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  People & Companies

Apr 20, 2018

Pioneer Square Labs

In Seattle, Pioneer Square Labs launched PSL Ventures, an $80 million venture capital fund that invests in early-stage Northwest technology companies. It is managed by Greg Gottesman, former managing director of Madrona Venture Group and co-founder of Rover.com; Julie Sandler, former Madrona partner and Amazon product manager; Mike Galgon, co-founder and chief strategy officer of aQuantive; and Geoff Entress, former venture partner of Voyager Capital and Madrona.

Woodinville Whiskey

Woodinville Whiskey Co. will expand craft whiskey sales into California and Oregon. The company was founded in 2009 in Woodinville by Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, and acquired last year by Moet Hennessy. California distribution will be handled through Coastal Pacific Wine and Spirits.


Texas-based Tyler Technologies is buying Socrata, a Seattle venture-backed technology company focusing on the shift to digital government. The deal is expected to close April 30. Socrata was founded in 2007 by Kevin Merritt. Tyler operates a cloud-based data management platform for local governments. It has an office in Renton and will retain Socrata's Seattle office.


Several local companies received 2017 Supplier of the Year awards from Boeing: Watson Furniture Group of Poulsbo won the Environment Award; RB Enterprises of Mukilteo won the Collaboration Award; and Woodland Trade Co. of Tacoma won the Production & Design Award. Boeing says supplier-provided components, services and engineering make up 65 percent of the cost of its products.

Apr 19, 2018

Sound Physicians


Tacoma-based Sound Physicians hired Lisa Shah, MD, as chief innovation officer for its 300-plus nationwide hospital partners. Shah is developing innovative care models, technology-enabled clinical workflows and telemedicine solutions. She was senior vice president of clinical operations and network at Evolent Health, and has over 10 years of consulting, academic and healthcare experience.

Cairncross & Hempelmann


In Seattle, Cairncross & Hempelmann added Sarah G. Lee to its Real Estate group. Lee's practice focuses on real estate, private equity, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. She also advises clients on the operation and redevelopment of real estate. She comes from Greenberg Traurig.

UW Bothell


Tim Wilson was named dean of student affairs at University of Washington Bothell. Wilson is assistant vice president for student development at Seattle University. Previously, he was coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Culture Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Wilson will take over in July from Emily Christian, who has been interim dean since the departure of George Theo last year.


Bellevue-based Coinstar is partnering with doxo of Seattle to provide a cash bill pay service through Coinstar's self-service coin-counting kiosks. Doxo processes bill payments over internet and mobile devices. By year end, consumers will be able to pay utility, insurance and other bills using cash at up to 7,000 kiosks.

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