Voices of the Seattle Tech Community – GeekWire

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Clockwise from top left: Yoodli co-founder Varun Puri; Dave Cotter, WTIA President and Chief Product Officer for Leafly; Tech Alliance Executive Director Laura Ruderman and Mo Bhende, Co-Founder and CEO of Karat, speak with Todd Bishop at the GeekWire Awards. (Photos by Jordan Curtis)

After holding the GeekWire Awards virtually for the past two years, there was a real sense of catharsis Thursday night as hundreds of people streamed through the doors of the Showbox Sodo in Seattle. for our annual celebrationn of the top startups, leaders, and tech innovators in the Pacific Northwest.

For the 2022 GeekWire Awards finalists, recognition at the superhero-themed show came with the added bonus of knowing that their companies overcame a period of unprecedented challenge and change.

But the week also brought a new sense of uncertainty about what is to come.

About CEO Dara Khosrowshahi widely quoted memo on Monday it was a flashpoint for the tech industry, adding to existing concerns by warning of a “seismic shift” in markets, signaling tougher times and tighter belts ahead. Some of the startup CEOs who attended acknowledged reading his message carefully.

So we took our cues from the backdrop, literally and figuratively, pulling the tech leaders at the event aside to ask questions like:

  • What is your opinion on the possibility of new economic realities?
  • What are your biggest challenges and priorities for the rest of the year?
  • And of course: which superhero best reflects the spirit of your company?

The result was a glimpse into the collective psyche of the tech community at a key US innovation hub, at a pivotal time for the country and the world.

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Read about all the GeekWire Awards finalists and winners in our special coverage.

Thanks to the tech leaders who answered our questions, the GeekWire Awards attendees, finalists and sponsors, and our social media partners. Jordan Curtis of Line Leader Media for their help with this episode.

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