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June 05, 2015
Lydia Frank taps journalism skills and PayScale’s data resources to tell the wage equity story

Lydia Frank taps journalism skills and PayScale’s data resources to tell the wage equity story

Lydia Frank, PayScale’s vice president of Corporate and Product Marketing. (PayScale Photo) Officially, Lydia Frank is PayScale’s vice president of corporate and product marketing — a promotion that was announced this month. But parts of the job remind Frank of her first gig: crime and courts...

Headphones, AI, and humanity: What these ‘AirMuffs’ say about the future of technology

Headphones, AI, and humanity: What these ‘AirMuffs’ say about the future of technology

The new Human headphones are shaped like the human ear. (Human Photo) These newly released wireless Bluetooth headphones from Seattle startup Human are getting mixed reviews for their appearance, and their initial starting price of $399 (which the company quickly dropped to a promotional price of...

How tech keeps Seattle’s transit system running — and why more innovation could be coming

How tech keeps Seattle’s transit system running — and why more innovation could be coming

Inside the Transit Control Center, where King County is using technology to improve how people get around the Seattle area. (Aria Thaker Photo) Amid a sea of green rectangles on a computer monitor, one had turned red. A RapidRide bus — the red rectangle — was travelling a bit too rapidly. It was...

Canadian biotech company Chinook Therapeutics raises $65M for rare kidney disease therapies

Canadian biotech company Chinook Therapeutics raises $65M for rare kidney disease therapies

Chinook Therapeutics CEO Eric Dobmeier. (Chinook Photo) Chinook Therapeutics, a Vancouver, B.C.-based biotech company creating targeted therapies for kidney diseases, raised $65 million in a Series A financing round led by Versant Ventures with Apple Tree Partners and Samsara BioCapital. The...

Today on GeekWire: Jeff Bezos’ first job post; modern telemedicine; unsafe products on Amazon’s marketplace

Highlights from today’s top stories. Subscribe here to receive this rundown daily. “You must have experience designing and building large and complex (yet maintainable) systems, and you should be able to do so in about one-third the time most competent people think possible.” Those were among the...

Geek of the Week: Annee Ngo engages students with e-sports tied to education and real money

Geek of the Week: Annee Ngo engages students with e-sports tied to education and real money

Annee Ngo is co-founder and CEO of Startup League in Vancouver, B.C. (Photo courtesy of Annee Ngo) The popular belief may be that gaming and e-sports can serve to distract kids from focusing on what’s “really important,” but at Startup League in Vancouver, B.C., co-founder and CEO Annee Ngo...

GeekWire Calendar Picks: PAX West; LEGO Robotics; chaos engineering; and more

GeekWire Calendar Picks: PAX West; LEGO Robotics; chaos engineering; and more

Lines quickly formed to try out Nintendo Switch titles at PAX West 2017. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) — Every Labor Day weekend, thousands of gamers descend upon the Washington State Convention Center for PAX West, the Pacific Northwest’s largest gaming convention. The 2019 edition marks the 15th...

Capital One hacking suspect Paige Thompson appears in court, ordered to remain in custody

Capital One hacking suspect Paige Thompson appears in court, ordered to remain in custody

Paige Thompson as pictured in an AngelList profile photo. A federal judge in Seattle ordered Paige Thompson, a former Amazon employee accused of hacking Capital One and dozens of other companies, to remain in federal custody as her trial proceeds. “You are highly talented and have the means and...

How this ‘tethered energy drone’ can help produce affordable clean energy with a small footprint

How this ‘tethered energy drone’ can help produce affordable clean energy with a small footprint

A simplified illustration of how an eWind Solutions kite — or “tethered energy drone” — could be used to soar over farmlands, generating power while creating a minimal footprint on the ground. (eWind Solutions Illustration) David Schaefer hesitates to call his technology a kite. It’s modeled on the...

Amazon-owned Audible sued by major book publishers over controversial speech-to-text feature

Amazon-owned Audible sued by major book publishers over controversial speech-to-text feature

(Bigstock Photo) Some of the top publishing companies are teaming up to sue Audible, the audiobook subsidiary of Amazon, arguing that a new feature that transcribes audiobooks to text amounts to copyright infringement. The Verge first reported on the lawsuit, which has not yet been uploaded to...

Amazon responds to investigation revealing thousands of banned and unsafe items on its marketplace

Amazon responds to investigation revealing thousands of banned and unsafe items on its marketplace

An Amazon Fulfillment Center in Dupont, Wash. (Geekwire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Amazon’s marketplace for third-party sellers has become a huge part of its business, making up nearly 60 percent of gross merchandise sales last year. However, a new investigation by The Wall Street Journal shows that...

PokéBar, a Pokémon pop-up with Pikachu burgers and more, is coming to Seattle next year

PokéBar, a Pokémon pop-up with Pikachu burgers and more, is coming to Seattle next year

PokéBar burgers planned for a Pokemon-themed pop-up. (PokéBar Liverpool Photo) Seattle already has poke bars. Next year it’s getting a PokéBar — to catch Pokémon rather than the traditional Hawaiian dish. The pop-up PokéBar, which won’t land until next June 20 and 21, will seize on the craze around...

Tech Moves: Remitly names diversity lead; Tableau hires marketing exec; ArtsFund taps interim CEO

Tech Moves: Remitly names diversity lead; Tableau hires marketing exec; ArtsFund taps interim CEO

Kim Vu. (Remitly Photo) — Kim Vu is the new head of diversity, equity and inclusion at Remitly, a Seattle startup that makes it easier to send money across borders. Vu most recently served as the Seattle market executive for Bank of America. “As the daughter of Vietnamese refugee parents, joining...

Riding a telemedicine wave, docs trade white coats for the tech life, testing the limits of health care

Riding a telemedicine wave, docs trade white coats for the tech life, testing the limits of health care

Michael Grabinski works as a physician at telemedicine startup 98point6. (GeekWire Photo) Dr. Michael Grabinski walks into the room, but he can’t talk yet. “I just picked up a patient,” he said. “There was someone in the waiting room.” It takes me a second to process what he’s saying. We’re in a...

Amazon, Microsoft and other titans face scrutiny in report about killer-robot tech

Amazon, Microsoft and other titans face scrutiny in report about killer-robot tech

Boston Dynamics’ four-legged SpotMini robot may look scary as it shares the stage with company founder and CEO Marc Raibert at Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas in June. But a report published this month praises Boston Dynamics’ owner, SoftBank, for confirming that it won’t develop...

Why Big Data is a bigger deal than venture capital in the artificial intelligence game

Why Big Data is a bigger deal than venture capital in the artificial intelligence game

Optio3 CEO Sridhar Chandrashekar, far right, discusses issues surrounding artificial intelligence with moderator Melissa Hellmann of The Seattle Times, Dave Thurman of Northeastern University and Ben Wilson of Intellectual Ventures. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) “Data is the new oil” may be a...

Jeff Bezos’ first job ad for Amazon turns 25 — here’s why it’s ‘very weak’ by modern standards

Jeff Bezos’ first job ad for Amazon turns 25 — here’s why it’s ‘very weak’ by modern standards

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (GeekWire File Photo) A modern analysis of Jeff Bezos’ first-ever job ad for Amazon, posted 25 years ago today, shows that the ad would rate “very weak” by today’s standards and even offers an early illustration of how tech ended up as such a male-dominated industry. The ad...

Will tech make realtors obsolete? Investors debate the future of real estate

Will tech make realtors obsolete? Investors debate the future of real estate

From left: Elie Finegold, Julie Sandler, Scott Smith, and moderator Dave Garland discuss the future of real estate tech. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) The real estate industry has undergone dramatic shifts over the past few years thanks to tech companies such as Zillow and Redfin, but some...

How Jay Inslee moved the ball on the climate issue in presidential bid, and why he fell short of the goal

How Jay Inslee moved the ball on the climate issue in presidential bid, and why he fell short of the goal

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks with Marsha Maus, a resident of Agoura Hills, Calif., during a visit to the site of the Woolsey Fire, which Inslee said “was made worse by climate change.” (Jay Inslee Photo via Twitter) Jay Inslee may be out of the presidential race, but he’s not out of the minds...

Today on GeekWire: Bezos and the Pentagon; Coffee startups brew new ideas; UW unveils tiny robot race cars

Highlights from today’s top stories. Subscribe here to receive this rundown daily. Amazon’s bid to build the Pentagon’s war cloud has been mired in accusations of favoritism since the beginning. But a newly published ProPublica investigation reveals how close Amazon and CEO Jeff Bezos have been to...

Public records reveal T-Mobile’s plan to make Seattle a 5G hub in partnership with UW and tech giants

Public records reveal T-Mobile’s plan to make Seattle a 5G hub in partnership with UW and tech giants

T-Mobile CEO John Legere at the company’s headquarters in Bellevue, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) T-Mobile wants to make the Seattle region the capital of 5G innovation, and it has brought along an all-star cast to make that vision a reality. T-Mobile, along with the city of Bellevue, the...

Dimmest bulb on ‘Jeopardy’ is Alexa as Amazon’s A.I. is tasked with turning down the stage lights

Dimmest bulb on ‘Jeopardy’ is Alexa as Amazon’s A.I. is tasked with turning down the stage lights

“Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek and Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. (Jeopardy.com, Amazon Photos) Alex and Alexa — it’s a match made in geek heaven. Amazon’s recent sponsorship of the popular television quiz show “Jeopardy” comes with some prime-time product placement for the tech giant, as longtime host...

Report reveals new details about Bezos’ influence on Amazon bid for Pentagon cloud contract

Report reveals new details about Bezos’ influence on Amazon bid for Pentagon cloud contract

The Metro in Pentagon City. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Amazon’s bid to build the Pentagon’s war cloud has been mired in accusations of favoritism since the beginning. But a new ProPublica investigation reveals how close Amazon and its CEO Jeff Bezos have been to the project since its...

Tech ideas are brewing at these 5 coffee-crazed Seattle startups — and right in Starbucks’ backyard

Tech ideas are brewing at these 5 coffee-crazed Seattle startups — and right in Starbucks’ backyard

Coffee culture in Seattle has been a guiding light for decades. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Independent coffee shops have always sought to carve out their spot in Seattle and elsewhere against Starbucks’ shop-on-every-corner mentality, whether it was with the flavor of their product or the...

How this ex-Microsoft director launched a spa and salon software startup that has raised $91M

How this ex-Microsoft director launched a spa and salon software startup that has raised $91M

Zenoti’s spa-management software was designed around mobile devices. (Zenoti Photo) Sudheer Koneru thought he was pretty much done working. After stints at Microsoft and SumTotal Systems, Koneru considered himself semi-retired, or at least on a break, in mid-2008. He traveled and participated in...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee exits presidential race, vows to continue climate change fight

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee exits presidential race, vows to continue climate change fight

Gov. Inslee shakes hands with supporters at an event kicking off is 2020 presidential campaign. (GeekWire Photo / Monica Nickelsburg) Update, Aug. 22: Less than 24 hours after announcing his exit from the presidential race, Inslee said he will pursue a third term as Washington’s...

Researchers watch Titanic wreck crumble, one year before OceanGate’s planned dives

Researchers watch Titanic wreck crumble, one year before OceanGate’s planned dives

The prow of the Titanic shipwreck is quickly getting rustier, scientists say. (Atlantic Productions Photo) Scientists and enthusiasts are due to visit the wreck of the Titanic next summer in a submersible built by Everett, Wash.-based OceanGate – but what will they see? Based on a newly completed...

Robotic race car platform from Univ. of Washington designed to speed research around A.I.

Robotic race car platform from Univ. of Washington designed to speed research around A.I.

A fleet of MuSHR robotic race cars from the University of Washington. (UW Photo / Mark Stone) The drive to better understand robotics and artificial intelligence now includes a cool little robotic race car thanks to researchers in the Personal Robotics Laboratory at the University of Washington’s...

Why this sustainability-focused real estate developer is taking a cue from Steve Jobs

Why this sustainability-focused real estate developer is taking a cue from Steve Jobs

A Portland home developed by Green Canopy. (Green Canopy Photo) Green Canopy doesn’t fit neatly into one box. It’s an innovator but not a tech company. It’s an environmental organization but not a nonprofit. It’s a high-end real estate developer and manager of multimillion investment funds with an...

Amazon to host free concert from roof of Seattle’s Pike Place Market with The Head and The Heart

Amazon to host free concert from roof of Seattle’s Pike Place Market with The Head and The Heart

Seattle’s Pike Place Market is one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the U.S. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The Head and The Heart … and the pig and the flying fish. That will be the scene on Sunday as the Seattle band takes to the rooftop of the city’s historic Pike Place...

Seattle officials reveal launch date for scooter-share pilot program

Seattle officials reveal launch date for scooter-share pilot program

A Lime scooter and Lime bikes in Seattle (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Seattle’s scooter plans are moving forward. The city launched a six-month due diligence process Tuesday to prepare for a scooter-share pilot that will begin next spring, officials confirmed with GeekWire. The Seattle Department...

What makes a unicorn? Hear from 3 CEOs of $1B startups at the GeekWire Summit

What makes a unicorn? Hear from 3 CEOs of $1B startups at the GeekWire Summit

From left to right: Outreach CEO Manny Medina; Auth0 CEO Eugenio Pace; and Convoy CEO Dan Lewis. Launching a startup is no easy feat. Growing a small team of early employees and increasing revenue is even harder. Raising millions of venture capital dollars and reaching a $1 billion valuation —...

Female Founders Alliance and Pioneer Square Labs launch challenge to help entrepreneurs test ideas

Female Founders Alliance and Pioneer Square Labs launch challenge to help entrepreneurs test ideas

(GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Leslie Feinzaig knows how hard it is to let go of a failed startup idea. In 2016 she launched Venture Kits, a tech company that helped introduce entrepreneurship to kids. Even when it became clear that the business wasn’t taking off as planned, Feinzaig admits that...

Neuroscientists publish a ‘parts list’ for the brain, detailing differences between mice and humans

Neuroscientists publish a ‘parts list’ for the brain, detailing differences between mice and humans

Rebecca Hodge, a senior scientist at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and one of the principal authors of a research study outlining a “parts list” for mouse brains and human brains, holds a section of postmortem human brain that was used in the study. (Allen Institute Photo) A study led by...

Microsoft, Google, Red Hat and others join forces for cloud security in ‘confidential computing’ group

Microsoft, Google, Red Hat and others join forces for cloud security in ‘confidential computing’ group

A number of big-name tech companies — including Microsoft, Google, Alibaba, Red Hat, IBM, and Intel — are joining forces in a new effort to boost cloud security by protecting data when it’s especially vulnerable. The Confidential Computing Consortium, announced this morning by the Linux Foundation,...

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