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Jun. 6, 2019 10:01 am

Power Moves: Meet Technical.ly Philly’s new reporter and Guru’s new exec

Big news from both Technically Media HQ and the Rick Nucci-led software company. Plus, MakeOffices has the makings of an RJMetrics reunion, and the fifth annual Rad Awards celebrated some local tech stars.

Technical.ly Philly reporter Paige Gross.

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Power Moves is a column where we chart the comings and goings of talent across the region. Got a new hire, new gig or promotion? Email us.


Big news from Technically Media HQ: Technical.ly Philly’s new reporter is Paige Gross, a Temple University grad who’s finishing up two years as a breaking news and crime reporter for NJ.com. She starts with us on Monday, June 10.

“I’m thrilled to be covering a city that has such a storied history, but also embraces newcomers and new ideas,” she said. “And I’m excited to be doing so for Technically Media, a team that cares about making the traditionally exclusive fields of tech and business feel accessible.”

Some fun facts about her:

  • Studied journalism and history at Temple
  • Kind of a true-crime junkie
  • Always looking for recommendations for podcasts, new recipes and workout plans

We’re so, so, so happy that she’s joining the editorial team. Read her first story for us, on InstaMed’s acquisition, and come Monday, say hi via paige@technical.ly.

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Guru is nabbing a bit of the West Coast with its recent talent acquisition: Anne Raimondi — the angel investor, startup advisor and Asana board member — announced her move to become the AI-powered knowledge-management software company’s chief customer officer via a LinkedIn post.

Ned Stark. Chewbacca. Tater tots. Battle axes. Good, kind humans. A gigantic brain,” she writes to start the essay. “If you like one, or more, or all of these things, you’ll understand why I joined the Guru team and why I’m so excited for the adventure ahead.”

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Bold words. (Ned is apparently cofounder Rick Nucci; Chewie is cofounder Mitch Stewart.) She goes on to write that she’s excited to support Guru’s “values-centered culture” and its theory that “happy employees = happy customers.”

Raimondi will remain in San Francisco, where Guru has a second office. Nucci said the hire will help his 120 employee-company, which announced a $25 million Series B late last year, to grow its West Coast presence and lead its marketing and customer experience.

The reasons why he’s excited to bring the exec on range from “amazing human and fantastic culture fit” to “great experience scaling SaaS companies, having worked at Zendesk for many years, as well as Survey Monkey, Asana, and lots more,” Nucci wrote in an email. “I have learned much from her already and she just started.”

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Betterment Senior Engineering Manager Ben Garvey said the company has added two new staffers to its MakeOffices space, itself a beachhead of the New York City-based financial services firm.

Though its most recent hire, Johanna Richardson, came directly from Meetup.com, she was a key player in Magento’s RJMetrics acquisition in 2016, Garvey said, working as senior product manager and then head of product for Magento BI after the acquisition. She joins the team as the senior product director. Plus, software engineer Molly Yochum scooted over to the Betterment Advisors team after four years with Monetate.

Garvey pointed out that MakeOffices is becoming an RJMetrics reunion of sorts: Former CEO Bob Moore’s newest venture, Crossbeam, is HQ’d right across the hall from Betterment, and Vetd, cofounded by alums Andrew Hoagland and Bill Piel, is in the building, too.

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Okay, so they’re not moving, per se, but the winners of the 2019 Rad Awards are definitely on their way up. Here are some winners from the Philly tech world at the fifth-annual event:

  • Rad Guy of the Year — Bon Ku, assistant dean for health and design at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Scientist of the Year — Brianna Wronko, founder and CEO at Group K Diagnostics
  • Innovator of the Year — Eliza Pollack, assistant director of innovation strategy for the City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation and Technology
  • Product of the Year — Jessie Garcia, founder of Tozuda
  • Connector of the Year — Kristen Fitch, director of marketing at the University City Science Center
  • Technologist of the Year — Felicite Moorman, CEO at BuLogics Inc
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