Tech Moves: Booster Hires Former UberEats Leader; The first mode extends the C-suite; and more

Adrien Agostini. (Recall photo)

– Booster, previously known as Booster Fuels, has hired former Amazon and Uber VP Adrian Agostini as chief revenue officer. Most recently, he was CRO at Zume, a sustainable packaging company.

Based in Seattle, Agostini spent over 15 years at Oracle before joining Amazon. At Uber, he was Global Sales Manager for UberEats, responsible for integrating restaurants with the food delivery platform.

Originally started in Seattle by former Boeing engineer Frank Mycroft, Booster has moved to the Bay Area and is headquartered in San Mateo, California.

Booster’s mobile fuel delivery services use proprietary trucks to refuel individual and fleet vehicles. The company launched its service in the Seattle area two years ago and tested a consumer version earlier this year after lawmakers in Washington state approved a law allowing mobile refueling.

The company recently announced a partnership with Renewable Energy Group to add renewable fuels and biodiesel to its offerings. Renewable Energy Group, a producer of biofuels, also made an undisclosed investment in Booster. Seattle-based companies Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital and Maveron are also investors.

The company also announced additional appointments to executives based outside the Pacific Northwest:

Elizabeth Frank (left) and Rhae Adams. (Photos of the first mode)

– Seattle-based First Mode has promoted Elizabeth Frank to Chief Scientist and Rhae Adams to Chief Operating Officer.

Frank was most recently a senior scientist in applied planetary science. Adams, member of the board of directors and co-founder of First Mode, was most recently Managing Director of the Americas. Both are former employees of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company that disbanded in 2018, prompting a group of employees to found First Mode.

The engineering firm’s plans include a hydrogen mining vehicle that could become one of the largest zero-emission vehicles on Earth, a hydrogen racing truck for the Baja 1000, as well as hardware for deep space. for NASA.

In October, the company announced a multi-year agreement and an investment of $ 8.5 million from global mining company Anglo American. First Mode now has more than 150 employees and plans to double its number of employees worldwide in 2022.

– Idaho-based online identity verification company Pipl has appointed Eric Choi as chief marketing officer and Brian Piccioni as chief financial officer.

Choi was previously an executive at LexisNexis Risk Solutions and Emailage. He is based in Irvine, California. Based in the Washington, DC area, Piccioni was most recently CFO at

Other identity verification companies in the Pacific Northwest include Vouched, Ekata, Trulioo, and Auth0.

Kelsey Klevenberg. (Photo of the route line)

– Former Zipwhip Inside Sales Manager Kelsey Klevenberg is now responsible for sales and growth at Route Line, a pre-launch “adventure vehicle” startup.

Most recently, he was Senior Director of augmented reality startup Taqtile and was responsible for developing new activities for Indian hotel startup OYO for Washington and Hawaii.

–Nicholas Limas left SpaceX to join fusion energy company Helion as director of engineering. Helion closed a $ 500 million funding round earlier this month led by Open AI CEO Sam Altman.

Limas joined SpaceX in 2015 and was most recently responsible for the construction engineering of Starship, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Seattle-based healthcare provider First Choice Health has hired David Kinard as director of sales and Shidan Greene as vice president of operations, both veterans of the health insurance industry.

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