are… Read More

Matt Hulett

GameHouse president Matt Hulett joins board of Yapta

Yapta has named GameHouse president Matt Hulett to the board, part of an ongoing transformation of the Seattle startup from a consumer travel company to one focused on business-to-business services. Hulett has very specific experience in that arena, formerly serving as president of Expedia Corporate Travel. “The opportunity for Yapta to penetrate the corporate travel… Read More


Google vs. your wife, Apple’s piles of cash, rooting for Cozi, and other quotes of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “In short, we’ll treat you as a single user across all our products, which will mean a simpler, more intuitive Google experience.” — Google privacy director Alma Whitten announcing the unification of the company’s privacy policies and user data. “Google will know more about you… Read More


Intel paying RealNetworks $120M for patents and video codec software

Post updated at 7:45 a.m. Intel will pay RealNetworks $120 million in cash for a portfolio of 190 patents, 170 patent applications and the Seattle company’s next-generation video-codec software, under a deal announced this morning. RealNetworks says the deal represents a “significant number” of its patents, but the company will retain the right to use… Read More


Tech Moves: RealNetworks VP joins Amazon’s Kindle team; etc.

Another day, another executive departure from RealNetworks. Yesterday, we reported that chief financial officer Michael Eggers — a 14-year veteran of the company — was stepping down. Now, we’ve gotten word that Simon Poile has left the digital media company to become director of software development for Amazon.com’s Kindle Store. Poile worked at RealNetworks for… Read More


RealNetworks CFO Eggers resigns

RealNetworks continues to churn through top executives, with the Seattle digital media company announcing today in a SEC filing that Michael Eggers has resigned as senior vice president and chief financial officer. Eggers had worked at the company for 14 years, and according to the filing “has decided to step down to pursue other career… Read More


Rhapsody tops 1M paying subscribers, and its president has the shaved head to prove it

Rhapsody says it has surpassed 1 million paying subscribers — leveraging its MetroPCS partnership, its recent acquisition of Napster and the rise of mobile devices to solidify its position as the largest premium music subscription service in the United States even as new rivals enter the market. The milestone represents substantial growth for Rhapsody, which… Read More


Video: GameHouse chief almost loses shorts in charity hunger dip

It’s that time of year when members of the tech community give back. But RealNetworks executive Matt Hulett, who runs the company’s GameHouse unit, almost gave back a little too much in a stunt Tuesday morning. To cap a fundraising effort by RealNetworks for Northwest Harvest, Hulett and RealNetworks Chief Marketing Officer Judy Bitterli dove… Read More


GameHouse: Women who play online games have more sex

A new survey commissioned by GameHouse, the RealNetworks video-game division, finds that women who play online games are more social than those who don’t and also have sex more frequently than their non-gaming counterparts. Social scientists may forever debate the question of cause and effect on this one. But on a more serious note, the… Read More

Thomas Nielsen

RealNetworks names former Adobe exec as its new CEO

[Updated with comments from Rob Glaser] RealNetworks just named Thomas Nielsen as its new chief executive officer, filling the spot vacated by the surprise departure of Bob Kimball earlier this year. Nielsen, 41, was most recently the vice president of Adobe Systems’ Digital Imaging group, a business unit that includes the Photoshop, Elements and Lightroom… Read More


GameHouse first to pilot Facebook Credits outside Facebook

Facebook is beginning to expand its Facebook Credits system beyond its own social networking site with a new initiative called Facebook Credits for Websites. Seattle-based GameHouse, the RealNetworks games division, is the first publisher to use the new system. GameHouse is testing Facebook Credits with versions of UNO Boost and Collapse! Blast on GameHouse.com —… Read More