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Tech Moves: Ex-Microsoft COO Kevin Turner leaves Core Scientific; Magic AI founder joins ThruWave

Kevin Turner. (Core Scientific Photograph)

Kevin Turner has stepped down as CEO of Seattle-area blockchain startup Core Scientific. The previous Microsoft COO instructed GeekWire that the “timing was simply actually good for me.”

“Firm is in nice form to go public within the close to future. Simply going to take a while to recharge and plan my subsequent factor,” Turner stated.

Turner will stay an advisor to the corporate. Chairman Mike Levitt is now CEO.

Turner joined Core Scientific in 2018. He beforehand spent 11 years at Microsoft from 2005 to 2016, main the corporate’s international gross sales and advertising and marketing groups. The previous Walmart exec and Nordstrom board member — recognized for his excessive vitality and outspoken demeanor — was as soon as thought of a candidate to turn into Microsoft’s chief government, however left in 2016 to take the CEO function at Citadel Securities.

Based in 2017, Core Scientific is constructing blockchain infrastructure expertise associated to internet hosting, transaction processing and utility improvement. It manages a fleet of greater than 130,000 cryptocurrency miners. The corporate has round 100 workers and has raised $115 million thus far, in accordance with PitchBook.

Magic AI CEO and co-founder Alexa Anthony. (GeekWire File Photograph)

— Magic AI co-founder Alexa Anthony has joined Seattle startup ThruWave as enterprise operations supervisor. Anthony beforehand led Magic AI, a Seattle startup that developed AI software program to assist monitor horses. She shut down that firm in late 2019 after failing to lift extra enterprise capital.

ThruWave spun out of the College of Washington in 2017. The corporate has developed expertise that makes use of millimeter waves to see by packaging. Fortune 100 prospects in retail and e-commerce warehouses are utilizing ThruWave’s hardware and software program. The startup raised $6.four million final yr.

Anthony stated there’s a lot in frequent between ThruWave and her final startup.

“There may be a pc imaginative and prescient and hardware element, an industrial market, unbelievable expertise on the staff, nice progress with buyer contracts in place, and early income,” she stated. “To not point out the canine pleasant workplace perk!”

Anthony beforehand was an advisor at Forstmann & Co. and spent two years at Mental Ventures.

Adrianna Burrows. (Panopto Photograph)

— Seattle enterprise video startup Panopto added Payscale CMO Adrianna Burrows to its board. Burrows is a longtime advertising and marketing exec, having frolicked at Microsoft, Stack Overflow, and Cornerstone OnDemand earlier than becoming a member of Seattle-based pay compensation software program maker Payscale final yr. She can be on the board of Stack Overflow, which was acquired this week for $1.eight billion.

Panopto, based in 2007, first focused universities that wished a option to seize, retailer, stream, and type by movies of lectures. It later discovered demand in enterprise video content material administration — organizations starting from monetary establishments to equipment producers that wished a option to handle movies and slides for coaching, occasions, gross sales, advertising and marketing, and extra.

Burrows, who additionally spent 12 years at Waggener Edstrom (WE), is Panopto’s first impartial member of the board.

“Video is mission-critical for companies and universities, and its worth and function will solely enhance from right here,” Burrows stated in a press release.

Panopto final month landed an funding from K1 Funding Administration and bought Ensemble Video. The corporate’s annual recurring income elevated greater than 40% in 2020, and is now at $50 million.

Travis Shipley. (Shiftboard Photograph)

— Seattle-area workforce scheduling software program maker Shiftboard added Travis Shipley as chief income officer. He was beforehand VP of gross sales at Wrike, a collaborative work administration platform that was lately acquired by Citrix. Shipley spent almost a decade at Microsoft and likewise based the consulting agency Portelo.

Based in 2002, Shiftboard initially constructed worker shift administration software program for healthcare shoppers. It has since expanded throughout a number of industries and use instances. Its software program lets companies combine payroll info and make the most of knowledge to create optimum workforce operations, amongst different options. The corporate raised $11.5 million in 2018 and final yr merged with SchedulePro.

Charlie Corredor, a former government at OtoNexus Medical Applied sciences and co-founder of Seattle startup Phoresa, has joined Microsoft as a senior program supervisor in Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Search. Corredor was beforehand a product technique supervisor at Fb.

— Liberty Lake, Wash.-based industrial IoT firm Itron added Santiago Perez to its board. Perez beforehand spent greater than 15 years at Johnson Controls and was the chief business digital officer at Schneider Electrical. He’s at present a senior advisor at Arsenal Capital Companions.