Seattle Tech Roundup for Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The beta debut of Jumala gives would-be game designers a chance to live out that fantasy in an online PC platform with interactive technology supplied by Frank Savage. Virl Hill heads the Bellevue startup that began as Digini, melding social networking with game play and development in the hopes of creating a monetized marketplace for game goodies.
Seattleite and 20-year Microsoft veteran Chris Capossela takes over the job vacated by Mich Mathews as senior VP of the newly created Consumer Channels and Central Marketing Group. As new chief marketing officer for the IT giant, an umbrella of responsibilities await the former speech aide to Bill Gates.
Seattle’s TeachStreet is a natural fit for a daily deal niche, even though creator Dave Schappell wasn’t eager to go down the road taken by Groupon and others. Offering a built-in customer base of committed learners along with an arsenal of teacher features, TeachStreet brings a background in developing deal-based technology.