LA Tech ‘Moves’: Activision Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer

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LA Tech ‘Moves’: Activision Hires Its First Chief Diversity Officer
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Activision Blizzard appointed Kristen Hines as its first chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. Hines previously led the global diversity, equity and inclusion practice at Accenture.

Wastefuel, a developer of low-carbon biofuels from waste, named Jeffrey Briggs as chief operating officer. Briggs previously served as COO of Green Plains.

Payments facilitation company PayEngine hired Rashid Kamran as its chief technology officer. Kamran previously served as director of software engineering at ATT/DIRECTV and vice president for application development at MUFG Union Bank.

HR technology company Bambee has hired Lainie Cooney as chief people officer. Cooney previously held the same role at FanDuel.

Mindbody, a wellness technology platform, named Meisha Sherman as chief people officer. Sherman previously served as vice president of global human resources for Envista Corporation.

Omaze, an online fundraising platform, hired Scott Coleman as president. Coleman previously served as Pinterest’s head of growth and international and also held business development and product partnership roles at Google.

Netflix promoted former communications director Emily Feingold to vice president of communications.

FCTI, an ATM solutions provider, named Peter Kulik as its vice president of technology. Kulik previously served as the director of engineering, ATM technology at Citibank.

Cybersecurity startup NVISION named Anna Astakhishvili as head of marketing. Astakhishvili was previously a senior digital marketing manager at Cloudflare.

Creator economy AI company BEN Group named Jon Youshaei as head creator advisor for its TubeBuddy arm. Youshaei previously served as head of creator product marketing at YouTube and also worked on Instagram’s creator marketing team.

Health care venture fund Wavemaker 360 named Monica Jain as a venture partner. Currently, Dr. Jain is currently a surgeon and the surgical innovation officer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Venture capital firm Chapter One named Jack Lipstone as venture partner, with a focus on DeFi investing strategy. Lipstone previously co-founded DeFi startup Rari Capital.

Sean Combs, most commonly known as Puff Daddy, joined holoportation startup Proto as an advisor.

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Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
PLUS Capital​’s Amanda Groves.
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On this episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, Amanda Groves talks about how PLUS Capital advises celebrity investors and why more high-profile individuals are choosing to invest instead of endorse.

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David Shultz

David Shultz is a freelance writer who lives in Santa Barbara, California. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside and Nautilus, among other publications.

Rivian Stock Roller Coaster Continues as Amazon Van Delivery Faces Delays
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