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Uber and Lyft drivers will get expanded death benefits thanks to new Washington state law

Uber and Lyft drivers will get expanded death benefits thanks to new Washington state law

(Bigstock Photo) The families of drivers in Washington state working for transportation network companies such as Uber and Lyft will receive enhanced survivor death benefits under a new bill passed by state lawmakers. The bill, HB 2382, provides death benefits under the state workers’...

Glowforge gets in legal tangle with tech ‘activist’ who questions safety of startup’s laser engravers

Glowforge gets in legal tangle with tech ‘activist’ who questions safety of startup’s laser engravers

A Glowforge Pro 3D laser engraver. The Seattle startup stands by the safety of its machines in a dispute that led to a lawsuit last fall. (Glowforge Photo) Glowforge, the Seattle-based maker of 3D laser engravers, has been tangled in a legal dispute with a Las Vegas man who claimed online for...

Former Textio CEO Kieran Snyder dives into new research on how AI is impacting the workplace

Former Textio CEO Kieran Snyder dives into new research on how AI is impacting the workplace

Kieran Snyder. (Photo courtesy of Kieran Snyder) Kieran Snyder, the co-founder and former CEO of Seattle-based Textio, has launched her next project, less than two months after stepping back from the augmented writing startup. In an email announcement on Wednesday, Snyder shared her new...

SpaceX and Microsoft vets raise $5.4M for Gradial, a Seattle startup using generative AI for marketing

SpaceX and Microsoft vets raise $5.4M for Gradial, a Seattle startup using generative AI for marketing

Gradial execs, from left: Deip Kumar, CTO; Anish Chadalavada, COO; Doug Tallmadge, CEO. (Gradial Photo) Gradial, a new Seattle startup using generative AI to help marketing operations teams increase productivity, raised $5.4 million in a seed investment round led by Madrona. Founded last...

Seattle after Techstars: Former managing director reflects on accelerator’s impact, looks ahead

Seattle after Techstars: Former managing director reflects on accelerator’s impact, looks ahead

A sign inside Startup Hall at the University of Washington points to the former location of Techstars Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Entrepreneur and investor Chris DeVore had an inside view of Techstars Seattle as one of the original leaders of the local startup accelerator in 2010,...

Tech Moves: Instacart COO lands at Microsoft in AI product role; ZoomInfo accounting chief departs

Tech Moves: Instacart COO lands at Microsoft in AI product role; ZoomInfo accounting chief departs

Asha Sharma. (Instacart Photo) Asha Sharma is headed back to Seattle full-time for a new role leading product for Microsoft’s AI platform. Sharma was most recently at Instacart, where she was chief operating officer since 2021. Sharma was previously a vice president of product at Meta and...

Redfin trims losses in Q4 as it navigates ‘dreadful’ housing market

Redfin trims losses in Q4 as it navigates ‘dreadful’ housing market

Redfin shares were down more than 2% in after-hours trading after the company reported its fourth quarter earnings. Revenue was down 2% year-over-year to $218.1 million, while net loss of $22.9 million was down from $61.9 million in the year-ago period. Redfin missed slightly on revenue...

Rover CEO on company’s next chapter as pet-sitting giant completes $2.3B deal with Blackstone

Rover CEO on company’s next chapter as pet-sitting giant completes $2.3B deal with Blackstone

(Rover Photo) It’s the start of another new era at Rover. The Seattle-based pet-sitting business completed its $2.3 billion deal with Blackstone on Tuesday, marking the latest chapter in a 13-year journey that began at a hackathon and took the company through a pandemic, a public offering,...

Former Snowflake and Microsoft execs back new data governance startup Codified

Former Snowflake and Microsoft execs back new data governance startup Codified

Codified execs, from left: Director of Engineering Stefan Batres, CEO and founder Yatharth Gupta, and Founding Engineer Karan Thakker. (Codified Photos) Venture capital firms and longtime tech execs are making a bet on Codified, a new startup out of Seattle that aims to help companies get a...

Rivian, Lucid and other EVs stuck in park by failed effort to change car sales laws in Washington

Rivian, Lucid and other EVs stuck in park by failed effort to change car sales laws in Washington

A Lucid Air Grand Touring electric vehicle inside the company’s studio space at University Village in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser) If you own one of the 3,853 Rivians registered in Washington, odds are you didn’t test drive the electric vehicle in the state. That’s because the...

Author and former Navy SEAL David Goggins sues Amazon over bootleg books

Author and former Navy SEAL David Goggins sues Amazon over bootleg books

A suit by author David Goggins says Amazon knowingly allowed the sale of bootleg copies of his self-published books. (Amazon Photos) Amazon has been sued by David Goggins, the author, endurance athlete, motivational speaker, and former Navy SEAL, on allegations that the company knowingly allowed...

Expedia Group cutbacks will impact 1,500 roles this year, more than 8% of workforce

Expedia Group cutbacks will impact 1,500 roles this year, more than 8% of workforce

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern in 2023. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Expedia Group expects about 1,500 roles to be impacted, primarily in its Product & Technology division, under an operational review announced in an internal memo to the online travel giant’s employees from CEO Peter Kern...

Can AI boost clean energy efforts? Tech and policy leaders discuss solutions in Seattle

Can AI boost clean energy efforts? Tech and policy leaders discuss solutions in Seattle

From left: U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell; U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm; SambaNova CEO Rodrigo Liang; and Jason Zander, Microsoft executive vice president of strategic mission and technologies; came together for an event at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Seattle to discuss AI and...

Microsoft invests in startup Mistral AI, outlines broader AI principles

Microsoft invests in startup Mistral AI, outlines broader AI principles

Microsoft President Brad Smith at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. (Screenshot via webcast.) Microsoft outlined a series of principles for its development and deployment of artificial intelligence, including a pledge to partner with a “broad array” of companies and other players in the...

Seattle’s Pioneer Square Labs and Silicon Valley stalwart Mayfield form AI co-investing partnership

Seattle’s Pioneer Square Labs and Silicon Valley stalwart Mayfield form AI co-investing partnership

Navin Chaddha (left), managing partner at Mayfield, and Greg Gottesman, managing director at Pioneer Square Labs. (Mayfield and PSL Photos) Seattle startup studio Pioneer Square Labs (PSL) and esteemed Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield are teaming up to fund the next generation of...

GoDaddy launches new ‘Airo’ tools, betting on AI to unlock growth

GoDaddy launches new ‘Airo’ tools, betting on AI to unlock growth

GoDaddy is launching new AI tools in an initiative overseen by engineering leaders based out of its Seattle-area offices. (GoDaddy Photo) After seeing promising results from early customer testing, GoDaddy is launching new artificial intelligence tools for small businesses that automate the...

New game ‘Pacific Drive’ from Seattle studio Ironwood is the last road trip at the end of the world

New game ‘Pacific Drive’ from Seattle studio Ironwood is the last road trip at the end of the world

(Ironwood Studios Image) Pacific Drive is a survival game where your car’s survival is more important than yours. You’ve ended up stuck in an isolated part of the Olympic Peninsula where reality’s coming apart at the seams, and you won’t get out of it alive without wheels. That requires you to...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 18, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 18, 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. 18, 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: Techstars Seattle’s demise leaves a gap in the startup market

GeekWire Podcast: Techstars Seattle’s demise leaves a gap in the startup market

Techstars Seattle helped launch more than 160 startups over the past decade, partnered with the likes of Microsoft and Amazon to spark even more startups, and led to the creation of three companies currently valued at more than $1 billion — making it one of the most successful programs in the...

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson ‘very worried’ about fallout from food delivery shake-up

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson ‘very worried’ about fallout from food delivery shake-up

Seattle City Council President Sara Nelson. (CIty of Seattle Photo) A controversial new minimum wage law for gig workers in Seattle that is drawing ire from tech giants has become one of Sara Nelson’s first policy issues to tackle in her new role as city council president. Nelson, elected to...

Flexport relaunches Convoy trucking marketplace after acquiring tech from Seattle startup

Flexport relaunches Convoy trucking marketplace after acquiring tech from Seattle startup

(Convoy File Photo) Convoy’s digital marketplace is back on the market following the demise of the Seattle startup and subsequent technology acquisition by Flexport. Logistics giant Flexport this week launched the “Convoy Platform” that connects shippers and truckers. The launch comes...

Seattle tech leaders lament departure of Techstars but remain bullish on new opportunities

Seattle tech leaders lament departure of Techstars but remain bullish on new opportunities

The tenth Techstars Seattle cohort gathers after Demo Day in 2019 at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry. (GeekWire File Photo / Taylor Soper) Techstars Seattle is done. What does it mean for the city’s startup ecosystem? That’s a question on our minds in the immediate aftermath of the...

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...

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