GeekWire Calendar Picks: DeveloperWeek, Seattle Sports Tech Meetup, and more

San Francisco’s largest week-long tech event series is coming to Seattle. DeveloperWeek Seattle brings together hundreds of developers, technology executives, and startup founders “not just to learn new skills — but to build new apps, get jobs, and connect to the Seattle tech scene,” according to the event organizers. The week will kick off Friday… Read More


Did a web developer figure out LeBron’s decision by reading code on his site?

LeBron James caused an eruption on Twitter and across newswires this morning after announcing via Sports Illustrated that he’s returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. His announcement ended days of intense speculation, with various reports noting different scenarios. But it appears that a coding guru may have predicted LeBron’s plan ahead of time by examining the code on his personal… Read More

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World Cup record: U.S. vs. Portugal match was ESPN’s most-streamed event ever

Soccer and streaming seem to go well together. ESPN announced today that Sunday’s thrilling roller-coaster World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal set a new record with 1.37 million viewers who streamed the event online via WatchESPN. That broke a record which was previously set just nine days earlier, when 1.1 million viewers streamed the opening match… Read More

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The madness begins: Join GeekWire’s World Cup pool

Do you have World Cup fever? We do! And now you can join the greatest four-week spectacle in sports as a participant in GeekWire’s World Cup Challenge, a fun competition in which you’ll get the chance to pick who will hoist the “Copa Mundial” in Rio de Janeiro on July 13. The World Cup pits the… Read More


Cursed? Richard Sherman to appear on Madden NFL ’15 cover

Seahawks fans better hope that the Madden Curse is over. Richard Sherman, Seattle’s trash-talking star cornerback, will grace the cover of Madden NFL 2015 after beating out Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a 16-player online bracket-style fan vote competition. Sherman, who last month secured a giant $57 million contract, joins Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu as the only… Read More


X2 Biosystems raising $9.5M, partners with Major League Soccer for concussion software

Concussions suffered by athletes is a serious issue and one company from Seattle is on a mission to help curb the dangerous problem. X2 Biosystems has been quietly pushing forward with its concussion-preventing technology and today announced a new partnership with Major League Soccer. The MLS will begin using X2 Biosystems’ cloud-based ICE software, which provides… Read More


Why Steve Ballmer’s $1.8B bid for the Clippers could be really bad for Seattle (and it’s not about sports)

Steve Ballmer left Microsoft in February after 34 years, and since then he’s spent time on college campuses giving commencement speeches and on the links honing his golf game. But he’s also been working the angles on buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the disgraced NBA franchise whose owner Donald Sterling may be forced to sell… Read More


GeekWire Bash, Full Results: Crowning our 2014 ping-pong and foosball champs

It was an epic night for geek sports as more than 150 competitors went head-to-head in our annual GeekWire Ping-Pong & Foosball Championships during the GeekWire Anniversary Bash at the Showbox SODO in Seattle. The final in the expert ping-pong division featured a clash between two past champions, as perennial champ Valeri Kim, representing Akvelon,… Read More


Seattle’s startup scene masters Beast Mode, could use a little Richard Sherman swagger

Seattle is not a city of showboaters or salesmen. It’s historically a stoic place, one of humble underpinnings where actions speak louder than words. That’s why cornerback Richard Sherman’s off-the-charts defensive play and subsequent comments in the NFC championship game against the San Francisco 49ers rattled our psyche a bit. Here was a man who… Read More

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13 lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Richard Sherman

In case you’ve been living under a rock the last week, Richard Sherman has been everywhere in the media. It started when the Seattle Seahawks made a game saving and ultimately winning play to beat the rival San Francisco 49ers in about as dramatic a fashion as possible — an interception in the end zone with less… Read More


Startup’s geeky stunt salutes the Seahawks’ 00001100th man

If there were any doubts that Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers is the “Nerd Bowl,” this should put them to rest. In a city filled with “12th Man” flags, Seattle-based tech company ExtraHop took a much more technical approach last night by putting the numbers “00001100″ — the… Read More


Fanzo raises another $600K to help sports fans find out what everyone is talking about

Things are rolling for Fanzo, the Kirkland-based startup that helps sports fans keep up with the latest news. The company just closed a $600,000 round led by Smilebox founder Andrew Wright, bringing total funding up to $1 million. Fanzo, founded last year, aggregates any type of sports-related content — whether it’s a breaking news article or a fan… Read More