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Originally published Friday, December 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

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Amazon board member Krikorian resigns

Silicon Valley executive Blake Krikorian notified Amazon that he would step down from the board effective immediately.

Seattle Times business reporter

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Silicon Valley executive Blake Krikorian, known for developing a way to watch TV on computers, has resigned from Amazon.com’s board of directors.

In a regulatory filing Friday, Amazon said only that Krikorian’s departure was effective immediately.

Amazon spokesman Ty Rogers said in an email that Krikorian “decided to resign because he has sold his company and is taking a position at the acquiring company.”

Reached by phone, Krikorian did not dispute Rogers’ statement, but he would not discuss the sale or his new position.

“I’m just going to lay low for now,” he said. “I love the company and am sad to be leaving, but it was the right thing to do.”

The Wall Street Journal reported recently that Microsoft, Google and Apple were considering buying Krikorian’s home-automation startup, id8 Group R2 Studios. The buyer has not yet been announced, and Krikorian said he was not authorized to talk about the deal.

Krikorian joined Amazon’s 10-member board in September 2011. At the time, his background in digital media content was seen as a key asset for Amazon as it prepared to introduce its own line of tablet computers and expanded its Prime video streaming service.

Krikorian co-founded Sling Media, which created the Slingbox for watching TV on computers and was sold to EchoStar in 2007.

Amy Martinez: 206-464-2923 or amartinez@seattletimes.com

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