Tech Strikes: Certainly hires Zillow economist; Impinj names COO; Amazon vet joins Material; extra

Clockwise from high left: Svenja Gudell, Ran Mokady, Jennifer Agustin, Jake Randall and Stacy Saal.
Svenja Gudell. (Certainly Picture)

— Former Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell is now chief economist at Certainly, main the job search engine’s analysis group.

“The labor market is a elementary constructing block to the bigger economic system, and the final two years have proven the significance of rigorously analyzing and understanding it,” Gudell mentioned in a press launch.

Gudell spent greater than a decade at Zillow Group. She acquired her doctorate in finance from the College of Rochester.

One other long-time Zillow economist, Sklyar Olsen, departed the actual property big for actual property fintech startup Tomo final 12 months.

— RFID maker Impinj promoted Hussein Mecklai to COO. A former VP at Intel, Mecklai joined Impinj as EVP of engineering in 2019.

The publicly traded Seattle firm additionally introduced modifications to its board:

  • Former Monolithic Energy Programs CFO Meera Rao joined the board this month.
  • Former Delta Airways CIO Theresa Smart and enterprise capitalist Peter van Oppen won’t stand for re-election on the firm’s annual stockholders assembly. Following their departures, the board will likely be lowered to seven members.
  • Microchip Know-how Govt Chairman Steve Sanghi, who joined Impinj’s board in 2021, will succeed van Oppen as board chair.
Ran Mokady. (Axon Picture)

— Regulation enforcement expertise firm Axon introduced Ran Mokady as SVP of real-time operations and basic supervisor of its new European analysis and improvement workplace, primarily based in London.

Axon’s real-time operations embody communication and situational consciousness instruments that combine with its {hardware}. Mokady is a Microsoft and Amazon alum. He was beforehand chief product officer at Instinct Robotics and Tango Me.

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— Former aQuantive and Pandora CEO Brian McAndrews joined the board of accounting software program firm Xero. The New Zealand-based platform is publicly traded on the Australian Securities Alternate.

McAndrews, a Seattle tech vet, serves on the boat of The New York Occasions and Frontdoor, and is a senior advisor at Spectrum Fairness.

Stacy Saal. (Material Picture)

— Amazon vet Stacy Saal was appointed the primary COO of headless e-commerce startup Material.

Saal was most just lately COO of digital healthcare firm Babylon Well being. Throughout her 12-year stint with Amazon, she labored on its kitchen enterprise, Prime Now, Amazon Contemporary and most just lately was basic supervisor and COO of its Prime Air division.

Material raised $100 million in July. The 5-year-old firm assist retailers promote their merchandise on-line.

— Redmond, Wash.-based Pushpay employed Jason Rupert as chief development officer. He was most just lately CRO at Symplr, a Houston, Texas-based healthcare operations software program firm.

Pushpay offers digital instruments for faith-based and non-profit organizations. The corporate has places of work in New Zealand and is publicly traded on the New Zealand and Australian inventory exchanges.

Jake Randall. (Frequent Room)

— Seattle startup Frequent Room appointed Jake Randall as its first COO.

Randall spent virtually a decade at Okta, which final 12 months acquired Seattle-area startup Auth0. He was most just lately VP of its buyer id and entry administration answer which integrated Auth0’s product line.

Frequent Room got here out of stealth mode with $52 million in funding final 12 months and is creating software program to assist corporations higher join and perceive their communities. The corporate has 46 staff.

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— As a part of a restructuring, Portland, Ore.-based Phylos appointed a brand new govt group:

  • Ralph Risch as CEO. He joined the corporate in 2016 and beforehand served as COO.
  • Alisha Holloway as chief scientific officer. She has been an Phylos govt since 2015 and was most just lately VP of analysis and improvement.
  • Dylan Anderson as chief monetary officer. He beforehand led finance at startups City Airship and Radar.

The corporate, which is utilizing molecular genetic science to develop hashish and hemp seeds, just lately introduced a $7.6 million funding spherical led by Merida Capital Holdings. As a part of the funding, Merida Senior Associate Mina Mishrikey is becoming a member of the Phylos board of administrators.

Phylos co-founder Mowgli Holmes and Nishan Karassik are now not on the firm.

Tacita Morway (left) and Claire Anderson. (Textio Pictures)

— Augmented writing startup Textio employed Tacita Morway as SVP of engineering and promoted Claire Anderson to VP of finance.

Morway, primarily based outdoors of Boston, was most just lately EVP of engineering and product at ActBlue, which develops expertise and infrastructure for Democratic campaigns and progressive causes.

Anderson joined Textio in 2019 and most just lately was the Seattle startup’s controller.

— Led by former Kymeta CEO Nathan Kundtz, introduced Chris Andrews as COO and head of product. He was most just lately a gaggle product supervisor at GIS software program firm Esri and prviously led product administration groups at IBM and Autodesk.

Jennifer Agustin. (GiveCampus Picture)

— Seattle startup advertising and marketing vet Jennifer Agustin joined Washington, D.C.-based startup GiveCampus as VP of promoting. GiveCampus offers a fundraising platform for faculties.

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Agustin will proceed to be primarily based within the Seattle space. She beforehand labored at LinkedIn and served as VP of promoting at DreamBox Studying and BrandVerity.

— Seattle agency Madrona Enterprise Group employed Joanna Black as basic counsel and Coral Garnick Ducken as digital editor. Black was a longtime associate at Adkins Black, whereas Ducken beforehand reported on expertise for the Puget Sound Enterprise Journal and the Seattle Occasions.

— Redmond, Wash.-base SystImmune, which is creating most cancers therapies, appointed Martín Sebastian Olivo as chief medical officer. He was most just lately in the identical function at New York-based Protara Therapeutics.