—Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko has left the company following its acquisition by Zillow last week. According to an internal email obtained by Inman News, Kolko said that Trulia will continue to release its own reports about the economics of real estate following his departure “that will be different from Zillow’s and sometimes will kick their butts.”
Kolko has held the position of Trulia’s Chief Economist for more than three years, and said that the decision to leave was a difficult one, “especially now that we are part of a company I’ve long admired.” According to the email, he has the support of Zillow and Trulia executives in deciding to depart. Zillow has its own chief economist, Stan Humphries, who recently co-authored a book with company CEO Spencer Rascoff.
His is one of a long list of departures from Trulia, which laid off hundreds of employees just prior to the closure of its acquisition by Zillow.
—Mike Fridgen was promoted to general manager of eBay’s Seattle office from his previous position as the e-commerce company’s head of Seller Insights. He’ll be charged with further building eBay’s office in the Seattle area, which serves as the company’s big data hub and hosts almost 400 employees. In addition, he’ll work on developing technology best practices that can be applied across eBay’s offices worldwide.
Fridgen joined eBay from Decide.com, where he served as CEO, when it was acquired in 2013.
—Andy Taylor has left his role as Redfin’s Director of Product Management to join the Social + Capital Partnership as an entrepreneur in residence. Taylor, a five-and-a-half year veteran of Redfin’s product management team, will be joining a “partnership of philanthropists, technologists and capitalists utilizing venture capital as a force to create value and change on a global scale.” Prior to his work at Redfin, Taylor served in product management roles at Cooliris and Apple, where he worked on the iLife Applications team.
WalkScore co-founder Matt Lerner has been appointed Redfin’s Vice President of Products to lead the Seattle-based real estate company’s product team following Taylor’s departure.
—VoloMetrix hired Natalie McCullough as its chief revenue officer. She joins the company from ServiceSource, where she worked in a number of senior executive roles including Chief Marketing Officer, and played an instrumental role in the company’s IPO. Prior to that, she was a Principal at McKinsey & Company, where she worked with technology, healthcare and services companies.
In addition, VoloMetrix has named Peter Cullen its Chief Privacy Advisor. He’s currently the CEO of Global Information Governance Solutions, and brings with him more than 20 years of experience in corporate governance, privacy and risk management. He previously served as Microsoft’s chief privacy strategist and general manager of the company’s Trustworthy Computing group.
“Natalie and Peter bring immense and invaluable experience to our team,” VoloMetrix co-founder and CEO Ryan Fuller said in a press release. “Natalie has a proven track record of dramatically increasing revenue and growing startups to become successful organizations. Peter’s presence on our team will help us ensure the highest privacy standards for clients as well as position us to provide strategic guidance around data analytics and use in the workplace.
—Tapstream named Michael Zsigmond its new Chief Executive Officer. Zsigmond, who previously served as Tapstream’s vice president of sales, helped drive the company’s massive business growth over the past year and was promoted to the CEO position as a result. Tapstream co-founders Slaven Radic and Ben Fox will take roles as the Vancouver, B.C.-based company’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Product Officer, respectively.
This isn’t Zsigmond’s first rodeo as a CEO: he previously worked as the chief executive of Fanbase, a marketing startup he co-founded that helped brands connect to their customers through Instagram.
“I’m excited to pass the CEO baton to Michael – he’s been instrumental to Tapstream getting to this point today. The change will also allow me and my cofounder Ben to focus on what our customers want out of Tapstream in 2016 and beyond,” Radic said in a press release.
—Michael Brown was hired as the Vice President of Engineering at IID, a Tacoma-based cybersecurity company. He’ll be charged with leading the company’s product technical vision, and leading product technology development and operations. Prior to his current role, Brown was the Chief Technology Officer for Prepared Response, a company that develops emergency preparedness and crisis management solutions. He previously held leadership positions with the Frank Russell Company and the United States Navy.
“Michael brings to IID a rich history as a technology executive with more than a quarter century of experience transforming and leading high-performing computer, nuclear and mechanical engineering organizations,” IID CEO Lars Harvey said in a press release. “As dozens of government agencies and Fortune 500 companies began using ActiveTrust to gather intelligence about the latest cyberthreats and power their cybersecurity infrastructure, it was clear that we needed ActiveTrust to technically scale to meet this high demand. Michael has a proven record of delivering significant product enhancements as companies enter their next growth stage and we’re excited to have him join the team.”
—Eric Burns has been promoted to CEO of Panopto, the Seattle-based video platform provider that he co-founded seven years ago. He’ll be taking over the role from William L. Guttman, who served as the company’s chief executive since 2010 and will be going on to work as Panopto’s Executive Chairman. Burns has served as Panopto’s Chief Product Officer since its founding in 2007, when it was started as a technology transfer from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to his work at Panopto, Burns worked as a Software Engineer at Microsoft where he played an early role in search engine development in the group that would become Bing.
“Seven years ago, Panopto set out to build a system that would dramatically improve the way businesses and universities share knowledge using video,” Burns said in a press release. “Today, as lecture recording software becomes as prevalent as email on college campuses, and as video becomes the preferred medium for communication within businesses, we see unprecedented opportunity for Panopto. I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead this incredible organization, and to build on the accomplishments that we have achieved to date.”
—Nutanix hired Sunil Potti to be the company’s senior vice president of engineering and product management. Potti joins the company from Citrix, where he most recently led its NetScaler business. Prior to his work at Citrix, Potti worked at F5 Networks as the vice president in charge of its Acceleration and Virtualization group.
“Sunil is an entrepreneur at heart who has both built and scaled successful enterprise businesses,” Nutanix co-founder and CEO Dheeraj Pandey said in a press release. “The coming five years of Nutanix require people like Sunil who bring together the ‘why’ of Product Management with the ‘how’ and ‘what’ of Engineering. He is a world-class product executive who is broad and customer-centric. I am delighted he is here to build on our Act II.”
—Deanna Oppenheimer has been named a strategic adviser to Finsphere, a Seattle-based startup that develops mobile identity authentication technology for payment, financial and e-commerce transactions. Oppenheimer currently works at CameoWorks, a Seattle-based global consultancy firm she founded in 2012, and sits on the board of directors for the U.K.’s Tesco Bank. Prior to that, she served in executive roles at Barclays and Washington Mutual.
“Finsphere has benefitted from Deanna’s counsel for several years and we’re happy to take our relationship to a higher level in her new role as an adviser to our company,” Finsphere CEO Mike Buhrmann said in a press release. “It’s especially timely because we believe Finsphere is poised to have a number of global financial services market leaders take advantage of our identity-authentication services that are simple, safe and secure for users, merchants and banks.”
—Itron named Tim Leyden to its board of directors. Leyden most recently served as the Chief Financial Officer for Western Digital, before retiring from his post in September of last year. He brings with him more than 30 years of experience in financial and operations roles. Leyden will provide guidance to the Liberty Lake-based company as it grows its software and services business.
“Tim Leyden’s experience with global sales, marketing and manufacturing operations in the United States, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region will be an asset to the board and add a depth of international insight. We look forward to benefiting from his expertise,” Jon Eliassen, the chairman of Itron’s board of directors, said in a press release.
—Jennifer Wong was promoted to Vice President of Marketing for Tune from her role as Director of Marketing. The new role will put her in charge of growing and guiding Tune’s marketing team as the company continues to grow its mobile marketing business. In addition to her work at Tune, Wong also serves as a lecturer for the University of Washington’s Management Certificate program.
“In this role Jennifer will be leading the team to solidify our brand positioning and promise,” Tune CEO Peter Hamilton said in a press release. “I have no doubt that Jennifer will serve as an example for our customers who want to be the best marketers they can be. In role of VP of Marketing, Jennifer will be responsible for growing our marketing team to meet the demands of reaching a much larger, global audience.”