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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

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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


Tech Moves: Cheezburger hires a new funny man; Demand Media CEO resigns; Apptio taps sales pro; etc.

—Cheezburger continues to layer on all sorts of new executive toppings as the Seattle online humor network looks to reposition itself and grow its audience of seven million monthly unique visitors. The latest addition is Cyrus Krohn, a former Microsoftie who previously co-founded Crowdverb, which was acquired by WPP Group. Krohn will serve as executive… Read More


Groupon hires Amazon Prime VP, continues Seattle expansion

Groupon continues to mine for talent, and today the daily deal company picked up a big name from its rival. Groupon, whose stock has risen 150 percent in the past year, announced that it has hired Robbie Schwietzer as vice president of operations. He comes to Groupon after a decade at Amazon, most recently as… Read More


Tech Moves: Prevencio lands biotech vets; Lively hires music vets; DomainTools nabs Roberts

—Prevencio, an early-stage biotech company working on cardiac biomarker tests, has named H. Perry Fell as chairman and Rhonda Rhyne as president and CEO. Fell is a well-known Seattle area biotech leader, having previously served as CEO of NanoString Technologies and Seattle Genetics. Rhyne is the former president of CardioDynamics, which sold to SonoSite in… Read More


Apple adds Nike exec to its roster

Working on digital technologies at Nike is starting to seem a bit like working in Apple’s farm system. According to a report by 9to5 Mac, Apple has hired Ben Shaffer, who has served as the Studio Director of Nike’s Innovation Kitchen, the division of the company responsible for the Nike+ FuelBand and other products, including,… Read More


Bsquare CEO Brian Crowley announces resignation

Bsquare CEO Brian Crowley is resigning from the board of directors and the top post after more than a decade at the Bellevue company. Crowley, who previously worked at DataChannel and Applied Microsystems Corporation, will be replaced on an interim basis by Jerry Chase, who joined the company’s board earlier this year. Earlier this summer, Crowley… Read More