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June 05, 2015
RBC Signals raises $1.2M to get ready for the coming boom in satellite data traffic

RBC Signals raises $1.2M to get ready for the coming boom in satellite data traffic

RBC Signals acquires communication service capacity from the operators of ground stations around the world, including C-CORE’s facility in Inuvik in the Canadian Arctic. (Photo via RBC Signals) Redmond, Wash.-based RBC Signals says it’s closed on a $1.2 million funding round that’s meant to put the...

Avalara acquires assets from DAVO, which helps small businesses automate sales tax compliance

Avalara acquires assets from DAVO, which helps small businesses automate sales tax compliance

Seattle-based tax automation company Avalara announced Tuesday that it has acquired assets from DAVO Technologies, a company that helps small businesses automate daily sales tax requirements. DAVO, headquartered in Westbrook, Maine, uses technology that automatically connects to point of sale...

Swiss battery venture teams up with magniX and Harbour Air on electric plane

Swiss battery venture teams up with magniX and Harbour Air on electric plane

A converted all-electric de Havilland Beaver seaplane goes through testing. (Harbour Air via H55) One of the pioneers of battery-powered aviation is joining a Pacific Northwest team that’s aiming to get an all-electric seaplane certified for service in Canada. H55, the Swiss battery venture...

Inside the booming market for buying Amazon sellers: Secrets and insights from an acquirer

Inside the booming market for buying Amazon sellers: Secrets and insights from an acquirer

BigStock Photo / PixieMe Over the past two years, dozens of heavily-funded investment firms have formed with a singular purpose: Buying small companies that sell through Amazon. In many ways, these so-called aggregators operate as mini private-equity firms. They quickly buy out popular mom-and-pop...

Amazon criticizes European soccer ‘Super League’ as anticompetitive, says Prime Video not involved

Amazon criticizes European soccer ‘Super League’ as anticompetitive, says Prime Video not involved

Amazon already has a streaming deal with the Premier League in the UK. (Amazon Prime Video Sport Image) Stepping into the international dustup about a proposed “European Super League” of elite soccer teams, Amazon declared Tuesday that the formation of the new league was not in the competitive...

Vicis high-tech helmets take top 3 spots in NFL’s annual performance ranking of equipment

Vicis high-tech helmets take top 3 spots in NFL’s annual performance ranking of equipment

The Vicis ZERO2 is the flagship helmet from the high-tech gear maker. (Vicis Photo) High-tech football helmet maker Vicis is a runaway leader in a new ranking of the key piece of equipment by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. Vicis helmets took the top three spots in the...

Report: Discord ends acquisition talks with Microsoft

Microsoft’s bid to buy Discord is over — for now, at least. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the popular chat startup has ended acquisition talks with the Redmond, Wash. tech giant and others after reports surfaced last month that Discord was in final negotiations about a sale for at...

Put your head in the cloud: Microsoft unveils immersive digital tour for deep dive on data centers

Put your head in the cloud: Microsoft unveils immersive digital tour for deep dive on data centers

(Microsoft Image) As you point and click your way around various aspects of your digital life today, whether you’re hosting a virtual work meeting or playing a video game, save some time for a new immersive experience from Microsoft which helps explain how it all works, thanks to “the cloud.” The...

IoT connectivity startup Teal Communications raises $9.1M

IoT connectivity startup Teal Communications raises $9.1M

Teal Communications co-founders Robert Hamblet (left) and Michael Johnston. (Teal Photo) New funding: Teal Communications raised $9.1 million for its networking service used by Internet of Things device operators and others. The tech: The Seattle-area startup operates an “eSIM platform” that lets...

Amazon opening first hair salon in London in bid to test new technology and sell more beauty products

Amazon opening first hair salon in London in bid to test new technology and sell more beauty products

Amazon Salon in London will initially cater to the company’s employees before opening to the general public. (Amazon Photo) Hold onto your hats, Amazon is opening its first-ever hair salon in London. It’s yet another new line of business for the Seattle-based tech giant and it’s designed to test...

How the Pacific Northwest is playing a key role in the burgeoning world of carbon capture tech

How the Pacific Northwest is playing a key role in the burgeoning world of carbon capture tech

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory chemical engineer Dushyant Barpagaare is using a laboratory continuous flow system to study solvents that can capture carbon from the air. (Andrea Starr / PNNL Photo) Carbon capture is a hot new area for innovation and investment, and Pacific Northwest...

Startup of the Year: Vote for the hottest up-and-coming company at the GeekWire Awards

Startup of the Year: Vote for the hottest up-and-coming company at the GeekWire Awards

The five finalists for this year’s Startup of the Year category at the GeekWire Awards reflect the strength of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. Common Room; Ozette; SeekOut; Shelf Engine; and Strike Graph are on the brink of stardom. But more importantly,...

Data infrastructure startup Era Software lands $15.2M to manage cloud-native workloads

Data infrastructure startup Era Software lands $15.2M to manage cloud-native workloads

Era Software CEO Todd Persen. (Era Software Photo) New funding: Seattle-area database architecture startup Era Software, formerly known as EraDB, raised $15.2 million in a Series A round led by Playground Global. The tech: Era helps companies manage their cloud-native workloads. Its first product,...

Mental Health Match helps people find the right therapist, and finds a new home in Portland

Mental Health Match helps people find the right therapist, and finds a new home in Portland

Startup’s new location: Mental Health Match, a startup that helps people find the right therapist, has moved from Houston to Portland, Ore. The platform: Mental Health Match uses an online matching tool to guide users through the process of selecting a therapist. More information is provided about...

Amazon cancels ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO in latest hiccup for company’s gaming ambitions

Amazon cancels ‘Lord of the Rings’ MMO in latest hiccup for company’s gaming ambitions

Photo via Flickr / workinpana. Amazon has sent its free-to-play Lord of the Rings game off to the Undying Lands. The news broke over the weekend, via a report in Bloomberg, that Amazon had quietly pulled the plug on its LOTR MMO, which it had been attached to as co-developer and -publisher since...

Seattle startup adyn raises $2.5M from 23andMe CEO and others for birth control prescription test

Seattle startup adyn raises $2.5M from 23andMe CEO and others for birth control prescription test

adyn CEO Elizabeth Ruzzo. (adyn Photos) Seattle startup adyn raised a $2.5 million seed round co-led by Lux Capital and M13. The company plans to launch its flagship birth control optimization test later this year and currently has a waitlist for early access. Adyn’s test analyzes hormone levels to...

Company targets ‘walkable’ Seattle with robot that carries your stuff – but is $3k price tag a heavy lift?

Company targets ‘walkable’ Seattle with robot that carries your stuff – but is $3k price tag a heavy lift?

Tarik Abdullah, chef and owner of community kitchen Feed The People, is followed in Seattle by his Gita robot. (Piaggio Fast Forward Photo) Watch your back, Seattle. The robots are hoping to follow you. Boston-based Piaggio Fast Forward is targeting the Evergreen City as a particularly walkable and...

Amazon unveils 9 clean energy projects, says it will power company with 100% renewables by 2025

Amazon unveils 9 clean energy projects, says it will power company with 100% renewables by 2025

Amazon Spheres in May 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon on Monday announced nine new wind and solar energy projects, bringing its total number of renewable projects to 206. The cloud company and online retail sales juggernaut now claims to be the largest corporate purchaser of...

Video: Jeff Bezos gives Washington governor a tour of homeless shelter attached to Amazon HQ

Video: Jeff Bezos gives Washington governor a tour of homeless shelter attached to Amazon HQ

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, right, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tour Mary’s Place Family Center, located in an Amazon building in Seattle. (Lucas Jackson Photo via Amazon) Jeff Bezos played host to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee in a recent tour of the Mary’s Place family shelter that is attached to...

Amazon picks the rocket that’ll launch the first Kuiper satellites — and it’s not from Blue Origin

Amazon picks the rocket that’ll launch the first Kuiper satellites — and it’s not from Blue Origin

An illustration shows an Atlas V rocket launching Amazon’s Project Kuiper satellites. (ULA / Amazon) United Launch Alliance says it’s struck a deal for a series of nine launches of its Atlas V rocket to send satellites into low Earth orbit for Amazon’s Project Kuiper broadband internet...

Expedia launches brand refresh, new features and ad campaign in anticipation of travel surge

Expedia launches brand refresh, new features and ad campaign in anticipation of travel surge

(Expedia Photo) Gearing up for a resurgence in travel, Seattle-based Expedia Group is refreshing its flagship Expedia brand with updated features across the company’s mobile app and more than 70 websites. As more people plan and book flights and hotel stays as COVID-19 vaccination rates increase,...

Keep design in mind: Cast your vote for UX Design of the Year at the GeekWire Awards

Keep design in mind: Cast your vote for UX Design of the Year at the GeekWire Awards

A good user experience (UX) goes deeper than visuals and how applications look — it’s creating an entire experience that is meaningful, usable and delightful for the end users. Now in its second year, the UX Design of the Year category at the GeekWire Awards will recognize one startup for its...

Mastercard will pay $850M to acquire identification startup Ekata, which spun out of Whitepages

Mastercard will pay $850M to acquire identification startup Ekata, which spun out of Whitepages

Rob Eleveld. (Whitepages Photo) The news: Financial giant Mastercard announced today that it will acquire Seattle startup Ekata for $850 million. Ekata’s background: The company sells identity verification products to help more than 2,000 businesses such as Postmates, Alaska Airlines, and Lyft...

Union organizers file formal objections over Amazon’s opposition campaign in Alabama

Union organizers file formal objections over Amazon’s opposition campaign in Alabama

(Amazon Photo) The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on Monday formally accused Amazon of illegal and coercive activity in the weeks preceding the union’s unsuccessful campaign to organize warehouse workers in Bessemer, Ala. In a series of 23 specific objections posted to the federal...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 11, 2021

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 11, 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 April 11, 2021. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Society of Women Engineers group at University of Washington aims to close the gender gap

Society of Women Engineers group at University of Washington aims to close the gender gap

Students participate in SWE Hacks at the University of Washington, spending 24 hours collaborating, coding and designing an innovative project in competition with other teams. (Photos courtesy of Society of Women Engineers at UW). A hackathon hosted by the Society of Women Engineers at the...

Washington state governor expected to sign new bill ending prohibition on municipal broadband

Washington state governor expected to sign new bill ending prohibition on municipal broadband

Rep. Drew Hansen sponsored Washington’s net neutrality bill in 2017 with support from Gov. Inslee. Now he’s helped get a public broadband law through the legislature. (Photo courtesy of HouseDemocrats.WA.Gov.) Washington municipalities will be able to offer direct-to-consumer broadband service...

Rep. Suzan DelBene on out-of-date privacy laws, and why she’s not giving up on federal legislation

Rep. Suzan DelBene on out-of-date privacy laws, and why she’s not giving up on federal legislation

Rep. Suzan DelBene. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) It’s one of the hottest topics in tech, but despite broad agreement about the importance of online privacy, the United States has yet to pass comprehensive, modern, federal legislation that addresses the issue. U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene, a Democrat from...

NASA awards $2.9B to SpaceX for Starship lunar lander; Blue Origin team is left out

NASA awards $2.9B to SpaceX for Starship lunar lander; Blue Origin team is left out

An artist’s conception shows SpaceX’s Starship rocket ship on the moon. (SpaceX Illustration) In a surprise move that was dictated by budget constraints, NASA is awarding $2.89 billion to SpaceX alone for the development of its Starship super-rocket as a lunar landing system for astronauts —...

Analysis: Video game spending is setting records, but can the industry meet increasing demand?

Analysis: Video game spending is setting records, but can the industry meet increasing demand?

The first full pandemic year caused a significant spike in video game engagement, which is still happening now. (NPD Group Chart) Last month, American consumers spent $5.6 billion on video game hardware, accessories, and assorted content, which marks an 18% increase over March 2020 and sets a...

Tech Moves: Former Chef Software and Impinj CFO Evan Fein lands at phone service startup TextNow

Tech Moves: Former Chef Software and Impinj CFO Evan Fein lands at phone service startup TextNow

TextNow CFO Evan Fein. (TextNow Photo) Evan Fein, a finance exec who previously was CFO at Impinj and Chef Software, is now CFO at TextNow. Fein was an early employee at Impinj who eventually led the Seattle-based RFID-maker to its 2016 IPO as CFO. He joined Chef in 2018 and helped oversee the...

Kaytlyn Gerbin is blazing trails in cell science and as an ultrarunner who has conquered Mount Rainier

Kaytlyn Gerbin is blazing trails in cell science and as an ultrarunner who has conquered Mount Rainier

Kaytlyn Gerbin, left, runs the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier. She completed the 93-mile loop in just under 19 hours. Her friend Tara Fraga helped with pacing between miles 30-55. (Ryan Thrower Photo) When Kaytlyn Gerbin moved to Seattle 10 years ago to attend graduate school at the...

Meet the latest Techstars Seattle cohort: 10 startups on how they’ve adapted to the pandemic

Meet the latest Techstars Seattle cohort: 10 startups on how they’ve adapted to the pandemic

The latest Techstars Seattle cohort kicked off an entirely virtual 3-month startup accelerator journey in January. Unlike the 2020 class, which had to pivot to a remote format in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 participants and Techstars organizers are applying lessons learned...

The voters will see you now: The finalists for Health Innovation of the Year at the GeekWire Awards

The voters will see you now: The finalists for Health Innovation of the Year at the GeekWire Awards

Robbie Cape, CEO of virtual primary care startup 98point6, accepts the award for Health Innovation of the Year in 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) The greater Seattle area is a hotbed for health technology and the past year has seen groundbreaking advancements in the sector. So it’s little...

Going, going … goniometer! First Mode delivers measuring gizmo for Mars mission

Going, going … goniometer! First Mode delivers measuring gizmo for Mars mission

First Mode President Chris Voorhees and engineers Brian Geddes and Sophia Kim check out the newly completed goniometer before shipping it to Western Washington University. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) The 3-foot-wide contraption that was built in First Mode’s Seattle workshop looks like something...

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