All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘personnel’

Facebook Grabs Carsabi Co-Founders, But Not the Site

Facebook has just added some entrepreneurial talent to their team with the hiring of Dwight Crow and Christopher Berner, the two founders of used car price comparison site Carsabi. Facebook hasn’t acquired the site, just the personnel. As such, Carsabi is now up for sale – “so the two of us can focus on our new jobs,” say Crow and …

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Larry Page Appoints Six New SVPs

Whoever’s responsible for printing Googlers’ business cards now has a lot more work to do.  Larry Page, exercising his newfound power as CEO in a big way, promoted five employees to the level of “senior vice president” yesterday. In case you’re wondering: yes, Google already had six SVPs (or five if you take Jonathan Rosenberg’s recent departure into account), and …

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(Another) Yahoo Mergers And Acquisitions Head Leaves

We’re not too sure what to say here, except maybe “uh-oh” or “whoops.”  Less than six months after Yahoo’s previous mergers and acquisitions head left, it seems the new guy – Taylor Barada – has also decided to quit, joining Zynga. That sort of turnover would be less than encouraging even if the role in question was janitorial in nature.  …

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Quora Hires Facebook Recruiter

The growth rate of Quora (and we mean the actual company, not just the Q&A site) may soon increase at a rapid pace.  Quora has hired Andy Barton, a recruiter with an interesting resume, and presumably wants him to do more than turn away random applicants. A quick note on the current state of Barton’s professional network: as of this …

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Microsoft Search Alliance Exec Switches Sides To Yahoo

Relations between Microsoft and Yahoo may sour as a result, but it’s a good bet Yahoo execs are going to brag a bit about a new hire.  It seems a Microsoft executive charged with working on the companies’ search alliance is switching sides. Kara Swisher reported earlier this morning, “[Brett] Wayn must have liked what he saw at the Silicon …

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Yahoo Appoints SVP Of User Experience Design

Google’s sites are famous for their clean, minimalist designs.  Microsoft has managed to make Bing eye-catching through the use of amazing photos.  Meanwhile, Yahoo . . . is just Yahoo.  But that might soon change, as Yahoo’s appointed an SVP of User Experience Design. That title should grant Tim Parsey the power to do more than switch a font or …

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Facebook Hires Time Warner Media Exec

“President of Time Warner Global Media Group” is an impressive title. “Senior Vice President of Time Warner” isn’t bad, either. But the titles (and accompanying salary) apparently weren’t enough to keep Mark D’Arcy at the organization, as Facebook’s managed to lure the high-ranking exec away. Geoffrey A. Fowler broke this story by reporting that D’Arcy will join Facebook as its …

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Google Hires Java Creator

A new employee at Google may need little introduction to other members of the team.  Indeed, depending on how much they love Java, it’s even possible he’ll get asked to sign a few autographs.  That’s because Google has hired James Gosling, the creator of Java. Gosling left Sun Microsystems in 2010 after working there for about 16 years, and has …

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Facebook May Hire Former White House Press Secretary

A man who’s fielded questions about wars and the economy on an international stage might soon start to help a certain social network present itself in a more positive light.  Word is that Facebook would like to hire former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. Andrew Ross Sorkin broke the story late last night, reporting, “Facebook is in talks to …

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Twitter Hires Former AdSense Manager

A man with an interesting history of making money for high-tech organizations may now try his hand at doing the same for Twitter.  Today, Twitter announced that Satya Patel, who worked on AdSense for about six years, is joining it as a director of product management. We should note that Twitter didn’t steal Patel directly from Google.  Or from his …

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Jack Dorsey-Twitter Reunion Rumored

Jack Dorsey, a cofounder of Twitter and the company’s first CEO, may soon return to it on a fulltime basis.  Multiple reports suggest Dorsey is in talks to become Twitter’s chief product officer, or even – though nothing’s been confirmed and no one’s gone on the record – reclaim the title of CEO. Nicholas Carlson first wrote about these possibilities …

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Groupon Hiring 100 New Employees In Palo Alto

It must be an exciting – and confusing – time at Groupon.  Even as the company’s launching sites in foreign countries, preparing for an IPO, and watching its president and COO step down, a fresh report’s indicated it’s also looking to hire a lot of new workers, including at least 100 in Palo Alto. Interestingly, Groupon didn’t choose some high-tech …

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Groupon President And COO Leaving Company

Almost exactly one year ago, Groupon announced that former Yahoo exec Rob Solomon had joined the organization and assumed the dual positions of president and chief operating officer.  Now, as Groupon appears to be ramping up for an IPO, word’s come that Solomon is leaving. This sudden change may startle some folks.  The latest news items about Groupon have all …

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Flickr’s Head Of Product Set To Leave

One of Yahoo’s strongest properties will soon lose its head of product. Late yesterday, Matthew Rothenberg announced that he’s leaving Flickr after working at the organization for about five years. To head off speculation, this move doesn’t necessarily relate to Yahoo’s decline or any planned changes at Flickr. Rothenberg wrote in a blog post, “Against all odds (and in the …

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Google Corporate Development Director Goes To Facebook

Google’s famous for the rate at which it gobbles up smaller companies, and soon enough, Facebook may adopt similar habits.  Facebook now has an excellent deal broker onboard, anyway, as it’s hired Amin Zoufonoun, Google’s (former) director of corporate development. Zoufonoun was a longtime Google employee, with his LinkedIn profile indicating that he started in 2003.  That fact means Google …

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AOL Layoffs Hit Again

This should come as no surprise to anyone who knows of the Huffington Post acquisition (and particularly to anyone who’s been watching headlines for the past week or so), but AOL’s laying off employees again.  The total number of affected individuals is close to 1,000. Leena Rao, who actually works for AOL now that it’s been bought TechCrunch, confirmed some …

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Yahoo Shuffles Sales Force Leadership

Yesterday, LivingSocial announced that it had hired a high-ranking Yahoo sales exec (“Vice President of North American Field Sales”).  Now, although the timing has to be a coincidence, Yahoo’s made two personnel changes that should help strengthen its sales organization. Wayne Powers, who is himself somewhat new to Yahoo, explained the adjustments in an internal memo obtained by Kara Swisher.  …

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LivingSocial Hires High-Ranking Yahoo Sales Exec

Yahoo’s ad sales in the U.S. (along with the rest of the continent) may be in for a rough patch.  LivingSocial, the group deals site that competes with Groupon, has managed to poach Mitch Spolan, whose title was “Vice President of North American Field Sales.” There’s an interesting bit of symmetry in this move, considering that Yahoo and Google have …

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YouTube Hires Paramount EVP/GM

Less than a month ago, a rumor indicated that YouTube would begin paying celebrities big money in order to create custom content.  Now, a piece of the organization’s Hollywood-related plans seems to be falling into place, as YouTube’s hired a key Paramount Pictures exec. At Paramount, Alex Carloss held the title “EVP & GM, WW Distribution.”  At YouTube, he’ll be …

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AOL Layoff Rumors Resurface Again

Today’s workday may be another tough eight hours for AOL employees.  CEO Tim Armstrong himself has confirmed that more layoffs will occur due to the acquisition of the Huffington Post, and while the timing remains uncertain, tensions are sure to run high as rumors suggest people could start losing their jobs any time. To first discuss who’s supposed to be …

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Microsoft-Facebook Legal Clash Over Personnel Possible

Tech companies poach each other’s employees on a regular basis; a week rarely goes by without something alone the lines of a Yahoo-to-Google or Zynga-to-Twitter transfer occurring.  Only it seems Microsoft’s getting more than a little tired of losing employees to Facebook, and may unleash a few lawyers in an effort to keep one person from changing sides.

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Google Announces Big Expansion In Latin America

More details of Google’s plan to hire 6,000 new employees have come to light.  It seems the search giant will focus an unusual amount of attention on Central and South America, making a special effort to step up operations in that area.

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Facebook Picks Up New Employees From Pursuit

Pursuit, a small startup designed to connect employers with job candidates via social networks, has secured what some people (though not all – more on that in a minute) would consider the ultimate prize.  A post on the company’s homepage indicates that it attracted Facebook’s attention in a big way.

Now, as you see for yourself below, it looks like at least part of the Pursuit team will go to work for the social network.  Which could mean Facebook intends to step on LinkedIn’s toes, if the Pursuit team sticks to the subject of recruitment.

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Report: Pres. Of MySpace Music To Step Down

In fairness to MySpace: its brand recognition is off the charts, and it still receives traffic for which many sites’ owners would kill.  But just about everyone who doesn’t work for the unit agrees that it’s declining, and now it looks like the president of MySpace Music has joined that crowd.

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Facebook Hires Google’s Latin America Head

Although Google’s famous for being one of the world’s best employers, Facebook has been able to lure workers away on a regular basis, and the social network’s starting to get quite aggressive about it.  Indeed, the latest switch involves Alexandre Hohagen, Google’s (former) top-ranking exec in Latin America.

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Twitter Poaches MySpace’s Director Of Business Development

Depending on your perspective, Twitter’s recruiters have either succeeded or struck again.  After luring employees away from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, they’ve now also brought Rita Garg, Director of Business Development at MySpace, onboard.

Garg has a rather impressive resume.  For starters, she attended both Stanford (getting a BA in Economics) and the Harvard Business School (earning an MBA).

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Google Makes Job Offer To Nokia Engineers

Earlier this week, Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra raised a few eyebrows by calling Nokia and Microsoft "turkeys" on Twitter.  That jab apparently wasn’t aimed at all of Nokia’s workers, however, as someone else at Google has now extended an offer of employment.

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Starbucks CEO Joins Groupon Board Of Directors

Groupon employees might want to look for the quality of coffee at their workplace to improve in the near future.  This afternoon, Groupon announced that Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has joined its board of directors.  Groupon got an unspecified amount of money from a VC firm, too.

Let’s cover the funding news first, since there’s not much to say.  Groupon only explained in a statement, "Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm co-founded by Mr. Schultz, has invested in the company."

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President Of Akamai To Join Yahoo’s Board Of Directors

Heads up, Yahoo watchers.  On April 1st, the company’s board of directors will undergo a change, with longtime board member Eric Hippeau resigning his post. David Kenny, the president of Akamai, will then join the group.

To first give some info on the departing member: Hippeau’s been on Yahoo’s board of directors since 1996.  He’s also served as CEO of the Huffington Post since 2009.  Now, however, he’s leaving behind both positions to join Lerer Ventures.

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Microsoft Search Head Gets Big Promotion

Whoever’s in charge of printing Microsoft employees’ business cards is sure to be loading the machines with some of the best paper and ink available.  Microsoft announced today that Satya Nadella has been promoted, gaining the title "President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business."

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Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week

Nine days ago, Google announced with some fanfare that it intended to hire at least 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, it turns out the response was immediate and almost overwhelming, as a representative’s said over 75,000 people submitted applications last week.

Google of course has a lot of things working in its favor, from a market cap of $195 billion to a reputation for being a great place to work.  The combination of high pay, dogs, and free food (among other things) should appeal to a wide range of people.

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eBay Attracts Employees From Bing, Facebook

eBay lost an important employee last week (the VP of product development at PayPal jumped to Google) but things are now looking up on the personnel front.  The company’s managed to poach one staff member each from Bing and Facebook, and both men have rather impressive resumes.

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Yahoo VP Leaving For Groupon

The company that’s said to have turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google has now lured an important employee away from the second-biggest name in search.  Michael Shim, Vice President of Mobile Business Development and Partnerships at Yahoo, will soon start at Groupon.

Shim’s resume is quite impressive.  After graduating from Georgetown University and Cornell Law School, he worked for a time as a corporate lawyer.  Then he collected some paychecks from AOL before starting at Yahoo in 2006.

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Twitter Adds Bing’s Principal Scientist To Employee List

"Principal scientist" is an important-sounding title, and it’s hard to imagine any person holding it wouldn’t contribute a lot to his or her company.  Unfortunately for Microsoft, it looks like Bing’s principal scientist was lured away by Twitter.

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PayPal VP Of Product Development Moves To Google

Fans of Google Checkout and/or the idea of paying for things with your Android smartphone have reason to cheer this morning: Osama Bedier, the (former) vice president of product development at PayPal, has taken a job with a certain search giant.

Details are light about what Bedier might do at Google.  Nonexistent, really, so we’ll be sure to provide an update if and when that info becomes available.  UPDATE: Bedier’s LinkedIn profile now indicates he’s a VP at Google.

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Yahoo Confirms Layoffs Ahead Of Q4 Earnings Report

In a few minutes, Yahoo will release an earnings report concerning the fourth quarter of 2010, but prior to that, the company’s admitted that yet another round of layoffs is taking place.  The number of affected individuals is probably in the neighborhood of 140.

Obviously, that’s not great news for those people, and it may not be a good sign for Yahoo, either.  Many companies are expanding, not contracting, as the economy recovers.

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Google Plans 1,000-Person Hiring Spree In Europe

Anyone concerned that Google’s growth will slow under Larry Page can probably at least put aside those fears with respect to the company’s headcount.  Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt announced today that Google intends to hire 1,000 people in Europe alone.

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Google Snags Microsoft Kinect Developer

Last year, Google invested in Zynga and Ngmoco, acquired Slide and Jambool, and unveiled games intended for the Chrome Web Store in rapid succession.  Now, the search giant may be ready to take another game-related step, as it’s hired Kinect developer Johnny Chung Lee to join a special projects group.

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Rumor: Chrome Chief To Stick With Google Despite Twitter Bid

As news stories go, there have been more interesting ones than an employee not switching companies.  However, rumors indicated that Twitter was courting Google’s Sundar Pichai, and in order to keep him – which Google has – Google likely had to lay out a significant sum of money.

To set the scene: Sundar Pichai has been with Google for almost seven years.  Currently, he serves as a vice president of product management, and he’s also in charge of Chrome and Chrome OS.  So Pichai’s very much an important person at the company.

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MySpace Confirms 47 Percent Staff Reduction

If you happen to know anyone who’s employed by MySpace, today’s a good day to keep them in your thoughts.  MySpace CEO Mike Jones confirmed that heavy layoffs will occur, with 47 percent of the company’s employees (or roughly 500 people) due to be affected.

While it’s hard to imagine that half of MySpace’s workforce contributed absolutely nothing, and it’s extra suspicious that Jones made his announcement at a time when the Verizon/iPhone hoopla was distracting everyone, the CEO did try to indicate that MySpace is in good shape now.

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New SVP Of Yahoo Media Network Hired

Most stories covering personnel moves at Yahoo don’t exactly count as wins for the company, but it looks like Yahoo’s set to attain a victory.  Reports indicate Mickie Rosen will soon assume the title "Senior Vice President of the Yahoo Media Network."

Rosen has an impressive resume.  Her career began at McKinsey & Company, a large and well-known consulting firm, while she attended Harvard Business School.  She did stints at Disney, Quisic, Idealab, and Fandango afterward.

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Facebook Poaches News Corp. Gaming Exec

This weekend, word spread that Facebook had raised $500 million in funding at a valuation of $50 billion, and following that, we imagine a few early employees and investors placed orders for Ferraris and the like.  The company, meanwhile, has hired Sean Ryan, who previously helped oversee News Corp.’s gaming division.

Of course, the timing may be coincidental, especially considering that neither development was either announced or confirmed through official channels.  Still, it looks like Facebook has secured a valuable asset in Ryan.

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Groupon Appoints Amazon Exec CFO

The company that supposedly turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google has now given another sign that it has some very interesting financial plans.  Groupon announced today that it’s secured Jason Child, a high-ranking exec at Amazon, as its chief financial officer.

Child held the title "Vice President of Finance" for Amazon’s international business prior to this move, and that role put him in within a department worth about $14 billion.  So Child has valuable experience with large, public companies that operate in more than one country.

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Facebook Plans Hiring Spree In Ireland

Any member of Facebook’s HR department who happens to be based in Ireland is going to have a busy year ahead of him (or her).  A new report’s indicated that Facebook intends to add 100 employees, thereby increasing the size of its Irish workforce by about 50 percent.

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Google Tech Lead Moves On To LinkedIn

Given Google’s hiring standards, it’s a decent bet that even the janitors have more coding ability than the developers at some other firms.  An impending personnel loss may be all that much worse for the search giant, then, as an employee with the title "Tech Lead" has decided to leave for LinkedIn.

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Yahoo’s Mergers And Acquisitions Chief To Split

The odds of Yahoo making any brilliant acquisitions in the near future – which were arguably already slim – appear set to decrease again.  A report’s indicated that Andrew Siegel, the head of corporate development (and therefore mergers and acquisitions) is leaving the company.

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Barry Diller Gives Up Role Of IAC CEO

Less than a month after IAC’s announced its decision to stop competing in the search market, another major change is taking place as Barry Diller gives up the title "CEO of IAC."   Gregg Blatt, who previously served as CEO of, will replace Diller.

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Microsoft Names Principal Architect Of Bing Mobile

A man who fostered a great reputation in the geospatial community by founding OpenStreetMap, "a free editable map of the whole world," has started working for Microsoft.  The company announced today that Steve Coast will assume the impressive title "Principal Architect of Bing Mobile."

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Twitter To Add European Employees Next Year

It looks like a whole new push to gain users, attract advertisers, or do both will soon get underway at Twitter.  The company’s confirmed that it’ll have employees based in Europe starting sometime next year.

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Open Positions At Google Top 2,000 In Number

As of September 30th, Google had 23,331 full-time employees, and that’s an impressive number, considering the company had just 21,805 full-time workers three months earlier.  But now the number’s set to jump again, as Google is looking to hire an additional 2,000 or so new employees.

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Significant Yahoo Layoffs Rumored

At a time when people should be decorating their offices in a festive manner, it seems that a large number of Yahoo employees will instead have to carry away their belongings in cardboard boxes.  Multiple sources indicate that Yahoo intends to conduct another round of layoffs in December.

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Google India To Hire “Hundreds Of Engineers”

Google India’s HR managers may be in for a hectic time.  Days after Google announced $1,000 bonuses and ten percent raises for all the company’s workers, a high-ranking employee has committed to hiring at least 200 engineers in the country.

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Yahoo Names New North American Ad Sales Head

Yahoo’s ad sales in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada may soon take off. That’s the idea, at least, as Yahoo announced this afternoon that it’s hired Wayne Powers, a Time Inc. Media Group exec, to act as Senior Vice President, North American Advertising Sales. Powers come to Yahoo with an impressive track record. At one point, he worked for food …

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Google Arranges 10% Raises, $1,000 Bonuses For All Employees

The next time you drink, eat, or maybe buy new furniture in the company of a Googler, consider letting him or her pick up the tab. Leaked info indicates that everyone at Google will get at least a 10 percent raise and a (post-tax) $1,000 bonus as part of an employee retention effort. Credit goes to Henry Blodget for obtaining …

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Yahoo’s CIO Out

For the sake of its image, if nothing else, Yahoo would no doubt like to slow or stop the constant flow of departing employees.  But it looks like the stream is as steady as ever, with an especially central person – the company’s CIO – leaving this week.

One mitigating factor: Michael Kirwan didn’t spend an especially long time at Yahoo, with his stint just starting in July of last year.

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Twitter Hires Adam Sharp As D.C. Liaison

Politicians who don’t use Twitter may soon receive a visit from Adam Sharp.  Sharp announced this afternoon that he’s been hired by Twitter to represent the company in Washington, D.C.

We first discussed this position when Twitter put up a job posting in early June, and it doesn’t look like the role’s changed much since.  Sharp’s duties should involve promoting Twitter more than shaping government policy to favor it or anything like that.

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YouTube CEO Hurley To Step Down

A change in leadership will soon take place at the site Google bought for $1.65 billion.  While speaking at a conference in Ireland, YouTube cofounder and CEO Chad Hurley announced that he’ll step down and assume an advisory role.

Hurley was the last of YouTube’s cofounders to have close ties to the organization, and it’s not every day that a CEO operating at this level gives up his position, which makes the change significant.  In all honesty, though, this development may not be as exciting as it sounds.

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Buzz Names Ross Levinsohn As New Yahoo Exec

A man with a very interesting history when it comes to social media and tech investments may soon be brought in to replace a high-ranking exec at Yahoo.  Rumor has it Hilary Schneider, EVP, Americas Region will step aside in order to make room for Ross Levinsohn.

Remember Levinsohn?  He used to work for Fox Interactive Media, and is credited with making the then-smart decision to purchase MySpace.  Plus, more recently, he’s been involved with some venture funds, perhaps gaining exposure to important up-and-coming companies.

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Twitter Celebrates Hiring Of 300th Full-Time Employee

Any Twitter historians out there may want to mark today on their calendars as a milestone of sorts.  This afternoon, the company announced that it’s hired its 300th full-time employee.

To provide a rough timeline documenting Twitter’s growth: it supposedly had 22 employees at the start of 2009, 110 at the start of 2010, 140 as of February 14th, and 205 as of June 4th.

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Google Names Susan Wojcicki SVP

Susan Wojcicki is an important figure in Google’s history for all sorts of reasons, which we’ll run through in a moment.  But it looks like she’ll play an important role in its future, too, as word has come that Wojcicki was named a senior vice president yesterday.

A little background info: Wojcicki is the person who rented her garage to Larry and Sergey when they were in the process of founding Google.  She later became Google employee number 18, and managed to create everything from Google Doodles to AdSense over the years.

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PayPal Names New CFO

The service that provides eBay with a good chunk of its revenue now has a new chief financial officer.  eBay announced today that Patrick Dupuis, formerly of contact center outsourcing specialist Sitel, is taking the CFO position at PayPal.

If that seems like an odd career path, the fact that BJC Healthcare, a nonprofit healthcare organization, employed Dupuis prior to Sitel may send your eyebrows even higher.  Dupuis did serve as CFO at both those outfits, however.

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Digg CEO Announces Big Layoffs

Six weeks after becoming Digg’s CEO, Matt Williams has made a tough call.  Williams announced today that he intends to lay off 37 percent of the organization’s employees in an effort to keep Digg out of the red.

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Mozilla Introduces Gary Kovacs As New CEO

There will soon be a new general (or even supreme commander) in the browser war.  Mozilla announced today that Gary Kovacs, who’s currently employed by SAP, will assume the title of "Mozilla CEO" starting November 8th.

Kovacs has an impressive resume.  Aside from SAP, he’s worked at Sybase, Adobe, Macromedia, Zi Corporation, and IBM, meaning he’s familiar with lots of tech and the inner workings of companies large and small.

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Marissa Mayer Gets New Titles At Google

Next to Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt, Marissa Mayer is Google’s best-known exec.  Everyone who wishes to stay current will have to learn to associate a fresh title or two with her, though, as the former vice president of search products and user experience is taking on new responsibilities.

Reports indicate Mayer will now supervise Google’s products and services related to local markets and geolocation.  What’s more, she’s supposed to join Google’s operating committee, which is an elite group of decision makers within the company.

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Dick Costolo Appointed CEO Of Twitter

Almost exactly 13 months ago, Dick Costolo joined Twitter as its COO after founding FeedBurner and working at Google.  Now he’s received a considerable promotion, with Evan Williams announcing that Costolo will serve as Twitter’s CEO.

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More Execs Thought To Be Leaving Yahoo

Never mind talk of Yahoo employees finding the door marked "exit"; it’s almost starting to seem like they’re willing to jump out the nearest window, instead.  And the next people to depart will be high-ranking execs whose departures could affect Carol Bartz’s stay, according to a new report.

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Report: Yahoo Media VP To Quit

Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance are two of Yahoo’s most successful and therefore important properties.  Unfortunately for the company, new reports indicate that the executive who’s in charge of them will soon find employment elsewhere.

Jimmy Pitaro, who currently holds the title "Vice President of Media," started at Yahoo about four years ago as Vice President of Business Affairs.  Since then, he’s also been General Manager of Yahoo Sports and Head of Sports and Entertainment.

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eBay To Lose President Of Marketplaces

eBay Marketplaces is a core property of its parent company, encompassing eBay itself, Kijiji,, and StubHub, among other sites.  Unfortunately for eBay, the unit may soon be without a leader, as president Lorrie Norrington is resigning.

eBay critics shouldn’t draw too many conclusions about the cause of Norrington’s departure, as it’s rumored to be due to an illness in the family.  It’s more the aftereffects that could be problematic.

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Google Hires Netflix VP To Pursue Content Partnerships

One of the people responsible for Netflix’s jaw-dropping selection of content now works for Google, according to a new report.  Indeed, Robert Kyncl should even hold the important title (and position) "Vice President of Content Partnerships" at the search giant.

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Hulu To Open Development Center In Seattle

Amazon, Expedia, Redfin, and Zillow may want to hold an employee appreciation day in the near future.  Hulu announced today that it will open a development center in Seattle – which is where those organizations are headquartered – and the company is also looking to increase its headcount.

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Yahoo Finance Chief Finds New Employer

Yahoo Finance has long been a top property in its field, beating everything even giants like Google and Microsoft could come up with.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, Steve Schultz, the head of Yahoo Finance, found another job this week.

"Unfortunate" isn’t at all the same as "disastrous," of course.  Yahoo Finance didn’t rely on daily or monthly updates to stay ahead of the competition, and Schultz isn’t a household name, so the average user shouldn’t even notice the change.

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Yahoo’s VP Of Social Platforms Turns To eBay

Even as Facebook and Google continue to gear up for a battle for social supremacy, Yahoo’s losing an important member of its social media team to a different organization.  Neal Sample, the company’s vice president of social platforms, is taking a job at eBay.

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Search For Google Music Chief May Be Underway

According to Google’s own people, Google Music – which might be a music download service designed to let users store songs in the cloud at some point – will launch this year.  Trouble is, the Google Music project doesn’t have any sort of public leader, and Google’s now supposedly trying to remedy that problem.

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Google Makes Slide Founder VP Of Engineering

Immediately following Google’s acquisition of Slide, it was unclear whether or not founder Max Levchin would join the search giant.  Now the matter’s been resolved in a decisive manner, as Google’s confirmed that Levchin will in fact be a vice president of engineering.

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Google Loses Games Advocate After Four Months

It’s widely accepted that Google is one of the world’s best employers, and every open position is fought over by a multitude of applicants.  However, a man who was supposed to help bridge the gap between Google and the gaming industry has left after only about four months on the job.

Mark DeLoura held the title "Developer Advocate, Games," and he doesn’t seem to have been lured away by another company.  DeLoura didn’t cite any other usual excuse for quitting, either.  As a result, his departure may turn out to be a problem for Google.

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Twitter Names President Of Revenue

Here’s something for individuals who have expressed concern about Twitter’s underwhelming financial achievements: three and a half years after the company was officially founded, Adam Bain has been appointed Twitter’s president of revenue.

Bain previously enjoyed the title "President, Audience Network" at Fox Interactive Media.  He’s worked for Fox Sports, the Los Angeles Times, and, too.

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Google To Establish New Ops Center In Ireland

The number of people Google employs in Ireland should soon grow by 200.  Google’s announced that it intends to establish a new operations center in the country, and the company’s wasting no time in getting it up and running.

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Google Gets BBC Exec To Manage News, Books Deals

The world’s largest broadcaster has lost an important executive to Google.  Madhav Chinnappa, who held the title of "Head of Business Development & Rights" at the BBC, is now supposed to help Google News and Google Books find more partners and handle the current lot.

Chinnappa’s rather lengthy new title is "Strategic Partner Development Manager, Google News & Books," and he should be well-suited to the position.  The contacts he must have made while working for the BBC will be worth a lot alone.

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Zynga Puts Owen Van Natta Over Business Operations

Zynga, the social gaming company that makes apps for both Facebook and MySpace, now has one additional connection to those two companies.  Zynga named Owen Van Natta Executive Vice President of Business Operations this afternoon.

Van Natta was, as you may remember, Facebook’s COO for a while.  He served as CEO of MySpace for a relatively short period of time, as well.  So this move is perhaps a bit of a step down for him, title-wise.

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Ex-Googler Discusses Life At Facebook

More and more, experts are starting to anticipate a war between Facebook and Google as the second company makes moves in the social networking space.  Especially timely, then, is a blog post by a former Google employee who’s now celebrating three years spent working for Facebook.

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Spotify Lead Designer Heads To Facebook

Spotify, the popular-in-Europe music streaming service that hasn’t quite made it to the U.S., will soon be down a lead designer.  Rasmus Andersson announced today that he’ll be leaving the company in order to join Facebook.

We’ll note right here that this development doesn’t necessarily mean Facebook intends to launch a new music service.  Andersson indicated on his blog that he’ll be a product designer, not Head of Music Initiatives or something quite so grand.

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Twitter Lures Sales Execs Away From Facebook, Yelp

Whatever company handles Twitter’s business cards should soon be tasked with printing a lot more batches.  Twitter’s hired two people away from Facebook and Yelp, and these individuals will act as sales execs, establishing teams and presumably "meeting and greeting" lots of potential advertisers.

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Facebook Seeks Head Of Games Partnerships

The rate at which Facebook seals game-related deals may soon increase.  The social network’s current gaming partners may soon grow happier, too.  That’s because Facebook’s attempting to hire a "Head of Games Partnerships," and those will be among his (or her) top priorities.

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Report: State Dept. Official May Go To Work For Google

A State Department official who’s made something of a splash due to his use of Twitter might soon begin collecting paychecks from Google, according to a new report.  Jared Cohen would supposedly assume a "strategic policy role" at the company.

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Yahoo Loses VP Of Engineering To Skype

Considering that laws prevent kids from working much, and that many people try to retire by age 65, it’s a big deal when a person spends 10 years with a company.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, that means it’s also a big deal that Madhu Yarlagadda, a vice president of engineering, is leaving for Skype after more than 11 years.

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Baidu Plans Dip Into Silicon Valley Talent Pool

Even as Google’s making concessions for the sake of staying in China, its chief rival there is in one sense branching out.  Baidu announced today that it will hire some American engineers, and although that might not sound too remarkable, they’ll actually be the first people the company has hired straight from the U.S.

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Facebook Snags Chrome Engineering Director

A man who, according to his LinkedIn profile, "started and manage[d] the Chrome OS project" is now leaving Google.  Matthew Papakipos announced this after

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Facebook Hires White House Economics Expert

A round of applause for Facebook’s HR department, please.  Today, the company announced that it’s managed to hire Marne Levine, who last held the title(s) "Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council at the White House."

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Twitter Advertises For Washington Liaison

Late last week, Twitter announced that it had 205 employees.  Now, the company is searching for number 206, and he (or she) won’t be your average engineer.  Twitter is instead breaking new ground by seeking a government liaison to represent it in Washington, D.C.

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MySpace Music Hires Former Veoh Chief

The inner workings of MySpace Music – along with a lot of stuff users see – may be in for a significant upgrade.  The organization announced today that it’s named Dmitry Shapiro, who earned a degree of fame as the founder and former CEO of Veoh, as its chief technology officer.

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Twitter Crests 200-Employee Mark

It’s a good thing Twitter obtained new headquarters in October of last year, or else employees would probably be compelled to stack their cubicles and/or do sardine imitations at this point.  A Twitter VP announced this afternoon that the company now has 205 employees, and that fact indicates a whole lot of hiring has been taking place.

Sean Garrett, Twitter’s vice president of communications (who himself just started in February), provided the current figure and a little context with the tweet you can see below.

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LinkedIn Hires Ex-Google Exec As Canada Head

Anyone who considered LinkedIn’s physical expansion into Canada an odd or ill-thought-out move may want to think again.  LinkedIn has been able to secure Jonathan Lister, the former country manager of Google Canada, as its own country manager in Canada.

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Yahoo Homepage Boss Set To Depart

An executive who’s been with Yahoo for over five years is leaving the company.  Word leaked this afternoon that Tapan Bhat – whose two titles are "Senior Vice President, Integrated Consumer Experience" and "Senior Vice President, Front Doors, Community and Network Services" – will depart.

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Google Assimilates Travel Site’s Team

A few travel experts are themselves completing a trip this morning.  Google’s managed to get the folks behind Ruba – a travel site – to join its organization, and they’re all going to the Googleplex.

Ruba is 15 months old, and prior to this arrangement, was backed by Benchmark Capital (which has also invested in eBay, Twitter, and Yelp) and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (of Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, and Tesla Motors fame).  That speaks to some pretty interesting things taking place.

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Key Engineer Leaves Twitter

An engineer who joined Twitter in early 2007 and later earned the title "API Lead" has now left the company.  Alex Payne announced this afternoon that he’s quit, and will be moving on to act as cofounder, CPO, and CTO at a startup called BankSimple.

This is obviously bad news for Twitter in the sense that Payne was a valuable employee.  Twitter’s developer platform has played a huge role in making the site popular, and Payne’s experience would have been an asset as Twitter continues to grow.

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Seven-Year Google Vet Goes To Work For Quantcast

It’s time for another personnel-related announcement, and this morning, Yahoo and Microsoft are off the hook.  Instead, it’s Google that someone is quitting, as a longtime employee of the company has decided to leave it in favor of a newly created position at Quantcast.

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Google Looks To Hire “Social” Chief

Google’s track record in terms of social media is not pretty.  Consider the facts: Orkut never caught on in the U.S., Lively was killed after about six months, and so far, Buzz hasn’t done much besides make people freak out.  Still, Google’s reportedly forging ahead by looking to hire a "Head of Social."

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Facebook Hires Former FTC Chairman

The odds that any privacy group – or even the government – will be able to back Facebook into a corner appear to have plummeted.  Facebook’s hired Tim Muris, former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, to represent its interests in Washington.

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Microsoft Advertising Exec To Leave For AOL

A longtime Microsoft employee who plays an important role in the company’s advertising department is leaving the organization, according to a new report.  Then here’s the detail that may make his departure especially embarrassing for other execs in Redmond: Alex Gounares is heading to AOL.

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MySpace Puts Former Googler Over Games, Dev Platform

Fresh off News Corp.’s quarterly earnings report, MySpace has added a new member to its team, and he looks more than capable of helping the site move forward.  In fact, the man’s spent a good deal of time working for a certain search giant, and he’ll oversee two businesses on which MySpace is putting more and more emphasis.

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