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 2021-11-14 16:00 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 7, 2021...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 7, 2021.... Read More...

 2021-11-14 15:00 

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Shark Tank deal: Founders of prenup company land cash from Mr. Wonderful and Nextdoor founder...

Sarabeth Jaffe and Julia Rodgers picked one heck of a way to meet each other for the first time in person. After the co-founders of HelloPrenup launched their startup earlier this year virtually, they finally had a chance to meet face-to-face. It happened...

 2021-11-13 16:59 

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When algorithms go bad: Zillow, Amazon, Facebook and the pitfalls of rampant automation...

The downfall of Zillow's iBuying business is a reminder of the downsides of relying too much on automation and machine learning algorithms at this stage in the evolution of technology. A conversation about the pitfalls of real estate valuations leads ...

 2021-11-12 23:22 

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BlackSky makes a deal to sell satellite imagery to NASA — and makes its first quarterly report...

BlackSky Technology says it has secured a five-year, sole-source blanket purchase agreement with NASA for the use of high-revisit satellite imaging data in support of the space agency's Earth observation research. The agreement announced today is part...

 2021-11-12 21:26 

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Seattle film nonprofit SIFF supports effort to save Cinerama and could run theater with funding help...

SIFF, the nonprofit that champions film and the movie-going experience in Seattle, is joining the call to save the Cinerama, the historic movie theater that has been in limbo for almost two years. In a statement to GeekWire on Friday, Seattle Internationa...

 2021-11-12 20:48 

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Tech founder who took space trip with William Shatner dies in N.J. plane crash...

A month after taking a suborbital space trip alongside Star Trek actor William Shatner, medical-technology entrepreneur Glen de Vries has died in a New Jersey small-plane crash. New Jersey State Police identified de Vries, 49, as one of two people killed ...

 2021-11-12 20:05 

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Brooks Sports vs. Brooks Brothers: Menswear maker's social slogan adds new wrinkle to dispute...

Brooks Sports, the Seattle-based athletic footwear and apparel company, is escalating its legal battle against Brooks Brothers by challenging the menswear maker's recent "Back to Brooks" social media and marketing campaign. In an updated compl...

 2021-11-12 16:35 

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Amazon board member Thomas Ryder to retire after 20-year run...

Longtime Amazon board member Thomas Ryder is stepping down effective Dec. 31, the company announced this week. Ryder joined the board in 2002. He was the former chair and CEO of Reader's Digest Association and held various roles at American Express. H...

 2021-11-12 16:04 

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Gene Farrell, Smartsheet exec at center of 2017 Amazon lawsuit, leaving to become fintech CEO...

Gene Farrell, Smartsheet's chief strategy and product officer, is leaving to become CEO of a financial technology startup, the Bellevue-based work management technology company said in a regulatory filing this morning. Farrell is joining Vanilla, a Lo...

 2021-11-12 15:30 

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It's electric inside Seattle's auto show: Ford F-150 Lightning, BMW iX and driving Bill Gates' Porsche...

You know progress is being made in the move toward increased production and adoption of electric vehicles when you visit an auto show and have to ask which cars and trucks are gas powered. The Seattle International Auto Show has returned to the Lumen Fiel...

 2021-11-12 15:00 

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Funding news: New crypto firm; a real estate investing platform; hydrogen fuel; B2B marketing...

Here's our latest rundown on recent startup investment news in the Pacific Northwest. — Seattle-based real estate investment platform Cash Flow Portal has raised $3.5 million and was accepted to participate in the prestigious Y Combinator accele...

 2021-11-11 19:09 

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University of Washington study: Deep learning reveals 3D models of protein machines...

A new study peers into the structure of hundreds of protein complexes, tiny machines in cells that control everything from energy use to DNA replication. Researchers at the University of Washington's Institute for Protein Design helped lead the resear...

 2021-11-11 18:44 

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Forget porch pirates, our Ring camera captured video of a cat escaping a coyote in Seattle...

Hold on to your cats, Seattle. It's common these days to see viral videos of people pilfering packages from porches, but an Amazon Ring camera captured a more unusual scene in our side yard in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood this week: our neighbor...

 2021-11-11 17:00 

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How this Seattle startup is helping shift HR diversity efforts from 'touchy-feely' to data driven...

The news: Seattle startup Included raised a $1.9 million pre-seed round from FlyingFish, SignalFire and Ascend. Putting data in DEI: In the wake of George Floyd's murder, companies nationwide pledged to better support racial and ethnic diversity throu...

 2021-11-11 16:08 

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New 'rolling' investment fund led by Seattle tech vets targets startups capitalizing on 5G...

Seattle-area tech veterans Jim Brisimitzis and Kevin Ober are leading a new investment fund targeting startups that go through the 5G Open Innovation Lab, a Bellevue, Wash.-based startup program. The 5G Open Innovation Lab Rolling Fund uses an investment ...

 2021-11-11 00:56 

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Remitly revenue climbs 69% to $121M in first earnings report as public company...

Seattle-based financial services company Remitly issued its first earnings report since its initial public offering, reporting revenue of $121.2 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, up 69%. Remitly offers a mobile platform for sending money internation...

 2021-11-10 23:50 

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Valve pushes back release of Steam Deck portable gaming PC because of supply chain issues...

The launch of Valve Software's new portable gaming PC, the Steam Deck, has been pushed back two months to February 2022. Bellevue, Wash.-based Valve announced the delay Wednesday via the official Steam blog. According to an official FAQ for the Steam ...

 2021-11-10 22:40 

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Tech Moves: OfferUp adds diversity chief; Convoy engineering VP departs; ex-Twitter VP joins Kraken...

— Mobile marketplace OfferUp announced Melinda Starbird as the company's first chief people and diversity officer. Starbird previously was VP of people and employee experience at Auth0 and held senior recruiting and HR roles at Avanade, Whitepag...

 2021-11-10 21:38 

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Portland finally has a tech IPO again as Expensify shares rise 50% on first day of trading...

Portland, Ore.-based expense management software company Expensify went public on Wednesday, with shares rising more than 50% on its first day of trading, sending its valuation to nearly $4 billion. Founded by David Barrett in 2008, Expensify targets busi...

 2021-11-10 20:39 

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Rapid COVID-19 test maker Anavasi Diagnostics lands funding from National Institutes of Health...

The gist: Woodinville, Wash.-based startup Anavasi Diagnostics will advance the commercialization of its rapid COVID-19 test with $14.9 million in funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the company announced Tuesday. The startup also has rai...

 2021-11-10 18:25 

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Amazon-backed electric vehicle maker Rivian races to huge stock market debut after IPO...

Rivian, the electric vehicle maker with substantial backing from Amazon, is arriving with a roar in its public debut on the Nasdaq exchange today. Rivian set its IPO price at $78/share on Tuesday, valuing the startup at around $70 billion. But the stock o...

 2021-11-10 16:49 

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Microsoft and Meta partner to integrate Teams and Workplace enterprise collaboration tools...

Meta and Microsoft are teaming up. The company formerly known as Facebook is partnering with the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant to integrate the collaboration tool Workplace into Microsoft Teams. The integration will enable enterprise customers to access...

 2021-11-10 16:19 

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Zillow Group will sell 2K homes to investment firm as it winds down failed homebuying business...

Zillow Group will sell around 2,000 homes across 20 markets to an investment firm as the real estate giant begins winding down its home buying business. The Wall Street Journal reported that New York City-based Pretium Partners will turn the homes into re...

 2021-11-10 14:00 

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Gut health startup Viome raises $54M to develop cancer diagnostics and sell microbiome kits...

Viome Life Sciences has raised $54 million. The funding will bolster the company's efforts to develop cancer diagnostics and support its separate consumer product division, said CEO Naveen Jain in an interview with GeekWire. Viome's consumer divis...

 2021-11-10 11:00 

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Seattle-area startup Inventprise gets more backing from Gates Foundation for pneumonia shot...

Inventprise has been slowly growing in Redmond, Wash., expanding into four research and manufacturing facilities to support early development of a host of vaccines since its founding in 2012. The company is now set to advance an investigational vaccine fo...

 2021-11-10 04:11 

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Swedish Health Services launches new cancer research center with $20M from Paul Allen...

Swedish Health Services announced the launch of a new research center with $20 million from the late Seattle philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. "Paul was grateful for the care he received at Swedish over the years," said Jody Alle...

 2021-11-10 00:40 

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Tornado warning hits mobile devices in Seattle after 'overshoot' of emergency alert target area...

Severe weather moving across Western Washington and the Seattle region was unsettling enough on Tuesday. And then a shrieking smartphone alert warned some residents to beware of a potential tornado. Two tornado warnings were issued by the National Weather...

 2021-11-09 20:07 

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Microsoft, Boeing and Rubens family pledge new funds to Washington State Opportunity Scholarship...

Marking its 10th anniversary Tuesday morning, the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship said it received new funding commitments totaling $30 million from three of its original supporters, Microsoft, Boeing, and Gary and Jennifer Rubens of the Rubens F...

 2021-11-09 18:43 

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Healthcare data startup Truveta showcases new platform and has now raised close to $200M...

Seattle-area startup Truveta has released an early version of its health data platform and signed up three new partners to its system of health providers. Truveta's total funding raised has also reached close to $200 million, the company announced Tue...

 2021-11-09 18:42 

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Microsoft serves up a Google Chromebook rival with $250 Surface Laptop SE for students...

Microsoft unveiled its lowest-priced Surface Laptop to date, the new Surface Laptop SE, starting at $249.99. It's designed for students, with an 11.6-inch screen and up to 16 hours of promised battery life. Running a new version of Microsoft's ope...

 2021-11-09 18:11 

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Washington governor mandates a state fleet switch to electric vehicles...

The massive, Washington state-owned vehicle pool will begin the switch to electric power with the goal of having the whole fleet fully electric by 2040, under an executive order signed by Gov. Jay Inslee. The order outlines specific target goals for all o...

 2021-11-09 17:43 

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Burned by counterfeits, Amazon and Weber grill rogue sellers in suit over bogus BBQ covers...

Amazon and Weber filed suit against 12 third-party sellers, alleging that they marketed counterfeit grill covers with the Weber logo under the guise that they were made by the iconic grill manufacturer. The suit, filed Tuesday in federal court in Seattle,...

 2021-11-09 12:00 

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Ditch the dealership: Tred raises $25M to drive more car shoppers to its online marketplace...

The news: Online peer-to-peer marketplace Tred has raised $25 million in new funding to further expand its platform aimed at making the entire process around buying and selling used cars faster and easier. The gist: Tred customers can arrange test drives,...

 2021-11-09 08:01 

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Salesforce sister companies Slack and Tableau look to bring Marc Benioff's master plan to fruition...

Tableau Software will launch new Slack integrations that let users interact with data and graphics inside the popular communication and collaboration platform, trying out their newfound status as Salesforce sister companies. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff ha...

 2021-11-09 01:30 

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Blue Origin practices with a dummy version of its New Glenn orbital rocket in Florida...

It'll be at least another year before Blue Origin's orbital-class New Glenn rocket gets its first launch, but Jeff Bezos' space venture has brought out a dummy version of New Glenn's first stage to practice for that eventual countdown. The...

 2021-11-08 22:38 

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Bill Gates shares upbeat take on global climate talks; Washington's Inslee pledges carbon cuts...

As the global climate talks in Scotland enter their second week, Bill Gates on Monday shared his customarily upbeat assessment of what he experienced while attending the early days of the United Nation's COP26 summit. In a GatesNotes blog, the Microso...

 2021-11-08 21:36 

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Amazon customers will be able to pay with Venmo next year...

Starting next year Amazon customers will be able to pay on Amazon.com and Amazon's mobile shopping app via Venmo, the mobile payment service owned by PayPal. It's the latest deal inked by Amazon to give customers another way to pay for products on...

 2021-11-08 20:41 

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Petition aims to save Seattle's beloved Cinerama as movie theater approaches two years since closure...

It's like the worst and longest cliffhanger in Seattle movie history: Will the beloved Cinerama theater ever reopen? When? ... Stay tuned. And stay frustrated. As film lovers emerge from the extended pandemic hibernation that sent them to the couch fo...

 2021-11-08 17:26 

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Idol threat: Jeff Bezos jokes with Leonardo DiCaprio over video of actor meeting billionaire's girlfriend...

Jeff Bezos may be chasing the stars with his Blue Origin space venture, but he needs to keep an eye on the stars of the celebrity variety here on Earth. The billionaire Amazon founder had some fun on Twitter Monday morning, lobbing a playful threat at act...

 2021-11-08 16:00 

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Meet the startups that just joined Techstars Seattle's 13th cohort...

Another batch of startups is ready to experience Techstars Seattle. The accelerator revealed its 13th cohort made up of 12 companies that will spend the next three months supercharging their business plans. The companies hail from a variety of industries ...

 2021-11-08 15:39 

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DreamBox Learning sells majority stake to private equity firm as annual revenue tops $100M...

Seattle-area education technology company DreamBox Learning sold a majority stake to Evergreen Coast Capital Corp., a tech-focused Silicon Valley affiliate of private equity firm Elliott Investment Management. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded...

 2021-11-07 16:30 

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Neal Stephenson talks about his climate thriller — and why the metaverse didn't match his vision...

This whole metaverse thing hasn't turned out exactly the way Seattle novelist Neal Stephenson thought it would when he came up with the idea 30 years ago. Back then, Stephenson was getting ready to write his breakout science-fiction novel, "Snow C...

 2021-11-07 16:00 

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 31, 2021...

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Oct. 31, 2021.... Read More...

 2021-11-06 16:54 

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The buzz about fusion energy: Expert explains industry's 'reinvigoration' as tech attracts VC dollars...

For decades, the promise of harnessing the power of fusion on a commercial scale to create vast amounts of carbon-free energy has hovered just out of reach for scientists. At last that tantalizing dream appears closer to reality and the cash is starting t...

 2021-11-06 16:36 

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Q&A: Finland's transport and communications minister on 5G, smart regulation, and mobile data...

Long before the Apple iOS and Android operating systems came to dominate the smartphone market, the early days of the mobile phone era were pioneered by Nordic telecom companies. Finland's Nokia, in particular, was a household name worldwide before th...

 2021-11-06 13:40 

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GeekWire Podcast: Jane Park on SPACs, the immigrant ethos, and brands in the Amazon era...

Jane Park, the CEO of newly public Athena Consumer Acquisition Corp., hadn't imagined herself leading a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, before accepting the job. She decided to consider the pitch from venture capitalist Isabelle Freidhei...

 2021-11-05 15:05 

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Seattle leads nation in office rent price increases, despite pandemic-fueled remote work changes...

In spite of work-from-home changes within the tech workspace, the greater Seattle region led all markets nationally with a 15% increase in office rent prices over the past two years. The unexpectedly strong commercial rental market, according to CBRE'...

 2021-11-05 14:00 

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Who's raising cash? Helion, OctoML, WhyLabs, Symbl, Doorsey, Owl latest startups to land funding...

Here's our latest rundown on recent startup investment news in the Pacific Northwest. — Seattle-based Symbl landed $17 million for its "conversational intelligence" software used by developers to build speech, text, and video services. T...

 2021-11-05 11:00 

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As interest in fusion energy ignites, Helion lands $500M from OpenAI CEO, Facebook co-founder...

Fusion energy company Helion has raised a whopping $500 million in venture capital, with the possibility of an additional $1.7 billion in funding if key milestones are achieved over coming months and years. The company will use the new capital to build Po...

 2021-11-05 02:52 

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Washington state and Finland sign MOU to establish smart port in Tacoma...

With the global supply chain in disarray and container ships moored in seldom-used Puget Sound anchorages, Washington Lieutenant Gov. Denny Heck signed a timely memorandum of understanding on Thursday with the government of Finland to build a so-called sm...

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