Podcast: Inside the world of a prolific iPhone app maker

Plenty of people out there make iPhone and iPad apps, but we were particularly impressed with the breadth and variety of Mihai (“Mike”) Draghici’s work, especially considering that this isn’t even his full-time job. By day, Draghici is a senior software engineer for insurance software company Vertafore in Bothell, but he moonlights as an indie app… Read More


Tech Moves: Hark hires a Bing vet; Vertafore bulks up; IV adds Duke scientist; etc.

Rajeev Chand has been named director of product development at Hark, the Seattle startup that distributes hundreds of thousands of sound clips from movies and TV shows. Chand, who will manage the Web site and user experience, worked at Microsoft on the Bing team. “I enjoy making beautiful products that matter,” says Chand. “I like working closely… Read More


Tech Moves: Tableau taps new board member; Flux Drive names CEO; and more

Tableau Software, a Seattle business intelligence company whose visualization tools are used by more than 7,000 customers, has named software executive Brooke Seawell to the board. Seawell — who serves on the boards of Informatica Corporation and NVIDIA — previously worked at NetDynamics and Synopsys in financing and accounting roles. (A possible sign that the company… Read More


Geek of the Week: Vertafore’s Eric Danas, from petrophysics to user-experience design

Eric Danas has worked for more than 15 years in the field of user-experience design — currently working with Vertafore, a Bothell-based company that makes software for the insurance industry. How did he get his start? As an exploration petrophysicist in the oil industry, of all things. The experience interested him in the challenges of using technology… Read More


Vertafore to buy unit of Kaplan, plans to add its 100 employees

Vertafore might be one of the biggest software companies in the Seattle area that you’ve never heard of. And the Bothell maker of insurance-related products is getting a little bigger. Vertafore announced today that its Sircon subsidiary is buying Indianapolis-based Kaplan Compliance Solutions, a unit of Kaplan University’s School of Professional and Continuing Education. As… Read More