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GeekWire reporters John Cook, Todd Bishop and guests talk about the latest tech news and trends.


Congress grills Jeff Bezos; Amazon’s big earnings; Microsoft and the NBA
Jul 31 • 28 min
Big Tech spent back-to-back days in the national spotlight this week between a long-anticipated Congressional hearing and second-quarter earnings reports. The juxtaposed events paint a revealing picture of the risks and opportunities companies like Amazon…
Slack vs. Microsoft; GeekWire Awards recap; Seattle gets Kraken
Jul 25 • 32 min
Slack delivered a surprise this week with the filing of an antitrust complaint against Microsoft, alleging that the tech giant unfairly leverages Microsoft Office to give an edge to its Teams collaboration software. Microsoft responded with a pointed jab…
Real estate in the pandemic
Jul 21 • 19 min
It should’ve been a banner year for FlyHomes. As 2019 drew to a close, the real estate startup had $141 million in fresh funding to fuel the expansion of its novel home-buying service beyond Seattle to Portland, Boston, and Los Angeles. Then, three weeks…
GeekWire Awards Preview: Airbnb cleaning startup Neu
Jul 17 • 25 min
Like many businesses entering 2020, Neu was riding a wave of optimism and growth. With its marketplace that connects Airbnb hosts with hotel-grade cleaners, the Seattle-based startup had found its niche. Just as Neu was joining the 11th cohort of…
GeekWire Awards Preview: Rebellyous Foods
Jul 16 • 24 min
Before the first-known U.S. coronavirus cases emerged in Rebellyous Foods’ hometown, Seattle, the startup was catering to the food services industry, targeting its its line of plant-based chicken products to cafeterias, schools, and other institutions.…
3 stories show how the pandemic is changing our lives
Jul 11 • 29 min
The world of the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything any of us has ever experienced. We covered three stories this week that give us a glimpse into how the virus is changing our lives: We’ll talk about the new realities of work, through the lens of a…
Startup Surprise: Funding skyrockets despite pandemic
Jul 3 • 32 min
Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. Despite the pandemic, funding for Seattle tech startups remains robust in the first half of 2020. In fact, funding is ahead of last year. What gives? We consider whether COVID-19 is…
Microsoft’s retail bombshell; Amazon’s robotaxi deal; Trump vs. tech, again
Jun 27 • 29 min
Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. Microsoft shocked the tech world Friday morning by announcing it would be closing all of its retail stores. What does this tell us about Microsoft’s business strategy and what might it…
Apple’s App Store is under fire
Jun 20 • 27 min
Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. Not everyone loves Apple’s App Store, it seems. This week, it become a target of criticism for its arcane rules and business practices. Even Microsoft President Brad Smith got into it when…
Race and Tech, Part 2
Jun 19 • 35 min
“Racism is a pandemic. Whether it’s tech, or whether it’s any other form of business, we have the need for a vaccine that’s going to stop it. And I think that can take many forms.” Those are the words of Adriane Brown, an Axon and eBay board member,…
How Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and others make winning bets
Jun 16 • 33 min
Twenty-five years ago, more than a decade before the debut of the iPhone, a different piece of technology had people lining up outside stores around the world: Microsoft’s Windows 95. “Everything was mayhem,” recalls Brad Chase, the former Microsoft…
Tech and the police; Amazon sues former VP; remembering Manny Vellon
Jun 13 • 24 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast: As protests over police violence continue across the country, Amazon, IBM and Microsoft all announce they won’t sell their controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement. But…
Race and Tech: Where can we go from here?
Jun 10 • 26 min
A special GeekWire Podcast discussion hosted by Marilyn Strickland, former CEO of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; with Dave Cotter, Leafly chief product officer; Remitly CEO Matt Oppenheimer; and Adriane Brown, Flying Fish Partners venture…
The revolution will be streamed
Jun 5 • 17 min
As thousands of Americans protest police aggression night after night, technology is giving millions at home their first window into scenes that are all too familiar to people of color. On this week’s episode of GeekWire, civic editor Monica Nickelsburg…
Race and tech, the realities
Jun 3 • 30 min
Dr. Cheryl Ingram has seen the statements from tech companies this week, expressing outrage over the death of George Floyd and speaking out against the racial inequities in our society. Now is the time for leaders to go beyond talk and take action, she…
Dueling visions of Amazon; HBO Max launch; Saving the Cinerama
May 30 • 25 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. Amazon and critics wage a PR war in the company’s first virtual annual meeting. One employee said working at an Amazon warehouse is like getting the “golden ticket,” but a former employee…
SpaceX and NASA reset for historic launch
May 29 • 26 min
NASA and SpaceX are keeping a close eye on the weather in Florida and beyond as they get set for a second attempt to launch two NASA astronauts in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule this weekend. Read more on GeekWire. What’s the significance of this launch?…
Distance Learning Debate, Then and Now
May 23 • 23 min
“Virtual-Classes Trend Alarms Professors.” That was the headline on a 1998 New York Times story about an open letter to then-Gov. Gary Locke from University of Washington professors “worried about the enthusiasm he and one of his advisers are showing for…
Uber, Grubhub and Seattle; Amazon’s virus-killing robot; Surface Earbuds first take
May 16 • 25 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. Word leaked out this week that Uber is considering buying food-delivery service Grubhub, and it turns out there are many Seattle connections behind the possible deal, including links to…
Tech hiring in the age of COVID-19; Surface Earbuds; Gates Foundation CEO
May 9 • 27 min
COVID-19 has upended the tech startup hiring market: There used to be more jobs than talent, but the situation has flipped in the face of business challenges from COVID-19. Tech giants and startups who are hiring now find they can pick from the cream of…
Bezos is Back
May 2 • 30 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s sales rose 26% in the first quarter as the COVID-19 crisis made the online retailer an even bigger part of many lives, but profits were down 30% due to expenses from dealing with…
Expedia’s lifeline; Bill Gates on life after lockdown; Redfin and Tokki CEOs on pivoting in a pandemic
Apr 25 • 31 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. “Picture restaurants that only seat people at every other table, and airplanes where every middle seat is empty.” That is what the “semi-normal” next phase of the pandemic will look like,…
Leading a startup through the crisis
Apr 21 • 37 min
For startup leaders accustomed to building their businesses in boom times, the economic impact from the COVID-19 pandemic goes beyond mere setback, into the realm of complete shock. But even in these unprecedented times, there are lessons to be learned…
Science, politics and the debate over post-pandemic life
Apr 18 • 33 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast: As numbers on COVID-19 improve, the debate begins over when and how Seattle, Washington state and the country will return to normal life. Gov. Jay Inslee and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos have…
Bill Gates on the future of work; Vicis reborn; Nintendo meets Lego
Apr 11 • 30 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. Bill Gates talks about how work will change after the coronavirus … and how school shouldn’t. A Seattle startup that is trying to make a safer football helmet gets a new lease on life. And…
Amazon challenged by COVID-19, and its own workers
Apr 4 • 26 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. Amazon is under pressure as workers in dozens of its warehouses test positive for the coronavirus, and an Amazon exec makes a major blunder in employee relations. Amid the gloomy COVID-19…
‘Reprogramming the American Dream’ with Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott
Apr 3 • 31 min
Kevin Scott is Microsoft’s chief technology officer, its executive vice president of AI and Research, and the author, with Greg Shaw, of the new book, “Reprogramming the American Dream: From Rural America to Silicon Valley, Making AI Serve Us All.” Scott,…
Coronavirus hits tech economy; life under lockdown; a poem for our new era
Mar 28 • 27 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. Seattle’s latest week under the cloud of the coronavirus began with Gov. Jay Inslee’s long-expected shelter-at-home announcement. It requires all but essential workers to stay at home and…
Bill Gates on COVID-19, gig workers in peril, and more on the coronavirus crisis
Mar 21 • 33 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. It was another tumultuous week in Seattle, the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, with restaurants and bars ordered closed, gatherings of more than 50 people banned, and the number of…
Seattle adjusts to life under the coronavirus threat
Mar 14 • 32 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. The gravity of the COVID-19 virus outbreak hit home hard in Seattle this week: Large events were banned, schools were closed, and thousands of people struggled to adjust to working from…
Seattle confronts the coronavirus
Mar 7 • 23 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. Seattle became ground zero in the U.S. coronavirus outbreak this week and tech firms were trying to adjust. Meetings and conferences were cancelled or moved online and many firms told…
Health Tech: Coronavirus and the future of vaccines
Mar 5 • 39 min
GeekWire Podcast listeners, we’re sharing this special episode of our GeekWire Health Tech Podcast with you given the widespread interest in the novel coronavirus outbreak. For more GeekWire Health Tech episodes, see geekwire.com/healthtech. A new…
“Facebook: The Inside Story” with Steven Levy
Mar 3 • 43 min
On this special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, a conversation with veteran tech journalist Steven Levy, Wired editor-at-large, about his new book Facebook, The Inside Story. GeekWire editor Todd Bishop spoke with Levy this week during a University…
Expedia layoffs; Amazon grocery store; tech workers’ salaries
Feb 29 • 22 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. In a surprise move, Seattle-based travel site Expedia laid off about 12 percent of its workforce this week, including 500 people in Seattle. Chairman Barry Diller had called the company a…
Big Tech and the Housing Crisis
Feb 26 • 37 min
America’s housing crisis is a nationwide problem, but it’s especially acute in San Francisco and Seattle, home to the country’s largest technology industries. The “terrible twins,” as New York Times reporter Conor Dougherty describes them, represent a…
PBS takes on Amazon’s Jeff Bezos
Feb 22 • 29 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast. PBS’s Frontline profiled the Amazon empire and painted a complicated picture of unrelenting ambition. Frontline spent a year examining Amazon’s impact on commerce, technology and society,…
We (almost) hacked the election
Feb 14 • 25 min
Here’s what we’re talking about on this week’s episode of the GeekWire Podcast: Voting online is fast, convenient and also … vulnerable. In the wake of the Iowa caucuses app fiasco, we tried voting with a smartphone in a Seattle regional election. While…
Amazon’s real HQ2, Iowa tech fallout, AR at the ballpark
Feb 8 • 27 min
Here’s what we’re talking about this week on the GeekWire Podcast: Amazon’s second headquarters may be closer to Seattle than you think. Amazon says it plans to grow its presence in Bellevue, in the Seattle suburbs, to 15,000 employees in the next few…
Amazon employees defy company; taxing tech; umbrellas as lightning rods
Feb 1 • 23 min
Here’s what we’re talking about on this new episode of the GeekWire Podcast: Amazon employees are responding to threats of termination for their climate advocacy by intentionally violating the company’s corporate communications policy. More than 350…
‘Female Firebrands’ and a new era of diversity
Jan 29 • 47 min
How can we create modern workplaces where everyone can thrive? That’s one of the questions at the heart of the new book, Female Firebrands, by human resources professional Mikaela Kiner, founder and CEO of Seattle-based Reverb Consulting. “Female…
Bezos phone hack; Surface innovations; Gottmans love Mystery
Jan 25 • 25 min
Did the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia really hack into Jeff Bezos’ phone? It sure looks that way, based on a forensic analysis of what happened after a video was sent to the Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner via WhatsApp by Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a.…
Apple acquires Xnor.ai; Microsoft’s bold climate plan; Seattle startup trivia
Jan 18 • 28 min
Apple doubled down on artificial intelligence and boosted its presence in Seattle with the acquisition of Xnor.ai, an Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence spinout with roots at the University of Washington, as first reported by GeekWire this week.…
A glimpse of the future at CES
Jan 11 • 35 min
CES is becoming less of a place where companies unveil game-changing products, and more where they show attention-grabbing ideas. That’s one of the takeaways from GeekWire’s CES 2020 coverage team, managing editor Taylor Soper and…
The Future of Podcasting
Jan 4 • 40 min
More than half of the U.S. population over age 12 has now listened to a podcast, according to Edison Research. The medium has fundamentally altered the landscape for audio content, liberating and empowering both listeners and creators. And big…
An extraordinary year in Seattle tech
Dec 28, 2019 • 28 min
From Amazon to Zillow, big successes to surprising failures, it was an extraordinary year for technology and innovation emerging from and impacting Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. That’s the consensus from GeekWire co-founders John Cook and Todd…
Car2go exits, Vicis crumbles
Dec 21, 2019 • 31 min
John and Todd make it through the rain and into the studio to discuss some of the biggest stories of the week: Car2go’s exit from North America, which will leave Seattle without a free-floating car-sharing service for the first time in many years; and the…
Ring camera hacks; AI and privacy; Scooter rules
Dec 14, 2019 • 23 min
The hacking of multiple Ring cameras this week brought the sometimes abstract world of tech security and privacy into stark relief, as hackers watched and harassed families and children in their homes, demonstrating the frightening real-world consequences…
Cloud Wars: Amazon vs. Microsoft
Dec 7, 2019 • 25 min
The leaders of Amazon’s cloud division made a few things clear this week at the Amazon Web Services re:Invent conference in Las Vegas: AWS has broad ambitions in the $3.7 trillion enterprise tech market, looking for growth well beyond the current cloud…
Why this Amazon adversary is emboldened
Nov 23, 2019 • 23 min
This week on the GeekWire Podcast, we go behind-the-scenes of some of the biggest and most interesting stories we covered this week: Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, who overcame Amazon’s opposition to win another term, tells us what she plans…
Amazon protests JEDI deal; Cosmic Crisp first taste
Nov 16, 2019 • 33 min
This week on the GeekWire Podcast: Amazon is formally protesting a decision by the U.S. Department of Defense to award its $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract to Microsoft, suggesting that the Pentagon succumbed to political pressure from President…
The future of data with Tableau CEO Adam Selipsky
Nov 14, 2019 • 27 min
LAS VEGAS — Nearly 20,000 people are here this week to learn about the latest from Seattle-based Tableau Software, whose technologies turn large amounts of data into visualizations, or vizzes, interactive graphics and charts for interpreting and telling…
Gates and Warren; Amazon’s Political Problems; Sounders Rap
Nov 9, 2019 • 36 min
Not only was Amazon’s effort to back pro-business candidates for the Seattle City Council not effective, but its $1.45 million in contributions seems to have backfired on the company, energizing its opponents and leading to a new City Council that’s…
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
Nov 1, 2019 • 20 min
A lot has changed in the world, the tech industry, and Microsoft since Satya Nadella published his book, “Hit Refresh,” two years ago. One of the changes: Microsoft reclaimed the title of world’s most valuable company in 2018, two decades since it last…
Grappling with AI
Oct 26, 2019 • 25 min
Artificial intelligence might sound like a futuristic concept, and it may be true that we’re years or decades away from a generalized form of AI that can match or exceed the capabilities of the human brain across a wide range of topics. But the…
Amazon’s $1.45M bid to shake up Seattle politics
Oct 19, 2019 • 31 min
Amazon took a million-dollar gamble this week, betting a last-minute cash infusion will help elect a new Seattle City Council despite the inevitable backlash to the contribution. It’s a risky move that has already emboldened Amazon’s biggest critics in…
FTC Commissioner Rohit Chopra at the GeekWire Summit
Oct 11, 2019 • 26 min
The Federal Trade Commission is ramping up its investigations into Big Tech, and one of the agency’s toughest enforcers visited Amazon’s backyard to discuss the state of competition in the industry with GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg this week. FTC…
Amazon’s Jay Carney at the GeekWire Summit
Oct 10, 2019 • 34 min
Our GeekWire Summit just wrapped up, and one of our sessions in particular made national news: our conversation on stage with Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary who is now Amazon’s senior vice president of public affairs. We talked about a…
Microsoft’s new era unfolds
Oct 4, 2019 • 19 min
Microsoft is back in the smartphone business with the unveiling of its new Surface Duo dual-screen folding device this week. It’s a fascinating story all on its own, as the company finally goes public with a concept it has been experimenting with…
Alexa leaves the house
Sep 28, 2019 • 29 min
Amazon announced a series of new Echo and Alexa products and initiatives this week — from smart glasses to wireless earbuds to a new neighborhood wireless initiative — extending the reach of its devices and services well beyond the home, while attempting…
The new ‘experience economy’
Sep 25, 2019 • 24 min
A new skyscraper in Seattle will bear the name Qualtrics Tower, after the technology company that will occupy more than a dozen floors in the building, with plans to quadruple its employee count in the region to more than 2000 people in the next several…
Tech workers unite on climate
Sep 21, 2019 • 28 min
The climate crisis surged to the top of the tech industry’s agenda this week, encouraged by a groundswell of activity from workers at Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other big tech companies, as part of global efforts to bring attention to the issue. It’s…
Amazon, Uber and a reckoning for the gig economy
Sep 14, 2019 • 26 min
From package delivery to ride-hailing, companies including Amazon and Uber are facing new scrutiny over their use of contract workers to power the services they provide to consumers. California is poised to enact a law that would force Uber and Lyft to…
Microsoft President Brad Smith: ‘Tools & Weapons’
Sep 7, 2019 • 26 min
In “Tools & Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age,” Microsoft President Brad Smith and his co-author Carol Ann Browne tell the inside story of some of the biggest developments in tech and the world over the past decade — including…
Why millennials love Amazon
Sep 7, 2019 • 29 min
Amazon ousted Apple this year as the most loved brand among millennials, people age 19 through 39, according to a new study. What does this say about the future of the world? OK, that might be taking it too far, but some of our resident millennials offer…
Waiting for Elizabeth Warren
Aug 31, 2019 • 31 min
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared in Seattle on Sunday, a few blocks from Amazon’s headquarters, and given the Democratic presidential candidate’s call to break up the online retail giant as part of a larger crackdown on big tech companies, we were…
Headphones, AI and the future of humanity
Aug 24, 2019 • 23 min
New wireless Bluetooth headphones from Seattle startup Human are getting mixed reviews based on their appearance, and their initial starting price of $399 (which the company quickly dropped to a promotional price of $259). But their unique design, which…
Goodbye, iPhone; Hello, Note10+
Aug 17, 2019 • 31 min
Microsoft’s partnership with Samsung promises smooth integration between Windows and the Galaxy Note10, and that was enough to convince GeekWire’s Todd Bishop to dump his iPhone X in favor of the consumer electronics giant’s new flagship device. But which…
The Power and Pitfalls of Platforms
Aug 13, 2019 • 36 min
Amazon, Uber, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and many other big companies have something in common. They’re all platforms, providing underlying technologies that others use to build or facilitate their own businesses. But there are different types of…
Microsoft’s Samsung surprise
Aug 10, 2019 • 29 min
We’re back! It’s the return of our weekly news roundup, with Todd Bishop, John Cook and Monica Nickelsburg. First, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s surprise appearance at Samsung’s latest Galaxy smartphone unveiling signals good things ahead for Windows…
Can Facebook be fixed?
Jul 28, 2019 • 34 min
Despite the restrictions it imposes on Facebook’s business, the Federal Trade Commission’s settlement with the social media giant is viewed as insufficient by some critics. So what can we do as Facebook users? What impact is Facebook having on us in the…
The Case Against Amazon
Jul 19, 2019 • 29 min
It was tough week for Amazon on the regulatory front. It started Tuesday with an antitrust hearing before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. Although Apple, Facebook, and Google also sent representatives, Amazon fielded the most pointed questions. A few…
Apollo 11 and the Future of the Final Frontier
Jul 16, 2019 • 46 min
To understand the future of space, it helps to start with the past. On this special edition of the GeekWire Podcast, marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we’ll hear from Alan Boyle, GeekWire’s aerospace and science editor, and…
Secret Startup Ingredient: Microsoft
Jul 13, 2019 • 25 min
Would you have guessed that nearly 25 percent of the Seattle region’s top tech startups are led by CEOs with backgrounds at Microsoft? That was the surprising result of our analysis of the GeekWire 200, our index of the top privately held tech companies…
Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott
Jul 5, 2019 • 30 min
“You’ve got all of this opportunity for places where you can interface with the physical world. I think it’s just where business opportunity is going to live.” That was one of the takeaways from Microsoft CTO Kevin Scott’s talk at the recent GeekWire…
Apple Goes Big in Seattle
Jun 29, 2019 • 35 min
Apple’s new campus in Seattle, unveiled this week, will accommodate as many as 2,000 workers, doubling the company’s previous commitment to expand its engineering operations in the city. But beyond the sheer numbers, the prime location positions the…
Slack vs. Microsoft
Jun 22, 2019 • 24 min
If you tuned into the news this week, you heard one company’s name over and over again. Slack, the workplace communication and collaboration technology company went public and instantly saw its share price spike by 50 percent. But with competition from…
Slack CTO Cal Henderson
Jun 19, 2019 • 30 min
Workplace chat and collaboration technology company Slack is going public on Thursday, with implications for a wide variety of companies in the Seattle region and beyond. Microsoft is Slack’s primary competitor with its Teams service, and Slack is a big…
‘Salesforce HQ2’ and Tableau’s giant deal
Jun 15, 2019 • 24 min
Salesforce surprised the tech world this week with its agreement to acquire Tableau Software for $15.7 billion — but maybe it shouldn’t have been a surprise after the Seattle-based data visualization company was listed among the cloud giant’s acquisition…
UW computer science leader Hank Levy
Jun 14, 2019 • 38 min
The past decade has been a period of incredible growth for the technology industry in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. One of the primary engines of that growth is the University of Washington’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering in…
Maria Klawe on the promise of computer science
Jun 13, 2019 • 32 min
In the 13 years since Maria Klawe took over as president of Harvey Mudd College, she has surprised skeptics and achieved a milestone that has confounded most institutions of higher education. Today, 50 percent of Harvey Mudd graduates with degrees in…
Amazon drones ready to deliver
Jun 8, 2019 • 20 min
Amazon gave a detailed look at its new warehouse robots and delivery drones, discussed its plans for a satellite constellation, and talked about the future of artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation during a multi-day conference in Las…
Inside the IPO: Adaptive Biotech
Jun 2, 2019 • 25 min
Chad Robins is a Cornell grad and Wharton School MBA who was working in real estate finance a decade ago when he was approached with a business idea by his brother, Harlan Robins, head of the Computational Biology Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer…
Sci-fi master Neal Stephenson
May 31, 2019 • 23 min
Are we living in a simulation? Is there an afterlife? And if not, what would it take to create one? Drawing inspiration from Seattle’s tech industry and the emerging field of virtual reality, best-selling science-fiction author Neal Stephenson knits…
How tech is transforming home-buying, again
May 25, 2019 • 36 min
The peak home-buying season is upon us, but buyers and sellers taking a fresh look at the market will see a much different landscape for real estate technology than they did just a year or two ago — and it’s only the beginning of the changes to come. It’s…
Inside Amazon’s annual meeting
May 24, 2019 • 24 min
Amazon’s annual meeting has become a spectacle over the years, despite the company’s best efforts to stick to business. Todd Bishop and Monica Nickelsburg explain what happened at this year’s event, earlier this week in Seattle. Plus, the latest on…
How to think like Amazon
May 22, 2019 • 33 min
John Rossman helped to launch and build the Amazon Marketplace business before leading the company’s Enterprise Services business during his tenure at the company. In his new book, “Think Like Amazon: 50 1/2 Ideas to Become a Digital Leader,” he helps…
Minecraft meets the real world
May 18, 2019 • 29 min
Four years after acquiring Minecraft, Microsoft this week unveiled its most ambitious effort yet to take the popular franchise to the next level, and specifically into the real world. GeekWire went hands on with the game in a sneak preview, but with the…
Melinda Gates, the GeekWire Interview
May 14, 2019 • 33 min
Listen in on our conversation with Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, about her book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.” The book has garnered national attention and further elevated Melinda’s…
How Jeff Bezos plans to take civilization to space
May 12, 2019 • 20 min
How does Jeff Bezos plan to get to the moon, and what will he do after that? On this special bonus edition of the GeekWire Podcast, aerospace and science editor Alan Boyle calls in from Washington, D.C., where he covered the Amazon founder’s unveiling of…
Which tech giant do you trust?
May 11, 2019 • 27 min
There’s a common theme running through the spring season of developer conferences and tech events: trust and privacy. With the tech industry faceing a backlash from consumers and regulators, tech giants including Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft are…
GeekWire Awards Winners Revealed
May 4, 2019 • 36 min
The strength and success of the people and companies across the Pacific Northwest tech ecosystem was on full display Thursday night at the GeekWire Awards. GeekWire’s Jonathan Sposato, John Cook and Todd Bishop share highlights and clips from the night on…
Amazon’s new Prime number
May 2, 2019 • 19 min
Amazon’s shift to one-day shipping as the core benefit of its Prime membership program promises to significantly alter Amazon’s financial picture and accelerate the pace of global online commerce. On this special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, reporter…
IPOs without profits
Apr 29, 2019 • 37 min
What do Pinterest, Lyft, Uber and Slack have in common? Yes, they’re all newly public or about to make their initial public offerings. But they also share a common characteristic on the bottom line — proceeding with their IPOs with lots of revenue and…
Why Arivale failed
Apr 26, 2019 • 39 min
Founded in 2015, Seattle startup Arivale aspired to pioneer a new sector called scientific wellness, combining genetic testing with personal coaching to improve the health of its members. Its founder, genomics legend Lee Hood, said the company “really…
Unicorns, IPOs and the next tech giants
Apr 20, 2019 • 32 min
Seattle has a new unicorn, Outreach, the sales and marketing automation company that raised a $114 million funding round this week, pushing its valuation to $1.1 billion. The news sends John and Todd on a startup odyssey, exploring the hidden connections…
Very Random
Apr 13, 2019 • 33 min
Almost every week at the end of the GeekWire Podcast, we feature our “Random Channel” segment, discussing all the random items of questionable relevance that we were buzzing about behind the scenes during the course of the week. This week, with several of…
Why Amazon is pulling a giant team out of Seattle
Apr 5, 2019 • 25 min
The news that Amazon is shifting its Seattle-based worldwide operations team to Bellevue, Wash., raises a ton of questions about its future in the region. GeekWire’s Monica Nickelsburg, who broke the story, joins Todd Bishop and John Cook to discuss the…
To the Moon: Neil Armstrong’s son on the Apollo 11 anniversary
Apr 2, 2019 • 10 min
With the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing on the horizon, Mark Armstrong, son of the late astronaut Neil Armstrong, first person to walk on the moon, talks with GeekWire’s Alan Boyle at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Microsoft boxes Amazon into a corner
Mar 30, 2019 • 31 min
Microsoft is putting Amazon into a difficult position by advocating a tax increase on both companies in their home state. Meanwhile, Apple is placing an even bigger bet on privacy as a feature. We explain a surprising startup investment by two Seattle…
Bezos and the bots
Mar 23, 2019 • 34 min
Every year, Amazon and Jeff Bezos hold an elite, invitation-only conference called MARS, for Machine learning, Automation, Robotics and Space, which doubles as an excuse for the Amazon founder to test out the latest in autonomous vehicles, robots and…