How becoming a venture capitalist helped this Seattle startup vet turn his life around

Kirby Winfield and his daughter, Kate. (Photo courtesy of Winfield) When it comes to startups, Kirby Winfield has seen the highs, and he’s seen the lows. The longtime Seattleite spent nearly 20 years in various leadership positions at four companies — two that went public (Go2Net, Marchex), and two that were acquired (AdXpose, Dwellable). The … Read more

Ex-Athira Pharma CEO Leen Kawas resigns and leaves board after image manipulation investigation

Leen Kawas. (Athira Pharma Photo) Leen Kawas has formally resigned as CEO and president of Athira Pharma and is stepping off the board after an investigation found the biotech executive altered images in scientific papers she authored. Mark Litton, the company’s COO who took over day-to-day leadership responsibilities after Kawas was placed on leave in … Read more

Tech Moves: Convoy names general counsel; startup founders land new gigs after shutdowns

John Morrow. (Convoy Photo) — Freight marketplace Convoy announced John Morrow as its new general counsel, effective Nov. 1.  A Seattle tech vet, Morrow was an executive at Apptio for five years including through the software company’s IPO and later $1.9 billion private equity deal. He was most recently general counsel and secretary at Paymentus, … Read more

Funding news: Aging wellness startup lands $27M; fintech company Embed raises $60M pre-launch

The Modern Age team, with CEO Melissa Earner on far right, back row. (Modern Age Photo) Here’s our latest rundown on recent startup investment news in the Pacific Northwest. — Can a startup help you combat aging? That’s the pitch behind Modern Age, which just landed a $27 million investment. The gist: Seattle-based Modern Age offers … Read more

Startup fundings: Dance Church lands $4.7M to fuel online fitness platform, and other recent PNW deals

RELATED: How Dance Church made a pandemic pivot and created a new online fitness subscription business The people: Alongside Wallich, who serves as chief creative officer, Dance Church this year hired CEO Clara Siegel, a former Facebook product manager who led Messenger and Gaming teams at the social media giant. She was also previously a … Read more

Cell therapy startup Immusoft lands deal with Takeda worth potentially more than $900M

Immusoft CEO Sean Ainsworth. (Immusoft Photo) Seattle-based cell therapy startup Immusoft will collaborate with pharma giant Takeda to develop treatments targeted to the central nervous system in a deal worth potentially more than $900 million. Immusoft’s technology involves engineering a patient’s B cells to mass produce therapeutic proteins. These immune cells are good at pumping … Read more

This new Seattle VC firm just raised a $10M fund to back women-led startups

The Graham & Walker team, from left to right: Amanda Eldridge, vice president of business development; Rohre Titcomb, COO; Leslie Feinzaig, founder & managing director; Es Famojure, program manager; and Divya Kakkad, vice president of marketing. (Graham & Walker Photos) Female Founders Alliance launched in 2017 out of a group of women who wanted to … Read more

Execs from GitHub and Microsoft Azure invest in new AI startup that helps devs build intelligent apps

SpiceAI co-founders Luke Kim (left) and Phillip LeBlanc. (SpiceAI Photo) The news: Spice AI, a new Seattle startup that aims to help developers quickly build AI-powered software applications, raised a $1 million pre-seed round. The backers: There are several notable investors betting on the early-stage company. Madrona Venture Group led the round. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman … Read more

Cannabis tech startup Dutchie raises $350M to double valuation to $3.75B in less than a year

Ross Lipson, left, and brother Zach Lipson, co-founders of Dutchie. (Dutchie Photo) Dutchie is rolling in the green. The Bend, Ore.-based creators of technology to help facilitate legal cannabis orders has raised $350 million in a Series D funding round, announced Thursday. The influx of new cash comes just seven months after the startup raised … Read more