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Three types of AI companies

Intelligent applications are one of Madrona’s core investment themes, and this week Soma and I wrote an article on the three types of intelligent applications that VCs want to invest in...

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A tale of two retailers 🛍️

The New York Times had a fascinating pair of stories about family-run retailers this week - one about Nordstrom and one about Forever 21. There are a bunch of great stories and anecdotes in both...

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🎓 2019 Techstars Alexa Accelerator companies

Last week was demo day for the Alexa Accelerator. Techstars runs programs around the country with different groups like the Air Force, Comcast, Western Union, etc, and this one is a partnership with Alexa...

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💯 Seattle tech talent is exceptional

According to CBRE’s (commercial real estate firm) latest report, Seattle has the best tech talent in the country - ahead of San Francisco! Vancouver has also been making big strides...

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Boeing's 737 MAX and what it means for AI

The 737 MAX investigation raises a lot of interesting questions about AI, so here is my two-minute summary of the situation and what it means for the future of automation:

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Disrupt yo self! 💥

It’s really interesting to see corporate strategy play out in this era of technology and innovation because innovators are willing to take gigantic bets and disrupt themselves...

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September 2019 Venture Deals

$500M+ raised by 20+ PNW startups... Here are the PNW startups that announced new fundraising rounds in the month of September. It’s a long list - people are back at work!

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🧠 Brain computer interfaces

Last week at Madrona, we had a guest talk about brain computer interfaces with Rajesh Rao from UW. It’s fascinating to see the latest stuff in this field, so here are links to cool demos, products, and articles:

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🍞 TechLoaf presents... the latest DL survey results!

If you’re not reading TechLoaf, you’re missing out. This is the funniest tech satire out there today, and I’m proud to present TechLoaf’s analysis of The DL’s latest survey:

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What's happening at WeWork?

The WeWork IPO has gotten way too complicated, so here is the best summary of what’s going on that you can read in less than two minutes:

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