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Agility Robotics names new CEO: Peggy Johnson, former Magic Leap CEO and Microsoft exec

Agility Robotics names new CEO: Peggy Johnson, former Magic Leap CEO and Microsoft exec

Peggy Johnson, newly named CEO of Agility Robotics. (Agility Robotics Photo) Peggy Johnson, the former Microsoft executive who stepped down as Magic Leap CEO last fall, is the new CEO of Agility Robotics, the Corvalis, Ore.-based company known for the Digit bipedal humanoid warehouse...

Peer-to-peer laundry startup Loopie acquires Bidbud, a gig economy job-bidding platform

Peer-to-peer laundry startup Loopie acquires Bidbud, a gig economy job-bidding platform

(Image via Loopie) Loopie, the Seattle peer-to-peer laundry service, announced the acquisition Monday of Bidbud, a gig economy platform that allows clients to post job opportunities that can be bid on by freelancers and service providers. In a news release, Loopie called the move a strategic...

Blue Origin targets 2025 for cargo lander’s inaugural moon trip, with humans to follow

Blue Origin targets 2025 for cargo lander’s inaugural moon trip, with humans to follow

An artist’s conception shows Blue Origin’s Blue Moon Mark 1 lander on the moon. (Blue Origin Illustration) Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture is aiming to send an uncrewed lander to the surface of the moon in the next 12 to 16 months, according to the executive in charge of the development...

Data from Seattle food delivery drivers shows higher hourly earnings, but less customer demand

Data from Seattle food delivery drivers shows higher hourly earnings, but less customer demand

(Uber Photo) Seattle-area gig workers are making higher hourly wages while they’re delivering food for platforms such as Uber Eats and DoorDash following the implementation of a new minimum wage law. But they’re also getting fewer tips, and consumer demand has likely fallen. Those are some...

Why India’s thriving software talent base is important for the Seattle innovation ecosystem

Why India’s thriving software talent base is important for the Seattle innovation ecosystem

FUSE founding partner Kellan Carter (bottom row, fifth from left) recently visited India and stopped at the Chennai offices of Zuper, the Seattle-based software startup. (Photo courtesy of Zuper) Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Kellan Carter, founding partner at Bellevue,...

Protein design pioneer David Baker on why sharing code is key to building biotech startups

Protein design pioneer David Baker on why sharing code is key to building biotech startups

AI2 Incubator’s Jenny Cronin (left), interviews David Baker, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Protein Design. (GeekWire Photo / Charlotte Schubert) The Institute for Protein Design at the University of Washington is a startup factory, spinning out companies developing new...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 25, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Feb. 25, 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. 25, 2024. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Pfizer to close Seagen manufacturing plant in Seattle area following $43B acquisition

Pfizer to close Seagen manufacturing plant in Seattle area following $43B acquisition

Pharma giant Pfizer, fresh off its $43 billion acquisition of Seagen, said it will shut down construction on a new 270,000 square-foot manufacturing facility Seagen was building north of Seattle near its headquarters. “Pfizer regularly evaluates our manufacturing network to ensure capacity is...

Seattle vanlife gurus see tech and AI’s potential as a copilot, to boost human connections on road trips

Seattle vanlife gurus see tech and AI’s potential as a copilot, to boost human connections on road trips

With all the makings of a buddy road trip adventure, two longtime Seattle friends and tech veterans have teamed up to breathe new life into a popular travel app under the umbrella of a thriving business built around a love for “vanlife.” Jordan Schwartz, the software entrepreneur who previously...

How Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Amazon use big bets to build durable businesses in turbulent times

How Microsoft, T-Mobile, and Amazon use big bets to build durable businesses in turbulent times

Kevin McCaffrey, left, and John Rossman, authors of the new book, “Big Bet Leadership: Your Transformation Playbook for Winning in the Hyper-Digital Era.” (Rossman Partners Photo) At the outset of their new book, “Big Bet Leadership,” authors John Rossman and Kevin McCaffrey identify three “mega...

Transplant organ freezing and rewarming technique wins U. of Washington health innovation challenge

Transplant organ freezing and rewarming technique wins U. of Washington health innovation challenge

Team BioLegacy accepts the grand prize in the 9th annual Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge at the University of Washington. (UW Photo) A team working on prolonging the lifespan of transplant organs took home the top prize in the 9th annual Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge at the...

5 days in the office? Some tech startups are bringing workers together all week, every week

5 days in the office? Some tech startups are bringing workers together all week, every week

Statsig founder and CEO Vijaye Raji addresses employees at a recent standup meeting, part of the 3-year-old startup’s daily routine at its offices east of Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) BELLEVUE, Wash. — At precisely 2 p.m. Pacific time on a recent Monday afternoon, employees of the...

Tech Moves: AWS vet lands at health startup; Lumen hires longtime Microsoft GM; ex-Qualtrics exec joins Typeform board

Tech Moves: AWS vet lands at health startup; Lumen hires longtime Microsoft GM; ex-Qualtrics exec joins Typeform board

Harshit Shah. (LinkedIn Photo) — Harshit Shah, a former head of engineering at Amazon Web Services, is now chief technology officer at Boston, Mass-based healthcare software company Kyruus Health. Shah, based in the Seattle region, most recently held the same position at Spring Health, a...

Univ. of Washington’s famed cherry blossoms have some bright, tech-infused competition on campus

Univ. of Washington’s famed cherry blossoms have some bright, tech-infused competition on campus

The BECU Tree, an LED-enhanced artwork created in partnership between the credit union and the University of Washington, stands outside the Husky Union Building on the UW campus in Seattle on Thursday. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The cherry blossoms at the University of Washington offer a...

Clean energy and power grid projects in Washington land federal and state funding

Clean energy and power grid projects in Washington land federal and state funding

(Photo by American Public Power Association on Unsplash) Clean energy projects for Washington groups including public utilities, the Yakama Nation, and others will receive funding from grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Energy and the state’s Department of Commerce. The...

With $1.2B in assets, the Paul Allen Family Foundation evolves — and stays true to PNW roots

With $1.2B in assets, the Paul Allen Family Foundation evolves — and stays true to PNW roots

One of the arts and culture initiatives supported last year by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation was artist Thomas Dambo, who stands beside one of his creations, Jakob 2 Trees in Issaquah, Wash., The Pacific Northwest project included six trolls made from scrap materials as part of a public...

Seattle studio Ridgeline Games, led by ‘Halo’ co-creator, closes as part of EA cuts

Seattle studio Ridgeline Games, led by ‘Halo’ co-creator, closes as part of EA cuts

EA’s Battlefield 2042 is a massively-multiplayer action game that starts its seventh season of content next month. (Electronic Arts Image) A new wave of layoffs at video game mega-studio Electronic Arts has multiple impacts on the Pacific Northwest gaming industry, including the end of...

Seattle biotech company Kineta lays off majority of staff, including its CEO

Seattle biotech company Kineta lays off majority of staff, including its CEO

Kineta announced Thursday that it is laying off 64% of its workforce, or seven employees — including its CEO Shawn Iadonato — as it undergoes a restructuring process. In a press release, the Seattle biotech company said “certain investors have indicated they will not fulfill their funding...

2024 GeekWire Awards nominations close today, so act fast to honor the best in Pacific NW tech

2024 GeekWire Awards nominations close today, so act fast to honor the best in Pacific NW tech

Geeks Give Back Award winners pose in the photo booth at the 2023 GeekWire Awards at Showbox SoDo in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota) You’ve probably met plenty of deadlines for code releases, product launches and anything else tech related that makes sense, so here’s another timely...

Oceanography professors transform a research tool into a startup that’s sucking CO2 from seawater

Oceanography professors transform a research tool into a startup that’s sucking CO2 from seawater

Michelle Cruz, research scientist for Banyu Carbon, adjusting some research apparatus. (GeekWire Photo / Lisa Stiffler) Michelle Cruz, research scientist for Banyu Carbon, adjusting some research...

Former AWS engineers raise $3M to take on tech giants with ‘world’s fastest spreadsheet’

Former AWS engineers raise $3M to take on tech giants with ‘world’s fastest spreadsheet’

Row Zero founders Breck Fresen (left) and Nick End. (Row Zero Photo) When a spreadsheet gets big, your computer can get slow. Row Zero wants to help. The Seattle startup that describes its product as the “world’s fastest spreadsheet” just raised $3 million to take on the likes of...

Global health nonprofit PATH moving to new HQ space in Seattle that was once home to Tableau

Global health nonprofit PATH moving to new HQ space in Seattle that was once home to Tableau

The West Dock building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood will be the new home for PATH. (HGC Group Photo) PATH, the global health nonprofit, is moving to a new headquarters space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood after 15 years in South Lake Union. PATH announced a lease agreement Thursday...

Computer scientist Cecilia Aragon traces her trajectory from stunt flying to a startup

Computer scientist Cecilia Aragon traces her trajectory from stunt flying to a startup

Computer scientist Cecilia Aragon tells her life story at the Women’s Leadership Conference, presented by the Bellevue Chamber. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) BELLEVUE, Wash. — Three decades ago, Cecilia Aragon made aviation history as the first Latina to earn a place on the U.S. Unlimited...

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...

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