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Yammer co-founder David Sacks leaving Microsoft, two years after $1.2B acquisition

Yammer co-founder David Sacks is leaving Microsoft, and the team developing the business-oriented social network will be folded into the Office 365 and Outlook development teams. Sacks announced the news on Twitter this afternoon, and Microsoft confirmed the changes in a statement to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. The company said in the statement: “As we’ve seen… Read More

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Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

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Tech Moves: Gates Foundation CFO steps down; Urban Airship hires new execs after CEO leaves; and more

— Two top execs at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are stepping down: Dick Henriques is leaving the organization after four years as CFO, while Martha Choe is moving on after spending ten years with the foundation. Henriques is credited with helping better manage grants and improving the foundation’s financial systems. He’ll be replaced by… Read More

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Cray execs leave supercomputer maker to pursue new entrepreneurial opportunities

Two top Cray executives are leaving the Seattle-based supercomputer maker. The company announced today that Bill Blake, CTO and senior vice president, and Arvind Parthasarathi, general manager of Cray-owned YarcData, will be leaving to “pursue entrepreneurial opportunities.” Blake, the former general manager of parallel computing platforms at Microsoft, joined Cray in April 2012 and had served on Cray’s board six years prior… Read More

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Amazon payments engineering director leaves for health-care tech company

Doug Hebenthal, who left Microsoft in 2012 to become engineering director for Amazon’s e-commerce payments platform, is leaving Amazon to take a job as senior vice president with Emdeon, a company that provides payment solutions and patient management systems for health care. Hebenthal confirmed the move via phone this week, saying that he was intrigued by the opportunity with Emdeon… Read More

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Tech Moves: Julep nabs Blue Nile operations whiz; Salesforce.com and Twitter change CFOs; etc.

—Julep, the Seattle cosmetics startup backed by Maveron, Andreessen Horowitz, Jay-Z and others, has named Dwight Gaston as chief delivery officer. Gaston, who previously worked at Blue Nile as vice president of operations, will oversee operations, customer service, fulfillment and product development. “After two decades in the e-commerce industry, I can honestly say I’ve never… Read More

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Tech Moves: Cyanogen hires mobile vets; Blucora taps ex-Buy.com exec; Ben Elowitz leaves Wetpaint; and more

—Cyanogen, which is looking to disrupt the mobile operating system market, has named former Amazon and Hulu employee Dave Herman as VP of product; former HTC engineering director Tyler Carper as VP of engineering; and former MediaTrek marketing executive Vik Natarajan as VP of global partnerships and distribution. Founded in 2013 in Seattle by Steve… Read More

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Seattle startup Porch hires Paul Allen’s former tech advisor

Parag Garg, the former Amazon architect who worked briefly as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s top tech adviser, has landed at Porch, the fast-growing home-improvement data startup. Garg has joined the Seattle-based company as Director of Product, Real Estate and MyHome — overseeing areas including the Porch Home Report for home buyers, partnerships with sites including realtor.com, and the MyHome… Read More

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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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Big data startup SpaceCurve cuts staff, CEO departs

SpaceCurve, a big data startup specializing in building a platform that stores and analyzes streaming data tied to sensors and other connected devices, laid off a number of staffers on Wednesday, GeekWire has learned. “There were some personnel changes at SpaceCurve yesterday. Some positions were eliminated and we are in the process of filling new… Read More

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NetMotion Wireless taps former Clearwire execs as president, CFO

Former Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch appears to be assembling the old band together at NetMotion Wireless. Six months after joining the Seattle-based mobile productivity company, Prusch has hired Jim Ryder as president and Cary Baker as CFO. Both men previously worked at Clearwire, which sold to Sprint in July 2013 after a drawn out bidding… Read More

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Former Skype CEO Tony Bates lands at camera maker GoPro

Former Skype executive Tony Bates is joining GoPro as president after getting passed over for the top job at Microsoft earlier this year. The appointment, which also includes a board seat for Bates, comes just a few weeks after GoPro filed for an initial public offering. The camera maker is profitable, and produced revenues of… Read More

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Tech Moves: Microsoft taps Teper to lead corporate strategy; WhitePages lands ex-Wetpaint exec; Lovering leaves Splunk

—Microsoft tapped Jeff Teper to lead the company’s corporate strategy group. The promotion occurred last month, with Teper previously serving as a vice president in the Office group. Teper — who will report to CFO Amy Hood in the new role — was responsible for helping to bring current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to the company… Read More

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Tech Moves: Redfin names chief economist; Ex-Apple vet named CEO of X2Biosystems

—Redfin is following in the footsteps of Zillow and Trulia, appointing the Seattle online real estate company’s first-ever chief economist. Housing market expert Nela Richardson is joining Redfin after serving as a former senior economist with Bloomberg Government. Before that, she worked as a research economist at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was a… Read More

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Tech Moves: Godreau heading to NYC with UP Global; Chef opens in Europe; and more

—UP Global continues to expand, and this time the Seattle non-profit has picked an experienced venture capitalist to help lead the charge in New York City. The organization, best known for operating the Startup Weekend events, has tapped Enrique Godreau III as senior vice president. The founding partner of Voyager Capital and 9Mile Labs, Godreau… Read More

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Watchguard CEO Joe Wang resigns; Michael Kohlsdorf named interim replacement

Watchguard, a Seattle-based network security company, announced today that Joe Wang as stepped down after serving as CEO for the past seven years. Wang, who previously founded 20/20 Software (sold to Symantec in 1999), took over as CEO in 2006 and helped revitalize Watchguard, which was originally founded in 1996. “Under the leadership of Joe Wang,… Read More

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Digital trade school Code Fellows names Amazon vet CEO

Kristin Smith, a former vice president at Zulily who previously spent eight years at Amazon.com, has been appointed CEO of Code Fellows. Meanwhile, Co-founder Will Little — who oversaw the organization after president Brent Turner moved to Rover.com — is taking on the CTO title. The Seattle company operates a “digital trade school,” an immersive… Read More

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Tech industry vet Matthew Schiltz named CEO of Blue Box

Matthew Schiltz has been named CEO of cloud hosting startup Blue Box, assuming the duties from founder Jesse Proudman who is moving to the role of CTO. Schiltz is well known in the Seattle technology community, in part because he’s served as CEO of so many companies in the past 15 years.  Among the companies he’s… Read More

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Tech Moves: Porch poaches engineering lead Nakhuda from Amazon; Apple’s PR chief retires; Twilio taps director; and more

—Seattle home improvement startup Porch has hired Daryn Nakhuda to be its director of growth engineering. Nakhuda will be charged with running an engineering team that’s focused on driving customer acquisition, revenue and retention. Prior to his work at Porch, Nakhuda served as a software development manager at Amazon, leading a team for an undisclosed new… Read More