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Top 10 funding deals in Q1 for Pacific Northwest startups

Top 10 funding deals in Q1 for Pacific Northwest startups

Data from GeekWire’s funding list. Startup fundraising activity didn’t budge much in the first quarter of 2024 across the U.S. as the venture capital slowdown continued into the new year. Quarterly deal value hit the lowest level since 2018, according to the PitchBook-NVCA Venture Monitor...

Bill Gates really digs his visit to a hydrogen startup, filling a pothole with carbon-trapping asphalt

Bill Gates really digs his visit to a hydrogen startup, filling a pothole with carbon-trapping asphalt

Bill Gates visited the startup Modern Hydrogen on Wednesday and had the chance to fill a pothole in the company’s Woodinville, Wash., parking lot with an asphalt that sequesters carbon captured from natural gas. (Gates Ventures Photo) Bill Gates grabbed a wheelbarrow and shovel on Wednesday to...

Kuiper satellite network gets a big lift from Amazon’s CEO, but timeline is a bit hazy

Kuiper satellite network gets a big lift from Amazon’s CEO, but timeline is a bit hazy

United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket sends two prototype Project Kuiper satellites into orbit for Amazon in October 2023. (ULA Photo) In his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy says the company’s Project Kuiper satellite venture will be “a very large revenue opportunity” in...

Thinking in primitives at the world’s biggest startup: Notes on Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s annual letter

Thinking in primitives at the world’s biggest startup: Notes on Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s annual letter

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy appeared on CNBC in conjunction with the release of his annual letter to shareholders Thursday morning. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s annual letters to shareholders haven’t yet reached the canonical business status of his predecessor’s essays, but they still offer an...

Seattle Public Schools piloting AI software from new startup for students and teachers

Seattle Public Schools piloting AI software from new startup for students and teachers

(MagicSchool AI Image) Seattle Public Schools (SPS) this month started rolling out new software from a startup called MagicSchool AI that sells generative AI tools to help teachers quickly generate lesson plans, student feedback, and more. MagicSchool AI, a Denver, Colo.-based company...

Amazon names business and tech leader Andrew Ng to its board, boosting AI expertise

Amazon names business and tech leader Andrew Ng to its board, boosting AI expertise

Business and technology leader Andrew Ng was named to Amazon’s board Thursday. (Photo via Amazon) Amazon’s newest board member is Andrew Ng, a business and technology leader, serial startup founder, investor, and educator who specializes in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and online...

Tech Moves: UiPath CTO lands at Talkdesk; Elastic hires AWS vet; ex-Redfin leaders join LLM startup

Tech Moves: UiPath CTO lands at Talkdesk; Elastic hires AWS vet; ex-Redfin leaders join LLM startup

Munil Shah. (Talkdesk Photo) — Munil Shah, a former engineering leader at UiPath who previously spent 23 years at Microsoft, has joined San Francisco startup Talkdesk as chief technology officer. Shah, based in Seattle, was most recently a CTO at UiPath, the robotic process automation...

Exec pay: New filing shows how much Amazon CEO Andy Jassy made in compensation in 2023

Exec pay: New filing shows how much Amazon CEO Andy Jassy made in compensation in 2023

Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s compensation has come under close scrutiny from investors since he took the role in 2021. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon CEO Andy Jassy’s compensation for 2023 totaled $29.2 million, including his base pay, the value of shares that vested during the year, and...

Vertex will buy Alpine Immune Sciences for $4.9B in another big Seattle biotech deal

Vertex will buy Alpine Immune Sciences for $4.9B in another big Seattle biotech deal

Alpine Immune Sciences CEO Mitchell Gold in 2017. (AIS Photo) Boston-based biotech company Vertex Pharmaceuticals agreed to acquire Seattle-based Alpine Immune Sciences for $65 per share, totaling about $4.9 billion in cash, a 38% premium over Alpine’s closing price on Wednesday...

Seattle studio Mega Crit reveals sequel to surprise indie-game hit ‘Slay the Spire’

Seattle studio Mega Crit reveals sequel to surprise indie-game hit ‘Slay the Spire’

(Mega Crit screenshot) Slay the Spire 2, a sequel to the hit 2019 video game, is planned for release next year via Steam Early Access. Its developer, the Seattle-based studio Mega Crit, made the announcement during Wednesday’s Triple-i Initiative Showcase, a livestreamed event that...

Seattle firm Curious makes first acquisition, buying infrastructure platform Convox

Seattle firm Curious makes first acquisition, buying infrastructure platform Convox

Curious, a new Seattle investment firm that looks to buy software startups with limited funding options, acquired Convox, a 10-year-old infrastructure company that helps developers deploy and scale applications. Founded in 2014 by former Heroku engineers, Convox participated in the Y...

Nearly 1 in 5 new cars registered in Washington state last year were EVs or plug-in hybrids

Nearly 1 in 5 new cars registered in Washington state last year were EVs or plug-in hybrids

An EV in Seattle gets charged up at home. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) Washington state car buyers are increasingly going electric. New data shows that 19% of new cars registered in Washington in 2023 were electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids — almost double the U.S. average. That’s...

Building a more mature Seattle startup ecosystem: A conversation with Peter Mueller of Breakwater

Building a more mature Seattle startup ecosystem: A conversation with Peter Mueller of Breakwater

Seattle, with its tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft, has the potential to be a top-tier startup ecosystem. However, according to Peter Mueller, co-founder and managing partner at Breakwater Ventures, there’s a missing “middle layer” hindering its growth. In a recent episode of the...

Carbon, weeds and toxics are in the crosshairs for GeekWire Awards sustainability finalists

Carbon, weeds and toxics are in the crosshairs for GeekWire Awards sustainability finalists

Increasing numbers of Pacific Northwest entrepreneurs are turning their significant talents to addressing serious environmental and climate problems impacting planet Earth. The 2024 finalists for Sustainable Innovation of the Year at the GeekWire Awards are blasting both pollutants and...

This energy startup wants to make utility data more accessible — and spur creation of new companies

This energy startup wants to make utility data more accessible — and spur creation of new companies

From left, Bayou Energy’s Joris Van Hecke, Kalen Luciano and James Gordey on a team hike at Tolmie Peak in Mount Rainier National Park. (Bayou Energy Photo) Seattle startup Bayou Energy has raised a $1.2 million pre-seed round. The company has developed technology that pulls customer data from...

UW joins $110M U.S.-Japan academic partnership for AI that includes support from NVIDIA, Amazon

UW joins $110M U.S.-Japan academic partnership for AI that includes support from NVIDIA, Amazon

(University of Washington Photo / Mark Stone) A new partnership between universities in the U.S. and Japan backed by $110 million from tech corporations aims to boost advancements in artificial intelligence. The agreement will establish research partnerships between the University of...

Workout training startup Volt Athletics acquires ZAMA Health

Workout training startup Volt Athletics acquires ZAMA Health

Seattle startup Volt Athletics announced the acquisition of ZAMA Health, a Washington D.C.-based company that provides mental health services to athletes. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 2013, Volt develops a strength and conditioning app for personalized workouts. Its users...

Amazon Dash Cart vs. ‘Just Walk Out’: We put the tech giant’s new grocery strategy to the test

Amazon Dash Cart vs. ‘Just Walk Out’: We put the tech giant’s new grocery strategy to the test

GeekWire’s Todd Bishop waits for his ID to be checked due to the canned cocktails included in his Amazon Dash Cart at the Amazon Fresh store on Aurora Avenue in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Amazon has been trying to reinvent the way people buy groceries for 17 years. But unlike...

Former Bungie directors lead new unit within Seattle-area game studio ProbablyMonsters

Former Bungie directors lead new unit within Seattle-area game studio ProbablyMonsters

The leadership team at ProbablyMonsters’ newest studio, Hidden Grove. Back row, left to right: Kate Welch, Dean Johnson, Raylene Deck, Grant Mackay, and Lori Ada Kilty. Front row, left to right: Chris Opdahl, Jedd Chevrier. (ProbablyMonsters Image) ProbablyMonsters, a game studio collective...

PairTree, a Seattle startup that facilitates adoptions, raises more cash to fuel expansion

PairTree, a Seattle startup that facilitates adoptions, raises more cash to fuel expansion

PairTree CEO Erin Quick makes her Elevator Pitch at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle in October 2022. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) PairTree, a startup that matches expectant moms with families who are eager to adopt, is expanding into a full-service platform that supports multiple aspects of the...

A tale of three eclipse chasers: Despite technological gains, nature calls the shots

A tale of three eclipse chasers: Despite technological gains, nature calls the shots

A diamond-ring effect is visible just moments before the beginning of a total solar eclipse, as seen from Cossatot River State Park in Arkansas. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) NASHVILLE, Ind. — There’s nothing like a total solar eclipse to remind you of the unstoppability of nature — and the...

Amazon’s total Washington state employment declines for the first time, new numbers show

Amazon’s total Washington state employment declines for the first time, new numbers show

A logo in the lobby at Amazon’s re:Invent building in Seattle, March 2024. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Amazon’s employment in Washington state, including warehouse and corporate workers, fell by 3,000 people to 87,000 employees between early 2023 and early 2024 — its first recorded...

Health Innovation of the Year: 5 finalists at the GeekWire Awards use tech to improve healthcare

Health Innovation of the Year: 5 finalists at the GeekWire Awards use tech to improve healthcare

The five finalists for the Health Innovation of the Year at the GeekWire Awards highlight the multitude of ways that technology is changing healthcare, from treatment in the hospital to the development of new therapeutics. This category highlights pioneering health, life science,...

New study for early detection of Alzheimer’s shows promising results

New study for early detection of Alzheimer’s shows promising results

Valerie Daggett, co-founder and CEO at AltPep, accepts the award for Health Innovation of the Year at the 2023 GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) A new test for the early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease — potentially even before symptoms are present — show that the diagnostic...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of March 31, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of March 31, 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 March 31, 2024. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Can AI save the world? New book from Microsoft aims to show the potential for positive change

Can AI save the world? New book from Microsoft aims to show the potential for positive change

Juan Lavista Ferres, Microsoft corporate vice president, chief data scientist, and AI for Good Lab director, at his desk in his Redmond office. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) A few years ago, Microsoft researchers and data scientists used machine learning to help marine biologists analyze...

Google giving $500K to expand robotics and AI education programs in Washington state

Google giving $500K to expand robotics and AI education programs in Washington state

U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene joins Google’s Paco Galanes, Kirkland site lead and engineering director, right, with students working on robotics projects at Finn Hill Middle School in Kirkland, Wash., on Friday. (Google Photo) Google’s philanthropic arm is giving a $500,000 grant to expand...

Where Amazon Web Services is still hiring after cutting hundreds of jobs this week

Where Amazon Web Services is still hiring after cutting hundreds of jobs this week

Amazon’s cloud unit cut hundreds of jobs this week. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Amazon Web Services announced hundreds of job cuts this week, in areas including training, sales, and physical stores technology, but noted that it’s still hiring in core areas of its business, with thousands of...

Seattle-area mental health startup focused on serving first responders is raising cash

Seattle-area mental health startup focused on serving first responders is raising cash

Colleen Hilton, CEO and co-founder of Alli Connect. (Alli Connect Photo) Mental health challenges can be doubly difficult for first responders such as firefighters and police officers. Their jobs have higher-than-average levels of trauma, stress and danger. There are also deterrents to getting...

Your (nearly) last-minute guide to getting the maximum out of the total solar eclipse

Your (nearly) last-minute guide to getting the maximum out of the total solar eclipse

Eclipse watchers at Kerry Park in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood in 2017. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) It’s prime time for eclipse-chasers: A total solar eclipse will trace a line from coast to coast on Monday, and the anticipation is at its peak. So are the travel...

Tech Moves: Ex-Smartsheet CMO lands at Conga; former Panopto CMO joins Valid8

Tech Moves: Ex-Smartsheet CMO lands at Conga; former Panopto CMO joins Valid8

Andrew Bennett. (LinkedIn Photo) — Andrew Bennett, the former chief marketing officer at Smartsheet, is now chief marketing officer at Conga, a Denver-area startup that helps companies manage revenue. Bennett, based in Seattle, previously spent a decade at Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet in...

Seattle office market continues to struggle as vacancy rates rise for ninth consecutive quarter

Seattle office market continues to struggle as vacancy rates rise for ninth consecutive quarter

A “Team Suite” for focused meetings is one of many new workplace layouts Amazon is testing at its new “Sonic” tower in Bellevue. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) A new Q1 report from Kidder Mathews shows regional vacancy rates in the Seattle area rising to 15.1%, up from 13.9% at the end of...

Blue Origin puts a test pilot who could have been NASA’s first Black astronaut on its next space crew

Blue Origin puts a test pilot who could have been NASA’s first Black astronaut on its next space crew

Air Force Capt. Ed Dwight missed out on space in the 1960s. (Courtesy of Ed Dwight via National Geographic) If the fates decided differently, Air Force test pilot Ed Dwight could have become NASA’s first Black astronaut in the 1960s — but he lost out, amid racial controversy. Now he’s in line to...

Seattle’s AI2 Incubator launches online forum for spotlighting research and discussing AI advances

Seattle’s AI2 Incubator launches online forum for spotlighting research and discussing AI advances

(AI2 Incubator Image) Seattle’s AI2 Incubator launched a new online forum called Harmonious for discussing research papers and advances related to artificial intelligence, saying the aim was to cut through the glut of chatter on various platforms. In a post on the AI2 Incubator blog Insights,...

Amazon restarting construction on 22 unfinished floors inside Bellevue office tower

Amazon restarting construction on 22 unfinished floors inside Bellevue office tower

Amazon’s 42-story Sonic office tower in Bellevue, Wash. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon is restarting construction on a 42-story office tower in Bellevue, Wash., to complete 22 floors of the building’s interior and make room for an additional 3,000 employees. Located at 555...

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