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Red Russak

It’s a big day for GeekWire, not only because we’re adding a great member to the team, but because this new role represents an important step toward realizing our broader aspirations for making GeekWire an asset for the technology community.

We’re excited to introduce Joshua “Red” Russak as GeekWire’s new community manager. He’s a Seattle native who returned from a stay in New York and quickly made a name for himself on the local tech scene as the founder of recommendation service Toolz.me and an organizer of such events as Lean Startup Seattle, Startup Spirits, and Cigars & Startups.

As Red explains on his personal site, he’s “part sales/marketing and part dev/geek, loves working with online tools and thoroughly enjoys providing service to tech companies and tech communities.”

If you know Red, you know he’s a force. He’s already earned the affectionate nickname “Hurricane Red” at our team meetings. His energy and enthusiasm are matched by his technical chops, and we’re excited to have him in a role where he can help strengthen our ties in the community.

Red in action at a local event

Red’s role will include responsibility for an entirely new section of GeekWire that we’ll be talking about in more detail soon. He’ll also work closely with GeekWire Chief Business Officer Rebecca Lovell on events, assist with our social media efforts and help with a variety of additional initiatives for the site and the company.

Lovell describes Red as “part renaissance geek, part hurricane and 100 percent community-driven.”

“This is a guy who actually crowd-sourced his haircut,” says Lovell. “He is ridiculously creative about finding ways to connect people, and we couldn’t be happier to be harnessing his energy and enthusiasm as we build community on our site, at events, and beyond.”

Please join us in welcoming Red to the team! You can reach him at red@geekwire.com and follow him on Twitter @RedRussak.

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