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GeekWire brings you the week's latest technology news, trends and insights, covering the world of technology from our home base in Seattle. Our regular news podcast features commentary and analysis from our editors and reporters, plus interviews with special guests.

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GeekWire brings you the week's latest technology news, trends and insights, covering the world of technology from our home base in Seattle. Our regular news podcast features commentary and analysis from our editors and reporters, plus interviews with special guests.

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

    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 Sprout Social in 2017. Before that, he was one of the first software engineers at Appature, which was later acquired by IMS Health.

    We also dive into NFTs, crypto, Web3, and the Metaverse, getting his take on each as an investor and entrepreneur (and longtime World of Warcraft gamer).

    We discuss how he and Chris DeVore, the Founders Co-op managing partner, are looking to differentiate themselves from other VCs and investors at a time when so much funding is sloshing around.

    And we take a look at our newly published list of unicorn companies in the Seattle area, which include some of Founders Co-op's portfolio companies, as well as one big one that got away. 

    With GeekWire's Todd Bishop and John Cook. Edited by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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    Amazon's Alexa is going to space

    Amazon's Alexa is going to space

    Alexa, open the pod bay doors.

    Amazon's voice assistant hasn't quite reached the level of HAL, the iconic AI from 2001: A Space Odyssey. However, we learned this week that Alexa is going to space later this year, and around the moon, for a technology demonstration on the Orion deep-space capsule as part of NASA’s Artemis 1 mission.

    Veteran space reporter Alan Boyle, GeekWire contributing editor, joins us on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast to explain what Alexa will be doing during the mission, and what the partners on the demonstration — Lockheed Martin, Amazon and Cisco — hope to prove in the process.

    Then we discuss some ofthe key milestones from the past year in space, including Blue Origin taking the first paying passenger on a suborbital commercial flight, plus highlights from SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and others. And we look ahead to upcoming events to keep an eye on, as detailed by Alan in his annual space recap and preview.

    And in our final segment, we come back to Earth, as podcast producer Curt Milton and I discuss celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's surprising disclosure about what we thought was a well-known Amazon company.

    Also check out Alan's podcast, Fiction Science.

     

    By the way, we usedAlexa Skill Blueprints to get Alexa to impersonate HAL in the opening of this week's show. You'll hear a very different response if you ask Alexa the same question on your own device.

     

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    GeekWire's 2021 News Quiz

    GeekWire's 2021 News Quiz

    This year was a bit of a blur — fighting through waves of Delta and Omicron. But there was other important news this year, too. And before we wave goodbye to 2021, we thought it would be fun to test your geek knowledge.

    Spoiler alert: we give the answers as we go, so if you want to test your knowledge first, you can take an interactive version of the quiz in the post for this episode at geekwire.com, then come back here and listen. 

    Edited by Curt Milton; theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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    Top Stories of 2021: Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and more

    Top Stories of 2021: Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, and more

    Looking at GeekWire’s most-read stories for 2021, this series of headlines stands out as a symbol of the past year, not just for Amazon but for the world at large.
    March 31, 2021: Amazon updates remote work guidance, plans to ‘return to an office-centric culture as our baseline’
    June 10, 2021: Amazon adjusts return-to-office guidance, says employees can work two days a week remotely
    October 11, 2021: Amazon will leave remote work decisions to individual team leaders in new policy twist

    In short, no one knew what was going on, or what to do. In the sports world, they would call it a rebuilding year, setting the stage for something better. GeekWire's John Cook puts it more succinctly in our year-end podcast: “It sucked.”

    At least, that’s the cynical view, which is why it was refreshing to have Ed Lazowska join us again for this year-end show. A professor at the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, he’s a longtime Seattle tech leader, and an “inveterate optimist,” in his own words.

    “Yeah, COVID has thrown us all thrown us all kinds of loops,” he acknowledges, but then offers a few examples of a more upbeat way to look at this year’s list.

    Listen to the episode for more, as Lazowska joins us again on the GeekWire Podcast to discuss the year's top stories. We also look ahead to the upcoming year, and talk about a few key stories we'll be watching in 2022.

    Related: As reported recently on GeekWire, several prominent tech leaders have been working establish a series of UW professorships in Lazowska's honor. Learn more about the initiative here.

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    • 50 min
    The new era of work, with Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin

    The new era of work, with Qualtrics CEO Zig Serafin

    This week on the GeekWire Podcast: How the pandemic is changing attitudes toward work, jobs, geography. Plus, the market for IPOs and acquisitions, and the future of downtown Seattle from the perspective of a newly public company.

    Our guest, Zig Serafin, has a unique window into all of these topics as the CEO of Qualtrics, the experience management technology company based in Seattle and Provo, Utah. Qualtrics’ technology helps companies survey employees, customers and other stakeholders, and take action on the resulting insights.

    With GeekWire co-founders Todd Bishop and John Cook. Produced and edited by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

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    • 34 min
    AWS outage, AI quiz, and Amazon's Halo View

    AWS outage, AI quiz, and Amazon's Halo View

    This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Is the world relying too much on Amazon Web Services? We assess the falloutfrom the big AWS outage, which was the subject ofa detailed explanation from the company Friday night.

    Plus, what's your AI IQ? We test our own artificial intelligence literacy in a new online quiz from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle. Read more inthis story by our colleague Alan Boyle.

    And finally, we try on Amazon's new Halo View, and explain what's different in this new health tracker.

    Produced and edited by Curt Milton. Theme music by Daniel L.K. Caldwell.

     

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

Benja455 ,

Awesome Update On All Things Seattle/Tech

I wish I still lived in Ballard so I could just chat with this folks at the breweries! Highly recommended!

Mmmmmmieieiejduhuunurnuf ,

Great interviews and insights

Underrated and well-made podcast on the tech industry in Seattle and beyond.

zorbadgreek ,

Pretty good, but not exceptional

Geekwire is the main tech journalism platform in Seattle. The reporting is solid. This podcast is above average but nothing exceptional. If you’re looking for information only, reading the articles online will do you fine. If you want some banter about them, this podcast will also do fine. However, the podcast is too short to go into any real depth on any one topic. Usually the format is 1) bring up an article headline 2) describe the gist in one minute 3) get the hosts hot take on it 4) repeat 5) end with some random stuff the hosts think is interesting. Not bad at all. Just not all that exceptional.

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