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Techstars Seattle alumni, Kepler Communications, launches IoT satellite

Credit: Allan Boyles, Geekwire Toronto-based Kepler Communications says its first Ku-band telecommunications satellite is in working order after a Jan. 19 launch from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. The Kipp nanosatellite, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, was one of six spacecraft delivered to orbit by a Long March 11 […]

Pioneer Square Labs raises new fund to bankroll more companies

Credit: Taylor Soper, Geekwire Pioneer Square Labs has raised a new investment fund, money that will add a much-needed injection of fresh capital into the Seattle startup ecosystem. A SEC filing from Friday reveals a $40.8 million fund for PSL, a Seattle-based “startup studio” that launched two years ago. GeekWire first started hearing […]

Joylux raising $5M as it prepares to launch its ‘intimate wellness’ device in the U.S.

Credit: Clare McGrane, Geekwire Sexual health, and particularly women’s sexual health, can often be overlooked by the medical industry. Seattle-based startup Joylux is hoping to change that with its “intimate wellness” device that helps women strengthen their pelvic floor muscle, combating health problems that come from pregnancy and aging. Joylux is launching […]

Seattle startup, Arzeda, raises another $3.2M for synthetic biology that uses fermentation to build new materials

Credit: Clare McGrane, Geekwire Arzeda does work that sounds out of this world — or maybe straight out of science fiction. The company uses fermentation, the same process that gives us beer, to invent completely new proteins and materials, and it just raised another $3.2 million to support that work. The […]

Seattle startup Pixvana uses virtual reality to make pitch to investors — and pulls in $14M

Credit: Rachel Lerman, Seattle Times Virtual-reality software developer raises money from some high-profile investors, including Vulcan Capital and Microsoft Ventures. Virtual-reality headsets aren’t yet in every home, but Seattle startup Pixvana plans to be ready to stream all types of 360-degree videos by the time they are. Pixvana said Monday […]

Jeff Bezos-backed indoor farming startup Plenty opens 100K square-foot facility in Seattle region

Credit: Taylor Soper, Geekwire An indoor farming startup backed by some of the biggest names in tech has arrived in Seattle, expanding its effort to change how people eat fruits and vegetables. Plenty grows its plants in 20-foot tall towers inside a climate-controlled facility with LED lights. Plenty today announced that […]

Hiya raises $18M to build business search and spam blocking into native smartphone dialer app

Credit: Geekwire, Taylor Soper Nearly every major smartphone app built over the last several years has gone through countless improvements and iterations. But the native phone dialer is an exception — and now a Seattle startup is looking to change that. Hiya today announced its first outside investment with an $18 […]

Microsoft Ventures launches global AI startup competition with top VC firms

Credit: Geekwire, Taylor Soper In the latest sign of Microsoft’s continued investment in artificial intelligence, Microsoft Ventures announced today that it is teaming up with three venture capital firms from Seattle, London, and Israel to host a global competition for startups building AI-related technology. Called Innovate.AI, the new competition invites companies to […]

Arm accelerates investments in AI, IoT and Cloud with new Seattle office

Credit: ARM Community Blog Driven by 17+ billion Arm-based processors sold last year and an updated brand, Arm sees Seattle region as key to future of AI. Arm is pleased to announce the opening of our Seattle office. Recently, we celebrated the one-year mark since Arm officially became part of […]

Microsoft backs Seattle-Vancouver high-speed rail study as Cascadia conference aims to deepen ties between regions

Credit: Geekwire, Nat Levy Pacific Northwest business and political leaders on both sides of the Canadian border announced today a series of agreements to strengthen relationships between Seattle, Portland, Vancouver B.C. and the surrounding areas. The new partnerships, made ahead of the second Cascadia Innovation Corridor conference in Seattle this week, focus […]