People news: Comcast , Veeva Systems, Qlik, Hoopla

Tom Paine

No word on any Biden administration role for Comcast exec David L. Cohen. However, the position of Ambassador to the UK, which Cohen was reported to be most interested in, has still not been filled with a permanent appointee.

Still no word on FCC Chair either, while Jessica Rosenworce is still Acting Chairwoman. That position will get very busy soon, with Biden’s far-reaching broadband plans and regulatory issues reemerging. How about this as a wildcard: Cohen as FCC Chair. Never happen. Progressives wouldn’t stand for it.

JD Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy and venture capitalist, appears to be gearing up for a Senate race in Ohio, as a Republican for its open seat, being vacated by Rob Portman. Peter Thiel, a former mentor, reportedly has already donated $10 million to a PAC established for his candidacy.

Long-time Comcast tech exeec Tony Werner is stepping down from his position as President, Technology, Product, Xperience, Comcast Cable, though he will remain as an advisor to the CEO.

Charlie Herrin, most recently EVP and chief product officer at Comcast Cable, is succeeding Werner in the role of president of TPX.

Matt Wallach, co-founder, former President, and current Board Member of Veeva Systems, and a Philly-area native, is now a minority owner of the Philadelphia Union, according to his LinkedIn profile.. He played soccer while an undergrad at Yale.

Rumors that Wallach will strengthen the Union’s back line are false.

I noticed a familiar name while reading up on DigitalOcean’s (a Linode competitor) recent IPO. Bill  Sorensen, who help take Radnor (now King of Prussia)-based Qlik public as CFO in 2010, is now DigitalOcean’s CFO.

Mike Smalls, a Philly entrepreneur (Destiny Websolutions, ClickEquations) who founded sales performance management tool Hoopla Software and moved it to California, has sold Hoopla to San Francisco-based Raydiant. Safeguard Scientifics and Salesforce Ventures were investors.

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