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05 juin 2015
Former Pivotal Software colleagues raise $4.7M for Seattle code remediation startup Moderne

Former Pivotal Software colleagues raise $4.7M for Seattle code remediation startup Moderne

Moderne co-founders Olga Kundzich and Jonathan Schneider. (Moderne Photos) New funding: Moderne landed $4.7 million for its software that helps developers save time by automating code migration and fixes. The Seattle-based company was founded by Olga Kundzich and Jonathan Schneider, former...

Housing boom: 4,000 Seattle homes sold for at least $100K more than asking price this year

Housing boom: 4,000 Seattle homes sold for at least $100K more than asking price this year

A new report from Seattle-based real estate brokerage Redfin found that 4,078 houses in the Seattle region sold this year for between $100,000 and $299,999 over asking price, compared to just 362 last year. The data reflects the red-hot housing market, with record-low inventory creating intense...

PairTree, a platform facilitating adoptions, raises $2.25M to help launch a matching app

PairTree, a platform facilitating adoptions, raises $2.25M to help launch a matching app

PairTree CEO Erin Quick and her adopted son and daughter. (Photo courtesy of Quick) New funding: PairTree, a platform facilitating adoptions, has raised a $2.25 million seed round. The site went live in July and more than 1,600 families hoping to adopt and 300 biological moms have registered on the...

Amazon says Prime Day was ‘biggest two-day period ever’ for its third party sellers

Amazon says Prime Day was ‘biggest two-day period ever’ for its third party sellers

(Amazon Photo) Amazon said Wednesday that this week’s Prime Day sales event, which ended Tuesday, was the biggest two-day period ever for the e-commerce giant’s third party sellers. In the midst of intense antitrust scrutiny about how it runs its marketplace, Amazon’s post-Prime PR pushed the...

Univ. of Washington and Sana researchers use gene editing to prep stem cells for heart repair

Univ. of Washington and Sana researchers use gene editing to prep stem cells for heart repair

Heart muscle regeneration researchers (left to right) Naoto Muraoka, Elaheh Karbassi, and Chuck Murry. (University of Washington Photo) Human stem cell scientists have long dreamed of repairing damaged hearts, but have been stymied by research showing that the cells yield irregular heartbeats in...

Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation in latest development following Gates divorce

Warren Buffett resigns from Gates Foundation in latest development following Gates divorce

Bill and Melinda Gates with Warren Buffett, left, in New York in 2006. (Gates Foundation Photo) Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett said he will resign as a trustee at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “For years I have been a trustee — an inactive trustee at that — of only one recipient...

Microsoft joins space industry information clearinghouse to boost cybersecurity

Microsoft joins space industry information clearinghouse to boost cybersecurity

A series of pictures documents the construction of an Azure Orbital ground station at Microsoft’s data center in Quincy, Wash. (Microsoft Azure via YouTube) Microsoft is joining the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center as a founding member, with a mission to strengthen cybersecurity for...

VCs back ‘vanlife’ as Seattle travel startup Cabana raises $10M for its camper rental service

VCs back ‘vanlife’ as Seattle travel startup Cabana raises $10M for its camper rental service

(Cabana Photo) Seattle-based startup Cabana is riding interest in “vanlife” travel and just landed $10 million to fuel growth of its service that brings together camping, car sharing, and boutique hotel luxuries. The startup, launched by former Seattle Department of Transportation head and Lime...

Leave Jeff Bezos in space? Way-out petitions attract more than 100,000 signatures

Leave Jeff Bezos in space? Way-out petitions attract more than 100,000 signatures

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, has a laugh during a 2020 trip to India. (Jeff Bezos via Twitter) Between an upsurge in antitrust talk and questions about worker turnover, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has plenty to worry about here on Earth. His plans to take a suborbital space ride...

Amazon says proposed antitrust bills will have ‘significant negative effects’ on sellers, consumers

Amazon says proposed antitrust bills will have ‘significant negative effects’ on sellers, consumers

An Amazon headquarters tower reflected in the Spheres in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon responded Tuesday to proposed antitrust legislation introduced by members of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month, saying that the bills “would have significant negative...

PAX with people: This year’s Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle will be a live, in-person event

PAX with people: This year’s Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle will be a live, in-person event

(PAX Photo / Dabe) ReedPop, the events company behind the annual Penny Arcade Expo gaming convention in Seattle, announced that this year’s PAX West will be an in-person event. Tickets for PAX West 2021, still scheduled for Sept. 3-6 at the Washington State Convention Center, will go on sale at...

Microsoft hits $2 trillion market cap for first time

Microsoft hits $2 trillion market cap for first time

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Microsoft reached a new milestone Tuesday as the company’s market capitalization hit $2 trillion for the first time. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant trails only Apple among the world’s most valuable companies. Apple became the first...

University of Washington’s Husky Robotics is top U.S. team at Rover Challenge

University of Washington’s Husky Robotics is top U.S. team at Rover Challenge

The University of Washington Husky Robotics team runs its Hindsight rover through the paces at the 2021 Virtual University Rover Challenge. (UW Photo / Andy Freeberg) The University of Washington’s Husky Robotics team was the top-performing U.S. team and third in the world in the 2021 University...

Review of Amazon-MGM deal will be led by FTC, now chaired by Big Tech critic Lina Khan

Review of Amazon-MGM deal will be led by FTC, now chaired by Big Tech critic Lina Khan

(MGM.com Image; GeekWire Illustration) The U.S. Federal Trade Commission — not the Department of Justice — is expected to lead the investigation into Amazon’s proposed $8.5 billion purchase of MGM Studios, according to a source familiar with the situation. The FTC taking the lead on a media and...

Live video platform Videon lands $7.3M, hires new CEO and plans to open co-HQ in Seattle

Live video platform Videon lands $7.3M, hires new CEO and plans to open co-HQ in Seattle

Videon’s EdgeCaster video live streaming hardware. (Videon Photo) Videon, a live streaming video infrastructure company, has raised $7.3 million in funding and hired a new Seattle-based CEO as it moves part of its operation from State College, Pa., the company announced Tuesday. Seattle-based...

Seattle tech vet Amit Mital takes new cybersecurity job role at the White House

Seattle tech vet Amit Mital takes new cybersecurity job role at the White House

Amit Mital. (Kernel Labs Photo) Amit Mital picked a heck of a time to take an appointed cybersecurity job at the White House. The Seattle tech veteran earlier this year quietly departed his startup studio Kernel Labs and became a special assistant to the president and a senior director at the...

Microsoft president says support of SEC climate disclosure rules goes beyond its own business

Microsoft president says support of SEC climate disclosure rules goes beyond its own business

Areas including Eastern Washington’s Methow Valley are at greater risk of wildfires as the planet warms. (Brent Roraback Photo) It’s little wonder that Microsoft is in favor of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) creating robust regulations for publicly traded companies to report on their...

Why NBA superstar Steph Curry just invested in Seattle pay equity startup Syndio

Why NBA superstar Steph Curry just invested in Seattle pay equity startup Syndio

NBA star Stephen Curry. (Aubrie Pick Photo) Seattle pay equity startup Syndio has scored more than $30 million in funding in its four years, but a new $1 million assist from early-stage investors Penny Jar Capital, announced Monday, is especially noteworthy because the firm is anchored by NBA star...

Washington state lifts pandemic mandate that capped delivery fees for third-party services

Washington state lifts pandemic mandate that capped delivery fees for third-party services

(Uber Photo) Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday rescinded a pandemic-related restriction that limited fees charged to restaurants by delivery companies as Washington state prepares for its June 30 reopening. The proclamation, which went into effect Nov. 25, required services such as Uber Eats, DoorDash,...

Tech Moves: Xbox hires Seattle gaming vet Kim Swift; Frontdoor adds Amazon Fashion leader; more

Tech Moves: Xbox hires Seattle gaming vet Kim Swift; Frontdoor adds Amazon Fashion leader; more

Kim Swift. (LinkedIn Photo) — Kim Swift has been named the senior director of cloud gaming for Xbox Game Studios Publishing. Swift is a longtime Seattle-area gaming industry vet whose resume includes Valve Software (she helped lead development of Portal), Airtight Games, Amazon, EA, and most...

This startup is getting ready to launch running shoes based on how fast you run a mile

This startup is getting ready to launch running shoes based on how fast you run a mile

Vimazi shoes are expected to hit the market this fall. (Vimazi Photo) Vimazi, a Portland, Ore.-based shoe startup which pairs runners with shoes that match their running pace, has raised $600,000 in seed funding to help launch its high-tech footwear later this year. The funding will help spur the...

Luxury electric car maker Lucid setting up studio in Seattle in previous Microsoft Store space

Luxury electric car maker Lucid setting up studio in Seattle in previous Microsoft Store space

A Lucid studio space showing off the company’s Lucid Air electric car. (Lucid Photo) Lucid, makers of a new luxury electric vehicle expected to begin production this year, is bringing one of its studio spaces to Seattle’s University Village. The new space will open in what was previously a...

Initial impressions of Wizards of the Coast’s video game ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance’

Initial impressions of Wizards of the Coast’s video game ‘Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance’

(Dark Alliance Image) Just like tabletop Dungeons & Dragons, the new video game Dark Alliance isn’t a lot of fun when you’re playing by yourself. Dark Alliance is the first video game published by Wizards of the Coast, headquartered in Renton, Wash., and was developed by the Wizards-owned Tuque...

COVID-19 exposure app helped prevent thousands of cases in Washington state, new study shows

COVID-19 exposure app helped prevent thousands of cases in Washington state, new study shows

How it works: WA Notify uses a system developed by Apple and Google that maintains anonymity. (Washington Department of Health Image) WA Notify, the COVID-19 exposure notification tool for Washington state, saved an estimated 40 to 115 lives and prevented between 2,800 and 8,200 cases during four...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of June 13, 2021

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of June 13, 2021

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 June 13, 2021. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

From Microsoft to Expedia to Zillow: Behind the scenes with Rich Barton on NPR’s ‘How I Built This’

From Microsoft to Expedia to Zillow: Behind the scenes with Rich Barton on NPR’s ‘How I Built This’

Zillow Group CEO Rich Barton speaks with Guy Raz for NPR’s “How I Built This.” (“Guy’s team sent some specialized gear out to make me sound better than I do IRL,” Barton says.) Photo courtesy Zillow Group. Like many entrepreneurs, Rich Barton is a fan of NPR’s “How I Built This.” He says it has...

Researchers create ‘Shadow Figment’ cybersecurity decoy tech that lures attackers into a fake world

Researchers create ‘Shadow Figment’ cybersecurity decoy tech that lures attackers into a fake world

Over the past several years, hackers have increasingly targeted the physical systems we rely on to run our society. Electrical utilities, food processing plants, and aluminum producers are only a few of the industries that have recently been attacked, resulting in tremendous supply chain...

Study ranks Washington as biggest abuser of jargon in job ads; startup CEO tells us why words matter

Study ranks Washington as biggest abuser of jargon in job ads; startup CEO tells us why words matter

The jargon terms with the highest above-average usage in job ads in each state. (Canva Graphic) A new study on the use of jargon in job ads has identified the worst offenders in the U.S. And we’d like to have a word with Washington state. The state is apparently the leading abuser of complicated...

After years of shifting gears, online car sales platform Tred settles on model and lands $3M

After years of shifting gears, online car sales platform Tred settles on model and lands $3M

Grant Feek, CEO of Tred. (Tred Photo) If making customers happy was the only secret to success, Grant Feek would have been an entrepreneurial winner years ago. Since launching his Seattle-based startup Tred in 2012, Feek has been in the business of helping people buy and sell cars. In its initial...

Immunotherapy startup Umoja lands $210M, less than a year after raising $53M

Immunotherapy startup Umoja lands $210M, less than a year after raising $53M

Umoja Biopharma CEO Andy Scharenberg. (Umoja Photo) New funding: Just seven months after announcing a $53 million Series A round, Umoja Biopharma has raised an additional $210 million in a Series B round. The company is developing immunotherapy treatments for blood-based and organ-based tumors in...

Tech Moves: Adriane Brown joins KKR board; AI2 adds HR exec; Ossia and LevelTen hire CFOs; more

Tech Moves: Adriane Brown joins KKR board; AI2 adds HR exec; Ossia and LevelTen hire CFOs; more

Adriane Brown. (Axon Photo) — Adriane Brown, managing partner at Seattle VC firm Flying Fish, joined the board of global investment firm KKR. This is Brown’s second notable board appointment this year after she joined the American Airlines board in March. She also currently serves on the boards of...

Q&A: In CEO shuffle at OfferUp, two leaders offer up what’s working, what’s next for mobile marketplace

Q&A: In CEO shuffle at OfferUp, two leaders offer up what’s working, what’s next for mobile marketplace

Incoming OfferUp CEO Todd Dunlap, left, and OfferUp co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Nick Huzar (OfferUp Photo) Todd Dunlap has experience launching new products and scaling businesses. In a long career at Microsoft, Dunlap got the original Xbox off the ground as COO of the tech giant’s...

Neiman Marcus will acquire Stylyze, a Seattle startup that helps online home and fashion retailers

Neiman Marcus will acquire Stylyze, a Seattle startup that helps online home and fashion retailers

Stylyze founders Kristen Miller (right) and Lisa Perrone. (Stylyze Photo) Luxury retail giant Neiman Marcus Group this week announced that it will acquire Stylyze, a Seattle startup that sells “merchandising-as-a-service” software to online home and fashion retailers. Stylyze provides retailers...

Amazon’s ‘turnover machine’: Inside the NYT’s investigation into the tech giant’s HR practices

Amazon’s ‘turnover machine’: Inside the NYT’s investigation into the tech giant’s HR practices

Workers in an Amazon distribution center. (Amazon Photo) Amazon’s direct workforce rose by 500,000 people in 2020 — that’s half a million people — to nearly 1.3 million employees. The extraordinary hiring, supporting the rapid expansion of Amazon’s warehouse and delivery operations, raised the...

Good To Go! — or not: Washington state’s tolling software switchover will take 2 weeks, but why?

Good To Go! — or not: Washington state’s tolling software switchover will take 2 weeks, but why?

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge is seen with Mount Rainier as a backdrop. (VERG Photo) When the Washington State Department of Transportation announced that both the Good To Go highway toll payment system and its call center were going dark for a two-week refresh, the reaction from software and systems...

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