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Amazon shareholders reject all 14 proposals on issues related to climate, AI, working conditions

Amazon shareholders reject all 14 proposals on issues related to climate, AI, working conditions

(GeekWire File Photo) Investors representing a majority of Amazon’s shares voted against all 14 outside proposals submitted for the annual meeting of shareholders Wednesday morning, according to the company. The announcement of the preliminary results at the virtual meeting followed more than...

Redmond high school student is ‘Google for Doodle’ contest winner for Washington state

Redmond high school student is ‘Google for Doodle’ contest winner for Washington state

The Google Doodle by Mahee Chandrasekhar of Redmond, Wash. (Google Image) Mahee Chandrasekhar, a 9th grader at Redmond High School in Redmond, Wash., is the Washington state winner in the 16th annual “Doodle for Google” contest. Mahee, 15, is one of 55 state and territory winners announced by...

Opioid and alcohol addiction care startup Boulder Care raises $35M

Opioid and alcohol addiction care startup Boulder Care raises $35M

Boulder Care CEO Stephanie Strong outside the telehealth addiction treatment startup’s offices in downtown Portland. (Boulder Care Photo) Boulder Care, a Portland, Ore.-based startup that provides telehealth treatment for people with opioid and alcohol use disorder, raised $35 million in new...

Tech Moves: Madrona adds Silicon Valley partner; Walmart execs join Nex; and more

Tech Moves: Madrona adds Silicon Valley partner; Walmart execs join Nex; and more

Jeff Mills. (Madrona Photo) Seattle-based venture capital firm Madrona is boosting its Silicon Valley footprint with the addition of Jeff Mills as partner and head of investor relations. Mills most recently was managing director at San Francisco-based firm Gryphon Investors. He has more than...

Amperity CEO Barry Padgett stepping down from Seattle startup

Amperity CEO Barry Padgett stepping down from Seattle startup

Barry Padgett, left, is resigning as CEO of Amperity. Chris Jones, the company’s chief customer and product officer, will take over as interim CEO. (Amperity Photos) Amperity CEO Barry Padgett is stepping down from the Seattle startup to spend time with his teenage children and will transition...

How Amazon’s new cloud chief Matt Garman will approach the big challenges ahead

How Amazon’s new cloud chief Matt Garman will approach the big challenges ahead

Newly named Amazon Web Services CEO Matt Garman, speaking here at a Madrona Venture Group event last fall, brings years of product and sales experience to his new role. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Three executives from Amazon Web Services were meeting with a top CIA tech leader, trying...

Fintech startup Copper forced to discontinue banking services amid Synapse fiasco

Fintech startup Copper forced to discontinue banking services amid Synapse fiasco

(Copper Image) A small subset of customers storing money with fintech startup Copper are not able to access their deposit accounts due to a disruption involving embattled banking-as-a-service platform Synapse. Copper is one of several companies affected by an ongoing fiasco at...

OpenAI’s Sam Altman appears at Microsoft Build amid dustup over voice technologies

OpenAI’s Sam Altman appears at Microsoft Build amid dustup over voice technologies

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman at Microsoft Build on Tuesday. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) OpenAI CEO Sam Altman played the role of closing act for the opening keynote at Microsoft’s Build developer conference in Seattle on Tuesday morning, in an appearance that was perhaps more...

Seattle’s economic strength helps propel it to No. 6 in new ranking of top 1,000 global cities

Seattle’s economic strength helps propel it to No. 6 in new ranking of top 1,000 global cities

The Global Cities Index gives Seattle high marks for economic strength, but it also scores well in the quality of life category. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) A new ranking of the top 1,000 largest cities in the world puts Seattle among elite company, thanks largely to the economic strength...

Microsoft will make Khan Academy’s  Khanmigo AI tool free to U.S. teachers in cloud shift

Microsoft will make Khan Academy’s Khanmigo AI tool free to U.S. teachers in cloud shift

Melissa Higgason, a chemistry teacher in Hobart, Indiana, uses marshmallows and water bottles to help students understand an abstract chemistry concept, an idea suggested by Khanmigo for Teachers. (Microsoft Photo / Scott Eklund) Online education platform Khan Academy is shifting a portion of...

Microsoft’s new ‘Team Copilot’ AI assistant runs meetings, manages projects, assigns tasks

Microsoft’s new ‘Team Copilot’ AI assistant runs meetings, manages projects, assigns tasks

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announces Team Copilot at Microsoft Build on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Microsoft will test the limits of artificial intelligence in group collaboration with a new AI assistant that keeps meetings on track, takes collaborative notes, manages...

Easy Metrics lands $31M from private equity firm to boost labor analytics platform

Easy Metrics lands $31M from private equity firm to boost labor analytics platform

Easy Metrics, a Seattle-area software company that provides insight into labor productivity and warehouse operations performance, raised $31 million from San Francisco private equity firm Nexa Equity. Founded in 2011, Easy Metrics serves more than 50 customers and 250 warehouse facilities. Its...

Seattle startup Abett lands $11.6M to help companies manage healthcare expenses

Seattle startup Abett lands $11.6M to help companies manage healthcare expenses

The Abett team. (Abett Photo) Abett, a Seattle-based startup that helps large employers manage and analyze health plan data, raised $11.6 million in a Series A round to help boost its software platform. The company’s Lockbox product is built for benefits teams to share, store, and analyze...

A-Alpha Bio lands $14.5M from Department of Defense to prep for future biological threats

A-Alpha Bio lands $14.5M from Department of Defense to prep for future biological threats

A researcher at A-Alpha Bio. (A-Alpha Bio Photo) A-Alpha Bio will receive $14.5 million from the Department of Defense (DOD) to expand a project with a national lab to help prepare for future biological threats using the company’s machine learning tools. The partnership brings together...

Paul Allen Foundation gives $10M to 811 arts and culture organizations in Washington state

Paul Allen Foundation gives $10M to 811 arts and culture organizations in Washington state

Performers with Mariachi Noroeste, from the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts in Leavenworth, Wash. (Robert Inn Photo) The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and Seattle-based nonprofit ArtsFund announced $10 million in funding Tuesday to benefit 811 arts and culture organizations across Washington...

U.S. Army awards $1.6M to Wave Motion for development of Jet Gun technology

U.S. Army awards $1.6M to Wave Motion for development of Jet Gun technology

Wave Motion CEO Finn van Donkelaar shows off a mortar-scale Jet Gun prototype. (Wave Motion Photo) Everett, Wash.-based Wave Motion Launch Corp. has won a contract worth nearly $1.6 million from the U.S. Army to continue development of its Jet Gun technology. Wave Motion’s Jet Gun concept...

Space Force and Starfish Space lay out their roadmap for satellite docking mission

Space Force and Starfish Space lay out their roadmap for satellite docking mission

An artist’s conception shows the Otter spacecraft in geostationary Earth orbit. (Starfish Space Illustration) The U.S. Space Force says a Pentagon partnership with Tukwila, Wash.-based Starfish Space will result in a “first-of-its-kind docking mission” aimed at adding to the maneuverability of...

Recruiting software company SeekOut lays off employees in another round of cuts

Recruiting software company SeekOut lays off employees in another round of cuts

SeekOut CEO and co-founder Anoop Gupta. (SeekOut Photo) SeekOut, a Seattle-area startup that sells recruiting software and raised $115 million in 2022, is trimming its workforce for the second time in the past eight months. TechCrunch, which first reported on the layoffs, reported that 30% of...

Do robots harm or help hospitality labor shortages? New research warns of worker anxieties

Do robots harm or help hospitality labor shortages? New research warns of worker anxieties

Cheese and pepperoni are added to pizzas making their way through a Picnic Pizza Station made by Picnic Works at Moto Pizza. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) New research suggests that using robots to address workers shortages in hospitality jobs such as food service and hotel work could create...

YC grad Manifold Freight raises $1.9M for trucking logistics software

YC grad Manifold Freight raises $1.9M for trucking logistics software

Manifold Freight, a new Seattle-based trucking software startup aiming to help aggregate spot freight opportunities for carriers, raised a $1.9 million seed round. Manifold is focusing on “spot freight,” an industry term that describes one-off, ad-hoc shipments that can be picked up by...

WeWork plans to hold onto five more co-working spaces in Seattle area

WeWork plans to hold onto five more co-working spaces in Seattle area

WeWork plans to hold onto five more of its co-working spaces — bringing the total to 10 — in the Seattle area as part of its effort to renegotiate leases worldwide during its bankruptcy-related restructuring. WeWork said Monday that it would assume leases at locations in Seattle at Holyoke...

Microsoft unveils ‘Copilot + PC’ initiative in new bid to revitalize Windows with AI

Microsoft unveils ‘Copilot + PC’ initiative in new bid to revitalize Windows with AI

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses a media briefing in Redmond on Monday morning. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft showed new integrations between its Copilot artificial intelligence technologies and its Windows PC operating system, and previewed a new...

UW spinout Overland AI raises $10M for off-road self-driving tech used by U.S. military

UW spinout Overland AI raises $10M for off-road self-driving tech used by U.S. military

A 12-ton military-style vehicle powered by self-driving technology from Seattle startup Overland AI. (Overland Photo) A hot Seattle startup developing autonomous driving technology for off-road vehicles announced a $10 million seed round to fuel its growth. It’s the latest milestone for...

How Seattle science-fiction pioneer Vonda N. McIntyre blazed a trail for diversity

How Seattle science-fiction pioneer Vonda N. McIntyre blazed a trail for diversity

Seattle author Vonda N. McIntyre’s science fiction reflected an imaginative view of other worlds. (Illustration: SFWA / Microsoft Copilot / Media.io) Decades before the current debates over gender and sexuality, the late Seattle science-fiction writer Vonda N. McIntyre flipped the script on...

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 12, 2024

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of May 12, 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 May 12, 2024. Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our GeekWire Weekly email newsletter. Most popular stories on...

Blue Origin flies its first crew in 21 months — and writes another page in space history

Blue Origin flies its first crew in 21 months — and writes another page in space history

Blue Origin’s New Shepard suborbital spaceship lifts off from its West Texas pad. (Credit: Blue Origin) Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture today resumed sending people on suborbital space trips after a 21-month gap, and made a Black aerospace pioneer’s 60-year-old dream come true in the...

Microsoft’s gaming strategy takes another turn with reported move to bring ‘Call of Duty’ to Game Pass

Microsoft’s gaming strategy takes another turn with reported move to bring ‘Call of Duty’ to Game Pass

Modern Warfare III was the worst-reviewed Call of Duty in years, but still managed to sell more units than almost any other video game in 2023. (Activision Image) The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the new Call of Duty will launch on Xbox Game Pass, which marks a significant gamble for...

The rise of ‘Technocapitalism’ and its impact on humanity, with economist Loretta Napoleoni

The rise of ‘Technocapitalism’ and its impact on humanity, with economist Loretta Napoleoni

Loretta Napoleoni’s new book is “Technocapitalism: The Rise of the New Robber Barons and the Fight for the Common Good,” published by Seven Stories Press. [Editor’s Note: This week’s GeekWire Podcast features an interview with author Loretta Napoleoni, conducted by Ross Reynolds, the longtime...

Expedia Group cites ‘violation of company policy’ for sudden ouster of two key tech leaders

Expedia Group cites ‘violation of company policy’ for sudden ouster of two key tech leaders

A corporate sign at Expedia Group’s Seattle headquarters. (GeekWire File Photo / Todd Bishop) Two of Expedia Group’s top engineering leaders have abruptly exited the company due to what the online travel giant called a “violation of company policy.” The Seattle-based company did not provide...

First crewed mission for Boeing’s Starliner rescheduled for additional troubleshooting

First crewed mission for Boeing’s Starliner rescheduled for additional troubleshooting

Boeing’s Starliner space capsule sits atop its United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during preparations for launch. (ULA Photo) Update: Mission managers have reset the first crewed flight test of Boeing’s Starliner space taxi for no earlier than May 25 to give Boeing, NASA and United Launch...

Tidal Vision, a startup turning crab shells  into a green industrial chemical, is raising fresh cash

Tidal Vision, a startup turning crab shells into a green industrial chemical, is raising fresh cash

After crabs like these caught in the Bering Sea have been processed, seafood companies are stuck with the problem of disposing of the shells. Tidal Vision has developed a green chemistry technology for turning the discarded shells into a useful, sustainable industrial chemical....

Tech Moves: Agility Robotics hires Magic Leap exec; Zuper adds CMO; and more

Tech Moves: Agility Robotics hires Magic Leap exec; Zuper adds CMO; and more

Daniel Diez. (Agility Robotics Photo) Daniel Diez, a longtime tech and communications leader who was most recently chief commercial officer at augmented reality company Magic Leap, joined Agility Robotics as its chief strategy officer. The Corvallis, Ore.-based company known for its Digit...

Following demise of Techstars Seattle, prominent VC launches new twist on accelerator concept

Following demise of Techstars Seattle, prominent VC launches new twist on accelerator concept

From left: Aviel Ginzburg, Tyler Brown, Art Litvinau, and Ryan Dao. The tech vets, led by Ginzburg, are creating a new entrepreneurial community in Seattle. (Seattle Foundations Photo) An entrepreneur and investor with roots in the defunct Techstars Seattle program plans to...

Lime brings new e-bikes with throttle to Seattle as company calls city a global micromobility leader

Lime brings new e-bikes with throttle to Seattle as company calls city a global micromobility leader

The throttle on new Lime e-bikes. (Lime Image) Lime is bringing the latest generation of its electric bikes to Seattle, adding the option to use a throttle rather than just pedal-assist to power the machines. Seattle is one of the first cities in the world to get the new model, the company said...

Too many newsletters in your inbox? Former Alexa engineer uses AI to turn content into daily podcasts

Too many newsletters in your inbox? Former Alexa engineer uses AI to turn content into daily podcasts

Jellypod uses AI to create podcasts from emailed newsletters. (Jellypod Image) After about three years at Amazon working on Alexa voice services, Pierson Marks listened to his own internal dialogue and left to launch a startup. A Southern California native who studied computer science at...

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