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The two-screen setup of an elementary school teacher in Seattle. (Photo courtesy of Two Screens for Teachers)

Remote teaching is about to get a little bit easier for thousands of teachers in Seattle Public Schools. The nonprofit organization “Two Screens for Teachers” announced Tuesday that it’s purchasing a second computer monitor for every teacher who needs one, and plans to deliver about 3,000 monitors at a value of around $430,000.

Started by a small group of Seattle startup veterans, Two Screens for Teachers aims to boost teacher productivity through added technology, helping to make remote instruction less stressful during the ongoing pandemic.

Matt Lerner and Mike Mathieu are behind the idea. They previously co-founded Walk Score, a Seattle startup that sold to Redfin in 2014. Their hope is that their latest cause will spread beyond Seattle and they can inspire techies in other cities to purchase monitors for the thousands

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Skilljar co-founders Sandi Lin (left) and Jason Stewart. (Skilljar Photos)

The third time really has been a charm for Sandi Lin and Jason Stewart.

The entrepreneurs began their startup journey in 2013 when the former Amazon employees launched Everpath, a Techstars Seattle company that tried to build a Yelp for online classes. They soon pivoted and began targeting independent instructors, offering them a platform to host online education.

“I call those my first two failed startups,” Lin said this week.

It was the third evolution of the original idea that really took off. Lin and Stewart saw a lot of interest from enterprise companies needing help building customer education experiences. They ultimately launched Skilljar, which has now delivered more than 10 million hours of instruction and 100 million lessons via on-demand and virtual live training programs hosted on its learning management platform.

Skilljar is set to grow even more after

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Since COVID-19 first shut down in-person learning, Seattle Public Schools (SPS) has distributed devices and internet for thousands of students. But for months, district officials haven’t be able to answer these questions with certainty:

How many kids actually need the technology? And does it work well enough to meet remote learning demands?

They’re questions central to conducting school online and closing digital access and learning gaps, especially for Seattle, whose schools appear to be staying remote for the foreseeable future.

But after school buildings closed last spring, Seattle and other districts didn’t take complete stock of how many students needed devices and internet, instead relying on student poverty rates and drawing estimates from surveys. As a result, data on technology access for students during the pandemic has been spotty.

About 4,000 of SPS’ over 50,000 students haven’t been engaging regularly with online learning this fall, half of whom the district

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A majority of top startups in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are seeing little or no impact on their businesses from the pandemic, or even a positive impact.

Most plan to hire more employees this year. And many are optimistic about the regional economy over the next 18 months.

Those are some of the takeaways from the first-ever GeekWire 200 CEO Insights survey. We polled the leaders of companies ranked on the GeekWire 200, our list of the top privately-held tech startups in the Pacific Northwest, and received nearly 50 responses. Topics included everything from the timing of bringing employees back to the physical office to whether a Trump or Biden administration would have a more positive impact on the U.S. tech and business climate.

The results, collected anonymously, provide a unique snapshot of the regional startup ecosystem and broader tech industry. Here are some of the highlights.

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(Reuters) – The Seattle City Council passed a minimum pay standard for drivers for companies like Uber Technologies Inc UBER.N and Lyft Inc LYFT.O on Tuesday.

Under the ordinance, effective January, the drivers will now earn at least $16.39 per hour – the minimum wage in Seattle for companies with more than 500 employees.

Seattle’s law, modeled after a similar regulation in New York City, aims to reduce the amount of time drivers spend “cruising” without a passenger by paying drivers more during those times.

City officials argue this should prevent Uber and Lyft from oversaturating the market at drivers’ expense, but the companies say it would effectively force them to block some drivers access to the app. Both Uber and Lyft have locked out drivers in response to the NYC law.

“The City’s plan is deeply flawed and will actually destroy jobs for thousands of people — as many

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Olive announced a $1 million seed round to fuel growth of its software that helps companies streamline IT procurement.



a group of people standing next to a body of water: The Olive team, pre-COVID. (Olive Photo)


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The Olive team, pre-COVID. (Olive Photo)

The Vancouver, B.C.-based startup aims to replace a traditionally manual evaluation process with spreadsheets, meetings, and word docs. Its platform lets vendors promote their products and helps buyers evaluate the options. The company says it can help trim the enterprise software buying process to less than eight weeks, versus several months or even years.

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“Put simply, buying without Olive is like selling without a CRM,” said CEO and co-founder Chris Heard.

Olive initially saw impact on its sales due to the pandemic as many of its customers are large restaurant chains. The company widened its reach and is now seeing business accelerate, Heard said.

“The fact that companies from across the globe are all trying to find innovative new

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Top 25 Internet Providers in Seattle, WA

August 6, 2020 | internet | No Comments

Seattle residential internet coverage

Home of Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, Expedia, and hundreds of other tech companies, Seattle is certainly tech friendly. So it’s no surprise that this area has several Internet Service Providers with racing speeds.

North Seattle

In North Seattle, you can get the fastest internet service from CenturyLink and Xfinity. Neighborhoods in the Northwest (west of 1st Avenue NE) can get Frontier FiOS and Viasat.

Seattle University District

People living near the University of Washington can get speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit) from Wave, CenturyLink, and Xfinity. Spectrum also offers some coverage in this area with speeds up to 115 Mbps.

Magnolia, Queen Ann, South Lake Union in Seattle

CenturyLink and Xfinity are the main internet providers in Magnolia, Queen Ann, and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle. You can also get satellite service from HughesNet or Viasat, although this requires installation of a satellite dish

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Top 26 Internet Providers in Seattle, WA

August 4, 2020 | internet | No Comments

Seattle residential internet coverage

Home of Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, Expedia, and hundreds of other tech companies, Seattle is certainly tech friendly. So it’s no surprise that this area has several Internet Service Providers with racing speeds.

North Seattle

In North Seattle, you can get the fastest internet service from CenturyLink and Xfinity. Neighborhoods in the Northwest (west of 1st Avenue NE) can get Frontier FiOS and Viasat.

Seattle University District

People living near the University of Washington can get speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit) from Wave, CenturyLink, and Xfinity. Spectrum also offers some coverage in this area with speeds up to 115 Mbps.

Magnolia, Queen Ann, South Lake Union in Seattle

CenturyLink and Xfinity are the main internet providers in Magnolia, Queen Ann, and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle. You can also get satellite service from HughesNet or Viasat, although this requires installation of a satellite dish

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The seaport city of Seattle is the largest in the Pacific Northwest. Thought to have been inhabited by Native Americans for around four-thousand years before the first Europeans arrived, it is a city that has a long and storied history. As time marched on, the city changed, eventually becoming home to such economic powerhouses such as Amazon, Microsoft, and Starbucks. They helped modernize the city and this can be seen in the city’s growing internet infrastructure.

Currently, there are five major players in the greater Seattle area. They are Xfinity, CenturyLink, Viasat, HughesNet, and WaveDivision Holdings. The ways these companies provide internet are as diverse as the companies themselves. Each uses some sort of combination of cable, fiber, DSL, satellite, or copper.

CenturyLink has the largest coverage in the area, covering over half the city and offering both DSL and fiber. The split between DSL and fiber is relatively equal

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Top 28 Internet Providers in Seattle, WA

June 20, 2020 | internet | No Comments

Seattle residential internet coverage

Home of Amazon, Microsoft, Tableau, Expedia, and hundreds of other tech companies, Seattle is certainly tech friendly. So it’s no surprise that this area has several Internet Service Providers with racing speeds.

North Seattle

In North Seattle, you can get the fastest internet service from CenturyLink and Xfinity. Neighborhoods in the Northwest (west of 1st Avenue NE) can get Frontier FiOS and Viasat.

Seattle University District

People living near the University of Washington can get speeds up to 1,000 Mbps (1 gigabit) from Wave, CenturyLink, and Xfinity. Spectrum also offers some coverage in this area with speeds up to 115 Mbps.

Magnolia, Queen Ann, South Lake Union in Seattle

CenturyLink and Xfinity are the main internet providers in Magnolia, Queen Ann, and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle. You can also get satellite service from HughesNet or Viasat, although this requires installation of a satellite dish

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