Fein was an early employee at Impinj who eventually led the Seattle-based RFID-maker to its 2016 IPO as CFO. He joined Chef in 2018 and helped oversee the cloud company’s acquisition to publicly-traded Progress last year.
Fein will now head up finance for TextNow, a 11-year-old company based in Waterloo, Ontario that offers free ad-supported calling and texting over WiFi and LTE. The company has additional offices in San Francisco and Portland.
“The telecommunications industry is ripe for disruption and I think there is a terrific opportunity for TextNow to change how mobile service is delivered,” Fein said in a statement.
Fein will remain in Seattle, where he is an active angel investor and advisor. He also serves on the board of the Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) and the University of Washington Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking.