Tech Moves: OfferUp Adds Head of Diversity; The engineering VP of the convoy departs; former Twitter vice president joins Kraken

From top left, clockwise: Melinda Starbird, Tim Prouty, Mike Davidson, Jim Castillo, Dana Storms and Jake Stone.

– OfferUp mobile marketplace announced Melinda Starbird as the company’s first chief people and diversity officer.

Melinda Starbird. (OfferUp Photo)

Starbird was previously VP of People and Employee Experience at Auth0 and held senior recruiting and HR roles at Avanade, Whitepages and Hiya.

“I consider myself an irreverent, diverse, game fanatic with a penchant for helping people and organizations level up,” said Starbird.

OfferUp, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, now employs more than 400 people. Co-founder Nick Huzar he resigned as chief executive officer earlier this year, handing over the reins to former Microsoft and executive Todd Dunlap.

– Washington Gov. Island appointed Washington State Senator Steve Hobbs as secretary of state from 22 November.

Hobbs will be on the ballot in a statewide special election in November 2022 to fill the role for the last two years of the current Secretary of State term. It happens to Kim Wyman who was exploited by the Biden administration in October to join the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Tim Prouty at the GeekWire Summit 2015. (Photo from the GeekWire file)

– Vice President of Convoy Engineering Tim Prouty recently left the freight market to join Headway, a mental health care platform backed by Andreessen Horowitz, as VP of Engineering.

Prouty joined Convoy in 2017 and previously drove Uber’s Seattle Engineering Center. He spent nearly a decade at Isilon Systems as a director of engineering.

Based in New York City, Headway has employees in the United States and plans to add an office in Seattle. The four-year-old company provides software to connect patients, therapists and insurance companies.

Prouty told GeekWire that his father-in-law is a consultant to a professional and that he has personally benefited from seeing a consultant.

“So when I first heard about Headway’s mission to build a new mental health system, I immediately loved it,” he said. “As I started learning more, I found an incredibly passionate team, fueled by a meaningful mission, who were building a technology platform to help both therapists and patients in a transformative way.”

Headway employs more than 100 people. He plans to open an office in Seattle and is hiring across the country.

– Promotion of BioLife Solutions in Bothell, Washington Troy Wichterman to the CFO and former CFO Roderick de Greef he is now president and chief operating officer.

Wichterman joined the publicly traded biotech company in 2015 and most recently served as vice president of finance. De Greef earlier planned to retire at the end of this year, but postpones to 2023. De Greef succeeds Dusty Tenney, who joined BioLife Solutions in May and recently stepped down to join a private equity firm in 2022.

Mike Davidson.

– Former Vice President of Design at Twitter Mike Davidson joins Kraken Digital Asset Exchange as Vice President of Design and Research.

Kraken, based in San Francisco, is an online digital currency exchange and employs over 2,000 people worldwide.

While he’s dabbled in cryptocurrencies, Davidson doesn’t identify as a “maximalist” crypto. In a post, cites the growth and maturation of the moving sector.

“[It is] becoming clear that with more smart people joining this industry, more regulations drafted that fit digital assets, and more creative use cases popping up every single day, there are A LOT of frontiers to develop here, “he wrote.

Davidson was most recently an executive at the InVision digital product design platform, which he has joined in 2018. Prior to Twitter, he founded Newsvine, which was acquired by where he worked after the acquisition.

Dana Storms. (PNNL photo)

Dana Storms was promoted to executive director of performance management and chief risk officer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

She joined the government-supported facility in 2016 and was previously a manager at Idaho National Laboratory.

PNNL based in Richland, Wash., Supports scientific research, marketing and it is developing clean energy solutions.

– Former Chief Commercial Officer of SoundCommerce Laurent Burman is now at Amazon working on global business partnerships.

Burman was previously an executive at the digital agency Possible and Wunderman Thompson. Hey joined SoundCommerce, an e-commerce startup founded by former Amazon executives, in 2019.

From left: Jake Stone and Jim Castillo. (Check photo)

– Bellevue, based on washing Cheq, a mobile payment platform for restaurants and dealerships, named Jake Stone as director of revenue e Jim Castillo as chief technology officer.

Stone is an angel investor and most recently a CRO at Independent Sports and Entertainment. Castillo is a veteran of the OpenTable booking platform and most recently was VP of Engineering at RepairPail, an online marketplace for auto repairs.

Cheq describes itself as a “social payments” app that combines mobile payments with social features like gift card sending, restaurant check-in, and separate cards. The platform does not charge users and restaurants a fee for processing credit card payments, but without additional service fees.

Founded by the CEO Thomas Lapham, the startup hopes to ride the favorable winds from the pandemic-led shift to mobile orders and labor shortages. Cheq has raised $ 6 million to date and is currently used by restaurants in Washington, Florida and Hawaii.

Janelle Simpliciano. (Photo Denali)

– Seattle-based Denali Financial Consulting renamed Denali Founder Consulting and hired Janelle Simpliciano as chief people officer and head of his new HR practice.

Human resources consultant, Simpliciano was most recently director of human resources for the Authority of the Bellevue Convention Center.

Denali what? acquired earlier this year and appointed former Create33 executive director Rebecca Lovell as CEO.

[Editor’s Note: GeekWire is a Denali client.]


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