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Tech Moves: Buuteeq hires Meghji as chief product officer; Airbiquity team grows: Spoonemore jumps to Amazon

—Fast-growing Seattle startup Buuteeq has hired Karim Meghji as chief product officer and vice president of engineering. Meghji most recently worked at online travel startup Yapta where he served as vice president of products and engineering. Buuteeq, which raised $10 million from Concur, Madrona and others last fall, has developed technology to power the Web… Read More

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GeekWire hires Daniel Rossi as chief business officer

Can GeekWire really handle two soccer-loving and startup-crazed Buckeyes? Oh, yes, we can. We’re excited to announce today that Daniel Rossi has joined GeekWire as Chief Business Officer. We’re absolutely thrilled to have Daniel on the team, adding extra horsepower to our sales, marketing and business development efforts at a time when opportunities abound. In… Read More

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VMware taps former Microsoft exec Tony Scott as CIO

VMware has hired a former Microsoft exec as it looks to battle both Microsoft, Amazon.com and others in the virtualization and cloud computing arenas. The company today announced that it has hired Tony Scott as senior vice president and chief information officer. Scott had previously held the CIO roles at both Microsoft and Walt Disney…. Read More

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Poll: What do you think about Steve Ballmer stepping down?

We already know how Wall Street feels about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s retirement plans. Shares of the company soared more than six percent on the news Friday morning. But what do you think about the decision? Certainly, many GeekWire readers have been longing for this day for some time, suggesting that Ballmer has failed to… Read More

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INRIX hires former Nokia exec as chief revenue officer

INRIX is continuing to zoom ahead with the addition of a new chief revenue officer. The Kirkland company, which provides traffic information to automotive companies and device makers, said today that it has hired former Nokia exec Rafay Khan to lead sales and business development efforts in markets such as automotive, public sector, media and… Read More

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Michael Schutzler named CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association

The Washington Technology Industry Association has tapped Seattle entrepreneur and angel investor Michael Schutzler to serve as president and CEO. He takes over from venture capitalist Susan Sigl, who announced her plans to step down from the state’s tech trade association earlier this year. Schutzler is well known in startup and tech circles in Seattle,… Read More

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Tech Moves: Zones names CEO; Zillow promotes Philips

—Zones has named Murray Wright as its new CEO effective September 1, replacing Firoz Lalji who will remain as chairman. Lalji also will take on the role of chief strategy officer. Wright most recently served as president of the Americas, at IT distributor Tech Data Corporation, and before that worked at Lenovo Canada and Ingram Micro… Read More

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Tech Moves: Avalara hires new CIO and engineering VP: Rivet & Sway taps CEO; etc.

—Avalara, the fast-growing maker of sales tax and compliance automation software, is bolstering its executive ranks with two key hires. The Bainbridge Island company recently named Peter Horadan as executive vice president of engineering and Tom Parker as Chief Information Officer. Horadan most recently served as senior vice president of engineering at Scout Analytics and… Read More

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Tech Moves: Skytap taps HP exec as CEO; Bsquare’s board changes; RF Surgical names CEO; and more

—Seattle cloud automation startup Skytap has named Thor Culverhouse as CEO. Culverhouse is the former president of Stratavia, which was acquired by HP in August 2010. He replaces Scott Roza who has served as CEO for the past five years. Roza will remain on the board of the venture-backed company, whose investors include Ignition, Madrona, WRF Capital… Read More

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Tech Moves: Doug Aley leaves Zulily for Room 77; Vittana taps CEO; Ex-RealNetworks CEO lands at Brightcove; UserMind; etc.

Doug Aley is jumping back into the online travel business, taking a new job as vice president of product development at hotel search engine Room 77. “Room 77 has established itself as an innovator that’s pushing the limits of hotel search, and I’m really excited to join the team and disrupt this category for the… Read More