Tech Moves: Flying Fish adds principal; Tanium names new CEO; and more
— Seattle venture capital firm Flying Fish Partners hired Heather Gorham as principal.
Gorham previously spent four years at JP Morgan, where she supported the launch of its early-stage tech banking team in Seattle and was part of a broader team focused on AI, machine learning, space tech and robotic companies.
Flying Fish focuses on pre-seed and seed investments in artificial intelligence and machine learning.
“The current excitement and interest around AI is great in the sense that it’s shifting consumer adoption much faster — more people are curious about the advancement in AI and its ability to add value to their lives,” Gorham told GeekWire. That consumer interest provides extra momentum to a field with a growing talent base and will yield new applications that will be met with broader market acceptance, she said.
And while the spotlight is currently on generative AI applications in language and art, she notes that the tech has been applied to scientific problems over the last five years. “We have seen some really great things come out across branches of biotech and science using predictive and generative AI algorithms from drug discovery to materials creation.”
Gorham also previously worked at sensing technology company Onsemi as a market analyst and at Tesla as a product specialist. She was also a business and operations lead at AZLoop, Arizona’s SpaceX Hyperloop Competition Team.
— Cybersecurity giant Tanium appointed Dan Streetman as CEO.
Streetman most recently served as CEO of Allvue Systems, an investment management software development company. He was previously CEO of Tibco Software, a business unit of Cloud Software Group and was an executive at BMC Software, Salesforce, C3.ai and Allworth Financial. He also served in Iraq as a U.S. Army strategist and was awarded the Bronze Star, given to members of the military for meritorious service or combat actions.
Orion Hindawi, co-founder and current CEO of the Kirkland, Wash.-based company, will become executive chairman. His father, co-founder David Hindawi, will become chairman emeritus.
Tanium moved its headquarters from San Francisco to Seattle at the end of 2020, when it had 1,500 employees. The company raised $150 million in early 2021. “What started as an idea to help secure companies in the face of growing digital dependence and cyberattacks has blossomed into an endpoint management industry leader,” said Orion Hindawi in a statement announcing the transition.
— Vancouver, Wash.-based ZoomInfo, which offers data on businesses to sales, marketing and recruiting professionals, appointed two new executives.
- Ali Dasdan, previously head of engineering for work management at Atlassian, is now chief technical officer. He previously held engineering leadership roles at Poynt, Tesco PLC, Vida Health and Turn, and was director of engineering at eBay.
- Dave Justice was appointed chief revenue officer. Justice is moving from PagerDuty, where he has served as chief revenue officer. Justice also held senior sales positions at Salesforce and Cisco.
— Simon Yu, co-founder of crypto startup StormX, stepped down as CEO. Vivek Ganesan, previously the startup’s executive vice president of engineering, replaced him. Yu will remain with the company as chief strategy officer and will remain chairman.
— Healthcare analytics software company Advata hired Brian Taylor as chief revenue officer. Taylor was previously senior vice president at clinical decision-making support company EvidenceCare and senior vice president of sales at First Databank, a provider of drug and medical device knowledge.
— Scott Ross is now vice president of engineering at healthcare data automation company Opala, moving from Teladoc Health, where he was director of product, platform. He was also previously director of engineering at InTouch Health, which was acquired by Teladoc in 2020.
— CoreStack, a multi-cloud governance solution company, named Raj Raghavan as chief human resources officer. Raghavan was previously senior vice president and human resources head at passenger airline IndiGo and spent close to seven years at Amazon, including as director and country human resources leader for India and head of human resources for Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
— Paige Hendrix Buckner is now CEO of All Raise, which supports women startup founders and funders. Portland-based Bucker was previously chief of staff at the Bay Area nonprofit and was also chief operating officer of Founder Gym, an online program training under-represented founders to build startups.
— Klue, a Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that uses AI to aggregate and analyze company data, appointed Clara Smyth as director of competitive enablement services. Smyth was previously senior marketing manager for competitive intelligence at Slack.
— LXT, an Ontario-based startup that supports training sets for AI companies, hired Carolyn Harvey as vice president of operations. Harvey, who previously was vice president of global service delivery at Appen, is based in the Seattle area.
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