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An executive assistant for every worker: That’s the goal of Xembly, a Seattle startup using artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help employees with scheduling, meeting notes, email and more. Founded by Marchex vets and backed by Zillow and DocuSign founders, the company aims to improve efficiency for those outside the C-suite. Read more.

Compass shuts down Modus: As part of cost-cutting moves amid a cooling real estate market, Compass is winding down Modus, the Seattle-based title business it acquired in 2020. 

Related: Redfin laying off 8% of workforce due to ‘market conditions’

Q&A with Techstars CEO: We caught up with Maelle Gavet during her visit to Seattle to talk about advice she’s giving entrepreneurs in the current downturn and why Techstars is focused on underrepresented founders. Read more.

Related: A trio of founders offer lessons on ‘fundraising while Black’ in Techstars panel discussion

Bias in workplace study: A new report from Seattle startup Textio reviewed job performance feedback from more than 25,000 employees and found biased comments that aligned with employees’ gender, race, ethnicity and age. 

T-Mobile’s latest ‘Uncarrier’ move: The wireless carrier is targeting travelers — in the air, on the ground and out of the country — with a suite of perks called “Coverage Beyond.”

Tech Moves: Blue Origin hires an Air Force vet to lead its foundation; Seattle’s ‘grandfather of VR’ retires; and more key personnel changes.

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