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Georgia outlasts Oklahoma in 2OT to win wild Rose Bowl

Jan 1, 2018; Pasadena, CA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs running back Sony Michel (1) scores a touchdown in the second overtime period against the Oklahoma Sooners in the 2018 Rose Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The first-ever meeting between two of college football’s most storied programs lived up to the pregame expectations, as No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia needed overtime to determine the winner of the Rose Bowl. Also on the line was a spot in the College Football Playoff championship game, which Georgia earned with its 54-48 double-overtime victory.

The big play in double overtime would be made by Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter, who blocked Austin Seibert’s 27-yard field goal attempt. Two plays later Michel would take a direct snap and score on a 27-yard run to send Georgia to the College Football Playoff title game, which will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Next up for the Bulldogs, who are looking for their first national title since 1980, will be either No. 1 Clemson or No. 4 Alabama.

The two teams combined to score 102 points in what is the highest-scoring Rose Bowl in the history of the game. Oklahoma would strike the first blow, as Baker Mayfield’s 13-yard pass to Marquise Brown gave the Big 12 champions a 7-0 lead with 11:31 remaining in the first quarter. Georgia would pull even just over four minutes later, as Michel would catch a 13-yard pass from Jake Fromm.

Michel and fellow running back Nick Chubb both had good days for the Bulldogs, rushing for a combined 326 yards and five touchdowns on 25 carries. Michel was also a factor in the passing game, catching four passes for 41 yards and a score. But even with Georgia’s success in the running game, its defense struggled to slow down the Oklahoma offense in the first half.

Led by Mayfield, the Heisman Trophy winner, Oklahoma would score 24 of the game’s next 31 points to take a 31-14 lead with six seconds remaining in the first half. Rodney Anderson was responsible for two of the Sooners’ three touchdowns during that run, scoring on rushes of 9 and 41 yards. Mayfield would also catch a 2-yard pass from wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.

But a special teams mistake would give Georgia the opportunity to put points on the board before halftime, as Seibert’s squib kick was immediately recovered. Rodrigo Blankenship’s field goal from 55 yards out as time expired would pull Georgia to within 31-17 at the half.

Kirby Smart’s teams would make some important adjustments at the break, but simply put Georgia’s defensive line had a far greater impact to start the second half than it did at any point in the first. Georgia would force an Oklahoma three-and-out, and the offense would capitalize as Chubb’s 50-yard run cut the deficit to 31-24.

Georgia’s defense would hold the Sooners at bay for the remainder of the quarter, forcing two more punts and picking off Mayfield on Oklahoma’s next three possessions. Michel’s 38-yard run with 41 seconds remaining in the third tied the game at 31, and the aforementioned interception would be converted into points by way of a Fromm 4-yard pass to Javon Wims to give the Bulldogs a 38-31 lead with 13:57 remaining in regulation.

Fromm was solid, completing 20 of his 29 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. What was also key was the fact that he didn’t turn the ball over, which helped Georgia remain within striking distance before making its rally in the second half.

Oklahoma would answer the Wims score with two touchdowns of its own to retake the lead, the first coming on a DeAndre Flowers 11-yard reception. The second would come by way of the defense, as Steven Parker scooped up a Michel fumble and returned it 46 yards for the score that gave Oklahoma a 45-38 lead with 6:52 remaining.

After its offense went three-and-out on the ensuing drive, the Georgia defense forced an Oklahoma punt with just over five minutes remaining. Fromm and company would go 59 yards in seven plays, the last of which being Chubb’s 2-yard run with 55 seconds remaining tying the score at 45.

Oklahoma would have one more chance to score in regulation, but the Sooners would eventually have to punt after going 20 yards in four plays. The two teams would exchange field goals in the first overtime period, and with Seibert lining up from 27 yards out, it appeared as if Oklahoma would begin the second overtime with another.

But Lorenzo Carter had other ideas, setting off the sequence that ended with Georgia sealing its spot in next Tuesday’s title game.

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Macro Studio Close-Ups

Macro Studio Close-Ups

As the cold weather approaches, flowers are no longer abundant. Don’t let this impede you from making great flower images. Rather than go through floral withdrawal, make a trek to your local nursery, florist or major grocery store and purchase some of Mother Nature’s colorful blossoms. Don’t overlook the idea of growing indoor species specifically for photographic purposes. Once you have the colorful rainbow of petals in hand, create some macro studio close-ups indoors. Below are some tips on how to get better pictures of flowers in a simple studio environment.

Good flower photography begins with finding a prime specimen. If you grow your own, monitor them daily and pick your subjects when they peak. If you rely on a florist or grocery store, purchase an assortment. Preserve them in your refrigerator so they last a few days.

Lighting: There are many options from which to choose to light small subjects. Flash, window light, hot lights, softboxes, tungsten bulbs can all be used with excellent results. Each has its own advantages. The easiest is window light, and it works quite well. Specular, meaning direct sunlight, can be used. Diffused light can be used when the window is in shade. Each creates a different effect and works well depending on the desired end result. Add a reflector to the shadow side of the flower to soften the contrast. This works better when specular light is the main source. Use a gold reflector to add a warm glow to the shadow side. A silver one adds neutral and specular fill. For a subtle amount of fill, use a white card to bounce light back onto the shadow side of the flower. Regardless of the light source you utilize there’s no wind, so if you have to stop down to get depth of field, wind isn’t a factor. Exposures will be longer, but as long as the camera is mounted on a sturdy tripod, all is good.

Macro Studio Close-Ups

Hot lights and tungsten bulbs can be utilized, but be aware of your white balance settings, especially if you’re shooting JPGs. You can experiment and create some unique color effects. Mix window light with tungsten bulbs to get a warm orange glow to the part of the flower illuminated by the bulb. Hot lights will tax the life of the flower, so keep it moist and work quickly.

Flash: Straight flash creates contrast. Additional flashes can be added to act as fill lights to soften the look. An alternative is to mount a flash in a small softbox. It creates a light source similar to that from a diffused window. You’ll find that light from a flash tends to fall off quickly, which results in black backgrounds. If this happens, add an additional flash aimed at the flower from behind so if there are any dark parts, they won’t merge with the background. You can also add a flash that lights the background, but be sure the background isn’t busy or distracting.

Macro Studio Close-Ups

Depth Of Field: Depth of field becomes an issue if you want to get the entire flower sharp. This demands apertures in the range of ƒ/16 or ƒ/22. As I already mentioned, wind isn’t an issue, so let the shutter run as long as needed. Place your focus point one-third into the flower to maximize depth of field. In regard to lens physics, you’ll attain maximum depth of field because sharpness falls one-third in front of the focus point and two thirds in back of it. This is known as the hyper focal point.

Get In Close: While full flower portraits can be dramatic, if you zoom in to just a portion of a single flower, you can create an abstract or intimate rendering of the petals. To get super close, a macro lens works well, but they’re expensive. Close-up filters also work and are a lot cheaper. Be sure to get achromatic ones that correct for edge sharpness. Extension tubes are another option. The size of the tube relative to the focal length of the lens determines how much closer the lens can focus. Try selective focus where you open the lens to its widest setting and focus on a single plane of the flower. Only the part on which the lens is focused will be sharp. Use this technique to great artistic renderings of the flower.

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Photo Of The Day By Laura Zirino

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Zion in the Clouds” by Laura Zirino. Location: Utah.
Photo By Laura Zirino

Today’s Photo Of The Day is “Zion in the Clouds” by Laura Zirino. Location: Utah.

“I was driving home to San Diego from Kanab when it snowed unexpectedly overnight,” explains Zirino. “As I drove through the Zion-Mt. Carmel tunnel, this is the view that greeted me. It was so breathtakingly beautiful that I pulled over for an hour, taking shots. I have yet to see a scene like this again.”

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Photo of the Day is chosen from various OP galleries, including AssignmentsGalleries and the OP Contests. Assignments have weekly winners that are featured on the OP website homepage, FacebookTwitter and Instagram. To get your photos in the running, all you have to do is submit them.

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Tech’s Biggest Douchebag of 2017

2017 has graced us with a plethora of unsavory individuals and businesses. In the span of 12 months, we’ve seen everything from misogyny to the US President’s Twitter handle being used to peddle goods. All said, our second annual ‘Biggest Tech Douchebag’ recipient was a bit tricky to pin down. Maybe it’s Facebook… After all, it didn’t take too long to go from “should the social media platform morally intervene” to “give us all your advertising money.” As recently as September, the social media giant acknowledged $150,000 worth of political ads were purchased by fake accounts linked to Russia, including 470 accounts…

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Top stories of 2017: Amazon HQ2, Trump, supersonic airplanes, and other popular reads

Hyperloop One
An artist’s conception shows a Hyperloop pod parked at a transit station. (Hyperloop One Illustration)

Amazon HQ2. President Trump’s immigration order. Supersonic passenger jet travel.

These were just a few of the most popular tech stories from 2017. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics and headlines that were widely read on GeekWire this year.

NASA gives OK for design of super-quiet supersonic experimental airplane

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The preliminary design for NASA’s Low Boom Flight Demonstration aircraft has been cleared for takeoff. (NASA / Lockheed Martin Illustration)

NASA cleared a significant milestone on the path to reviving supersonic passenger jet travel in the U.S. with the completion of the preliminary design review for its low-boom experimental airplane. The Low-Boom Flight Demonstration X-plane, or LBFD, is designed to create a soft “thump” rather than the loud sonic boom typically associated with supersonic airplanes. The boom is what led federal authorities to ban supersonic passenger flight over land in 1973.

Six cities Amazon should consider for its second headquarters

Seattle chalk artist John Rozich drew this map of the 238 regions to respond to Amazon’s HQ2 RFP. The mural is located in Amazon’s Day 1 tower. (Amazon Photo / Jordan Stead)

Amazon surprised nearly everyone in September when it announced that the tech giant would open Amazon HQ2, a second headquarters in North America that sent political and civic leaders across the continent into a frenzied scramble to lure the fast-growing technology powerhouse. The Seattle-based company is expected to make its decision on Amazon HQ2 in 2018.

Washington state sues Trump over immigration order with support from Amazon and Expedia

President Donald Trump. (BigStock Photo)

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit in January against President Donald Trump, officials in his administration and the Department of Homeland Security, claiming the president’s executive order barring some immigrants from entering the country was unconstitutional. Washington was the first state to sue President Trump over his immigration order; Ferguson had the support of local tech companies like Amazon and Expedia. Washington state later secured a temporary restraining order that immediately halted implementation of President Trump’s executive immigration order nationwide.

U.S. Navy swapping $38,000 periscope joysticks for $30 Xbox controllers on high-tech submarines

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The cost of an Xbox 360 controller is significantly less than the joystick previously used to control the submarine periscope. (Lockheed Martin Photo)

Microsoft Xbox 360 console controllers have replaced the helicopter-style stick used to control the periscope on some Virginia-class submarines. The periscope itself is not the rotating tube most people think of thanks to Hollywood movies — nowadays, subs are equipped with two photonics masts that rotate 360 degrees. High-resolution cameras send back images that are displayed on large monitors that everyone in the control room can see.

Health Tech Podcast: How one woman built her own artificial pancreas and started a DIY movement

Dana Lewis, founder of the Open Source Artificial Pancreas, sporting her APS system. (GeekWire Photo / Todd Bishop)

Dana Lewis built one of the more impressive DIY products we saw in 2017: an open-source artificial pancreas system (APS) that monitors her blood sugar level and gives her body insulin as needed, building on the insulin pump and glucose monitor that she’s been using for years. Lewis is known as the founder of the open source APS and leads a community of DIY diabetes patients who are constantly innovating new technology to help manage the condition.

Seattle to Portland in 15 minutes? Pacific Hyperloop begins campaign to make it so

A fledgling venture called Pacific Hyperloop kicked off an effort in March to win support for a high-speed transit link between Seattle and Portland, using the Hyperloop system envisioned by SpaceX billionaire Elon Musk. The plan calls for creating a network of tubes capable of zipping passengers from the Jet City to the Rose City in 15 minutes, thanks to pods that travel at the near-supersonic speed of 760 mph.

Meet the deepest fish in the sea: The Mariana snailfish, identified with UW’s help

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The Mariana snailfish is the deepest fish collected from the ocean floor. (UW Photo)

A researcher at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratories played a key role in discovering the species known as the Mariana snailfish, the deepest fish in the sea. It now has an official scientific name: Pseudoliparis swirei, a Latin-inspired designation paying tribute to Herbert Swire, a navigator on the 19th-century expedition that discovered the Mariana Trench.

Construction wizard! Seattle man builds a giant Diagon Alley from Harry Potter in his driveway

Diagon Alley
Jon Chambers and his family pose in the driveway of their Ballard neighborhood home where the tech worker built a Harry Potter set for Halloween. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Jon Chambers, a Seattle tech veteran with time on his hands after stepping away from his most recent job, built a sizable recreation of Diagon Alley, the London shopping area for wizards that is accessible through a secret brick wall located behind a pub.

Jeff Bezos lays out his vision for city on the moon, complete with robots

Blue Moon lander
An artist’s concept shows the Blue Moon lander on the lunar surface. (Blue Origin Illustration)

During a Q&A with kids at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, Amazon billionaire and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos went into more detail about his space aspirations when students asked him questions at the Museum of Flight’s “Apollo” exhibit. Bezos’ backdrop for the event included the decades-old pieces of Saturn V rocket engines that he arranged to have recovered from the Atlantic Ocean, plus an intact, never-flown engine of the same type.

Boeing’s Dennis Muilenburg says he’ll beat SpaceX to Mars; Elon Musk says ‘Do it’

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An artist’s conception shows NASA’s Space Launch System in flight. (NASA Illustration)

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, in response to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg’s claim that the first people to set foot on Mars will arrive on a Boeing rocket, tweeted “Do it,” in one of many two-word comebacks that might have come to mind.

Full text: In annual shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos explains why it will never be Day 2 at Amazon

Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos at Key Arena in Seattle on at a recent company meeting. (Instagram Photo / Eugene Hsu)

The Amazon CEO and founder published his annual letter to shareholders in April and gave a detailed answer to a question he recently received at a company all-hands meeting: “Jeff, what does Day 2 look like?” Obsess over the customer; resist proxies; embrace powerful, external trends; and make high-quality and high-velocity decisions — those are some of the ways a company can avoid becoming a “Day 2” organization, according to Bezos.

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How to spark innovation within a big company

You’re only as good as your last good idea, right? This is as true for companies as it is for the employees within it. A company’s value lies in how much it can deliver to its clients and customers. So, who better to create new products and services that would be beneficial to their businesses than the teams that already work with them? I feel it’s obvious that giving employees the space, freedom, and support to think beyond a company’s core product range is paramount to continuing to deliver value to clients. But how can you support and encourage your…

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Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 24, 2017

Get caught up on the latest technology and startup news from the past week. Here are the most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of Dec. 24, 2017.

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Watch: The immigrant’s journey, told by 3 foreign-born technologists who want to change the world

Reetu Gupta, Citlaly Ramirez, and Leslie Feinzaig share their stories at the GeekWire Summit. (GeekWire Photos / Dan DeLong)

From political upheaval to natural disasters, 2017 has been a tumultuous year for everyone. But perhaps no group has felt that unrest more acutely than immigrants living in the U.S.

President Donald Trump has targeted the immigration system in broad strokes, reducing H-1B visa grantsattempting to kill the International Entrepreneur Rule; dismantling the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program; and issuing several iterations of the travel ban.

Several of these programs ignited outcry from the tech industry, for which immigration is a flagship issue. Immigrants are generally considered to be a boon for tech, helping companies fill their talent needs and fostering entrepreneurship. A study from early December supports that notion. It revealed that 43 percent of last year’s Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants.

To shine a spotlight on the role immigrants play in the tech ecosystem, GeekWire invited foreign-born members of the technology community to share their incredible stories in a series called “The Immigrant’s Journey” at this year’s GeekWire Summit in October. To underscore the series, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sat down for a fireside chat during the event.

Ferguson was the first attorney general to sue the Trump administration over its original travel ban, securing an injunction that halted its implementation nationwide. He is advocating for immigrant rights in several ongoing lawsuits.

Continue reading and watch the videos below to hear remarkable stories of grit, courage, and entrepreneurial drive from Leslie Feinzaig, Reetu Gupta, and Citlaly Ramirez.

Leslie Feinzaig, CEO of Venture Kits

Leslie Feinzaig’s family history traces back to Poland where her ancestors were persecuted for being Jewish. They immigrated to Costa Rica after they were rejected at the U.S. border.

“It was a chapter in American history when prejudice against people from other nations was codified into law — a little bit like today,” Feinzaig said on stage at the GeekWire Summit.

They settled in Costa Rica and generations later, Feinzaig was born. She moved to the U.S. for college and was eventually able to earn an H-1B visa working for Microsoft. But her immigrant’s journey was far from over. Watch below to find out the rest of Feinzaig’s story.

Reetu Gupta, CEO of Cirkled in

Reetu Gupta arrived in the U.S. in 1999 with two suitcases and $2,000. She grew up in a tiny town in Northen India where amenities like electricity and running water were far from consistent or guaranteed.

“Inefficiencies of systems used to boil my blood,” she said during the GeekWire Summit. “I broke all norms of society and I was always getting in trouble.”

Defying expectations, she earned an engineering degree in India and immigrated to the U.S. in search of opportunity. She took a job with AT&T and then moved into aerospace, where she filed five patents for the user interface pilots use and helped design the FAA’s next-generation air traffic control.

Watch below to find out how she made the leap to entrepreneurship and how her experiences inform her daughter’s dreams.

Citlaly Ramirez, WSOS Scholar at Western Washington University

Citlaly Ramirez is fulfilling a lifelong goal of becoming a the first person in her family to graduate from college. She’s well on her way, studying information systems management and double-minoring in computer science and theater at Western Washington University. Ramirez got there thanks to a combination of hard work (studying coding as a child and interning at and financial assistance from the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship.

It isn’t only Ramirez’s ambition that makes her a Dreamer. She is one of approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants allowed to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation, thanks to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act. The clock is running out for DACA recipients, as Trump decided not to renew the program when it expires in March.

“Dreamers are so-called because they have dreams to fulfill,” Ramirez said on stage at the Summit. “My ultimate dream is that one day we treat all humans equally regardless of status and race. This is why I’m proud to be a dreamer and I invite all of you to dream along with me.”

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Top Pacific Northwest startup funding rounds of 2017: Remitly, Rover, Vacasa lead the way

Remitly co-founders Josh Hug and Matt Oppenheimer.

Plenty of Pacific Northwest startups raised big funding rounds this year to fuel their growth in 2017 and beyond.

The largest round was a $115 million cash infusion for Remitly, which operates a mobile remittance platform in 10 countries. The Series D round was led by PayU, an international online payment service provider and the fintech arm of Naspers, a global investment company with equity stakes in tech giants like Tencent and Flipkart, among hundreds of others.

The $115 million round, approved by regulators in December, was the largest in the Pacific Northwest since OfferUp’s $120 million round last year. The funding will help Remitly expand internationally and add to its 400-person employee base across four offices worldwide. Read more here.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 funding rounds by dollar amount for 2017, according to data provided by PitchBook. (Note: PitchBook has not confirmed Remitly’s entire $115 million round as complete, thus did not include them in its list)

Vacation rental company Vacasa raises $103M, takes on giants Airbnb and HomeAway with unique approach

Portland, Ore.-based Vacasa announced a $103.5 million Series B round in October led by new investor Riverwood Capital. Vacasa bills itself as the “largest U.S. vacation rental management company” and offers various services — marketing, rate optimization, reservations, guest services, housekeeping, maintenance, etc. — to help homeowners earn money off their property. It has more than 6,000 vacation homes listed on its site across 17 U.S. states, Europe, South and Central America, and South Africa. Revenue and total home count has nearly tripled in the past 18 months.

Cradlepoint raises $89 million round led by TCV

Idaho-based Cradlepoint raised a $82 million Series C round in March from TCV, a top Silicon Valley firm that has backed companies like Expedia, Facebook, Fandango, GoDaddy, Netflix, Spotify, and Zillow. The 6-year-old company helps customers bolster their cloud-based networks over wired and wireless broadband. Cradlepoint, which counts more than 15,000 customers, calls itself “the leading provider of 4G LTE network solutions for enterprises, governments, and mobile operators.”

Rover raises $65M round led by Spark Capital as pet-sitting startup aims for international expansion

Photo via Rover.

Seattle-based Rover raised a $65 million round in July led by Spark Capital, an investor in companies like Slack, Twitter, Oculus, Warby Parker, and Trello. Founded in 2011, the company runs a pet services marketplace that helps match more than 140,000 vetted sitters across 10,000 cities in North America with pet-owners looking for someone to take care of their dogs and other animals. Rover is still on track to reach initial profitability by the end of this year, and CEO Aaron Easterly said that an IPO is still the “most likely eventual outcome.”

Convoy raises $62M from Bill Gates and other luminaries to transform trucking industry with technology

Convoy co-founders Dan Lewis, CEO, and Grant Goodale, CTO, inside the company’s Seattle headquarters. (GeekWire Photo / Taylor Soper)

Seattle-based Convoy in July announced a $62 million funding round led by Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, the investment arm of Silicon Valley-based accelerator Y Combinator. Cascade Investment, the private investment vehicle of Microsoft co-founder Gates, also invested. The cash will help Convoy, founded in 2015, expand across the U.S. and build the infrastructure required for its on-demand, technology-fueled network that matches trucking companies with shippers that need to move freight. Its smartphone-based, Uber-like system lets truckers find jobs in minutes without the traditional legwork and monetary cut required when using a broker.

Avalyn Pharma raises $62M for clinical trials and names Bruce Montgomery CEO

Avalyn Pharma CEO Bruce Montgomery.

Avalyn Pharma raised a $62 million round in May led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Edmond de Rothschild Investment Partners. The biopharmaceutical company, which changed its name in July from Genoa Pharmaceuticals, is working on treatments for respiratory diseases. The Seattle-based company said the round will fund its lead treatment called Aerodone through Stage II clinical trials. Biotechnology veteran Bruce Montgomery took over as CEO after the funding announcement.

Just Therapeutics raises $59 million Series B round led by Temasek

Just Therapeutics CEO Jim Thomas.

Seattle-based Just Biotherapeutics raised a $59 million Series B round in August led by Temasek, a Singapore-based firm that oversees a $275 billion portfolio. The company, founded by a group of former Amgen scientists, focuses on technological innovations to reduce the cost of producing protein therapeutics and make them more accessible worldwide. That includes everything from developing therapeutic molecules to designing the manufacturing plants used to produce them. The company created a joint venture in 2016 with China-based Just China.

Work management powerhouse Smartsheet lands $52M, valuation tops $850M amid global expansion

Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader kicks off the Smartsheet Engage conference in Bellevue, Wash. earlier this year. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy)

Bellevue, Wash.-based Smartsheet raised a $52 million round in May led by existing investor Insight Venture Partners. It was the largest round to date for the project and work management tech company, which is now valued at more than $850 million. Smartsheet, founded in 2006, has a $100 million business and is expanding around the world as it delves further into automating recurring business tasks.

Skytap raises massive $45M funding round, led by Goldman Sachs, to move legacy apps to the cloud

(Skytap Photo)

Seattle-based Skytap raised a $45 million round led by Goldman Sachs in August. The company helps companies that never thought they’d be able to take advantage of cloud services move their applications out of their data centers without a massive overhaul. Skytap has raised $109.5 million for its public cloud services, and planned to nearly double its staff in both engineering and sales as a result of the fresh funding.

Spaceflight Industries issues $150 million investment offer amid high-flying plans

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An artist’s conception shows BlackSky’s satellite constellation in low Earth orbit. (Spaceflight Industries Illustration)

Seattle-based Spaceflight Industries is looking to raise as much as $150 million, according to an SEC filing from November, which noted $40.6 million raised thus far. Spaceflight Industries has two main lines of business: Spaceflight focuses on launch services and mission management for rideshare payloads, while Black Sky is building a constellation of Earth-observing satellites and a software platform that would let customers acquire low-cost imagery from orbit in as little as 90 minutes. The company’s backers include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital, Peter Thiel’s Mithril Capital Management, RRE Venture Capital and Razor’s Edge Ventures.

Nativis raises cash for medical technology platform that uses electromagnetic fields to mimic the effects of drugs

The Nativis Voyager, the company’s first device. It uses electromagnetic fields to mimic the effects of drugs. (Nativis Photo)

PitchBook’s data shows a $35 million investment in November for Nativis, a Seattle-based bioelectronics startup that uses electromagnetic fields to replicate the effects of chemicals and drugs. The company, which raised $10 million in February, was founded in 2002 by brothers and entrepreneurs John and Mike Butters. After a decade developing the underlying technology, Nativis has started to test its device in human patients.

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