Tech Moves: OfferUp names new CTO; Amazon data center leader departs; and more

Melissa Binde. (OfferUp Photo) — Mobile marketplace OfferUp hired former Splunk VP of Engineering Melissa Binde as its new CTO. Binde previously held senior engineering roles at Google, Nordstrom and Persistent Systems. She was also a software developer at Amazon soon after it went public. She oversaw Splunk’s cloud engineering business while CTO at the … Read more

Freelancer marketplace Backstage acquires Seattle content creation gear rental startup ShareGrid

ShareGrid co-founders Arash Shiva (left) and Marius Ciocirlan. (ShareGrid Photo) New York-based Backstage has acquired ShareGrid, a Seattle startup that runs a marketplace for film and photo equipment rentals. The deal will boost Backstage’s freelancer marketplace and application suite for creators. Founded in 2015 by Marius Ciocirlan and Arash Shiva, ShareGrid has more than 150,000 … Read more

Doorstead launches real estate property management service in Seattle

(Doorstead Image) Doorstead, a San Francisco-based real estate property management startup founded by former Uber employees, is starting to expand nationally and just launched in the Seattle region. Doorstead helps small real estate investors who own single-family units and need help renting out their space. Founded in 2019, the company raised $12.5 million last year … Read more

Sibling founding team fuses tech and farm roots to land $2.2M for agriculture IoT startup

The CODA Farm Technologies’ founding team, pictured at Wallace Farms, from left to right: Connor Wallace, chief technology officer; Gabe Martin, lead hardware engineer; David Wallace, CEO; and Daniel Oschrin, lead software developer. (CODA Farm Technologies Photo) New funding: CODA Farm Technologies, an internet of things (IoT) agriculture startup with literal roots in Western Washington’s … Read more

Tech in the wild: Seattle-area startup Thingy will test Amazon Sidewalk to connect remote sensors

Thingy AQ provides information to first responders in wildfires. (Thingy Photo via Amazon) Scott Waller is a former Cisco and Microsoft systems engineer and network architect who was inspired by his experience as a volunteer firefighter and avalanche instructor to launch an Internet of Things startup. Thingy LLC, based in Bellevue, Wash., develops and integrates … Read more

AskNicely lands $32M for customer experience software

Portland, Ore.-based startup AskNicely raised $32 million in a Series B round led by Kansas City, Mo.-based Five Elms Capital. The company helps customers such as First Commonwealth, DebitSuccess, and others measure customer feedback and help frontline employees improve. Founded in 2015, the startup relocated its headquarters from New Zealand to Portland in 2019.