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You didn’t get into UW’s acclaimed computer science program. Now what? Only 7% of freshmen are accepted into the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Thankfully, Washington state is home to numerous universities and colleges with computer science programs turning out graduates who are going on to successful tech careers. “Just be open. There are other options.” says Tatiana Linardopoulou, who last year earned her computer science degree from UW’s Tacoma branch. Read the story.

Previously: ‘It is not acceptable’: UW computer science program can’t keep up with record demand from undergrads

Amazon names new Worldwide Stores CEO: Doug Herrington, a veteran of the company’s consumer business, will be promoted to the new role following the departure of top consumer exec Dave Clark. CEO Andy Jassy told employees that Amazon will unify its operations organization under another longtime executive, John Felton. Read more.

Tech Moves: Seattle marketing vet Christina Kozloff joins Plenty of Fish; DocuSign CEO Dan Springer steps down; and more personnel changes. 

Startup aims to simplify real estate investing: Seattle-based Havium seeks out lucrative single-family rental property investment opportunities in a select region and runs a service that connects clients with a property managers.

Startup funding news:

  • More empathy in corporate comms: Mpathic raised $4 million for software that analyzes workplace conversations, helps identify potential misinterpretations and adjusts in real-time.

  • Taking aim at customer churn: Tingono, which uses AI to assist software businesses in identifying signs of customer churn, raised $6.7 million.

Former Facebook exec leads health venture: Julie Rezek, the former global category director for the social media giant, has pulled together six healthcare companies under one roof at Bellevue-Wash.-based Advata. The company sells products for revenue cycle management, as well as population health tools. Read the GeekWire Q&A.

Economic outlook from startup CEOs: GeekWire caught up with five Seattle-area company leaders to get their take on the looming economic recession and what they’re doing to prepare. Read their insights.

Thanks for reading, and have a great week. — GeekWire Managing Editor Taylor Soper, taylor@geekwire.com, and reporter Kurt Schlosser, kurt@geekwire.com.
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