† Palak Goel, a former product manager at Microsoft, has joined Madrona Venture Group as the newest investor.
Goel previously spent nearly three years at Microsoft, most recently on the company’s Microsoft Turing team. He graduated from Brown University in 2019 with degrees in computer science and economics. Goel is a native of the Bay Area.
— Ken Chandler, a former president of Premera Blue Cross, was named CEO of Opala, a Seattle health technology startup†
Chandler has worked at Premera for more than two decades, most recently as senior vice president of national accounts.
Founded in 2020, Opala helps standardize patient data for care plans and providers. The company was previously called Project Connect.
“I believe Opala has the potential to significantly change healthcare by giving payers and healthcare providers access to the health information, which will lead to better and more efficient outcomes,” Chandler wrote in a LinkedIn post.