Former Convoy engineers take another swing at trucking tech

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Andrew Huff and Oliver Jones (above) aren’t done trying to build software for the trucking industry. The former engineers at Convoy, which went through a surprising collapse last year, are co-founders of Manifold Freight, a new Seattle startup that is part of the latest Y Combinator cohort. Read more.

In other logistics startup news: Pandion, a Seattle-based company led by the founder of Amazon Air, raised $41.5 million in a Series B investment round to help grow its e-commerce fulfillment system that helps online retailers get products to customers. 

Tech Moves: Smartsheet co-founder stepping down from board; Treasury 4 hires engineering leader; and more key personnel changes across the Pacific Northwest.

Jeff Bezos is developing a taste for alternative meat — or he’s at least interested in funding the research behind it. The Amazon founder’s Bezos Earth Fund is investing $60 million in the search for environmentally friendly alternative proteins. The founder of a Seattle-based faux chicken startup has some suggestions. Read more.  

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  • Speaking of Blue Origin, a former passenger on one of that company’s flights turns 93 today. Happy birthday to rocket man William Shatner. (X)

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