eBay exec Paul Todd

eBay wants to help retailers leverage technology to compete with Amazon

MOUNTAIN VIEW–For eBay, competing with Amazon is difficult, in part because the company’s services have reshaped the playing field for retailers everywhere. “Amazon has raised the game in terms of the basics of commerce,” Paul Todd, the head of strategy for eBay Marketplaces, said at The Atlantic’s Silicon Valley Summit this morning. Thanks to programs… Read More


Meet the Seattle 10: These innovative startups are looking to change the world

Seattle is ripe with innovation. From aerospace to biotechnology to software to retail, startup companies in this moss-covered part of the globe are breaking traditional boundaries, creating groundbreaking ideas that truly could change how we see the world. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce the Seattle 10, presented in partnership with the Museum… Read More


Specs on wheels: Women’s online eyeglass seller Rivet & Sway debuts pop-up shop on a tricycle

First robots, then custom suits, and now eye-glasses. Seattle sure is getting its share of local online apparel startups dropping physical temporary pop-up stores. The latest is from Rivet & Sway, a Seattle startup attempting to change the way women purchase prescription eyeglasses. Starting Wednesday and lasting through November, the company is placing a pop-up boutique on… Read More


Are brick and mortar stores going away? Not if people are still having sex

More and more people are shopping online, and that’s not good news for brick-and-mortar retail stores. In response to that movement, many think that physical stores will be extinct in the near future. Nadia Shouraboura, CEO of the robot-powered apparel company Hointer, disagrees. Speaking on the Future of Retail panel at today’s GeekWire Summit, she said… Read More


Amazon vet’s robot-powered apparel startup partners with Levi’s, opens Manhattan store

Nadia Shouraboura knew she had a good idea when she debuted her robot-powered apparel shop, Hointer, this past November in Seattle. Now, it appears others are starting to take notice of the technology that may change how we shop for clothes. This week, Hointer helped open a Levi Strauss pop-up store in Lower Manhattan, marking the 10-month-old… Read More

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Amazon vet’s robot-powered apparel startup now beating Amazon prices, partners with Google Shopping

Back in November, Hointer seemed like a pretty cool idea when we first checked out the robot-powered apparel startup in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. At the time, former Amazon exec and Hointer founder Nadia Shouraboura expressed her desire to revolutionize how we shop for clothes. Eight months later, Hointer is making strides towards that goal, with new… Read More


Innovation of the Year? Vote here in the GeekWire Awards

It’s time to vote in one of the most hotly contested categories in the GeekWire Awards: Innovation of the Year. Our five finalists are below, as selected by our panel of judges from your nominations. These homegrown Pacific Northwest technologies include an innovative application of social media, an ambitious commercial space venture, a novel input technology for iPhone… Read More

Jawfish CEO Phil Gordon.

GeekWire Radio: Poker legend Phil Gordon is back in the technology game

Phil Gordon is a familiar character in the world of professional poker — an accomplished tournament player, author and former commentator on Bravo’s popular “Celebrity Poker Showdown” television show. But Gordon, a Georgia Tech computer science alum, actually got his start in the technology business. Netsys Technologies, where he was the first employee, was sold to… Read More


Amazon vet’s robot-powered apparel startup expanding to downtown Seattle, Silicon Valley, Las Vegas

Things are moving fast for Nadia Shouraboura, the former Amazon exec who’s now running Seattle’s newest men’s clothing store that’s powered by robots and your smartphone. Hointer opened up its debut store just above Wine World in Wallingford last fall and is now expanding to downtown Seattle, Silicon Valley and Las Vegas. “It is so much fun,”… Read More