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Digital ad content generator and testing service Validated raises more cash

Digital ad content generator and testing service Validated raises more cash

Validated, a Seattle startup that uses AI to help companies figure out what product features and messaging resonates with customers, raised more investment and released a new product. The company this week launched Taglines, which ingests info about a business and generates ads. The product...

Amazon exec explains grocery tech changes, debunks media reports about human reviewers

Amazon exec explains grocery tech changes, debunks media reports about human reviewers

Dilip Kumar, VP of AWS applications, at an Amazon event in 2022. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Amazon’s grocery technology has been in the news a lot over the past couple of weeks, following layoffs in the Amazon Web Services group responsible for the company’s physical store checkout and...

Longtime Microsoft exec Gurdeep Singh Pall joins Qualtrics as president of AI strategy

Longtime Microsoft exec Gurdeep Singh Pall joins Qualtrics as president of AI strategy

Gurdeep Singh Pall. Technology leader Gurdeep Singh Pall, a longtime Microsoft executive, is joining experience management technology company Qualtrics as its first president of artificial intelligence strategy. Pall left Microsoft last fall after a 33-year career that spanned from Windows NT...

Washington Technology Industry Association names Kristen Forecki as new board chair

Washington Technology Industry Association names Kristen Forecki as new board chair

Kristen Forecki. (WTIA Photo) The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) named longtime Seattle tech leader Kristen Forecki as the new chair of its board of directors. Forecki is currently a senior director of experiences and device strategy at Microsoft. She previously worked at...

Google and Amazon workers protest tech giants’ contract with Israel as war in Gaza continues

Google and Amazon workers protest tech giants’ contract with Israel as war in Gaza continues

Tech workers from Google and Amazon alongside activists protested the tech giants’ cloud contract with Israel at a demonstration outside of Google offices in Seattle on April 16, 2024. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Google and Amazon workers held protests on Tuesday in Seattle and other tech...

Bezos Earth Fund launches $100M ‘grand challenge’ for AI solutions to climate change

Bezos Earth Fund launches $100M ‘grand challenge’ for AI solutions to climate change

Jeff Bezos spoke in New York City on Sept. 20, 2021 to announce $1 billion in grants from the Bezos Earth Fund. (Bezos Earth Fund Photo) The Bezos Earth Fund on Tuesday announced the creation of a $100 million grand challenge that’s seeking artificial intelligence-powered solutions for climate...

Tech Moves: Avalara names president; Microsoft vet launches AI forum; Common Room adds product leader

Tech Moves: Avalara names president; Microsoft vet launches AI forum; Common Room adds product leader

Ross Tennenbaum. (Avalara Photo) — Seattle-based tax software company Avalara named Ross Tennenbaum as its new president. Tennenbaum joined Avalara in 2019 and became its CFO a year later. He will continue to serve as CFO while taking on more responsibilities overseeing the company’s main...

Destination Spokane: How remote work and new arrivals are changing one tech community

Destination Spokane: How remote work and new arrivals are changing one tech community

There was a packed house at the Ignite 25+5 Awards in Spokane in February, including longtime members of the tech community and newcomers. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) SPOKANE, Wash. — The “great migration” got a head start here. Long before the rise of remote work spurred many tech workers...

How ‘Myst’ maker Cyan Worlds ended up building its own world in Spokane

How ‘Myst’ maker Cyan Worlds ended up building its own world in Spokane

Cyan’s headquarters on the outskirts of Spokane. (Photo courtesy of Rand Miller) SPOKANE, Wash. — “The House that Myst Built” could have been built anywhere. The home of Cyan Worlds, on the northern outskirts of Spokane, was made possible by the success of the company’s iconic adventure video...

Microsoft invests $1.5B in G42, the Emirati AI holding company based in Abu Dhabi

Microsoft invests $1.5B in G42, the Emirati AI holding company based in Abu Dhabi

Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash., campus. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Microsoft is making another big AI-related investment, this time pouring $1.5 billion into G42, a AI holding company based in the United Arab Emirates. The deal marks Microsoft’s latest strategic move in the AI race and...

Portland startup goes national with service that finds residential properties for team meetings

Portland startup goes national with service that finds residential properties for team meetings

Radious helps companies locate collaborative workspaces in homes or apartments or other residential locations. (Radious Photo) Radious, the Portland startup that runs a marketplace where residential properties can be used as collaborative workspaces, expanded its reach across the U.S. with a new...

Tech Moves: OpenAI hires former Amazon Web Services leader to lead new Tokyo office

Tech Moves: OpenAI hires former Amazon Web Services leader to lead new Tokyo office

Tadao Nagasaki. (LinkedIn Photo) Tadao Nagasaki, a longtime tech exec who led Japan-related operations for Amazon Web Services and F5, is joining OpenAI to head up the company’s new hub in Tokyo, its first office in Asia. Nagasaki previously spent more than 12 years at AWS. Before that, he...

Former Facebook engineers lead Seattle-based investment firm backing data-focused startups

Former Facebook engineers lead Seattle-based investment firm backing data-focused startups

Ravi Grover, general partner at Data Tech Fund. Back when Ravi Grover and his colleagues at Data Tech Fund were getting off the ground a few years ago, not everyone was excited about their focus on data. “Some of the feedback we got was that it sounded too boring,” Grover said. But with...

Cybersecurity startup that helps companies secure industrial systems opens Seattle office

Cybersecurity startup that helps companies secure industrial systems opens Seattle office

Inside the attic where Galvanick got its start. From left: Josh Steinman; Brandon Park; and Feliks Pleszczynski. (Galvanick Photo) Josh Steinman spent four years working as a senior director inside the National Security Council at the White House. One of his biggest takeaways from that...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 7, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 7, 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 April 7, 2024. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Tech Moves: Former DreamBox Learning CEO joins VC firm; First Fed hires Seattle entrepreneur

Tech Moves: Former DreamBox Learning CEO joins VC firm; First Fed hires Seattle entrepreneur

Jessie Woolley-Wilson, former CEO of DreamBox Learning. (DreamBox Learning Photo) — Jessie Woolley-Wilson, former CEO at DreamBox Learning, joined Silicon Valley venture capital firm Owl Ventures as an operating partner. Woolley-Wilson previously led DreamBox for more than 13 years. Founded...

GeekWire Podcast: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels on the rapid progress of AI, and its impact on society

GeekWire Podcast: Amazon CTO Werner Vogels on the rapid progress of AI, and its impact on society

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels sits down for a wide-ranging conversation on the GeekWire Podcast at Amazon in Seattle, focusing on issues including AI and social responsibility. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Early versions of generative AI were “like a dancing bear,” says Werner Vogels, the Amazon...

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...

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