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 2022-09-22 16:54 

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GeekWire Summit 2022 sneak peek: Agenda released for our annual conference, Oct. 6-7...

This year's GeekWire Summit is two weeks away, and today we're excited to offer a preview with the release of our near-final agenda, featuring tech leaders and newsmakers addressing the most pressing issues facing the industry and the world. Now i...

 2022-09-22 15:00 

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Allen Institute aims to map whole human brain as part of $173M NIH project...

Seattle's Allen Institute will spearhead a project to create an atlas of the cells in the human brain as part of $173 million in new funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health awarded to the institute and its collaborators. The five-year proj...

 2022-09-22 14:43 

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'Productivity paranoia': Microsoft study of corporate workplaces finds big disconnect in hybrid work...

A major perception gap between employees and leaders could make hybrid work unsustainable at companies around the world if left unaddressed, Microsoft cautioned Thursday as it released the findings of a new workplace study. 87% of surveyed workers say the...

 2022-09-21 23:33 

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NASA 'encouraged' by tanking test for SLS moon rocket, but launch plan is still in flux...

NASA says it achieved all its objectives during today's launch-pad rehearsal for fueling up its giant Space Launch System rocket for an uncrewed round-the-moon mission known as Artemis 1 — but will have to review the data, check the weather and ...

 2022-09-21 22:34 

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Real estate giant Compass lays off 84 workers in Washington state as it targets tech team for cuts...

New York-based real estate brokerage Compass has laid off 84 employees based in Washington state as part of a reduction that largely targets the company's technology workforce. In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, C...

 2022-09-21 19:01 

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How this Seattle startup founder bounced back when her investors bailed out...

Sarah Haggard thought she had done everything right to tee up Tribute, her fledgling company, for venture capital success. She built relationships with other founders who provided her personal introductions to the VC firms that had written them checks. Sh...

 2022-09-21 13:19 

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The bittersweet serendipity that gave these two startup leaders a shared mission in online privacy...

Like many of us, Dan Frechtling has noticed when he's being tracked online. Ads related to websites we've visited, or topics we've researched, follow us around the internet, even on unrelated sites. But in his case, the subject of his research...

 2022-09-21 13:00 

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Amazon reveals Fire HD 8 upgrades as company sees strong growth in tablet market share...

Amazon announced the latest upgrades to its lineup of Fire HD 8 tablets on Wednesday, promising thinner, lighter and faster models with increased battery life and more. In the race against other tablet makers, Amazon saw significant year-over-year growth ...

 2022-09-21 10:00 

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Seattle startup aims to put peanut-throwing vendors out of business with in-seat stadium delivery platform...

If this Seattle startup gets its way, the peanut-throwing vendors at sports games will have to find new jobs. Cheq, which just raised $8 million, sells an ordering and delivery platform to stadiums and restaurants. Right now, customers at some stadiums ca...

 2022-09-21 10:00 

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Seattle-area startup Cheq lands $8M for mobile ordering platform used in stadiums, restaurants...

Editor's note: The headline and story were updated to better reflect CHEQ's business and technology. Seattle-area startup Cheq Lifestyle Technology has raised $8 million to fuel growth of its mobile ordering and delivery platform that lets consume...

 2022-09-20 21:53 

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Teamsters members and national leaders march on Amazon HQ, escalating union campaign...

Teamsters leaders including Sean O'Brien, general president of the union, brought their campaign to organize Amazon warehouse and logistics workers to the company's doorstep in Seattle this afternoon. A large crowd marched past the Amazon Spheres ...

 2022-09-20 21:04 

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Orbital Reef space station wins a key role in Hollywood movie even before it's built...

The commercial space station that Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture has a hand in building, known as Orbital Reef. will be getting some Hollywood-level product placement years before it's due to go into operation. Blue Origin and the other par...

 2022-09-20 20:34 

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Major League Baseball made a pitch, but Seattle seafood spot Ray's stays hooked on its web address...

Major League Baseball has gotten a little closer to having possession of the desired web addresses for all 30 of its professional teams. One of the last remaining holdouts, Twins.com, now redirects for Minnesota's baseball team rather than a website c...

 2022-09-20 17:46 

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Tech Moves: Ex-Twilio CIO named CTO at Slalom; Eviation adds CEO; Docugami builds team...

— Michelle Grover was appointed as the first chief technology officer of Slalom, a Seattle-based global business and technology consulting firm. Grover previously served as chief information officer for Twilio, and was most recently the interim chie...

 2022-09-20 16:00 

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Spot, a Seattle metaverse startup for hybrid workforces, raises $5.5M...

New funding: Spot, a Seattle-based startup building a Sims-esque metaverse platform for businesses, has raised a $5.5 million seed round. The tech: The company allows users to build virtual hubs that can be used for events or business functions. Users are...

 2022-09-20 15:00 

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Amazon consumer robotics leader Ken Washington joins GeekWire Summit lineup...

Ken Washington has been preparing for his job as Amazon's vice president and GM of consumer robotics for his entire career. A nuclear engineer by training, with a doctorate from Texas A&M, his past roles include CIO for Sandia National Laboratories; t...

 2022-09-20 14:29 

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Stealthy AI2 spinout led by Napster co-founder unveils AI-powered sidekick...

Augment AI wants to be your AI-powered sidekick. The Seattle startup, which spun out of the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), emerged from stealth mode Tuesday and opened a private beta. The move provides a more detailed look at the secretive startup, which G...

 2022-09-20 14:10 

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TrovaTrip, which matches travel group hosts with travelers, lands $15M...

TrovaTrip, a Portland, Ore.-based startup that runs a marketplace for group travel, raised $15 million in a Series A round led by Seattle's Madrona Venture Group. The company said it had 10X growth in bookings last year despite the ongoing pandemic. T...

 2022-09-20 12:00 

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BMW venture fund invests in Seattle-area startup combating counterfeits with authentication tech...

Alitheon, a Seattle-area startup that uses images to create and manage unique identifiers for physical objects, raised $14 million. BMW's venture capital arm, BMW i Ventures, co-led the Series A round. Founded in 2016, the company aims to help custome...

 2022-09-20 11:00 

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Amazon is using ultra-low carbon fuels to curb climate impact of deliveries...

Amazon today announced a deal with low-carbon fuel manufacturer Infinium to purchase some of its "electrofuel"; to power delivery trucks beginning next year. The partnership is another step in the tech giant's path to curbing its rising carbon ...

 2022-09-19 23:51 

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Amazon says it had 'biggest three hours of signups' for Prime during first exclusive NFL stream...

Amazon is already seeing some fruits from its massive investment in live NFL streaming. The company reported the "biggest three hours for U.S. Prime signups ever" during last week's Thursday Night Football game, according to an internal memo s...

 2022-09-19 23:34 

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Space Shorts: German rocket company will launch orbital tugs for Spaceflight Inc....

Seattle-based Spaceflight Inc. and Rocket Factory Augsburg, a German launch startup, say they've signed a memorandum of understanding that calls for Spaceflight's Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles to ride on the RFA One rocket. In an announcement m...

 2022-09-19 20:05 

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Seattle blockchain VC firm Bloccelerate raising its second fund...

Bloccelerate, a Seattle-area venture capital firm that backs startups building blockchain-related technologies, is raising another fund. A new SEC filing reveals that the firm raised $20 million of a larger fund. Kate Mitselmakher, who launched Bloccelera...

 2022-09-19 18:31 

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Internal memo: PillPack founders will leave Amazon at the end of the month...

PillPack co-founders TJ Parker and Elliot Cohen will leave Amazon, four years after the tech giant acquired the online pharmacy in 2018 as an early step in its broader push into healthcare. Neil Lindsay, senior vice president of Amazon Health Services, in...

 2022-09-19 17:46 

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Amazon Care vets raise $5M for virtual health startup focused on Latino patients...

A new virtual healthcare startup, Zcalo Health, has raised $5 million to fuel plans to provide primary care focused on the Latino population. Seattle-based Zcalo was co-founded last year by CEO Erik Cardenas and Mariza Hardin, head of strategy and operati...

 2022-09-19 15:11 

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Seattle adds another unicorn as grocery retail tech startup Swiftly raises $100M...

Retail software provider Swiftly raised $100 million in a Series C funding round, helping the company become the latest Seattle-area startup to reach a $1 billion valuation. The round, led by Hong Kong-based BRV Capital Management, marks Swiftly's sec...

 2022-09-19 13:30 

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Smart shopping-cart startup Veeve's new device gives regular carts a high-tech upgrade...

Seattle startup Veeve is expanding its checkout-free, smart shopping-cart technology from grocery stores to big-box retailers with a new attachment that effectively turns regular shopping carts into smart carts. Veeve was founded in 2018 by two former Ama...

 2022-09-18 16:00 

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A modern Johnny Appleseed: Meet the Seattle drone startup replanting forests after wildfires...

A swarm of giant drones navigates a scorched moonscape, tracing the rugged topography. The scene has a desolate, sci-fi vibe — but its reality is rooted in the terra firma. The devices belong to DroneSeed, a Seattle startup deploying technology to h...

 2022-09-18 15:00 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 11, 2022...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Sept. 11, 2022.... Read More...

 2022-09-17 17:28 

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The first sustainable mega-region? Former Gov. Chris Gregoire on Cascadia's climate quest...

Business, governmental and environmental leaders from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia met at the U.S.-Canada border this week to plan the next steps in the quest to become the world's first sustainable mega-region. The Cascadia 2050 Vision co...

 2022-09-16 18:42 

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Mapping its 25-year history, Seattle band Death Cab for Cutie uses geotagging to unlock new song...

Death Cab for Cutie has logged a lot of miles during a 25-year span as a band. A lot of that time on the road was spent finding tour venues without the benefit of modern-day technology like Google Maps. A single called "Rand McNally" off the band&...

 2022-09-16 18:14 

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My 12-year-old son is getting his first iPhone — and I need your help creating rules...

It's a big moment in the Cook household: we're getting ready to give our 12-year-old son his first smartphone. In preparation for his new tech gadget, we need to lay down some ground rules. After drafting up some initial guidelines, I've been ...

 2022-09-16 17:27 

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Was Amazon ready for some football? Tech giant passes test on first exclusive NFL stream...

Amazon took center stage in the sports universe Thursday as the tech giant streamed its first exclusive NFL game — and for the most part, it passed the test. The game streamed without any major hiccups or outages. Some fans reported glitches and poo...

 2022-09-16 16:11 

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Seattle company developing non-invasive glucose monitor raises more cash in new public offering...

Know Labs, a Seattle startup aiming to measure glucose levels through the skin using radio waves, added more cash to its balance sheet as it listed Friday on the NYSE American Exchange. The company, originally founded in 1998, was already a public entity,...

 2022-09-16 15:00 

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Meet HawkMan, a Microsoft engineer who used his leave from work to craft ultimate football alter ego...

Brad Sarsfield wouldn't be the first mild-mannered tech worker to transform into a bit of a screaming lunatic when mixing with the "12s" and cheering for the Seattle Seahawks. Football and fandom does weird things to ordinary people. But the l...

 2022-09-16 14:30 

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Taqtile raises $5M, a startup that sells AR-enabled job training tech...

The news: Taqtile, the Seattle-based augmented reality startup will that works with enterprise customers for software-enabled job training, raised $5 million to boost hiring and marketing efforts. The tech: The 55-person company develops an AR-enabled app...

 2022-09-16 01:41 

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University of Washington breaks ground on engineering building funded by Boeing, Amazon, T-Mobile...

The University of Washington broke ground Thursday on its new 70,000 square-foot Interdisciplinary Engineering Building designed to support students throughout the College of Engineering's ten departments. "This is a very big, big deal," said ...

 2022-09-16 00:47 

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GlobalX strikes a deal with Eviation to buy 50 electric airplanes with delivery in 2027...

Arlington, Wash.-based Eviation says that GlobalX, an air charter operator based in Miami, has signed a letter of intent to order 50 of Eviation's all-electric Alice commuter aircraft. The nine-passenger aircraft will open up new routes for passenger ...

 2022-09-15 22:09 

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OfferUp adds job listings to its mobile marketplace, allowing users to search for work in app...

While you're looking for a used couch, bike, baby stroller or some other random item on OfferUp, maybe you can find a job as well. The Seattle-area startup has added job listings to its popular peer-to-peer marketplace with the launch of OfferUp Jobs ...

 2022-09-15 22:00 

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Microsoft's outgoing environmental chief reflects on bold actions and navigating 'hiccups'...

Lucas Joppa was Microsoft's first chief environmental officer when he took the role in 2018 and went on to help oversee the company's decision to become carbon negative by 2030 and its creation of a $1 billion Climate Innovation Fund to invest in ...

 2022-09-15 20:12 

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Institute for Protein Design researchers show how AI can generate new protein shapes...

The Institute for Protein Design helped usher in an era for scientists to predict the structure of a protein using artificial intelligence tools, an accomplishment that helped it win the "Breakthrough of the Year" award from Science magazine last ...

 2022-09-15 19:35 

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Beyond Amazon.com: Tech giant's new Worldwide Stores CEO on its next big bets in e-commerce...

There's a common theme running through some of Amazon's announcements at its annual conference for sellers in Seattle this week: a growing focus on e-commerce sites and distribution channels beyond Amazon.com. Amazon announced the U.S. launch of V...

 2022-09-15 18:10 

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New Seattle innovation center in a historically Black neighborhood will support entrepreneurs, arts, tech...

Friday afternoon marks the grand opening of the William Grose Center for Cultural Innovation, a hub for entrepreneurs, creative endeavors, community, education and the sharing of resources in Seattle's Central District neighborhood. The center is the ...

 2022-09-15 16:03 

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Meet Tom Daniel, the new CEO of Washington Research Foundation...

Washington Research Foundation has appointed a new CEO: Tom Daniel, the former founding chairman of the University of Washington's Department of Biology. Daniel will take the helm of WRF on Oct. 1 from interim CEO Susan Coliton, who took over after th...

 2022-09-15 15:37 

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'I don't want to work for a military contractor': Google, Amazon employees in Seattle protest cloud deal with Israel...

Aniran Chandrovongsri, a Google Cloud software engineer who works in Seattle, says he isn't interested in building products for the Israeli government. Yet, he said, that may be what he has to do if Google continues with a $1.2 billion Israeli governm...

 2022-09-15 15:00 

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Watch 3 consumer startup CEOs face off on a new episode of GeekWire's Elevator Pitch...

GeekWire's Elevator Pitch startup competition is back with a new episode that takes a look at three consumer products. Now in its third season, this video series — presented by WestRiver Group — follows startup leaders as they pitch their ...

 2022-09-15 13:00 

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Touching the metaverse: Haptic glove maker HaptX grabs $23M to fuel commercialization...

HaptX, the Redmond, Wash.-based makers of haptic gloves for use in virtual reality and robotics, has raised $23 million in new funding. The cash will be used to fund product commercialization and build on technology that HaptX has been working on since 20...

 2022-09-15 12:00 

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Envoy acquires Worksphere, a Seattle startup that helps companies manage their workplace...

Worksphere, the Seattle-based startup building a platform to manage hybrid workplace experiences, has been acquired by San Francisco-based competitor Envoy. Both companies sell software that helps employers manage how workers book desks and use physical o...

 2022-09-14 22:24 

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Amazon will let sellers send email messages to more customers in expansion of marketing tools...

Amazon plans to give third-party sellers a series of new marketing tools, including the ability to send emails to customers who've made repeat or recent purchases, or spent large amounts with specific sellers over time. Until now, sellers have only be...

 2022-09-14 21:06 

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Seattle investment bank Cascadia Capital lands unique funding deal to expand services...

Cascadia Capital, a Seattle-based middle-market investment bank, is boosting its cash balance through a unique deal with a private equity firm. Cascadia landed more than $50 million from Atlas Merchant Capital, a New York and London-based firm founded by ...

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