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Start Ups

Mark Cuban-backed Esports betting platform Unikrn looks to sell $100M in cryptocurrency

Unikrn CEO Rahul Sood. Photo via Unikrn. Seattle-based Esports betting startup Unikrn today announced that it will look to sell $100 million in cryptocurrency “tokens” as part of an initial coin offering, or ICO. On Sept. 22, the company will sell virtual tokens called UnikoinGold that can be used on its platform to bet on Esports…

Science

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Microsoft using artificial intelligence to teach a machine to stay aloft

Microsoft’s autonomous glider soars through the air above Hawthorne, Nev. Once airborne, the glider uses artificial intelligence to find and rely on thermals, or columns of air that rise due to heat, to stay aloft. (Microsoft Photo / John Brecher) Paying attention to the “rise of the machines” increasingly means scanning the skies for things…

Start Ups

Less than 6 months after launch, The Riveter to open 2nd co-working space for women in Seattle

The Riveter co-founders Kim Peltola and Amy Nelson are getting ready to open a second location. (The Riveter Photo) Since The Riveter opened its doors in March in Seattle, the female-focused co-working space has hosted Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, WNBA star Sue Bird, and two U.S. senators. It’s also grown to nearly 300 members at…

Science

UW gets in on $4.9 million boost for ShakeAlert earthquake warning system

The ShakeAlert earthquake warning system is designed to give schools, utilities and other facilities advance alerts about serious seismic shocks. (USGS Photoillustration) The University of Washington and six other research institutions will benefit from $4.9 million in funding from the U.S. Geological Survey for the ShakeAlert earthquake warning system, which could eventually provide precious seconds…

Start Ups

Sales tech startup Outreach lands new Seattle HQ in former Tableau space with room to grow

Outreach began moving into its new Seattle headquarters last week. (Outreach Photo) Seattle sales software startup Outreach has a new home. Employees at the 200-person company began moving into a new headquarters building last week at 1441 N. 34th St. in Seattle’s Fremont-Wallingford neighborhoods, a space it subleased from Tableau Software. The Outreach HQ is…

Start Ups

Seattle ad tech firm Mixpo acquired by ‘brand-to-local’ marketing company Netsertive

Netsertive CEO Brendan Morrissey (left) and Mixpo CEO Charlie Tillinghast (Netsertive photo) When Mixpo entered into a partnership with Netsertive last year, the two companies had no idea that it would end in a formal marriage. But that’s what is happening today as North Carolina-based Netsertive — a leader in the emerging field of “brand-to-local…

Start Ups

Paul Allen’s AI institute expands startup incubator after successful artificial intelligence spinouts

(Bigstock Photo) Paul Allen’s artificial intelligence experts are aiming to generate a new wave of AI startups in Seattle. The Microsoft co-founder’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) announced Tuesday it is expanding its incubator for AI companies to let in outside startups for the first time, following a pair of successful spinouts this year. Companies…

Science

New Mexico company licenses innovative solar panel technology from two Washington universities

Luminescent solar concentrator panels. (Western Washington University Photo) Groundbreaking solar panel technology developed at two Washington universities has been licensed by a company out of Los Alamos, N.M., and could signal a shift in the way energy is collected from the sun. The luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) technology panels were created at Western Washington University’s…

Culture & Gaming

A bigger risk than North Korea? What OpenAI’s ‘Dota 2’ bot says about artificial intelligence

Pro gamer Danylo “Dendi” Ishutin congratulates members of the OpenAI team after their bot defeated him in one-v-one Dota 2 at The International. Friday at The International, Valve’s  big eSports competition in Seattle, the nonprofit OpenAI  artificial intelligence research company unveiled a bot that defeated one of the world’s top professional gamers  in the video game Dota 2,…

Mobile

Exclusive: Google buys Seattle health monitoring startup Senosis, bolstering digital health push

Computer scientist and electrical engineer Shwetak Patel. His most recent venture, Senosis, developd apps for smartphones that can help diagnose disease. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop) Shwetak Patel has struck again. The University of Washington computer scientist has sold his newest Seattle startup company, Senosis Health , to Google, according to sources familiar with the deal. It…