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AWS CEO exit interview: In his final days as Amazon Web Services CEO this week, Adam Selipsky fielded questions from GeekWire about his tenure in the role, competition in the cloud, and what’s next for him and the company. He disputed the popular narrative that AWS under his leadership was caught off-guard by the rapid rise of generative artificial intelligence. If AWS keeps innovating and executing, he said, it has “a great chance to be just as much of a leader in generative AI as we’ve been in the cloud space for all of these years.”

Amazon is closing a warehouse in Tukwila, Wash., just south of Seattle. Employees will be offered new roles at other warehouses. Read more.

Tech Moves: Tanium adds board members; Madrona investor departs; City of Seattle hires another interim CTO; and more key personnel changes.

Seattle-area entrepreneur Satya Singh began his entrepreneurial journey with a successful shoe business. After a few years leading product teams at Expedia Group, he’s now running another startup that offers data infrastructure tools for biotech companies. Read more.

Hot Links:

  • Google is reportedly hiring Seattle-area execs from Microsoft and Amazon to boost its cloud business. (The Information)

  • The recent launch event for OpenAI’s latest chatbot is part of a concerning trend of tech companies releasing AI products in a premature state. (The New York Times

  • Seattle-based data storage provider Qumulo joined the Ultra Ethernet Consortium and announced partnerships with Intel and Arista Networks. (Qumulo)

  • The Washington Research Foundation awarded nearly $2.2 million in grants to support life science initiatives in its home state. (WRF)

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