GEEK News

June 05, 2015 - 09:04 AM
What the Biden administration means for tech, from the future of work to regulatory crackdowns

What the Biden administration means for tech, from the future of work to regulatory crackdowns

President Joe Biden in the Oval Office this week. (Via Twitter, @POTUS) As Joe Biden settles into the Oval Office, tech companies in the Seattle region and elsewhere are watching with a sense of optimism to see what the new administration will mean for them and the industry. From the pandemic...

Microsoft’s Erik Arnold merges passion for tech and philanthropy to help nonprofits gain digital success

Microsoft’s Erik Arnold merges passion for tech and philanthropy to help nonprofits gain digital success

(Photo courtesy of Erik Arnold) Erik Arnold likes to joke that for the entire time that he’s been in Seattle, Bill Gates has been responsible for his salary in one way or another. Arnold spent time at the Gates-owned Corbis, at PATH, which has a close partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates...

Gates Foundation gives millions to help persuade ultra-wealthy donors to give more of their billions

Gates Foundation gives millions to help persuade ultra-wealthy donors to give more of their billions

Bill and Melinda Gates at the University of Washington in 2017. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) In a time of global pandemic, economic crisis and rising unemployment, the Gates Foundation’s most surprising philanthropic target is a group often overlooked by donors: billionaires themselves. In...

Brightly raises $1M for eco-friendly e-commerce and content platform, following the Goop playbook

Brightly raises $1M for eco-friendly e-commerce and content platform, following the Goop playbook

Liza Moiseeva (left) and Laura Alexander Wittig, co-founders of Brightly. (Brightly Photo) Laura Alexander Wittig and Liza Moiseeva have turned a simple podcast about sustainable living into a full blown platform for content, community, and online shopping. The entrepreneurs are co-founders of...

Tech veteran Suzi LeVine leaving Washington state unemployment agency for Biden administration role

Tech veteran Suzi LeVine leaving Washington state unemployment agency for Biden administration role

Suzi LeVine. (State Department Photo) Suzi LeVine, commissioner of Washington state’s Employment Security Department, is leaving that role to take a position with President Joe Biden’s administration, the agency announced Friday. Details about LeVine’s new role, which will be effective Feb. 1, were...

Microsoft won’t increase price of Xbox Live Gold subscription plans after backlash

Microsoft won’t increase price of Xbox Live Gold subscription plans after backlash

Gamers try out Project xCloud at the Xbox 2019 E3 Showcase in the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live, Monday, June 10, 2019 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Rodgers/Invision for Xbox/AP Images) Update, 1/23/2021: Microsoft has updated its original post to indicate that the cost of Xbox Live Gold will...

Tech Moves: Microsoft’s Brad Anderson jumps to Qualtrics in wave of pre-IPO hires; Elena Donio joins Databricks board; Hiya, Esper add startup vets

Tech Moves: Microsoft’s Brad Anderson jumps to Qualtrics in wave of pre-IPO hires; Elena Donio joins Databricks board; Hiya, Esper add startup vets

Longtime Microsoft executive Brad Anderson is moving back to his hometown in Utah as part of his new role at Qualtrics. (GeekWire File Photo) — Brad Anderson, a longtime Microsoft corporate vice president, has joined Qualtrics as president of products and services. A 17-year veteran of the Redmond...

‘I feel great’: Bill Gates shares photo of himself getting first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

After all the talk and concern, hope and urging, Bill Gates arrived this week at a critical point in his journey as an outspoken proponent for the science needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic: the Microsoft co-founder received his first dose of vaccine against the deadly virus. Masked up with his...

Is the regulatory crusade against Big Tech over? What experts expect under Biden administration

Is the regulatory crusade against Big Tech over? What experts expect under Biden administration

Biden at his presidential kickoff rally in Philadelphia. (Wikimedia Photo / Michael Stokes) When President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in Wednesday, they inherited a unique opportunity to rein in the technology industry. In addition to bipartisan support for some form of...

Seattle entrepreneur Todd Hooper raises cash for mysterious new startup Aardvark Labs

Seattle entrepreneur Todd Hooper raises cash for mysterious new startup Aardvark Labs

Former VREAL CEO Todd Hooper speaks at a Tech Alliance event in Seattle. Veteran Seattle tech entrepreneur Todd Hooper has raised investment for a stealthy new startup. A new SEC filing reveals that a Seattle-area company called Aardvark Labs has raised $3.5 million. Hooper, who previously led...

Seattle startup vet Bob Crimmins launches new accelerator based on ‘GroundWork’ methodology

Seattle startup vet Bob Crimmins launches new accelerator based on ‘GroundWork’ methodology

Bob Crimmins. (Startup Haven Photo) There are countless startup accelerators for budding entrepreneurs who need a little boost for their business. But Bob Crimmins thinks there is room for another. Crimmins, a Seattle tech veteran, is founder of Startup Haven, a community for entrepreneurs that...

Amazon will host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its headquarters in Seattle

Amazon will host a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic at its headquarters in Seattle

A dog walker uses the park near The Spheres at Amazon’s headquarters campus. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) Amazon is using its headquarters in Seattle as a COVID-19 vaccination site. The tech giant is partnering with Virginia Mason for a one-day pop-up clinic on Sunday Jan. 24 that aims to...

Federal judge cites U.S. Capitol breach in denial of Parler’s initial motion for reinstatement on AWS

Federal judge cites U.S. Capitol breach in denial of Parler’s initial motion for reinstatement on AWS

A federal judge in Seattle has denied an initial attempt by Parler to require Amazon Web Services to restore cloud services to the controversial social network, referencing the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol as one of the factors in the decision. “The Court explicitly rejects any suggestion...

Clap your mittens: Bernie Sanders makes his way to Seattle in meme that is taking over social media

Clap your mittens: Bernie Sanders makes his way to Seattle in meme that is taking over social media

Bernie Sanders makes for a meme-worthy guest at the GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photo Illustration) Slumping, socially distanced Bernie Sanders has made his way to Seattle. As the internet continues to exhibit its joy over life under a new U.S. president, the meme heard ’round the world is showing...

WTIA names 22 Washington tech startups selected for latest Founder Cohort Program

WTIA names 22 Washington tech startups selected for latest Founder Cohort Program

(BigStock Photo) Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) announced the 22 tech startups that have been selected for the organization’s recurring Founder Cohort Program on Thursday. Part of WTIA’s Startup Program, the virtual Founder Cohort supports seed-stage startups and helps them...

Amazon’s Halo tests the limits of personal privacy, and offers a glimpse of the future of health

Amazon’s Halo tests the limits of personal privacy, and offers a glimpse of the future of health

A few weeks ago, I started wearing a new health band. I gave it permission to eavesdrop on my side of conversations — and it has lots of opinions about them. “You had three phrases that sounded annoyed, irritated or disgusted,” the app reported one recent evening, recapping my daily interactions....

Microsoft, Apple, Auth0 vets raise $3.3M for Seattle software integration startup Fusebit

Microsoft, Apple, Auth0 vets raise $3.3M for Seattle software integration startup Fusebit

Tomasz Janczuk, co-founder and CEO OF Fusebit. (Fusebit Photo) Fusebit, a new Seattle startup aiming to help developers with software integration capabilities, has raised a $3.3 million seed round. Founded in 2019 by veterans of Microsoft, Apple, and Auth0, the startup offers flexible APIs to...

‘Venture capital loves destruction’: A startup veteran’s take on 2020’s record investment totals

‘Venture capital loves destruction’: A startup veteran’s take on 2020’s record investment totals

BigStock Photo It was one of the most tumultuous years the country and the world have ever seen. And yet, as we reported on GeekWire last week, venture capital investments in the United States broke another record in 2020, topping $150 billion for the first time, according to Pitchbook and the...

Books by young inaugural poet Amanda Gorman become quick best sellers on Amazon

Books by young inaugural poet Amanda Gorman become quick best sellers on Amazon

Upcoming books by inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. (Amazon Images) Amanda Gorman touched a nerve. With her words, the National Youth Poet Laureate stirred a nation and worldwide audience watching the inauguration of President Joe Biden on Wednesday. Online, those new fans were moved to buy the...

Bill Gates ready to tackle toughest challenges with President Biden after ‘troubling time in America’

Bill Gates ready to tackle toughest challenges with President Biden after ‘troubling time in America’

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. (GeekWire File Photo / Kevin Lisota) Editor’s note: Post updated with comments from Melinda Gates Ever the optimist, Bill Gates said he sees promise in the months and years ahead as he tweeted Wednesday at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris that he...

WTIA launches market accelerator program for Canadian AR and VR startups breaking into U.S.

WTIA launches market accelerator program for Canadian AR and VR startups breaking into U.S.

(BigStock Photo) The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) announced Wednesday that it is launching a Canadian XR Startup Market Accelerator program to help prepare 10 Canadian virtual reality, augmented reality and voice-related startups for expansion into the U.S. market. WTIA, a...

Amazon sends letter to President Biden, says it is ‘ready to assist’ with U.S. vaccination efforts

Amazon sends letter to President Biden, says it is ‘ready to assist’ with U.S. vaccination efforts

Editor’s note: Story updated with Amazon’s response to questions about the timing of its letter. Amazon says it is ready to turn its facilities into COVID-19 vaccination sites and is offering other resources to the U.S. government. In a letter addressed to President Joe Biden on Wednesday, Amazon...

President Biden addresses misinformation, climate crisis in inauguration speech

President Biden addresses misinformation, climate crisis in inauguration speech

“We’ve learned again that democracy is precious. Democracy is fragile. And at this hour, my friends, democracy has prevailed.” President Joe Biden offered the nation a sense of hope and unity during his inaugural address as he and Vice President Kamala Harris took the oath of office on Wednesday....

MagniX moves electric aircraft engine production to new 40K square-foot headquarters north of Seattle

MagniX moves electric aircraft engine production to new 40K square-foot headquarters north of Seattle

Roei Ganzarski, CEO of MagniX and chairman of Eviation. (MagniX Photo) MagniX, the electric aircraft engine builder, has moved into a 40,000-square-foot manufacturing building in an industrial park just north of Boeing’s sprawling plant in Everett, Wash. Work will begin there within weeks on motors...

Flexe extends Series C round, raises another $10M for warehousing tech platform

Seattle startup Flexe raised an additional $10 million as part of its Series C funding round announced in December. Flexe CEO Karl Siebrecht said there was more investor interest than anticipated. “That combined with our evolving assessment of how many growth opportunities there are in front of us...

One man’s quest for the COVID-19 vaccine: Tips to remember when it’s your time to be immunized

One man’s quest for the COVID-19 vaccine: Tips to remember when it’s your time to be immunized

Patient care technician Myo Thant gets the COVID-19 vaccine at UW Medical Center – Montlake. (UW Photo) Trying to get an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine on the day that eligibility was expanded to new age groups in Washington state would be a familiar experience to anyone who’s tried to get a...

Court filings show how Amazon Web Services is using Section 230 as a legal sword against Parler

Court filings show how Amazon Web Services is using Section 230 as a legal sword against Parler

[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in journalist Eli Sanders’ “Wild West” newsletter, which covers internet-related legal issues. Subscribe here.] The social media platform Parler marketed itself as a place where Americans could “speak freely” and avoid the fear of being...

Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Ventures raises another $1B for investing in climate innovation

Gates-led Breakthrough Energy Ventures raises another $1B for investing in climate innovation

Bill Gates, founder of Breakthrough Energy. (GeekWire File Photo) Breakthrough Energy Ventures — an initiative to help the planet reach zero carbon emissions through innovation — has raised its second $1 billion round of funding. The new capital will fund some 40-50 startups, according to Bloomberg...

Portland telehealth startup Conversa raises $8M

Conversa, a Portland, Ore.-based telehealth startup, has raised another $8 million as part of an expanded Series B round. The company announced a $12 million round in June co-led by Builders VC and Northwell Ventures. Total funding to date is now $34 million. Founded in 2014, Conversa sells various...

Microsoft joins $2B investment in Cruise to speed commercialization of self-driving vehicles

Microsoft joins $2B investment in Cruise to speed commercialization of self-driving vehicles

A Cruise autonomous vehicle in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear Photo for Cruise) Microsoft is partnering with Cruise and General Motors to accelerate the commercialization of self-driving vehicles by bringing its cloud computing technology to the equation. The tech giant joined a new $2 billion...

Here’s what tech policy leaders are watching, and expecting, as Biden takes office

Here’s what tech policy leaders are watching, and expecting, as Biden takes office

(GeekWire Photo Illustration) When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take the oath of office on Wednesday, the new president and vice president will inherit a nation in turmoil. Their administration will be tasked with unifying a deeply divided country, repairing a hobbled economy, reining in the rampant...

Health tech giant Hillrom to acquire Seattle startup Bardy Diagnostics for $375M

Health tech giant Hillrom to acquire Seattle startup Bardy Diagnostics for $375M

Dr. Gust Bardy, founder of Bardy Diagnostics. (Bardy Photo) Hillrom, a publicly-traded medical device and digital health company based in Chicago, will pay $375 million to acquire Seattle startup Bardy Diagnostics. Founded in 2013, Bardy set out to change the way medical professionals monitor heart...

Seattle Sounders among 23 teams around the world getting in on special ‘Fortnite’ celebration of soccer

Seattle Sounders among 23 teams around the world getting in on special ‘Fortnite’ celebration of soccer

“Fortnite” characters rendered in Sounders FC ‘Kickoff Set” outfits. (Epic Games Image) The Seattle Sounders FC are getting in on a different sort of “beautiful game” as the club is one of a handful selected to participate in a global celebration of soccer within the popular video game...

Security and cloud vets raise $20M for incident response automation startup StackPulse

Security and cloud vets raise $20M for incident response automation startup StackPulse

StackPulse CEO Ofer Smadari. (StackPulse Photo) As companies rely more heavily on cloud-based services, software outages can be much more painful and detrimental. StackPulse wants to help. The Portland, Ore.-based startup came out of stealth mode today and announced a $20 million Series A round led...

Microsoft campus near Seattle will be used to administer COVID-19 vaccine

Microsoft campus near Seattle will be used to administer COVID-19 vaccine

The empty Microsoft Commons last month at the company’s campus in Redmond, Wash. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Microsoft is turning its mostly vacant campus into a COVID-19 vaccination site. The Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant is working with the state of Washington and local hospitals to open up...

Comments(0)

Log in to comment