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Tech Strikes: Zillow VP joins OpenSea; Panopto hires Microsoft supervisor; product vet joins Binance

Loni Mahanta. (Zillow Group Photo)

Loni Mahanta, formerly vice president of government relations & public policy for Zillow Group, joined NFT marketplace OpenSea in a similar role.

OpenSea uses blockchain technology to sell NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, with compatible cryptocurrency wallets, such as Coinbase. OpenSea raised $300 million in January.

“We’re creating a space where all individuals can access the opportunity and potential of NFTs (not to mention, it has grown 600x in the last year!),” Mahanta wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Mahanta is also on HopSkipDrive’s board of directors and is a fellow for the Brookings Institute focusing on tech policy. Her recent work for Brookings covers cryptocurrency and difficulties surrounding regulation as a legal professional.

Other personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:

  • Chris Knowlton, formerly principal program manager at Microsoft, joined Panopto, a video-recording company, as chief evangelist.
  • Dianna Winegarden was promoted to chief customer officer at DreamBox Learning, a Bellevue, Wash.-based edtech company.
  • Mayur Kamat, former vice president at Agoda and Hiya, will join Binance, a cryptocurrency marketplace, as head of product.
  • Dwight Krossa, former Microsoft executive, will join Evisort, a contract management software company, as vice president of product.
  • Reno Mathews, former Google and Meta executive, will join Trulioo, an identity verification service, as its chief compliance officer.
  • William DePaolo, former UW School of Medicine faculty, was named chief scientific officer at Tend, which uses biotech to analyze gut health.
  • Jon David, vice president of Glu Mobile, joined Akili, a technology consulting company, as its first chief product officer.
  • Jan Beck, former head of R&D at Lyell Immunopharma, is now chief operating officer at Mozart Therapeutics, which develops therapies for autoimmune diseases.
  • Jason Mironov and Patrick McCarter left the board of directors of Vancouver, Wash.-based ZoomInfo.

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