Week In Geek Podcast: An epic week for startup funding, and the Space Needle gets a makeover

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A tourist kicks back and takes in the view of Seattle from the newly redesigned Space Needle Observation Deck. (GeekWire Photo / Kurt Schlosser)

Seattle startups raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in the past week alone — for businesses as varied as pet sitting tech and a revolutionary leukemia treatment. What’s behind the flurry of big-dollar deals? And is it good news for the scene, or the sign of an impending downturn?

Plus, Getaround — a new service that lets you rent your car out, Airbnb-style — expands to Seattle, and the city’s iconic Space Needle gets a shiny new makeover.

Listen to our conversation in the player below or subscribe to the GeekWire Podcast in your favorite podcast app to hear every episode.

This week’s stories:

  • Rent a car from your neighbor? Getaround launches novel mobility service in Seattle
  • Once a startup runt, Rover laps up $155 million for tech-fueled pet care marketplace
  • Madrona raises $300M venture fund, reveals strategy for investing in Pacific Northwest startups
  • Sales automation startup Outreach raises $65M round led by Spark Capital to fuel growth
  • Nohla Therapeutics raises $45M, gets new HQ as it moves novel leukemia treatment closer to market
  • Crowd Cow raises $8M from Ashton Kutcher, Joe Montana, Madrona and others to grow digital marketplace for craft meats
  • Tango Card raises $35M to modernize how companies send out digital rewards


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