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Tech Moves: Cloudentity Appoints New CEO; Leafly Appoints CFO; SeekOut adds Tableau vet; Tomo hires former Zillow economist


Seattle startup Cloudentity named CloudCoreo co-founder Jason Needham as its new CEO and board member. Needham was most recently Senior Director of Multi-Cloud Security at VMware, which acquired CloudCoreo in 2018.

Before founding cloud management startup CloudCoreo, where he was chief marketing officer, Needham co-founded Union Bay Networks, which was acquired by Apple in 2014 and established the Silicon Valley giant’s presence in Seattle.

Needham is also a veteran of F5 Networks, where he spent more than 12 years, most recently as vice president of product management and marketing. He is an investor and startup advisor.

He succeeds Jasen Meece, who resigned as CEO in August and is now a director of EY. Cloudentity closed a $ 13 million Series A investment round last year to expand its identification and authorization technology.

– Leafly appointed Suresh Krishnaswamy as CFO. He was previously at NextLevel Business Consulting and was CFO at energy startup Drift. Krishnaswamy has experience working with several major investment banks. He joins Leafly as Seattle’s online cannabis market prepares to go public through a SPAC deal.

– Microsoft CVP Chris Suh, who is CFO of its cloud and artificial intelligence division, has joined the board of directors of the Atlanta Cardlytics digital advertising platform. A 25-year Microsoft veteran, Suh will also join the audit committee for publicly traded Cardlytics.

Trevor Bedford and Frederick Matsen IV of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and David Veesler of the University of Washington are among the 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) researchers.

HHMI is a private biomedical research institute and its investigator program supports more than 250 investigators in the United States. New researchers receive approximately $ 9 million each over a seven-year period.

There are currently 13 other researchers in the Pacific Northwest at UW, Fred Hutch, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), and the University of Oregon.

Bedford was recently named one of this year’s 25 MacArthur Fellows.

Pushpay, based in Redmond, Washington, appointed Sumita Pandit as an independent director and John Connolly as a non-executive director to its board of directors.


Pandit is currently the COO at the dLocal payment platform. Connolly is a senior advisor to Sixth Street, Pushpay’s largest shareholder.

Pushpay provides digital tools for religious and non-profit organizations. The company acquired video streaming startup Resi Media last month and the leadership team recently went through several changes.

– Amy Barone, a Tableau alumnus, joined recruiting startup SeekOut as VP of Marketing. She most recently was head of global events and field marketing for Slack.

Prior to Slack, she was the chief strategy officer at event marketing platform Splash. She spent more than a decade at Tableau, most recently as a Senior Director of Marketing Events and Customer Engagement Programs.

Based in Bellevue, Washington, SeekOut raised $ 65 million in the Series B round earlier this year. Their “Talent360” software is used by six of the 10 most valuable companies in the world. The startup has nearly doubled its workforce since the Series B round closed, according to data from LinkedIn.

Former Zillow Senior Principal Economist Skylar Olsen is now Principal Economist at Tomo, a fintech real estate startup founded by former Zillow leaders.

In his new role, Olsen is in charge of data and research initiatives on current housing and mortgage markets, including his first report on mortgage affordability and years to save numbers.

Tomo launched in Seattle, Dallas and Houston earlier this year after a mammoth $ 70 million seed round.

– Seattle management consulting firm NextLevel has been acquired by E78 Partners, which provides professional services for investors. NextLevel Founder and CEO Chuck Gottschalk will join as CEO of E78 Partner’s executive services business.

All NextLevel employees will join E78 Partners, including:

Lisa Clarke as Senior Managing Director.
Doug Adler as CEO
Eddie Pastime as CEO.
During a transition period, NextLevel will continue to operate under its own brand and leadership. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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