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KIRO 7 for WTIA

May 11, 2016

The rankings are based on how well the top 25 U.S. startup hubs attract talent, increase investments, develop specializations, create density, connect the community and build a culture of innovation. The top five cities, according to the study, are Boston, the Bay Area, Denver, Raleigh-Durham, and San Diego. “It's about as far from reality as you can possibly imagine,” Washington Technology Industry Association CEO Michael Schutzler said. Schutzler thinks Seattle should be in the top three. While Seattle scored high for attracting top talent in the study, that's where Schutzler thinks the city need more homegrown talent. “We are the No. 1 recruiter of tech talent in the country,” he said. “We are creating jobs that much faster than producing people qualified for those jobs.” The city also scored low for collaboration with corporations and mentors. “When I think where we have to grow, I look at the huge number of investors coming from outside the region to invest in Seattle,” Shapiro added. “And I wish we had the support here.”

KIRO 7 for WTIA

May 10, 2016

The WTIA has teamed up with government supported group Businesses Ending Slavery & Trafficking to try and eliminate sex trafficking in the tech industry.  An event with 65 tech executives and CEOs was held Tuesday with many government officials also in attendance. The WTIA cited research showing 75 percent of people who buy sex are white-collar workers, and more than 47 percent make more than $100,000 a year. “It's predominantly white men exploiting women of color, and so we have an industry that has a large proportion of white men in it,” said Michael Schutzler of the WTIA.  “So we looked at this and said if we don't look at this, who will?” Moreover, Schutzler said 75 percent of sex trafficking transactions happen at about 2 p.m., and 62 percent of prostituted people meet clients on company property.

Rachio

May 1, 2016

Rachio Sprinkler Control - You can give your mother the nicest, most meaningful Mother’s Day greeting card, but she’ll really feel appreciated when you give her Rachio this year. Rachio is a smart sprinkler controller that will make mom’s life much easier this summer. This product makes running sprinklers easy and convenient while saving water and money. There’s no guessing with lawn watering anymore because Rachio automatically creates a watering schedule to make the lawn look great and saves more of that precious resource for the environment. Rachio’s mobile app provides sprinkler system access from anywhere. It also integrates with more than 8 different platforms like Nest, Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, Wink and more. www.rachio.com $199.99 (8 zones); 249.99 (16 zones)

The Verge for Vector Space Systems

April 26, 2016

Today, Vector Space Systems announced that it has received $1 million in angel funding, which will be used to further develop the project's small launch vehicle, aptly named Vector. "We always wanted to build micro-rockets, but Elon [Musk] had other ideas," Jim Cantrell, Vector's CEO and SpaceX's first vice president of business development, toldThe Verge of the company's origins. "He was interested in building a company with larger rockets for his Martian ecosystem. We were more attracted to the smaller stuff." SpaceX declined to comment on today's Vector announcement.

TechCrunch for Vector Space Systems

April 26, 2016

Why wait for the bus when you can hail a cab? That’s the idea behind a new commercial spaceflight startup founded by SpaceX founding team members Jim Cantrell and John Garvey.Vector Space Systems wants to shake up to the commercial space market by providing not tens, but hundreds of launches per year. “We’re going to bring real economics to the launch platform,” Cantrell told TechCrunch in an interview. “And we can do that because we bringsupply. We’re talking about building hundreds of these things.” Vector isn’t looking to compete with SpaceX, or even smaller commercial launch platforms like Rocket Lab and Firefly. A launch with these companies might be booked years in advance, with dozens of sub-launches, deliveries, experiments, and what have you packed into a single rocket. It’s like a space bus. Vector wants to be the space taxi.

Fast Company for Vector Space Systems

April 26, 2016

Jim Cantrell and John Garvey, founding members of SpaceX, have founded Vector Space Systems, a startup that will launch small satellites into space at low prices.The company has just snagged over $1 million in angel funding from tech executives at Google, Adobe, and Symantec, among others. Vector joins many other companies looking to help launch small satellites into space. To learn more about the new generation of space startups, read our full report here.

WIRED for Rachio

April 26, 2016

Thankfully, there’s an array of smart systems to alleviate the confusion around watering. Blossom, Rachio, and Lono are sprinkler controllers for preinstalled sprinkler systems. Aside from letting you program your watering schedule from an app, these devices monitor local weather data from the Internet. If it just rained, a network-connected sprinkler following the forecast would know, and will refrain from soaking your lawn or your garden. Your water bill won’t needlessly inflate, and it cuts down on waste. According to the EPA, about 30 percent of domestic water use goes to lawns and gardens, and about 50 percent of outdoor water use is wasted due to evaporation, wind, or poorly designed systems.

The Street for Rachio

April 26, 2016

If outdoor technology is more mom's thing, consider giving her a device that will help with the home's curb appeal. The Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is an outdoor wireless watering system that allows you to schedule or use tracking intelligence to turn on sprinklers based on past usage or future weather data using real-time forecasting technology. This smart sprinkler controller automatically creates a watering schedule that lowers your water bill and ensures the beautiful yard you want, while the user-friendly mobile app gives you access to your sprinkler system from anywhere in the world.

Easy to install, works with your Android, IOS, Nest Partner or laptop devices, the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller is compatible with any sized yard and smart home platform system.

CIO for Spare 5

April 13, 2016

Turning data into insight is one of the top business challenges today, and it becomes especially tricky when the data in question is unstructured. Artificial intelligence has a mixed track record there, but a young startup aims to get better results by bringing humans back into the picture. Spare5 on Wednesday released a new platform that applies a combination of human insight and machine learning to help companies make sense of unstructured data, including images, video, social media content, and text messages. The result, it says, are "game-changing insights delivered cost-effectively and at scale." The company's technology is now being used by companies including Expedia and Getty Images to enrich, clean and label unstructured data.

Forbes for Techstars

April 5, 2016

Renowned startup incubator Techstars has announced the first 10 businesses – all in fintech – for the newly opened its BarclaysAccelerator partnership in Cape Town. The companies are: Inuka Pap (from Kenya), BimaAfya (Tanzania), Social Lender (Nigeria), Beyonic (US, focused on Uganda and Kenya as its initial markets), tech4farmers (Uganda), Asoriba (Ghana), Reable (Lebanon), BenBen (US, focused on Ghana and a co-founder originally from Ghana), WizzPass (South Africa) and Simba Pay (UK/Kenya with Kenyan founders and focused on Kenya and Uganda). Over 450 applications were received from 45 countries for spots in the 13-week programme, which is being run in Africa for the first time. The 10 companies come from nine countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Lebanon, UK and US. This makes it the most broadly representative Techstars programme ever run, says Techstars Cape Town MD Yossi Hasson.
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