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Redfin laying off 8% of workforce due to ‘market conditions’ as real estate demand cools
Seattle real estate company Redfin announced Tuesday that it is cutting about 8% of its workforce, acknowledging that a housing downturn in the U.S.
Spreadsheets (2+2)ever = Tiller personal finance startup finds growth formula in Microsoft Excel
Eight years ago, Seattle-area entrepreneur Peter Polson decided to pursue what he perceived as a gap in the personal finance software market, inspired by his growing family’s increasingly complex needs for tracking its finances, and disappointed by the available options at the time.
Seattle jumps to No. 9 in global startup ecosystem rankings
Seattle ranked ninth in the Startup Genome’s annual global startup ecosystem rankings, up one position from its spot last year.
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An executive assistant for every worker: Startup’s AI takes meeting notes, follows up on email, and more
While Siri and Alexa are busy getting you the day’s weather forecast or tracking down the name of the capital of some distant country, Xena has work to do.
Women are ‘abrasive,’ Asian men ‘brilliant’: Report reveals bias in workplace feedback
Textio, an augmented writing platform, has completed a review of written, job performance feedback from more than 25,000 employees at 250 organizations.
Oren Etzioni stepping down as CEO of Allen Institute for AI after nine years at research hub
Oren Etzioni, the founding CEO of Seattle’s Allen Institute for AI, is stepping down from the artificial intelligence research organization he helped launch nearly nine years ago.
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Seattle selected as one of 11 U.S. host cities for World Cup soccer matches in 2026
Seattle has proven itself to be a premier location for soccer in the United States.
PlayStation Plus vs. Xbox Game Pass: Competing subscription services showcase different strategies
Sony released its revamped PlayStation Plus subscription service on Monday, which places its service in indirect competition with Microsoft’s Game Pass.
Stratolaunch ascends to new heights with successful test of world’s biggest airplane
Stratolaunch says its mammoth carrier airplane rose to its highest altitude yet during its seventh flight test over California’s Mojave Desert.
Real estate giant Compass shuts down Modus, the Seattle-based title business it acquired in 2020
Real estate brokerage Compass is shutting down its Modus title business as part of cost-cutting moves the New York City company made this week.
Amazon will finally deliver packages via drone for the first time in the U.S. later this year
Nearly a decade after first revealing its plan to deliver items via drones, Amazon is finally putting its technology to the test with deliveries to real U.S.
From ‘hippies’ to heavy hitters: This social good platform bolstered its C-suite, raised $47M
New funding: Submittable, a company that helps corporations, governments and nonprofits manage their programs focused on social good, today announced $47 million in new venture capital.
Echodyne radar venture flies higher with $135M funding round led by Bill Gates and Baillie Gifford
KIRKLAND, Wash. — Echodyne, the radar platform company backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, is announcing its biggest influx of funding to date: a $135 million round co-led by Gates and Baillie Gifford, a high-profile investment management firm based in Scotland.
Top life sciences cities: Seattle at No. 9 in latest rankings as industry employment booms
The number of life sciences researchers in the Seattle area grew 24% from 2015 to 2020, part of a nationwide boom, according to a report released Monday by CBRE.
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