— Amazon-owned Twitch hired Doug Scott as chief marketing officer of the live streaming platform, based out of San Francisco. Scott was formerly global marketing lead at game developer Zynga and headed up marketing for music startup Brandpage.
“Twitch is revolutionizing entertainment through its massive and highly engaged community of creators and fans,” Scott said in a statement. “I could not be more excited to join this incredible team and help to bring Twitch’s unique culture, brand, and its passionate community to new audiences and global markets.”
The appointment follows a recent rebrand from Twitch and a string of negative headlines. After losing star gamer Ninja to rival Mixer, which is owned by Microsoft, Twitch promoted pornography on Ninja’s inactive account page. Earlier this month, a shooting at a synagogue in Germany that resulted in the deaths of two people was live-streamed on Twitch.
— Javier Soltero, the former head of Microsoft’s Cortana division, will lead Google’s G Suite business. Soltero will report to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian in the role, which involves overseeing products including Gmail, Google Docs and Google Drive.
Some news on the professional front… I’ve joined Google to lead the G Suite team! The opportunity to work with this team on products that have such a profound impact on the lives of people around the world is a real and rare privilege. I’m excited to get to work. pic.twitter.com/D0lMY81PXv
— Javier Soltero 🇵🇷 (@jsoltero) October 21, 2019
“The opportunity to work with this team on products that have such a profound impact on the lives of people around the world is a real and rare privilege,” Soltero wrote on Twitter. Soltero left his role at Microsoft near the end of last year. He joined Microsoft after the tech giant bought his startup, Acompli, and later oversaw Outlook.
Google recently opened a cloud campus in Seattle, right across the street from cloud rival Amazon.
— Seattle startup Algorithmia hired Erick Peirson as a senior software engineer. Peirson was formerly a lead system architect at arXiv, a repository for sharing research, and was a postdoctoral researcher at Arizona State University prior to that.
Peirson said on Twitter that the new position would allow him to “help to build and deploy infrastructure to power AI/ML at scale.”
Earlier this year, Algorithmia raised $25 million in new funding to build out tools that make machine learning easier to implement. Following the round, it hired algorithm engineer Field Cady, senior vice president of sales Fred Gallagher, and vice president of platform engineering Ken Toole.
— Infectious disease researcher Dr. M. Elizabeth ‘Betz’ Halloran was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Halloran is a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center who studies vaccines and how infectious diseases like the flu and Ebola spread.
“It’s a real honor to be recognized by your peers,” Halloran said in a statement. “It’s just thrilling to have that kind of recognition.”
Halloran joined 10 other Fred Hutch scientists who are members of the academy, including Fred Hutch president Dr. Gary Gilliland, who was elected in 2015.
— Sage Bionetworks promoted Ljubomir Bradic to director of design. Bradic was previously the company’s senior user experience designer and started his own company, Luceo Social, which was acquired by Fexy Media.
“To be able to contribute to potentially life-changing biomedical research is an honor,” Bradic said in a statement. “Whether we do a good job or not can make a difference in people’s lives, so identifying what problems to solve and how to execute our solutions is very serious business.”
Sage is a 10-year-old nonprofit that brings researchers and data together to advance understanding of diseases. It’s leading a new heavily-funded national effort to find new drugs to fight Alzheimer’s, a disease that has stymied the efforts of big pharma for decades.