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January 01, 2022
GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch: Analyzing the four winning pitches in advance of the live finale

GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch: Analyzing the four winning pitches in advance of the live finale

The four finalists in Season 3 of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch competition, clockwise from upper left: Erin Quick, co-founder and CEO of PairTree, Katherine Sizov, CEO & co-founder of Strella Biotechnology, Amina Moreau, CEO of Radious, and Devin Miller, co-founder and CEO of SecureSave,...

As Mariners end historic drought, a look back at how much has changed in Seattle in 21 years

As Mariners end historic drought, a look back at how much has changed in Seattle in 21 years

The Mariners slogan “SEA Us Rise,” as depicted in a mural featuring shortstop J.P. Crawford in SoDo. It could be a slogan for Seattle’s rise as a tech hub over the past 21 years. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Take a breath, Seattle. The Mariners are back in the postseason for the first time...

Tech Moves: Techstars Seattle leader Isaac Kato steps down after leading accelerator for 3 years

Tech Moves: Techstars Seattle leader Isaac Kato steps down after leading accelerator for 3 years

Isaac Kato. (Techstars Photo) Isaac Kato has stepped down as managing director of Techstars Seattle after leading the startup accelerator program for the past three years. Kato told GeekWire he’ll be doing something “in the investment space,” but did not provide more details. “Techstars...

Why this Microsoft vet quit and launched an EV charging startup

Why this Microsoft vet quit and launched an EV charging startup

Some of the FlexCharging team convened for a meeting in Las Vegas in June. Employees, from left to right: Tyler Phillipi, Harold Shin, David Klein, CEO and founder Brian Grunkemeyer, Ken Nichols and Charles Martey. (FlexCharging Photo) In 2014, Brian Grunkemeyer was a Microsoft principal...

U.S. cybersecurity agency leader Jen Easterly on partnerships, workforce, making tech accountable

U.S. cybersecurity agency leader Jen Easterly on partnerships, workforce, making tech accountable

Jen Easterly, a former U.S. military and intelligence official who has led the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency since July 2021, speaks Thursday at Amazon. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Jen Easterly, director of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, visited...

Portland Trail Blazers end jersey sponsorship with Seattle crypto startup StormX

Portland Trail Blazers end jersey sponsorship with Seattle crypto startup StormX

The Portland Trail Blazers’ StormX jersey patch. (Photo courtesy of Bruce Ely / Trail Blazers) The Portland Trail Blazers are ending the team’s jersey sponsorship with Seattle crypto startup StormX. The jersey deal was originally scheduled to last five years, beginning with the 2021-22...

Cloud optimization startup led by 2nd Watch founder lands $9M

Vega Cloud, a Spokane, Wash.-area startup that helps companies optimize their cloud-related infrastructure investments, raised $9 million in an equity and debt funding round led by Album VC and Sun Mountain Capital. The 4-year-old company is led by Kris Bliesner, who previously started and led...

Sustainability startups face off in the final episode of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch

Sustainability startups face off in the final episode of GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch

From left: Strella Biotechnology CEO Katherine Sizov, BattGenie CEO Manan Pathak, and Aquagga CEO Nigel Sharp. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) GeekWire’s Elevator Pitch startup competition is back with the final episode of the season, featuring three entrepreneurs pitching their...

‘Inventions We Love’ will showcase four Seattle startup innovations at GeekWire Summit

‘Inventions We Love’ will showcase four Seattle startup innovations at GeekWire Summit

Inventions We Love, clockwise from top left: Artly robotic barista; Littlebird wearable toddler tracker; Veeve smart shopping cart technology; and Wavely Diagnostics app to detect ear infections. (Photos via Artly, Littlebird, Veeve, Wavely) Next week’s GeekWire Summit will showcase a host of...

Real estate property management software giant RealPage to acquire Seattle startup Knock

Real estate property management software giant RealPage to acquire Seattle startup Knock

Knock co-founders Tom Petry and Demetri Themelis. (Knock Photo) Knock, a Seattle software startup that helps apartment property managers, will be acquired by RealPage, a real estate giant backed by Thoma Bravo that also provides technology services. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Knock...

Real estate guru to launch industry news site, led by Seattle tech vets, amid tough housing market

Real estate guru to launch industry news site, led by Seattle tech vets, amid tough housing market

Real estate consultant Stefan Swanepoel is chairman of Real Estate News, launching this fall. (T3 Sixty Photo) After owning the domain realestatenews.com “for the better part of two decades,” author, consultant and analyst Stefan Swanepoel says he’s ready to put it to use. Swanepoel, founder...

Financial fallout from billionaire MacKenzie Scott’s divorce will likely remain hidden

Financial fallout from billionaire MacKenzie Scott’s divorce will likely remain hidden

Court documents reveal a Petition for Divorce between MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. (GeekWire Illustration) The immediate impact of MacKenzie Scott’s divorce on her massive fortune will likely remain a secret. Scott, the billionaire Seattle philanthropist who was previously married to...

Promising data from large Alzheimer’s study bodes well for this Seattle startup

Promising data from large Alzheimer’s study bodes well for this Seattle startup

AltPep CEO and founder Valerie Daggett. (AltPep Photo) Alzheimer’s disease researchers were buoyed by positive data released Tuesday from a large clinical trial of an experimental therapy being developed by Biogen and Eisai. The early data suggest that the treatment, called lecanemab, eases...

Analysis: The impact of Google Stadia shutdown on Amazon, Xbox, and other cloud gaming initiatives

Analysis: The impact of Google Stadia shutdown on Amazon, Xbox, and other cloud gaming initiatives

The Stadia launch kit, circa November 2019. (Google Image) With its Stadia service, Google tried to make an early break into cloud-based video game publishing and development, but an incomplete launch product and poor sales model brought it down almost as soon as it started. Now, as Google...

Warren, Jayapal, and other federal legislators ask FTC to oppose Amazon’s iRobot acquisition

Warren, Jayapal, and other federal legislators ask FTC to oppose Amazon’s iRobot acquisition

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a 2019 campaign rally in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Amazon’s proposed $1.7 billion acquisition of Roomba maker iRobot faces opposition from federal lawmakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who represents the Seattle...

GeekWire launches new recruiting business, led by top Pacific Northwest entrepreneur

GeekWire launches new recruiting business, led by top Pacific Northwest entrepreneur

Jason Greer, GeekWork managing director. GeekWire is expanding with the launch of a new business unit focused on technical recruiting, led by respected Seattle entrepreneur Jason Greer, a technical recruiting veteran who previously co-founded software development and tech commercialization firm...

Drone industry leaders urge U.S. lawmakers to get out of ‘regulatory limbo’

Drone industry leaders urge U.S. lawmakers to get out of ‘regulatory limbo’

A DroneSeed employee oversees the deployment of two drones above a burn site. (DroneSeed Photo) When it comes to regulations on what flies through America’s skies, policy has not kept up with technology, representatives of companies building drones and electric aircraft told a Senate...

Amazon boosts average starting hourly pay to $19 for front-line workers as union  campaigns escalate

Amazon boosts average starting hourly pay to $19 for front-line workers as union campaigns escalate

GeekWire File Photo Amazon, facing an unprecedented push by labor unions inside its vast fulfilment network, says it will an spend an additional $1 billion over the next year to increase average starting pay for front-line workers to $19 per hour. The average starting pay was previously $18...

Startup developing a hand-held ultrasound tool for the bedside lands $57M

Startup developing a hand-held ultrasound tool for the bedside lands $57M

EchoNous’ Kosmos ultrasound system. (EchoNous Image) EchoNous, which markets a compact, AI-powered ultrasound tool, has raised $57 million. The funding was noted in a recent regulatory filing and confirmed by a spokesperson. The Redmond, Wash.-based startup expects to raise an additional $15...

MacKenzie Scott files for divorce from teacher Dan Jewett after less than 2 years

MacKenzie Scott files for divorce from teacher Dan Jewett after less than 2 years

MacKenzie Scott. (Elena Seibert Photo) Billionaire Seattle philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has filed for divorce from Dan Jewett, the science teacher she married in March 2021, according to a court filing this week. Scott filed a petition for divorce in King County Superior Court on Monday....

Alaska Airlines shaves flight minutes and fuel, thanks to software from Google-backed AI startup

Alaska Airlines shaves flight minutes and fuel, thanks to software from Google-backed AI startup

(Alaska Airlines Photo) Alaska Airlines has reduced flight time and carbon emissions after using dispatch software from a small Silicon Valley startup. Airspace Intelligence has helped the Seattle-based airline shave an average of 2.7 minutes per flight so far this year, saving 6,866 metric...

Amazon Web Services inks licensing deal with Seattle startup Intentionet, developers of Batfish

Amazon Web Services inks licensing deal with Seattle startup Intentionet, developers of Batfish

Rahul Mahajan speaks at a GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit event in 2017. (GeekWire File Photo) Amazon has signed a licensing deal with a small Seattle startup called Intentionet, the company behind the Batfish open source project that helps engineers design and test networks. Batfish will become...

Amazon’s new Halo Rise bedside device tracks sleep with radar sensor, low-power radio signals

Amazon’s new Halo Rise bedside device tracks sleep with radar sensor, low-power radio signals

The new Halo Rise bedside sleep tracker will sell for $139.99 later this year. (Amazon Photo) Amazon unveiled a new bedside sleep-tracking device, Halo Rise, expanding its lineup of consumer health devices beyond wristbands for the first time. Announced this morning at the company’s fall Echo...

Amazon unveils a new $340 ‘Kindle Scribe’ e-reader that doubles as a digital notebook

Amazon unveils a new $340 ‘Kindle Scribe’ e-reader that doubles as a digital notebook

Amazon started its fall devices event this morning by unveiling a new version of its Kindle e-reader, called Kindle Scribe, that allows users to take full pages of notes and annotate documents using an included pen. The e-ink device will be released globally for a starting price of $339.99...

Mental health startup focused on seniors launches with $32M, backing from Arch Venture Partners

Mental health startup focused on seniors launches with $32M, backing from Arch Venture Partners

Rippl co-founders Inca Dieterich (left) and Kris Engskov. (Rippl Photo) The news: Rippl, a Seattle startup focused on the mental health of seniors, launched Wednesday with $32 million in seed funding. The company is developing a care program focused on seniors with dementia and other...

Tech Moves: Microsoft Teams leader joins Highspot; Edifecs, Acumatica add execs; and more

Tech Moves: Microsoft Teams leader joins Highspot; Edifecs, Acumatica add execs; and more

Bhrighu Sareen. (Highspot Photo) Bhrighu Sareen was named president of product & engineering at sales enablement software startup Highspot. Sareen previously spent 17 years at Microsoft, most recently as corporate VP of Microsoft Teams. He also held several other leadership roles,...

In the hybrid work era, tech companies experiment with new office layouts

In the hybrid work era, tech companies experiment with new office layouts

Qualtrics designed its new Seattle HQ during the pandemic and included several spaces for gathering and socializing. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Many tech companies are reducing their real estate footprints as they adopt permanent hybrid work policies spurred by the pandemic. They’re also...

Expedia provides online help to those seeking shelter as they flee Hurricane Ian in Florida

Expedia provides online help to those seeking shelter as they flee Hurricane Ian in Florida

The Emergency Accommodations Module on Expedia for those seeking shelter in Florida. (Expedia screen grab) As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida this week, numerous state agencies are mobilizing to respond. Seattle-based travel giant Expedia is also providing a level of assistance. In a...

Former aQuantive exec launches BaseHubs, an app to connect military personnel to communities

Former aQuantive exec launches BaseHubs, an app to connect military personnel to communities

The BaseHubs app. (Screen shots via BaseHubs) Jeff Lanctot is reenlisting in his quest to use technology to help military personnel and their families. Lanctot has launched a new startup and app called BaseHubs, which is geared toward helping people connect to the businesses and services...

‘It was wonderful’: Eviation’s Alice electric airplane wins praise after its first flight test

‘It was wonderful’: Eviation’s Alice electric airplane wins praise after its first flight test

Eviation’s all-electric Alice airplane streaks over the runway at Moses Lake, Wash. (Eviation Photo) MOSES LAKE, Wash. — After years of on-the-ground development, Eviation’s all-electric Alice airplane quietly took to the air here this morning for its first test flight. Test pilot Steve Crane...

Hybrid, virtual, or back to the office: GeekWire Summit sessions will explore the future of work

Hybrid, virtual, or back to the office: GeekWire Summit sessions will explore the future of work

Clockwise from upper left: Jaime Teevan of Microsoft, Holli Martinez of T-Mobile, Julie Anas of Qualtrics, and Megan Hansen of Smartsheet will share insights and experiences about the future of work at the GeekWire Summit, Oct. 6-7 in Seattle. How can business and tech leaders navigate the new...

One NFL owner predicts Seahawks could be next team to sell, perhaps in next two years

One NFL owner predicts Seahawks could be next team to sell, perhaps in next two years

Jody Allen, right, sister of Paul Allen and chair of the Seattle Seahawks, helps raise the 12th Man flag and pumps up the crowd at a game against the Los Angeles Rams in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo) The owner of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts predicts a few of the league’s teams could be ripe...

Madrona Venture Labs spinout aims to take the pain out of insurance claims

Madrona Venture Labs spinout aims to take the pain out of insurance claims

Outbound AI founders. clockwise from top left: Stead Burwell, Jonathan Wiggs, Kshitij Moghe and Justin Ith. (Outbound AI Photos) Outbound AI has a prescription for one of the biggest headaches of the medical system: interacting with insurance companies and other payers to process claims. The...

With help from Microsoft’s cloud, NBA unveils new app

With help from Microsoft’s cloud, NBA unveils new app

(NBA Image) The NBA called out its partnership with Microsoft as it unveiled a redesigned app on Tuesday. The new app has content recommendation and personalization features “powered by Microsoft Azure and Azure AI,” according to a news release. The app will have live streaming of games...

Health data company Truveta inks partnership with Boston Scientific, releases COVID-19 data

Seattle-area health data startup Truveta announced a collaboration Tuesday with Boston Scientific, a leading medical device company. The partnership will enable Boston Scientific researchers to access Truveta’s de-identified data from more than 65 million U.S. patients, with the aim of gathering...

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