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Washington leaders pitch state’s sustainable aviation innovation at global aerospace summit

Washington leaders pitch state’s sustainable aviation innovation at global aerospace summit

July 24, 2024

The ribbon cutting for the Washington state booth at the Farnborough International Airshow in the United Kingdom this week. (Photo courtesy of the office of Lt. Gov. Denny Heck) Sustainable aviation is a hot topic at the giant Farnborough International Airshow in the United...

T-Mobile gobbles up more fiber: $4.9B Metronet deal is part of a broader move beyond wireless

T-Mobile gobbles up more fiber: $4.9B Metronet deal is part of a broader move beyond wireless

July 24, 2024

T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert is looking to expand the company further into fiber internet service without making major capital investments. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) T-Mobile will invest $4.9 billion into a new joint venture that plans to acquire broadband internet company Metronet, a key...

UW lands $50M from National Science Foundation to lead new center for research security

UW lands $50M from National Science Foundation to lead new center for research security

July 24, 2024

Mark Haselkorn, professor in the UW’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. (UW Photo) Backed by $50 million from the National Science Foundation, the University of Washington will lead a national consortium of research institutions in a new effort aimed at addressing research...

Kestra Medical Technologies lands $196M to boost commercialization of wearable defibrillator

Kestra Medical Technologies lands $196M to boost commercialization of wearable defibrillator

July 24, 2024

(Kestra Photo) Kestra Medical Technologies, a Kirkland, Wash.-based company that develops cardiac monitoring technology, raised $196 million to fuel commercialization efforts. Founded a decade ago, Kestra’s Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillator (WCD) has been used by more than 10,000 patients....

Seattle-area ports vying for $500M in federal funding to boost zero-emissions tech

Seattle-area ports vying for $500M in federal funding to boost zero-emissions tech

July 24, 2024

Workers plugging in a cargo container ship that uses shore power at Terminal 5 on the Duwamish Waterway in Seattle. (The Northwest Seaport Alliance Photo) Seattle-area seaports have teamed up to go after $500 million of federal funding to bring zero-carbon technologies to maritime operations....

Delta’s continuing CrowdStrike issue reveals that fragile tech, and no Plan B, is a recipe for disaster

Delta’s continuing CrowdStrike issue reveals that fragile tech, and no Plan B, is a recipe for disaster

July 23, 2024

A monitor shows a Windows machine in recovery mode next to the Microsoft employee check-in at the Delta Airlines counter at Sea-Tac Airport on Friday morning, following last week’s CrowdStrike outage. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Editor’s note: This analysis originally appeared in Bob...

Smart light switch startup Deako raises $3.4M to meet growing market demand

Smart light switch startup Deako raises $3.4M to meet growing market demand

July 23, 2024

(Deako Image) Deako Lighting, makers of smart light switch technology, raised a $3.4 million convertible note, the company confirmed Tuesday. The funding comes almost two years after a $13.4 million Series B round. The Seattle-based startup said the additional funds will be used to expand...

CIA investment arm helps fund a Japanese fusion startup with U.S. HQ in Seattle

CIA investment arm helps fund a Japanese fusion startup with U.S. HQ in Seattle

July 23, 2024

Satoshi Konishi CEO of Kyoto Fusioneering. (Kyoto Fusioneering Photo) Kyoto Fusioneering, a startup developing technologies for the commercialization of fusion energy, has raised nearly $6.9 million in new funding. The Tokyo-based company has its U.S. office in Seattle. In-Q-Tel (IQT), the...

Report details financial pressure on Amazon Alexa, confirms plans for paid tier and AI revamp

Report details financial pressure on Amazon Alexa, confirms plans for paid tier and AI revamp

July 23, 2024

Amazon is reportedly developing a new version of Alexa leveraging generative AI. (GeekWire File Photo) Internal Amazon metrics have created a rosy view of the impact from Alexa and Echo on the company’s revenue from other services. This led Amazon to continue investing heavily in its devices...

Seattle startup QA Wolf raises $36M to help companies spot bugs in software code

Seattle startup QA Wolf raises $36M to help companies spot bugs in software code

July 23, 2024

QA Wolf, a Seattle startup that sells software to help companies scan their code for bugs or glitches, raised $36 million in a Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners. Founded in 2019, QA Wolf aims to automate and accelerate how companies maintain quality assurance with their various web...

Vancouver legal tech company Clio lands $900M at $3B valuation

Vancouver legal tech company Clio lands $900M at $3B valuation

July 23, 2024

Clio co-founder and CEO Jack Newton. (Clio Photo) Clio raised $900 million, boosting its valuation to $3 billion in what the company describes as the largest capital raise for a cloud-based legal software company ever. Founded in 2008 and based in the Vancouver, B.C., area, Clio serves...

Amazon plans logistics site in new industrial building on former Weyerhaeuser campus

Amazon plans logistics site in new industrial building on former Weyerhaeuser campus

July 23, 2024

The 225,882-square-foot building that Amazon has leased at Woodbridge Corporate Park in Federal Way, Wash. (IRG Photo) Amazon plans to use a new building on the former Weyerhaeuser corporate campus in Federal Way, Wash., as a future logistics site for customer fulfillment. The tech giant...

Seattle startup RevealDx lands $4.2M to help clinicians diagnose lung cancer

Seattle startup RevealDx lands $4.2M to help clinicians diagnose lung cancer

July 23, 2024

RevealDx CEO Chris Wood. (RevealDx Photo) RevealDx, a Seattle-based startup that develops software aimed at improving the way healthcare professionals diagnose lung cancer, raised $4.25 million in a new investment round. The company’s product uses machine learning techniques to assess the...

Business lessons from Windows Vista: Insights from a forgotten trove of internal Microsoft emails

Business lessons from Windows Vista: Insights from a forgotten trove of internal Microsoft emails

July 23, 2024

Windows Vista’s launch in late 2006 and early 2007 was one of the toughest chapters in Microsoft’s history. There’s still a lot to learn from Vista. That thought struck me this weekend as I was reading through a collection of old Microsoft emails and documents featuring the likes of Steve...

Seattle health provider appeals to blood donors after CrowdStrike outage impacts collections

Seattle health provider appeals to blood donors after CrowdStrike outage impacts collections

July 22, 2024

Bloodworks Northwest is seeking additional blood donors as it recovers from the CrowdStrike outage. (Bloodworks Northwest Photo) In the latest sign of the fallout from the CrowdStrike outage, Seattle-based Bloodworks Northwest says the incident delayed shipments of critical supplies and resulted...

Clean-tech pioneer First Mode is giving its employees advance warning about layoffs

Clean-tech pioneer First Mode is giving its employees advance warning about layoffs

July 22, 2024

A hybrid mining truck takes a test drive through First Mode’s Centralia proving grounds. (First Mode via X) First Mode, a Seattle-based company that’s concentrating on reducing carbon emissions in mining and other heavy industries, has alerted its employees to a significant round of layoffs...

Amazon acquires historic UK studio where Prime Video series ‘Rings of Power’ is filmed

Amazon acquires historic UK studio where Prime Video series ‘Rings of Power’ is filmed

July 22, 2024

A scene from “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” (Amazon Image) Amazon Prime Video is acquiring an historic British film studio that served as the production home for the second season of the streaming series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Amazon announced Monday that...

Clarivate acquires automated patent processing startup Rowan, which has roots in Seattle

Clarivate acquires automated patent processing startup Rowan, which has roots in Seattle

July 22, 2024

Clarivate, a publicly traded software giant based in London, acquired Rowan TELS Corp., the software maker behind patent drafting application Rowan Patents. Rowan’s software helps legal professionals automate the patent drafting process. Clarivate sells a number of software tools, including for...

Allen Institute for AI’s new office lease bolsters an emerging artificial intelligence corridor in Seattle

Allen Institute for AI’s new office lease bolsters an emerging artificial intelligence corridor in Seattle

July 22, 2024

A rendering of the Northlake Commons building, where the Allen Institute for AI has leased a full floor. (Weber Thompson Rendering) Despite its significance in the world of artificial intelligence, the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) can be tough to find in its current nondescript home on the...

Seattle’s new CTO brings Silicon Valley experience north to take on city’s tech challenges

Seattle’s new CTO brings Silicon Valley experience north to take on city’s tech challenges

July 22, 2024

Rob Lloyd, chief technology officer for the City of Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Rob Llloyd) Rob Lloyd grew up a military kid who lived in 12 states and three countries and went to seven schools by the time he graduated high school. He hopes Seattle is his “forever home.” The new chief...

Docusign co-founder launches firm to help entrepreneurs improve their odds of success

Docusign co-founder launches firm to help entrepreneurs improve their odds of success

July 22, 2024

Court Lorenzini. (Photo courtesy of Lorenzini) Court Lorenzini, a technology industry veteran who co-founded e-signature giant Docusign and three other companies, is launching a new endeavor called Founder Nexus that wants to help entrepreneurs supercharge their businesses. It’s the latest...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 14, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 14, 2024

July 21, 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 July 14, 2024. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

CrowdStrike outage hits 8.5M Windows devices; Microsoft collaborates with Amazon and Google

CrowdStrike outage hits 8.5M Windows devices; Microsoft collaborates with Amazon and Google

July 20, 2024

A Delta Airlines display connected to a Windows machine impacted by the CrowdStrike update at Sea-Tac Airport. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) The flawed update from cybersecurity software company CrowdStrike has affected 8.5 million Windows devices, Microsoft said in a post Saturday detailing...

Beyond the CrowdStrike outage: The larger forces at play, and a long-term view on cybersecurity

Beyond the CrowdStrike outage: The larger forces at play, and a long-term view on cybersecurity

July 20, 2024

An American Airlines check-in kiosk in recovery mode following the CrowdStrike outage on July 19, 2024, at Sea-Tac Airport. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we explore the aftermath of the CrowdStrike outage, the larger forces at play, the future of...

Filing indicates new fund for Seattle venture capital firm Flying Fish

Filing indicates new fund for Seattle venture capital firm Flying Fish

July 19, 2024

Flying Fish managing partners, from left: Geoff Harris, Heather Redman, and Frank Chang. (Flying Fish Photo) Flying Fish, the Seattle-based venture capital firm founded in 2016, is raising a new fund. GeekWire spotted a new SEC filing on Friday revealing “Flying Fish Fund III.” The firm...

Amazon’s Twitch reinstates Trump account three years after suspension over Jan. 6 violence

Amazon’s Twitch reinstates Trump account three years after suspension over Jan. 6 violence

July 19, 2024

(Twitch Image) Amazon-owned Twitch has reinstated the account of Donald Trump, three years after the former president was suspended indefinitely by the platform following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. “We believe there is value in hearing from presidential nominees directly, when...

‘A little frightening’: CrowdStrike outage puts Microsoft’s role in global IT back in the spotlight

‘A little frightening’: CrowdStrike outage puts Microsoft’s role in global IT back in the spotlight

July 19, 2024

A monitor shows a Windows machine in recovery mode next to the Microsoft employee check-in at the Delta Airlines counter at Sea-Tac Airport on Friday morning. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Microsoft didn’t create the defective CrowdStrike update that crippled Windows machines around the world...

Smartsheet reportedly attracting buyout interest from private equity firms

Smartsheet reportedly attracting buyout interest from private equity firms

July 19, 2024

Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader at the GeekWire Awards in 2016, when the company won the “Next Tech Titan” award. (GeekWire File Photo) Smartsheet hired investment bankers after receiving buyout interest from private equity firms, according to a report from Reuters on Thursday. The company has not...

Seattle VCs invest in new startup using AI to help manufacturers with regulatory requirements

Seattle VCs invest in new startup using AI to help manufacturers with regulatory requirements

July 19, 2024

The Signify team. Bottom row: Founding engineer Karan Chopra; Chief Innovation Officer Kristina Hloptsidis; CTO Jonathan Delgado. Top row: CEO Martín Ramírez; CFO Brian Hilgendorf. (Signify Photo) Signify, a new Seattle startup that recently spun out of the AI2 Incubator, has...

Shift AI: Investing in founders in the age of AI, with Trilogy’s Amy McCullough and Yuval Neeman

Shift AI: Investing in founders in the age of AI, with Trilogy’s Amy McCullough and Yuval Neeman

July 19, 2024

How should founders approach pitching investors in today’s competitive market? What strategies are top investors using to identify and support promising startups? And how is generative AI reshaping the landscape for entrepreneurs and investors alike? These are some of the questions explored...

Bloomberg report questions science behind Altman-backed fusion company Helion

Bloomberg report questions science behind Altman-backed fusion company Helion

July 18, 2024

Outside of Helion Energy’s headquarters in Everett, Wash. (Helion Photo) Concerns about operations at Helion Energy, an Everett, Wash.-based fusion company, is the focus of reporting published today by Bloomberg. The article notes that the company, which has drawn big investments from Open...

Seattle biotech startup Bonum upgrades offices, expands team in its pursuit of cancer drugs

Seattle biotech startup Bonum upgrades offices, expands team in its pursuit of cancer drugs

July 18, 2024

Bonum Therapeutics will occupy the 11th floor of 1150 Eastlake Avenue East at the Alexandria Center for Life Science – Eastlake mega campus. (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Real Estate Equities) Bonum Therapeutics is moving into new offices near Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and plans to...

Microsoft D&I cuts impact two positions —  company says main team and larger goals remain intact

Microsoft D&I cuts impact two positions — company says main team and larger goals remain intact

July 18, 2024

Microsoft says it remains committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Reports of D&I’s death at Microsoft are greatly exaggerated. That’s the gist of the company’s response to a media snowball effect that misinterpreted the elimination of two...

Amazon partners with Better Business Bureau in its first joint lawsuit against fake review brokers

Amazon partners with Better Business Bureau in its first joint lawsuit against fake review brokers

July 18, 2024

Amazon is getting some help in its fight against fake reviews. The Seattle tech giant and the Better Business Bureau filed a lawsuit Thursday morning against a business called ReviewServiceUSA.com that allegedly facilitated the sale of fake, positive reviews on Amazon product listings and...

Longtime World of Warcraft leader John Hight named president at Wizards of the Coast

Longtime World of Warcraft leader John Hight named president at Wizards of the Coast

July 18, 2024

John Hight. (Hasbro Photo) John Hight, a longtime exec at Blizzard Entertainment who led the Microsoft-owned gaming giant’s World of Warcraft arm, has joined Hasbro subsidiary Wizards of the Coast as its new president. Hight announced last month that he was leaving Blizzard, where he spent...