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In big tech’s future expansion plans, public good should be the corporate incentive

Yung Wu Contributor Yung Wu is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based innovation hub. More posts by this contributor To actually change the world, Big Tech needs to grow up The cancellation of Amazon’s planned expansion in New York exposes the truth about its HQ2 promises. In the end, the company seemed mainly interested in tax incentives and being allowed to make a corner of NYC once set aside for public housing and scho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, Column, Business, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Virginia, Toronto, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Artificial Intelligence


Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


HCL Technologies buys SBE

HCL Technologies has acquired Seattle-based Strong-Bridge Envision, a digital transformation consulting firm. No financial terms were disclosed. SBE was backed by Bow River Capital. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK & NOIDA, India–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HCL Technologies (HCL), a leading global technology company, today announced the acquisition of Strong-Bridge Envision (SBE), a digital transformation consulting firm with offices in Seattle, Denver, Atlanta, and New York City. With this acquisition, SBE will beco...
Tags: New York, Digital, US, Trends, Tech, M&a, North America, Seattle, Seattle Wa, New York City With, HCL, SBE, HCL Technologies, HCL Technologies HCL Technologies HCL, Strong Bridge Envision, NOIDA India BUSINESS WIRE HCL Technologies HCL


Vikram Jandhyala, Champion of Innovation at UW and Beyond, Dies at 47

Vikram Jandhyala, who built bridges between academia and industry across the globe and at the University of Washington, where he taught and worked, has died, the school said Wednesday. He was 47.In a statement on UW’s website, President Ana Mari Cauce said authorities were investigating Jandhyala’s death as a suicide. He is survived by two sons, ages 7 and 5, who will be cared for by their mother, Suja Vaidyanathan, Cauce wrote.Over the years, Jandhyala worked in industry, as a professor, and a...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Research, Vc, Commercialization, Engineering, Seattle, Madrona Venture Group, University of Washington, UW, Tsinghua University, Milken Institute, Vikram Jandhyala, World Affairs Council


Dallas’ ModeSens Aims to Build Online Shops Tailored to Each User

Dallas—Part of the challenge for e-commerce is finding ways to prevent shoppers from having buyer’s remorse.“You never want to have a customer who has a disgruntled post-purchase feeling,” says Krystle Kraycraft, chief marketing officer at ModeSens, an e-commerce startup in Dallas. “We’re giving the consumer confidence to eliminate the need for a return.”Returns are the bane of e-commerce operations, costing billions in round-trip shipping costs and products that frequently cannot be resold at ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Texas, Pinterest, Big Data, Trends, Tech, E-commerce, People, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Innovation, Retail, Machine Learning, Dallas, Ai


F5’s $670M Deal for Nginx Expands Firms’ Control of Web Servers, Apps

Internet users are celebrating the World Wide Web’s 30th birthday this week by reminiscing about early Web technologies like America Online and dial-up modems. But users’ Web experiences—from the 1990s to today’s social media-dominated digital landscape—are only possible with behind-the-scenes Internet infrastructure in place. The value of that infrastructure was highlighted in F5 Networks’ recent announcement that it has agreed to acquire Nginx for $670 million in cash.F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) and Ng...
Tags: Deals, Security, Cloud, Internet, Cloud Computing, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Www, Cybersecurity, M&a, Data Centers, Api, Seattle, Nginx, World Wide Web


The adversarial persuasion machine: a conversation with James Williams

James Williams may not be a household name yet in most tech circles, but he will be. For this second in what will be a regular series of conversations exploring the ethics of the technology industry, I was delighted to be able to turn to one of our current generation’s most important young philosophers of tech. Around a decade ago, Williams won the Founder’s Award, Google’s highest honor for its employees. Then in 2017, he won an even rarer award, this time for his scorching criticism of the ent...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Facebook, Twitter, Media, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Democracy, Government, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Williams, Oxford, Oxford University


Toyota Among Investors Backing Airbiquity With $15M for Vehicle Tech

Airbiquity, a Seattle-based developer of connected vehicle systems powering navigation, entertainment, and other software in cars, has raised $15 million in new financing from three Japanese automotive corporations, the company announced Monday.The investors that participated in the equity funding round are Denso Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM), and Toyota Tsusho Corp, which supports Toyota Motor’s automobile business, including the integration of Internet-connected technologies and device...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Transportation, Cars, Trends, Tech, Vc, Automotive, United States, AT&T, Autos, Mobility, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Self-driving Cars, Seattle


F5 Networks to buy VC-backed NGINX for about $670 mln

F5 Networks Inc has agreed to acquire web server NGINX for about $670 million. The deal is expected to close in the second calendar quarter of 2019. Foros acted as financial adviser to F5 on this transaction while Qatalyst Partners did likewise for NGINX, whose backers include Blue Cloud Ventures, e.ventures, Goldman Sachs, Index Ventures, MSD Capital, NEA, Runa Capital and Telstra Ventures. PRESS RELEASE SEATTLE and SAN FRANCISCO – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) and NGINX today announced a de...
Tags: Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Tech, M&a, Mcdonalds, Seattle, Short, Nginx, Company, San Francisco California, GAAP, Nginx Inc, Networks Inc, ADC


Karat’s Interviewers, Software Help Tech Firms Assess Engineers

When it comes to interviewing candidates for software engineering positions at big technology companies, “takes one to know one” tends to be an appropriate axiom, says Mohit Bhende. He’s one of the co-founders of Karat, a Seattle-based startup that uses proprietary software and its own stable of freelance interviewers to help some of the marquee names in tech assess job applicants.It’s typical for someone who has applied for a engineering role at a large software company to be first screened by...
Tags: Startups, Pinterest, Microsoft, Interviews, Trends, Tech, Recruiting, Paypal, HR, Software, Engineering, Xbox, Human Resources, Talent, Seattle, Melinda Gates


GM Cruise snags Dropbox HR head to hire at least 1,000 engineers by end of year

GM Cruise plans to hire hundreds of employees over the next nine months, doubling its engineering staff, TechCrunch has learned. It’s an aggressive move by the autonomous vehicle technology company to double its size as it pushes to deploy a robotaxi service by the end of the year. Arden Hoffman, who helped scale Dropbox, will leave the file-sharing and storage company to head up human resources at Cruise. The GM subsidiary, which has more than 1,000 employees, is expanding its office space i...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Cloud Storage, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Cruise, Automotive, Computing, Gm, Dropbox, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda


GM Cruise snags Dropbox HR head to hire 1,000 engineers by the end of the year

GM Cruise plans to hire 1,000 more engineers over the next nine months, TechCrunch has learned. It’s an aggressive move by the autonomous vehicle technology company to double its size as it pushes to deploy a robotaxi service by the end of the year. Arden Hoffman, who helped scale Dropbox, will leave the file-sharing and storage company to head up human resources at Cruise. The GM subsidiary is expanding its office space in San Francisco to accommodate the growth. GM Cruise will keep its head...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Cloud Storage, Softbank, San Francisco, Tech, General Motors, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Cruise, Automotive, Computing, Gm, Dropbox, Autonomous Vehicles, Honda


Bottomless has a solution for lazy coffee addicts

If you’re like me, you let out a heavy sigh every month or so when you reach out and unexpectedly find an empty bag of coffee. Bottomless, one of the 200-plus startups in Y Combinator’s latest batch, has a solution for us caffeine addicts. For a $36 annual membership fee, a cost which co-founder Michael Mayer says isn’t set in stone, plus $11.29 per order depending on the blend, Bottomless will automatically restock your coffee supply before you run out. How? The startup sends its members an int...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Coffee, Food, Drinks, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Nike, Portland, Food And Drink, Seattle


Facebook reportedly blocks ads for vaginal dryness treatments while allowing those for erectile dysfunction medications (FB)

Facebook is blocking ads for products promoting women's health products, . The company appears to be treating ads for such products differently from those that promote men's health products, according to the report. Facebook representatives said the company is reviewing the ads in question. Facebook routinely blocks ads promoting women's health products, particularly those that treat symptoms of menopause, on Saturday. The company has blocked most of the ads Seattle startup Pulse has tried...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Pulse, Seattle, Cnbc, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Samsung Galaxy, American Civil Liberties Union, Communications Workers of America, US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Facebook CNBC, Facebook Pulse, Amy Buckalter


Vtrus Gets $2.9M For Drones That Inspect Indoor Industrial Equipment

Vtrus, a Seattle-based startup developing drones designed to autonomously inspect equipment in factories and other indoor settings, has raised more than $2.9 million to support its commercialization efforts, according to a regulatory filing.Nine investors participated in the equity funding round, the filing shows.Reached by phone on Thursday, a spokesperson for Vtrus declined to comment on the startup’s technology, timeline for reaching the market, or plans with the new cash.Many people first l...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Cloud, Facebook, Photography, Video, Maps, Cloud Computing, Wi-fi, Trends, Tech, Vc, Cameras, Drones, Vr, Oculus


Microsoft Rolls Out New Skype for Web; Does Not Support Firefox, Safari, and Opera

Microsoft this week revamped Skype's browser-based client with a slew of new features. From a report: The Seattle company this week announced the rollout of a major Skype for Web update, which introduces high-definition video calling, a redesigned notifications panels, a revamped media gallery, and more. It's available on any PC running Windows 10 and Mac OS X 10.12 or higher with the latest versions of Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. The bulk of the new capabilities debuted in preview last Oct...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Tech, Seattle, Skype


Knock Nabs $10M in Bid to Become the Opentable of Apartment Leasing

People in the market to rent an apartment have plenty of options for contacting property managers, from phone calls to e-mail messages and live chats hosted on their websites. A Seattle-based startup, Knock, says it can help managers track the range of these communications with prospective tenants by storing them on a single digital platform.On Thursday, Knock announced it has raised $10 million to support its continued growth. Madrona Venture Group, which is also headquartered in Seattle and h...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Real Estate, Renting, Housing, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, SaaS, Apartments, Seattle, Rentals, Madrona Venture Group, Opentable, Property Management


Taxing your privacy

Joe Apprendi Contributor Joe Apprendi is a general partner at Revel Partners. More posts by this contributor The new era in mobile Big data’s humble beginnings Data collection through mobile tracking is big business and the potential for companies helping governments monetize this data is huge. For consumers, protecting yourself against the who, what and where of data flow is just the beginning. The question now is: How do you ens...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Column, Utah, New York, Human Rights, Privacy, Identity Management, Law, California, Oregon, Articles, Tech, Smartphones, Getty Images, Gps


Pioneer Square Labs is invigorating Seattle’s startup ecosystem

Three miles from Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood — better known as Amazonia to locals — sits Pioneer Square. The original heart of the city, the area has managed to hold on to its decades-old charm as other parts of town are besieged by Amazon-contracted architects. On a mission to champion Seattle’s unique entrepreneurial DNA, startup studio Pioneer Square Labs has not only adopted the neighborhood’s moniker but established its fast-growing HQ at its center. Pioneer Square Labs, or P...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Washington, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Zillow, Russell Wilson, Pacific Northwest, Psl, Denton, Gilbert, McCann, Pioneer Square, Amazonia


Pacific Northwest Relying On Nuclear Energy During Cold Snap

Slashdot reader Lije Baley writes: As the unusually long cold snap in the Pacific Northwest has both increased electric demand while decreasing snow melt and stream flows needed for hydroelectric generation, local power companies are asking their customers to conserve energy. Meanwhile, the region's last remaining nuclear plant has been a critical low-carbon resource for keeping the lights and heat on, as Forbes reports. "As reported by Annette Cary of the Tri-City Herald, the Bonneville Power A...
Tags: Tech, United States, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Forbes, BPA, Tri City Herald, Richland, Bonneville Power Administration, Columbia Generating Station, Energy Northwest, Annette Cary, Lije Baley, Forbes Don, Mike Paoli


Angel Networks Most Active Texas Investors Since 2010, Report Says

Austin — Two angel networks in Texas have been the most active investors in the state since 2010.The Houston Angel Network leads the list with 145 investments during the past nine years, followed by the Central Texas Angel Network in Austin with 144 deals, according to data compiled by Seattle-based PitchBook. Capital Factory, which runs a co-working space abd accelerator in Austin, and also invests in startups, was third on the list with 97 deals. PitchBook compiled the list ahead of South by ...
Tags: Food, Startups, Uber, Accelerator, Gender, Texas, Technology, Washington, Entrepreneurial, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Race, Women, Trends, Startup, Tech


Mar 5, 2019 Noon CST >> MOZ Updates Domain Authority Tool: New Features in 2.0 May Cause Furious Fluctuations

In today’s world where nearly every piece of machinery has been digitized, having a website for your business is very important. If you run your own enterprise, and you don’t have an online home of your own, you’re signing up to miss out on opportunities from the get-go. Websites are generally referred to as a business’ identity. Through your site, people get to know about your products and services, and they are introduced to your story— who you are why you started your brand what you believe...
Tags: Google, Business, Seattle, Domain Authority, Moz, Rand Fishkin, SEO / Google / Organic Traffic, Gillian Muessig, MOZ Updates Domain Authority Tool


A second patient appears to be cured of H.I.V., sparking new hope for a novel treatment

Twelve years after a first patient was identified as cured of H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, a second patient undergoing similar treatment was diagnosed as in long-term remission, according to a New York Times report citing an article in to be published tomorrow in the journal Nature. The report means that a cure for the disease is possible, but several obstacles remain before it can be developed and applied broadly, according to scientists quoted by the Times. The findings are set to be pr...
Tags: TC, China, Tech, New York Times, Netherlands, Times, Seattle, Hodgkin, University Medical Center Utrecht, amfAR, Wensing, He Jiankui, Annemarie Wensing


With New Cash, iUNU to Help More Greenhouses Monitor, Manage Plants

People in the Pacific Northwest who grow plants in greenhouses and nurseries face good odds of turning a profit on their 2019 harvests, according to Spokane, WA-based Northwest Farm Credit Services, which supports farmers, ranchers, and other agribusiness in the region.This positive outlook comes thanks to steady demand for crops, a strong U.S. economy, and a booming housing market, and the trend could even compel some greenhouse operators to invest in new equipment and technology. One startup ...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Agriculture, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Farms, Agtech, Greenhouse, Spokane WA, National blog main, Seattle blog main, Seattle top stories


19 head-scratching questions bosses have actually asked at job interviews

Think you've been asked some tricky job interview questions? We've compiled a list of some of the toughest prompts people have faced. Examples include "How would you measure the weight of the earth?" (Facebook) and "Tell me a joke" (J.P. Morgan Chase). Note that Google, and possibly other companies, have stopped asking brainteaser-type questions in the last few years — so lucky for you, there's a chance you may not hear these at your next job interview. Job interviews are stressful. Even if t...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Trends, Seattle, Amazon Microsoft McKinsey Company


PE-backed cannabis website Leafly appoints new CEO

Seattle-based cannabis website Leafly has named Tim Leslie as CEO. Leslie previously worked at Amazon where he most recently served as vice president of Amazon Prime Video International. Leafly is backed by Privateer Holdings, a cannabis-focused private equity firm. PRESS RELEASE SEATTLE– Leafly, the world’s leading technology platform that helps customers around the world find and discover the cannabis product that is right for them, today announced the hiring of Tim Leslie, a 20-year veteran o...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, UK, Germany, Trends, People, Seattle, Amazon Prime Video, Tim, Leslie, PE, Tim Leslie, Privateer Holdings, Prime Video, Leafly, Amazon Prime Video International Leafly


Two Austin-based VC firms are each raising $100M funds

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Investor momentum builds for construction tech Austin in January: Cash rich and maturing Texas startups will soon have two new sources for capital. Crunchbase News has learned that two Austin-based venture capital firms, ATX Seed Ventures and Quake Capital, a...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Column, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Tech, Austin, Venture Capital, Seattle, Daimler, Fernandez, Bentz, ATX Seed Ventures, RideScout


Melania Trump to visit Seattle-area tech company on Monday

The first lady is to get a tour and briefing on a Seattle-area tech company's youth-oriented online safety programs and efforts to help children with disabilities.
Tags: Technology, News, Microsoft, Nation, Seattle, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound, Melania Trump, Nation & World


Melania Trump to visit tech company in Seattle area on Monday

The first lady is to get a tour and briefing on a Seattle-area tech company's youth-oriented online safety programs and efforts to help children with disabilities.
Tags: Technology, News, Microsoft, Nation, Seattle, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound, Melania Trump, Nation & World


Seattle Venture Capital Watch: Modumetal, Illumagear, HaptX & More

February may be the shortest month of the year, but the past four weeks have seen many investments raised by technology businesses based in the Seattle area. Here are some notable deals from the past month: —Modumetal, a Seattle-based company that develops nanolaminated materials for use in armor, vehicles, building exteriors, and other products, raised nearly $17.5 million in new capital, according to an SEC filing. Forty-two investors participated in the equity funding round, the filing sho...
Tags: Startups, Wearables, Technology, Video Games, Halo, Trends, Tech, Led, Vc, Software, Nanomaterials, Vr, Virtual Reality, SEC, Ar, Augmented Reality



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