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  37. <title>Bank downplays ties to FTX sister company in latest fallout from crypto exchange failure</title>
  38. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-a-tiny-washington-state-bank-now-operating-a-tech-fueled-service-is-connected-to-the-ftx-fallout/</link>
  39. <pubDate>Wed, 30 Nov 2022 00:48:44 +0000</pubDate>
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  41. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  42. <category><![CDATA[Alameda Research Ventures]]></category>
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  44. <category><![CDATA[Farmington]]></category>
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  48. <description><![CDATA[<img width="900" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-The-Ftx-Cryptocurrency-Exchang-465422425.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-The-Ftx-Cryptocurrency-Exchang-465422425.jpg 900w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-The-Ftx-Cryptocurrency-Exchang-465422425-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-The-Ftx-Cryptocurrency-Exchang-465422425-630x420.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px"><br>A bank in rural Washington state sought to distance itself from FTX on Tuesday following a report last week detailing its connections to the failed cryptocurrency exchange. Moonstone Bank, formerly known as Farmington State Bank, said in a statement that FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried&#8217;s Alameda Research trading firm has less than a 10% stake in its parent company, with no board seats and no direct involvement in management. The New York Times&#160;reported&#160;Nov. 23&#160;that FBH, the parent company of Farmington State Bank, received $11.5 million in venture capital funding in March from Alameda, the trading firm whose financial struggles have been&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-a-tiny-washington-state-bank-now-operating-a-tech-fueled-service-is-connected-to-the-ftx-fallout/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  51.  
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  53.  
  54. <p>A bank in rural Washington state sought to distance itself from FTX on Tuesday following a report last week detailing its connections to the failed cryptocurrency exchange.</p>
  55.  
  56.  
  57.  
  58. <p><a href="https://www.moonstonebank.com/">Moonstone Bank</a>, formerly known as Farmington State Bank, said in a statement that FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried&#8217;s Alameda Research trading firm has less than a 10% stake in its parent company, with no board seats and no direct involvement in management.</p>
  59.  
  60.  
  61.  
  62. <p>The New York Times&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/23/business/ftx-cryptocurrency-bank.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">reported&nbsp;Nov. 23</a>&nbsp;that FBH, the parent company of Farmington State Bank, received $11.5 million in venture capital funding in March from Alameda, the trading firm whose financial struggles have been cited as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/18/business/ftx-alameda-ties.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">a key factor in FTX&#8217;s demise</a>. The&nbsp;<a href="https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-bankruptcy-what-happened.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">swift collapse</a>&nbsp;of FTX&nbsp;earlier this month&nbsp;sent a contagion through the crypto industry.</p>
  63.  
  64.  
  65.  
  66. <p>&#8220;In January this year, as a result of a capital raise effort to support our further development, we received an investment from a company that at the time had a pristine reputation and was a darling of the financial markets,&#8221; Moonstone said in a statement Tuesday, referring to Alameda Research. </p>
  67.  
  68.  
  69.  
  70. <p>&#8220;Unfortunately,&#8221; the statement continued, &#8220;the unexpected collapse of this company negatively impacted countless individual investors, investment firms, vendors, counterparties and unfairly affected Farmington State Bank d.b.a Moonstone Bank’s reputation as well.&#8221;</p>
  71.  
  72.  
  73.  
  74. <p>Farmington State Bank has&nbsp;its origins in the tiny town of Farmington, Wash., near the Washington-Idaho border. The lender, founded in 1887, <a href="https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2010/dec/22/hometown-success/">previously provided agriculture-focused loans</a>.</p>
  75.  
  76.  
  77.  
  78. <p>It was acquired in 2020 by FBH Corporation, owned by Jean Chalopin, also the chairman of Bahamas-based Deltec Bank. Deltec&#8217;s most well-known client is Tether, a crypto company with $65 billion in assets. </p>
  79.  
  80.  
  81.  
  82. <p>Farmington State Bank changed its name just before the FTX investment. Moonstone now describes itself as a &#8220;chartered digital bank,&#8221; employs several people in the Seattle region and is based in Bellevue, Wash., according to its <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/moonstonebank/">LinkedIn</a> page. </p>
  83.  
  84.  
  85.  
  86. <p>Before it started raising capital to transform into a tech-focused bank, Farmington had just three staff members and was the 26th-smallest bank in the U.S. out of 4,800, The New York Times reported. Its net worth was $5.7 million, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and it did not offer online banking or credit cards. </p>
  87.  
  88.  
  89.  
  90. <p>The Times reported that in the third quarter this year, the bank’s deposits grew nearly 600% to $84 million. A majority of the increase came from four new accounts, according to the Times.</p>
  91.  
  92.  
  93.  
  94. <p>By acquiring Farmington, Moonstone received a banking charter, a business license required for financial institutions handling deposits and offering other bank-like services. Obtaining a banking charter can be a <a href="https://www.americanbanker.com/podcast/why-is-it-so-hard-for-a-fintech-to-become-a-bank">difficult process</a> for many fintech companies. </p>
  95.  
  96.  
  97.  
  98. <p>Asked why Farmington State Bank specifically was a target for acquisition, Moonstone&#8217;s chief digital officer <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/janvier-chalopin-774992bb/">Janvier Chalopin</a> told GeekWire that Moonstone was looking for a U.S. bank. Farmington had a clean balance sheet and was seeking a buyer, he said. </p>
  99.  
  100.  
  101.  
  102. <p>&#8220;It was just a match made in heaven,&#8221; he said in an interview Tuesday, speaking from the Bahamas. Janvier Chalopin is the son of Jean Chalopin.</p>
  103.  
  104.  
  105. <aside class="callout clearfix"><h4>RELATED: <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/this-too-shall-pass-why-crypto-leaders-are-still-optimistic-about-the-industry-amid-ftx-fallout/">‘This too shall pass’: Why crypto leaders are still optimistic about the industry amid FTX fallout</a></h4>
  106. </aside>
  107.  
  108.  
  109.  
  110. <p>Banking experts interviewed for this story said fintech companies buying up older banks and obtaining charters is uncommon but not unprecedented. Notable examples include Lending Club <a href="https://www.bankingdive.com/news/why-becoming-a-bank-is-paying-off-for-lendingclub/607434/">acquiring Radius Bank</a> and SoFi <a href="https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/latest-news-headlines/sofi-s-national-bank-charter-widens-door-for-fintechs-68729830#:~:text=SoFi%20achieved%20its%20bank%20charter,2.">purchasing then-Golden Pacific Bancorp</a>. </p>
  111.  
  112.  
  113.  
  114. <p>However, bank transactions require a significant amount of due diligence from regulators. Given that Moonstone was partly owned offshore and was involved in crypto, the deal should have raised more regulatory flags, experts said.  </p>
  115.  
  116.  
  117.  
  118. <p>“At Alameda Research, we are committed to growing the industry and supporting businesses that are creating real change,” said Ramnik Arora, one of Bankman-Fried’s top lieutenants who resigned last month, in a <a href="https://www.moonstonebank.com/post/fbh-corp-raises-11-5m-in-private-equity-funding-from-alameda-research-ventures">press release</a> announcing Alameda’s investment in FBH.</p>
  119.  
  120.  
  121.  
  122. <p>As for how Moonstone will be affected by the FTX bankruptcy process, Chalopin said &#8220;the bankruptcy court would own the equity now and it would likely go through an auction process for people to bid on.&#8221;</p>
  123.  
  124.  
  125.  
  126. <p>Moonstone aims to serve both consumers and businesses with a digital-first banking model. For individuals, its goal is to develop a &#8220;one-stop-shop&#8221; where consumers can purchase stocks and digital assets from the same place as their checking account, Chalopin said. On the business side, it plans to work with small-to-medium sized businesses that struggle to open bank accounts elsewhere, such as cannabis companies and digital asset startups. </p>
  127.  
  128.  
  129.  
  130. <p>It also plans to offer a &#8220;banking-as-a-service&#8221; model to financial services companies to allow them to have the &#8220;proper banking structure for their accounts,&#8221; Chalopin said. </p>
  131.  
  132.  
  133.  
  134. <p>&#8220;What we&#8217;ve innovated on is the risk and compliance and the tech stack to support the monitoring and the ledgering of those accounts,&#8221; he added.</p>
  135.  
  136.  
  137.  
  138. <p>The bank now has 32 employees, including 16 that live in Washington state. The company maintains an &#8220;in-person customer interfacing branch,&#8221; according to a statement. </p>
  139.  
  140.  
  141.  
  142. <p>Moonstone had a post-money valuation of approximately $115 million at the time of the Alameda investment, according to Chalopin, who said this is a common valuation for a bank with this &#8220;kind of business model.&#8221; </p>
  143.  
  144.  
  145.  
  146. <p>He said Moonstone is now more analogous to a startup than a centuries-old bank. &#8220;It’s a startup because we’re raising capital, we’re hiring a team, and we have big growth plans,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We’re burning cash to create something new.&#8221;</p>
  147.  
  148.  
  149.  
  150. <p>The company is still technically headquartered in Farmington, Wash., Chalopin said, but it is looking for long-term space in Bellevue, just east of Seattle.</p>
  151.  
  152.  
  153.  
  154. <p>Moonstone is led by CEO <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/gary-rever-8777a07/">Gary Rever</a>, who is a director at Vermont State Bank. It was previously led by <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronald-oliveira-8b43147/">Ron Oliveira</a>, who departed the CEO position in August. </p>
  155.  
  156.  
  157.  
  158. <p>Moonstone&#8217;s chief legal officer is <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/josephmvincent/">Joseph Vincent</a>, a former adjunct law professor in financial Institutions and fintech at <a href="https://law.seattleu.edu/faculty/directory/profiles/vincent-joseph-m.html">Seattle University</a>. He represented Moonstone as a panelist at the <a href="https://www.tflabs.io/tf-blockchain-web3-con-seattle">TF6</a> conference in June, a crypto event hosted by Seattle crypto accelerator TF Labs. </p>
  159.  
  160.  
  161.  
  162. <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/financialservicesexecutive/">Praful Mainker</a> is the company&#8217;s chief compliance officer. He previously worked as an executive director at J.P. Morgan Chase. He is joined by CTO <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielranallo/">Daniel Ranallo</a>, a former software engineering leader at Ray Dalio&#8217;s Principles. </p>
  163.  
  164.  
  165.  
  166. <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/noahperlman/">Noah Perlman</a>, who is the COO of major digital-asset exchange Gemini, is a member on Moonstone&#8217;s <a href="https://www.frbsf.org/banking/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/Farmington-State-Bank-New-Bank-Circular_2021.06.23.pdf">board of directors</a>. Gemini recently announced plans to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/crypto-exchange-gemini-expanding-in-seattle-area-amid-industry-turmoil/">expand in Seattle</a>. </p>
  167.  
  168.  
  169.  
  170. <p>FTX has a connection to another Seattle-area company: last year, its venture arm participated in a <a href="https://www.theblock.co/post/148226/protego-trust-bank-fundraise">$70 million</a> round in Seattle-based Protego Trust Bank, a crypto bank that was <a href="https://www.occ.gov/news-issuances/news-releases/2021/nr-occ-2021-19.html">granted a conditional banking charter</a> in February 2021.</p>
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  174. <title>Amazon Web Services pitches customers on cloud savings, makes bigger push into applications</title>
  175. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-web-services-pitches-customers-on-cloud-savings-makes-bigger-push-into-applications/</link>
  176. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 21:41:47 +0000</pubDate>
  177. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  178. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  179. <category><![CDATA[Cloud Tech]]></category>
  180. <category><![CDATA[Adam Selipsky]]></category>
  181. <category><![CDATA[Amazon Web Services]]></category>
  182. <category><![CDATA[Dilip Kumar]]></category>
  183.  
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  188.  
  189.  
  190.  
  191. <p>Amazon Web Services CEO Adam Selipsky made his pitch to businesses to double down on the company&#8217;s cloud technologies, and made it clear that Amazon&#8217;s own ambitions increasingly extend well beyond its core cloud capabilities.</p>
  192.  
  193.  
  194.  
  195. <p>Selipsky sought to reassure AWS customers that Amazon is dedicated to helping them cut costs, preserving their bottom line in the turbulent economy. </p>
  196.  
  197.  
  198.  
  199. <p>He also unveiled a series of new cloud applications that make AWS a player, if not a competitor, in some of the same sectors where its customers do business.</p>
  200.  
  201.  
  202.  
  203. <aside class="callout clearfix"><h4 class="callout clearfix">RELATED STORY</h4><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/what-to-expect-at-reinvent-amazon-web-services-navigates-uncertain-economic-times/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">What to expect at re:Invent: Amazon Web Services navigates uncertain economic times
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  205.  
  206.  
  207.  
  208. <p>The dual messages framed a keynote spanning more than two hours at the annual <a href="https://reinvent.awsevents.com/">AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas</a> on Tuesday morning. It was the second re:Invent keynote for Selipsky, the former Tableau Software CEO, since returning to Amazon to lead AWS, succeeding current Amazon CEO Andy Jassy. </p>
  209.  
  210.  
  211.  
  212. <p>Selipsky did not mention <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/report-amazon-to-cut-10000-corporate-and-tech-jobs-making-largest-layoffs-in-its-history/">Amazon&#8217;s own corporate cutbacks</a> but referenced the tough economy in listing the cost savings that some AWS customers have achieved by shifting more of their workloads to the cloud. </p>
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  214.  
  215.  
  216. <p>&#8220;In times of uncertainty, it actually can be tempting to cut back, slow down. But when it comes to the cloud, many of our customers know that they should be leaning in precisely because of economic uncertainty, not despite it,&#8221; he said. &#8220;The cloud is more cost effective, and many customers are saving 30% or more.&#8221;</p>
  217.  
  218.  
  219.  
  220. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="419" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-supply-chain-1-630x419.png" alt="" class="wp-image-739114" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-supply-chain-1-630x419.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-supply-chain-1-768x510.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-supply-chain-1.png 793w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Adam Selipsky announces AWS Supply Chain, one of Amazon&#8217;s new applications. (Image via webcast.)</figcaption></figure>
  221.  
  222.  
  223.  
  224. <p>In addition to <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/top-announcements-of-aws-reinvent-2022/">numerous upgrades and additions</a> to its core cloud computing, database, storage, and machine learning technologies, the company unveiled new cloud applications including:</p>
  225.  
  226.  
  227.  
  228. <ul>
  229. <li><a href="https://press.aboutamazon.com/2022/11/aws-announces-aws-supply-chain">AWS Supply Chain</a>, which combines a company&#8217;s supply chain data from different sources into a unified view for analysis and decision-making. </li>
  230.  
  231.  
  232.  
  233. <li><a href="https://press.aboutamazon.com/2022/11/aws-announces-aws-clean-rooms">AWS Clean Rooms</a>, an analytics service that is meant to help multiple companies collaborate on shared data without undermining confidentiality.</li>
  234.  
  235.  
  236.  
  237. <li><a href="https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/introducing-amazon-omics-a-purpose-built-service-to-store-query-and-analyze-genomic-and-biological-data-at-scale/">Amazon Omics</a>, a service designed to help life sciences researchers store, query, and analyze data.</li>
  238. </ul>
  239.  
  240.  
  241.  
  242. <p>Dilip Kumar, a longtime Amazon executive who now leads the AWS Applications group, <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/aws/aws-vice-president-dilip-kumar-interview-reinvent-2022">describes applications</a> as &#8220;a growing category of AWS services that helps our customers take advantage of AWS’s cloud and machine learning expertise, without them having to build solutions from scratch.&#8221;</p>
  243.  
  244.  
  245.  
  246. <p>The event continues Wednesday with a keynote by Swami Sivasubramanian, AWS VP of database, analytics and machine learning. After a partner keynote Wednesday afternoon, with Ruba Borno, AWS VP of worldwide channels and alliances, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels will deliver the closing keynote Thursday morning.</p>
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  250. <title>With new chip, augmented reality startup Ixana claims breakthrough in quest for ‘wearable brain’</title>
  251. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/with-new-chip-augmented-reality-startup-ixana-claims-breakthrough-in-quest-for-wearable-brain/</link>
  252. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 17:30:00 +0000</pubDate>
  253. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  254. <category><![CDATA[Tech]]></category>
  255. <category><![CDATA[AI]]></category>
  256. <category><![CDATA[augmented reality]]></category>
  257. <category><![CDATA[Venture capital]]></category>
  258. <category><![CDATA[wearable computing]]></category>
  259.  
  260. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738822</guid>
  261. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1246" height="696" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1.png 1246w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1-768x429.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1-630x352.png 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1246px) 100vw, 1246px"><br>A previously unknown Seattle startup, founded by semiconductor and technology industry veterans, says it has developed an energy-efficient chip capable of running advanced AI applications on lightweight, wireless augmented reality headsets that will operate all day without recharging. The company, Ixana, says devices that incorporate its chip will give users the equivalent of a &#8220;wearable brain&#8221; — sensing and analyzing the person&#8217;s environment, and providing real-time information about everything from inventory on a warehouse shelf to a previously forgotten acquaintance at a party. By enabling all-day battery life in lightweight wearable devices, Ixana says its proprietary YR11 chip represents a key&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/with-new-chip-augmented-reality-startup-ixana-claims-breakthrough-in-quest-for-wearable-brain/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  263. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="352" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1-630x352.png" alt="" class="wp-image-738890" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1-630x352.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1-768x429.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/ixana-1.png 1246w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Ixana&#8217;s three co-founders, L-R: Shovan Maity, head of research; Angik Sarkar, CEO; and Shreyas Sen, a Purdue university professor who came up with the new chip. </figcaption></figure>
  264.  
  265.  
  266.  
  267. <p>A previously unknown Seattle startup, founded by semiconductor and technology industry veterans, says it has developed an energy-efficient chip capable of running advanced AI applications on lightweight, wireless augmented reality headsets that will operate all day without recharging.</p>
  268.  
  269.  
  270.  
  271. <p>The company, <a href="https://ixana.ai/">Ixana</a>, says devices that incorporate its chip will give users the equivalent of a &#8220;wearable brain&#8221; — sensing and analyzing the person&#8217;s environment, and providing real-time information about everything from inventory on a warehouse shelf to a previously forgotten acquaintance at a party. </p>
  272.  
  273.  
  274.  
  275. <p>By enabling all-day battery life in lightweight wearable devices, Ixana says its proprietary YR11 chip represents a key advance that larger companies including Apple, Microsoft, and Meta have yet to achieve (or at least publicly unveil) in their own work on augmented reality, AI, and wearable technology.  </p>
  276.  
  277.  
  278.  
  279. <p>Ixana has raised $3 million in funding from Uncorrelated Ventures, Samsung Next, Evonexus, Hack VC, and angel investors including Tom Chi, who led early development of the Google Glass AR headset. The chip has also benefitted from more than $3.5 million in government grants from the National Science Foundation and others. </p>
  280.  
  281.  
  282.  
  283. <p>The company declined to disclose details of the underlying physics of its chip, which it says has resulted in a 100x improvement in energy efficiency, but said it relates generally to the way the chip distributes computing beyond one location to spread out the computing load, dissipate heat, and reduce battery drain.</p>
  284.  
  285.  
  286.  
  287. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="360" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/augmented-reality-infographic-630x360.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738884" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/augmented-reality-infographic-630x360.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/augmented-reality-infographic-1260x721.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/augmented-reality-infographic-768x439.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/augmented-reality-infographic-1536x879.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/augmented-reality-infographic-2048x1172.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">An Ixana graphic describes the features of its YR11 chip and reference hardware design. </figcaption></figure>
  288.  
  289.  
  290.  
  291. <p>Ixana is promising to provide more information and demonstrate the chip in early January at the CES trade show in Las Vegas, including an augmented reality reference hardware design that will be on display at its booth.</p>
  292.  
  293.  
  294.  
  295. <p>The company was founded in late 2020. It has a team of 17 people with past experience at companies including Intel, Qualcomm, Silicon Labs, Ford, Goodix, Rambus, and Texas Instruments.</p>
  296.  
  297.  
  298.  
  299. <p>The chip was conceived by Ixana co-founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/shreyassen/">Shreyas Sen</a>, a former Intel Labs research scientist and Purdue university professor of electrical and computer engineering. </p>
  300.  
  301.  
  302.  
  303. <p>&#8220;The key problem we&#8217;re trying to solve is making sure that our brains and machines can interact faster, so that we can get feedback from the machines in real time,&#8221; said <a href="https://linkedin.com/in/angiksarkar">Angik Sarkar</a>, the company&#8217;s CEO and co-founder. &#8220;Essentially, the machine becomes an extension of you. We sometimes call this a wearable brain.&#8221; </p>
  304.  
  305.  
  306.  
  307. <p>Sarkar, a former Intel senior software engineer, previously founded and led hotel price prediction company Waylo, a machine learning travel startup <a href="https://www.hotelmanagement.net/tech/edreams-odigeo-acquires-waylo">acquired in 2020</a> by European online travel company eDreams Odigeo.</p>
  308.  
  309.  
  310.  
  311. <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/shovan-maity-b4121a48/">Shovan Maity</a>, co-founder and head of research for Ixana, was previously an engineer for Intel and Qualcomm. </p>
  312.  
  313.  
  314.  
  315. <p>Now in its fourth generation, the chip was developed by Ixana&#8217;s team, and fabricated by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). While some components of the headset are sourced from China, the company says all customer-facing components are sourced and assembled in the United States. </p>
  316.  
  317.  
  318.  
  319. <p>Ixana says industrial customers are already testing headsets that incorporate the chip in warehouse settings. The company says it plans to launch larger testing and validation of its chip and reference headset design next year. </p>
  320.  
  321.  
  322.  
  323. <p>The company is also planning to release an Android software development kit (SDK) that developers will be able to use to run their own machine-learning models on the headset to capture data for real-time feedback. </p>
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  327. <title>Online shoppers spend record $11.3B on Cyber Monday, grabbing toys, electronics and more</title>
  328. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/online-shoppers-spend-record-11-3b-on-cyber-monday-grabbing-toys-electronics-and-more/</link>
  329. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 16:49:27 +0000</pubDate>
  330. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Kurt Schlosser]]></dc:creator>
  331. <category><![CDATA[Retail]]></category>
  332. <category><![CDATA[Cyber Monday]]></category>
  333. <category><![CDATA[e-commerce]]></category>
  334. <category><![CDATA[Holidays]]></category>
  335. <category><![CDATA[online shopping]]></category>
  336.  
  337. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=739023</guid>
  338. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="985" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-1260x985.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-1260x985.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-768x601.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-1536x1201.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-630x493.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego.jpeg 1816w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Online shoppers broke records with $11.3 billion in spending on Cyber Monday, driving 5.8% year-over-year growth and making the day the biggest online shopping day of all time, according to Adobe Analytics. The spending spree in the face of ongoing inflation follows another record three days earlier, when online shoppers spent $9.12 billion on Black Friday. “With oversupply and a softening consumer spending environment, retailers made the right call this season to drive demand through heavy discounting,” Vivek Pandya, lead analyst with Adobe Digital Insights, said in a news release. “It spurred online spending to levels that were higher than&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/online-shoppers-spend-record-11-3b-on-cyber-monday-grabbing-toys-electronics-and-more/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  340. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="493" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-630x493.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-739028" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-630x493.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-1260x985.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-768x601.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego-1536x1201.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/lego.jpeg 1816w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Lego toys were among the hot sellers on Cyber Monday. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  341.  
  342.  
  343.  
  344. <p>Online shoppers broke records with $11.3 billion in spending on Cyber Monday, driving 5.8% year-over-year growth and making the day the biggest online shopping day of all time, according to <a href="https://business.adobe.com/resources/holiday-shopping-report">Adobe Analytics</a>.</p>
  345.  
  346.  
  347.  
  348. <p>The spending spree in the face of ongoing inflation follows another record three days earlier, when <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/black-friday-online-sales-hit-record-9-1b-amid-inflation-up-2-3-from-last-year/">online shoppers spent $9.12 billion</a> on Black Friday.</p>
  349.  
  350.  
  351.  
  352. <ul>
  353. <li>Adobe reported that Monday&#8217;s spending was driven by toys, where online sales grew 684% compared to an average day in October. Top sellers included Pokémon cards, Legos, Hot Wheels, Disney Encanto, LOL Surprise dolls, Cocomelon and Hatchimals.</li>
  354.  
  355.  
  356.  
  357. <li>Electronics sales were up 391% and computers were up 372%. Gaming consoles such as PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch and Xbox Series X were hot sellers, with top games including <em>FIFA 23</em>, <em>God of War Ragnarök</em>, <em>Madden 23</em>, <em>NBA 2K23</em>, and <em>Pokémon Scarlet &amp; Violet</em>.</li>
  358.  
  359.  
  360.  
  361. <li>Other top sellers included Smart TVs, Apple AirPods, Apple MacBooks, tablets, smart watches, instant pots and air fryers.</li>
  362.  
  363.  
  364.  
  365. <li>Adobe reported that Cyber Week (Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday) brought in $35.27 billion overall, up 4% year over year.</li>
  366.  
  367.  
  368.  
  369. <li>Mobile transactions accounted for 43% of Cyber Monday sales, up from 40% last year.</li>
  370.  
  371.  
  372.  
  373. <li>Curbside pickup was used in 17% of online orders, down from 18% in 2021. </li>
  374. </ul>
  375.  
  376.  
  377.  
  378. <p>“With oversupply and a softening consumer spending environment, retailers made the right call this season to drive demand through heavy discounting,” Vivek Pandya, lead analyst with Adobe Digital Insights, said in a news release. “It spurred online spending to levels that were higher than expected, and reinforced e-commerce as a major channel to drive volume and capture consumer interest.&#8221; </p>
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  381. <item>
  382. <title>The cloud in orbit: Amazon Web Services demonstrates data analysis on a satellite</title>
  383. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-web-services-cloud-data-analysis-satellite/</link>
  384. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 16:30:00 +0000</pubDate>
  385. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Alan Boyle]]></dc:creator>
  386. <category><![CDATA[Space]]></category>
  387. <category><![CDATA[Amazon Web Services]]></category>
  388. <category><![CDATA[AWS]]></category>
  389. <category><![CDATA[cloud]]></category>
  390. <category><![CDATA[Cloud Computing]]></category>
  391. <category><![CDATA[D-Orbit]]></category>
  392. <category><![CDATA[re:Invent]]></category>
  393. <category><![CDATA[Re:Invent 2022]]></category>
  394. <category><![CDATA[Satellite]]></category>
  395. <category><![CDATA[Satellites]]></category>
  396. <category><![CDATA[Unibap]]></category>
  397.  
  398. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738784</guid>
  399. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="725" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-1260x725.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Illustration: D-Orbit ION in orbit" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-1260x725.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-768x442.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-1536x883.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-2048x1178.jpg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-630x362.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>For the past 10 months, Amazon Web Services has been running data through its cloud-based software platform on what&#8217;s arguably the world&#8217;s edgiest edge: a satellite in low Earth orbit. The experiment, revealed today during AWS&#8217; re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, is aimed at demonstrating how on-orbit processing can help satellite operators manage the torrents of imagery and sensor data generated by their spacecraft. &#8220;Using AWS software to perform real-time data analysis onboard an orbiting satellite, and delivering that analysis directly to decision makers via the cloud, is a definite shift in existing approaches to space data management,&#8221; Max Peterson,&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-web-services-cloud-data-analysis-satellite/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  400. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  401. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="362" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-630x362.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738820" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-630x362.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-1260x725.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-768x442.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-1536x883.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/dorbit1-2048x1178.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">An artist&#8217;s conception shows D-Orbit&#8217;s ION spacecraft deploying smaller satellites. (D-Orbit Illustration)</figcaption></figure>
  402.  
  403.  
  404.  
  405. <p>For the past 10 months, <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/">Amazon Web Services</a> has been running data through its cloud-based software platform on what&#8217;s arguably the world&#8217;s edgiest edge: a satellite in low Earth orbit. </p>
  406.  
  407.  
  408.  
  409. <p>The experiment, revealed today during AWS&#8217; <a href="https://reinvent.awsevents.com/">re:Invent</a> conference in Las Vegas, is aimed at demonstrating how on-orbit processing can help satellite operators manage the torrents of imagery and sensor data generated by their spacecraft.</p>
  410.  
  411.  
  412.  
  413. <p>&#8220;Using AWS software to perform real-time data analysis onboard an orbiting satellite, and delivering that analysis directly to decision makers via the cloud, is a definite shift in existing approaches to space data management,&#8221; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/maxrpeterson/">Max Peterson</a>, AWS&#8217; vice president of worldwide public sector, said today in a blog posting. &#8220;It also helps push the boundaries of what we believe is possible for satellite operations.&#8221;</p>
  414.  
  415.  
  416.  
  417. <p>AWS&#8217; experiment was done in partnership with <a href="https://www.dorbit.space/">D-Orbit</a>, an Italian-based company that focuses on space logistics and transportation; and with <a href="https://unibap.com/en/">Unibap</a>, a Swedish company that develops AI-enabled automation solutions for space-based as well as terrestrial applications.</p>
  418.  
  419.  
  420.  
  421. <p>Software tools from AWS &#8212; including the company&#8217;s <a href="https://docs.aws.amazon.com/machine-learning/latest/dg/types-of-ml-models.html">machine learning models</a> and <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/greengrass/">AWS IoT Greengrass</a> &#8212; were integrated into a prototype processing payload built by Unibap. That payload was then placed on D-Orbit&#8217;s ION satellite carrier. The ION spacecraft was one of scores of spacecraft <a href="https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2022/01/spacex-transporter-3/">sent into orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket</a> in January. A few weeks after deploying its satellites, D-Orbit&#8217;s ION carrier ramped up data processing operations on the payload using AWS&#8217; software.</p>
  422.  
  423.  
  424.  
  425. <p>During the D-Orbit ION experiment, the team applied various machine learning models to satellite sensor data to identify specific types of objects in the sky, such as clouds and wildfires, as well as terrestrial objects including buildings and ships.</p>
  426.  
  427.  
  428.  
  429. <p>AWS said that its artificial intelligence and machine learning services helped reduce the size of images by up to 42 percent, resulting in increased processing speeds. The AI system could decide in real time which satellite images should be given high priority for downlinking, and which images could be set aside.</p>
  430.  
  431.  
  432.  
  433. <p>The team also modified the process for sending data to and from the satellite, to build in more tolerance for communication delays. The modification made it simpler to manage file transfers automatically, without having to manually process downlinks over multiple ground station contacts.</p>
  434.  
  435.  
  436.  
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  438. <iframe loading="lazy" title="Amazon re:MARS 2022 - Interplanetary compute: The Moon, Mars, and beyond (SPC209)" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fDL48ZVS980?start=1&#038;feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  439. </div></figure>
  440.  
  441.  
  442.  
  443. <p>This isn&#8217;t AWS&#8217; only foray into space-based cloud computing: Amazon <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/aws/how-do-you-process-space-data-and-imagery-in-low-earth-orbit">sent an edge-computing device known as an AWS Snowcone to the International Space Station</a> in April during <a href="https://cosmiclog.com/2022/04/25/axioms-first-astronauts-end-an-extended-space-trip/">Axiom Space&#8217;s first private space mission</a>. (Axiom Space is also <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/leocloud-microsoft-team-up-with-axiom-space-to-put-cloud-infrastructure-in-orbit/">partnering with Microsoft Azure and LEOCloud</a> on a separate project to put cloud infrastructure in orbit.)</p>
  444.  
  445.  
  446.  
  447. <p>D-Orbit&#8217;s vice president of commercial sales, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/sergio-mucciarelli/">Sergio Mucciarelli</a>, said there&#8217;s a lot of value in being able to process data in space.</p>
  448.  
  449.  
  450.  
  451. <p>&#8220;Our customers want to securely process increasingly large amounts of satellite data with very low latency,&#8221; Mucciarelli explained. &#8220;This is something that is limited by using legacy methods, downlinking all data for processing on the ground. We believe in the drive toward edge computing, and we believe it can only be done with space-based infrastructure that is fit for purpose, giving customers a high degree of confidence that they can run their workloads and operations reliably in the harsh space operating environment.&#8221;</p>
  452.  
  453.  
  454.  
  455. <p><a href="https://bruhnspace.com/resume/dr-fredrik-bruhn/">Fredrik Bruhn</a>, Unibap&#8217;s chief evangelist for digital transformation, said his company wants to help customers turn raw satellite data into &#8220;actionable information that can be used to disseminate alerts in seconds.&#8221;</p>
  456.  
  457.  
  458.  
  459. <p>&#8220;Providing users real-time access to AWS edge services and capabilities on orbit will allow them to gain more timely insights and optimize how they use their satellite and ground resources,&#8221; Bruhn said.</p>
  460.  
  461.  
  462.  
  463. <p>AWS, Unibap and D-Orbit are continuing to test new capabilities on the ION platform &#8212; including new approaches for processing raw data on orbit, as well as more refined methods for data delivery. If the experiment bears fruit, it could soon become routine for satellites to make sense of what they&#8217;re seeing before they downlink the data.</p>
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  466. <item>
  467. <title>Are tech workers coming back to downtown Seattle — and does it even matter?</title>
  468. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/are-tech-workers-coming-back-to-downtown-seattle-and-does-it-even-matter/</link>
  469. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  470. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Tony Lystra]]></dc:creator>
  471. <category><![CDATA[Civic]]></category>
  472. <category><![CDATA[bruce harrell]]></category>
  473. <category><![CDATA[downtown]]></category>
  474. <category><![CDATA[Office]]></category>
  475. <category><![CDATA[remote work]]></category>
  476. <category><![CDATA[Safety]]></category>
  477. <category><![CDATA[sublease]]></category>
  478.  
  479. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=735811</guid>
  480. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-1260x945.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-1536x1152.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-2048x1536.jpeg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-630x473.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Sean Turner was on his phone in the lobby of a downtown Seattle hotel last year when a woman slapped his iPad off a table, then took his AirPods case. The reason: She wanted money, and Turner told her he didn&#8217;t have any. &#8220;That&#8217;s not really something you have to deal with in other cities I&#8217;ve visited,&#8221; said Turner, the co-founder and CTO of Swiftly, a Seattle retail software provider valued at more than $1 billion. Swiftly had already jettisoned its downtown offices early in the pandemic and moved to smaller digs in the nearby First Hill neighborhood. The company&#8217;s&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/are-tech-workers-coming-back-to-downtown-seattle-and-does-it-even-matter/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  481. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  482. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-630x473.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-735815" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-1536x1152.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_5553-2048x1536.jpeg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The view from atop the 2+U building in downtown Seattle where companies such as Qualtrics and Bungie still have offices. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)</figcaption></figure>
  483.  
  484.  
  485.  
  486. <p>Sean Turner was on his phone in the lobby of a downtown Seattle hotel last year when a woman slapped his iPad off a table, then took his AirPods case. The reason: She wanted money, and Turner told her he didn&#8217;t have any.</p>
  487.  
  488.  
  489.  
  490. <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s not really something you have to deal with in other cities I&#8217;ve visited,&#8221; said Turner, the co-founder and CTO of Swiftly, a Seattle retail software provider valued at more than $1 billion.</p>
  491.  
  492.  
  493.  
  494. <p>Swiftly had already jettisoned its downtown offices early in the pandemic and moved to smaller digs in the nearby First Hill neighborhood. The company&#8217;s 150 employees now work almost exclusively remote. When its teams need to meet face-to-face, Turner said, the company rents space at WeWork.</p>
  495.  
  496.  
  497.  
  498. <p>Ongoing concerns about safety and the rise of remote work are two trends keeping tech workers from returning to downtown Seattle in anything resembling pre-pandemic numbers. More than 30 months after COVID-19 emptied office towers, it&#8217;s still unclear whether employees are coming back — and if downtown Seattle should reimagine itself without them.  </p>
  499.  
  500.  
  501.  
  502. <p>The pandemic reshaped downtown centers <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/10/26/us/us-cities-downtown-chicago-seattle.html">across the country</a>. Some have bounced back even stronger than before, while others are struggling.</p>
  503.  
  504.  
  505.  
  506. <p>Worker foot traffic in downtown Seattle last month was less than 40% of that in October 2019, and the percentage has dropped since August, according to data from the <a href="https://downtownseattle.org/programs-services/research/economic-recovery/">Downtown Seattle Association</a>.</p>
  507.  
  508.  
  509.  
  510. <p>As companies settle into hybrid work, future office demand remains &#8220;a big question,&#8221; Kidder Mathews wrote in a recent report, adding that the Seattle office market continues to see high vacancy.</p>
  511.  
  512.  
  513.  
  514. <p>&#8220;A new threat has taken hold of leasing activity with WFH becoming firmly embedded in company culture throughout the area,&#8221; Broderick Group said in its third quarter report. </p>
  515.  
  516.  
  517.  
  518. <p>Many companies are ditching their downtown space or downsizing substantially. Security and networking giant F5 previously had all 515,518 square feet in the F5 Tower, but is now subleasing six floors and redesigned its offices to accommodate hybrid work.</p>
  519.  
  520.  
  521.  
  522. <p>“Our office occupancy is significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels,&#8221; said Rob Gruening, F5’s senior director of corporate communications.</p>
  523.  
  524.  
  525.  
  526. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124251-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738550" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124251-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124251-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124251-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124251-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124251-2048x1536.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The Seattle Streetcar moves across Westlake Ave., with Amazon&#8217;s Spheres in the background. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  527.  
  528.  
  529.  
  530. <p>Some tech leaders say ongoing crime is also hurting downtown Seattle&#8217;s image as an attractive hub for tech companies. </p>
  531.  
  532.  
  533.  
  534. <p>“Seattle Crime Keeps Tech Workers Away as Police Move in,” read a <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-04-04/seattle-crime-keeps-tech-workers-away-as-police-move-in">Bloomberg headline</a> in April.</p>
  535.  
  536.  
  537.  
  538. <p>Shootings are up <a href="https://www.seattle.gov/police/information-and-data/crime-dashboard">by 20%</a> in downtown this year compared to 2021. Last year violent crime <a href="https://www.seattle.gov/documents/Departments/Police/Reports/2021_SPD_CRIME_REPORT_FINAL.pdf">rose 20%</a> across the city. </p>
  539.  
  540.  
  541.  
  542. <p>Amazon earlier this year <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-moves-employees-out-of-downtown-seattle-office-due-to-crime/">told around 1,800 employees</a> at a downtown Seattle office they could work at an alternative location due to crime. The company, which has more than 50,000 corporate employees in Seattle, also closed a downtown Amazon Go store in August — the space is now advertised for lease — and one of its engineers <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/law-justice/seattle-man-charged-with-assault-accused-of-hitting-a-woman-with-baseball-bat-in-belltown/">was hit on the head</a> with a baseball bat while walking in Belltown. </p>
  543.  
  544.  
  545.  
  546. <p>In a <a href="https://www.seattlechamber.com/clientuploads/Documents/Advocacy%20Documents/22-8681_The_Index_-_Fall_2022_(10-17).pdf">survey</a> of 700 registered voters commissioned by the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce this fall, 70% said they feel less safe in the city than they did two years ago, compared to 73% in another survey <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/67-of-seattle-residents-have-considered-moving-out-of-the-city-new-survey-finds/">conducted</a> in March. Just 28% of respondents said they’d feel safe visiting downtown Seattle at night.</p>
  547.  
  548.  
  549.  
  550. <p>“Seattle is in crisis in a whole bunch of different areas,” said Heather Redman, managing partner at Seattle venture capital firm Flying Fish Partners. “I can’t think of a city where I feel less safe.”</p>
  551.  
  552.  
  553.  
  554. <p>Redman, who has lived in downtown Seattle for more than a decade and previously chaired the Greater Seattle Chamber, said violence has worsened to the point where authorities should consider bringing in the U.S. National Guard to bolster the ranks of <a href="https://westseattleblog.com/2022/08/seattle-police-staffing-unprecedented-separation-numbers-continue-though-southwest-precinct-rebounds/">an understaffed Seattle Police Department</a>.&nbsp;</p>
  555.  
  556.  
  557.  
  558. <p>However, increased police activity and other actions have helped improve recent conditions in downtown, residents told the <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/law-justice/new-drug-fuels-street-crime-at-3rd-pine-but-seattle-police-patrols-help-neighbors-say/">Seattle Times</a>.</p>
  559.  
  560.  
  561.  
  562. <p>Greg Gottesman, managing director of Pioneer Square Labs, said the area has felt safer. PSL was burglarized during the pandemic, but Gottesman remains optimistic.</p>
  563.  
  564.  
  565.  
  566. <p>“I do think there’s safety in numbers,” he said. “As more people come back to work and there’s more activity, I think it’ll get better.”</p>
  567.  
  568.  
  569.  
  570. <p>While some companies are giving up their leases, others are growing their downtown footprint or opening new offices. </p>
  571.  
  572.  
  573.  
  574. <p>Remitly, a digital remittance company that went public last year, recently expanded its office. Seattle startups such as Stackline and Tasso inked new leases. Delivery giant DoorDash just <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/doordash-expanding-engineering-footprint-in-seattle-with-new-downtown-office-space/">opened a new engineering center</a>.</p>
  575.  
  576.  
  577.  
  578. <p>Orchard Workspace, a co-working space operator run by real estate giant JLL, last month <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2022/10/12/jll-opens-second-coworking-seattle-ex-wework-space.html">opened a new 35,000 square-foot location</a> at Westlake Tower across two floors previously occupied by WeWork. It is seeing &#8220;overwhelming demand&#8221; since opening in early October. </p>
  579.  
  580.  
  581.  
  582. <p>&#8220;We acknowledge there is still room to improve the perception of public safety in the downtown core, but we are encouraged by the progress we’ve seen over the course of 2022 and will help to progress the conversation,&#8221; said Tyler Hall, a manager with Unico, which owns the property where Orchard is leasing space. </p>
  583.  
  584.  
  585.  
  586. <p>But the recent <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/">surge in tech company layoffs</a> and hiring slowdowns may curb new office growth, at least in the near future.</p>
  587.  
  588.  
  589.  
  590. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124335-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738551" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124335-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124335-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124335-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124335-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/PicTapGo-2022-11-27-124335-2048x1536.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Pike Place Market in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  591.  
  592.  
  593.  
  594. <p>Regardless, Redman said downtown Seattle can&#8217;t rely on tech companies to remain relevant. She believes hybrid work is here to stay and office space will remain empty. Downtown needs to be reimagined, she said, and focus needs to move away from trying to convince workers to come back. </p>
  595.  
  596.  
  597.  
  598. <p>“We’re fighting the last war instead of looking to the future,” she said. “We need to double down on making downtown a really great place to live as opposed to making it a place where we fill up every office space.”</p>
  599.  
  600.  
  601.  
  602. <p>Urban expert <a href="https://creativeclass.com/richard_florida/">Richard Florida</a> has a similar take. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-future-of-downtown-seattle-reasons-for-hope-concern-and-opportunity-to-change-for-the-better/">During a keynote speech</a> at Downtown Seattle Association&#8217;s annual luncheon earlier this year, Florida argued that a modern urban downtown should be about community and connectivity more than only about working.</p>
  603.  
  604.  
  605.  
  606. <p>He said downtown needs to work on the amenities found in other neighborhoods where people linger such as parks and open spaces mixed with retail. The future of downtown is to make it a place where people stay, he said, and not a place where people only work.</p>
  607.  
  608.  
  609.  
  610. <p>“Seattle is perfectly placed to make this change,” he said.</p>
  611.  
  612.  
  613.  
  614. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="420" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/0264-GW-Summit-20221006-1-630x420.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-727579" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/0264-GW-Summit-20221006-1-630x420.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/0264-GW-Summit-20221006-1-1260x840.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/0264-GW-Summit-20221006-1-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/0264-GW-Summit-20221006-1-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/0264-GW-Summit-20221006-1.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell speaks at the GeekWire Summit in Seattle last month. (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong).</figcaption></figure>
  615.  
  616.  
  617.  
  618. <p><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-mayor-expresses-concern-about-city-tax-revenue-loss-due-to-remote-work/">Speaking at the GeekWire Summit last month</a>, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell noted that downtown won&#8217;t look the same as before. </p>
  619.  
  620.  
  621.  
  622. <p>&#8220;I’m trying to encourage employers to get folks back, develop the energy and synergy that we need,&#8221; Harrell said. &#8220;But the fact of the matter is, there will never be the good ‘ol days where everyone’s downtown working.&#8221;</p>
  623.  
  624.  
  625.  
  626. <p>Harrell said he&#8217;s trying to figure out how to incentivize people to be downtown in the new age of hybrid work.</p>
  627.  
  628.  
  629.  
  630. <p>“I cannot mandate people to come downtown unless there’s something to drive them there,” the mayor said, adding that he&#8217;s concerned about the tax revenue loss due to remote work. </p>
  631.  
  632.  
  633.  
  634. <p>Harrell met with a group of tech executives earlier this year to discuss the state of downtown Seattle. Faisal Masud, CEO of Seattle e-commerce startup Fabric, said he was encouraged by the meeting and <a href="https://mynorthwest.com/3379535/seattle-mayor-police-presence-downtown-surge-violence/">some of the mayor&#8217;s efforts to improve safety</a>.  </p>
  635.  
  636.  
  637.  
  638. <p>“He’s not messing around,” Masul said. “He’s actually doing good work. I feel like he’s executing on what he said.”</p>
  639.  
  640.  
  641.  
  642. <p>But it may not be enough to attract tech companies to stay downtown or relocate to the area. Take Fabric, for example. The startup <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2021/07/28/fabric-still-looking-for-permanent-home.html">planned</a> to move from nearby Bellevue into Seattle, but now it doesn&#8217;t have a permanent office and works out of a co-working space.</p>
  643.  
  644.  
  645.  
  646. <p>Michael Schutzler, CEO of the Washington Technology Industry Association, called on the city council to reinvigorate downtown&#8217;s restaurant and arts scenes. </p>
  647.  
  648.  
  649.  
  650. <p>“They’re going to downsize, and they have a lot of options,” Schutzler said of downtown’s tech companies. “They’re not leaving tomorrow. It’s not hollowed out now. But give it five years and it’s going to look pretty bad.&#8221;</p>
  651.  
  652.  
  653.  
  654. <p>It remains to be seen how downtown Seattle will continue to evolve, with or without tech companies and workers. </p>
  655.  
  656.  
  657.  
  658. <p>“We are absolutely on the right track here,” said Jon Scholes, president and CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association. &#8220;But we’re still at a fragile point.&#8221;</p>
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  662. <title>Seattle startup with fresh approach to Parkinson&#8217;s and Alzheimer&#8217;s disease raises $96M</title>
  663. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-startup-with-fresh-approach-to-alzheimers-disease-raises-96m/</link>
  664. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 12:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  665. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Charlotte Schubert]]></dc:creator>
  666. <category><![CDATA[Health/Life Sciences]]></category>
  667. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  668. <category><![CDATA[Alexandria Venture Investments]]></category>
  669. <category><![CDATA[Andrew Dervan]]></category>
  670. <category><![CDATA[Cajal Neuroscience]]></category>
  671. <category><![CDATA[Funding]]></category>
  672. <category><![CDATA[Ian Peikon]]></category>
  673. <category><![CDATA[Ignacio Muñoz-Sanjuán]]></category>
  674.  
  675. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738872</guid>
  676. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="883" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-1260x883.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-1260x883.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-768x538.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-1536x1076.png 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-2048x1435.png 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-630x441.png 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Cajal Neuroscience, a Seattle startup taking a unique approach to developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer&#8217;s and Parkinson&#8217;s, revealed more details about its strategy and announced $96 million in funding Tuesday. Biopharma companies have spent&#160;billions of dollars&#160;over decades on failed trials for Alzheimer’s directed at just one target, amyloid-beta. The one drug available against that target, Biogen’s Aduhelm, was approved in the U.S. based on limited data and has not been commercially successful. There are numerous potential unexplored drug targets for neurodegenerative diseases, said Cajal CEO Ignacio Muñoz-Sanjuán in an interview with GeekWire. Large-scale human genetic studies have identified&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-startup-with-fresh-approach-to-alzheimers-disease-raises-96m/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  677. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  678. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="441" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-630x441.png" alt="" class="wp-image-738875" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-630x441.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-1260x883.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-768x538.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-1536x1076.png 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/image-2048x1435.png 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Microscopy image of neurons in the mouse brain. (Cajal Neuroscience Image)</figcaption></figure>
  679.  
  680.  
  681.  
  682. <p><a href="https://www.cajalneuro.com/">Cajal Neuroscience</a>, a Seattle startup taking a unique approach to developing treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer&#8217;s and Parkinson&#8217;s, revealed more details about its strategy and announced $96 million in funding Tuesday.</p>
  683.  
  684.  
  685.  
  686. <p>Biopharma companies have spent&nbsp;<a href="https://alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/alz.12450">billions of dollars</a>&nbsp;over decades on <a href="https://www.science.org/content/article/roche-alzheimer-s-antibody-fails-slow-cognitive-decline-major-test">failed trials</a> for Alzheimer’s directed at just one target, amyloid-beta. The one drug available against that target, Biogen’s Aduhelm, was approved in the U.S. based on limited data and has <a href="https://www.statnews.com/2022/09/28/if-a-new-alzheimers-drug-works-was-there-any-point-to-the-aduhelm-controversy-yes/">not been</a> commercially successful.</p>
  687.  
  688.  
  689.  
  690. <p>There are numerous potential unexplored drug targets for neurodegenerative diseases, said Cajal CEO <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/ignacio-munoz-sanjuan-7974bb4/">Ignacio Muñoz-Sanjuán</a> in an interview with GeekWire. Large-scale human genetic studies have identified hundreds of genetic variants that affect the risk of developing such conditions. But how the genes involved affect cellular processes and disease is not fully known.</p>
  691.  
  692.  
  693.  
  694. <p>Cajal was founded in 2020 to systematically collect such data to reveal key molecules involved in neurodegeneration, with an intitial focus on Alzheimer&#8217;s and Parkinson&#8217;s disease. </p>
  695.  
  696.  
  697.  
  698. <p>By exploring a large range of potential drug targets, “the field is going back to the basics in some ways,” said Muñoz-Sanjuán.</p>
  699.  
  700.  
  701.  
  702. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="207" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Cajal-Leadership-Team-2-630x207.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738894" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Cajal-Leadership-Team-2-630x207.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Cajal-Leadership-Team-2-1260x414.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Cajal-Leadership-Team-2-768x252.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Cajal-Leadership-Team-2-1536x505.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Cajal-Leadership-Team-2-2048x673.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">From left, Cajal CEO Ignacio Muñoz-Sanjuán and co-founders Ian Peikon, chief scientific officer, and Andrew Dervan, chief operating officer. (Cajal Neuroscience Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  703.  
  704.  
  705.  
  706. <p>Other companies exploring fresh approaches to neurodegenerative disease include Seattle startup Athira Pharma. Athira’s compound to affect neuronal growth, however, has <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/athira-pharma-shares-drop-nearly-70-on-release-of-clinical-trial-data-for-alzheimers-disease/">proven disappointing</a> so far in phase 2 trials for Alzheimer&#8217;s disease, prompting a <a href="https://investors.athira.com/news-releases/news-release-details/athira-pharma-provides-update-plans-ongoing-lift-ad-clinical">change in the design</a> of the ongoing study.</p>
  707.  
  708.  
  709.  
  710. <p>On Tuesday researchers are expecting full data from a phase 3 study of lecanemab, another Biogen and Esai experimental drug targeting amyloid-beta. The companies released <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/promising-data-from-large-alzheimers-study-bodes-well-for-this-seattle-startup/">preliminary data</a> in September suggesting that lecanemab could ease cognitive decline, but more recently the agent has been linked to two deaths, according to reports in <a href="https://www.science.org/content/article/second-death-linked-potential-antibody-treatment-alzheimer-s-disease">Science</a> and <a href="https://www.statnews.com/2022/10/28/patient-death-lecanemab-alzheimers-trial/#:~:text=Death%20of%20patient%20in%20closely,about%20risk%20for%20some%20groups&amp;text=The%20experimental%20Alzheimer's%20drug,the%20study%2C%20STAT%20has%20learned.">STAT</a>. </p>
  711.  
  712.  
  713.  
  714. <p>Yet another amyloid-beta targeting experimental drug, developed by Roche, <a href="https://www.science.org/content/article/roche-alzheimer-s-antibody-fails-slow-cognitive-decline-major-test">failed to show benefit</a> in two large trials this month. Late stage trials of experimental drugs for Parkinson&#8217;s disease have <a href="https://www.biospace.com/article/biopharma-is-tackling-misfolding-proteins-in-parkinson-s-disease/">similarly failed</a> to yield new treatment options. </p>
  715.  
  716.  
  717.  
  718. <p>Muñoz-Sanjuán was previously vice president of translational biology at the Cure Huntington’s Disease Initiative (CHDI) Foundation and took the helm of Cajal earlier this month.</p>
  719.  
  720.  
  721.  
  722. <p>Earlier, two co-founders helped construct the company: chief operating officer <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrewdervan/">Andrew Dervan</a>, who previously led cell therapy business development at Bristol Myers Squibb, and chief scientific officer <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/ianpeikon/">Ian Peikon</a>, previously director of platform biology and technology at Kallyope, a New York City biotech startup. Cajal board chair and co-founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/robhershberg/">Robert Hershberg</a>, a venture partner at Frazier Life Sciences and former Celgene executive, also contributed along with other board members. </p>
  723.  
  724.  
  725.  
  726. <p>Cajal now has 56 employees.</p>
  727.  
  728.  
  729.  
  730. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-embed-handler wp-block-embed-embed-handler"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  731. <div style="width: 640px;" class="wp-video"><!--[if lt IE 9]><script>document.createElement('video');</script><![endif]-->
  732. <video class="wp-video-shortcode" id="video-738872-1" width="640" height="360" preload="metadata" controls="controls"><source type="video/webm" src="https://www.cajalneuro.com/video/science-video.webm?_=1" /><a href="https://www.cajalneuro.com/video/science-video.webm">https://www.cajalneuro.com/video/science-video.webm</a></video></div>
  733. </div><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Video of a mouse brain in three dimensions with neurons labelled in color. (Cajal Neuroscience Video)</figcaption></figure>
  734.  
  735.  
  736.  
  737. <p><strong>Building the company in Seattle</strong></p>
  738.  
  739.  
  740.  
  741. <p>When Peikon left Kallyope in 2019 he was tapped to become an entrepreneur-in-residence at New York City-based Lux Capital, which led the new Series A funding round for Cajal, along with The Column Group. Lux Capital and The Column Group were also both <a href="https://endpts.com/in-putting-together-a-236m-series-d-one-biotech-spurns-nasdaq-and-signals-the-dimming-allure-of-ipos/">investors in Kallyope</a>.</p>
  742.  
  743.  
  744.  
  745. <p>Peikon helped pull together three scientific co-founders to form Cajal: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory professor <a href="https://www.cshl.edu/research/faculty-staff/anthony-zador/">Anthony Zador</a>; Baylor College of Medicine professor <a href="https://www.bcm.edu/people-search/huda-zoghbi-33774">Huda Zoghbi</a>, a science partner at The Column Group; and Columbia professor <a href="https://zuckermaninstitute.columbia.edu/charles-s-zuker-phd">Charles Zuker</a>, a Kalyope co-founder who is also a science partner at The Column Group.</p>
  746.  
  747.  
  748.  
  749. <p>Together, they conceived of an approach to identify and systematically assess new drug targets. “The three of them put their heads together,” said Peikon. </p>
  750.  
  751.  
  752.  
  753. <p>Cajal pinpoints genes involved in neurodegeneration and interrogates how they affect the biology of disease using cell-based screens and animal models. Methods of interrogation include sequencing active genes in cells and imaging techniques such as 3D microscopy of mouse brains.</p>
  754.  
  755.  
  756.  
  757. <p>Zoghbi’s lab provides expertise in <a href="https://elifesciences.org/articles/19809">large-scale screens</a> and <a href="https://www.jneurosci.org/content/40/2/459.long">animal studies</a><a href="https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(16)30421-4?">. </a>Zador’s lab licensed tech to Cajal that maps how neurons connect to each other using a <a href="https://www.cell.com/neuron/fulltext/S0896-6273(16)30421-4?">sequencing-based method</a> that labels and analyzes their projections.</p>
  758.  
  759.  
  760.  
  761. <p>In addition to exploring molecules that affect neurons, the company also focuses on support cells often ignored by other researchers.</p>
  762.  
  763.  
  764.  
  765. <p>The company spent its first years developing computational expertise to ingest and analyze data from human genomic and clinical studies, and building tools for its target discovery system. &nbsp;</p>
  766.  
  767.  
  768.  
  769. <p>More recently, its researchers have identified molecular processes that “we are really excited about,” said Peikon. Cajal is now developing its drug discovery arm, focused on finding compounds that interact with their identified targets and affect their activity. </p>
  770.  
  771.  
  772.  
  773. <p>The team tapped into a talented pool of employees in Seattle, including experts in functional genomics and neuroscience. Dervan pointed to the deep biotech talent pool in the region, home to the University of Washington and the Allen Institute for Brain Science. </p>
  774.  
  775.  
  776.  
  777. <p>&#8220;That was the nucleating force, the gravitational pull that brought us to Seattle,&#8221; said Dervan.</p>
  778.  
  779.  
  780.  
  781. <p>The company spent its early days at Alexandria Launch Labs, an incubator space in Seattle’s Eastlake neighborhood, and is now growing in a larger space in the same Alexandria-owned building. The company will move into a nearby new Alexandria building at 1150 Eastlake in 2023.</p>
  782.  
  783.  
  784.  
  785. <p>Alexandria Venture Investments participated in the funding round, along with Two Sigma Ventures, Evotec, Dolby Family Ventures and others.</p>
  786.  
  787.  
  788.  
  789. <p>The startup is named after Santiago Ramón y Cajal, a Spanish scientist and artist who drew the first maps showing the cellular content and connectivity of the brain in the late 1800&#8217;s. </p>
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  793. <title>Orion capsule watches the moon eclipse Earth at farthest point of Artemis odyssey</title>
  794. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/orion-moon-eclipse-earth-farthest-artemis/</link>
  795. <pubDate>Tue, 29 Nov 2022 01:00:42 +0000</pubDate>
  796. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Alan Boyle]]></dc:creator>
  797. <category><![CDATA[Space]]></category>
  798. <category><![CDATA[Artemis]]></category>
  799. <category><![CDATA[Moon]]></category>
  800. <category><![CDATA[NASA]]></category>
  801. <category><![CDATA[Orion]]></category>
  802.  
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  804. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1200" height="822" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Orion&#039;s view of Earth and moon" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5.jpg 1200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5-768x526.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5-630x432.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px"><br>Halfway into its 25.5-day uncrewed Artemis 1 mission, NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule today recorded a weird kind of Earth-moon eclipse, reached its farthest distance from our planet and began the complicated trek back home. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson marveled at the milestones achieved in the Artemis program, aimed at sending astronauts to the lunar surface by as early as 2025. &#8220;Artemis 1 has had extraordinary success and has completed a series of history-making events,&#8221; he told reporters at a news briefing. &#8220;For example, on Friday, for the first time, a human-rated spacecraft successfully entered that orbit for Artemis, one called a&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/orion-moon-eclipse-earth-farthest-artemis/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  805. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  806. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="432" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5-630x432.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738795" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5-630x432.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5-768x526.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221128-earthmoon5.jpg 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A camera on NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule catches sight of the moon covering part of Earth&#8217;s disk. (NASA / ESA Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  807.  
  808.  
  809.  
  810. <p>Halfway into its 25.5-day uncrewed <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/artemis-1">Artemis 1 mission</a>, NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule today recorded a weird kind of Earth-moon eclipse, reached its farthest distance from our planet and began the complicated trek back home.</p>
  811.  
  812.  
  813.  
  814. <p>NASA Administrator Bill Nelson marveled at the milestones achieved in the Artemis program, aimed at sending astronauts to the lunar surface by as early as 2025.</p>
  815.  
  816.  
  817.  
  818. <p>&#8220;Artemis 1 has had extraordinary success and has completed a series of history-making events,&#8221; he told reporters at a news briefing. &#8220;For example, on Friday, for the first time, a human-rated spacecraft successfully entered that orbit for Artemis, one called a distant retrograde orbit. And then, on Saturday, Orion <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-orion-far-out-orbit-moon/">surpassed the distance record for a mission with a spacecraft designed to carry humans into deep space</a>. &#8230; And just over an hour ago, Orion set another record, clocking its maximum distance from Earth, 270,000 miles.&#8221;</p>
  819.  
  820.  
  821.  
  822. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  823. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Spectacular views🌖🌎<a href="https://twitter.com/NASA_Orion?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NASA_Orion</a> completed another major milestone today at 3:08 pm CT as the spacecraft reached the farthest distance from Earth during the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Artemis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Artemis</a> I mission traveling over 268,000 miles. Want to see more images like these? Click here: <a href="https://t.co/ArJTxEaRU4">https://t.co/ArJTxEaRU4</a> <a href="https://t.co/TZQJvb5kw5">pic.twitter.com/TZQJvb5kw5</a></p>&mdash; NASA&#39;s Johnson Space Center (@NASA_Johnson) <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA_Johnson/status/1597390593751404544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 29, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  824. </div></figure>
  825.  
  826.  
  827.  
  828. <p>The mission evokes the spirit of the Apollo program, which sent NASA astronauts to the lunar surface 50 years ago. To cite just one example, Artemis 1 broke the distance record set by Apollo 13 back in 1970. &#8220;Artemis builds on Apollo,&#8221; Nelson said. &#8220;Not only are we going farther and coming home faster, but Artemis is paving the way to live and work in deep space in a hostile environment, to invent, to create, and ultimately to go on with humans to Mars.&#8221;</p>
  829.  
  830.  
  831.  
  832. <p>Cameras mounted on Orion&#8217;s solar array wings have been recording images of Earth, the moon and the spacecraft itself since the capsule&#8217;s <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-sls-orion-artemis-moon-mission/">Nov. 15 launch atop NASA&#8217;s giant Space Launch System rocket</a>. Today, the orbital alignment was just right to capture pictures of the moon passing in front of Earth&#8217;s disk &#8212; which meant communication links with Earth were temporarily cut off during the eclipse.</p>
  833.  
  834.  
  835.  
  836. <p>Although Orion&#8217;s view of the moon-over-Earth occultation was remarkable, there are precedents: For example, the Apollo astronauts saw <a href="https://apollospace.com/tag/earthrise/">multiple Earthrises and Earthsets</a> &#8212; and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasas-orion-capsule-circles-the-moon-capturing-views-thatll-make-you-feel-giddy/">Orion&#8217;s cameras did likewise</a> during an earlier phase of the Artemis 1 trip. For what it&#8217;s worth, a satellite called the Deep Space Climate Observatory <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2015/moon-photobombs-earth-in-amazing-video-from-dscovr-satellite/">captured views of the moon passing in front of Earth</a> for a partial &#8220;eclipse.&#8221;</p>
  837.  
  838.  
  839.  
  840. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  841. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Yeah, but have you ever seen the Moon&#8230; eclipse the Earth? Here&#39;s a view human eyes have yet to witness in person: the Moon occulting the Earth today, as seen from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Artemis1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Artemis1</a> (sped up 60x) too bad they panned the camera at the verrrrry end! <a href="https://t.co/FobKLLupC7">pic.twitter.com/FobKLLupC7</a></p>&mdash; Dave Dickinson (@Astroguyz) <a href="https://twitter.com/Astroguyz/status/1597279223156195330?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 28, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  842. </div></figure>
  843.  
  844.  
  845.  
  846. <p>And the hits just keep on coming: In the week ahead, Orion is due to execute a series of maneuvers that will involve a second close approach to the lunar surface &#8212; providing the mission&#8217;s first opportunity to take close-up pictures of Apollo landing sites. Those maneuvers will set Orion up for its homeward cruise.</p>
  847.  
  848.  
  849.  
  850. <p>Mission managers said the flight has been going largely according to plan, with just a few &#8220;funnies&#8221; that have been cleared by the NASA team. For example, engineers determined that a series of resets in Orion&#8217;s star-tracking system were nothing out of the ordinary in Orion&#8217;s operating environment.</p>
  851.  
  852.  
  853.  
  854. <p>&#8220;We are continuing to proceed along the nominal mission,&#8221; Artemis 1 mission manager Mike Sarafin said.</p>
  855.  
  856.  
  857.  
  858. <p>Some of the most crucial tests won&#8217;t come until Orion makes its descent to a Pacific Ocean splashdown on Dec. 11.</p>
  859.  
  860.  
  861.  
  862. <p>&#8220;The biggest test after the launch is the re-entry, because we want to know that the heat shield works at about 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, almost half as hot as the sun, coming in at 32 Mach &#8230; 25,000 miles an hour,&#8221; Nelson said.</p>
  863.  
  864.  
  865.  
  866. <p>If the re-entry and splashdown sequence is successful, NASA engineers will check the condition of the capsule and collect the sensor data from three mannequins that were placed into Orion&#8217;s seats. All those readings will help the Artemis team determine the schedule for the crewed missions ahead.</p>
  867.  
  868.  
  869.  
  870. <p>Artemis 2, tentatively scheduled for 2024, will send astronauts on a 10.5-day mission around the moon. If that shakedown cruise goes well, and if a <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/nasa-awards-2-9b-spacex-starship-lunar-lander-blue-origin-dynetics-left/">Starship lunar lander</a> that&#8217;s currently under development at SpaceX is ready to go in time, NASA would proceed with Artemis 3 in the 2025 time frame.</p>
  871.  
  872.  
  873.  
  874. <p>&#8220;We will have four [astronauts] go into a lunar polar elliptical orbit that will then have two of the astronauts in the lander go down to the surface,&#8221; Nelson said.</p>
  875.  
  876.  
  877.  
  878. <p>The crews for future Artemis missions haven&#8217;t yet been announced, but Nelson said Artemis 3 will put the &#8220;first woman and the next man&#8221; on the lunar surface. He has also promised that the landing party will include the first person of color to set foot on the moon.</p>
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  882. <title>Tech Moves: Atomo appoints COO; Joon Care hires CEO; and more</title>
  883. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-atomo-appoints-coo-joon-care-hires-ceo-and-more/</link>
  884. <pubDate>Mon, 28 Nov 2022 20:15:40 +0000</pubDate>
  885. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Charlotte Schubert]]></dc:creator>
  886. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  887. <category><![CDATA[Tech Moves]]></category>
  888. <category><![CDATA[Atomo]]></category>
  889. <category><![CDATA[Joon Care]]></category>
  890.  
  891. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738712</guid>
  892. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="1008" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-1260x1008.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-1260x1008.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-768x614.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-630x504.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot.jpeg 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>&#8212; Seattle beanless coffee brewer Atomo promoted head of growth Ed Hoehn to chief operating officer and appointed two new board members, Birgit Cameron and Jordan Schenck. Hoen joined the company in May after serving as president of St. Louis, Mo.-based Volt Systems, a vendor management and product tracking startup that was recently acquired by Walmart. Hoen was previously also CEO of retail technology startup CoinFlip Solutions; chief customer officer at printing services company Orora Visual; and senior vice president of marketing services at sales and marketing services agency Crossmark. Cameron co-founded Patagonia Provisions, the food arm of the outdoor&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-atomo-appoints-coo-joon-care-hires-ceo-and-more/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  893. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wp-block-image">
  894. <figure class="alignright size-medium"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="300" height="240" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-300x240.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738733" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-300x240.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot-630x504.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Ed-headshot.jpeg 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Ed Hoen. (Atomo Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  895.  
  896.  
  897. <p><strong>&#8212; Seattle beanless coffee brewer <a href="https://atomocoffee.com/">Atomo </a>promoted head of growth <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/ed-hoehn/">Ed Hoehn</a> to chief operating officer and appointed two new board members, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/birgit-cameron-93265339/">Birgit Cameron</a> and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordan-schenck-56163217/">Jordan Schenck</a>. </strong></p>
  898.  
  899.  
  900.  
  901. <p>Hoen joined the company in May after serving as president of St. Louis, Mo.-based Volt Systems, a vendor management and product tracking startup that was recently acquired by Walmart. Hoen was previously also CEO of retail technology startup CoinFlip Solutions; chief customer officer at printing services company Orora Visual; and senior vice president of marketing services at sales and marketing services agency Crossmark. </p>
  902.  
  903.  
  904.  
  905. <p>Cameron co-founded Patagonia Provisions, the food arm of the outdoor apparel company. Schenck is the co-founder and chief revenue officer of beverage company Sunwink, and was previously head of consumer marketing for Impossible Foods. </p>
  906.  
  907.  
  908.  
  909. <p>Atomo makes its sustainable brews without beans using 98% upcycled ingredients such as extracts of date seed, chicory root and grape skin. The company also uses less water and releases less carbon emissions than conventional coffee. It <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-beanless-coffee-brewer-atomo-raises-40m-and-begins-selling-its-sustainable-brews-online/">raised $40 million</a> in June. </p>
  910.  
  911.  
  912.  
  913. <p><strong>&#8212; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/emilyspesce/">Emily Pesce</a> <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6983152912663289856?utm_source=share&amp;utm_medium=member_desktop">is now</a> CEO of <a href="https://www.joon.com/">Joon Care</a>, replacing co-founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshherst/">Josh Herst</a>, who will remain with the mental health startup as a strategic advisor and board member. </strong></p>
  914.  
  915.  
  916.  
  917. <p>Pesce is a managing member of venture firm Working Lab Capital and was previously vice president of online learning platform Nerdy. She was also previously senior manager of mobile services at Amazon. </p>
  918.  
  919.  
  920.  
  921. <p>Joon Care provides remote therapy services for teens and young adults and<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/joon-raises-3-5m/"> raised $3.5 million</a> in 2020. The company was founded in 2019 <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-mezulis-0b99b4199/">Amy Mezulis</a>, the company&#8217;s chief clinical officer, and Herst, who previously led Walk Score, which was acquired by Redfin in 2014. </p>
  922.  
  923.  
  924.  
  925. <p><strong><strong>Other key personnel moves across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:</strong></strong></p>
  926.  
  927.  
  928.  
  929. <ul>
  930. <li><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/shalendra/">Shalendra Chhabra</a> moved from Microsoft to become head of product and people manager for Amazon Web Services ML/AI Human-in-the-Loop Services. </li>
  931.  
  932.  
  933.  
  934. <li>The University of Washington honored <a href="https://www.washington.edu/facultystaff/2022/11/14/uw-honors-distinguished-faculty-for-academic-excellence/">more than 20 faculty members</a> for academic excellence at a recent Faculty Honors Reception. </li>
  935. </ul>
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  938. <item>
  939. <title>What to expect at re:Invent: Amazon Web Services navigates uncertain economic times</title>
  940. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/what-to-expect-at-reinvent-amazon-web-services-navigates-uncertain-economic-times/</link>
  941. <pubDate>Mon, 28 Nov 2022 18:45:23 +0000</pubDate>
  942. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  943. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  944. <category><![CDATA[Cloud Tech]]></category>
  945. <category><![CDATA[Re:Invent 2022]]></category>
  946.  
  947. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738691</guid>
  948. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-1260x840.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-2048x1365.jpg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-630x420.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Amazon Web Services will face a new challenge at its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week: keeping software developers and big corporate customers engaged with the long-term potential of its cloud platform, while grappling with the more immediate realities of an economic downturn. The stakes are high for Amazon as a whole, given the financial cushion that the industry-leading cloud division provides for the company at a time of belt-tightening inside the tech giant and across the industry. In the third quarter, AWS posted more than $5.4 billion in operating profit, lifting the company to an operating profit&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/what-to-expect-at-reinvent-amazon-web-services-navigates-uncertain-economic-times/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  949. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  950. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="420" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-630x420.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738727" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-630x420.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-1260x840.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/selipsky-2048x1365.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Adam Selipsky, AWS CEO, will lead his second re:Invent since returning to Amazon last year. (Amazon Photo) </figcaption></figure>
  951.  
  952.  
  953.  
  954. <p>Amazon Web Services will face a new challenge at its annual <a href="https://reinvent.awsevents.com/">re:Invent conference </a>in Las Vegas this week: keeping software developers and big corporate customers engaged with the long-term potential of its cloud platform, while grappling with the more immediate realities of an economic downturn.</p>
  955.  
  956.  
  957.  
  958. <p>The stakes are high for Amazon as a whole, given the financial cushion that the industry-leading cloud division provides for the company at a time of belt-tightening inside the tech giant and across the industry. </p>
  959.  
  960.  
  961.  
  962. <p>In the third quarter, AWS <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-the-economy-is-hitting-the-amazon-and-microsoft-clouds-and-what-theyre-doing-about-it/">posted more than $5.4 billion in operating profit</a>, lifting the company to an operating profit of more than $2.5 billion, rather than the loss nearly $2.9 billion that Amazon as a whole would have posted without its cloud unit. That was despite the slowest year-over-year quarterly revenue growth on record for AWS. </p>
  963.  
  964.  
  965.  
  966. <p>Amazon remains the cloud infrastructure services leader, with 34% of the market, vs. 21% for Microsoft and 11% for Google, according to <a href="https://www.srgresearch.com/articles/q3-cloud-spending-up-over-11-billion-from-2021-despite-major-headwinds-google-increases-its-market-share">Synergy Research Group</a>.</p>
  967.  
  968.  
  969.  
  970. <p>At re:Invent this week, look for AWS CEO Adam Selipsky to spend part of his time touting the financial flexibility of AWS for budget-oriented corporate customers. Selipsky&#8217;s session is slated for Tuesday morning, available via live stream to registered attendees along with other re:Invent keynotes.</p>
  971.  
  972.  
  973.  
  974. <p>The price-to-performance ratio of Amazon&#8217;s cloud infrastructure, and advances in its custom Graviton chips, will likely be part of the focus of an opening talk Monday night by Peter DeSantis, the senior vice president of AWS Utility computing. </p>
  975.  
  976.  
  977.  
  978. <p>Those trends in custom silicon and cloud infrastructure, in turn, enable new large-scale data processing and machine learning capabilities through services such as Amazon&#8217;s SageMaker platform. This will be part of a keynote Wednesday morning by Swami Sivasubramanian, AWS VP of database, analytics and machine learning.</p>
  979.  
  980.  
  981.  
  982. <p>After a partner keynote Wednesday afternoon, with Ruba Borno, AWS VP of worldwide channels and alliances, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels will deliver his traditional closing keynote Thursday morning.</p>
  983.  
  984.  
  985.  
  986. <p>Sustainability will also be a key theme, with AWS <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/aws/aws-water-positive-by-2030">committing Monday morning</a> to be &#8220;water positive&#8221; in its operations by 2030, returning more water than it uses in the communities where the company operates.</p>
  987.  
  988.  
  989.  
  990. <p>Stay tuned for coverage of re:Invent on GeekWire this week.</p>
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  993. <item>
  994. <title>How technology is helping remove racist language in Washington state property deeds</title>
  995. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-technology-is-helping-remove-racist-language-in-washington-state-property-deeds/</link>
  996. <pubDate>Mon, 28 Nov 2022 18:23:22 +0000</pubDate>
  997. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Lisa Stiffler]]></dc:creator>
  998. <category><![CDATA[Impact Series]]></category>
  999. <category><![CDATA[discrimination]]></category>
  1000. <category><![CDATA[John L. Scott]]></category>
  1001. <category><![CDATA[race]]></category>
  1002. <category><![CDATA[Real Estate]]></category>
  1003. <category><![CDATA[University of Washington]]></category>
  1004.  
  1005. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738214</guid>
  1006. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1015" height="674" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet.jpg 1015w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet-768x510.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet-630x418.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1015px) 100vw, 1015px"><br>If you live in a home built before the 1950s, there&#8217;s a chance that lurking in its property records is racist language. For decades in the first half of the 20th century, developers, real estate companies and communities inserted covenants into property deeds and neighborhood association bylaws that forbid Black, Asian and Jewish residents from living in those homes. Now the University of Washington, John L. Scott, and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are working on efforts to discover and remove the restrictive covenants from records in Washington state &#8212; while also helping educate the public about past and present discrimination&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-technology-is-helping-remove-racist-language-in-washington-state-property-deeds/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  1007. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  1008. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="418" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet-630x418.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738684" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet-630x418.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet-768x510.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Blue-Ridge-pamphlet.jpg 1015w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A brochure advertising Seattle&#8217;s Blue Ridge neighborhood included language limiting homeownership and rentals to people of the white or Caucasian race. (Photo courtesy of the UW&#8217;s Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project)</figcaption></figure>
  1009.  
  1010.  
  1011.  
  1012. <p>If you live in a home built before the 1950s, there&#8217;s a chance that lurking in its property records is racist language. </p>
  1013.  
  1014.  
  1015.  
  1016. <p>For decades in the first half of the 20th century, developers, real estate companies and communities inserted covenants into property deeds and neighborhood association bylaws that forbid Black, Asian and Jewish residents from living in those homes. </p>
  1017.  
  1018.  
  1019.  
  1020. <p>Now the <a href="https://depts.washington.edu/civilr/covenants.htm">University of Washington</a>, <a href="https://www.johnlscott.com/">John L. Scott</a>, and <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/machine-learning/real-estate-brokerage-firm-john-l-scott-uses-amazon-textract-and-amazon-comprehend-to-strike-racially-restrictive-language-from-property-deeds-for-homeowners/">Amazon Web Services (AWS)</a> are working on efforts to discover and remove the restrictive covenants from records in Washington state &#8212; while also helping educate the public about past and present discrimination in housing.</p>
  1021.  
  1022.  
  1023.  
  1024. <p>In the 1920s, &#8217;30s and &#8217;40s, the language was promoted as a way to protect property values. It helped perpetuate segregation when other racist strategies were outlawed. And the Pacific Northwest, which has often viewed itself as more progressive on race issues, embraced the practice.   </p>
  1025.  
  1026.  
  1027.  
  1028. <p>&#8220;Segregation in the Northwest was not that different than segregation in the South,” said UW history professor <a href="https://history.washington.edu/people/james-gregory">James Gregory.</a> </p>
  1029.  
  1030.  
  1031.  
  1032. <p>Since 2005, Gregory has been leading the UW&#8217;s work combing and digitizing property records to unearth the language. In the last couple of years, John L. Scott and AWS have joined the effort, developing a platform that would make it easier for homeowners to identify and take action to remove the covenants from their records. </p>
  1033.  
  1034.  
  1035.  
  1036. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="561" height="413" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/New-World-headline.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738685" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/New-World-headline.jpg 561w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/New-World-headline-300x221.jpg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/New-World-headline-200x147.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/New-World-headline-136x100.jpg 136w" sizes="(max-width: 561px) 100vw, 561px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The New World, a communist party weekly, called attention to Seattle&#8217;s racist covenants in 1948. (Photo courtesy of the UW&#8217;s Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project.)</figcaption></figure>
  1037.  
  1038.  
  1039.  
  1040. <p>Discovering racist language in your own records, &#8220;it kind of hits you viscerally,” said Phil McBride, chief operating officer for John L. Scott, which operates across the West Coast and in Idaho. </p>
  1041.  
  1042.  
  1043.  
  1044. <p>McBride stumbled upon the wording when he and his wife bought a home decades ago in Maryland. Its wrongness stayed with him, and he recently began applying his real estate expertise to the problem. </p>
  1045.  
  1046.  
  1047.  
  1048. <p>For most residential properties in the state, the documents including the covenants are not available in a digitized format, existing only in bound volumes, microfiche or microfilm. Through the painstaking work of the UW researchers &#8212; which now also includes more than 700 <a href="http://depts.washington.edu/covenants/volunteer.shtml">online volunteers</a> on the Zooniverse crowdsource platform &#8212; they have identified thousands of properties with racist covenants. </p>
  1049.  
  1050.  
  1051.  
  1052. <ul>
  1053. <li>In King County, which includes Seattle, at least 30,000 deeds are known or suspected to include the covenants; more than 1 million records in the county are not yet digitized</li>
  1054.  
  1055.  
  1056.  
  1057. <li>4,000 deeds in Pierce County, which includes Tacoma</li>
  1058.  
  1059.  
  1060.  
  1061. <li>4,000 deeds in Snohomish County, which includes Everett</li>
  1062.  
  1063.  
  1064.  
  1065. <li>5,000-7,000 deeds in Spokane County in Eastern Washington</li>
  1066.  
  1067.  
  1068.  
  1069. <li>Less than 2,000 deeds in Thurston County</li>
  1070.  
  1071.  
  1072.  
  1073. <li>About 2,000 deeds in Whatcom County </li>
  1074. </ul>
  1075.  
  1076.  
  1077.  
  1078. <p>Gregory&#8217;s team found entire Seattle-area communities covered by the language. William Boeing, founder of Boeing Aircraft, led the development of neighborhoods such as <a href="https://depts.washington.edu/civilr/covenants_BlueRidge.htm">Blue Ridge</a>, <a href="https://depts.washington.edu/civilr/Innis Arden.htm">Innis Arden</a>, Richmond Beach and Richmond Heights &#8212; and included racist covenants in all of them. </p>
  1079.  
  1080.  
  1081.  
  1082. <p>The Blue Ridge development, located in Northwest Seattle and overlooking Puget Sound, <a href="https://depts.washington.edu/civilr/covenants_BlueRidge.htm">included language</a> stating: </p>
  1083.  
  1084.  
  1085.  
  1086. <blockquote class="wp-block-quote">
  1087. <p><em>No property in said addition shall at any time be sold, conveyed, rented, or leased in whole or in part to any person or persons not of the White or Caucasian race. No person other than one of the White or Caucasian race shall be permitted to occupy any property in said addition or portion thereof or building thereon except a domestic servant actually employed by a person of the White or Caucasian race where the latter is an occupant of such property.</em></p>
  1088. </blockquote>
  1089.  
  1090.  
  1091.  
  1092. <p>Since 1968 and Congress&#8217; passage of the Housing Rights Act, it has been illegal to enforce the racist covenants. However, these and other discriminatory actions have had lasting impacts that are important to grasp, Gregory said. The public can&#8217;t fully appreciate why minority groups are disadvantaged, he said, without understanding how property restrictions kept them from owning homes. </p>
  1093.  
  1094.  
  1095.  
  1096. <p>“People were not allowed to buy property for generations,&#8221; he added, &#8220;because of these kinds of restrictions.&#8221;</p>
  1097.  
  1098.  
  1099.  
  1100. <p>When <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauryl-zenobi-82868410b/">Lauryl Zenobi </a>and <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/zacharycohn/">Zac Cohn</a> bought a house in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood a few years ago, Zenobi dug into the property&#8217;s documents.</p>
  1101.  
  1102.  
  1103.  
  1104. <p>“As a bit of a historical record nerd, and knowing that those covenants existed in Seattle during the time the house was built, I was curious to see if there was anything in the deed,” said Zenobi, who is director of experience at the software company Ad Hoc and studied anthropology.</p>
  1105.  
  1106.  
  1107.  
  1108. <p>Sure enough, the racist restriction was there.</p>
  1109.  
  1110.  
  1111.  
  1112. <p>Using King County’s website, the couple was able to add an amendment to the deed “that basically says ‘we recognize this part of the record is racist nonsense and is unenforceable, and are adding this amendment to note that someone took action to have it called out and nullified,’” Zenobi said by email.</p>
  1113.  
  1114.  
  1115.  
  1116. <p>Over the years, Washington state lawmakers have passed legislation to remove the filing fees and make it easier to strike the language from individual deeds and homeowners association by-laws. Last year, the Legislature <a href="https://depts.washington.edu/civilr/images/segregated/laws/1335-S2.SL.pdf">approved a bill</a> authorizing teams from the UW and Eastern Washington University to search records statewide for the restrictions, and to inform property owners of their existence. The project has funding until June 2023. </p>
  1117.  
  1118.  
  1119.  
  1120. <p>But even with efforts by lawmakers to make the removal of racist language easier, it can still be laborious.</p>
  1121.  
  1122.  
  1123.  
  1124. <p>The platform that McBride and Amazon are working on tries to simplify it for homeowners. Here&#8217;s how the prototype works: </p>
  1125.  
  1126.  
  1127.  
  1128. <ul>
  1129. <li>It uses <a href="https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/machine-learning/real-estate-brokerage-firm-john-l-scott-uses-amazon-textract-and-amazon-comprehend-to-strike-racially-restrictive-language-from-property-deeds-for-homeowners/">automated, machine learning tools</a> from AWS to search digitized deeds and property documents for restrictive language. </li>
  1130.  
  1131.  
  1132.  
  1133. <li>If found, a homeowner has the option of modifying or redacting the language. </li>
  1134.  
  1135.  
  1136.  
  1137. <li>The platform automatically finds and inserts required information about the property into a standardized form.   </li>
  1138.  
  1139.  
  1140.  
  1141. <li>Because of the documents&#8217; legal nature, the application to change them needs to be notarized. The platform has a link to schedule an appointment with an online notary. </li>
  1142.  
  1143.  
  1144.  
  1145. <li>Once the signatures are notarized, the site files the information with the county auditor and sends a confirm to the homeowner. </li>
  1146. </ul>
  1147.  
  1148.  
  1149.  
  1150. <p>While the site is largely built, there are significant challenges to address. Most importantly, the platform still needs a database of digitized property records. While the UW has thousands of them for research purposes, the county auditors need to give AWS and John L. Scott permission to use them in this capacity. And many properties don&#8217;t have their complete records in a digitized format. </p>
  1151.  
  1152.  
  1153.  
  1154. <p>McBride is talking to mortgage and title companies that have repositories of digitized documents to see if the project can get access to them. He&#8217;s eager to launch the tool early next year, and has heard from organizations in other states that are interested in passing legislation and providing this service. </p>
  1155.  
  1156.  
  1157.  
  1158. <figure class="wp-block-pullquote"><blockquote><p>&#8220;Taking care of the past allows us to talk about what&#8217;s relevant today.&#8221;</p></blockquote></figure>
  1159.  
  1160.  
  1161.  
  1162. <p>Gregory said that he, too, would like to see the platform succeed. </p>
  1163.  
  1164.  
  1165.  
  1166. <p>For now, John L. Scott employees will <a href="https://www.johnlscott.com/drivingchange">manually guide people</a> through the redaction process. The company is committed to helping remove the racist covenants, McBride said.</p>
  1167.  
  1168.  
  1169.  
  1170. <p>&#8220;Because we were complicit and complacent in this, I feel like we ought to make it right from an industry standpoint,&#8221; he said. </p>
  1171.  
  1172.  
  1173.  
  1174. <p>And the reality is that there are ongoing discriminatory housing practices, such as <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/25/realestate/blacks-minorities-appraisals-discrimination.html">appraisers assigning lower values</a> for Black-owned than white-owned properties, that need correcting.  </p>
  1175.  
  1176.  
  1177.  
  1178. <p>&#8220;Taking care of the past,&#8221; McBride said, &#8220;allows us to talk about what&#8217;s relevant today.&#8221;</p>
  1179.  
  1180.  
  1181.  
  1182. <p><em><strong>Editor&#8217;s note: </strong>This story was updated to add a description of Lauryl Zenobi and Zac Cohn&#8217;s experience with the covenants. </em></p>
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  1186. <title>Seattle Seahawks add three more concession stores using Amazon&#8217;s &#8216;Just Walk Out&#8217; tech</title>
  1187. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-seahawks-add-three-more-concession-stores-using-amazons-just-walk-out-tech/</link>
  1188. <pubDate>Mon, 28 Nov 2022 18:21:42 +0000</pubDate>
  1189. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Kurt Schlosser]]></dc:creator>
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  1197.  
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  1199. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="935" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-1260x935.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-1260x935.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-768x570.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-1536x1140.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-630x467.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1.jpeg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>The Seattle Seahawks took a loss against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, but fans at Lumen Field who are into cashierless concession stands can at least count the day as a win. The Seahawks debuted three more stores at the stadium utilizing Amazon&#8217;s &#8220;Just Walk Out&#8221; technology, designed to eliminate checkout lines and get fans back to their seats faster. The new locations are on the main stadium concourse in&#160;sections 103, 105 and 123. They are called District Market, just like the store that opened in section 323 at the start of the season. The stores serve beer, wine,&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-seahawks-add-three-more-concession-stores-using-amazons-just-walk-out-tech/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  1201. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="467" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-630x467.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-721708" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-630x467.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-1260x935.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-768x570.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1-1536x1140.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/lumen1.jpeg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A District Market concession store at Lumen Field in Seattle. (GeekWire File Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  1202.  
  1203.  
  1204.  
  1205. <p>The Seattle Seahawks took a loss against the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday, but fans at Lumen Field who are into cashierless concession stands can at least count the day as a win.</p>
  1206.  
  1207.  
  1208.  
  1209. <p>The Seahawks debuted three more stores at the stadium utilizing Amazon&#8217;s &#8220;Just Walk Out&#8221; technology, designed to eliminate checkout lines and get fans back to their seats faster.</p>
  1210.  
  1211.  
  1212.  
  1213. <p>The new locations are on the main stadium concourse in&nbsp;sections 103, 105 and 123. They are called District Market, just like the store that opened in section 323 at the start of the season. The stores serve beer, wine, seltzer and non-alcoholic beverages as well as chips, peanuts, popcorn and candy. The original location is the only one which serves hot food right now.</p>
  1214.  
  1215.  
  1216.  
  1217. <p>Fans can enter, shop, leave and pay without having to deal with any food handlers or cashiers. The retail tech, used in Amazon’s Go convenience stores and some of its full-size Fresh grocery stores, relies on overhead cameras and sensors to track what customers grab. Payment is facilitated automatically via a credit card scanned at entry or a card that&#8217;s linked to a biometric scan of a shopper&#8217;s palm, via Amazon One.</p>
  1218.  
  1219.  
  1220.  
  1221. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  1222. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gates are open, so don&#39;t waste a second 🚨<br><br>The fastest beverage checkout process in the stadium:  Our District Markets, powered by <a href="https://twitter.com/amazon?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Amazon</a> Just Walk Out Technology. <br><br>New Locations: Sections 103, 105, and 123. <a href="https://t.co/Iqrl7kSSGb">pic.twitter.com/Iqrl7kSSGb</a></p>&mdash; Lumen Field (@LumenField) <a href="https://twitter.com/LumenField/status/1596941934685061121?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 27, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  1223. </div></figure>
  1224.  
  1225.  
  1226.  
  1227. <p>Professional sports franchises across the nation are rolling out checkout-free stores from Amazon&nbsp;<a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tennessee-titans-nissan-stadium-and-zippin-to-launch-five-checkout-free-stores-in-time-for-pre-season-301589189.html">and other competitors</a>&nbsp;in a test of the nascent technology.</p>
  1228.  
  1229.  
  1230.  
  1231. <p>Amazon licenses its tech for use in such places as stadium and airport stores. In addition to Lumen Field, Seattle&#8217;s two other sports venues use Just Walk Out. It’s in use at <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/got-beer-8-seconds-testing-amazons-cashierless-tech-nhl-game-inside-climate-pledge-arena/">four stores in Climate Pledge Arena</a>, where the Seattle Kraken play, and at T-Mobile Park, home of the Mariners, where it was <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/way-cooler-than-standing-in-line-mariners-fans-get-first-taste-of-amazon-tech-in-new-ballpark-market/">introduced in May</a> at a new “Walk-Off Market.”</p>
  1232.  
  1233.  
  1234.  
  1235. <p>In September, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/in-russell-wilsons-return-to-seattle-amazons-just-walk-out-tech-gets-the-cheers-at-new-stadium-store/">GeekWire interviewed fans</a> at Lumen Field as they tried the technology for the first time before the Seahawks took on the Denver Broncos. Watch the video below:</p>
  1236.  
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  1239. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  1240. <iframe loading="lazy" title="Testing Amazon&#039;s cashierless technology at Seahawks game in Russell Wilson&#039;s return to Seattle" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vf5vOoXT1qs?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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  1245. <title>Testing Amazon Clinic, the tech giant&#8217;s latest foray into healthcare</title>
  1246. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/testing-amazon-clinic-the-tech-giants-latest-foray-into-healthcare/</link>
  1247. <pubDate>Mon, 28 Nov 2022 16:46:28 +0000</pubDate>
  1248. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Charlotte Schubert]]></dc:creator>
  1249. <category><![CDATA[Health/Life Sciences]]></category>
  1250. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  1251. <category><![CDATA[amazon clinic]]></category>
  1252.  
  1253. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737971</guid>
  1254. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1036" height="714" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth.jpeg 1036w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth-768x529.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth-630x434.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1036px) 100vw, 1036px"><br>Can Amazon help provide healthcare advice and treatment as efficiently as it delivers items to your door? That was the question I had as I tested the company&#8217;s latest foray into healthcare. Launched earlier this month, Amazon Clinic offers message-based care for 18 conditions such as pink eye and male hair loss, as well as certain types of birth control. Users can also renew prescriptions for additional conditions including high cholesterol and asthma. Amazon Clinic is available to adults between the ages of 18 and 64 in 32 states, using third-party digital health companies like SteadyMD and HealthTap. People can&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/testing-amazon-clinic-the-tech-giants-latest-foray-into-healthcare/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  1256. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="434" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth-630x434.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738699" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth-630x434.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth-768x529.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonhealth.jpeg 1036w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">(BigStock Photo / GeekWire Illustration)</figcaption></figure>
  1257.  
  1258.  
  1259.  
  1260. <p>Can Amazon help provide healthcare advice and treatment as efficiently as it delivers items to your door?  </p>
  1261.  
  1262.  
  1263.  
  1264. <p>That was the question I had as I tested the company&#8217;s latest foray into healthcare. </p>
  1265.  
  1266.  
  1267.  
  1268. <p><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-launching-amazon-clinic-a-virtual-health-service-intended-to-treat-a-variety-of-conditions/">Launched</a> earlier this month, <a href="https://clinic.amazon.com/">Amazon Clinic</a> offers message-based care for 18 conditions such as pink eye and male hair loss, as well as certain types of birth control. Users can also renew prescriptions for additional conditions including high cholesterol and asthma.</p>
  1269.  
  1270.  
  1271.  
  1272. <p>Amazon Clinic is available to adults between the ages of 18 and 64 in 32 states, using third-party digital health companies like SteadyMD and HealthTap. People can order treatments from pharmacies, including another Amazon health endeavor, Amazon Pharmacy. </p>
  1273.  
  1274.  
  1275.  
  1276. <p>Amazon Clinic is the company&#8217;s newest attempt at cracking into the lucrative and complicated healthcare industry. </p>
  1277.  
  1278.  
  1279.  
  1280. <p>The Seattle-based tech giant previously took aim at the primary care market with Amazon Care, a hybrid of virtual and in-home services, but is <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nearly-400-workers-in-washington-state-will-be-laid-off-due-to-amazon-care-shutdown/">shutting down that service by the end of the year</a>. It is also spending $3.9 billion t<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-to-acquire-one-medical-primary-care-company-in-3-9-billion-deal/">o acquire primary care company One Medical</a>. </p>
  1281.  
  1282.  
  1283.  
  1284. <p>Amazon Clinic is a slimmer service than Amazon Care. One analyst <a href="https://medcitynews.com/2022/11/with-its-new-outsourced-virtual-care-model-will-the-third-time-be-the-charm-for-amazon/">called</a> the model &#8220;a very capital-light&#8221; way to offer care.</p>
  1285.  
  1286.  
  1287.  
  1288. <p>Based on my test, I found the service convenient and straightforward, and the healthcare provider dispensed treatment advice efficiently through a message-based interface. </p>
  1289.  
  1290.  
  1291.  
  1292. <p>I suffer from a common ailment treated by Amazon Clinic: motion sickness. I figured the clinic could line up a pill for the next time I get a cheery invite for an afternoon sailing trip.</p>
  1293.  
  1294.  
  1295.  
  1296. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="361" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Care-for-Common-Conditions-630x361.png" alt="" class="wp-image-738047" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Care-for-Common-Conditions-630x361.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Care-for-Common-Conditions-1260x723.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Care-for-Common-Conditions-768x441.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Care-for-Common-Conditions-1536x881.png 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Care-for-Common-Conditions-2048x1175.png 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Amazon Clinic connects people to care for 18 conditions. It also provides prescription renewals for asthma, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, and migraine. (Amazon Clinic Image)</figcaption></figure>
  1297.  
  1298.  
  1299.  
  1300. <p>Amazon Clinic&#8217;s landing page provided links to information about its treatment options for motion sickness, giving me a sense of what to expect. I signed in using my Amazon account and set a PIN code. </p>
  1301.  
  1302.  
  1303.  
  1304. <p>I was next presented with a HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) authorization enabling the transfer of health information to providers on my behalf. </p>
  1305.  
  1306.  
  1307.  
  1308. <p>Given Amazon&#8217;s sprawling dataset on consumer purchasing behavior, there is scrutiny <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2022/07/23/amazon-one-medical-deal-gives-it-access-to-my-most-personal-info.html">on how the company handles personal healthcare information</a>. </p>
  1309.  
  1310.  
  1311.  
  1312. <p>My mom taught me to read all contracts, so I looked through Amazon Clinic&#8217;s HIPAA <a href="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Healthcare-privacy-statement.png">form</a> and <a href="https://clinic.amazon.com/privacy">a page</a> that outlined more clearly how the service uses health data. The legalese slowed me down, and clearer language up front would have made me feel more secure about authorizing the release.  </p>
  1313.  
  1314.  
  1315.  
  1316. <p>I was then offered the choice of using SteadyMD or HealthTap as a provider. I chose HealthTap and was presented with a document consenting to services that also outlined its policy to preserve privacy under HIPAA rules. Part of the agreement included consenting to having de-identified data disclosed for research purposes or &#8220;as part of a dataset that omits your name and other information that can directly identify you.&#8221;</p>
  1317.  
  1318.  
  1319.  
  1320. <p>I described my symptoms and answered broader questions about my medical history, mainly through checklists. The service also asked me an open-ended question at the end: &#8220;Is there anything else you would like to share with your clinician?&#8221;</p>
  1321.  
  1322.  
  1323.  
  1324. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="468" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treatment-specific-questions-630x468.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738212" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treatment-specific-questions-630x468.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treatment-specific-questions-1260x936.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treatment-specific-questions-768x570.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treatment-specific-questions-1536x1141.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treatment-specific-questions.jpg 2028w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption"> Amazon Clinic collects health information through checklists and text boxes. (Amazon Clinic Image)</figcaption></figure>
  1325.  
  1326.  
  1327.  
  1328. <p>I hit “place your order” and paid the $30 consultation fee. Consultation fees vary by provider and are not covered by insurance.</p>
  1329.  
  1330.  
  1331.  
  1332. <p>The service asked what pharmacy I wanted to use, proffering Amazon Pharmacy as an option. My local family-owned pharmacy, Katterman’s, was also in their database. </p>
  1333.  
  1334.  
  1335. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1336. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Pharmacy-Options-Amazon-Clinic-630x336.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738051" width="354" height="189" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Pharmacy-Options-Amazon-Clinic-630x336.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Pharmacy-Options-Amazon-Clinic-300x160.jpg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Pharmacy-Options-Amazon-Clinic-200x107.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Pharmacy-Options-Amazon-Clinic-150x80.jpg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Pharmacy-Options-Amazon-Clinic.jpg 749w" sizes="(max-width: 354px) 100vw, 354px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A pop-up box offers Amazon Pharmacy as an option. Users can also choose their own pharmacy. (Amazon Clinic Image)</figcaption></figure></div>
  1337.  
  1338.  
  1339. <p>Within ten minutes on a Friday afternoon I got a text and an email alert. I signed into the portal where a nurse had introduced herself and referred to me by my first name. She left a message about the pros and cons of two medications and a prescription patch behind the ear. </p>
  1340.  
  1341.  
  1342.  
  1343. <p>I asked questions about the difference between the pills and how long they last. Another ten minutes passed and I had answers.</p>
  1344.  
  1345.  
  1346.  
  1347. <p>There was more back and forth, and eventually I got a recommendation for an over-the-counter drug, Meclizine. I also received advice like avoiding reading while in motion and taking ginger, a common remedy. </p>
  1348.  
  1349.  
  1350.  
  1351. <p>The interaction was professional, pleasant and clear &#8212; and it was easy. The fee also includes two weeks for follow-up messages after the initial consultation. </p>
  1352.  
  1353.  
  1354.  
  1355. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="337" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Amazon-Clinic-Health-Information-2-630x337.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738388" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Amazon-Clinic-Health-Information-2-630x337.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Amazon-Clinic-Health-Information-2-1260x675.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Amazon-Clinic-Health-Information-2-768x411.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Amazon-Clinic-Health-Information-2-1536x823.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Amazon-Clinic-Health-Information-2-2048x1097.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Amazon Clinic&#8217;s interface collects health information systematically. (Amazon Clinic Image)</figcaption></figure>
  1356.  
  1357.  
  1358.  
  1359. <p>The symptom checklists and standardization of clinical questions and answers make for an efficient transaction. But treatments for conditions such as motion sickness or sinus infections are straightforward compared to much of healthcare, and more medically complex conditions may be harder to fit into the format. </p>
  1360.  
  1361.  
  1362.  
  1363. <p>It&#8217;s unclear how Amazon is making money off Amazon Clinic, and whether it shares revenue with the third-party telehealth providers. </p>
  1364.  
  1365.  
  1366.  
  1367. <p>Potential competitors include startups offering options for conditions like hair loss and sexual health, including Ro, Hims &amp; Hers and Thirty Madison. </p>
  1368.  
  1369.  
  1370. <aside class="callout clearfix"><p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-amazons-tech-and-logistics-prowess-may-disrupt-healthcare-and-spark-concern/">How Amazon’s tech and logistics prowess may disrupt healthcare — and spark concern</a></strong></p>
  1371. </aside>
  1372.  
  1373.  
  1374.  
  1375. <p>Amazon Clinic is part of<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/jun/15/telemedicine-companies-seeking-to-cash-in-on-covid-pandemic-boom"> a growing trend</a> of providing &#8220;asynchronous care&#8221; through message-based systems. The model does away with time-consuming face-to-face interactions and offers the possibility of precise communication through text. </p>
  1376.  
  1377.  
  1378.  
  1379. <p>Having an affordable online option like Amazon Clinic, connected to a well-known brand such as Amazon, might help people seek care for common conditions they would otherwise ignore and help them get prescription renewals. </p>
  1380.  
  1381.  
  1382.  
  1383. <p>But some people might miss face-to-face interactions. Short visits help build a relationship with a clinician that can help fend off serious health issues down the line. It will be interesting to see how Amazon incorporates Amazon Clinic into One Medical.</p>
  1384.  
  1385.  
  1386.  
  1387. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/First-reply-from-provider-630x536.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738073" width="630" height="536" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/First-reply-from-provider-630x536.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/First-reply-from-provider-768x653.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/First-reply-from-provider.jpg 831w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A health provider message from HealthTap via Amazon Clinic. (Amazon Clinic Image) </figcaption></figure>
  1388.  
  1389.  
  1390.  
  1391. <p>With Amazon Clinic, One Medical and Amazon Pharmacy, Amazon is <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-amazons-tech-and-logistics-prowess-may-disrupt-healthcare-and-spark-concern/">building multiple entry points </a>for consumers to access medical care through the tech giant. Products such as <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/review-amazons-halo-view-health-tracker-is-a-good-second-release-with-some-awkward-quirks/">Amazon&#8217;s Halo View health band</a> and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazons-new-halo-rise-bedside-device-tracks-sleep-with-radar-sensor-low-power-radio-signals/">a recently released</a> a bedside sleep tracking device offer another opportunity for integration, and could be used to remind people to <a href="https://www.economist.com/business/2022/11/20/amazon-makes-a-new-push-into-health-care">renew their prescriptions </a>at Amazon Pharmacy. </p>
  1392.  
  1393.  
  1394.  
  1395. <p>The resulting health datasets could be massive. Amazon might go further and offer incentives to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/can-amazon-change-healthcare-experts-sound-off-on-tech-giants-3-9b-deal-to-buy-one-medical/">combine private health data with its consumer information</a> and such data could be <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/how-amazons-tech-and-logistics-prowess-may-disrupt-healthcare-and-spark-concern/">used to</a> build predictive models, according to some industry experts. </p>
  1396.  
  1397.  
  1398. <aside class="callout clearfix"><p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/can-amazon-change-healthcare-experts-sound-off-on-tech-giants-3-9b-deal-to-buy-one-medical/">Can Amazon change healthcare? Experts sound off on tech giant’s $3.9B deal to buy One Medical</a></strong></p>
  1399. </aside>
  1400.  
  1401.  
  1402.  
  1403. <p>Amazon Clinic&#8217;s model of healthcare delivery takes Amazon out of the difficult business of lining up healthcare workers and physical infrastructure, which is what Amazon Care required. </p>
  1404.  
  1405.  
  1406.  
  1407. <p>Working with third-party vendors will &#8220;probably be the case with respect to how we work in healthcare,&#8221; Amazon healthcare exec Aaron Martin <a href="https://www.fiercehealthcare.com/health-tech/amazon-care-amazon-clinic-online-retail-giant-rolls-out-virtual-care-common-conditions">said</a> at a recent event. </p>
  1408.  
  1409.  
  1410.  
  1411. <p>Given the size, complexity and potential for technology to further transform the healthcare market, the sector has emerged as one of the most likely industries where Amazon&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/newsletters/2022-08-08/amazon-s-roomba-and-one-medical-deals-explained?sref=CUpXQy6u">could find a fourth pillar of its business</a>, alongside its existing three: Amazon Web Services, Amazon Prime, and Amazon Marketplace.</p>
  1412.  
  1413.  
  1414.  
  1415. <p>And Amazon appears to be set on continuing investments in healthcare despite recent layoffs and cuts to other parts of its business. In a <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-ceo-andy-jassy-addresses-layoffs-says-there-will-be-more-role-reductions/">memo to employees</a> about the job cuts, Amazon CEO Andy Jassy called out healthcare as one of the company&#8217;s &#8220;newer initiatives that we&#8217;ve been working on for a number of years and have conviction in pursuing.&#8221;</p>
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  1418. <item>
  1419. <title>&#8216;It&#8217;s like driving a spaceship&#8217;: Amazon&#8217;s Rivian electric delivery vans spotted across Seattle</title>
  1420. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-like-driving-a-spaceship-amazons-rivian-electric-delivery-vans-spotted-across-seattle/</link>
  1421. <pubDate>Sun, 27 Nov 2022 17:59:48 +0000</pubDate>
  1422. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Kurt Schlosser]]></dc:creator>
  1423. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  1424. <category><![CDATA[Amazon delivery]]></category>
  1425. <category><![CDATA[electric vehicles]]></category>
  1426. <category><![CDATA[Rivian]]></category>
  1427.  
  1428. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738516</guid>
  1429. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="876" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-1260x876.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-1260x876.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-768x534.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-1536x1068.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-630x438.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1.jpeg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>&#8220;Small Business Saturday&#8221; turned out to be a good day to spot a growing effort by one very big business to shrink its carbon footprint. Across Seattle, GeekWire spotted Amazon&#8217;s distinct electric delivery vans made by Rivian. The tech giant began rolling out the vans in Seattle and select U.S. cities this summer, but spotting them in the wild has still been a bit of a rare occurrence. Amazon said in a blog post earlier this month that its fleet now has more than 1,000 electric vans making deliveries in more than 100 cities across the U.S. &#8220;I love it.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-like-driving-a-spaceship-amazons-rivian-electric-delivery-vans-spotted-across-seattle/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  1431. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="438" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-630x438.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738518" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-630x438.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-1260x876.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-768x534.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1-1536x1068.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan1.jpeg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">An Amazon electric delivery van in Seattle&#8217;s Ballard neighborhood on Saturday. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  1432.  
  1433.  
  1434.  
  1435. <p>&#8220;Small Business Saturday&#8221; turned out to be a good day to spot a growing effort by one very big business to shrink its carbon footprint. </p>
  1436.  
  1437.  
  1438.  
  1439. <p>Across Seattle, GeekWire spotted Amazon&#8217;s distinct electric delivery vans made by Rivian. The tech giant <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-begins-rollout-of-rivian-electric-delivery-vans-across-u-s-in-drive-to-shrink-carbon-footprint/">began rolling out the vans</a> in Seattle and select U.S. cities this summer, but spotting them in the wild has still been a bit of a rare occurrence.</p>
  1440.  
  1441.  
  1442.  
  1443. <p>Amazon said in a <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/transportation/rivian-amazon-van-expands-to-100-us-cities-by-end-of-2022">blog post</a> earlier this month that its fleet now has more than 1,000 electric vans making deliveries in more than 100 cities across the U.S.</p>
  1444.  
  1445.  
  1446.  
  1447. <p>&#8220;I love it. It&#8217;s like driving a spaceship,&#8221; an Amazon delivery driver said while making a stop along East Pike Street in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The van&#8217;s unique blinking headlights and a red taillight that rings most of the back door of the vehicle definitely give off a spaceship vibe.</p>
  1448.  
  1449.  
  1450.  
  1451. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="460" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan4-630x460.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738519" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan4-630x460.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan4-1260x919.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan4-768x560.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan4-1536x1121.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan4.jpeg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The rear of an Amazon van in Capitol Hill on Saturday. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  1452.  
  1453.  
  1454.  
  1455. <p>Another van was spotted in the Ballard neighborhood and a third was seen cruising down 5th Avenue beneath the Seattle Monorail tracks. One vision of futuristic transportation was created in 1962 to wow World&#8217;s Fair visitors. The vans are newer, and the goal now is to impact future climate concerns.</p>
  1456.  
  1457.  
  1458.  
  1459. <p>Amazon previously said that it planned to have 100,000 of the vans on the road by 2030.</p>
  1460.  
  1461.  
  1462.  
  1463. <p>In 2019, the tech giant pledged to become carbon neutral by 2040 and encouraged others to do the same as it co-founded and became the first signatory of <a href="https://www.theclimatepledge.com/">The Climate Pledge</a>. Its emissions, however, have <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/amazon-sustainability-report-carbon-emissions-rose-19-2020-pandemic-drove-record-revenue/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">continued to rise over that time</a>, including pollution associated with transportation.</p>
  1464.  
  1465.  
  1466.  
  1467. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan3-630x473.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738520" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan3-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan3-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan3-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan3-1536x1152.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amznvan3.jpeg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">An electric Amazon van on 5th Avenue beneath the Monorail tracks in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  1468.  
  1469.  
  1470.  
  1471. <p>“Fighting the effects of climate change requires constant innovation and action, and Amazon is partnering with companies who share our passion for inventing new ways to minimize our impact on the environment,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy <a href="https://www.aboutamazon.com/news/transportation/amazons-electric-delivery-vehicles-from-rivian-roll-out-across-the-u-s">said in July</a>, calling the rollout of the Rivian vans a significant milestone in Amazon’s sustainability efforts.</p>
  1472.  
  1473.  
  1474.  
  1475. <p>Shifting to electric vehicles will be essential in shrinking its carbon impact. Amazon first partnered with Rivian three years ago and has continued to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/amazon-leads-2-5b-funding-round-rivian-maker-tech-giants-future-electric-delivery-vans/">pour money into the EV maker</a> through its <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/latest-recipients-amazons-2-billion-climate-pledge-fund/">Climate Pledge Fund</a>. Last year Amazon was among the lead investors in a $2.5 billion financing round in the company.</p>
  1476.  
  1477.  
  1478.  
  1479. <p>Founded in 2009, California-based <a href="https://rivian.com/">Rivian</a>, which also makes pickup trucks, has raised about $10.5 billion to date. The company has a service center in Bellevue, Wash. The Amazon vans are made at Rivian’s factory in Illinois.</p>
  1480.  
  1481.  
  1482.  
  1483. <p>Check out a couple quick videos of the vans we spotted:</p>
  1484.  
  1485.  
  1486.  
  1487. <figure class="wp-block-video"><video controls src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_4090-1.mov"></video></figure>
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  1490.  
  1491. <figure class="wp-block-video"><video controls src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/IMG_4052.mov"></video></figure>
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  1494. <item>
  1495. <title>Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 20, 2022</title>
  1496. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2022-11-20/</link>
  1497. <pubDate>Sun, 27 Nov 2022 16:00:34 +0000</pubDate>
  1498. <dc:creator><![CDATA[GeekWire]]></dc:creator>
  1499. <category><![CDATA[GeekWire Weekly]]></category>
  1500.  
  1501. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2022-11-20/</guid>
  1502. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="GeekWire Week in Review" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png 1200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1-620x326.png 620w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px"><br>See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 20, 2022.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2022-11-20/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  1503. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  1504. <p>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 Nov. 20, 2022.</p>
  1505. <p>Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/newsletters/">GeekWire Weekly email newsletter</a>.</p>
  1506. <h3>Most popular stories on GeekWire</h3>
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  1508. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="125" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines-200x125.png" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1509. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/">&#8216;It&#8217;s the beginning of a sea change&#8217;: How tech layoffs are transforming the job market</a></h2>
  1510. <p>After nine years in tech marketing in Seattle, working his way up from individual contributor into management, James Carroll decided earlier this year that he was ready for a break to refresh his outlook and reset his career. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1511. </article>
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  1513. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasas-orion-capsule-circles-the-moon-capturing-views-thatll-make-you-feel-giddy/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="161" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2-200x161.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="Earthset as seen from Orion capsule." loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1514. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasas-orion-capsule-circles-the-moon-capturing-views-thatll-make-you-feel-giddy/">NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule circles the moon, capturing views that&#8217;ll make you feel giddy</a></h2>
  1515. <p>NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule rounded the moon today, marking a crucial milestone in a weeks-long Artemis 1 mission that&#8217;s preparing the way for sending astronauts to the lunar surface. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasas-orion-capsule-circles-the-moon-capturing-views-thatll-make-you-feel-giddy/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1516. </article>
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  1518. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/bill-gates-holiday-book-picks-are-5-all-time-favorites-look-for-them-in-100-little-free-libraries/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="133" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022-200x133.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1519. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/bill-gates-holiday-book-picks-are-5-all-time-favorites-look-for-them-in-100-little-free-libraries/">Bill Gates&#8217; holiday book picks are 5 all-time favorites; look for them in 100 Little Free Libraries</a></h2>
  1520. <p>Bill Gates has made a tradition of releasing lists and reviews of his favorite books, but his holiday installment this year is a little different. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/bill-gates-holiday-book-picks-are-5-all-time-favorites-look-for-them-in-100-little-free-libraries/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1521. </article>
  1522. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  1523. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/greg-bear-1951-2022-science-fiction-writer/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="150" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1-200x150.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="Greg Bear portrait" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1524. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/greg-bear-1951-2022-science-fiction-writer/">Greg Bear, 1951-2022: Best-selling writer influenced sci-fi world, on and off the page</a></h2>
  1525. <p>Greg Bear, a Seattle science-fiction author who played a leading role in defining how global audiences saw future final frontiers, died Saturday of complications following heart surgery. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/greg-bear-1951-2022-science-fiction-writer/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1526. </article>
  1527. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  1528. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattles-new-transportation-director-on-electric-vehicles-remote-work-company-shuttles-and-more/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="241" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-200x241.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1529. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattles-new-transportation-director-on-electric-vehicles-remote-work-company-shuttles-and-more/">Seattle&#8217;s new transportation director on electric vehicles, remote work, company shuttles, and more</a></h2>
  1530. <p>Since moving from Los Angeles to take the helm of Seattle&#8217;s Department of Transportation in September, Greg Spotts has been busy learning about his new home. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattles-new-transportation-director-on-electric-vehicles-remote-work-company-shuttles-and-more/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1531. </article>
  1532. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  1533. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-psychological-impact-of-layoffs-tips-for-employees-and-leaders-dealing-with-job-cuts/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="150" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146-200x150.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1534. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-psychological-impact-of-layoffs-tips-for-employees-and-leaders-dealing-with-job-cuts/">The psychological impact of layoffs: Tips for employees and leaders navigating job cuts</a></h2>
  1535. <p>Wendy Turner-Williams thought she was on the verge of a promotion. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-psychological-impact-of-layoffs-tips-for-employees-and-leaders-dealing-with-job-cuts/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1536. </article>
  1537. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  1538. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-orion-far-out-orbit-moon/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="150" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-200x150.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="Orion view of Earth" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1539. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-orion-far-out-orbit-moon/">NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule goes into a far-out orbit around the moon, setting a record</a></h2>
  1540. <p>NASA&#8217;s uncrewed Orion capsule successfully executed an engine burn to enter an unusual type of orbit around the moon on the 10th day of the weeks-long Artemis 1 mission, and it set a distance record on the 11th day. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-orion-far-out-orbit-moon/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
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  1544. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/wizards-of-the-coast-will-continue-supporting-third-party-content-for-dd/">Wizards of the Coast will continue supporting third-party content for D&amp;D</a></h2>
  1545. <p>Wizards of the Coast confirmed to GeekWire that its forthcoming revision of Dungeons &amp; Dragons will continue to officially support third-party products and sourcebooks. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/wizards-of-the-coast-will-continue-supporting-third-party-content-for-dd/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
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  1547. <article class="teaser clearfix">
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  1549. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/this-too-shall-pass-why-crypto-leaders-are-still-optimistic-about-the-industry-amid-ftx-fallout/">&#8216;This too shall pass&#8217;: Why crypto leaders are still optimistic about the industry amid FTX fallout</a></h2>
  1550. <p>The&nbsp;swift collapse&nbsp;of the giant digital-asset exchange FTX&nbsp;earlier this month&nbsp;sent a contagion through the crypto industry. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/this-too-shall-pass-why-crypto-leaders-are-still-optimistic-about-the-industry-amid-ftx-fallout/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1551. </article>
  1552. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  1553. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-hootsuite-hires-cto-cascadia-capital-ceo-moves-to-austin-and-more/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="200" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-200x200.jpeg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  1554. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-hootsuite-hires-cto-cascadia-capital-ceo-moves-to-austin-and-more/">Tech Moves: Hootsuite hires CTO; Cascadia Capital CEO moves to Austin; and more</a></h2>
  1555. <p>— Vancouver, B.C.-based social media management platform Hootsuite hired Antonis Papatsaras as its new chief technology officer. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-hootsuite-hires-cto-cascadia-capital-ceo-moves-to-austin-and-more/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  1556. </article>
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  1560. <title>GeekWire Podcast: What we&#8217;re thankful for in tech, business, and science in 2022</title>
  1561. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-podcast-what-were-thankful-for-in-tech-business-and-science-in-2022/</link>
  1562. <pubDate>Sat, 26 Nov 2022 18:10:05 +0000</pubDate>
  1563. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  1564. <category><![CDATA[Podcasts]]></category>
  1565. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  1566. <category><![CDATA[AI]]></category>
  1567. <category><![CDATA[DJI]]></category>
  1568. <category><![CDATA[Drones]]></category>
  1569. <category><![CDATA[Elon Musk]]></category>
  1570. <category><![CDATA[Natural Language Processing]]></category>
  1571. <category><![CDATA[Sports]]></category>
  1572.  
  1573. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738472</guid>
  1574. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="709" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-1260x709.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-1260x709.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-2048x1152.jpg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-630x354.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>It doesn&#8217;t always come naturally to us, as cynical reporters, but during Thanksgiving week on the GeekWire Podcast, it&#8217;s our tradition to take a step back and take stock of the positive things in technology, business, and science. This year&#8217;s installment offers several reminders of the technologies that we might take for granted, gradual advancements that we incorporate into our lives over time, to the point that we suddenly can&#8217;t remember what we did without them: automated scoring for sports pools; remote printing over the internet; natural language processing; language translation; mobile ticketing; and drone photography; to name a few.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-podcast-what-were-thankful-for-in-tech-business-and-science-in-2022/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  1576. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738474" width="842" height="473" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d.jpg 3265w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-1260x709.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-2048x1152.jpg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/aaeb6177-3bc9-4e02-9296-c7ac84a63b5d-630x354.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 842px) 100vw, 842px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Sunrise in Seattle: A photo taken with a lightweight consumer drone, one of the technologies I&#8217;m thankful for this year. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)</figcaption></figure>
  1577.  
  1578.  
  1579.  
  1580. <p>It doesn&#8217;t always come naturally to us, as cynical reporters, but during Thanksgiving week on the GeekWire Podcast, it&#8217;s our tradition to take a step back and take stock of the positive things in technology, business, and science.</p>
  1581.  
  1582.  
  1583.  
  1584. <p>This year&#8217;s installment offers several reminders of the technologies that we might take for granted, gradual advancements that we incorporate into our lives over time, to the point that we suddenly can&#8217;t remember what we did without them: automated scoring for sports pools; remote printing over the internet; natural language processing; language translation; mobile ticketing; and drone photography; to name a few. </p>
  1585.  
  1586.  
  1587.  
  1588. <iframe loading="lazy" src="https://omny.fm/shows/geekwire-podcast/what-were-thankful-for-in-tech/embed" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write" width="100%" height="180" frameborder="0" title="What we're thankful for in tech"></iframe>
  1589.  
  1590.  
  1591.  
  1592. <p>We hear from several readers and listeners about what they&#8217;re grateful for right now, including robotic process automation, continued advocacy for diversity in tech, and support networks for startup founders.</p>
  1593.  
  1594.  
  1595.  
  1596. <p>In a contrarian twist this year, my colleague John Cook also talks about some of the silver linings in these cloudy economic times, including a return to more realistic (and potentially realizable) valuations for tech startups. We&#8217;re also seeing a silver lining in the job market right now, as layoffs open up the market for hiring by smaller companies.</p>
  1597.  
  1598.  
  1599.  
  1600. <p>And in an even more contrarian view, John shares why he&#8217;s thankful for &#8230; Elon Musk?! Be sure to listen to his explanation before getting out your pitchforks.</p>
  1601.  
  1602.  
  1603.  
  1604. <p><strong>Listen above, or subscribe to GeekWire in <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/geekwire/id427374434?app=podcast&amp;mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cub21ueWNvbnRlbnQuY29tL2QvcGxheWxpc3QvNmQxYjFhMWEtMjhhZC00MThhLTg2MjYtYTg5YTAwMGE5ODkwLzcyNmZlNzIxLTcwOTUtNDQ4Ni04MzRhLWE5ZDUwMTdlNjZhMy82ZDFiZjZhZS0yZmRmLTQzNTgtOTEzOS1hOWQ1MDE3ZTY2YTMvcG9kY2FzdC5yc3M?sa=X&amp;ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwjQ2M_PiaHuAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA&amp;hl=en">Google Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/2PPEGel5l0v3XxlD8fVxAh">Spotify</a> or wherever you listen.</strong></p>
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  1608. <title>Black Friday online sales hit record $9.1B amid inflation, up 2.3% from last year</title>
  1609. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/black-friday-online-sales-hit-record-9-1b-amid-inflation-up-2-3-from-last-year/</link>
  1610. <pubDate>Sat, 26 Nov 2022 18:08:01 +0000</pubDate>
  1611. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Taylor Soper]]></dc:creator>
  1612. <category><![CDATA[Tech]]></category>
  1613. <category><![CDATA[Black Friday]]></category>
  1614.  
  1615. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738475</guid>
  1616. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-1260x945.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9.jpeg 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Black Friday online sales hit a record $9.12 billion despite ongoing inflation as categories such as electronics, toys, and exercise equipment posted strong numbers.]]></description>
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  1618. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-630x473.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-595706" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/funkopop9.jpeg 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Funko&#8217;s toys were one of the hot sellers on Black Friday, according to Adobe Analytics. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  1619.  
  1620.  
  1621.  
  1622. <p>Black Friday online sales hit a record $9.12 billion despite ongoing inflation as categories such as electronics, toys, and exercise equipment posted strong numbers. </p>
  1623.  
  1624.  
  1625.  
  1626. <ul>
  1627. <li>Online sales on Black Friday were up 2.3% year-over-year, according to <a href="https://business.adobe.com/resources/holiday-shopping-report">Adobe Analytics</a>. Electronics were a &#8220;major growth driver,&#8221; with sales up 221% over the average day in October; smart home items were up 271%; audio equipment was up 230%; toys were up 285%; and exercise equipment was up 218%. </li>
  1628.  
  1629.  
  1630.  
  1631. <li>Mobile transactions accounted for a record 48% of online sales, up from 44% last year.</li>
  1632.  
  1633.  
  1634.  
  1635. <li>Buy Now Pay Later orders rose 78% from the week prior.</li>
  1636.  
  1637.  
  1638.  
  1639. <li>Top sellers included&nbsp;toys such as Fortnite, Roblox, Bluey, Funko Pop!, and Disney Encanto; gaming consoles and games; drones; Apple MacBooks; and Dyson products (airwrap and vacuum).</li>
  1640.  
  1641.  
  1642.  
  1643. <li>Adobe predicts Cyber Monday online sales to hit $11.2 billion and grow 5.1% year-over-year. </li>
  1644.  
  1645.  
  1646.  
  1647. <li>With inflation and continued economic uncertainty, retail executives and analysts weren&#8217;t sure what to expect this holiday season, <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/23/business/holiday-shopping.html">The New York Times</a> reported. </li>
  1648.  
  1649.  
  1650.  
  1651. <li>Amazon said last month it was preparing for a slower growth period and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-stock-tanks-nearly-20-after-lower-than-expected-holiday-quarter-guidance/">lowered its holiday quarter guidance</a>.  The Seattle tech giant is <a href="https://press.aboutamazon.com/2022/11/unwrap-more-deals-than-ever-before-during-amazons-cyber-monday-weekend-event">promoting Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals</a> but has not released Black Friday sales data. We&#8217;ve reached out for updates and we&#8217;ll update when we hear back. Update: A spokesperson for Amazon said &#8220;customers drove more sales and purchased more items compared to previous Black Friday events.&#8221;</li>
  1652. </ul>
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  1656. <title>NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule goes into a far-out orbit around the moon, setting a record</title>
  1657. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-orion-far-out-orbit-moon/</link>
  1658. <pubDate>Sat, 26 Nov 2022 17:35:00 +0000</pubDate>
  1659. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Alan Boyle]]></dc:creator>
  1660. <category><![CDATA[Space]]></category>
  1661. <category><![CDATA[Artemis]]></category>
  1662. <category><![CDATA[Moon]]></category>
  1663. <category><![CDATA[NASA]]></category>
  1664. <category><![CDATA[Orion]]></category>
  1665.  
  1666. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=738432</guid>
  1667. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-1260x945.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Orion view of Earth" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>NASA&#8217;s uncrewed Orion capsule successfully executed an engine burn to enter an unusual type of orbit around the moon on the 10th day of the weeks-long Artemis 1 mission, and it set a distance record on the 11th day. During Friday&#8217;s course correction, the orbital maneuvering system engine on Orion&#8217;s European-built service module fired for 88 seconds as the capsule traveled more than 57,000 miles above the lunar surface. &#8220;It looks like we had a good burn,&#8221; NASA spokeswoman Chelsey Ballarte said from Mission Control in Houston. The firing ensured that Orion will trace what&#8217;s known as a distant retrograde&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-orion-far-out-orbit-moon/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  1668. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  1669. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738441" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion1.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A Flight Day 9 view from the Orion spacecraft shows Earth in the distance. (NASA / ESA)</figcaption></figure>
  1670.  
  1671.  
  1672.  
  1673. <p>NASA&#8217;s uncrewed Orion capsule<a href="https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/2022/11/25/flight-day-10-orion-enters-distant-retrograde-orbit/"> successfully executed an engine burn</a> to enter an unusual type of orbit around the moon on the 10th day of the weeks-long Artemis 1 mission, and it set a distance record on the 11th day.</p>
  1674.  
  1675.  
  1676.  
  1677. <p>During Friday&#8217;s course correction, the orbital maneuvering system engine on Orion&#8217;s European-built service module fired for 88 seconds as the capsule traveled more than 57,000 miles above the lunar surface. </p>
  1678.  
  1679.  
  1680.  
  1681. <p>&#8220;It looks like we had a good burn,&#8221; NASA spokeswoman Chelsey Ballarte said from Mission Control in Houston.</p>
  1682.  
  1683.  
  1684.  
  1685. <p>The firing ensured that Orion will trace what&#8217;s known as a distant retrograde orbit, ranging out as far as 268,552 miles from Earth. Today, the capsule broke the 248,655-mile record for the farthest distance from Earth traveled by spacecraft designed to carry humans to space and bring them home safely. The previous record was set by Apollo 13 in 1970.</p>
  1686.  
  1687.  
  1688.  
  1689. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  1690. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Artemis?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Artemis</a> update: <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA_Orion?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NASA_Orion</a> with its European Service Module is now 401 798 km from Earth, breaking the record for farthest distance from our planet by a spacecraft designed to carry humans and return. This record was previously held by <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Apollo13?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Apollo13</a> at 248 655 miles/400 171 km. <a href="https://t.co/umRk1g2Cty">https://t.co/umRk1g2Cty</a></p>&mdash; ESA (@esa) <a href="https://twitter.com/esa/status/1596557663302979585?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 26, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  1691. </div></figure>
  1692.  
  1693.  
  1694.  
  1695. <p>After making half of a long-distance orbit, Orion will fire its engine again to start setting itself up for the homeward trip, ending with a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11.</p>
  1696.  
  1697.  
  1698.  
  1699. <p>The Artemis 1 mission is meant to test the systems and procedures that would be used for crewed flights to the moon in the years to come &#8212; including Artemis 2, a crewed round-the-moon mission planned for 2024; and Artemis 3, which would land astronauts on the lunar surface no earlier than 2025.</p>
  1700.  
  1701.  
  1702.  
  1703. <p>Three sensor-equipped mannequins are strapped into Orion&#8217;s seats to collect data about temperature, radiation exposure and other factors that would be felt by future Artemis astronauts. There&#8217;s also an Alexa-type voice assistant and communication system, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-teams-up-with-lockheed-martin-and-cisco-to-put-alexa-voice-assistant-on-nasas-moon-ship/">code-named Callisto</a>, which was developed by Amazon and Cisco in collaboration with Lockheed Martin.</p>
  1704.  
  1705.  
  1706.  
  1707. <p>No problems were reported aboard Orion in recent days. However, six of the 10 small CubeSats that were deployed during the mission have <a href="https://www.universetoday.com/158787/what-happened-to-those-cubesats-that-were-launched-with-artemis-i/">apparently experienced problems</a>. Among the missions in doubt are the water-hunting <a href="https://www.space.com/artemis-1-cubesat-lunah-map-engine-burn-fails">LunaH-Map</a> probe, the <a href="https://www.space.com/artemis-1-cubesat-nea-scout-asteroid-silent">NEA Scout</a> asteroid-surveying satellte and Japan&#8217;s <a href="https://www.space.com/artemis-1-japanese-moon-lander-abandon-touchdown-try">Omotenashi</a> mini-lander.</p>
  1708.  
  1709.  
  1710.  
  1711. <p>On the bright side, the Italian-built <a href="https://www.asi.it/2022/11/gli-scatti-lunari-di-argomoon/">ArgoMoon nanosatellite is operational</a> and sending back stunning images of the moon. Here&#8217;s a selection of images from ArgoMoon and from Orion&#8217;s onboard cameras:</p>
  1712.  
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  1714.  
  1715. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="498" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/farside-630x498.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738440" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/farside-630x498.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/farside.jpeg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">ArgoMoon&#8217;s view of the lunar far side highlights Jackson Crater and the Eastern Sea. (ASI / NASA)</figcaption></figure>
  1716.  
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  1719. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion2-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738442" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion2-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion2-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion2-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion2-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-orion2.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A Flight Day 9 image from the Orion spacecraft shows a crescent moon in the distance. (NASA / ESA) </figcaption></figure>
  1720.  
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  1722.  
  1723. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/orion2-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738444" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/orion2-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/orion2-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/orion2-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/orion2-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/orion2.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">This view puts the Orion capsule front and center. (NASA / ESA)</figcaption></figure>
  1724.  
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  1726.  
  1727. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="498" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-surface-630x498.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738443" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-surface-630x498.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-surface-1260x995.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-surface-768x607.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-surface-1536x1214.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/221125-surface.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Orion&#8217;s optical navigation camera focuses on Vening Meinesz crater on the lunar far side. (NASA Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  1728.  
  1729.  
  1730.  
  1731. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="354" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-630x354.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738449" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-630x354.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-1260x709.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-1536x864.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-2048x1152.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">An interior view of the Orion capsule shows the Callisto console lighting up with Amazon Echo&#8217;s blue ring. A mannequin nicknamed Commander Moonikin Campos is sitting in the seat at left, while an Astronaut Snoopy doll that&#8217;s being used as a zero-G indicator floats at lower right. (Lockheed Martin / NASA Photo)</figcaption></figure>
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  1734.  
  1735. <figure class="wp-block-embed aligncenter is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  1736. <iframe loading="lazy" title="Earth Rise as Seen from Orion Spacecraft" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/jXLZakQWa6A?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  1737. </div><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">This video from the Orion spacecraft shows Earth emerging from behind the moon&#8217;s darkened disk.</figcaption></figure>
  1738.  
  1739.  
  1740.  
  1741. <p><em>This is an updated version of a report first published on Nov. 25.</em></p>
  1742. ]]></content:encoded>
  1743. </item>
  1744. <item>
  1745. <title>Seattle-area health startup One Item expands CDC-backed heart study</title>
  1746. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-area-health-startup-one-item-expands-cdc-backed-heart-study/</link>
  1747. <pubDate>Sat, 26 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  1748. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Charlotte Schubert]]></dc:creator>
  1749. <category><![CDATA[Health/Life Sciences]]></category>
  1750. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  1751. <category><![CDATA[Erik Knutsen]]></category>
  1752. <category><![CDATA[Irion Pursell]]></category>
  1753. <category><![CDATA[One Item]]></category>
  1754.  
  1755. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=734189</guid>
  1756. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1070" height="1141" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2.jpg 1070w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-768x819.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-630x672.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1070px) 100vw, 1070px"><br>Seattle-area company One Item is working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to support a study of a rural community in Arkansas at risk of poor heart health. The UAMS Heart Healthy Communities initiative aims to reduce health outcome inequality in rural Arkansas through studying a target population with historically poor health outcomes. The app is used in combination with other efforts, such as linking people with social services and medical providers. Founded in 2016, One Item has been working with UAMS for about two years and recently announced that the study has expanded to enroll more&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-area-health-startup-one-item-expands-cdc-backed-heart-study/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  1757. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wp-block-image">
  1758. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-630x672.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-734258" width="347" height="370" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-630x672.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-281x300.jpg 281w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-768x819.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-200x213.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2-94x100.jpg 94w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/One-Item-Apps-2.jpg 1070w" sizes="(max-width: 347px) 100vw, 347px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">One Item&#8217;s Health Science Index and Better Now apps. (One Item Image)</figcaption></figure></div>
  1759.  
  1760.  
  1761. <p>Seattle-area company <a href="https://www.oneitem.com/">One Item</a> is working with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to support a study of a rural community in Arkansas at risk of poor heart health.</p>
  1762.  
  1763.  
  1764.  
  1765. <p>The UAMS Heart Healthy Communities initiative aims to reduce health outcome inequality in rural Arkansas through studying a target population with historically poor health outcomes. The app is used in combination with other efforts, such as linking people with social services and medical providers.</p>
  1766.  
  1767.  
  1768.  
  1769. <p>Founded in 2016, One Item has been working with UAMS for about two years and <a href="https://www.healthscienceindex.com/the-cdc-and-uams-to-expand-heart-healthy-communities-program-with-one-item/">recently announced</a> that the study has expanded to enroll more people, aiming for more than 200 subjects.</p>
  1770.  
  1771.  
  1772.  
  1773. <p>The startup&#8217;s Health Science Index app is a cornerstone of the study, said principal investigator <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/irion-pursell-17386635/">Irion Pursell</a>, director of cardiovascular disease primary prevention at UAMS. The app helps participants prioritize areas for improvement in their health and lifestyle. </p>
  1774.  
  1775.  
  1776.  
  1777. <p>“Improving quality and duration of life starts with a client’s willingness to include wellness-seeking behaviors in their daily routine,” Pursell told GeekWire. “The app facilitates wellness by prioritizing specific areas for action and providing content on particular activities a client can include in their daily routine.”</p>
  1778.  
  1779.  
  1780.  
  1781. <p>The app identifies key focus areas through a survey that asks questions about exercise, sleep, water intake, nutrition and other factors. One Item provides daily reminders about focus areas, enables connections with friends on the app, and links to educational materials. The app also scores users on their progress and provides a dashboard to help them monitor it. </p>
  1782.  
  1783.  
  1784.  
  1785. <p>The app will also be used to help identify people at risk of premature death in the study population. </p>
  1786.  
  1787.  
  1788.  
  1789. <p>The study is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, which has shown interest in potentially expanding the use of the app to other counties if the UAMS initiative shows a benefit, said Pursell.</p>
  1790.  
  1791.  
  1792.  
  1793. <p>One Item is led by CEO and co-founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/erik-knutson-m-s-c-b43a823/">Erik Knutsen</a>, who was previously CEO of Bellevue, Wash.-based business consulting services company Design Laboratory, and is a former senior project manager at Microsoft. The company&#8217;s co-founder and CTO is <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/brianhwilliams/">Brian Williams</a>, former CEO of California Vision who is based in San Diego. </p>
  1794.  
  1795.  
  1796.  
  1797. <p>The company also offers a consumer-facing version of the app, called “Better Now” which can be used to help people identify and improve key focus areas in different facets of life, such as fitness and wellness, wellbeing and happiness, and relationships.</p>
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  1800. <item>
  1801. <title>Marketplace companies say change in tax policy creates unnecessary burden for online sellers</title>
  1802. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/marketplace-companies-say-change-in-tax-policy-creates-unnecessary-burden-for-online-sellers/</link>
  1803. <pubDate>Fri, 25 Nov 2022 17:02:00 +0000</pubDate>
  1804. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Kurt Schlosser]]></dc:creator>
  1805. <category><![CDATA[Civic]]></category>
  1806. <category><![CDATA[Retail]]></category>
  1807. <category><![CDATA[BikeList]]></category>
  1808. <category><![CDATA[Dan Marx]]></category>
  1809. <category><![CDATA[e-commerce]]></category>
  1810. <category><![CDATA[eBay]]></category>
  1811. <category><![CDATA[OfferUp]]></category>
  1812. <category><![CDATA[online sellers]]></category>
  1813. <category><![CDATA[Politics]]></category>
  1814. <category><![CDATA[taxes]]></category>
  1815.  
  1816. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737914</guid>
  1817. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="945" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-1260x945.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-1536x1152.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-2048x1536.jpeg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-630x473.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>When Dan Marx helped launch a new startup this summer, he pictured himself having to learn more about bicycles and their parts than anything related to U.S. tax policy. But in the first few months of BikeList, a peer-to-peer marketplace for bike sellers and buyers, the tech veteran is getting a crash course in taxes, politics and more. BikeList is among a group of marketplace companies and payment platforms pushing back against a revision to the tax code that was included in President Biden&#8217;s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Previously, users of such sites as eBay, Etsy, PayPal, Venmo&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/marketplace-companies-say-change-in-tax-policy-creates-unnecessary-burden-for-online-sellers/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  1818. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  1819. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-630x473.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738186" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-630x473.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-1260x945.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-1536x1152.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/taxform-2048x1536.jpeg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">(GeekWire Illustration)</figcaption></figure>
  1820.  
  1821.  
  1822.  
  1823. <p>When Dan Marx helped <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-vets-set-out-on-tandem-ride-with-bikelist-a-marketplace-to-disrupt-how-bikes-and-parts-are-sold/">launch a new startup this summer</a>, he pictured himself having to learn more about bicycles and their parts than anything related to U.S. tax policy. But in the first few months of <a href="https://bikelist.com/">BikeList</a>, a peer-to-peer marketplace for bike sellers and buyers, the tech veteran is getting a crash course in taxes, politics and more.</p>
  1824.  
  1825.  
  1826.  
  1827. <p>BikeList is among a group of marketplace companies and payment platforms pushing back against a revision to the tax code that was included in President Biden&#8217;s <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/1319/text">American Rescue Plan Act of 2021</a>. Previously, users of such sites as eBay, Etsy, PayPal, Venmo and others received a 1099-K tax reporting form for goods and services sold only after they made $20,000 in a year or had more than 200 transactions. The policy revision lowered the threshold to $600 in earnings.</p>
  1828.  
  1829.  
  1830. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1831. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BikeList_Dan_Rob-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-719090" width="300" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BikeList_Dan_Rob-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BikeList_Dan_Rob-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BikeList_Dan_Rob-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BikeList_Dan_Rob-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/BikeList_Dan_Rob.jpg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">BikeList co-founders Dan Marx, left, and Rob Einaudi. (BikeList Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  1832.  
  1833.  
  1834. <p>This effort to close the tax gap is reportedly aimed at <a href="https://rollcall.com/2022/10/28/coalition-gears-up-for-lame-duck-push-to-shield-online-sellers/">capturing an estimated $8.4 billion more in tax revenue</a> over a decade from gig workers who earn income from apps such as Uber and DoorDash. But BikeList and others fear casual online sellers are going to be caught up in the filing mess.</p>
  1835.  
  1836.  
  1837.  
  1838. <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s going to be confusion,&#8221; Marx said. &#8220;I think a big concern is that a lot of folks are going to assume that they have to pay tax when they don&#8217;t necessarily have to. It all depends how much profit you made off what you sold.&#8221;</p>
  1839.  
  1840.  
  1841.  
  1842. <p>Marx, who serves as chief technology officer for his three-person startup, is getting a quick lesson in lobbying as he&#8217;s been called on by the <a href="https://1099kfairness.org/">Coalition for 1099-K Fairness</a> to share his company&#8217;s story in meetings with staffers from assorted U.S. representatives and senators. His goal is to articulate what impact the tax change will have on BikeList&#8217;s ability to function and attract new sellers.</p>
  1843.  
  1844.  
  1845.  
  1846. <p>The startup is already hearing from users who are confused or turned off by the need to supply their social security number when signing up. Marx called it a &#8220;customer service nightmare,&#8221; but BikeList was intent on having a proper response and educating users. New language on the company&#8217;s website (below) now details why they&#8217;re collecting that information.</p>
  1847.  
  1848.  
  1849.  
  1850. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="280" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bikelistseller-630x280.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-738191" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bikelistseller-630x280.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bikelistseller.jpg 640w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A message that BikeList shows to members before they onboard as a seller on the marketplace. (BikeList Image)</figcaption></figure>
  1851.  
  1852.  
  1853.  
  1854. <p>Bellevue, Wash.-based <a href="https://offerup.com/">OfferUp</a> competes against Craigslist, eBay, Facebook and other marketplaces where users buy and sell goods. Founded in 2011, the company has 56 million buyers and sellers on its platform and is also supporting the Coalition for 1099-K Fairness to protect the interests of its sellers.</p>
  1855.  
  1856.  
  1857.  
  1858. <p>&#8220;The change to the 1099-K reporting threshold, while well-intentioned, will result in confusion for individuals selling used household items on re-commerce platforms,&#8221; Nathan Garnett, general counsel for OfferUp, said in an emailed statement to GeekWire. &#8220;These sales are usually made below the original purchase price and do not generate income for federal tax purposes.&#8221;</p>
  1859.  
  1860.  
  1861.  
  1862. <p>While calling the requirement for 1099-Ks for small transactions &#8220;unnecessary and confusing,&#8221; OfferUp also believes there are potential privacy and security risks associated with gathering personal tax reporting information on these sites. </p>
  1863.  
  1864.  
  1865.  
  1866. <p>&#8220;We support a revised reporting threshold that distinguishes between individual small sellers and actual businesses that have the income, resources, and sophistication to manage the 1099-K process,&#8221; Garnett said.</p>
  1867.  
  1868.  
  1869.  
  1870. <p>The Coalition for 1099-K Fairness is calling on Congress to raise the threshold back to a level which would not impact so many casual online sellers. The organization <a href="https://bipac-momentum-media.s3.amazonaws.com/Media/assets/000/035/087/original/coalition-for-1099-K-fairness-2021-survey-results-report.pdf">conducted a survey in February</a> targeting U.S. adults who sold less than $20,000 in goods online in 2021.</p>
  1871.  
  1872.  
  1873.  
  1874. <p>While 83% of survey respondents say they sell used or pre-owned goods online, only 47% were aware of the new IRS reporting requirements and 69% said they are likely to stop selling because of those requirements.</p>
  1875.  
  1876.  
  1877.  
  1878. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="340" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screenshot-2022-11-23-at-2.21.17-PM-630x340.png" alt="" class="wp-image-738248" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screenshot-2022-11-23-at-2.21.17-PM-630x340.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screenshot-2022-11-23-at-2.21.17-PM-768x415.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screenshot-2022-11-23-at-2.21.17-PM.png 1066w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">(Coalition for 1099-K Fairness Graphic)</figcaption></figure>
  1879.  
  1880.  
  1881.  
  1882. <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/edward-cafiero-9ab8713/">Ed Cafiero</a>, a public affairs specialist with D.C.-based Marathon Strategies, is handling communications efforts for the Coalition for 1099-K Fairness. He told GeekWire that there are concerns about how aware people are of the change. </p>
  1883.  
  1884.  
  1885.  
  1886. <p>&#8220;I think there&#8217;s a high probability that people are just going to over report their income because they just don&#8217;t want to run afoul of the IRS,&#8221; Cafiero said. &#8220;It&#8217;s setting up to be quite confusing and potentially expensive tax season if this isn&#8217;t fixed before the end of the year.&#8221;</p>
  1887.  
  1888.  
  1889.  
  1890. <p>The fix could come in the form of legislation being sponsored by Democrats and Republicans in both houses of Congress. New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas is among those who want to <a href="https://pappas.house.gov/media/press-releases/pappas-axne-hassan-sinema-introduce-legislation-revise-new-1099-k-reporting">raise the sale reporting threshold to $5,000. </a>Tennessee Sen. Bill Hagerty is among those <a href="https://www.hagerty.senate.gov/press-releases/2022/02/08/hagerty-colleagues-introduce-legislation-to-reverse-irs-snooping-of-third-party-payment-platforms/">pushing a return to $20,000</a>, introducing a bill called&nbsp;&#8220;Stop the Nosy Obsession with Online Payments,&#8221;&nbsp;or SNOOP Act, to strike the tax code provision.</p>
  1891.  
  1892.  
  1893.  
  1894. <p>The goal for any legislation is to get it attached to a <a href="https://rollcall.com/2022/10/28/coalition-gears-up-for-lame-duck-push-to-shield-online-sellers/">year-end tax package</a> taken up in the coming weeks as part of the lame-duck session between the recent midterm elections and the end of the calendar year.</p>
  1895.  
  1896.  
  1897.  
  1898. <p>Marx, the BikeList co-founder, called it a critical point in time where lawmakers in D.C. can prevent an avalanche of paperwork that&#8217;s going to have to be mailed out come January. He said he&#8217;d be happy with either attempt to fix the situation, but he&#8217;s leaning toward the $5,000 threshold.</p>
  1899.  
  1900.  
  1901.  
  1902. <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m more of a technologist and we tend to like to do things in small steps instead of arguing for the big thing,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Get some traction, get that [minimum viable product] out, and then later we can see if there&#8217;s appetite to raise the bar.&#8221;</p>
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  1906. <title>Seattle&#8217;s new transportation director on electric vehicles, remote work, company shuttles, and more</title>
  1907. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattles-new-transportation-director-on-electric-vehicles-remote-work-company-shuttles-and-more/</link>
  1908. <pubDate>Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:48:49 +0000</pubDate>
  1909. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Charlotte Schubert]]></dc:creator>
  1910. <category><![CDATA[Civic]]></category>
  1911. <category><![CDATA[Greg Spotts]]></category>
  1912. <category><![CDATA[Seattle department of transportation]]></category>
  1913.  
  1914. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737686</guid>
  1915. <description><![CDATA[<img width="588" height="710" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo.jpg 588w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-248x300.jpg 248w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-200x241.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-83x100.jpg 83w" sizes="(max-width: 588px) 100vw, 588px"><br>Since moving from Los Angeles to take the helm of Seattle&#8217;s Department of Transportation in September, Greg Spotts has been busy learning about his new home. His personal Twitter feed is full of photos of Seattle roads, bridges, and restaurants as he explores the city by bicycle, foot and transit, inviting citizens to come along with him. Spotts also staked out his number one priority in a Seattle Times editorial: making Seattle&#8217;s streets safer. One of his first tasks was ordering a review of the city&#8217;s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injury by 2030. Last year,&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattles-new-transportation-director-on-electric-vehicles-remote-work-company-shuttles-and-more/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  1916. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wp-block-image">
  1917. <figure class="alignright size-full is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737768" width="323" height="390" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo.jpg 588w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-248x300.jpg 248w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-200x241.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Greg-Spotts-walking-photo-83x100.jpg 83w" sizes="(max-width: 323px) 100vw, 323px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Greg Spotts, the new director of Seattle&#8217;s Department of Transportation. (SDOT Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  1918.  
  1919.  
  1920. <p>Since moving from Los Angeles to take the helm of Seattle&#8217;s Department of Transportation in September, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregspotts/">Greg Spotts </a>has been busy learning about his new home. </p>
  1921.  
  1922.  
  1923.  
  1924. <p>His personal <a href="https://twitter.com/spottnik">Twitter feed</a> is full of photos of Seattle roads, bridges, and restaurants as he explores the city by bicycle, foot and transit, inviting citizens to come along with him. </p>
  1925.  
  1926.  
  1927.  
  1928. <p>Spotts also staked out his number one priority in <a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/safer-seattle-streets-are-my-priority-as-sdots-new-director/">a Seattle Times editorial</a>: making Seattle&#8217;s streets safer. One of his first tasks was ordering a review of the city&#8217;s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injury by 2030. Last year, Seattle saw the<a href="https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/transportation/seattle-traffic-deaths-and-injuries-remain-high-in-2022/#:~:text=The%20goal%20of%20zero%20traffic,been%2011%20traffic%2Drelated%20deaths."> highest number</a> of traffic fatalities since 2006. </p>
  1929.  
  1930.  
  1931.  
  1932. <p>Spotts is the former executive officer and chief sustainability officer at the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services, where he led efforts to make the city more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly. </p>
  1933.  
  1934.  
  1935.  
  1936. <p>In an interview with GeekWire, Spotts talked about the importance of engaging with communities, how tech and business sectors can support transportation in the city, electric vehicles, and more. </p>
  1937.  
  1938.  
  1939.  
  1940. <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m both an admirer of Seattle and a change agent on behalf of Seattle,&#8221; said Spotts, who founded a small music talent management business before turning to public policy. </p>
  1941.  
  1942.  
  1943.  
  1944. <p>The following interview was edited for brevity and clarity. </p>
  1945.  
  1946.  
  1947.  
  1948. <h4><strong>What can business and tech leaders do to support transportation?</strong></h4>
  1949.  
  1950.  
  1951.  
  1952. <p><strong>Greg Spotts:</strong> One of the reasons why I came here is that Seattle is growing and its growth is powered by innovation. I see so much excitement around innovation and transportation in this community. I think there&#8217;s a tremendous amount of potential to work together. </p>
  1953.  
  1954.  
  1955.  
  1956. <p>Specifically, folks can help us really understand where remote work is going so that we can plan the transportation network accordingly.</p>
  1957.  
  1958.  
  1959.  
  1960. <p>Also, help your employees figure out, on the days they are coming to work, how we get them back onto transit. What do we need to do as employers to really make it comfortable, easy, safe and pleasant for folks to not bring their own car when they are coming to work, and maybe even integrate other things like micro-mobility, such as scooters and e-bikes.</p>
  1961.  
  1962.  
  1963.  
  1964. <p>Micro-mobility makes the last mile quicker and more fun. And right now, when you give your employees an ORCA card (enables transportation payments in the Seattle region), it doesn&#8217;t provide the ability to tap into those other opportunities.</p>
  1965.  
  1966.  
  1967.  
  1968. <h4><strong>If you could build one transportation app, what would it be?</strong></h4>
  1969.  
  1970.  
  1971.  
  1972. <p>Wouldn&#8217;t be great if I could just take one of those options on a map app and immediately order that up or locate it and pay for it? A sort of omni-transportation app for urban dwellers who are multimodal would be a heck of a lot of fun.</p>
  1973.  
  1974.  
  1975. <div class="wp-block-image">
  1976. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-630x509.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-738165" width="290" height="235" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-630x509.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-300x242.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-1260x1018.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-768x620.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-200x162.jpeg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1-124x100.jpeg 124w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Image-01-b-1300x1050-1.jpeg 1300w" sizes="(max-width: 290px) 100vw, 290px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Greg Spotts. (SDOT Photo / Jeanné Clark)</figcaption></figure></div>
  1977.  
  1978.  
  1979. <h4><strong>Talk about common sense measures that can reduce traffic deaths</strong>.</h4>
  1980.  
  1981.  
  1982.  
  1983. <p>It isn&#8217;t just about common sense. It&#8217;s actually about making the most cost-effective interventions that save lives. And that needs to be data-driven and community-informed.</p>
  1984.  
  1985.  
  1986.  
  1987. <p>But one thing I can tell you is that at a recent meeting, our traffic engineer asked me, “when do we have license to fully prioritize safety over queuing or delays or any other factor in operating the road system?” And I said, “Today. Now. Do it.” &nbsp;</p>
  1988.  
  1989.  
  1990.  
  1991. <p>At a time where the downtown office buildings are only 35-to-40% occupied, we can make adjustments to signal timing and other things with a focus on safety rather than traffic throughput.</p>
  1992.  
  1993.  
  1994.  
  1995. <h4><strong>What is the role of enforcement?</strong></h4>
  1996.  
  1997.  
  1998.  
  1999. <p>When we&#8217;re short police officers, it’s harder to staff traffic enforcement. But then there&#8217;s also this additional question of how traffic enforcement has historically sometimes brought people of color in contact with the criminal justice system in ways that are inequitable. Automated cameras might be a way to create more of a disincentive to drive fast without the kind of unintended equity impacts of human enforcement.</p>
  2000.  
  2001.  
  2002.  
  2003. <h4><strong>What cities do you admire for their transportation infrastructure?</strong></h4>
  2004.  
  2005.  
  2006.  
  2007. <p>There are a lot of cities that I admire, including Seattle. One of the reasons why I moved here is there were two things here that really impressed me.</p>
  2008.  
  2009.  
  2010.  
  2011. <p>One was tearing down that Alaskan Way Viaduct. I got to see how the environment at the waterfront radically changed. </p>
  2012.  
  2013.  
  2014.  
  2015. <p>I also thought the brand new neighborhood that was made in South Lake Union was world class streetscape: the wide pedestrian ways and rain gardens, narrowing the vehicular part of the street and integrating the streetcars. I chose to live in South Lake Union because I like the built environment so much of that type of more human-scale street.</p>
  2016.  
  2017.  
  2018.  
  2019. <figure class="wp-block-pullquote"><blockquote><p>&#8220;I believe that the era of transportation planners drawing lines on a map and then telling the community what they&#8217;re going to get needs to be over.&#8221;</p></blockquote></figure>
  2020.  
  2021.  
  2022.  
  2023. <h4><strong>What are some lessons you learned in Los Angeles that you are taking to your new job? </strong></h4>
  2024.  
  2025.  
  2026.  
  2027. <p>Two things, and they are very different. I like to co-create projects with communities, especially underserved communities. I&#8217;m very proud to have done that in variety of different kinds of projects large and small. I believe that the era of transportation planners drawing lines on a map and then telling the community what they&#8217;re going to get needs to be over.</p>
  2028.  
  2029.  
  2030.  
  2031. <p>Secondly, the last couple of years I&#8217;ve been an innovator in adopting zero emissions vehicles into the municipal fleet that supports city operations and construction. I&#8217;d really like to bring some of that leadership expertise to SDOT’s fleet and maybe also help other city departments.</p>
  2032.  
  2033.  
  2034.  
  2035. <h4><strong>What is the role of electric vehicles in the city?</strong></h4>
  2036.  
  2037.  
  2038.  
  2039. <p>I like the idea of right-sizing the vehicle and then electrifying. I really don&#8217;t like a 5,000-pound electric SUV delivering two pounds of pad thai. I&#8217;d rather have that delivered by a 100-pound little robot. I love the idea that the kind of batteries we have today open up all kinds of new form factors for different types of vehicles.</p>
  2040.  
  2041.  
  2042.  
  2043. <h4>Any thoughts on company shuttles?</h4>
  2044.  
  2045.  
  2046.  
  2047. <p>In my listening tours, someone recently asked: if a hospital has a little shuttle bus that circulates around the community, would it be possible for other people to use that, a cool micro-transit linkage? And that&#8217;s an interesting question for the corporate shuttles as well. Sharing resources could be a way to help us move towards a lower carbon footprint.</p>
  2048.  
  2049.  
  2050.  
  2051. <h4><strong>How can people on foot, scooters, bicycles and cars all get along?</strong></h4>
  2052.  
  2053.  
  2054.  
  2055. <p>I&#8217;m interested in creating a public realm that’s a pleasant, safe and orderly place to be for whatever mode you choose to use at a given time. A really great example is our Madison Street project where we&#8217;re building bus rapid transit with center bus boarding islands and protected bike lanes. We’ve reorganized the geometry of five-way intersections for safer pedestrian and bike crossings. That’s the kind of project where we’re really changing a corridor to work better and more harmoniously for all users. And I find that very exciting.</p>
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  2059. <title>The psychological impact of layoffs: Tips for employees and leaders navigating job cuts</title>
  2060. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-psychological-impact-of-layoffs-tips-for-employees-and-leaders-dealing-with-job-cuts/</link>
  2061. <pubDate>Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  2062. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Taylor Soper]]></dc:creator>
  2063. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  2064. <category><![CDATA[layoffs]]></category>
  2065.  
  2066. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=735463</guid>
  2067. <description><![CDATA[<img width="900" height="675" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146.jpg 900w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146-630x473.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px"><br>Wendy Turner-Williams thought she was on the verge of a promotion. Instead, the former chief data officer at Tableau got laid off. Turner-Williams is one of more than 57,000 tech workers dealing with the emotional and financial stress of being laid off over the past two months as hundreds of companies trim headcount amid a shaky economy. &#8220;So what is next for me? I do not know,&#8221; Turner-Williams wrote in a LinkedIn post last week. &#8220;Like so many of you, the&#160;economic uncertainty, coupled with the chaos, feelings of loss of control, uncertainty and frankly fear of the unknown are having&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-psychological-impact-of-layoffs-tips-for-employees-and-leaders-dealing-with-job-cuts/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  2069. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737581" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/bigstock-Yellow-Color-Transportation-Si-412349146.jpg 900w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">(Bigstock Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  2070.  
  2071.  
  2072.  
  2073. <p><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/wendy-turner-williams-8b66039/">Wendy Turner-Williams</a> thought she was on the verge of a promotion. Instead, the former chief data officer at Tableau got laid off. </p>
  2074.  
  2075.  
  2076.  
  2077. <p>Turner-Williams is one of more than <a href="https://layoffs.fyi/">57,000 tech workers </a>dealing with the emotional and financial stress of being laid off over the past two months as hundreds of companies trim headcount amid a shaky economy.</p>
  2078.  
  2079.  
  2080.  
  2081. <p>&#8220;So what is next for me? I do not know,&#8221; Turner-Williams wrote in a LinkedIn <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wendy-turner-williams-8b66039_twittertakeover-employees-leaders-activity-6996208872097030145-T2GR?utm_source=share&amp;utm_medium=member_desktop">post</a> last week. &#8220;Like so many of you, the&nbsp;economic uncertainty, coupled with the chaos, feelings of loss of control, uncertainty and frankly fear of the unknown are having a toll.&#8221;</p>
  2082.  
  2083.  
  2084.  
  2085. <p>Layoffs can be a rattling experience, both in the moment and for the days and months that follow. Feelings of shame or failure can set in. Getting laid off can impact social relationships and family systems.</p>
  2086.  
  2087.  
  2088.  
  2089. <p><a href="https://www.apa.org/monitor/2020/10/toll-job-loss">Some research shows</a> that unemployment is linked to anxiety, depression, and loss of life satisfaction. Even when someone lands a new job, memories may linger.  </p>
  2090.  
  2091.  
  2092. <aside class="callout clearfix"><h4><strong>RELATED: </strong><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/">‘It’s the beginning of a sea change’: How tech layoffs are transforming the job market</a></h4>
  2093. </aside>
  2094.  
  2095.  
  2096.  
  2097. <p>&#8220;That uncertainty stays with us. It happened once and it could happen again,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikaelakiner">Mikaela Kiner</a>, CEO of Seattle HR consultancy firm Reverb. &#8220;It just kind of changes your mindset around work.&#8221;</p>
  2098.  
  2099.  
  2100.  
  2101. <p>For those who remain at a company following layoffs, survivor&#8217;s guilt can set in, as well as anxiety about being next to get cut. </p>
  2102.  
  2103.  
  2104.  
  2105. <p>The managers who have to deliver the bad news also deal with heightened stress.</p>
  2106.  
  2107.  
  2108.  
  2109. <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s hard for everybody, and it should be,&#8221; Kiner said. &#8220;This should never be easy.&#8221;</p>
  2110.  
  2111.  
  2112.  
  2113. <p>We reached out to recently laid off tech workers, HR experts, leadership coaches, psychologists, and others to learn about the effects of layoffs and get their advice for those impacted. Read on for more insights. </p>
  2114.  
  2115.  
  2116.  
  2117. <p class="has-medium-font-size"><strong>If you&#8217;ve been laid off</strong>: </p>
  2118.  
  2119.  
  2120.  
  2121. <ul>
  2122. <li><strong>Get calm</strong>. &#8220;The human brain does not make good decisions when it is overwhelmed with negative emotions,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/amymezulis">Amy Mezulis</a>, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of Seattle startup Joon Care. So make sure you take time to get calm and centered before making any plans or taking action. </li>
  2123.  
  2124.  
  2125.  
  2126. <li><strong>Take care of yourself</strong>. &#8220;It&#8217;s OK to feel bad about it. Work is a big part of our identity,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/matussandy">Sandy Matus</a>, vice president of people at Seattle startup Textio. The <a href="https://www.washington.edu/counseling/2020/06/08/the-stages-of-grief-accepting-the-unacceptable/">five stages of grief</a> —&nbsp;denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance —&nbsp;can apply to losing a job, and not necessarily in that specific order. &#8220;People will experience all of those emotions at some point,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dedehenley">Dede Henley</a>, CEO of Henley Leadership Group in Seattle. Many employees can access mental health support via employee assistance programs, noted Kiner.</li>
  2127.  
  2128.  
  2129.  
  2130. <li><strong>Make sure you understand what&#8217;s happening. </strong>Figure out any remaining work expectations; understand how long your benefits last; gather severance details; and know your last day of employment.</li>
  2131.  
  2132.  
  2133.  
  2134. <li><strong>Put together a financial plan. </strong>Determine what you can or can&#8217;t do if you&#8217;re not earning money, or if you&#8217;re getting unemployment payments. &#8220;If you have a three-month plan, it&#8217;s really helpful,&#8221; said Matus.</li>
  2135.  
  2136.  
  2137.  
  2138. <li><strong>Talk to others.</strong> Reach out to the people in your life, both personal and professional, and let them know what&#8217;s going on. &#8220;What&#8217;s been helpful to me has been real human connection,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/laragreen/">Lara Green</a>, a visual designer in Seattle who was laid off last year. Mezulis agrees: &#8220;Social support is absolutely necessary to coping effectively with stress and loss,&#8221; she said. </li>
  2139. </ul>
  2140.  
  2141.  
  2142.  
  2143. <figure class="wp-block-pullquote"><blockquote><p>&#8220;What&#8217;s been helpful to me has been real human connection.&#8221;</p></blockquote></figure>
  2144.  
  2145.  
  2146.  
  2147. <ul>
  2148. <li><strong>Remember your value.</strong> Confidence can take a hit after being laid off and while searching for a job. Talking to former colleagues or bosses is a helpful reminder of the experience and skills that set you apart, Green said. Those people can also provide recommendations and endorsements for your LinkedIn profile.</li>
  2149.  
  2150.  
  2151.  
  2152. <li><strong>Don&#8217;t fret over what happend. </strong>Most of the time, you&#8217;ll never know the whole story about why you were laid off. &#8220;You want to know the &#8216;what&#8217; that comes next, instead of focusing on the &#8216;why&#8217; it happened,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dontaedelgado/">Dontae Delgado</a>, a product manager who was laid off this summer and just landed at Amazon. Delgado adds: &#8220;Do not attach your value to the&nbsp;layoff.&#8221;</li>
  2153.  
  2154.  
  2155.  
  2156. <li><strong>Ask for help.</strong> This is not the time to be shy about asking for favors, said Matus. Let your former colleagues or bosses know that you&#8217;re looking for a new gig. Join networks or other groups and share your interest in finding a job. </li>
  2157.  
  2158.  
  2159.  
  2160. <li><strong>Be kind to yourself.</strong> Mezulis advises people to practice self-compassion. &#8220;Challenging situations often unveil a whole host of negative internal dialogue,&#8221; she said. &#8220;Our brain becomes filled with a chorus telling us all the things we should have or shouldn’t have done, that we should or shouldn’t do, or ways in which we have failed ourselves or others.&#8221; Instead, treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Give the kind of reassurance, care, support and kindness to yourself, in the same way you&#8217;d help a friend.  </li>
  2161.  
  2162.  
  2163.  
  2164. <li><strong>Stay active</strong>. Turner-Williams channeled her energy into outdoor projects, such as harvesting blackberries in her backyard. &#8220;There is nothing like some blood, sweat and tears mixed with sheer determination to help ground you,&#8221; she wrote on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wendy-turner-williams-8b66039_mentalhealthmatters-energy-changeyourlife-activity-6974861719089152001--S7J?utm_source=share&amp;utm_medium=member_desktop">LinkedIn</a>.</li>
  2165.  
  2166.  
  2167.  
  2168. <li><strong>Stay positive.</strong> Henley&#8217;s personal career trajectory may provide optimism to those recently laid off. Henley herself was laid off from a job years ago. She was shocked and stunned. But it forced her to get creative about her next career move. She didn&#8217;t want somebody else in charge of her future, so Henley launched the Henley Leadership Group. The business has been around for more than 30 years. &#8220;It&#8217;s the best thing I ever did,&#8221; Henley said, &#8220;and it came out of that.&#8221; </li>
  2169. </ul>
  2170.  
  2171.  
  2172.  
  2173. <p class="has-medium-font-size"><strong>If your colleagues got laid off</strong>:</p>
  2174.  
  2175.  
  2176.  
  2177. <ul>
  2178. <li><strong>Focus on what you can control</strong>. Take the opportunity to clean up your resume and create a list of all your accomplishments. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date. Start developing a Plan B and a Plan C. Join industry groups and get in touch with people in your professional network. </li>
  2179. </ul>
  2180.  
  2181.  
  2182. <aside class="callout clearfix"><h4><strong>RELATED:</strong> <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/layoff-tracker-2022/">GeekWire&#8217;s Layoff Tracker</a></h4>
  2183. </aside>
  2184.  
  2185.  
  2186.  
  2187. <ul>
  2188. <li><strong>Create contingency plans.</strong> A guide on dealing with layoff anxiety from the <a href="https://hbr.org/2022/09/how-to-deal-with-layoff-anxiety">Harvard Business Review</a> notes that deploying &#8220;defensive pessimism&#8221; can be a powerful exercise in helping provide some level of control. </li>
  2189.  
  2190.  
  2191.  
  2192. <li><strong>Talk to your manager.</strong> Get a better understanding of the state of the company, and also learn how you can improve your own skills and increase your credibility. </li>
  2193. </ul>
  2194.  
  2195.  
  2196.  
  2197. <p class="has-medium-font-size"><strong>If you&#8217;re laying off employees: </strong></p>
  2198.  
  2199.  
  2200.  
  2201. <ul>
  2202. <li><strong>Lead with empathy, care, and compassion. </strong>Each step of the layoff process should be done in a thoughtful way, including how the news is communicated to both those affected and those who are not. &#8220;Leaders need to bring a lot of empathy to each of those conversations,&#8221; Kiner said. Doing so can pay dividends — those leaving the company may continue to champion the brand if they are treated well on the way out, while employees that remain can feel more comfortable about the road ahead — and as a result, perform at a higher level. </li>
  2203.  
  2204.  
  2205.  
  2206. <li><strong>Prepare managers.</strong> The role of managers delivering layoff news to impacted employees can be overlooked. &#8220;Execs and individuals get most of the attention, but middle managers have the toughest emotional labor right now,&#8221; Textio CEO Kieran Snyder wrote on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/kieran-snyder-60572987_management-team-tech-activity-6995399498113978368-EKKQ?utm_source=share&amp;utm_medium=member_desktop">LinkedIn</a>. Companies need to make sure managers completely understand why the layoffs are happening and are prepared to answer questions, Matus said. </li>
  2207.  
  2208.  
  2209.  
  2210. <li><strong>Help beyond severance or benefits. </strong>One of the biggest safety nets a company can provide beyond health insurance or money is helping laid off employees rebuild their resume and get ready to interview for new jobs, said Matus. Companies can also offer introductions to other employers, or compile lists of impacted employees that can be used by recruiters elsewhere. </li>
  2211. </ul>
  2212.  
  2213.  
  2214.  
  2215. <p><em>Lost a job? Need help finding work? GeekWire’s new recruiting service, GeekWork, can help. Reach out to GeekWork managing director Jason Greer to learn more on how we connect technical talent to amazing job opportunities. Contact:&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jason@geekwire.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">jason@geekwire.com</a>.</em></p>
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  2219. <title>&#8216;This too shall pass&#8217;: Why crypto leaders are still optimistic about the industry amid FTX fallout</title>
  2220. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/this-too-shall-pass-why-crypto-leaders-are-still-optimistic-about-the-industry-amid-ftx-fallout/</link>
  2221. <pubDate>Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:33:15 +0000</pubDate>
  2222. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Nate Bek]]></dc:creator>
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  2232.  
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  2234. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="1244" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-1260x1244.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-1260x1244.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-768x758.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-100x100.png 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-630x622.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2.png 1282w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>The&#160;swift collapse&#160;of the giant digital-asset exchange FTX&#160;earlier this month&#160;sent a contagion through the crypto industry. It not only caused substantial financial distress to companies and individuals exposed to FTX,&#160;but cast a dark shadow over crypto&#8217;s aspirations to upend traditional currency. To get a better sense of the current market turmoil, we spoke with several Seattle-area crypto venture capitalists and founders about their take on the situation and what it means for their business. FTX, which recently filed for bankruptcy, set off a wave of industry tumult. Crypto lender BlockFi is reportedly set to file for bankruptcy within the coming days,&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/this-too-shall-pass-why-crypto-leaders-are-still-optimistic-about-the-industry-amid-ftx-fallout/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  2236. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="622" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-630x622.png" alt="" class="wp-image-737828" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-630x622.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-1260x1244.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-768x758.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2-100x100.png 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Screen-Shot-2022-11-22-at-8.49.24-AM-2.png 1282w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">From top left, clockwise: Jonathan Blanco of TF Labs and Niftmint; Kate Mitselmakher of Bloccelerate; Sam Yilmaz of Bloccelerate; Kory Hoang of Stably; Will Rush of Stack; and Sadie Raney of Strix Leviathan. </figcaption></figure>
  2237.  
  2238.  
  2239.  
  2240. <p>The&nbsp;<a href="https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/sam-bankman-fried-ftx-bankruptcy-what-happened.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">swift collapse</a>&nbsp;of the giant digital-asset exchange FTX&nbsp;earlier this month&nbsp;sent a contagion through the crypto industry. It not only caused substantial financial distress to companies and individuals exposed to FTX,&nbsp;but cast a dark shadow over crypto&#8217;s aspirations to upend traditional currency. </p>
  2241.  
  2242.  
  2243.  
  2244. <p>To get a better sense of the current market turmoil, we spoke with several Seattle-area crypto venture capitalists and founders about their take on the situation and what it means for their business. </p>
  2245.  
  2246.  
  2247.  
  2248. <p>FTX, which recently filed for bankruptcy, set off a wave of industry tumult. Crypto lender BlockFi is <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-16/blockfi-said-to-plan-imminent-bankruptcy-filing-amid-ftx-fallout?sref=CUpXQy6u">reportedly</a> set to file for bankruptcy within the coming days, while the<a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-21/crypto-firm-genesis-warns-of-possible-bankruptcy-without-funding?sref=CUpXQy6u"> brokerage Genesis</a> is still seeking a buyer. They are joining a growing list of failed crypto projects this year, including <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-kwons-crypto-empire-fell-in-a-40-billion-crash-hes-got-a-new-coin-for-you-11655914487">Luna</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/voyager-digital-commences-financial-restructuring-process-to-maximize-value-for-all-stakeholders-301581177.html">Voyager Digital</a>. </p>
  2249.  
  2250.  
  2251.  
  2252. <p>Venture capitalists deployed $4.44 billion in crypto startups in the third quarter of the year, <a href="https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-10-11/crypto-startup-funding-q3-plunges-alongside-bitcoin?leadSource=uverify%20wall&amp;sref=CUpXQy6u">Bloomberg reported</a>, down 37% from the same period last year. That is a major drop from the first quarter of the year, when startup investors set a record by deploying $8.83 billion into&nbsp;crypto and blockchain companies. </p>
  2253.  
  2254.  
  2255.  
  2256. <p>Seattle is <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/a-list-of-startups-in-seattle-building-crypto-blockchain-and-web3-technologies/">home to around 20 crypto-related startups</a>. Four of those companies are featured on the <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/geekwire-200/">GeekWire 200</a>, our list of the top privately held companies in the Pacific Northwest. The index includes crypto cashback&nbsp;<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/a-list-of-startups-in-seattle-building-crypto-blockchain-and-web3-technologies/">app company StormX</a>, carbon removal marketplace<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/toyota-invests-in-nori-a-carbon-removal-startup-trying-to-help-reverse-climate-change/">&nbsp;Nori</a>, crypto physical retailer <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/coinme-seattle-startup-crypto-enabling-legacy-financial-services-raises-10m/">Coinme</a> and fintech platform <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2020/led-simple-co-founder-portland-startup-sila-raises-7-7m-grow-fintech-infrastructure-platform/">Sila</a>. </p>
  2257.  
  2258.  
  2259.  
  2260. <p>So far this year, notable Seattle crypto startups including <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/crypto-tax-startup-zenledger-used-by-the-irs-raises-15m/">ZenLedger</a>, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-startup-raises-14m-to-fuel-ambitious-plan-for-a-social-network-built-on-the-blockchain/">Peer</a>, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-startup-raises-13-5m-to-help-developers-build-ai-driven-applications-on-the-blockchain/">Spice AI</a> and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-startup-helping-teens-learn-about-and-invest-in-crypto-raises-2-7m/">Stack</a> have been able to nab about $30 million in funding. </p>
  2261.  
  2262.  
  2263.  
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  2266. </div></figure>
  2267.  
  2268.  
  2269.  
  2270. <p>Seattle's Bloccelerate, a blockchain-focused investment firm, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-blockchain-vc-firm-bloccelerate-raising-its-second-fund/">landed $20 million</a> as part of a larger fund in September. Gemini, the&nbsp;eleventh largest&nbsp;crypto exchange platform by volume founded by the Winklevoss twins, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/crypto-exchange-gemini-expanding-in-seattle-area-amid-industry-turmoil/">announced</a> earlier this month that it was hiring more than 100 employees in the Seattle region. </p>
  2271.  
  2272.  
  2273.  
  2274. <p>We asked venture capitalists and founders to explain what the FTX meltdown says about the overall crypto market, whether or not crypto will survive, and how their business was affected. Read on for their answers. </p>
  2275.  
  2276.  
  2277.  
  2278. <h3><strong>Strix Leviathan CEO and co-founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/sadieraney/">Sadie Raney</a></strong></h3>
  2279.  
  2280.  
  2281.  
  2282. <p><strong>What does the fall of FTX say about the broader crypto market? What are some of the short and long-term implications?&nbsp;</strong>"The fall of FTX is definitely a wake-up call for the broader crypto market. The fallout from this will be extremely telling as we see which firms are affected and which are not. Short-term implications are that the markets are in paralysis as traders and investors do not know how deep this will go. They don't know who to trust with their assets, or when that clarity will come."</p>
  2283.  
  2284.  
  2285. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2286. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-630x630.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-737594" width="250" height="250" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-630x630.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-300x300.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-1260x1260.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-768x768.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-1536x1536.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney.jpeg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Sadie-Raney-200x200.jpeg 200w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Strix Leviathan CEO and co-founder Sadie Raney. (Strix Leviathan Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2287.  
  2288.  
  2289. <p><strong>Will crypto survive this downturn? Why or why not?</strong> "Yes, it will survive, but this has set the industry back quite a bit,&nbsp;potentially even years. Despite what FTX did and the number of firms that are going bankrupt as a result, there are still thousands of valuable projects and solid teams building useful things. There are also a number of traditional firms, banks, asset managers and more starting to run test cases using digital asset platforms (see the <a href="https://cointelegraph.com/news/jp-morgan-executes-first-defi-trade-on-public-blockchain">JP Morgan and DBS De-Fi trade</a> reported earlier this month). </p>
  2290.  
  2291.  
  2292.  
  2293. <p>Despite the sloppiness and stupidity that led to the FTX implosion, there are many protocols out there with a great deal of promise in the long run. We don't have this technical ecosystem figured out yet, it is still in its&nbsp;infancy and needs a lot of nurturing and growth, but once it matures, these assets will thrive."</p>
  2294.  
  2295.  
  2296.  
  2297. <p><strong>How has the downturn, both in crypto and in the broader economy, affected your business?</strong>&nbsp;"The downturn largely hasn't affected us other&nbsp;than seeing some investors slower to&nbsp;enter the&nbsp;market than previous months. Our strategy takes into account these types of market cycles and this isn't the first time we have seen the&nbsp;crypto markets drop. We have spent the past few weeks really digging into all of our risk and operational systems. The sad truth is that the&nbsp;actions of FTX&nbsp;have led to rampant speculation and a loss of trust among market participants and counter-parties. It will take time to recover from that fear and mistrust, not to mention the loss of assets impacting hundreds of thousands of FTX users." </p>
  2298.  
  2299.  
  2300.  
  2301. <h3>TF Labs and Niftmint CEO and founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jgproduct/">Jonathan G. Blanco</a></h3>
  2302.  
  2303.  
  2304.  
  2305. <p><strong>What does the fall of FTX say about the broader crypto market? What are some of the short and long-term implications?</strong> "There is no doubt that FTX has been a trainwreck and has put the crypto market in a negative light, but I think it's&nbsp;important to note a few things. </p>
  2306.  
  2307.  
  2308.  
  2309. <ol>
  2310. <li>Crypto technology did not fail. </li>
  2311.  
  2312.  
  2313.  
  2314. <li>Bitcoin did not fail. </li>
  2315.  
  2316.  
  2317.  
  2318. <li>Immense fraud took place by an individual who until recently was seen as the poster&nbsp;boy for crypto to those not in the crypto industry. </li>
  2319. </ol>
  2320.  
  2321.  
  2322.  
  2323. <p>This person raised capital from the top VCs, had access to top officials in government, and rubbed shoulders with top athletes who endorsed his company. This is a high outlier situation that should&nbsp;not be reflective of the broader&nbsp;crypto market considering when you have the corporate restructuring&nbsp;expert, John Ray, who worked on Enron bankruptcy, <a href="https://www.fastcompany.com/90813323/ftx-worse-than-enron-new-ceo">say</a>: "Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls." </p>
  2324.  
  2325.  
  2326.  
  2327. <p>Short-term — those on the fence with crypto will stay on the fence or back away. Those in crypto have deepened their convictions for decentralization, infrastructure, and regulatory guidance, not necessarily regulation.</p>
  2328.  
  2329.  
  2330.  
  2331. <p>Long-term — core infrastructure for crypto money, crypto tech, blockchain record management, and Web3/NFT commerce outlast any market down cycle as the utility is better than what is offered by incumbent systems. Bitcoin continues to prove why it's a great store of value."</p>
  2332.  
  2333.  
  2334. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2335. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco-630x630.png" alt="" class="wp-image-613214" width="250" height="250" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco-630x630.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco-300x300.png 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco-150x150.png 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco-100x100.png 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco-200x200.png 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Jonathan-Blanco.png 650w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">TF Labs and Niftmint CEO and Founder Jonathan Blanco. (Jonathan Blanco Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2336.  
  2337.  
  2338. <p><strong>Will crypto survive this downturn? Why or why not?</strong> "Yes, crypto has proven to be incredibly resilient, and some may even argue anti-fragile.&nbsp;Bitcoin keeping a price of around $16,000 during the greatest blunder in the crypto industry&nbsp;since Mt. Gox shows there is still conviction for the currency and any likely decrease in Bitcoin from here will be due to broader-macro financial markets and not crypto-specific.&nbsp;</p>
  2339.  
  2340.  
  2341.  
  2342. <p>I see Bitcoin as a commodity and most cryptocurrencies as a security, considering many of them were used to raise funds for the protocols they support. Cryptocurrencies will also survive, but as in all industries, it will be survival&nbsp;of the fittest regarding use cases, customers, innovation and overall utility.&nbsp;</p>
  2343.  
  2344.  
  2345.  
  2346. <p>Crypto technology will never go away. We are at the beginning phases of crypto technology being better than the incumbent's technology. What currently is missing is distribution and access. For example: Bitcoin Lightning Network is better payment technology than SWIFT. NFTs are better content files than JPEGs and PNGs. Crypto prices will not deter crypto technology advances." </p>
  2347.  
  2348.  
  2349.  
  2350. <p><strong>How has the downturn, both in crypto and in the broader economy, affected your business?</strong> "As a crypto&nbsp;founder who has experienced past crypto winters, I have been building Niftmint from the beginning with winter in mind.&nbsp;At Niftmint, we have built NFT commerce infrastructure for brands so they can mint, sell and custody NFTs on their existing e-commerce&nbsp;while abstracting crypto and crypto-wallets.</p>
  2351.  
  2352.  
  2353.  
  2354. <p>Our customers and sales pipeline of brands has thankfully been undeterred by the FTX situation as they do not see NFTs as a cryptocurrency but rather as digital product offerings for goods, loyalty, and experiences. NFTs are simply the evolution of digital content and digital products. This is why you see brands like Starbucks and Nike sticking with their plans for NFTs.</p>
  2355.  
  2356.  
  2357.  
  2358. <p>We have seen the most change from VCs who had taken a few steps into crypto during the pandemic&nbsp;and recent bull run, now distancing themselves from the vertical. Over the last two weeks, we received four 'pass emails'&nbsp;from non-crypto VCs mentioning FTX and the current environment as their reason for the pass.&nbsp;</p>
  2359.  
  2360.  
  2361.  
  2362. <p>In contrast, crypto VCs have remained strong in their conviction to invest in Web3 and crypto startups. We have accelerated conversations with several crypto VCs and have had cold&nbsp;outreaches from crypto VCs. We expect to close our seed round by the end of the year."</p>
  2363.  
  2364.  
  2365.  
  2366. <h3>Bloccelerate CEO and General Partner <strong><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-mitselmakher/">Kate Mitselmakher</a></strong></h3>
  2367.  
  2368.  
  2369.  
  2370. <p><strong>What does the fall of FTX say about the broader crypto market? What are some of the short and long-term implications?</strong> "For those of use who have been working hard in bringing credibility to Web3 for years, the FTX fallout is absolutely&nbsp;infuriating. FTX is a centralized exchange. It lacked transparency, accountability&nbsp;and auditability — everything blockchain stands for. Because FTX is a centralized private company, its data or assets are 'not on chain,' and therefore, neither the users, nor investors had real-time visibility into the health of the balance sheet, fund flows, controls, etc. With that said, VCs had the right to request the board, but for one reason or another, they did not. That's how we ended up with a $32 billion private company with no checks and balances to oversee the activities of Sam Bankman-Fried.</p>
  2371.  
  2372.  
  2373.  
  2374. <p>Based on the FTX incident, it would be easy to conclude that the rest of the crypto market is just 'smoke and mirrors' (as Elizabeth Warren concluded recently). However, this would be akin to concluding that the internet is just for porn and illicit activity, in its early days. Yes, there are bad actors in crypto. And yes, there will be more fallouts. And yes, in the short term, everyone will be guilty by association. But this too shall pass."</p>
  2375.  
  2376.  
  2377. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2378. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1667607004324-630x630.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-737825" width="250" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1667607004324-630x630.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1667607004324-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1667607004324-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1667607004324.jpeg 642w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Bloccerate CEO and General Partner Kate Mitselmakher. (Kate Miselmakher Photo) </figcaption></figure></div>
  2379.  
  2380.  
  2381. <p><strong>Will crypto survive this downturn? Why or why not?</strong> "If you look at the actual data, the builders who join the Web3 space don't quit. In fact, we are already seeing new 'proof of reserves' projects that are coming to markets. DeFi projects continue to work, as intended. While it is too early to tell what the exact contagion is, I am confident that in the long term, the space will emerge stronger — with more controls, clarity, better due diligence, and better checks and balances." </p>
  2382.  
  2383.  
  2384.  
  2385. <p><strong>How has the downturn, both in crypto and in the broader economy, affected your business?</strong> "Bloccelerate does not have any exposure to FTX, nor do we have exposure to any FTX affiliated companies, which include Alameda Research, Solana, Serum, Oxygen, and Maps.me, Fida, among others.</p>
  2386.  
  2387.  
  2388.  
  2389. <p>Bloccelerate's thesis has always focused on bringing transparency, auditability, and accountability into Web3. For that reason, we made investments in compliance, security &amp; audit, treasury management, enterprise adoption of blockchain, and DeFi." </p>
  2390.  
  2391.  
  2392.  
  2393. <h3>Stack CEO and co-founder <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/will-rush/">Will Rush</a></h3>
  2394.  
  2395.  
  2396.  
  2397. <p><strong>What does the fall of FTX say about the broader crypto market? What are some of the short and long-term implications?</strong> "New technology presents opportunity for nefarious activity. We forget that scam websites and sketchy strangers in chat rooms existed way before Norton Antivirus and Chris Hansen. Only when bad actors successfully exploit technology are we reminded that we need someone to regulate it. In the case of FTX everyone points to decentralization as the solution, but few understand that decentralization doesn't really exist. You on-ramp money from a traditional financial account to your cold storage wallet or access a blockchain through a private companies user interface.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
  2398.  
  2399.  
  2400. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2401. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-630x630.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-671776" width="250" height="250" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-630x630.jpeg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-300x300.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-768x768.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265-200x200.jpeg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1640664197265.jpeg 800w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Stack CEO Will Rush. (Stack Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2402.  
  2403.  
  2404. <p>Unfortunately, more Sam Bankman-Frieds will exist. In my opinion, the solution is to create a modern way to regulate blockchain technology that doesn't stifle its value but makes it more safe. Nothing will ever be 100% safe. Especially a financial product where bad actors stand to benefit the most from exploiting the system."</p>
  2405.  
  2406.  
  2407.  
  2408. <p><strong>Will crypto survive this downturn? Why or why not?</strong> "I don't think it's even a question. I have never seen more talented people building in one place in my career. Innovators accumulate in the blast zone. This will only create more opportunity for new, better blockchain uses."</p>
  2409.  
  2410.  
  2411.  
  2412. <p><strong>How has the downturn, both in crypto and in the broader economy, affected your business?</strong> "It will definitely impact us at Stack. Crypto as a brand name is hurting for good reason. There is a healthy group of Web3 builders that are disgusted by what happened at FTX but also motivated to see a brighter future. Our team sees this as an opportunity to be louder than ever with some of the decisions we made before this event and to emphasize education."</p>
  2413.  
  2414.  
  2415.  
  2416. <h3><strong>Stably CEO and co-founder </strong><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/koryhoang/">Kory Hoang</a></h3>
  2417.  
  2418.  
  2419.  
  2420. <p><strong>What does the fall of FTX say about the broader crypto market? What are some of the short and long-term implications?</strong> "With long-term implications, there's definitely going to be more regulatory enforcement that's going to come as a result. Congress is working on a stable coin legislation. Companies like FTX that have blown up because of bad practices like misappropriating user funds. They're going to become a highlight for the politicians and regulators when talking about why they should be regulating crypto. </p>
  2421.  
  2422.  
  2423.  
  2424. <p>In the negative sense, that could be bad because it doesn't paint a really good picture of everybody in the crypto industry. Not everyone in this space are crooked people. However, the regulation that might come about as a result could affect everyone very adversely if the laws are not properly drafted and implemented.</p>
  2425.  
  2426.  
  2427.  
  2428. <p>On the plus side, a lot of people are realizing that centralized exchanges have significant custody risk. In my circle alone, the person with the least damage from FTX lost $80,000, and the person with the most damage lost $10 million. It hurt a lot of people. </p>
  2429.  
  2430.  
  2431.  
  2432. <p>People are going to start shifting toward decentralized exchanges in order to trade crypto and digital assets. Decentralized exchanges don't have similar custody risks as central exchanges. They certainly have other risks, of course. Now the real question is, how do people on-ramp from fiat into stable coin more efficiently? Historically, they've done it through centralized exchanges. But now that these exchanges are coming into questions due to the FTX collapse, people are looking for better alternatives to go into to convert their Fiat into stable coins. I think there's going to be a boom in that particular industry."</p>
  2433.  
  2434.  
  2435. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2436. <figure class="alignright size-full-width is-resized"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1-630x630.png" alt="" class="wp-image-478905" width="250" height="250" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1-630x630.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1-150x150.png 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1-300x300.png 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1-100x100.png 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1-200x200.png 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/image-1.png 760w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Stably CEO Kory Huang. (Stably Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2437.  
  2438.  
  2439. <p><strong>Will crypto survive this downturn? Why or why not?</strong> "Yes, I do believe that crypto will survive this downturn. It is just a temporary bump in the road. There are people out there actually using crypto for real world use cases. I sent money over to my family in Vietnam. I used to remit funds to them via Western Union or Remitly. Now, I just send them stablecoins. The local market for stablecoin and fiat conversion is becoming so efficient over there that I can just send them stablecoins, and they can easily convert that to local currency. The transaction fee that they end up paying to convert a stablecoin to a local fiat in Vietnam is significantly less than going to Western Union."</p>
  2440.  
  2441.  
  2442.  
  2443. <p><strong>How has the downturn, both in crypto and in the broader economy, affected your business?</strong> "We raised a $5 million pre-Series A funding round right before the market went down. In terms of cash position, we're really well positioned for this bear market, as we have runway for almost two years. In terms of our business in general, this downturn has definitely hit our volume as compared to last year. We definitely had a significant amount of volume last year compared to this year. Last year, we had about $1.5 million in revenue. This year, we're just getting to right about that same amount." </p>
  2444.  
  2445.  
  2446.  
  2447. <h3><strong>Bloccelerate COO and General Partner</strong> <strong><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/bitangel/">Sam Yilmaz</a></strong></h3>
  2448.  
  2449.  
  2450.  
  2451. <p><strong>What does the fall of FTX say about the broader crypto market? What are some of the short and long-term implications?</strong> "There has been an evolution of how unsavory individuals have been able to cause a lot of harm. First it was through selling unregistered securities.&nbsp;The origin was innocent, crowdfunding of open source software that would demonstrate an immutable reference that you&nbsp;contributed to and would have access to. It would also allow incentives for anyone that would voluntarily provide services to the network independent of jurisdiction and currency. The value of the service would be paired to the value of the network and service, providing a clear market signal on what people need most. </p>
  2452.  
  2453.  
  2454.  
  2455. <p>In practice, the innocent crowdfunding took the name ICO, resonant with IPO. This gave means to sell ill-crafted dreams and take things public. Then the story evolved to "Float and Borrow." Luna and FTT token were prime examples, of tokens whose value was floated with liquidity&nbsp;at a fraction of market cap and was 'backing' USD-denominated loans. </p>
  2456.  
  2457.  
  2458.  
  2459. <p>There will be another story. It's the uncanny side of innovation, new means to do things brought with it new means to deliver services, coordinate complexity as well as fraud. Internet at large or smaller facets like online payments, online signatures, etc., fit the mold of this pattern as well. New means! Good or ill. </p>
  2460.  
  2461.  
  2462.  
  2463. <p>In the short term we all suffer because evil like fire cannot exist in void so we all burn — varying in the amount of damage we take — giving it some fuel. In the long-term the potential of the new means is ginormous: self-sovereignty of data, coordination of multi-stakeholder communications and transactions, and easier means for everyone on the planet to&nbsp;add value to a global community. Long term, innovation is here and we move to build more, better each cycle."</p>
  2464.  
  2465.  
  2466. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2467. <figure class="alignright size-full is-resized"><img decoding="async" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/zh7GqfmF_400x400.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-737827" width="250" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/zh7GqfmF_400x400.jpeg 400w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/zh7GqfmF_400x400-300x300.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/zh7GqfmF_400x400-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/zh7GqfmF_400x400-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/zh7GqfmF_400x400-200x200.jpeg 200w" sizes="(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Bloccerate COO and General Partner Sam Yilmaz. (Sam Yilmaz Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2468.  
  2469.  
  2470. <p><strong>Will crypto survive this downturn? </strong>"No doubt. The fire is not out. Before our forest grows again, embers need to cool. This may take another year. Crypto, in the sense of cryptographically secured assets and transactions, is the inevitable direction of human coordination. Value is a human construct, we declare and decide in consensus what an asset is, what an institution is, what their&nbsp;powers are. There is no better means we have found yet that allows trustless, automatable, transparent systems. If you ask, would I rather do this thing trustlessly or not? Would I rather be in consensus with everyone the&nbsp;easier way or the harder way? Would I rather have transparency into this system I am a part of or not? The answer for most is a resounding yes, I like the former, please. It's a human calling, new means to do what we inherently want will survive any downturn."</p>
  2471.  
  2472.  
  2473.  
  2474. <p><strong>How has the downturn, both in crypto and in the broader economy, affected your business?&nbsp;</strong>"The bad: we get a bad rep, VC and investor portfolios hurt, new talent coming to the space to build slows down. The good: we get better valuations, select more easily, work with more sophisticated investors who see the opportunity." </p>
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  2478. <title>GeekWire Gala: Purchase tickets this week to our big holiday bash and support a great cause</title>
  2479. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-gala-purchase-tickets-this-week-to-our-big-holiday-bash-and-support-a-great-cause/</link>
  2480. <pubDate>Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:10:18 +0000</pubDate>
  2481. <dc:creator><![CDATA[John Cook]]></dc:creator>
  2482. <category><![CDATA[Tech]]></category>
  2483. <category><![CDATA[GeekWire Gala]]></category>
  2484.  
  2485. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737826</guid>
  2486. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="840" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-1260x840.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-1260x840.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-630x420.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>The GeekWire Gala — the Seattle tech community&#8217;s stylish holiday party — returns Wednesday, Dec. 7 in downtown Seattle. We&#8217;re excited to bring back this holiday tradition after a two-year hiatus, and we&#8217;ll be celebrating the year in tech with an evening of conversation, tasty treats, lively music and festive cocktails.&#160; Purchase tickets here, and make the GeekWire Gala your company&#8217;s holiday party.  Here&#8217;s some even better news. If you purchase tickets this week, we will donate $5 from each ticket sold to Geeking Out Kids of Color (GOkic), a nonprofit that encourages BIPOC youth to explore technology through mentorship.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-gala-purchase-tickets-this-week-to-our-big-holiday-bash-and-support-a-great-cause/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  2487. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  2488. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="420" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-630x420.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-527955" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-630x420.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018-1260x840.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2830-Gala-2018.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Scenes from the GeekWire Gala 2018 at The Showbox at the Market in downtown Seattle. The 2022 Gala returns on Dec. 7 (GeekWire Photo / Dan DeLong)</figcaption></figure>
  2489.  
  2490.  
  2491.  
  2492. <p>The <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/events/2022-geekwire-gala/">GeekWire Gala</a> — the Seattle tech community&#8217;s stylish holiday party — returns Wednesday, Dec. 7 in downtown Seattle. We&#8217;re excited to bring back this holiday tradition after a two-year hiatus, and we&#8217;ll be celebrating the year in tech with an evening of conversation, tasty treats, lively music and festive cocktails.&nbsp;</p>
  2493.  
  2494.  
  2495.  
  2496. <p><strong>Purchase tickets <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/events/2022-geekwire-gala/">here</a>, and make the GeekWire Gala your company&#8217;s holiday party. </strong></p>
  2497.  
  2498.  
  2499.  
  2500. <p>Here&#8217;s some even better news. If you purchase tickets this week, we will donate $5 from each ticket sold to <a href="https://www.gokic.org/">Geeking Out Kids of Color</a> (GOkic), a nonprofit that encourages BIPOC youth to explore technology through mentorship.</p>
  2501.  
  2502.  
  2503.  
  2504. <p>We&#8217;re also excited to announce the return of the Geek Style Reboot, presented by Nordstrom. Two lucky geeks will win an all-expense paid makeover on Dec. 7, a fabulous day of pampering before the Gala. To enter, email us at <a href="mailto:events@geekwire.com">events@geekwire.com</a> with the subject line — &#8220;I Need a GeekStyle Reboot&#8221; — and a brief description about why you are really in need of a wardrobe refresh.&nbsp;</p>
  2505.  
  2506.  
  2507.  
  2508. <p>Bring colleagues and friends and make the Gala a night to remember. Don your cocktail attire, geeky t-shirts, dancing shoes and everything in between. Feeling extra festive? Break out your fiercest flannel fashion and compete to win individual and team prizes.</p>
  2509.  
  2510.  
  2511.  
  2512. <p>The Gala is a 21+ event. A huge thanks to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.firsttechfed.com/">First Tech Federal Credit Union</a>, the title sponsor of this year’s Gala!</p>
  2513.  
  2514.  
  2515.  
  2516. <p><strong>For sponsorship and group ticket sales, please contact us at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:events@geekwire.com">events@geekwire.com</a>.</strong></p>
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  2520. <title>&#8216;It&#8217;s the beginning of a sea change&#8217;: How tech layoffs are transforming the job market</title>
  2521. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/</link>
  2522. <pubDate>Tue, 22 Nov 2022 18:06:50 +0000</pubDate>
  2523. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  2524. <category><![CDATA[Tech]]></category>
  2525.  
  2526. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737595</guid>
  2527. <description><![CDATA[<img width="960" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines.png 960w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines-768x480.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines-630x394.png 630w" sizes="(max-width: 960px) 100vw, 960px"><br>After nine years in tech marketing in Seattle, working his way up from individual contributor into management, James Carroll decided earlier this year that he was ready for a break to refresh his outlook and reset his career. Like many others, he had spent his 20s and early 30s in a booming tech industry, defined by seemingly limitless expansion and unending job opportunities. Working with a career counselor, Carroll made sure his household finances were in order, and gave an ample three months&#8217; notice at the startup where he was working. He planned to take a few months off, exploring&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/its-the-beginning-of-a-sea-change-how-tech-layoffs-are-transforming-the-job-market/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  2529. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="960" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines.png" alt="" class="wp-image-737804" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines.png 960w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines-768x480.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/layoff-headlines-630x394.png 630w" sizes="(max-width: 960px) 100vw, 960px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A sampling of GeekWire headlines from the past month. </figcaption></figure>
  2530.  
  2531.  
  2532.  
  2533. <p>After nine years in tech marketing in Seattle, working his way up from individual contributor into management, <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jecarroll/">James Carroll</a> decided earlier this year that he was ready for a break to refresh his outlook and reset his career.</p>
  2534.  
  2535.  
  2536.  
  2537. <p>Like many others, he had spent his 20s and early 30s in a booming tech industry, defined by seemingly limitless expansion and unending job opportunities.</p>
  2538.  
  2539.  
  2540.  
  2541. <p>Working with a career counselor, Carroll made sure his household finances were in order, and gave an ample three months&#8217; notice at the startup where he was working. He planned to take a few months off, exploring new areas of marketing or even a new field such as cybersecurity, before jumping back into the job market.</p>
  2542.  
  2543.  
  2544. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2545. <figure class="alignright size-medium"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="300" height="286" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/James-Carroll-300x286.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-737822" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/James-Carroll-300x286.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/James-Carroll.jpeg 521w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Tech marketer James Carroll has returned to a very different job market than when he took a sabbatical earlier this year. </figcaption></figure></div>
  2546.  
  2547.  
  2548. <p>The reality he&#8217;s now facing is not at all what he expected.</p>
  2549.  
  2550.  
  2551.  
  2552. <p>&#8220;I might actually need to dip into that savings for a period of time, because I might be unemployed longer than I ever thought,&#8221; he said. &#8220;It just shows how quickly the market and economy and personal situations can change.&#8221;</p>
  2553.  
  2554.  
  2555.  
  2556. <p>The sky is not falling from the tech industry.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.geekwire.com/layoff-tracker-2022/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Thousands of layoffs</a>&nbsp;in the past two months represent a small fraction of the tech sector&#8217;s growth over the past two decades. But cutbacks and hiring freezes are suddenly transforming the job market into a condition that some in the industry haven&#8217;t experienced in their careers.</p>
  2557.  
  2558.  
  2559.  
  2560. <p>Here&#8217;s how.</p>
  2561.  
  2562.  
  2563.  
  2564. <p><strong>The balance of power has shifted from job seekers to tech employers.</strong> For quite some time, there have been more available tech jobs than people qualified to fill them, putting engineers and experienced tech workers in positions of strength when looking for work and negotiating pay. </p>
  2565.  
  2566.  
  2567.  
  2568. <p>It might seem like a lifetime ago, but it was just this year that <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-more-than-doubles-max-base-pay-to-350k-for-corporate-and-tech-workers-citing-labor-market/">Amazon</a>, <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/with-sweeping-pay-increase-microsoft-attempts-to-keep-top-talent-in-competitive-tech-job-market/">Microsoft </a>and others boosted compensation to keep pace with inflation and retain employees.</p>
  2569.  
  2570.  
  2571.  
  2572. <p>Compared to that, the past few weeks feel like an alternative reality. </p>
  2573.  
  2574.  
  2575.  
  2576. <p>&#8220;For the first time in over a decade, the Seattle tech scene has morphed into an employer-driven market,&#8221; said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/albertsquiers/">Albert Squiers</a>, managing director of the technology practice at Seattle-based recruiting firm <a href="https://www.fueltalent.com/">Fuel Talent</a>. </p>
  2577.  
  2578.  
  2579.  
  2580. <p>There are parallels to what has happened in the housing market, where the balance of power shifted rapidly from sellers to buyers, said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/doug-sayed-6b346a169/">Doug Sayed</a>, founder and managing principal at&nbsp;<a href="https://appliedhrstrategies.com/">Applied HR Strategies Inc.</a>, a compensation consulting firm based in Seattle. Companies seeking talent are in a much stronger position.</p>
  2581.  
  2582.  
  2583.  
  2584. <p>&#8220;I think it&#8217;s the beginning of a sea change,&#8221; he said. &#8220;It has happened very quickly.&#8221;</p>
  2585.  
  2586.  
  2587.  
  2588. <p><strong>Companies that are still hiring have a better chance of landing tech talent.</strong> This sudden reversal might be unsettling for tech workers, but it&#8217;s creating some relief for startups and other companies that were previously competing against the likes of Meta, Amazon, Twitter, and Microsoft for key hires. </p>
  2589.  
  2590.  
  2591.  
  2592. <p>&#8220;Based on conversations I’m having, there are still many companies with big hiring plans in Q1 &#8211; they might just not be the names we are accustomed to seeing,&#8221; Squiers said.</p>
  2593.  
  2594.  
  2595.  
  2596. <p>Not only have many of those larger companies frozen hiring, but thousands of their former employees are now searching for employment.</p>
  2597.  
  2598.  
  2599.  
  2600. <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s potentially a good thing for well-funded and/or profitable small- to mid-size tech [companies], that more people are coming onto the market, and more people are going to be looking for work,&#8221; Sayed said.&nbsp;</p>
  2601.  
  2602.  
  2603.  
  2604. <aside class="callout clearfix"><h4 class="callout clearfix">RELATED CONTENT</h4><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/layoff-tracker-2022/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">
  2605. GeekWire&#8217;s Layoff Tracker</a></aside>
  2606.  
  2607.  
  2608.  
  2609. <p><strong>Non-tech companies are benefitting.</strong> Job offers from large enterprise organizations such as banks and insurance companies are being accepted more often than those from fast-growing tech startups, according to data from <a href="https://karat.com/">Karat</a>, a Seattle-based startup that helps companies conduct technical interviews.</p>
  2610.  
  2611.  
  2612.  
  2613. <p><strong>The components of pay will change for some workers. </strong>There has yet to be any wholesale decline in tech wages, but those who go to from tech giants to smaller startups shouldn&#8217;t expect the same level of pay, in general, Sayed said. </p>
  2614.  
  2615.  
  2616.  
  2617. <p>The components of compensation will also change for those who go from a public company that offers equity compensation, to a startup that offers stock options but no short-term opportunity to cash them out.</p>
  2618.  
  2619.  
  2620.  
  2621. <p><strong>Openings are getting filled faster. </strong>In recent years, most companies aspired to a 60% close rate, representing the percentage of candidates who accept job offers, said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffrey-spector/">Jeffrey Spector</a>, Karat&#8217;s president and co-founder. </p>
  2622.  
  2623.  
  2624.  
  2625. <p>Over the past two quarters, Karat is seeing a 70% close rate for top candidates on offers from the companies it works with. </p>
  2626.  
  2627.  
  2628.  
  2629. <p>&#8220;Candidates are still finding jobs, but they’re not as likely to be receiving multiple competing offers as they were a year ago, which does give smaller companies more opportunities to hire top candidates,&#8221; Spector said.</p>
  2630.  
  2631.  
  2632.  
  2633. <figure class="wp-block-pullquote"><blockquote><p>&#8216;You&#8217;re going to start seeing individuals with the right level of experience apply.&#8217;</p><cite>Sandy Matus, Textio</cite></blockquote></figure>
  2634.  
  2635.  
  2636.  
  2637. <p><strong>The quality and experience level of candidates on the market has increased noticeably. </strong>Karat says the percentage of engineering candidates who meet the standard hiring bar is going up after a year of declines, and is now 25% higher than normal. Spector said this &#8220;indicates a very strong labor pool.&#8221;</p>
  2638.  
  2639.  
  2640.  
  2641. <p>As little as three months ago, companies were seeing an uptick in job candidates but weren&#8217;t consistently getting applications from people with the right experience. That promises to change now, said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/matussandy/">Sandy Matus</a>, chief people officer at <a href="https://textio.com/">Textio</a>, the Seattle startup whose technology identifies bias in workplace communication.</p>
  2642.  
  2643.  
  2644.  
  2645. <p>&#8220;You&#8217;re going to start seeing individuals with the right level of experience apply,&#8221; Matus said. </p>
  2646.  
  2647.  
  2648.  
  2649. <p><strong>The increase in experienced candidates could limit options for others looking to expand into new areas</strong>. &#8220;It&nbsp;may be a hard time to jump into a new field,&#8221; Matus said. &#8220;It&#8217;s not impossible, but it may be harder as you&#8217;re competing with people that have experience in that area.&#8221;</p>
  2650.  
  2651.  
  2652.  
  2653. <p><strong>Remote work is creating new opportunities.</strong> Recruiters say they&#8217;re seeing more Seattle-based engineers join companies headquartered out of state, without relocating. This was the exception rather than the rule in past downturns.</p>
  2654.  
  2655.  
  2656.  
  2657. <p><strong>The sudden job losses represent a small portion of long-term growth &#8230; so far.</strong> Employment in Washington state&#8217;s information industry, which includes many tech jobs, dropped by 5,900 jobs or more than 3% in mid-October, compared with the prior month, <a href="https://media.esd.wa.gov/esdwa/Default/ESDWAGOV/labor-market-info/Libraries/Economic-reports/MER/MER%202022/MER-2022-10.pdf">according to data from the state Employment Security Department</a>.</p>
  2658.  
  2659.  
  2660.  
  2661. <p>In raw numbers, it&#8217;s the biggest overall monthly decline in the history of the state&#8217;s information sector, according to ESD data. And it doesn&#8217;t include several high-profile layoffs announced in late October and early November, said <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/anneliese-vance-sherman-ph-d-01193661/">Anneliese Vance-Sherman</a>, regional labor economist with the Employment Security Department.</p>
  2662.  
  2663.  
  2664.  
  2665. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="429" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/employment-630x429.png" alt="" class="wp-image-737838" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/employment-630x429.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/employment-768x523.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/employment.png 856w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The decline at the top right of the chart is the loss of 5,900 jobs in the information sector as of mid-October. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department. </figcaption></figure>
  2666.  
  2667.  
  2668.  
  2669. <p>However, it&#8217;s against a backdrop of massive growth over the past two decades.</p>
  2670.  
  2671.  
  2672.  
  2673. <p>&#8220;From my&nbsp;perspective it remains to be seen if this is a blip or a game-changer, but there are still some great opportunities&nbsp;out there, and we live and work in a community with great technical talent,&#8221; said veteran technical recruiter <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonpaulgreer/">Jason Greer</a>, managing director of GeekWork, the <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-launches-new-recruiting-business-led-by-top-pacific-northwest-entrepreneur/">recruiting business unit of GeekWire</a>.</p>
  2674.  
  2675.  
  2676.  
  2677. <p>Greer has been speaking regularly with GeekWire readers who&#8217;ve lost jobs in tech. He describes the sentiment as &#8220;somewhere between uncertain and hurtin&#8217;.&#8221; </p>
  2678.  
  2679.  
  2680.  
  2681. <p>At the same time, he said, there&#8217;s also &#8220;a thread of hope, if not optimism.&#8221;</p>
  2682.  
  2683.  
  2684.  
  2685. <p>&#8220;Readers I&#8217;m speaking with believe&nbsp;we&#8217;ll bounce back, and I cannot recall a single one who is looking to leave the Greater Seattle area,&#8221; he said.</p>
  2686.  
  2687.  
  2688.  
  2689. <p><strong>Job seekers are adjusting their expectations, timelines, and long-term plans</strong>. Carroll, 35, spent nearly eight years at Tableau Software, through the Seattle-based data visualization company&#8217;s acquisition by Salesforce, before working for a year as director of field and digital marketing for startup Heap Analytics.</p>
  2690.  
  2691.  
  2692. <aside class="callout clearfix"><h4><strong>RELATED: </strong><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/the-psychological-impact-of-layoffs-tips-for-employees-and-leaders-dealing-with-job-cuts/">The psychological impact of layoffs: Tips for employees and leaders navigating job cuts</a></h4>
  2693. </aside>
  2694.  
  2695.  
  2696.  
  2697. <p>As he prepared for his sabbatical earlier this year, Carroll considered making a &#8220;hard pivot&#8221; in his career. He explored the idea of going through the training and certification necessary to becoming a cybersecurity analyst, which has been one of his longtime interests. He has since decided that he&#8217;s not ready to make that move.</p>
  2698.  
  2699.  
  2700.  
  2701. <p>One complicating factor: his partner works at Amazon, and while she hasn&#8217;t been impacted by the layoffs announced last week, the situation has created an extra degree of uncertainty in their household.</p>
  2702.  
  2703.  
  2704.  
  2705. <p>Carroll is now in his fourth week of actively searching for his next job in marketing, reaching out to his network, getting advice from mentors, exploring openings at the companies that are still hiring, and putting out feelers for roles that could open up after the new year.&nbsp;</p>
  2706.  
  2707.  
  2708.  
  2709. <p>After years in which engineers and other experienced tech workers could count on repeated inquiries on behalf of companies seeking to persuade them to change jobs, the sudden silence from recruiters has been unnerving. </p>
  2710.  
  2711.  
  2712.  
  2713. <p>He&#8217;s keeping an upbeat outlook through it all.</p>
  2714.  
  2715.  
  2716.  
  2717. <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m not super pessimistic, which is good,&#8221; he said, &#8220;but I think I&#8217;m much more realistic now that it&#8217;s not going to be as easy finding a job as I thought would have been two or three months ago.&#8221;</p>
  2718.  
  2719.  
  2720.  
  2721. <p><strong>How have you been impacted by the changing tech job market?</strong> Tell us your story at <a href="mailto:tips@geekwire.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">tips@geekwire.com</a>.</p>
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  2724. <item>
  2725. <title>Wizards of the Coast will continue supporting third-party content for D&#038;D</title>
  2726. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/wizards-of-the-coast-will-continue-supporting-third-party-content-for-dd/</link>
  2727. <pubDate>Tue, 22 Nov 2022 16:22:40 +0000</pubDate>
  2728. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Thomas Wilde]]></dc:creator>
  2729. <category><![CDATA[Games]]></category>
  2730. <category><![CDATA[Dungeons & Dragons]]></category>
  2731. <category><![CDATA[magic the gathering]]></category>
  2732. <category><![CDATA[Wizards of the Coast]]></category>
  2733.  
  2734. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737679</guid>
  2735. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1181" height="665" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art.jpg 1181w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art-630x355.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1181px) 100vw, 1181px"><br>Wizards of the Coast confirmed to GeekWire that its forthcoming revision of Dungeons &#38; Dragons will continue to officially support third-party products and sourcebooks. Wizards, headquartered in Renton, Wash., currently grants permission for independent authors and creators to publish their own &#8220;homebrew&#8221; D&#38;D material for profit under the Open Game License (OGL), a public copyright notice. This can include new adventures, playable characters, abilities, or entire campaign worlds, as long as they&#8217;re compliant with Wizards&#8217; System Reference Document. On the week of Nov. 13, a viral rumor claimed that Wizards planned to discontinue the OGL as part of its current&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/wizards-of-the-coast-will-continue-supporting-third-party-content-for-dd/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  2736. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  2737. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="355" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art-630x355.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737682" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art-630x355.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art-768x432.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Dragonlance-Shadows-of-the-Dragon-Queen-internal-art.jpg 1181w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Internal art by &#8220;Daarken&#8221; from the upcoming <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons </em>adventure module, <em>Dragonlance: Shadow of the Dragon Queen</em>. (Wizards of the Coast Image)</figcaption></figure>
  2738.  
  2739.  
  2740.  
  2741. <p>Wizards of the Coast confirmed to GeekWire that its forthcoming revision of <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons </em>will continue to officially support third-party products and sourcebooks.</p>
  2742.  
  2743.  
  2744.  
  2745. <p>Wizards, headquartered in Renton, Wash., currently grants permission for independent authors and creators to publish their own &#8220;homebrew&#8221; <em>D&amp;D </em>material for profit under the Open Game License (OGL), a public copyright notice. This can include new adventures, playable characters, abilities, or entire campaign worlds, as long as they&#8217;re compliant with Wizards&#8217; <a href="https://dnd.wizards.com/resources/systems-reference-document">System Reference Document</a>.</p>
  2746.  
  2747.  
  2748.  
  2749. <p>On the week of Nov. 13, <a href="https://gamerant.com/dungeons-and-dragons-one-dnd-no-ogl-rumor/">a viral rumor claimed</a> that Wizards planned to discontinue the OGL as part of <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/wizards-of-the-coast-reveals-new-streamlined-version-of-dungeons-dragons/">its current <em>One D&amp;D </em>initiative</a>. This would prevent independent game designers from legally publishing homebrew material for <em>One D&amp;D</em>, either through brick-and-mortar stores or online marketplaces like <em>D&amp;D</em> Beyond.</p>
  2750.  
  2751.  
  2752.  
  2753. <p>&#8220;We will continue to support the thousands of creators making third-party<em> D&amp;D </em>content with the release of <em>One D&amp;D </em>in 2024,&#8221; a Wizards representative told GeekWire via email.</p>
  2754.  
  2755.  
  2756.  
  2757. <p>&#8220;While it is certain our Open Game License will continue to evolve, just as it has since its inception, we&#8217;re too early in the development of <em>One D&amp;D </em>to give more specifics on the OGL or System Reference Document at this time.&#8221;</p>
  2758.  
  2759.  
  2760.  
  2761. <p>Third-party game development has been a significant part of Wizards&#8217; publishing strategy for <em>Dungeons &amp; Dragons </em>since 2000, when it issued the original version of the OGL for use with the then-new 3rd edition of <em>D&amp;D</em>.</p>
  2762.  
  2763.  
  2764.  
  2765. <p>Due to the OGL&#8217;s <a href="https://www.lawinsider.com/resources/contract-teardown/wizards-of-the-coast-open-game-license">uncommonly broad language</a>, it&#8217;s allowed for multiple other companies to put out entire lines of gamebooks, modules, and source material without needing to make an explicit licensing deal with Wizards of the Coast. This includes other Washington-based businesses like <a href="https://paizo.com/">Paizo</a>, which publishes the <em>D&amp;D</em>-based tabletop game <em>Pathfinder</em>, and <a href="https://koboldpress.com/">Kobold Press</a>.</p>
  2766.  
  2767.  
  2768.  
  2769. <p>A theoretical end to the OGL would be a seismic event for both fans and creators, as well as a dramatic reversal for Wizards itself. That also serves to highlight just how much of the hobby is still built specifically on <em>D&amp;D</em>, which has utterly dominated the tabletop gaming scene for decades.</p>
  2770.  
  2771.  
  2772.  
  2773. <p>The OGN rumor began spreading a couple of days after a different controversy hit Wizards&#8217; parent company Hasbro. On Nov. 14, a Bank of America analyst <a href="https://www.polygon.com/23458064/magic-the-gathering-overprinting-hasbro-stock-downgrade">downgraded Hasbro&#8217;s stock</a>, accusing it of &#8220;killing the golden goose.&#8221;</p>
  2774.  
  2775.  
  2776. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2777. <figure class="alignright size-full"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="265" height="370" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Magic-Black-Lotus-2022.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737681" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Magic-Black-Lotus-2022.jpg 265w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Magic-Black-Lotus-2022-215x300.jpg 215w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Magic-Black-Lotus-2022-200x279.jpg 200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Magic-Black-Lotus-2022-72x100.jpg 72w" sizes="(max-width: 265px) 100vw, 265px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The 2022 30th-anniversary reprint of Black Lotus, one of the most powerful/valuable cards in <em>Magic: The Gathering</em>. (Wizards of the Coast Image)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2778.  
  2779.  
  2780. <p>Hasbro previously reorganized in early 2021 to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/hasbro-reorganizes-support-big-growth-dungeons-dragons-magic-gathering/">put more emphasis on both </a><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/hasbro-reorganizes-support-big-growth-dungeons-dragons-magic-gathering/"><em>D&amp;D </em>and <em>Magic</em></a>, following audience growth in 2020 that resulted in both games becoming some of the highest-value properties in Hasbro&#8217;s portfolio. According to BoA analyst Jason Haas, <em>Magic </em>alone makes up 15% of Hasbro&#8217;s annual revenue.</p>
  2781.  
  2782.  
  2783.  
  2784. <p>However, <em>Magic</em>&#8216;s release schedule has also accelerated dramatically since 2020. Between new content &#8220;blocks,&#8221; expansions, compilations, and supplements, <em>Magic </em>went from releasing 15 card sets in 2019 to 39 in 2022.</p>
  2785.  
  2786.  
  2787.  
  2788. <p>This includes the instantly-infamous <em><a href="https://30thedition.wizards.com/us">Magic 30th Anniversary</a> </em>sets, scheduled for release on Nov. 28. These limited-edition boxes have an MSRP of $999 (not a typo) and contain only four packs of cards, which are &#8220;reinventions&#8221; of classic cards from early <em>Magic </em>like Timetwister, Ancestral Recall, and Black Lotus (right).</p>
  2789.  
  2790.  
  2791.  
  2792. <p>Haas argues in his report for BoA that Hasbro has saturated the <em>Magic </em>market, with an emphasis on extracting more money from individual players over expanding the game&#8217;s overall audience. This has resulted in a big drop in prices on the <em>Magic </em>secondary market, and led to Haas downgrading Hasbro stock from &#8220;buy&#8221; to &#8220;underperform.&#8221;</p>
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  2795. <item>
  2796. <title>NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule circles the moon, capturing views that&#8217;ll make you feel giddy</title>
  2797. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasas-orion-capsule-circles-the-moon-capturing-views-thatll-make-you-feel-giddy/</link>
  2798. <pubDate>Tue, 22 Nov 2022 03:27:17 +0000</pubDate>
  2799. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Alan Boyle]]></dc:creator>
  2800. <category><![CDATA[Space]]></category>
  2801. <category><![CDATA[Artemis]]></category>
  2802. <category><![CDATA[Callisto]]></category>
  2803. <category><![CDATA[Moon]]></category>
  2804. <category><![CDATA[NASA]]></category>
  2805. <category><![CDATA[Orion]]></category>
  2806.  
  2807. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737711</guid>
  2808. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1207" height="972" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Earthset as seen from Orion capsule." decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2.jpg 1207w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2-768x618.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2-630x507.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1207px) 100vw, 1207px"><br>NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule rounded the moon today, marking a crucial milestone in a weeks-long Artemis 1 mission that&#8217;s preparing the way for sending astronauts to the lunar surface. As the uncrewed spacecraft maneuvered for its outbound powered flyby, it sent back a spectacular set of images that showed the moon looming larger in its metaphorical windshield, and a tiny blue Earth setting beneath the lunar horizon. Artemis 1 flight director Judd Frieling said flight controllers at NASA&#8217;s Johnson Space Center felt &#8220;giddy&#8221; when they saw the pictures come down. &#8220;They&#8217;re just happy that all of the hard work and dedication&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasas-orion-capsule-circles-the-moon-capturing-views-thatll-make-you-feel-giddy/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  2809. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  2810. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="507" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2-630x507.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737726" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2-630x507.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2-768x618.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flyby2.jpg 1207w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">A view captured by a camera on one of Orion&#8217;s solar array wings shows Earth setting beneath the moon&#8217;s horizon. A portion of the Orion capsule is in the foreground at left. (NASA Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  2811.  
  2812.  
  2813.  
  2814. <p>NASA&#8217;s Orion capsule <a href="https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis/2022/11/21/artemis-i-flight-day-six-orion-performs-lunar-flyby-closest-outbound-approach/">rounded the moon today</a>, marking a crucial milestone in a weeks-long Artemis 1 mission that&#8217;s preparing the way for sending astronauts to the lunar surface.</p>
  2815.  
  2816.  
  2817.  
  2818. <p>As the uncrewed spacecraft maneuvered for its outbound powered flyby, it sent back a <a href="https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1594845911834062848">spectacular set of images</a> that showed the moon looming larger in its metaphorical windshield, and a tiny blue Earth setting beneath the lunar horizon.</p>
  2819.  
  2820.  
  2821.  
  2822. <p>Artemis 1 flight director Judd Frieling said flight controllers at NASA&#8217;s Johnson Space Center felt &#8220;giddy&#8221; when they saw the pictures come down.</p>
  2823.  
  2824.  
  2825.  
  2826. <p>&#8220;They&#8217;re just happy that all of the hard work and dedication that they&#8217;ve spent for years &#8212; many, many, many years &#8212; is really paying dividends,&#8221; he told reporters.</p>
  2827.  
  2828.  
  2829.  
  2830. <p>Mission manager Mike Sarafin said the flight was proceeding with &#8220;no concerns,&#8221; other than a few glitches with its power system and its star trackers.</p>
  2831.  
  2832.  
  2833.  
  2834. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-orion-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737732" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-orion-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-orion-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-orion-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-orion-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-orion.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /></figure>
  2835.  
  2836.  
  2837.  
  2838. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="473" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-moon-closer-630x473.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737733" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-moon-closer-630x473.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-moon-closer-1260x945.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-moon-closer-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-moon-closer-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/artemis-moon-closer.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /></figure>
  2839.  
  2840.  
  2841.  
  2842. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="359" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flybyx-630x359.png" alt="" class="wp-image-737734" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flybyx-630x359.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flybyx-1260x718.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flybyx-768x438.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flybyx.png 1275w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The moon looms larger in a series of images sent back from the Orion capsule. The final image in this set shows Earth in the far background, more than 230,000 miles away. (NASA Photos)</figcaption></figure>
  2843.  
  2844.  
  2845.  
  2846. <p>Today&#8217;s 2.5-minute engine firing, which came five days after the <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/nasa-sls-orion-artemis-moon-mission/">Artemis 1 launch</a>, sent Orion as close to the moon as 81 miles. At the time of closest approach, the spacecraft zoomed over the lunar surface at a speed of more than 5,000 mph. Orion was out of contact with Earth for about 34 minutes as it flew behind the moon.</p>
  2847.  
  2848.  
  2849.  
  2850. <p>Another maneuver, scheduled for Friday, will put the spacecraft into what&#8217;s known as a <a href="https://www.nasa.gov/feature/orion-will-go-the-distance-in-retrograde-orbit-during-artemis-i">distant retrograde orbit</a>, stretching 40,000 miles beyond the moon. Such an orbit would be the farthest-out from Earth that a spacecraft designed to carry humans has flown during its mission. (Some commentators noted that the <a href="https://skyandtelescope.org/astronomy-news/astronomers-might-have-found-apollo-10-snoopy-module/">Apollo 10 lunar ascent module</a>, which was jettisoned in 1969 and is now orbiting the sun, <a href="https://twitter.com/planet4589/status/1594845911834062848">is farther out</a>.)</p>
  2851.  
  2852.  
  2853.  
  2854. <p>Orion was in the dark during today&#8217;s closest approach, so there was no opportunity to capture views of the Apollo landing sites as it flew over. But Sarafin promised that NASA will release <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/with/52516168768/">more great pictures</a> &#8212; once they&#8217;re downloaded from the spacecraft and cleared for distribution. NASA also set up a <a href="https://video.ibm.com/channel/b4dEcL3bJKW">streaming-video channel</a> to feature live imagery from Artemis 1 when it&#8217;s available.</p>
  2855.  
  2856.  
  2857.  
  2858. <p>The views could be even better when Orion makes another close lunar approach on Dec. 5, during the maneuver for its return to Earth. That trajectory should send the spacecraft over the Apollo sites in daylight.</p>
  2859.  
  2860.  
  2861.  
  2862. <p>This uncrewed Artemis 1 mission is meant to test the equipment and procedures that would be used in 2024 or so for the Artemis 2 mission, which would send a crew of astronauts around the moon. Artemis 2, in turn, would set the stage for a crewed lunar landing, currently scheduled for late 2025. That would be the first such landing since Apollo 17 in 1972.</p>
  2863.  
  2864.  
  2865.  
  2866. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="335" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-artemis-630x335.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737737" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-artemis-630x335.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-artemis-1260x671.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-artemis-768x409.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-artemis-1536x817.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/callisto-artemis.jpg 1680w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">An interior view of the Orion capsule shows a sensor-equipped mannequin that&#8217;s been nicknamed &#8220;Commander Moonikin Campos&#8221; sitting in the seat at left. A zero-G indicator, styled after the Snoopy character from the &#8220;Peanuts&#8221; comic strip, is floating to the mannequin&#8217;s lower right. The console for the experimental Alexa-like Callisto device is front and center.</figcaption></figure>
  2867.  
  2868.  
  2869.  
  2870. <p>Three mannequins are sitting inside the Artemis 1 capsule, wired up with sensors that are monitoring temperature, radiation exposure and other factors during flight. </p>
  2871.  
  2872.  
  2873.  
  2874. <p>The capsule also has an <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-teams-up-with-lockheed-martin-and-cisco-to-put-alexa-voice-assistant-on-nasas-moon-ship/">Alexa-style voice assistant, code-named Callisto</a>, which was created by Amazon in collaboration with Lockheed Martin and Cisco. During future deep-space flights, something like Callisto could provide a channel for information and videoconferencing &#8212; as well as a HAL-like sort of companionship for crews who might be missing out on real-time contact with folks back on Earth.</p>
  2875.  
  2876.  
  2877.  
  2878. <p>&#8220;We&#8217;ve had a couple of live technology assessments of the Callisto payload, and it&#8217;s operating very well across the board,&#8221; said Howard Hu, who is the Orion program manager at Johnson Space Center. &#8220;We&#8217;re getting good visuals and good communications, thanks to Judd&#8217;s team allocating some bandwidth. Right now, based on those sessions, things are looking very well with that payload.&#8221;</p>
  2879.  
  2880.  
  2881.  
  2882. <p>Orion is scheduled to splash down in the Pacific Ocean on Dec. 11, bringing the Artemis 1 mission to a close.</p>
  2883.  
  2884.  
  2885.  
  2886. <p> </p>
  2887. ]]></content:encoded>
  2888. </item>
  2889. <item>
  2890. <title>Tech Moves: Hootsuite hires CTO; Cascadia Capital CEO moves to Austin; and more</title>
  2891. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-hootsuite-hires-cto-cascadia-capital-ceo-moves-to-austin-and-more/</link>
  2892. <pubDate>Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:47:51 +0000</pubDate>
  2893. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Charlotte Schubert]]></dc:creator>
  2894. <category><![CDATA[Tech Moves]]></category>
  2895. <category><![CDATA[Antonis Papatsaras]]></category>
  2896. <category><![CDATA[BECU]]></category>
  2897. <category><![CDATA[Cascadia Capital]]></category>
  2898. <category><![CDATA[Expedia Group]]></category>
  2899. <category><![CDATA[hootsuite]]></category>
  2900. <category><![CDATA[Michael Butler]]></category>
  2901. <category><![CDATA[Ozette]]></category>
  2902. <category><![CDATA[Sarah Gavin]]></category>
  2903.  
  2904. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737493</guid>
  2905. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="1260" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-1260x1260.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-1260x1260.jpeg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-768x769.jpeg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-1536x1536.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-2046x2048.jpeg 2046w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-630x631.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>— Vancouver, B.C.-based social media management platform Hootsuite hired Antonis Papatsaras as its new chief technology officer. Papatsaras was previously chief technology officer of the contract lifecycle management product suite at Docusign. Prior to that role he was chief technology officer at SpringCM, a cloud document generation and contract management company acquired by Docusign for $220 million in 2018. He has more than 25 years of computer science and software engineering experience. Hootsuite, which allows users to manage social media posts across multiple platforms, is one of the largest privately-held tech startups in Canada. In August, the company announced that&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/tech-moves-hootsuite-hires-cto-cascadia-capital-ceo-moves-to-austin-and-more/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  2906. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<div class="wp-block-image">
  2907. <figure class="alignright size-medium"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="300" height="300" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-300x300.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-737495" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-300x300.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-1536x1536.jpeg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-2046x2048.jpeg 2046w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Antonis-headshot-7-1-630x631.jpeg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Antonis Papatsaras. (Hootsuite Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2908.  
  2909.  
  2910. <p><strong>— Vancouver, B.C.-based social media management platform <a href="https://www.hootsuite.com/">Hootsuite</a> hired <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/anton1s/">Antonis Papatsaras</a> as its new chief technology officer. </strong></p>
  2911.  
  2912.  
  2913.  
  2914. <p>Papatsaras was previously chief technology officer of the contract lifecycle management product suite at Docusign. Prior to that role he was chief technology officer at SpringCM, a cloud document generation and contract management company <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2018/docusign-acquires-springcm-220m-continue-evolution-beyond-electronic-signatures/#:~:text=DocuSign%20acquires%20SpringCM%20for%20%24220M%20to%20continue%20evolution%20beyond%20electronic%20signatures,-by%20Nat%20Levy&amp;text=DocuSign%20said%20it%20has%20agreed,for%20%24220%20million%20in%20cash.">acquired by </a>Docusign for $220 million in 2018. He has more than 25 years of computer science and software engineering experience. </p>
  2915.  
  2916.  
  2917.  
  2918. <p>Hootsuite, which allows users to manage social media posts across multiple platforms, is one of the largest privately-held tech startups in Canada. In August, the company announced that it would <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/hootsuite-lays-off-30-staff-says-its-focusing-on-financial-sustainability-amid-downturn/">lay off </a>30% of its staff, joining a list of other tech companies reducing costs and extending runway amid the broader economic downturn.</p>
  2919.  
  2920.  
  2921.  
  2922. <p><strong>&#8212; <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelbutler3/">Michael Butler</a>, chairman and CEO of <a href="https://www.cascadiacapital.com/">Cascadia Capital</a>, moved from Seattle to Austin, where he will lead the investment firm&#8217;s new office. </strong></p>
  2923.  
  2924.  
  2925.  
  2926. <p>&#8220;Seattle will always be our HQ, but our future growth will, in large part, be driven by our Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Austin and Nashville offices,&#8221; said Butler in a <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/michaelbutler3_cascadia-capital-capital-opens-austin-office-activity-6998361276712202240-KRCr?utm_source=share&amp;utm_medium=member_desktop">LinkedIn post</a>. Austin is the fifth location for the firm.</p>
  2927.  
  2928.  
  2929.  
  2930. <p>&#8220;I was born and raised in Seattle but moved to NYC in the mid 80&#8217;s after college and rode the east coast wave. I moved back to Seattle in 2000 and caught the west coast wave. I believe the next wave is in the middle of the country and am betting with my feet,&#8221; added Butler in the post. </p>
  2931.  
  2932.  
  2933.  
  2934. <p><strong>Other key personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest tech industry:</strong></p>
  2935.  
  2936.  
  2937. <div class="wp-block-image">
  2938. <figure class="alignright size-medium"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="300" height="300" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Beverly-Anderson-800px__thumbnail_2-300x300.jpeg" alt="" class="wp-image-737539" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Beverly-Anderson-800px__thumbnail_2-300x300.jpeg 300w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Beverly-Anderson-800px__thumbnail_2-150x150.jpeg 150w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Beverly-Anderson-800px__thumbnail_2-100x100.jpeg 100w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Beverly-Anderson-800px__thumbnail_2.jpeg 600w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Beverly Anderson. (BECU Photo)</figcaption></figure></div>
  2939.  
  2940.  
  2941. <ul>
  2942. <li><a href="https://www.becu.org/"><strong>Boeing Employees Credit Union</strong></a> appointed <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/beverly-anderson-9726324/"><strong>Beverly Anderson</strong></a>, an executive at Equifax, as its next president and CEO. Anderson, who also serves on the board of directors of Expedia Group, will replace retiring CEO <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/benson-porter-694aaa3/">Benson Porter</a>.</li>
  2943.  
  2944.  
  2945.  
  2946. <li><strong><a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahgavin/">Sarah Gavin </a></strong>is<strong> </strong>now head of the Google cloud storytelling engine. She was previously senior vice president, global communications and corporate brand at Expedia Group. </li>
  2947.  
  2948.  
  2949.  
  2950. <li>Seattle biotech company <a href="https://www.ozette.com/"><strong>Ozette Technologies</strong></a> appointed Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center professor <a href="https://www.fredhutch.org/en/faculty-lab-directory/riddell-stanley.html"><strong>Stanley Riddell</strong></a> to its board of directors. Riddell was a founder of Seattle cell therapy company Juno Therapeutics, which was acquired by Celgene, and is a co-founder of Lyell Immunopharma. </li>
  2951. </ul>
  2952.  
  2953.  
  2954.  
  2955. <p></p>
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  2958. <item>
  2959. <title>Bill Gates&#8217; holiday book picks are 5 all-time favorites; look for them in 100 Little Free Libraries</title>
  2960. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/bill-gates-holiday-book-picks-are-5-all-time-favorites-look-for-them-in-100-little-free-libraries/</link>
  2961. <pubDate>Mon, 21 Nov 2022 18:22:24 +0000</pubDate>
  2962. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  2963. <category><![CDATA[Tech]]></category>
  2964. <category><![CDATA[Bill Gates]]></category>
  2965. <category><![CDATA[Books]]></category>
  2966.  
  2967. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737494</guid>
  2968. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1000" height="667" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022.jpg 1000w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022-630x420.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1000px) 100vw, 1000px"><br>Bill Gates has made a tradition of releasing lists and reviews of his favorite books, but his holiday installment this year is a little different. His five picks aren&#8217;t his favorite books of the year, but rather five of his all-time favorites — many of which he has recommended to family and friends over the years. Another new twist: Gates arranged to have all five books placed in 100 Little Free Libraries around the world, as dramatized in this video released along with the debut of the list Monday morning. Here are the five books, along with a link to&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/bill-gates-holiday-book-picks-are-5-all-time-favorites-look-for-them-in-100-little-free-libraries/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  2969. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  2970. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="420" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022-630x420.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737496" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022-630x420.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022-768x512.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Holiday-Books_2022.jpg 1000w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /></figure>
  2971.  
  2972.  
  2973.  
  2974. <p>Bill Gates has made a tradition of releasing lists and reviews of his favorite books, but his holiday installment this year is a little different. His five picks aren&#8217;t his favorite books of the year, but rather <a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Holiday-Books-2022">five of his <em>all-time</em> favorites</a> — many of which he has recommended to family and friends over the years.</p>
  2975.  
  2976.  
  2977.  
  2978. <p>Another new twist: Gates arranged to have all five books placed in <a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Little-Free-Library">100 Little Free Libraries around the world</a>, as dramatized in this video released along with the debut of the list Monday morning.</p>
  2979.  
  2980.  
  2981.  
  2982. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  2983. <iframe loading="lazy" title="5 of my all-time favorite books" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/cdwo1tI3ziY?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  2984. </div></figure>
  2985.  
  2986.  
  2987.  
  2988. <p>Here are the five books, along with a link to Gates&#8217; review of each.</p>
  2989.  
  2990.  
  2991.  
  2992. <ul>
  2993. <li><em><a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Stranger-in-a-Strange-Land" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Stranger in a Strange Land</a></em>&nbsp;by Robert Heinlein, Gates&#8217; all-time favorite science fiction book.</li>
  2994.  
  2995.  
  2996.  
  2997. <li><a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Surrender" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Surrender</em>&nbsp;</a>by Bono, the newest book on the list. &#8220;His loyalty to his bandmates, to his family, is really pretty incredible,&#8221; Gates says. </li>
  2998.  
  2999.  
  3000.  
  3001. <li><em><a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Team-of-Rivals" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Team of Rivals</a></em>&nbsp;by Doris Kearns Goodwin, which &#8220;has a lot of insights about Lincoln that leaders can learn from today,&#8221; he writes. </li>
  3002.  
  3003.  
  3004.  
  3005. <li><em><a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/The-Inner-Game-of-Tennis" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The Inner Game of Tennis</a></em>&nbsp;by Timothy&nbsp;Gallwey, which is ultimately about much more than tennis. &#8220;It makes you realize that the way your conscious mind thinks about things can get in your way,&#8221; Gates explains.</li>
  3006.  
  3007.  
  3008.  
  3009. <li><em><a href="https://www.gatesnotes.com/Books/Mendeleyevs-Dream" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Mendeleyev’s Dream</a></em>&nbsp;by Paul Strathern, the &#8220;best book about the periodic table,&#8221; in Gates&#8217; estimation.</li>
  3010. </ul>
  3011.  
  3012.  
  3013.  
  3014. <p>If anyone reading this happens to find the books in a Little Free Library anywhere around the world, please send a picture and details to <a href="mailto:todd@geekwire.com">todd@geekwire.com</a>.</p>
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  3018. <title>What are you thankful for in tech? We&#8217;re compiling reader and listener submissions this week</title>
  3019. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/what-are-you-thankful-for-in-tech-were-compiling-reader-and-listener-submissions-this-week/</link>
  3020. <pubDate>Mon, 21 Nov 2022 16:50:50 +0000</pubDate>
  3021. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  3022. <category><![CDATA[Podcasts]]></category>
  3023. <category><![CDATA[gratitude]]></category>
  3024. <category><![CDATA[Podcast]]></category>
  3025. <category><![CDATA[Reader submissions]]></category>
  3026. <category><![CDATA[thankful]]></category>
  3027.  
  3028. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737429</guid>
  3029. <description><![CDATA[<img width="960" height="600" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured.png 960w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured-768x480.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured-630x394.png 630w" sizes="(max-width: 960px) 100vw, 960px"><br>Thanksgiving week has arrived here in the United States, and given some of the doom and gloom in tech and the broader world right now, we&#8217;re taking a moment, at least, to look on the bright side. On the next episode of the GeekWire Podcast, we&#8217;ll consider the question: what are you thankful for in tech, business, and/or science? Is there a breakthrough that has changed your life, your job, or your company for the better this year? Or perhaps a trend in the economy or the industry that you&#8217;re especially grateful to see? My colleague John Cook and I will&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/what-are-you-thankful-for-in-tech-were-compiling-reader-and-listener-submissions-this-week/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  3030. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  3031. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="394" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured-630x394.png" alt="" class="wp-image-714889" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured-630x394.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured-768x480.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/geekwire-podcast-featured.png 960w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /></figure>
  3032.  
  3033.  
  3034.  
  3035. <p>Thanksgiving week has arrived here in the United States, and given some of the doom and gloom in tech and the broader world right now, we&#8217;re taking a moment, at least, to look on the bright side.</p>
  3036.  
  3037.  
  3038.  
  3039. <p>On the next episode of <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/geekwire/id427374434">the GeekWire Podcast</a>, we&#8217;ll consider the question: what are you thankful for in tech, business, and/or science? Is there a breakthrough that has changed your life, your job, or your company for the better this year? Or perhaps a trend in the economy or the industry that you&#8217;re especially grateful to see?</p>
  3040.  
  3041.  
  3042.  
  3043. <p>My colleague John Cook and I will share our perspectives during the show, but we&#8217;d love to hear from you, as well.</p>
  3044.  
  3045.  
  3046.  
  3047. <p>Send a message (or a voice memo) with your thoughts to <a href="mailto:podcast@geekwire.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">podcast@geekwire.com</a> to be considered for inclusion in next weekend&#8217;s episode and a related post on GeekWire. You can also leave a comment on <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/posts/bishoptodd_geekwire-on-apple-podcasts-activity-7000500626241581056-2mhc?utm_source=share&amp;utm_medium=member_desktop">LinkedIn</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/toddbishop/status/1594736803868987392">Twitter </a>or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/geekwire/posts/pfbid0hAPuupS9U9LmrHcbT74cDUbR4jhiW97hkebw5L1pdwqS5M2vwY8otUKJT9s8FiAJl">Facebook</a>. </p>
  3048.  
  3049.  
  3050.  
  3051. <p><strong>Subscribe to GeekWire in <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/geekwire/id427374434?app=podcast&amp;mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cub21ueWNvbnRlbnQuY29tL2QvcGxheWxpc3QvNmQxYjFhMWEtMjhhZC00MThhLTg2MjYtYTg5YTAwMGE5ODkwLzcyNmZlNzIxLTcwOTUtNDQ4Ni04MzRhLWE5ZDUwMTdlNjZhMy82ZDFiZjZhZS0yZmRmLTQzNTgtOTEzOS1hOWQ1MDE3ZTY2YTMvcG9kY2FzdC5yc3M?sa=X&amp;ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwjQ2M_PiaHuAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA&amp;hl=en">Google Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/2PPEGel5l0v3XxlD8fVxAh">Spotify</a> or wherever you listen. We publish new episodes every Saturday morning.</strong></p>
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  3054. <item>
  3055. <title>Greg Bear, 1951-2022: Best-selling writer influenced sci-fi world, on and off the page</title>
  3056. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/greg-bear-1951-2022-science-fiction-writer/</link>
  3057. <pubDate>Sun, 20 Nov 2022 19:01:22 +0000</pubDate>
  3058. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Alan Boyle]]></dc:creator>
  3059. <category><![CDATA[Tech]]></category>
  3060. <category><![CDATA[Books]]></category>
  3061. <category><![CDATA[Greg Bear]]></category>
  3062. <category><![CDATA[Science Fiction]]></category>
  3063.  
  3064. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737378</guid>
  3065. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1157" height="867" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="Greg Bear portrait" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1.jpg 1157w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1-630x472.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 1157px) 100vw, 1157px"><br>Greg Bear, a Seattle science-fiction author who played a leading role in defining how global audiences saw future final frontiers, died Saturday of complications following heart surgery. Astrid Bear, the 71-year-old writer&#8217;s wife, said he died peacefully in a Seattle-area hospital. &#8220;He was not alone,&#8221; she wrote in a message to friends. Born in San Diego, Greg Bear had his first short story published in 1967 and began writing full time in 1975. He wrote more than 50 books &#8212; including multiple award-winning series, a Star Trek novel and a Star Wars novel, plus a trilogy set in the Halo&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/greg-bear-1951-2022-science-fiction-writer/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  3066. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  3067. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="472" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1-630x472.jpg" alt="Greg Bear portrait" class="wp-image-737385" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1-630x472.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1-768x576.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/gregbear1.jpg 1157w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">Science-fiction writer Greg Bear wrote more than 50 books. (GeekWire Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  3068.  
  3069.  
  3070.  
  3071. <p><a href="https://www.gregbear.com/index.php">Greg Bear</a>, a Seattle science-fiction author who played a leading role in defining how global audiences saw future final frontiers, died Saturday of complications following heart surgery.</p>
  3072.  
  3073.  
  3074.  
  3075. <p>Astrid Bear, the 71-year-old writer&#8217;s wife, said he died peacefully in a Seattle-area hospital. &#8220;He was not alone,&#8221; she wrote in a message to friends.</p>
  3076.  
  3077.  
  3078.  
  3079. <p>Born in San Diego, Greg Bear had his first short story published in 1967 and began writing full time in 1975. He wrote more than 50 books &#8212; including multiple award-winning series, a Star Trek novel and a Star Wars novel, plus a trilogy set in the Halo video-game universe. His final novel, <a href="https://www.gregbear.com/books/unfinishedland.php">&#8220;The Unfinished Land,&#8221;</a> was published last year.</p>
  3080.  
  3081.  
  3082.  
  3083. <p>Bear&#8217;s influence on the science-fiction community extended far beyond the written page: He was one of the founders of San Diego&#8217;s <a href="https://www.comic-con.org/">Comic-Con International</a> and served a two-year stint as president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, now known as the <a href="https://www.sfwa.org/">Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association</a>. Bear was a guest on podcasts and talk shows including <a href="https://shotonwhat.com/the-daily-show-greg-bear-2007">&#8220;The Daily Show,&#8221;</a> and once appeared as himself in the &#8220;Funky Winkerbean&#8221; comic strip.</p>
  3084.  
  3085.  
  3086.  
  3087. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  3088. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">And now he is gone.  Rest in peace, my beloved.                                                   Greg Bear                             8/20/1951–11/19/2022 <a href="https://t.co/EnTE8T16jD">pic.twitter.com/EnTE8T16jD</a></p>&mdash; Astrid &quot;I&#39;ve voted, have you?&quot; Bear (@AstridBear) <a href="https://twitter.com/AstridBear/status/1594203962437427206?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 20, 2022</a></blockquote><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
  3089. </div></figure>
  3090.  
  3091.  
  3092.  
  3093. <p>Bear, who moved to the Seattle area in 1987, also had an impact on his adopted home. He was a member of the team that created and organized the <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2014/tech-history-now-convenient-capsule-form/">Washington State Centennial Time Capsule</a>. And GeekWire contributor Frank Catalano recalls introducing Bear to the late software billionaire Paul Allen &#8212; a contact that helped lead to the creation of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, now part of Seattle&#8217;s <a href="https://mopop.org/">Museum of Pop Culture</a>.</p>
  3094.  
  3095.  
  3096.  
  3097. <p>The accolades streaming in from friends and admirers stressed the personal as well as the public contributions made by Bear over the decades. &#8220;Greg the man was a friend,&#8221; <a href="https://twitter.com/HNTurtledove/status/1594127542532784128">fellow science-fiction icon Harry Turtledove tweeted</a>. &#8220;Greg the writer was quite remarkable.&#8221;</p>
  3098.  
  3099.  
  3100.  
  3101. <p>Bear was best-known as a writer of &#8220;hard&#8221; science fiction &#8212; stories that are grounded in the improbable plausibilities of science and technology. For example, in <a href="https://www.gregbear.com/books/strength.php">&#8220;Strength of Stones,&#8221;</a> a novel first published in 1982, Bear laid out a world in which cities that are governed by artificial intelligence rise up against their human creators. And in his <a href="https://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/greg-bear/the-war-dogs-trilogy/9780316513333/">War Dogs Trilogy</a>, Bear gave leading roles to private space ventures like Elon Musk&#8217;s SpaceX.</p>
  3102.  
  3103.  
  3104.  
  3105. <p>&#8220;I made the private ventures face forward, and called the Martian colonists Muskies, as a tribute to Elon’s dreams, if not to what the reality is going to be,” <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2017/science-fiction-won-war-best-selling-author-greg-bear-new-golden-age/">Bear told Catalano in a 2017 GeekWire interview</a>.</p>
  3106.  
  3107.  
  3108.  
  3109. <iframe loading="lazy" src="https://omny.fm/shows/geekwire-podcast/the-golden-age-of-sci-fi-with-best-selling-author/embed" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write" width="100%" height="180" frameborder="0" title="The 'golden age' of sci-fi with best-selling author Greg Bear"></iframe>
  3110.  
  3111.  
  3112.  
  3113. <p>During that interview, Bear said he was satisfied with his science-fiction career.</p>
  3114.  
  3115.  
  3116.  
  3117. <p>“I don’t think any writer is ever happy with the attention we get, but I have very few complaints.” he said. “My books have been read by the people I read when I was a teenager, and that just knocked my socks off when I found that out.”</p>
  3118.  
  3119.  
  3120.  
  3121. <p>Bear said there were still plenty of opportunities to turn his tales into fresh adaptations for a new generation. For example, his first published short story, &#8220;Destroyers” in 1967, was about people who registered to kill what they hated. By the story&#8217;s end, readers realize the narrator is being hunted by someone who has registered to destroy destroyers.</p>
  3122.  
  3123.  
  3124.  
  3125. <p>“That was my 16-year-old conception of the future,” he told Catalano. “And I think it’s a good HBO pitch today.”</p>
  3126.  
  3127.  
  3128.  
  3129. <p>Greg Bear is survived by his wife, Astrid Anderson Bear, and their two children, Chloe and Alexandra.</p>
  3130.  
  3131.  
  3132.  
  3133. <p><em>This report draws on information from <a href="https://www.gregbear.com/pages/gregbearpromo.pdf">Greg Bear&#8217;s online biography</a>.</em></p>
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  3137. <title>Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 13, 2022</title>
  3138. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2022-11-13/</link>
  3139. <pubDate>Sun, 20 Nov 2022 16:00:57 +0000</pubDate>
  3140. <dc:creator><![CDATA[GeekWire]]></dc:creator>
  3141. <category><![CDATA[GeekWire Weekly]]></category>
  3142.  
  3143. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2022-11-13/</guid>
  3144. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1200" height="630" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="GeekWire Week in Review" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1.png 1200w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/geekwire-week-in-review1-620x326.png 620w" sizes="(max-width: 1200px) 100vw, 1200px"><br>See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of Nov. 13, 2022.&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-weekly-roundup-2022-11-13/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  3145. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
  3146. <p>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 Nov. 13, 2022.</p>
  3147. <p>Sign up to receive these updates every Sunday in your inbox by subscribing to our <a href="http://www.geekwire.com/newsletters/">GeekWire Weekly email newsletter</a>.</p>
  3148. <h3>Most popular stories on GeekWire</h3>
  3149. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3150. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/layoffs-begin-at-amazon-as-tech-giant-cuts-corporate-and-tech-workers/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="150" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazonHQ-200x150.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3151. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/layoffs-begin-at-amazon-as-tech-giant-cuts-corporate-and-tech-workers/">Layoffs begin at Amazon as tech giant cuts corporate and tech workers</a></h2>
  3152. <p>Layoffs began Tuesday at Amazon as the Seattle tech giant moved to slash potentially thousands of corporate and tech personnel from its ranks. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/layoffs-begin-at-amazon-as-tech-giant-cuts-corporate-and-tech-workers/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3153. </article>
  3154. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3155. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/report-amazon-to-cut-10000-corporate-and-tech-jobs-making-largest-layoffs-in-its-history/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="128" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/amazonsign-200x128.png" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3156. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/report-amazon-to-cut-10000-corporate-and-tech-jobs-making-largest-layoffs-in-its-history/">Amazon to cut around 10,000 corporate and tech jobs, making largest layoffs in its history</a></h2>
  3157. <p>Amazon will become the latest technology company to make massive job cuts, laying off approximately 10,000 people in its corporate and technology workforce, according to a New York Times report this morning. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/report-amazon-to-cut-10000-corporate-and-tech-jobs-making-largest-layoffs-in-its-history/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3158. </article>
  3159. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3160. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/at-amazon-hq-in-seattle-employees-share-mixed-emotions-about-company-layoffs/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="145" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon2-200x145.jpeg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3161. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/at-amazon-hq-in-seattle-employees-share-mixed-emotions-about-company-layoffs/">At Amazon HQ in Seattle, employees share mixed emotions about company layoffs</a></h2>
  3162. <p>The Banana Stand, Spheres, restaurants, food trucks and mini dog park were all bustling on and around Amazon&#8217;s headquarters campus in Seattle on Wednesday afternoon. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/at-amazon-hq-in-seattle-employees-share-mixed-emotions-about-company-layoffs/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3163. </article>
  3164. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3165. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-devices-chief-dave-limp-addresses-layoffs-in-memo-to-employees/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="133" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/20190925_Amazon_Devices_10-200x133.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3166. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-devices-chief-dave-limp-addresses-layoffs-in-memo-to-employees/">Amazon devices chief Dave Limp addresses layoffs in memo to employees</a></h2>
  3167. <p>As Amazon has started the process of laying off employees from its corporate and tech workforce this week, one senior executive appears to be among the first to address the cuts publicly. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-devices-chief-dave-limp-addresses-layoffs-in-memo-to-employees/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3168. </article>
  3169. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3170. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-ceo-andy-jassy-addresses-layoffs-says-there-will-be-more-role-reductions/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="133" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/0716-GW-Summit-2021105-1-200x133.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3171. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-ceo-andy-jassy-addresses-layoffs-says-there-will-be-more-role-reductions/">Amazon CEO Andy Jassy addresses layoffs, says &#8216;there will be more role reductions&#8217;</a></h2>
  3172. <p>Amazon CEO Andy Jassy publicly addressed the company&#8217;s widespread layoffs for the first time and revealed that the corporate workforce reduction will continue into next year. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-ceo-andy-jassy-addresses-layoffs-says-there-will-be-more-role-reductions/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3173. </article>
  3174. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3175. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/rad-power-bikes-ceo-mike-radenbaugh-replaced-by-former-sony-leader-phil-molyneux/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="133" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/20180415_Elevator_Pitch_75-200x133.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3176. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/rad-power-bikes-ceo-mike-radenbaugh-replaced-by-former-sony-leader-phil-molyneux/">Rad Power Bikes CEO Mike Radenbaugh replaced by former Sony leader Phil Molyneux</a></h2>
  3177. <p>Rad Power Bikes CEO Mike Radenbaugh is stepping down from his position at the Seattle-based e-bike company. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/rad-power-bikes-ceo-mike-radenbaugh-replaced-by-former-sony-leader-phil-molyneux/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3178. </article>
  3179. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3180. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/more-tech-layoffs-hit-seattle-region-as-mobile-marketplace-offerup-cuts-19-of-workforce/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="110" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/offerupapp-200x110.png" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3181. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/more-tech-layoffs-hit-seattle-region-as-mobile-marketplace-offerup-cuts-19-of-workforce/">More tech layoffs hit Seattle region as mobile marketplace OfferUp cuts 19% of workforce</a></h2>
  3182. <p>Bellevue, Wash.-based mobile marketplace operator OfferUp is laying off about 19% of its staff, joining a growing list of tech companies slashing costs amid a shaky economy. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/more-tech-layoffs-hit-seattle-region-as-mobile-marketplace-offerup-cuts-19-of-workforce/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3183. </article>
  3184. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3185. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/alexa-built-in-phones-to-lose-key-feature-as-amazon-cedes-ground-to-apple-and-google/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="134" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/P1022782-200x134.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3186. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/alexa-built-in-phones-to-lose-key-feature-as-amazon-cedes-ground-to-apple-and-google/">&#8216;Alexa Built-In&#8217; phones to lose key feature as Amazon cedes ground to Apple and Google</a></h2>
  3187. <p>Unlike Google and Apple, Amazon doesn&#8217;t have a smartphone platform of its own for native integration of its voice assistant, after the short-lived Amazon Fire Phone. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/alexa-built-in-phones-to-lose-key-feature-as-amazon-cedes-ground-to-apple-and-google/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3188. </article>
  3189. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3190. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/filing-facebook-parent-meta-to-cut-726-jobs-in-seattle-region-as-part-of-broader-layoffs/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="112" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/fb9-200x112.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3191. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/filing-facebook-parent-meta-to-cut-726-jobs-in-seattle-region-as-part-of-broader-layoffs/">Filing: Facebook parent Meta to cut 726 jobs in Seattle region as part of broader layoffs</a></h2>
  3192. <p>Meta, parent company of Facebook, Oculus, WhatsApp, and Instagram, will lay off 419 workers in Seattle and another 307 in nearby Bellevue as part of its broader cutbacks announced last week. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/filing-facebook-parent-meta-to-cut-726-jobs-in-seattle-region-as-part-of-broader-layoffs/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3193. </article>
  3194. <article class="teaser clearfix">
  3195. <header><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-data-analytics-startup-motherduck-emerges-from-stealth-reveals-47-5m-in-funding/" class="teaser-thumb"><img decoding="async" width="200" height="300" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/jordan-200x300.jpg" class="attachment-featured size-featured wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy"></a></header>
  3196. <h2><a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-data-analytics-startup-motherduck-emerges-from-stealth-reveals-47-5m-in-funding/">Seattle data analytics startup MotherDuck emerges from stealth, reveals $47.5M in funding</a></h2>
  3197. <p>MotherDuck is peeking its head above water. <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/seattle-data-analytics-startup-motherduck-emerges-from-stealth-reveals-47-5m-in-funding/">&hellip; Read More</a></p>
  3198. </article>
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  3202. <title>Smart home camera startup Wyze hosted a public $10K treasure hunt — here&#8217;s how it was solved</title>
  3203. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/smart-home-camera-startup-wyze-hosted-a-public-10k-treasure-hunt-heres-how-it-was-solved/</link>
  3204. <pubDate>Sat, 19 Nov 2022 15:00:00 +0000</pubDate>
  3205. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Tim Ellis]]></dc:creator>
  3206. <category><![CDATA[Startups]]></category>
  3207. <category><![CDATA[Wyze]]></category>
  3208. <category><![CDATA[Wyze Cam]]></category>
  3209. <category><![CDATA[Wyze Labs]]></category>
  3210.  
  3211. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=735761</guid>
  3212. <description><![CDATA[<img width="900" height="507" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Wyze-Treasure-Hunt.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Wyze-Treasure-Hunt.jpg 900w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Wyze-Treasure-Hunt-768x433.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Wyze-Treasure-Hunt-630x355.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 900px) 100vw, 900px"><br>To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Kirkland, Wash.-based smart-home device maker Wyze Labs recently decided to host a public treasure hunt. A custom &#8220;golden&#8221; Wyze camera was buried at a secret location that would be live-streamed while a series of cryptic, coded clues were released throughout the week, slowly revealing where the stash was hidden. At least, that was the plan. The way things played out was a little different. &#8220;We are always looking for ways to have fun and be friends with users,&#8221; said Wyze co-founder and CMO Dave Crosby. &#8220;We were hoping the hunt would be on the harder&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/smart-home-camera-startup-wyze-hosted-a-public-10k-treasure-hunt-heres-how-it-was-solved/">Read More</a>]]></description>
  3213. <content:encoded><![CDATA[
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  3215.  
  3216.  
  3217.  
  3218. <p>To celebrate its five-year anniversary, Kirkland, Wash.-based smart-home device maker Wyze Labs recently decided to host <a href="https://www.wyze.com/pages/wyze-treasure-hunt">a public treasure hunt</a>. </p>
  3219.  
  3220.  
  3221.  
  3222. <p>A custom &#8220;golden&#8221; Wyze camera was buried at a secret location that would be live-streamed while a series of cryptic, coded clues were released throughout the week, slowly revealing where the stash was hidden. </p>
  3223.  
  3224.  
  3225.  
  3226. <p>At least, that was the plan. The way things played out was a little different.</p>
  3227.  
  3228.  
  3229.  
  3230. <p>&#8220;We are always looking for ways to have fun and be friends with users,&#8221; said Wyze co-founder and CMO Dave Crosby. &#8220;We were hoping the hunt would be on the harder side because we could always release clues to help people along, as opposed to making it too easy.&#8221;</p>
  3231.  
  3232.  
  3233.  
  3234. <p>In the end, the clues had little to do with how difficult the hunt would be. </p>
  3235.  
  3236.  
  3237.  
  3238. <p>On a YouTube live chat, players quickly organized, forming Discord servers to coordinate their efforts, where they were able to deduce — using sounds of airplanes passing overhead and live flight data — that the treasure was located somewhere on the southern half of Vashon Island. </p>
  3239.  
  3240.  
  3241.  
  3242. <p>The winner of the hunt did almost no clue-solving at all, but instead went all-in on the brute force method.</p>
  3243.  
  3244.  
  3245.  
  3246. <p>&#8220;The participants in the live chat quickly narrowed down the location to Vashon Island,&#8221; explained Sterling Talbott, an IT engineer from Renton, Wash., who found the treasure. &#8220;I was fully bought in to pursuing this adventure, so I swung by the store and bought a fog horn and a shovel, then booked it to the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal in West Seattle.&#8221;</p>
  3247.  
  3248.  
  3249.  
  3250. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full-width"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="630" height="420" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treasure_2-630x420.png" alt="" class="wp-image-736828" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treasure_2-630x420.png 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treasure_2-1260x840.png 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treasure_2-768x512.png 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treasure_2-1536x1024.png 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/Treasure_2-2048x1365.png 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 630px) 100vw, 630px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">(Wyze Photo)</figcaption></figure>
  3251.  
  3252.  
  3253.  
  3254. <p>While the online participants struggled to make sense of the official riddles, Talbott and a few others literally drove around the island making as much noise as they could, hoping to hear something on the livestream.</p>
  3255.  
  3256.  
  3257.  
  3258. <p>&#8220;We expected plane noises to be a part of it but had no idea how quickly people would use that to pinpoint the island,&#8221; Crosby recalled. &#8220;After people discovered it was on Vashon in the first few hours, we expected the treasure to be found the first night. Fortunately, it was harder to nail down exactly where on Vashon island.&#8221;</p>
  3259.  
  3260.  
  3261.  
  3262. <p>After five days of driving around Vashon making all sorts of noises failed to produce any solid leads, Wyze announced on the livestream chat Tuesday night that two out-of-town individuals had submitted location guesses that were close enough to qualify as winners, but to actually claim the prize they would have to physically get to the treasure first. </p>
  3263.  
  3264.  
  3265.  
  3266. <p>This set off one last mad dash for the local noise-making teams, to see if they could pick out the location before the out-of-towners were able to get to Vashon.</p>
  3267.  
  3268.  
  3269.  
  3270. <p>&#8220;I spent Monday evening &#8216;upgrading&#8217; my car with two PA horn speakers and two siren speakers,&#8221; said Talbott, whose family grew up on Vashon Island before he was born. &#8220;While I was waiting in line at the Fauntleroy ferry terminal Tuesday night I wired in a fused amplifier and tablet so I could play music.&#8221;</p>
  3271.  
  3272.  
  3273.  
  3274. <p>As Talbott drove around the island playing music through his new car loudspeakers, the livestream chat and Discord group waited with bated breath, and at 11:11 p.m. the patience and persistence paid off when the silence on the livestream was broken by a few seconds of very clear ice cream truck music.</p>
  3275.  
  3276.  
  3277.  
  3278. <p>The chats exploded with excitement as Talbott and his Portland-based online teammate Breanne coordinated to try to narrow down his specific location, given the 20-second delay in the livestream.</p>
  3279.  
  3280.  
  3281.  
  3282. <p>Five minutes later, Wyze posted &#8220;gonna call it guys&#8221; in the livestream chat, indicating that they would be done accepting location guesses for the night. But after a flood of protests from everyone in the chat, they relented and waited for an official guess from Talbott. After a few more minutes of &#8220;a slow game of Marco Polo,&#8221; he was able to submit three guesses, one of which was on the mark, allowing him to get out of his car and go dig up the treasure.</p>
  3283.  
  3284.  
  3285.  
  3286. <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper">
  3287. <iframe loading="lazy" title="Wyze treasure hunt winner" width="630" height="354" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ip4obTakSHg?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  3288. </div></figure>
  3289.  
  3290.  
  3291.  
  3292. <p>The other two people who had identified the correct location from out of town were from Ohio and Tennessee, and neither had boarded a plane before Talbott managed to find the prize.</p>
  3293.  
  3294.  
  3295.  
  3296. <p>The treasure hunt also drove a new feature improvement for Wyze cameras. Up to this point, none of Wyze&#8217;s security cameras have had the ability to livestream. After the team at Wyze developed the feature for the hunt, they decided to roll it out to all users.</p>
  3297.  
  3298.  
  3299.  
  3300. <p>&#8220;The exciting thing is that eventually it will be a feature all users can take advantage of,&#8221; said Crosby.</p>
  3301.  
  3302.  
  3303.  
  3304. <p>Although it didn&#8217;t go down quite like they expected, Wyze still considers the hunt a success. </p>
  3305.  
  3306.  
  3307.  
  3308. <p>&#8220;We are for sure going to do it again,&#8221; Crosby said. &#8220;We have so many ideas on how to make the next one better, mainly just using an app for people to submit their guesses, using a professional game designer to help us, and make the prizes bigger and better. It should be a lot of fun. We don&#8217;t want to wait a full year before we do the next one, but we&#8217;ll see.&#8221;</p>
  3309.  
  3310.  
  3311.  
  3312. <p>Founded in 2017 by a trio of Amazon veterans, Wyze has expanded beyond its initial low-cost security camera to a flurry of smart home devices, including floor lamps, smartwatches, sprinkler control systems, vacuums, and more. The company <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2021/smart-home-device-maker-wyze-raises-110m-plans-inject-ai-heavily-camera-products/">raised</a> $110 million in a funding round last year. </p>
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  3316. <title>GeekWire Podcast: Layoffs land at Amazon HQ; Redfin&#8217;s real estate reversal; Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z</title>
  3317. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-podcast-layoffs-land-at-amazon-hq-redfins-real-estate-reversal-jeff-bezos-and-jay-z/</link>
  3318. <pubDate>Sat, 19 Nov 2022 14:55:42 +0000</pubDate>
  3319. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  3320. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  3321. <category><![CDATA[Podcasts]]></category>
  3322. <category><![CDATA[Alexa]]></category>
  3323. <category><![CDATA[Andy Jassy]]></category>
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  3328. <category><![CDATA[Jeff Bezos]]></category>
  3329. <category><![CDATA[layoffs]]></category>
  3330.  
  3331. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737314</guid>
  3332. <description><![CDATA[<img width="1260" height="970" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-1260x970.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-1260x970.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-768x591.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-1536x1183.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-630x485.jpg 630w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 1260px) 100vw, 1260px"><br>Amazon became the latest tech giant to make layoffs in its corporate workforce this week in the face of the economic downturn, but the manner in which the plan unfolded left some employees scratching their heads, at best. Foreshadowed in a Nov. 10 Wall Street Journal report foreshadowing cutbacks in Amazon&#8217;s devices division, the scope became clear with a New York Times report Nov. 14, saying that the company planned to lay off about 10,000 corporate and tech workers — the largest job cuts in the company&#8217;s history. But it turned out that number was an approximation, not a precise&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/geekwire-podcast-layoffs-land-at-amazon-hq-redfins-real-estate-reversal-jeff-bezos-and-jay-z/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  3334. <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img decoding="async" loading="lazy" width="2048" height="1577" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana.jpg" alt="" class="wp-image-737315" srcset="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana.jpg 2048w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-1260x970.jpg 1260w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-768x591.jpg 768w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-1536x1183.jpg 1536w, https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/amazon-banana-630x485.jpg 630w" sizes="(max-width: 2048px) 100vw, 2048px" /><figcaption class="wp-element-caption">The scene at Amazon&#8217;s Seattle headquarters amid layoffs this week. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)</figcaption></figure>
  3335.  
  3336.  
  3337.  
  3338. <p>Amazon became the latest tech giant to <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/layoffs-begin-at-amazon-as-tech-giant-cuts-corporate-and-tech-workers/">make layoffs in its corporate workforce</a> this week in the face of the economic downturn, but the manner in which the plan unfolded left some employees scratching their heads, at best.</p>
  3339.  
  3340.  
  3341.  
  3342. <p>Foreshadowed in a Nov. 10 <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-has-launched-a-cost-cutting-review-focused-on-unprofitable-business-units-11668094823?mod=article_inline">Wall Street Journal report</a> foreshadowing cutbacks in Amazon&#8217;s devices division, the scope became clear <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/14/technology/amazon-layoffs.html">with a New York Times report</a> Nov. 14, saying that the company planned to lay off about 10,000 corporate and tech workers — the largest job cuts in the company&#8217;s history.</p>
  3343.  
  3344.  
  3345.  
  3346. <p>But it turned out <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/report-amazon-to-cut-10000-corporate-and-tech-jobs-making-largest-layoffs-in-its-history/">that number was an approximation</a>, not a precise count or a specific target, because Amazon is leaving the decisions to leaders in its divisions.</p>
  3347.  
  3348.  
  3349.  
  3350. <iframe loading="lazy" src="https://omny.fm/shows/geekwire-podcast/how-the-layoffs-are-landing-at-amazon-hq/embed" allow="autoplay; clipboard-write" width="100%" height="180" frameborder="0" title="Layoffs land at Amazon HQ; Redfin's reversal; Jeff B and Jay-Z"></iframe>
  3351.  
  3352.  
  3353.  
  3354. <p>And it took a couple days for Amazon to officially acknowledge the layoffs, with <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-devices-chief-dave-limp-addresses-layoffs-in-memo-to-employees/">a memo from Devices and Services chief Dave Limp</a>, and <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-ceo-andy-jassy-addresses-layoffs-says-there-will-be-more-role-reductions/">later from Amazon CEO Andy Jassy</a>, explaining that the job cuts could extend into next year. </p>
  3355.  
  3356.  
  3357.  
  3358. <p>The reaction was a mix of frustration, fear, uncertainty, and also acceptance, as GeekWire reporter Kurt Schlosser <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/at-amazon-hq-in-seattle-employees-share-mixed-emotions-about-company-layoffs/">discovered at Amazon HQ this week</a>. He shares what he saw and heard on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast.</p>
  3359.  
  3360.  
  3361.  
  3362. <p><strong>Also this week:</strong> the impact of the downturn on <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/redfin-ceo-the-housing-market-could-get-worse/">high-tech real estate brokerage Redfin</a>; and our thoughts on <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/report-jeff-bezos-and-jay-z-named-as-potential-buyers-of-washington-nfl-team/">a potential collaboration between Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z</a>. </p>
  3363.  
  3364.  
  3365.  
  3366. <p><strong>Share your perspective for next week&#8217;s show</strong>: What are you thankful for in tech? Is there a technology that has changed your life, your job, or your company for the better this year? Or a trend in the economy or the industry that you&#8217;re especially grateful to see? Send a message or a voice memo with your thoughts to <a href="mailto:podcast@geekwire.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">podcast@geekwire.com</a> for a chance to be included in next week&#8217;s episode.</p>
  3367.  
  3368.  
  3369.  
  3370. <p><strong>Listen above, or subscribe to GeekWire in <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/geekwire/id427374434?app=podcast&amp;mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cub21ueWNvbnRlbnQuY29tL2QvcGxheWxpc3QvNmQxYjFhMWEtMjhhZC00MThhLTg2MjYtYTg5YTAwMGE5ODkwLzcyNmZlNzIxLTcwOTUtNDQ4Ni04MzRhLWE5ZDUwMTdlNjZhMy82ZDFiZjZhZS0yZmRmLTQzNTgtOTEzOS1hOWQ1MDE3ZTY2YTMvcG9kY2FzdC5yc3M?sa=X&amp;ved=0CAMQ4aUDahcKEwjQ2M_PiaHuAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQBA&amp;hl=en">Google Podcasts</a>, <a href="https://open.spotify.com/show/2PPEGel5l0v3XxlD8fVxAh">Spotify</a> or wherever you listen.</strong></p>
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  3374. <title>Amazon and Washington AG reach agreement on criminal background check notices for Flex drivers</title>
  3375. <link>https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-and-washington-ag-reach-agreement-on-criminal-background-check-notices-for-flex-drivers/</link>
  3376. <pubDate>Fri, 18 Nov 2022 21:32:25 +0000</pubDate>
  3377. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Todd Bishop]]></dc:creator>
  3378. <category><![CDATA[Amazon]]></category>
  3379. <category><![CDATA[Amazon Flex]]></category>
  3380. <category><![CDATA[bob ferguson]]></category>
  3381. <category><![CDATA[employment law]]></category>
  3382. <category><![CDATA[Flex]]></category>
  3383. <category><![CDATA[independent contractors]]></category>
  3384. <category><![CDATA[legal issues]]></category>
  3385. <category><![CDATA[Washington AG]]></category>
  3386.  
  3387. <guid isPermaLink="false">https://www.geekwire.com/?p=737266</guid>
  3388. <description><![CDATA[<img width="620" height="455" src="https://cdn.geekwire.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/flex.jpg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" decoding="async" loading="lazy"><br>Amazon has made voluntary changes to its app for Flex delivery drivers in accordance with a Washington state law designed to provide a more level playing field for job applicants with criminal records, a new court filing shows. The changes resolve an investigation launched by the office of Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in March 2020, according to the Nov. 17 filing by Assistant AG Marsha Chien in King County Superior Court in Seattle. The investigation focused on Amazon&#8217;s compliance with Washington state&#8217;s Fair Chance Act, which prevents companies from mentioning criminal background checks in job advertisements and application&#8230; <a href="https://www.geekwire.com/2022/amazon-and-washington-ag-reach-agreement-on-criminal-background-check-notices-for-flex-drivers/">Read More</a>]]></description>
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  3391.  
  3392.  
  3393.  
  3394. <p>Amazon has made voluntary changes to its app for Flex delivery drivers in accordance with a Washington state law designed to provide a more level playing field for job applicants with criminal records, a new court filing shows. </p>
  3395.  
  3396.  
  3397.  
  3398. <p>The changes resolve an investigation launched by the office of Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in March 2020, according to the Nov. 17 filing by Assistant AG Marsha Chien in King County Superior Court in Seattle. </p>
  3399.  
  3400.  
  3401.  
  3402. <p>The investigation focused on Amazon&#8217;s compliance with <a href="https://www.atg.wa.gov/fair-chance-act">Washington state&#8217;s Fair Chance Act</a>, which prevents companies from mentioning criminal background checks in job advertisements and application forms before determining that job applicants are otherwise qualified for a particular role.</p>
  3403.  
  3404.  
  3405.  
  3406. <p>Amazon admits no wrongdoing, according to the filing. The company says it didn&#8217;t seek information on Flex drivers&#8217; criminal history until after the sign-up process, or until it determined that they were otherwise qualified, the filing says.</p>
  3407.  
  3408.  
  3409.  
  3410. <p>The state, however, cites examples including a welcome page in the Flex app that &#8220;explained that eligibility for  delivery opportunity was dependent on passing a criminal background check.&#8221; The state says Amazon&#8217;s statements were made before determining prospective Flex drivers&#8217; basic eligibility for the role.</p>
  3411.  
  3412.  
  3413.  
  3414. <p>Beyond this, Amazon denies that it qualifies as an &#8220;employer&#8221; of Flex drivers under the law, the filing says. Flex drivers, who deliver Amazon packages in their own vehicles, are classified by Amazon as independent contractors. </p>
  3415.  
  3416.  
  3417.  
  3418. <p>Nonetheless, to resolve the investigation, Amazon made changes to the Flex app &#8220;which include removing any requirement or reference to the need for a criminal background check as part of the sign-up process for a prospective [Flex driver] prior to collecting information necessary to Amazon&#8217;s determination of whether the individual is otherwise qualified for a delivery opportunity,&#8221; according to the filing. </p>
  3419.  
  3420.  
  3421.  
  3422. <p>In conjunction with the legal filing, known as an &#8220;Assurance of Discontinuation,&#8221; Amazon will pay $18,714 to the Washington AG, which includes a $750 fine and covers costs of investigating the case and monitoring compliance.</p>
  3423.  
  3424.  
  3425.  
  3426. <p>We&#8217;ve contacted Amazon for comment on the case.</p>
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https://www.rssboard.org/rss-validator/check.cgi?url=https%3A//www.geekwire.com/feed/