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Techstars CEO responds to former Seattle managing director, tells him to check his facts

Techstars CEO responds to former Seattle managing director, tells him to check his facts

Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet in 2022, at the University of Washington’s Startup Hall, where Techstars Seattle was based. (GeekWire File Photo / Taylor Soper) Techstars CEO Maëlle Gavet on Thursday criticized a blog post penned by Chris DeVore, a longtime Seattle investor who ran Techstars Seattle...

Healionics lands $5.5M to complete human trial of artificial blood vessel for dialysis patients

Healionics lands $5.5M to complete human trial of artificial blood vessel for dialysis patients

Healionics’ STARgraft vascular graft acts as an artificial blood vessel for dialysis patients. (Healionics Photo) Healionics, a Seattle-based medical technology company, raised $5.5 million in new financing aimed at helping the company complete an ongoing human trial and pursue regulatory...

Maritime marketplace and software platform OpenTug raises $3.1M

Maritime marketplace and software platform OpenTug raises $3.1M

Tugboats guide a container ship at the Port of Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) OpenTug, Seattle-based makers of marine transportation logistics software, has raised $3.1 million in seed funding, the company announced Thursday. The fresh cash will be used to further develop...

Energy secretary joins Sen. Maria Cantwell in visit to Washington state’s burgeoning battery hub

Energy secretary joins Sen. Maria Cantwell in visit to Washington state’s burgeoning battery hub

Group14’s new factory in Moses Lake, Wash., is taking shape and should be operational in later 2024. (Group14 Photo) U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee traveled to Eastern Washington Thursday to visit companies leading the...

Computer science education bill would add new graduation requirements in Washington state

Computer science education bill would add new graduation requirements in Washington state

Photo by Desola Lanre-Ologun on Unsplash. Washington state is a leader in technology. Yet, Washington is falling behind when it comes to educating young people about computer science. A bill making its way through the legislature seeks to remedy these shortcomings by adding computer science...

Finpilot, a Seattle startup using generative AI to help financial analysts with research, raises $4M

Finpilot, a Seattle startup using generative AI to help financial analysts with research, raises $4M

Finpilot co-founders Lakshay Chauhan (left) and John Alberg. (Euclidean and LinkedIn Photos) Seattle startup Finpilot raised a $4 million investment round led by Madrona to help fuel its “ChatGPT for financial questions” software. The company’s aim is to help financial analysts speed up their...

Crypto startup EigenLayer, led by a former Univ. of Washington professor, raises $100M from a16z

Crypto startup EigenLayer, led by a former Univ. of Washington professor, raises $100M from a16z

EigenLayer founder Sreeram Kannan. (UW Photo) EigenLayer, a Seattle-based blockchain infrastructure startup, raised a $100 million Series B round from Silicon Valley heavyweight Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). Founded in 2021, EigenLayer is developing an Ethereum-related technology known as...

‘Let’s go!’ Jeff Bezos gets revved up when Blue Origin raises up its New Glenn rocket

‘Let’s go!’ Jeff Bezos gets revved up when Blue Origin raises up its New Glenn rocket

Blue Origin CEO Dave Limp and founder Jeff Bezos get a look at New Glenn. (Blue Origin via LinkedIn) For the first time, Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture lifted up an orbital-class New Glenn rocket on its Florida launch pad — with the billionaire boss keeping watch. “Just incredible to...

First Mode opens a clean-tech factory that capitalizes on some extra high-tech twists

First Mode opens a clean-tech factory that capitalizes on some extra high-tech twists

First Mode CEO Julian Soles wields a giant scissors at a factory ribbon-cutting ceremony with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to the right and Albert Gore, executive director of the Zero Emission Transportation Association, to the left. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) There’s not much that’s bolted...

Techstars Seattle is shutting down as accelerator shifts focus to cities with more VC activity

Techstars Seattle is shutting down as accelerator shifts focus to cities with more VC activity

Techstars Seattle managing director Marius Ciocirlan speaks at the accelerator’s Demo Day last month. Techstars announced Wednesday that it is shutting down the Seattle program. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Techstars Seattle, one of the first accelerators to emerge from the Techstars program...

Remitly revenue up 44% to $944M in 2023, with more growth expected this year

Remitly revenue up 44% to $944M in 2023, with more growth expected this year

The reception area at Remitly’s HQ in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Remitly’s business is on a roll. The Seattle-based digital remittance company reported its full-year results Wednesday for 2023. Total revenue last year came in at $944.3 million, up 44% year-over-year; and send...

‘I’m proud of being a job hopper’: Seattle engineer’s post about company loyalty goes viral

‘I’m proud of being a job hopper’: Seattle engineer’s post about company loyalty goes viral

Alex Nguyen. (LinkedIn Photo) People tell me I don’t have company loyalty. But then I ask which companies have employee loyalty. Those two lines are part of a viral post on LinkedIn penned by a Seattle-based software engineer who wrote about why he’s “proud of being a job...

Tech Moves: Expedia taps execs to run new divisions; Bumble hires Microsoft vet as CTO

Tech Moves: Expedia taps execs to run new divisions; Bumble hires Microsoft vet as CTO

Alfonso Paredes (left) and Greg Schulze. (Expedia Photos) — Expedia Group hired two longtime leaders to run new operating divisions within the Seattle-based travel giant. Alfonso Paredes, who joined Expedia 14 years ago, was named president of Private Label Solutions. Paredes, based in...

Seattle man arrested for stealing ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards valued at $40K

Seattle man arrested for stealing ‘Magic: The Gathering’ cards valued at $40K

(SPD Photo) Seattle police arrested a man who allegedly stole “about $40,000 worth” of collectible cards for Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering. According to the SPD Blotter, the unidentified man worked as a temporary employee at a warehouse on Leary Ave. in Seattle’s Ballard...

Former Niantic leader’s spatial computing startup aims to help retailers track shelf inventory

Former Niantic leader’s spatial computing startup aims to help retailers track shelf inventory

An illustration of how grocery workers using Augmodo’s tech would be passively scanning shelves and products as they move through a store. (Augmodo GIF) When Ross Finman and his wife set out to try to find baby formula during a critical shortage of the product in 2022, they ended up driving...

Microsoft will bring former exclusive Xbox games ‘Grounded’ and ‘Pentiment’ to Nintendo Switch

Microsoft will bring former exclusive Xbox games ‘Grounded’ and ‘Pentiment’ to Nintendo Switch

Grounded pits shrunk-down kids against full-size bugs in a battle for survival. (Xbox Image) Grounded and Pentiment are coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year, as the first two former console exclusives that Xbox Game Studios plans to publish for competitors’ platforms. The...

Jeff Bezos sells another $2.4B in Amazon stock, completing 50M stock sale plan

Jeff Bezos sells another $2.4B in Amazon stock, completing 50M stock sale plan

Jeff Bezos. (Amazon Photo) Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sold more than 14 million shares over the past few days worth around $2.4 billion, according to a new regulatory filing, completing his stock sale plan. Bezos adopted a trading plan Nov. 8 to sell up to 50 million Amazon shares — valued at...

Former Zillow execs expand mortgage startup Tomo into home search

Former Zillow execs expand mortgage startup Tomo into home search

Tomo’s real estate app uses OpenAI to power text search capabilities. (Tomo Image) Tomo’s real estate app uses OpenAI to power text search capabilities. (Tomo Image) Tomo’s real estate...

Climate efforts and downtown revitalization highlight Seattle mayor’s ‘State of the City’ address

Climate efforts and downtown revitalization highlight Seattle mayor’s ‘State of the City’ address

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell speaks with GeekWire co-founder John Cook at the 2022 GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong). Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell on Tuesday delivered his State of the City address, emphasizing the strides being made in public safety, increased resources for tackling...

New feature allows Amazon Fresh shoppers to lock in recurring time slot for grocery pickup or delivery

New feature allows Amazon Fresh shoppers to lock in recurring time slot for grocery pickup or delivery

Amazon’s Recurring Reservations feature is designed to help shoppers lock in weekly day and time slots for Amazon Fresh grocery pickup or delivery. (Amazon Images) Amazon added a new feature to its Amazon Fresh grocery shopping experience called “Recurring Reservations,” allowing customers to...

Seattle mayor ‘stands strongly in support’ of new gig worker wage law as tech companies push back

Seattle mayor ‘stands strongly in support’ of new gig worker wage law as tech companies push back

(DoorDash Image) DoorDash revealed Tuesday in a blog post that it had 30,000 fewer orders than expected over a recent two-week period after it implemented substantial new fees for consumers in response to a new minimum wage law that went into effect last month. Anna Powell, a government...

AstraZeneca completes $1.1B acquisition of Univ. of Washington biotech spinout Icosavax

AstraZeneca completes $1.1B acquisition of Univ. of Washington biotech spinout Icosavax

Biotech giant AstraZeneca has completed its $1.1 billion acquisition of Icosavax, a Seattle-based spinout from the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design. Founded in 2017, Icosavax is developing vaccines that resemble naturally occurring viruses. Its lead product targets...

Microsoft to invest $2.1B in Spain to expand AI and cloud infrastructure

Microsoft to invest $2.1B in Spain to expand AI and cloud infrastructure

Microsoft is expanding its AI and cloud infrastructure investments in Spain by $2.1 billion over the next two years, company President Brad Smith announced on Monday. In a post on X (Twitter), Smith said the investment goes beyond just building data centers and is “a testament to our 37-year...

Internal memo: Expedia Group CEO addresses company’s response to discovery of spy cameras

Internal memo: Expedia Group CEO addresses company’s response to discovery of spy cameras

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern (pictured here at an event in May 2023) in a memo Friday called the discovery of cameras in bathrooms on its Seattle campus “highly disturbing” and said it happened despite the company’s “vigilant efforts” to keep its offices safe. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd...

Wyze security cam incident that exposed images to other users impacts more than 13,000 customers

Wyze security cam incident that exposed images to other users impacts more than 13,000 customers

(Wyze Image) Smart-home device maker Wyze apologized to customers over the weekend after a security issue caused more than 13,000 customers to see thumbnail images from other user cameras. The incident impacted less than 0.3% of all Wyze users, the company said in an email to customers. In an...

From biotech to 3D printing, here are 7 startups that recently spun out of the Univ. of Washington

From biotech to 3D printing, here are 7 startups that recently spun out of the Univ. of Washington

UW’s CoMotion innovation hub. (GeekWire File Photo) The startup spinout machine at the University of Washington keeps on humming. According to CoMotion, the university’s tech transfer office, seven startups have emerged from UW-related research since July of last year. They range from...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 11, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 11, 2024

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 11, 2024. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

GeekWire Podcast: OpenAI’s Sora, a new Amazon book, and 5 days a week in the office

GeekWire Podcast: OpenAI’s Sora, a new Amazon book, and 5 days a week in the office

OpenAI’s Sora demo video, released this week. (OpenAI via YouTube) This week on the GeekWire Podcast, stick around to the end for a late-breaking addition to the show — a bonus segment about OpenAI’s new text-to-video technology Sora. Joining us is Rahul Sood, CEO and co-founder of Irreverent...

Researchers take a freeze-frame reading of electrons energized in a stream of water

Researchers take a freeze-frame reading of electrons energized in a stream of water

Scientists used a synchronized pair of X-ray pulses (shown in pink and green) to study the energetic response of electrons (gold) in liquid water on attosecond time scales, while the hydrogen (white) and oxygen (red) atoms are ‘frozen’ in time. (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Illustration /...

Expedia Group to close Seattle HQ temporarily to enhance security after discovery of spy cameras

Expedia Group to close Seattle HQ temporarily to enhance security after discovery of spy cameras

Expedia Group’s headquarters on the Seattle waterfront. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Expedia Group will close its Seattle headquarters for three days starting this weekend to further enhance its security and improve its ability to detect unauthorized devices after news broke this week...

Tech Moves: Pathable founder joins vanlife startup; Opanga Networks taps Seattle telecom vet as CEO

Tech Moves: Pathable founder joins vanlife startup; Opanga Networks taps Seattle telecom vet as CEO

Pathable co-founder and CEO Jordan Schwartz. (Pathable Photo) — Veteran Seattle-area software entrepreneur Jordan Schwartz joined Sēkr, a San Diego startup that aims to help “vanlife” travelers find campsites and community, as its chief product officer. Schwartz previously founded and led...

Tech leadership advice on imposter syndrome, self-confidence, and building trust

Tech leadership advice on imposter syndrome, self-confidence, and building trust

From left: BECU CEO Beverly Anderson; Expedia CTO Rathi Murthy; Remitly CEO Matt Oppenheimer; D3 Advisors founder Dave Cotter; and Pioneer Square Labs New Ventures Lead Anthony Diamond. Don’t get attracted to titles. Remember the human algorithm. Be vulnerable. And stay flexible. These were...

IonQ shows off its new quantum computer factory — and already has plans to expand

IonQ shows off its new quantum computer factory — and already has plans to expand

IonQ says its 100,000-square-foot Bothell factory is the first dedicated quantum computer manufacturing facility in the U.S. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) BOTHELL, Wash. — IonQ’s quantum computer factory is still ramping up to full operation, but the company is already expanding its footprint by...

Console wars aren’t over yet — but Xbox is shifting its strategy against Sony and Nintendo

Console wars aren’t over yet — but Xbox is shifting its strategy against Sony and Nintendo

Phil Spencer, head of Xbox at Microsoft. (Microsoft Photo) The console wars aren’t over, but they’ve mutated into a new phase. That’s my takeaway after Microsoft revealed a new chapter for its Xbox business, where it both competes with and supports its biggest rivals. A new episode of the...

Guardrails AI, a startup co-founded by Seattle tech vet Diego Oppenheimer, raises $7.5M

Guardrails AI, a startup co-founded by Seattle tech vet Diego Oppenheimer, raises $7.5M

Diego Oppenheimer speaks at the 2023 GeekWire Summit in Seattle on Oct. 19. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Guardrails AI, a San Francisco-based startup that helps companies manage risks when building AI applications, announced a $7.5 million seed round. The company’s open source platform...

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