Brandlive founder launches new startup that embeds video chat into websites and apps

(Zipcan Image) Video conferencing has exploded amid the pandemic. Companies like Zoom and Microsoft are seeing huge growth with their tools. Fritz Brumder. (Zipcan Photo) Now a Bend, Ore.-based startup wants to help anybody add video chat capabilities directly within their existing website or app. Fritz Brumder, who previously co-founded Portland video streaming startup Brandlive, … Read more

Madrona leads $2.6M round for OthersideAI, a startup using GPT-3 tech to write automated emails

The OthersideAI team, left to right: Matt Shumer, Miles Feldstein, Jason Kuperberg. (OthersideAI Photo) The average U.S. worker spends more than five hours per day checking email. A new startup wants to help people save time with a tool that composes emails automatically using cutting-edge machine learning and artificial intelligence technology. Founded just months ago … Read more

Graph analytics startup Trovares, led by ex-Cray CEO, raises $1.35M

Jim Rottsolk, co-founder, CEO, and president, Trovares. (Trovares Photo) Seattle startup Trovares has raised another $1.35 million to help boost its graph analytics business. The 9-person company launched in 2015 and is led by Jim Rottsolk, former CEO at Cray, the Seattle supercomputer company acquired by HPE for $1.3 billion in 2019. Graph analytics consists … Read more

Led by former DoD digital chief and backed by ex-Google CEO, Rebellion Defense opens Seattle hub

Matt Shobe. (Rebellion Defense Photos) Seattle is not exactly known as a hotspot for national security software startups. But Matt Shobe hopes to carry forward the region’s history of defense-related work with Rebellion Defense, a year-old Washington D.C.-based startup that recently opened a new office in Seattle. Shobe, a veteran Seattle-area entrepreneur, joined Rebellion Defense … Read more

Tech Moves: Microsoft’s M12 creates advisory board; former Integris CEO joins VC firm; and more

Clockwise from top left: Matthias Troyer, Saurabh Tiwary, Jocelyn Moore, Ann Johnson and Jason Warner. (M12 Photos) — M12, Microsoft’s venture capital arm, announced a formal advisory board drawing from industry experts and past mentors. The inaugural advisory board members, all from within the Microsoft organization, include: • Distinguished Scientist Matthias Troyer • VP and … Read more

Wyze continues flood of new products, releasing smart sprinkler controller for yard care

The Wyze Sprinkler Controller allows users to program and control a garden watering system. (Wyze Photo) A week after launching a smart vacuum to clean up around the house, Seattle-based Wyze Labs is unveiling another new product, to help keep the grass green outside. The Wyze Sprinkler Controller is a smart sprinkler system that allows … Read more

Seattle data management startup Igneous lays off staff, citing ‘difficult economic environment’

Igneous CEO Dean Darwin. (Igneous Photos) Igneous, a Seattle startup that helps companies manage unstructured data across a variety of systems, has laid off staff. A spokesperson declined to provide specific details about the number of cuts when contacted by Mekhato. “In this difficult economic environment, we have needed to do a reduction in force,” … Read more

Techstars grad WattBuy raises $3.25M to help households shop for electricity providers

WattBuy founders Naman Trivedi and Ben Hood.(WattBuy Photo) WattBuy raised $3.25 million to expand its database tool that collects and shares energy rates in unregulated states where residents and businesses can shop around for their electricity providers. WattBuy shines a new light on electric rates by plugging into public energy data Founded in 2017, the … Read more