Cloud services provider BitTitan raises ‘growth capital’ from Vancouver B.C. firm

Geeman Yip, BitTitan CEO. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) BitTitan, a Bellevue, Wash.-based cloud services provider, has raised additional funding. The company reeled in what it describes as “growth capital” from Vancouver, B.C.-based firm Vistara Capital Partners. BitTitan did not reveal a specific dollar amount. “With the flexible financing package provided by Vistara, BitTitan is positioned to further its vision via organic growth and acquisitions,” BitTitan founder and CEO Geeman Yip said in a statement. Founded in 2007, BitTitan sells to IT service providers, value-added resellers, and system integrators, helping them migrate to the cloud via its product MigrationWiz. It also recently rolled out Voleer, an IT services automation platform.… Read More

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Univ. of Washington names veteran data scientist to lead booming computer science school into new era

Magdalena Balazinksa, director of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. (UW Photo) Professor Magdalena Balazinska has long been considered a leader in data management and data science at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. A well-regarded researcher and educator, the data is now pointing to Balazinska’s next challenge: as leader of the prominent — and rapidly growing — Seattle institution. After 13 years at the UW, Balazinska will take over as director of the Allen School, it was announced Wednesday. She succeeds Hank Levy, the computer scientist who has held the position since 2006,… Read More

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Univ. of Washington names veteran data scientist to lead booming computer science school into new era

Magdalena Balazinksa, director of the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. (UW Photo) Professor Magdalena Balazinska has long been considered a leader in data management and data science at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering. A well-regarded researcher and educator, the data is now pointing to Balazinska’s next challenge: as leader of the prominent — and rapidly growing — Seattle institution. After 13 years at the UW, Balazinska will take over as director of the Allen School, it was announced Wednesday. She succeeds Hank Levy, the computer scientist who has held the position since 2006,… Read More

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GeekWire Summit 2019: Check out the first wave of speakers for our signature tech conference

We’re fortunate at GeekWire to spend our days digging for insights, asking big questions, and talking with people at the top of their fields. For a couple days each year, we get to share this experience directly, in person, with hundreds of you. That’s how we think of the GeekWire Summit: live journalism on stage. Our signature tech conference, now in its 8th year, is known for in-depth interviews and inspiring talks from leaders in tech, business, science, and other key sectors of innovation and economic growth. This year’s GeekWire Summit is Oct. 7-9 in Seattle. Whether it’s your first time attending or you’ve been with us since the start,… Read More

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GeekWire Summit 2019: Check out the first wave of speakers for our signature tech conference

We’re fortunate at GeekWire to spend our days digging for insights, asking big questions, and talking with people at the top of their fields. For a couple days each year, we get to share this experience directly, in person, with hundreds of you. That’s how we think of the GeekWire Summit: live journalism on stage. Our signature tech conference, now in its 8th year, is known for in-depth interviews and inspiring talks from leaders in tech, business, science, and other key sectors of innovation and economic growth. This year’s GeekWire Summit is Oct. 7-9 in Seattle. Whether it’s your first time attending or you’ve been with us since the start,… Read More

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It’s official: EU opens investigation into Amazon for ‘possible anti-competitive conduct’

Amazon continues work on new buildings at its headquarters in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) The European Commission is launching a formal investigation into whether Amazon uses its position to hurt competition in its marketplace after months of hinting at a possible inquiry. Europe’s competition chief Margrethe Vestager notified Amazon and announced the investigation Tuesday, stressing the importance of a competitive e-commerce space. “I have therefore decided to take a very close look at Amazon’s business practices and its dual role as marketplace and retailer, to assess its compliance with EU competition rules,” she said in a statement. The Commission will look closely at the contracts between Amazon and… Read More

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Seattle still trails Bay Area in annual ‘Tech Talent’ report, but city’s labor pool quality ranks highest

(GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser) In the battle for tech hub supremacy, Seattle still trails the San Francisco Bay Area in CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent Report, a ranking of the top 50 North American markets for attracting, retaining and growing tech talent. But Seattle has edged ahead in one key metric, ranking No. 1 with the quality of its tech labor pool. That second distinction is measured by the concentration of software engineers and developers with over three years of experience and degrees from the top 25 computer science programs in North America. Seattle is also the top market for educational attainment for adults over the age of 25… Read More

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Tech Moves: Vacasa adds chief financial and information security officers; Likewise hires UX director

Jim Grube (left) and Jeff Bryner. (Vacasa Photos) Portland-based vacation rental company Vacasa named two new C-suite executives: Jim Grube is the new chief financial officer and Jeff Bryner was named Vacasa’s first chief information security officer. Grube was most recently CFO for Chewy, the online pet retailer owned by Petsmart that recently raised $1 billion during its initial public offering. Grube also held executive roles at Amazon and Hilton. “Jim’s experience … is exactly what we need at this stage of Vacasa’s life cycle,” said Eric Breon, founder and CEO of Vacasa. “His track record of bringing a disciplined and rigorous approach to the CFO role while driving profitable… Read More

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Contract management startup Icertis hits $1B valuation with massive $115M funding round

(Icertis Photo) Icertis, welcome to the unicorn club. The Bellevue, Wash. contract management startup announced a whopping $115 million investment round, the second biggest funding round for a Seattle-area startup so far this year, to push its valuation over $1 billion. The 10-year-old company has now raised $211 million to date as it aims to fend off an ever-growing list of competitors. RELATED: Recent startup funding deals in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest Icertis builds software that helps companies keep track of deals with suppliers and customers that require extensive contracts. Given how the legal system works, that’s a lot of contracts, and Icertis’ software also helps companies negotiate better… Read More

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Apollo Nostalgia Can’t Pay for a Moon Mission

Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series reflecting on the Apollo 11 mission, 50 years later. The 50th anniversary of the moon landing is almost here, and NASA has gone all-out for the occasion. The agency has been publicizing the memory of Apollo 11 for months. It has published a steady stream of archival photos and footage of the astronauts suiting up, blasting off, and posing on the lunar surface with the American flag, a pop of color against an expanse of gray. It refurbished the room at the Johnson Space Center where Mission Control monitored the journey so that now it looks the way it did in… Read More

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