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Mar 05, 2021


Seattle-based Banzai, a provider of marketing automation solutions through webinars and events, announced the successful closing of $15 million in venture debt funding. The funding was led by Columbia Pacific Advisors and will enable Banzai to expand its marketing platform. In the past six months, Banzai has expanded its virtual event and webinar solutions through acquisition of virtual event platform High Attendance and browser-based webinar solution Demio. As part of this transaction, Banzai welcomes Gaingels, a venture syndicate focused on supporting companies in building cultures of diversity and inclusion.

Amazon Web Services

The PGA TOUR has selected Amazon Web Services as the Official Cloud Provider of the TOUR. With this agreement, AWS becomes the Official Cloud Provider, Artificial Intelligence Cloud Provider, Deep Learning Cloud Provider, and Machine Learning Cloud Provider of the TOUR. The TOUR will also use AWS Media Services to make it faster to deliver video content for televised event coverage and OTT streaming for online viewers. Using AWS Media Services, the TOUR will make tournament footage available globally to authenticated broadcasters, content subscribers from AWS, and other sources. As part of the partnership, AWS will become a Trustee of First Tee, a youth development organization supported by the TOUR that reaches more than 3.7 million young people across the United States and select international locations each year. AWS will assist the organization in developing an online community for coaches, parents, and participants where they can access the First Tee curriculum and resources and connect with peers in the program.


Kymeta announced a new premier training partnership with Blue Edge Global, a privately owned and operated, certified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. The partnership is designed to provide instructor-led responsive training solutions for land, air, sea, and space domains where uninterrupted communications are required to enable high risk missions, first responder arrive-ready solutions and where natural or other disasters require immediate logistical support. Together, Kymeta and Blue Edge Global will offer downrange training with a team of military SATCOM specialists to the Department of Defense, Ministry of Defense and Emergency Services teams globally. Kymeta is a privately held company based in Redmond.

Mar 04, 2021



Tacoma-based Nexus hired David Pogreba as a project manager. Pogreba comes with a background of more than four years in the building enclosure services industry with a specialty in structural analysis. He holds a bachelor and master of civil engineering from the University of Washington. At Nexus he is working with clients such as King County Housing Authority, Kaiser Permanente, and the Department of Enterprise Services. Nexus provides building enclosure design, testing, and commissioning services.

Reperio Health

Preventative wellness startup Reperio Health announced its seed capital raise of $6 million. The Portland-based venture will offer wellness kits containing sensors for an at-home health assessment and biometric screening that provides comprehensive results immediately. The FDA-approved sensors in the Reperio kit include a blood test to measure levels of total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and glucose, in addition to tests for blood pressure, resting heart rate, Body Mass Index and Relative Fat Mass. In addition to its initial launch into the employer market, Reperio's at-home health assessments will be made available to health plans, retirement facilities, fitness and nutrition practitioners and directly to individuals. Reperio's seed round was co-led by Caduceus Capital Partners in Nashville, Tennessee, and Rogue Venture Partners in Portland, with additional investment from Liquid 2 Ventures and G Ventures, both out of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Molina Healthcare

Molina Healthcare of Washington announced the appointment of Dr. Jay Fathi as plan president. In this role, Fathi will lead the health plan's operations and strategic initiatives. Fathi is a native Washingtonian and has been a family physician for more than 25 years. Most recently, he provided national advising and strategic consultation to clients around health care delivery, financing, regulatory issues, public health, and policy, including to support and strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic response. Fathi earned his M.D. from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He serves as a board member on the Washington State Health Innovation Council, Cambia Grove, and the Ballard Food Bank. Molina Healthcare of Washington has been providing government-funded care for low-income individuals for over 20 years.

Mar 03, 2021


Tacoma-based JayRay announced the addition of Alex Domine as a new JayRay advisor. Domine brings experience in communication strategy for causes from education to the environment to equity, and in sectors spanning nonprofits, technology and economic development. Domine most recently worked as communications director at Charles Wright Academy. JayRay partners with national and regional clients on branding, advertising and strategic communication programs.

City of Tacoma

The city of Tacoma Historic Preservation Office Announced that 2021 Heritage Project Grant applications are available through Friday, April 30, 2021 on its web page. The goal of the program is to support projects that increase public awareness and access to Tacoma's history. Eligible applicants include non-profits and public and educational institutions. Applicants may apply for an award between $1,000 and $10,000 for their project. This is a matching grant with a total of $50,000 in total funds to be granted. The grant requires that applicants demonstrate matching funding for proposed projects, and cannot fund general operating expenses. To find out more about the grant or to download an application, go to cityoftacoma.org/HeritageGrant.


FarEye announced the appointment of Suvrat Joshi as its chief product officer. Joshi brings with him over 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Yahoo, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and most recently Dropbox. Joshi will be based out of Seattle and will drive product strategy and growth for the company. FarEye also recently announced that it will be hiring 100 tech professionals globally in 2021. FarEye is a predictive logistics SaaS platform designed to streamline operations for industries across retail, manufacturing and transport and logistics.

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