Tech Moves: Payscale CEO steps down; Clio adds execs; Madrona hires investor; and more

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Scott Torrey (left) and Alex Hart. (payscale photo)

, Scott Torrey Stepped down as CEO of compensation data company Payscale. An SAP Concur veteran, Toure took over as CEO of longtime leader Mike Metzger in 2019.

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The new CEO of the company is alex harte, He was most recently CEO of digital payments provider 2Checkout, which was acquired by Verifone. He is based in Atlanta.

one in post on linkedin, Torrey asked to “stay on” about his next role.

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

— Vancouver, BC-based legal tech startup Cleo doubled its executive team earlier this year after a $110 million Series E round and a valuation of over $1 billion. The leadership team now includes:

  • Former HomeAway and Uber Execution Ronnie Gurion as COO.
  • Sarah Bettencourt as Chief Public Officer. She was most recently CPO at Lightspeed.
  • Jonathan Watson, formerly as VP of Engineering, CTO at Clio.
  • Reagan Atl, as Chief Marketing Officer, former Vice President of Marketing at Cleo.
Sabrina Wu. (Madrona photo)
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— Hired by Madrona Venture Group Sabrina Wu as an investor. Wu was previously an associate at Vector Capital, a San Francisco-based tech-focused private equity firm. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a degree in Political Economics.

Woo will work on both the initial and final stage of investment opportunities in Madrona. Seattle firm recently added Aseem Datar as a partner; promoted Chris Picardo to partner; and added Birken Long as an investor.

— Hired by Seattle Recruiting Startup Candidate Shaun B House as VP of Engineering and Christa’s Place As Head of Marketing.

House was most recently an engineering manager at Axon and previously co-founded AR/VR startup Visual Vocal.

Place joins Candidate from the Zillow Group where she spent more than 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.

— Microsoft Gaming Performance James Guertzman Is Joined Silicon Valley Firm Andreessen Horowitz As a general partner in 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 most recently at Microsoft,” wrote Gwertzman linkedin, “So excited for this new chapter, to serve creators on the investment side even more directly!

— Seattle Startup VT Kyle Casterson Now working as Chief Creative Officer Neo Holdings, The One Year Behind Los Angeles-based Blockchain Company water foundation, a Web3 protocol system designed for the buying, selling and trading of commodities.

Kyle Casterson.

“It is essentially a marketplace for sustainable resources, with verifiable transparency and consistency,” Kesterson said.

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

Kesterson joined Neo in August 2020 and has been working quietly for the company ever since. He helps guide leadership on brand, content, product user experience and community.

Kesterson previously co-founded Giant Thinkwell (which became Haiku Deck) and Freaken Genius (later Campfire). Recently he traveled the world as part of a stunt asking people where they should go, what they should do and why they should do it. He ended a 7-year “nomadic race” to focus on Neo, and now divides his time between the Boulder, Colo., and Seattle area, working remotely.

Rakhi Voriya. (Procore Technologies photo)

— Microsoft Alum Rakhi Voria Now Vice President of Sales Development at Procore Technologies, a manufacturing software platform. The California company is expanding its presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Voria was most recently Vice President of Global Digital Sales at IBM. He is based in New York.

At Microsoft, Voria was chief of staff to CVP of internal sales and served as co-chair on the board of [email protected] She is also the former Geek of the Week.

– Washington Research Foundation announced Its 2022 cohort of postdoctoral fellows. 10 researchers received funding and participated in a three-year fellowship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Pacific Northwest National Lab, and the University of Washington.

, Anthony Rotoli Now Vice President of People Operations and Talent Acquisition for the question-and-answer website Quora. The company is now remote-first and hiring in the Seattle area.

Based in Seattle, Rotoli was most recently the head of talent and culture at insurance tech startup Assurance IQ. He was previously the director of people and talent at tech interview startup Karat and a senior tech recruiter at Microsoft.

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