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Tech Moves: Payscale CEO resigns; Clio adds frames; Madrona hires an investor; and more


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Scott Torrey (left) and Alex Hart. (Landscape Photos)

– Scott Torrey has resigned as CEO of compensation data firm Payscale. A SAP Concur veteran, Torrey took over from longtime executive Mike Metzger in 2019 as CEO.

The new CEO of the company is Alex Hart. Most recently, he was CEO of digital payments provider 2Checkout, which was acquired by Verifone. He is based in Atlanta.

In a post on LinkedIn, Torrey said to “stay tuned” to her next role.

Founded in 2002, Payscale is majority owned by the private equity firm Francisco Partners. The company recently acquired CURO Compensation Ltd. and merged with Payfactors earlier this year. Payscale is headquartered in Seattle.

– Vancouver, BC-based legal tech startup Clio has doubled its leadership team following $ 110 million Series E cycle and over $ 1 billion valuation earlier this year. The management team now includes:

Sabrina Wu. (Photo by Madrona)

– Madrona Venture Group has hired Sabrina Wu as an investor. Wu was previously a partner at Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based technology private equity firm. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in political economy.

Wu will work on early and late stage investment opportunities at Madrona. The Seattle firm recently added Aseem Datar as a partner; promoted Chris Picardo as partner; and added Birkan Uzun as an investor.

– Seattle is hiring a startup The candidate hired Sean B House as VP of Engineering and Krista Place as Head of Marketing.

House was most recently Engineering Director at Axon and previously co-founded the AR / VR startup Visual Vocal.

Place joins Zillow Group Candidate where she spent over six years and most recently was Director of Marketing Operations.

Founded in 2020 by Convoy veterinarian Ryan Agresta, Candidate is building a referral-based recruitment platform.

– James Gwertzman, Microsoft Game Director, has joined the Silicon Valley company Andreessen Horowitz as a general partner of the consumer investment team. Gwertzman founded gaming infrastructure startup PlayFab, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2018, and sold Sprout Games to PopCap Games in 2005.

“I’ve spent my career supporting game developers, first on the creative side, then with backend services at PlayFab, and more recently at Microsoft,” Gwertzman wrote on LinkedIn. “Super excited for this new chapter, to serve creators even more directly, on the investment side!

– Seattle startup veteran Kyle Kesterson now works as a Creative Director for Neo Holdings, a blockchain company based in Los Angeles and behind the Watr Foundation, a Web3 protocol system designed for the buying, selling and trading of commodities.

Kyle Kesterson.

“It is essentially a market for sustainable resources, with verified transparency and sustainability,” Kesterson said.

Neo is led by Maryam Ayati, a longtime former executive at Shell, and Clint Nelsen, co-founder of Startup Weekend.

Kesterson joined Neo in August 2020 and has worked quietly for the company since then. It helps lead the focus on brand, content, product user experience, and community.

Giant Thinkwell (which became Haiku Deck) and Freak’n Genius (later Campfire) were co-founded by Kesterson. Most recently, he traveled the world on a stunt that asked people where he should go, what he should be doing, and why he should be doing it. He ended a 7-year “nomadic race” to focus on Neo, and now divides his time between Boulder, Colorado, and the Seattle area, working remotely.

Rakhi Voria. (Photo Procore Technologies)

– Former Microsoft Rakhi Voria is now Vice President of Sales Development at Procore Technologies, a construction software platform. The Californian company is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Voria was most recently vice president of global digital sales at IBM. She is based in New York.

At Microsoft, Voria was Chief of Staff of the Inside Sales CVP and Co-Chair of the Women @ Microsoft Board of Directors. She is also a Former Geek of the Week.

– The Washington Research Foundation announced its 2022 cohort of postdoctoral fellows. The 10 researchers receive funding and participate in three-year fellowships at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Pacific Northwest National Lab, and the University of Washington.

– Anthony Rotoli is now Vice President of Human Operations and Talent Acquisition for the Quora Q&A website. The company is now the first remote and hiring in the Seattle area.

Based in Seattle, Rotoli was until recently head of talent and culture at insurance technology startup Assurance IQ. He was previously HR and Talent Director at tech interview startup Karat and senior tech recruiter at Microsoft.

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