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Tech Moves: Leafly board member departs; Uber Freight hires ex-Convoy comms lead

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— Following the implosion of freight logistics startup Convoy last month, former employees from the heavily-funded Seattle startup are finding landing pads.

Sam Hallock, who led corporate communications at Convoy, recently announced a new role as director of external communications at one-time Convoy rival Uber Freight. 

“As I embark on this new adventure, I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to dive into the world of Uber Freight, where AI and SaaS technology are forging faster pathways for logistics,” Hallock wrote in a LinkedIn post

Prior to Convoy, Hallock served in executive marketing roles at Enigma Technologies and MongoDB. She tells GeekWire that she’ll remain in Seattle, and that she’s excited about the opportunity with Uber Freight. 

Convoy sold its assets to Flexport earlier this month.

“Thank you, Convoy team, for the memories and lessons,” Hallock wrote on LinkedIn. “Here’s to new beginnings and the limitless potential that lies ahead at Uber Freight!”

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Uber Freight reported revenue of $1.75 billion in the third quarter, down 27% year-over-year.

— Blaise Judja-Sato stepped down from the board of Seattle-based cannabis company Leafly, effective Nov. 30. His resignation was not the result of any disagreement with the company.

Judja-Sato, a longtime telecom leader, joined the board in February 2022, when Leafly went public.

Leafly regained compliance with Nasdaq last month after its share price fell below $1. The company is facing headwinds from decelerating digital ad spend and slowing sales across the marijuana industry following a pandemic surge.

Leafly reported $10.6 million in third quarter revenue, down from $11.8 million in the year-ago period. Net loss was $2.2 million, compared to net income of $15.5 million last year.

The company said it has no immediate plans to replace Judja-Sato on the board.

— Carter Rabasa, a veteran engineering leader in the Seattle region, joined Silicon Valley AI company DataStax as head of developer relations.

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“With the launch of ChatGPT about a year ago and with the subsequent release of the OpenAI platform, the world for developers has completely changed,” Rabasa wrote on LinkedIn. “I haven’t seen this level of excitement among devs in over a decade and the most exciting thing is: it’s just getting started.”

Rabasa was previously head of developer relations at San Francisco-based notification management platform Courier and a product manager at Twilio. He’s also an angel investor and organizer of the CascadiaJS conference.

Source: Geek Wire

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