Kira Wampler

Tech Moves: Ex-Amazon vet Holden lands at Bezos-backed Uber; Trulia hires CMO for ad war with Zillow; and more

—Uber is zooming ahead with a new chief product, one who helped drive’s growth in the early days. Jeff Holden, who earlier this week announced his intentions to leave Groupon, has landed at the fast-growing transportation company which also happens to be backed by Jeff Bezos. “He will be a strong strategic thought partner… Read More

Jeff Holden

Groupon product chief Jeff Holden to depart next month

Groupon product chief Jeffrey Holden is leaving the daily deals site effective March 18, according to a SEC filing posted today. No reasons were given on why the former Amazon exec is stepping down from the role, though we’ve reached out to Groupon for more details. Crain’s reports that Holden is leaving for an undisclosed… Read More

Selina Tobaccowala

Evite co-founder, former CFO named to the board of Redfin

Redfin is bolstering its board of directors, a sign that the Seattle online real estate company may be positioning for an initial public offering. The company announced today that Robert J. Mylod, Jr., the former vice chairman and chief financial officer at, and Selina Tobaccowala, president and chief technology officer at SurveyMonkey, have joined the board. Tobaccowala… Read More

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Tech Moves: Ex-Zynga GM Jim Veevaert joins DoubleDown as co-founders leave; Jon Gelsey now CEO at Auth0; and more

— Jim Veevaert, a 20-year industry vet who previously held executive positions at Zynga and Microsoft, has joined IGT’s DoubleDown Casino as the new vice president of games. Veevaert was previously general manager of Zynga’s game studio in Seattle, but that office was shut down a few weeks ago in a company-wide layoff. The news comes after a… Read More


Former Warner Bros. executive named Redbox president

A former Warner Bros. Home Entertainment executive, Mark Horak, has been named president of Redbox this afternoon as the video service expands beyond its DVD rental kiosks into the world of streaming movies and videos, through a partnership with Verizon. The announcement was made this afternoon by Bellevue-based Outerwall, the parent company of Redbox and Coinstar,… Read More

Thong Le

Biotech investor Thong Le named CEO of Accelerator Corp.

Thong Le has taken the helm of Accelerator Corp., the Seattle-based investment firm that bankrolls emerging startups in the biotechnology arena. Le has served on the board of the organization for the past six years, but with the shift to CEO he will take over day-to-day operations at a critical time. First priority, Accelerator —… Read More

Shauna Causey (Photo: Erynn Rose)

Tech Moves: Shauna Causey named VP at UP Global; etc.

—UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed earlier this year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, has named former exec Shauna Causey as vice president of marketing. In the role, Causey will help extend the organization’s international presence. Prior to, which sold to eBay earlier this year, Causey worked at Nordstrom,… Read More

Keela Robinson

Tech Moves: Ex-Real VP named GM of Urbanspoon: T-Mobile taps CIO; etc.

—Keela Robinson, a mobile industry veteran who previously worked at Amazon, WhitePages, RealNetworks and T-Mobile, has been named senior vice president and general manager of Urbanspoon. She most recently served as vice president of RealNetworks’ casual games business, GameHouse, overseeing a business with $67 million in annual revenue. Before that, she worked in the Kindle… Read More


Tech Moves: Katie Couric joins Yahoo; Shakeup at BlackBerry; Crosscut’s Shaw returns to Microsoft

—TV host Katie Couric plans to join Yahoo as “global anchor,” the latest key media hire for CEO Marissa Mayer. She plans to join the Internet company some time next year, and her appointment follows the hiring of David Pogue of The New York Times in October. “Katie’s depth of experience, her intellectual curiosity, and… Read More

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Tech Moves: VC Lucinda Stewart joins exec search firm; Exsilio names COO; WTIA hires Patti Brooke; etc.

—Seattle venture capitalist Lucinda Stewart is moving into a new profession, taking on a role as an executive recruiter at SpencerStuart. Stewart, who worked at OVP Venture Partners and Frazier Healthcare, said that she wanted to “double down” on her favorite part of the venture capital business, which was “building world class teams and watching… Read More


Redfin shakes up executive ranks: CMO and 2 VPs to depart

Just days after raising a $50 million venture financing round, Seattle-based Redfin is parting ways with three key executives, GeekWire has learned. Leaving the company effective Dec. 1 are Vice President of Marketing Matt Goyer; Vice President of Product Bryan Selner and Chief Marketing Officer Tom Vogl. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman confirmed the departures in… Read More


Microsoft employee #1 has a new gig

Marc McDonald not only saw the birth of the software industry, he played a key role in it. The software developer was Microsoft’s first salaried employee, working alongside Bill Gates and Paul Allen to develop the file system for MS-DOS. McDonald left Microsoft in 1984 because it got “too big,” but rejoined the Redmond company… Read More


IPO bound? Apptio hires Amazon and Microsoft vets, names former Microsoft CFO Peter Klein to board

Fast-growing Apptio is deepening its bench of management talent, attracting some heavyweights from Microsoft and The Bellevue company, which raised $50 million in venture funding last year and another $45 million this past May, has named former vice president of investor relations Sean Boyle as CFO and former Microsoft corporate vice president Ted… Read More


Tech Moves: Priceline CEO steps down; Barrie Cohen heads NWEN; Boeing names CIO; and more

—Priceline President and CEO Jeff Boyd has stepped down from his chief executive position in a surprising move announced during the company’s third quarter earnings disclosure today. He will be replaced by CEO Darren Huston, though will remain as chairman of Priceline’s board. Prior to working at, Huston played multiple roles at Microsoft,… Read More


Tech Moves: Skype exec departs Microsoft; Frazier Healthcare taps new VC; etc.

—Skype executive Mark Gillett is leaving Microsoft, taking a new position at private equity firm Silver Lake, reports Kara Swisher at All Things D. Gillett previously worked at Silver Lake, and Swisher notes that he managed 2,500 developers. “Mark’s accomplishments at Skype have transformed the company,” said Silver Lake managing partner Egon Durban in a… Read More

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Tech Moves: Former Razorfish exec Jeff Lanctot named CEO of Mixpo; Skytap adds VPs; and more

—Mixpo, the six-year-old online video advertising startup, has named former Razorfish and aQuantive executive Jeff Lanctot as CEO. He replaces founder Anupam Gupta, who will remain on the board of directors. Lanctot has served on the board of Mixpo for the past four years. “I believe in our people and our product, and more importantly,… Read More