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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Jan. 9, 2022

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NFTs, Metaverse, Web3, and new realities of startup investing, with Founders Co-op’s Aviel Ginzburg

So much of what happens in the startup world comes from serendipitous moments, random interactions that lead to fresh insights and new collaborations. And so much of that has traditionally happened at events, meetups, coffee meetings, and other in-person gatherings. Two years into the pandemic and remote work, what are the implications? That’s our first topic on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast with entrepreneur, software engineer and investor Aviel Ginzburg, general partner at Seattle-based seed-stage venture fund Founders Co-op. The former Techstars Managing Director for Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator, Ginzburg was co-founder of social analytics platform Simply Measured, acquired by… Read More

Business is booming: Husband-and-wife ed-tech startup Boom Learning takes off during pandemic

It’s been a rocky road for education the past couple years as schools, teachers, students and parents all navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges it has created. Kirkland, Wash.-based Boom Learning was around before coronavirus and remote learning, and while the startup’s digital tools are not remote-specific, the company has seen tremendous growth in the use of its Boom Cards since 2020. Husband-and-wife team Eric and Mary Oemig started Boom Learning in 2015, but the desire to do something around education and ed-tech started much earlier. “Our parents were both educators. We both thought we should be educators, too,… Read More

Fighting food waste: We taste-tested an app that sells unsold meals and groceries at a big discount

I’ll admit, I definitely have food waste issues. Four nights out of five, I’m eating the last, unwanted bites of my kid’s dinner so they’re not composted. The shabby heels from the loaf of sandwich bread invariably become my toast. So when the food-saving Too Good To Go app showed up in Seattle, my appetite was primed. The platform (whose name bears a confusing resemblance to a local toll paying app) connects hungry people with restaurants, cafes, bakeries and grocers that have food on its way out. Businesses offer their extra eats at one-third of the regular price. Besides giving… Read More

Tech Moves: Former Lyft, Remitly exec named PCC CEO; Leafly adds engineering leader; and more

— PCC Community Markets announced Krishnan “Krish” Srinivasan, a former finance executive at Lyft and Seattle startup Remitly, as its new CEO today. He has served as CFO of the Seattle-based grocery co-op since 2018. The announcement comes after a five-month search following the departure of former PCC President and CEO Suzanne Monford, a former QFC executive who stepped down after less than a year. Srinivasan is currently a board member of the National Co+op Grocers. Prior to Lyft, he served as a regional CFO for Amazon and previously was a general manager at Microsoft. “PCC has been a special… Read More

Vir to extend COVID-19 treatment approach to HIV, malaria with $50M from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $40 million in equity investment and $10 million in grant funding to Vir Biotechnology for the development of therapies against HIV and Malaria, Vir announced Friday. San Francisco-based Vir developed the COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment sotrovimab with Glaxo Smith Kline, which the U.S. government has been buying to fight Omicron. The new initiative will extend the treatment approach and includes a clinical trial to test the ability of therapeutic antibodies to suppress HIV in a durable, vaccine-like way. Vir was co-founded by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center investigator Larry Corey.

Expedia returns to Super Bowl advertising in sign of optimism for COVID-weary travelers

Expedia Group is coming back to the Super Bowl, offering hope to those who yearn to be back on the beach. The Seattle-based online travel giant confirmed Friday morning that it plans to advertise for its Expedia.com and Vrbo brands during the broadcast for Super Bowl LVI on Sunday, Feb. 13. The ads have yet to be unveiled, but the Expedia campaign is expected to build on the theme introduced in the company’s Black Friday ad (above), which asked, “Do you want a TV, or do you want the place on the TV?” The Wall Street Journal first reported on… Read More

The 2021 venture capital numbers are simply mind-boggling: Record investments recorded in Washington state

Eye-popping. Bonkers. Staggering. Those are just some of the words industry watchers are using to describe venture capital investment levels in 2021, a year which saw a record $330 billion invested across 17,054 deals in the U.S. That haul of dollars was about double the amount invested in 2020, which you may recall also was a record year for venture capital investing, according to the Venture Monitor report from PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association.  There’s certainly plenty of dollars flowing into startup companies — everything from crypto to clean tech to health care.  And Washington state received its… Read More

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Ukraine says Russia behind cyberattack in ‘hybrid war’ move

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine said Sunday that Russia was behind a cyberattack that defaced its government websites and alleged that Russia is engaged in an increasing “hybrid war” against its neighbor. The statement from the Ministry of Digital Development came a day after Microsoft said dozens of computer systems at an unspecified number of […]
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New Zealand sends flight to see damage from Pacific volcano

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand’s military on Monday morning was able to send a surveillance flight to Tonga to assess the extent of the damage from a huge undersea volcanic eruption. A towering ash cloud had prevented the military from launching any flights earlier to the Pacific island nation. People on Tonga described […]
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COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries

BERLIN (AP) — The World Health Organization said Sunday that a U.N.-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many poor countries has now delivered 1 billion doses, but that milestone “is only a reminder of the work that remains” after hoarding and stockpiling in rich countries. A shipment of 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Rwanda […]
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Tesla inks deal to get key battery component outside China

LONDON (AP) — Tesla is turning to Mozambique for a key component in its electric car batteries in what analysts believe is a first-of-its-kind deal designed to reduce its dependence on China for graphite. Elon Musk’s company signed an agreement last month with Australia’s Syrah Resources, which operates one of the world’s largest graphite mines […]
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Microsoft discloses malware attack on Ukraine govt networks

BOSTON (AP) — Microsoft said late Saturday that dozens of computer systems at an unspecified number of Ukrainian government agencies have been infected with destructive malware disguised as ransomware, a disclosure suggesting an attention-grabbing defacement attack on official websites was a diversion. The extent of the damage was not immediately clear. The attack comes as […]
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Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic governors such as California’s Gavin Newsom and Washington’s Jay Inslee have been clear […]
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Serbian environmental protesters reject lithium mining plans

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Environmental protesters demanding the cancelation of plans for lithium mining in western Serbia took to the streets again Saturday, blocking key roads and for the first time a border crossing. Traffic on the Balkan nation’s main north-south highway was halted for more than an hour in Belgrade, the capital, along with […]
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Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say

Get ready to learn more Greek letters. Scientists warn that omicron’s whirlwind advance practically ensures it won’t be the last version of the coronavirus to worry the world. Every infection provides a chance for the virus to mutate, and omicron has an edge over its predecessors: It spreads way faster despite emerging on a planet […]
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A digital divide haunts schools adapting to virus hurdles

When April Schneider’s children returned to in-person classrooms this year, she thought they were leaving behind the struggles from more than a year of remote learning. No more problems with borrowed tablets. No more days of missed lessons because her kids couldn’t connect to their virtual schooling. But coronavirus cases in her children’s New York […]
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COVID, China, climate: Online Davos event tackles big themes

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row, but organizers still hope to catapult the world into thinking about the future with a scaled-down online version this week. The gathering, an […]
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How major US stock indexes fared Friday

A late-afternoon recovery in technology stocks helped erase most of the market’s losses Friday, but it wasn’t enough to keep major indexes from logging their second losing week in a row. The S&P 500 snuck back into the green in the last few minutes of trading. The tech-heavy Nasdaq also rose, while the the Dow […]
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Netflix upping US, Canada prices with competition growing

NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is raising prices for its video streaming customers in the U.S. and Canada, less than a year and a half since its last price increase, as competition from other streaming services increases. The Los Gatos, California, company said Friday that prices are going up by $1 to $2, depending on […]
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Lawsuit: Google, Facebook CEOs colluded in online ad sales

Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the lawsuit alleges. The original, redacted lawsuit, filed in December 2021, accused Google of “anti-competitive conduct” […]
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Thieves raiding rail cargo containers in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thieves have been raiding cargo containers aboard trains nearing downtown Los Angeles for months, taking packages belonging to people across the U.S. and leaving the tracks blanketed with discarded boxes. The packages are from retailers including Amazon, REI and others, CBSLA reported Thursday. The sea of debris left behind includes items […]
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Tightened federal water protections won’t slow some projects

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Biden administration is moving to tighten oversight of projects that benefitted from Trump-era loosened water protections, but some projects including a controversial Georgia mine will likely be able to escape new scrutiny. It’s the latest twist in a long-running dispute over the scope of the Clean Water Act, with each […]
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