Tech Moves: Accolade names chief medical officer; Apptio hires marketing lead; Rigado has a new CEO

Dr. Shantanu Nundy. (Accolade Photo) — Health technology company Accolade landed Dr. Shantanu Nundy as chief medical officer. Nundy formerly worked on digital health initiatives for the World Bank and was director of the nonprofit Human Diagnosis Project, which uses machine learning to “map the best steps to help any patient.” “As a physician, I see relationships and personalized support as central to high quality healthcare and as an engineer, I see the potential for intelligent technologies to simplify the complexity of healthcare and augment healthcare professionals. What drew me to Accolade is that they are already delivering both at scale and bending the cost curve and delighting patients as… Read More

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Amazon unveils Small Business Academy to help third-party sellers bolster e-commerce presence

(GeekWire Photo) Amazon today announced a new series of classes and programs to help small businesses make money selling goods online, at a time when the tech giant is cracking down on outside groups that claim to have the formula for success on its e-commerce platform. The new Amazon Small Business Academy includes in-person seminars, community college courses and webinars. Amazon is hosting its first small business seminar today in Southaven, Miss. near Memphis, a free event where it will give sellers insights and best practices about starting and growing e-commerce businesses. Amazon said the next seminar will be in December, but it didn’t give a location. Through grants, Amazon… Read More

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Did Body Cameras Backfire?

In 2014, when Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, police brutality rocketed to the center of the national discourse on race. Law enforcement needed more accountability, activists argued, and body cameras became the state’s preferred corrective. The Obama administration’s Department of Justice offered more than $23 million in grants for new cameras in 2015, the year after Brown’s death, and another $20 million in 2016. Then-candidate Hillary Clinton called for mandatory body cameras nationwide. In 2018, a New York judge mandated that all NYPD officers wear them, as part of efforts to end “stop and frisk” tactics.… Read More

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The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This

The first time Ganave Fairley got busted for stealing a neighbor’s Amazon package, she was just another porch thief unlucky to be caught on tape. In August 2016, a 30-something product marketing manager at Google, expecting some deliveries, got an iPhone ping from his porch surveillance camera as it recorded a black woman in a neon hoodie plucking some bundles off his San Francisco stoop. After arriving home that afternoon, the Googler got in his Subaru Impreza to hunt for any remnants strewn around the streets of his Potrero Hill neighborhood. Instead, he spotted Fairley herself, boarding a city bus, which he trailed while dialing 911. Minutes later, he watched… Read More

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Earthquake drill gives Kymeta’s emergency communication system a shakedown test

An overhead view shows Kymeta’s flat-panel antenna installed like a white stop sign on top of a Redmond Fire and Rescue medical response vehicle. (Kymeta Photo) When disaster strikes, cellphone connections are among the first things to go by the wayside — so what will emergency responders who rely on that connectivity do? That’s one of the big questions that first responders in Redmond, Wash., addressed this month during a two-day emergency preparedness drill called Cascadia Rising Solutions. And it was up to Kymeta, a Redmond-based startup backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, to provide answers. Kymeta is creating a hybrid connectivity platform that makes use of standard cellular networks… Read More

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Amazon confirms its Amazon Go team is ‘running internal tests’ at secretive retail store in Seattle

Amazon is running “internal tests” at this location on the first floor of an apartment complex in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper) Amazon finally revealed that it is working on a grocery concept at a prime retail location in Seattle’s popular Capitol Hill neighborhood. “We can confirm that the Amazon Go team is running internal tests at a location in Capitol Hill but don’t have any additional details to share at this time,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a statement shared with GeekWire. It’s the first time Amazon has publicly confirmed its work at this location. Amazon has been involved with the site at 600 E.… Read More

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‘Google Analytics for brick-and-mortar’: Observa helps physical retailers find their marketing edge

Observa takes home the literal and figurative big money after winning the the Economic Development for Central Oregon’s 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference in October 2019. Pictured are co-founders Chief Technology Officer Erik Chelstad (left) and Hugh Holman, CEO. (Observa Photo) As Amazon drives online sales skyward, a 4-year-old startup in the tech behemoth’s backyard is helping brick-and-mortar retailers fine-tune their marketing. This month Seattle-based Observa won the 16th Annual Bend Venture Conference, which was hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon. The prize came with a check for $250,000 that is part of the company’s current round of fundraising. Observa previously raised $1.3 million. The company’s revenue is up… Read More

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Photos: Tech workers get extra geeky and ghoulish as Halloween takes over Seattle-area offices

Dressed for success at Logic 20/20 in Seattle. (Twitter Photo via @Logic2020) What’s spookier than spreadsheets, software glitches, data breaches and e-scooter crashes? Halloween in the tech community. Seattle-area geeks are getting in the spirit in their best getups at work today, and GeekWire is rounding up the tweets and images here to show off which companies are caught up in the spirit. Use the hashtag #GeekWireHalloween on Twitter or Instagram to show us how your team turned out for Halloween 2019. Keep checking back here as we’ll be doing a running update throughout the day on the submissions below. Suplari @geekwire @suplari_com Team Suplari ready for #halloween2019 with the… Read More

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Photos: Tech workers get extra geeky and ghoulish as Halloween takes over Seattle-area offices

Dressed for success at Logic 20/20 in Seattle. (Twitter Photo via @Logic2020) What’s spookier than spreadsheets, software glitches, data breaches and e-scooter crashes? Halloween in the tech community. Seattle-area geeks are getting in the spirit in their best getups at work today, and GeekWire is rounding up the tweets and images here to show off which companies are caught up in the spirit. Use the hashtag #GeekWireHalloween on Twitter or Instagram to show us how your team turned out for Halloween 2019. Keep checking back here as we’ll be doing a running update throughout the day on the submissions below. Suplari @geekwire @suplari_com Team Suplari ready for #halloween2019 with the… Read More

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What should you watch next on TV? Even Bill Gates seeks advice, so startup Likewise steps in to help

The Likewise TV app shows television shows and movies from a variety of streaming services all in one place. (Likewise Image) Remember when people used to say, “There’s nothing good on TV”? That may still be the case, but man, there sure is a lot of it, and finding what’s at least worth checking out is complicated by the wide variety of streaming options now at our remote-cradling fingertips. Likewise, the Bellevue, Wash.-based recommendations app born out of the office of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has published new research showing just how confused Americans are by the glut of streaming services. Whether it’s Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube TV, HBO… Read More

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