Voices from Seattle’s tech group – GeekWire

Clockwise from higher left: Yoodli co-founder Varun Puri; Dave Cotter, WTIA chair and Leafly chief product officer; Tech Alliance CEO Laura Ruderman, and Mo Bhende, Co-Founder & CEO at Karat, speak with Todd Bishop on the GeekWire Awards. (Jordan Curtis Images)

After holding the GeekWire Awards nearly for the previous two years, there was a sense of actual catharsis Thursday night as a whole bunch of individuals streamed via the doorways of the Showbox Sodo in Seattle for our annual celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s prime tech startups, leaders, and improvements.

For the finalists within the 2022 GeekWire Awards, recognition on the superhero-themed present got here with the added bonus of figuring out that their firms made it via a interval of unprecedented problem and alter.

However the week additionally introduced a brand new sense of uncertainty about what’s to return.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s broadly cited memo on Monday was a flashpoint for the tech trade, including to current issues by warning of a “seismic shift” within the markets, signaling harder instances and tighter belts forward. Among the startup CEOs in attendance acknowledged studying his message intently.

So we took our cues from the backdrop, actually and figuratively — taking tech leaders apart on the occasion to ask questions akin to:

  • What’s your tackle the potential of new financial realities?
  • What are your largest challenges and priorities for the remainder of the yr?
  • And, after all: which superhero finest displays your organization’s ethos?

The outcome was a glimpse into the collective psyche of the tech group in a key U.S. innovation hub, at a pivotal second for the nation and the world.

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Examine all the GeekWire Awards finalists and winners in our particular protection.

Because of the tech leaders who answered our questions, to our GeekWire Awards attendees, finalists, and sponsors, and to our social media accomplice Jordan Curtis of Line Chief Media for his assist with this episode. 

Opening GeekWire Awards efficiency: Robert McPherson, the Drunken Tenor.

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