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GeekWire Calendar Picks: A Chat with Dan Shapiro, Pitch Karaoke, and more

When Dan Shapiro invented Robot Turtles, a board game that teaches kids to code, he had no intention of becoming the man behind the most-funded board game campaign in Kickstarter history. He created the game because he thought his children would enjoy it — and then “accidentally” raised $631,230 on the crowdfunding platform. Robot Turtles, which uses… Read More


Meet Purewatercraft: This startup is building the ‘Tesla for boats’

Tesla has already changed the way we think about electric cars. Now one Seattle startup vet wants to do the same for motorboats. Andy Rebele, an entrepreneur-turned-investor, is the founder of Pure Watercraft. His three-year-old company is building high-performance all-electric recreational boats that Rebele says mimic the quality and engineering of Tesla’s vehicles. “This is like the… Read More

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Microsoft plans video streaming device, rivaling Chromecast, filings suggest

Microsoft is preparing to launch its own video streaming device, based on the Miracast screencasting standard, according to filings with the FCC and WiFi Alliance, unearthed this week by Windows Phone Daily and Nokia Power User. The filings suggest that Microsoft is developing a dongle, dubbed the HD-10, similar to Google’s Chromecast device, with HDMI, WiFi and… Read More

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The end of airport check-in? Hawaiian Airlines testing pre-printed bag tags in Seattle

The Internet and smartphones have made it easier to skip lines at airports by checking in and bringing a boarding pass in advance. But checking luggage for a long trip often still means waiting in line to get bags tagged and sent into the bowels of the airport. Hawaiian Airlines is tackling that challenge, testing two pilot programs at… Read More


‘Coolest Cooler’ inventor explains how he raised $9 million on Kickstarter

Ryan Grepper tried raising $125,000 on Kickstarter last year for his geeked-out cooler, but fell just short. He decided to give it another shot again last month and, well, let’s just say the second go-around turned out a little bit better. Grepper has raised nearly $9.2 million on Kickstarter from more than 46,000 backers for his “Coolest Cooler,”… Read More

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Microsoft’s board: New blood could mean new approach

Steve Ballmer’s resignation from the Microsoft board this week is the latest change for a group that has experienced a major shakeup over the past year — including a new chairman in John Thompson; a new CEO in Satya Nadalla; the addition of an activist shareholder in ValueAct’s Mason Morfit; and the appointment of a wireless veteran,… Read More


PetHub raises fresh cash, buys to help return more lost pets to owners

Seattle startup PetHub is gobbling up Atlanta-based, an acquisition that will push the combined company’s user base over 100,000. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and as part of the deal PetQRTag’s customers must shift to a new pet ID tag from PetHub. In March, PetHub acquired GetPetsHome — including its domain name and… Read More


Sonivate raising $1.6M for ultrasound probe that doctors wear on their finger

Doctors using an ultrasound machine typically have one hand on the probe. Sonivate Medical thinks it’s come up with something much better. The Beaverton, Ore.-based startup has developed an FDA-approved ultrasound probe that doctors can wear on their finger. The company has raised $560,000 of a $1.6 million round from angels that will close within two months and push total… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Proto-pasta supplies the ‘ink’ for lower-grade 3D printers

While 3D printing continues to make headlines and revolutionize production, options for individual consumers have been limited. Although personal 3D printers are becoming more accessible, the high-quality exotic materials necessary for many prints are generally only produced for commercial printers. That’s where Proto-pasta comes in. After raising more than $36,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign this past November, the Vancouver,… Read More


Here comes Windows 9: Microsoft reportedly sets unveiling for next month, in advance of 2015 release

Microsoft is gearing up to reveal its latest major update to Windows, codenamed “Threshold” at a press event tentatively set for late September, according to a report by the Verge. The update is slated to contain a return to a desktop Start menu that will look and feel more familiar to people who are used to Microsoft’s older operating… Read More

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Immusoft raises cash from Tim Draper, others to program human cells that fight diseases

Applying computer science principles to human anatomy may end up producing a medical breakthrough if one Seattle startup has its way. Immusoft has raised another $2.3 million of a $3 million round that it will use to continue developing a unique method of manipulating human immune cells. Investors backing the company include venture capitalist Tim Draper (personally… Read More


Project management company Daptiv sells to Changepoint

Daptiv Solutions, a Seattle-based project portfolio management company, has been acquired by Changepoint, a Toronto company that builds professional services automation software. The specific terms were not disclosed, but the deal comes four years after Daptiv was sold to private equity firm Parallax Capital Partners for $12.6 million. Daptiv was founded as eProject 17 years… Read More

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This sticker is a beacon: Estimote launching tiny ‘Nearables’ sensors

Estimote, a startup that has made its mark with small beacons that communicate wirelessly with smartphones, is unveiling a new product today that puts beacon technology into stickers, with a variety of embedded sensors. The technology, which the company is calling “Nearables,” promises to enable a variety of new applications by attaching easily to everyday objects. Examples… Read More


Xamarin raises $54M in funding to bring Microsoft’s programming language to other platforms

Xamarin, the San Francisco-based company that allows developers to code applications for a variety of different platforms using Microsoft’s C# programming language, announced today that it has raised a $54 million Series C round of financing. The round was led by a number of firms, including Ignition Partners, Lead Edge Capital, Insight Venture Partners, Floodgate… Read More


Tune takes first steps onto European mainland with new Berlin office

Tune, the mobile marketing startup formerly known as HasOffers, announced today that the company is expanding the reach of its offices to continental Europe by opening a new branch in Berlin. The office, which will primarily be focused on business development and account management, is being led by former Myspace and executive Julian Schroll…. Read More

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Tech Moves: Chef names new VP of Engineering, Lyft COO leaves after tension with founders; and more

—Jez Humble has joined Chef as the company’s Engineering Vice President. Prior to joining Chef, Humble was a principal at ThoughtWorks, where he led product and consulting efforts focused on team collaboration and software development efficiency. In addition, Humble is the co-author of “Continuous Delivery: Reliable Software Releases through Build, Test, and Deployment Automation,” a book about… Read More


Crowdsourced curation: Frye Art Museum wants you to remix its collection with a ‘like’

The people have spoken, and the people love the ducks. “It’s a pleasing painting, but it’s just a group of ducks,” the Frye Art Museum’s Chelsea Werner-Jatzke said about the 1900 work by Alexander Max Koester that’s winning an unusual popularity contest on social media. “Moulting Ducks” is one of the 232 century-old paintings in… Read More


Women aren’t pregnant forever: Zulily grapples with slow shipping times

In today’s world of instant gratification and rapid shipping, Zulily orders can practically take an eternity to show up at your doorstep. Average wait times: A few weeks, and sometimes longer. I know this first-hand. Last year, a maternity dress I bought missed two weddings that I planned to attend while pregnant. Finally, I canceled the order because customer service… Read More