—Chloe Harford has left her position as VP of product at digital marketplace OfferUp. Harford joined OfferUp in June 2017 from real estate tech company Zillow, where she worked for more than a decade and served in several strategic roles. Harford also mentors startups through TechStars, and she’s served on the boards of REI and nonprofit outdoors group The Mountaineers.
“I’m proud of the team we built and what they accomplished during my time at OfferUp, and am looking forward to cheering them on from the sidelines,” Harford told GeekWire. “While my kids are still very young, I’m excited to take some time to explore mountains around the world with them, and am looking at some interesting board and advisory opportunities.”
“It was a privilege to work with Chloe during this era of growth and transformation at OfferUp. I’m proud of what we accomplished together, immensely grateful for the privilege of working with her, and confident that she will be enormously successful in whatever opportunity she chooses next. We wish her all the best,” OfferUp CEO Nick Huzar said in an email statement.
—Sarah Studer is taking her startup smarts to the University of Washington’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship in the Foster School of Business. She’ll be managing the center’s accelerator program and the Dempsey Startup Competition.
Studer has been a fixture for the past six years at Impact Hub Seattle, where she was managing director. She led many of Impact Hub’s community outreach efforts, and was recently featured on the GeekWire podcast.
“I am thrilled to join another small and mighty team that is backed by some of the region’s most prominent businesses and entrepreneurs, and excited to graduate out of startup life and into the public sector (though I am well-aware of the red tape that awaits me!),” Studer wrote in a farewell blog post.
“In my new role, I will be managing the business plan competition and accelerator program – or, as my sister put it – ‘the university version of Shark Tank!’ ”
GeekWire has asked Impact Hub for more information on its staffing plans in the wake of Studer’s departure and will update this article when we hear more.
—Cecilia Cayetano jumped aboard online learning platform Educative as the company’s first C-suite hire, where she joins sibling co-founders Fahim ul Haq and Naeem ul Haq, who serve as CEO and CTO, respectively. As COO, Cayetano will support the startup in its efforts to grow a marketplace for interactive software development courses.
Educative is hot off of a recent $2.3 million funding round, which was led by Trilogy Equity Partners. The startup’s platform is unique in that it allows learners to practice programming directly inside the instructional online course.
“Educative’s values align very directly with mine,” Cayetano said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to using my experience from leading tech companies to grow Educative.”
Cayetano most recently worked as VP of finance and operations at social media analytics firm Simply Measured. Previously, she led finance teams at legal tech startup Avvo, Expedia and EY.
—Simone Davis has joined Portland-based advertising firm Billups as the regional director for Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Davis brings nearly 20 years of media experience, and her hiring coincides with the opening of Billups’ first Seattle office.
Billups does real-world advertising through billboards and public installations, using geolocation data to measure the impact of its outdoor campaigns. Past clients include open-source software company Red Hat and Nike’s Jordan Brand.
Billups also named Nick Wootten as SVP of Marketing, a role that is based in San Francisco.