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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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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


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

Immusoft CEO Matthew Scholz.

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

Jez Humble

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


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


Professor Ballmer! Ex-Microsoft CEO to teach Stanford MBA class ‘Leading Organizations’

Steve Ballmer certainly learned a lot from leading Microsoft for 14 years. Now, he’ll pass on that knowledge to MBA students. Ballmer, who stepped down from Microsoft’s board on Tuesday, will teach a class called “Leading Organizations” at Stanford this fall. Business Insider reports that the former Microsoft CEO will also teach at USC’s Marshall… Read More


Swype debuts MLS-branded, soccer-themed Android keyboards

The popular Android-based Swype keyboard is getting a soccer makeover. Starting today, Swype users will be able to personalize their keyboards with Major League Soccer-branded team themes. Whether you’re a Sounders or Timbers fan, you can now spice up your Swype keyboard with your team’s logo and colors. Aaron Sheedy, VP of Mobile Product at Nuance Communications —… Read More

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick.

Uber, Lyft not a top priority for Portland leaders, official says

On a conference call with reporters Tuesday to discuss the hiring of expert campaigner David Plouffe, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick rattled off some impressive stats. Just four years after launching in San Francisco, his transportation company — which has raised $1.5 billion and is valued at $18 billion —  is helping drivers earn money and passengers get… Read More


At Seattle event, Unity touts ‘mind-blowing’ growth and announces Tsugi acquisition

More than a thousand video game developers are in Seattle today, but nope, it’s not for the Penny Arcade Expo or Emerald City Comicon. Rather, 1,500 people are here this week to attend Unite 2014, the sold-out developer conference for San Francisco-based Unity Technologies. Unity isn’t a name most consumers would recognize, but its technology is used behind-the-scenes by thousands of developers to build games… Read More


Know your Linux! New Linux Foundation certification aims to boost Linux job market

Linux has been expanding its reach — powering Google, Facebook and other major platforms — and hiring managers say they’re in need of an increasing number of Linux developers. But many of those jobs are going unfilled, and given the entrenched position of Microsoft Windows inside many companies, not as many developers and admins are getting Linux training and certification… Read More


Amazon Fire Phone sales slowed by AT&T exclusivity

Only offering its Fire Phone exclusively through AT&T isn’t helping Amazon sell more smartphones. That’s the somewhat unsurprising finding from Chitika Insights, a research firm that calculated usage growth by tracking the number of ad impressions from mobile web browsers during the past month. The Fire, which debuted July 25, did not have nearly as much web… Read More