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June 05, 2015
Andrew Yang’s foundation donates $1M to effort providing families in need $3k over 3 months

Andrew Yang’s foundation donates $1M to effort providing families in need $3k over 3 months

A volunteer-led effort with Seattle roots that’s working to help families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic received a $1 million donation from a foundation backed by entrepreneur and former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. The $1k Project pairs donors with families in financial...

Newly-named Ford CEO worries about Amazon and other tech giants

Newly-named Ford CEO worries about Amazon and other tech giants

Jim Farley (Photo via Ford) Ford Motor Company is getting a new CEO. And rather than GM, he’s got tech giant in his sights. “We know our competition today is Amazon, Baidu, Tesla, Apple, Toyota, and others,” said Jim Farley, who’ll take over from outgoing CEO Jim Hackett in October. “They’re...

Avalara revenue up 28% to $116M; tax automation company to sell $500M of stock in new offering

Avalara beat analyst expectations for its second quarter earnings report, posting $116.5 million in revenue, up 28% year-over-year, and a non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.04. June was the company’s best non-December total bookings month ever, CEO Scott McFarlane said, as the Seattle-based tax...

Equity initiative formed by Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Scott lands $10M more in funding

Equity initiative formed by Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Scott lands $10M more in funding

Melinda Gates. (Gates Foundation Photo) The Equality Can’t Wait Challenge announced $10 million in new funding Tuesday, bringing the total grant package to $40 million. The gender equity initiative backed by Melinda Gates and MacKenzie Scott (formerly Bezos) will begin accepting applications Sept....

Life-and-career path platform OwnTrail raises $250K, builds ‘work from garage’ office space

Life-and-career path platform OwnTrail raises $250K, builds ‘work from garage’ office space

The OwnTrail crew working on their garage-based office, from left to right: Carolyn Dunn, vice president of engineering, Rebekah Bastian, co-founder and CEO, and Kt McBratney, co-founder and chief brand officer. (Photos courtesy of Max Bastian) Seattle-based OwnTrail launched in February, just...

Watch Jeff Bezos and internet pioneer Vint Cerf get fooled by card tricks from illusionist David Blaine

Jeff Bezos may work some sort of magic every day — or at least his company does — by getting zillions of packages here and there with the click of a button or two. But the Amazon CEO seemed genuinely baffled by magic from a real life magician in a video that surfaced on YouTube recently. Bezos is...

Seattle startup Minnow raises $2.2M to roll out contactless food delivery pickup stations

Seattle startup Minnow raises $2.2M to roll out contactless food delivery pickup stations

Seattle startup Minnow is hoping to capture some of the increased demand for contactless technologies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 3-year-old company just raised a $2.2 million seed round led by Portland, Ore.-based Elevate Capital. Portland Seed Fund and LPC Ventures, the VC arm of...

Microsoft will launch xCloud game streaming service Sept. 15 on Android

Microsoft will launch xCloud game streaming service Sept. 15 on Android

(Microsoft Image) Microsoft on Tuesday revealed a launch date and other details about its new cloud-based gaming service. Project xCloud will debut across 22 markets (including the U.S.) on Sept. 15 for Android, allowing Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription members to play more than 100 games on...

Microsoft’s careful Trump strategy could land it two huge prizes this summer — and draw scrutiny

Microsoft’s careful Trump strategy could land it two huge prizes this summer — and draw scrutiny

Microsoft President Brad Smith speaking at Seattle’s Town Hall in 2019. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Microsoft president Brad Smith once described the delicate “balance that we try to strike” when working with the Trump administration. He was referring to the tightrope act of partnering with the...

Alexa helps players navigate sci-fi world in first 3 episodes of Amazon audio adventure ‘Starfinder’

Alexa helps players navigate sci-fi world in first 3 episodes of Amazon audio adventure ‘Starfinder’

(Starfinder Image via Amazon) Alexa is in the game. Amazon’s voice assistant joins a high-profile voice cast in the release today of the first three episodes of “Starfinder,” the futuristic role playing game that is now an audio adventure in which players use their voices to control the...

Geek of the Week: UW’s Vikram Iyer uses small insects to tackle big wireless computing problems

Geek of the Week: UW’s Vikram Iyer uses small insects to tackle big wireless computing problems

Vikram Iyer of the University of Washington working with a beetle with a camera mounted on its back. (UW Photo / Mark Stone) Some of Vikram Iyer’s biggest ideas come in the smallest packages. And those packages can even be attached to insects. A PhD student at the University of Washington, Iyer...

Microsoft talks trash: Tech giant aims for zero waste by 2030 in latest environmental initiative

Microsoft talks trash: Tech giant aims for zero waste by 2030 in latest environmental initiative

A Microsoft Azure data center. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft is rolling out details of its third sustainability focus area: waste reduction. The Redmond, Wash.-based cloud and software behemoth announced Tuesday that it’s setting a goal of reaching zero waste by 2030 for its direct waste...

Study finds that smart charging strategies can help U.S. prepare for surge in electric vehicle usage

Study finds that smart charging strategies can help U.S. prepare for surge in electric vehicle usage

(Seattle Department of Transportation Photo) If you’ve got the dough to buy an electric vehicle, Washington state and the rest of the Western U.S. should have the juice to keep it charged — at least for another decade, and possibly longer if new charging strategies are put in place. A new report...

New York and California are reportedly joining FTC antitrust probe of Amazon

New York and California are reportedly joining FTC antitrust probe of Amazon

Amazon HQ in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) New York and California’s attorneys general are joining forces with the Federal Trade Commission in its antitrust investigation of Amazon, according to Bloomberg’s Spencer Soper. Though the FTC and California’s probes were previously...

Howard Schultz and more than 100 CEOs urge Congress to save small businesses with relief bill

Howard Schultz and more than 100 CEOs urge Congress to save small businesses with relief bill

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at a shareholder meeting in 2017. (GeekWire Photo) As negotiations to reach a deal on a coronavirus aid package stall and restart in Washington, D.C., more than 100 leaders of businesses big and small are urging politicians to get a deal done. Howard...

Trump plans to ban TikTok if it isn’t acquired by Microsoft or another US company by Sept. 15

Trump plans to ban TikTok if it isn’t acquired by Microsoft or another US company by Sept. 15

President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Kennedy Space Center after the launch of SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-2 (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) President Donald Trump confirmed Monday he will give Microsoft until Sept. 15 to acquire TikTok during a press conference at The White House. The president...

How the proposed Microsoft-TikTok deal reveals an erratic U.S. antitrust agenda

How the proposed Microsoft-TikTok deal reveals an erratic U.S. antitrust agenda

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Microsoft’s plan to acquire TikTok in the U.S. has created a paradox for the federal government as it seeks to crack down on consolidation of power among a handful of big tech companies with one hand, and reinforce that power with the...

Steve Ballmer can’t sit courtside for NBA action, but he applauds innovation and use of Microsoft Teams

Steve Ballmer can’t sit courtside for NBA action, but he applauds innovation and use of Microsoft Teams

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer roots for his L.A. Clippers in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Nov. 5, 2019, while recording an episode of the Numbers Geek podcast with GeekWire editor Todd Bishop, left. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Steve Ballmer...

T-Mobile CEO: ‘We are continuing to drag the industry along kicking and screaming’

T-Mobile hit a new milestone this weekend as it turned thousands of Sprint retail stores magenta, unifying the company’s brand following its historic $26 billion merger that brought together the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless carriers. Tonight, we're closing @Sprint stores early...

Virgin Galactic unveils supersonic airplane concept with Boeing and Rolls-Royce as supporters

Virgin Galactic unveils supersonic airplane concept with Boeing and Rolls-Royce as supporters

An artist’s conception shows Virgin Galactic’s supersonic airplane in flight. (Virgin Galactic Photo) Virgin Galactic has taken the wraps off a concept for an airplane capable of flying three times the speed of sound, to be developed with support from Boeing and Rolls-Royce. The project would be...

NASA astronauts splash down in SpaceX Dragon capsule, capping historic mission

NASA astronauts splash down in SpaceX Dragon capsule, capping historic mission

SpaceX’s Dragon Endeavour capsule descends into the Gulf of Mexico at the end of its demonstration mission to the International Space Station. (NASA Photo / Bill Ingalls) The first mission to send NASA astronauts into orbit on a commercially owned spaceship came back down to Earth today with the...

Microsoft confirms TikTok talks after Trump and Nadella speak, sets Sept. 15 deadline for deal

Microsoft confirms TikTok talks after Trump and Nadella speak, sets Sept. 15 deadline for deal

President Donald Trump during a news conference Thursday, July 30, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour, Public Domain) Microsoft broke its silence on its interest in acquiring hit social video app TikTok in the United States...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 26, 2020

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of July 26, 2020

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 26, 2020. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Redfin CEO says strength of housing market ‘almost feels eerie’ amid economic and health crisis

Redfin CEO says strength of housing market ‘almost feels eerie’ amid economic and health crisis

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman at the 2018 GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong) It’s been a crazy year for Redfin, to say the least. The Seattle real estate company laid off 7% of its staff and furloughed hundreds of agents in April as the COVID-19 outbreak began spreading. But now it is...

Astronauts dodge hurricane as they head for homecoming in SpaceX Dragon capsule

Astronauts dodge hurricane as they head for homecoming in SpaceX Dragon capsule

A camera on the exterior of the International Space Station shows SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule backing away to begin the homeward journey for NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken. (NASA via YouTube) SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule pulled away from the International Space Station today to begin...

Startup co-founder drinks in new experiences, brings tech expertise to water quality

Startup co-founder drinks in new experiences, brings tech expertise to water quality

Aquagenuity co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Chris Jones with his kids. (Photo courtesy of Chris Jones) Chris Jones‘ family was in the water business, with his dad investing some 30 years in the sector, starting with his own water bottling plant in New Jersey. Jones worked for the company...

What would Microsoft do with TikTok? Hit social video app goes against recent trend for tech giant

What would Microsoft do with TikTok? Hit social video app goes against recent trend for tech giant

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been leading the company back to its roots in business software and services, plus cloud computing. (GeekWire Photo Illustration) [Update, Saturday, 2:50 p.m. Pacific: The Wall Street Journal reported that negotiations between ByteDance and Microsoft are on hold...

Big Tech’s big week: Historic antitrust hearing and record profits put industry giants in spotlight

Big Tech’s big week: Historic antitrust hearing and record profits put industry giants in spotlight

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos answers questions via video during this week’s landmark antitrust hearing. Big Tech spent back-to-back days in the national spotlight this week between a long-anticipated Congressional hearing and second-quarter earnings reports. The juxtaposed events paint a revealing picture...

Florida teen arrested as mastermind behind Twitter ‘Bit-Con’ that targeted Gates, Bezos and others

Florida teen arrested as mastermind behind Twitter ‘Bit-Con’ that targeted Gates, Bezos and others

(BigStock Photo) A Florida teenager faces 30 felony charges related to a July 15 scam in which he hacked into the Twitter accounts of prominent users such as Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Barack Obama and others. An FBI and Department of Justice investigation led to the location and...

Reports: Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations amid growing national security concerns

Reports: Microsoft in talks to buy TikTok’s U.S. operations amid growing national security concerns

(Bigstock Photo) [Update, Saturday, 2:50 p.m. Pacific: The Wall Street Journal reported that negotiations between ByteDance and Microsoft are on hold following the president’s comments Friday evening opposing the deal.] [Update, Saturday, 8:00 a.m. Pacific: Reuters reported that ByteDance has...

Microsoft to sunset Cortana on iOS and Android in pivot to ‘productivity-focused’ assistant

Microsoft to sunset Cortana on iOS and Android in pivot to ‘productivity-focused’ assistant

(Microsoft Image) Microsoft will shut down Cortana on a wide range of devices, reflecting the challenge for third-party voice assistants attempting to compete with built-in programs like Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant. The company announced Friday it will discontinue all third-party Cortana...

Washington traps its first ‘murder hornet’; state will use infrared cameras to search for nests

Washington traps its first ‘murder hornet’; state will use infrared cameras to search for nests

An Asian giant hornet trapped by the Washington State Department of Agriculture is shown in an image tweeted by the agency on Friday. (Twitter via @WSDAgov) The Washington State Department of Agriculture has trapped its first Asian giant hornet. An image of the 2-inch-long specimen shared by the...

NBA teams and Microsoft Teams in action: How fans can get in, and get kicked out of, digital seats

NBA teams and Microsoft Teams in action: How fans can get in, and get kicked out of, digital seats

NBA fans watching via Microsoft Teams Together Mode are projected on video screens during an earlier scrimmage game. (Screengrab via NBA on YouTube) The NBA returned to action on Thursday and brought along virtual fans in an experience powered by Microsoft Teams. Some fans who missed that the...

Tech Moves: Museum of Flight’s new education leader; Avalara vet joins Banzai board; and more

Tech Moves: Museum of Flight’s new education leader; Avalara vet joins Banzai board; and more

Dana Riley Black. (Museum of Flight Photo) — Seattle’s Museum of Flight announced Dana Riley Black as its new vice president of education. The position includes overseeing the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning. Black is the former assistant superintendent of Everett Public Schools and previously...

Washington state establishes new privacy safeguards for coronavirus contact tracing

Washington state establishes new privacy safeguards for coronavirus contact tracing

Washington state Governor Jay Inslee. (GeekWire Photo / James Thorne) Washington Gov. Jay Inslee issued a proclamation Friday designed to protect residents’ privacy as the state conducts contact tracing to contain COVID-19 outbreaks. The proclamation prevents personal, identifiable information that...

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