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2017 was one for the history books, and GeekWire captured many major moments and milestones on camera this past year. Watch the video above for highlights and outtakes from GeekWire’s past year, from Jeff Bezos to Bertha the tunnel boring machine, and Charles Barkley to Sue Bird. Plus, interviews with all three of Microsoft’s past and current CEOs: Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer and Satya Nadella.
The GeekWire staff has come up with a set of bold predictions for GeekWire 200 companies in the new year. They range from key milestones, to acquisitions and IPOs, to rising and sagging industries.
We’ve gathered a fair amount of expertise covering these companies over the years, but keep in mind, these are just educated guesses. That said, here are predictions directly from GeekWire’s reporters and editors for GeekWire 200 companies and trends in 2018.
GeekWire Co-Founder John Cook predicts a new #1
John Cook: It’s time for a new number one atop the GeekWire 200. And 2018 will mark the year it happens.
DocuSign — the electronic signature pioneer that splits operations between Seattle and San Francisco — will finally hand over the reins on its #1 status on the GeekWire 200 as it either sells out or goes public in 2018. (Only independent privately-held companies are listed on the GeekWire 200).
Founded in 2003 by Tom Gonser, DocuSign could go public or find a buyer, the latter being the more likely scenario. Typically, venture capital investors don’t like to wait 15 years or more for their payday, and so at some point, they’ll ask to see a return.
DocuSign, which has raised more than $500 million at a valuation topping $3 billion, certainly has some high-profile backers: Skateboard legend Tony Hawk, actor and musician Jared Leto, former McDonalds CEO Don Thompson, former Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and others
The question remains: Which company will sign the (electronic) check to buy DocuSign? Salesforce? Adobe? Oracle? IBM? Or someone else? — John Cook
GeekWire Co-Founder Todd Bishop: Seattle will go even deeper on enterprise technology
Todd Bishop: Here’s a little-known GeekWire 200 trend: the number of pure consumer startups in the top 200 has been declining steadily over the past few years, as the Seattle region’s enterprise startups have gained momentum in areas including cloud computing, artificial intelligence and business-oriented software as a service.
You can see this by toggling between B2C and B2B companies at the top of the list. There are currently 46 pure business-to-consumer startups on the GeekWire 200 — which is down from 79 business-to-consumer startups four years ago. Seven of the top 10 on the GeekWire 200 are currently pure business-to-business startups.
After looking at the companies on the cusp of breaking into the GeekWire 200, here’s my prediction for 2018: this trend will continue. Several companies likely to make their debut or return to the list in the coming months are also business-to-business startups, including Algorithmia, Entomo and others.
You could debate whether this trend is good or bad, but it’s clear that startups in the Seattle region and the Pacific Northwest are getting more and more entrenched in enterprise technology. — Todd Bishop
Aerospace/Science Editor Alan Boyle: Folks fly on Blue Origin
Alan Boyle: If I were a prudent gambler, I’d be betting that #3 Blue Origin would take a pass on flying passengers to outer space by the end of 2018. After all, the company’s under no pressure to deliver for shareholders, since it’s privately held by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos. The only financial pressure he’d feel is to reduce the space venture’s billion-dollar burn rate, and that’s no biggie, considering that his net worth is in the vicinity of $100 billion.
What’s more, rocket science is stereotypically hard, and development timelines reliably slip to the right. Like most other spaceflight companies, Blue Origin says “we will fly humans when we’re ready, and not a moment sooner.”
All that being said, this month’s return to uncrewed flight testing signals that Blue Origin is ramping up for the next phase. The fact that Virgin Galactic and SpaceX are also gearing up for a big year could get Bezos’ competitive juices flowing. So I’m going to eschew prudence and predict that Blue Origin’s first flesh-and-blood flier — an in-house tester rather than a paying customer — will get off the ground (but not necessarily to outer space) by the end of 2018.
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Civic Innovation Editor Monica Nickelsburg: Remitly will become the most valuable Seattle-area startup
The 16th ranked company on the GeekWire 200 could be profitable but is instead choosing to invest in growth, preparing for a big expansion in 2018. The mobile money transfer startup will use the fresh cash to expand to more countries and grow its 400-person employee base across four offices worldwide. Customers sent nearly $4 billion with Remitly this year, up from $1.5 billion last year.
With the fresh cash and big appetite for growth, I predict Remitly will become the Seattle area’s highest-valued startup in 2018, though it will be a long climb. That title is currently held by OfferUp, valued at $1.29B, according to PitchBook. Remitly’s valuation after the latest funding round is $465M. Remitly will have to overtake a handful of startups, including Avalara and Smartsheet, to ascend to the No. 1 spot.
Health Sciences Reporter Clare McGrane: The number of health companies in the top 50 will double
Clare McGrane: The GeekWire 200 has been unforgiving for health companies this year. Almost every company in healthcare and life sciences dropped down the ranking and those industries claim only three companies in the top 50. Despite that, I’m predicting a comeback for the industry in the next year and I foresee three new health companies joining the top 50.
In the coming year, healthcare companies will benefit from increased consumer awareness and demand for tech solutions that help people get healthy. Those forces will help personalized medicine company Arivale break into the top 50. It was was one of the few companies to rise in the rankings this year, from spot 52 to 51. The same forces will help propel medical app creator MedBridgeinto the top 50, from its current position at 62.
The third company is still in stealth mode: Silverback Therapeutics. The biotech startup hasn’t revealed what it’s working on, but it is probably related to cutting-edge cancer immunotherapies. The company has quietly raised $20 million and has poached talent from immunotherapy leaders Juno Therapeutics and Seattle Genetics, including recruiting the longtime Seattle Genetics COO to be its new CEO. The company is making moves that indicate it will soon come out of stealth mode, potentially setting the stage to be a huge player in Seattle’s biotech scene in 2018.
That being said, Seattle has struggled to find a breakout success in health and life sciences for several years. Juno Therapeutics, which is nearing commercialization of its first cancer immunotherapy, is the closest the city has come to having a superstar on the scale of its technology giants. The interest of Microsoft, Google, Amazon and other tech giants in pushing into health could also reshape the industry in unexpected ways. One thing is for sure — it’s going to be an interesting year for health companies.
Cloud & Enterprise Editor Tom Krazit: A major cloud acquisition
Tom Krazit: One of the Pacific Northwest’s DevOps companies on the GeekWire 200 — either #6 Puppet or #15 Chef — will be acquired by a larger enterprise computing player in 2018. Over the last decade, both companies have helped hundreds of organizations automate a lot of the drudgery that used to accompany the software development process, and have raised hundreds of millions in venture-capital funding to build sustainable and growing enterprise computing businesses around open-source projects.
That is a very difficult thing to do. With the rise of containers and Kubernetes, there are now lots of different ways to deploy modern cloud-native software across multiple environments. And as companies with legacy infrastructure get ready to modernize, they have lots of choices across managed services vendors large and small that can help them refine their infrastructure.
Each company is thought to be on a path to $100 million in revenue, yet it’s not at all clear whether they remain in the fast lane to growth: Chef completely overhauled its technical and sales leadership in 2017, a year after Puppet did something similar. Both companies have talked about IPOs, but there would be no shame in joining forces with a rival like Red Hat or filling out holes at a cloud underdog like IBM, Cisco, or Oracle if high-octane growth is no longer in the cards.
Staff Reporter Taylor Soper: Smartsheet will get acquired
Taylor Soper: Smartsheet will no longer be on the GeekWire 200 list come 2019 — I sense an acquisition. The 11-year-old company, which jumped from No. 12 to No. 4 on the GeekWire 200 this year, is a $100 million business and is nearing a $1 billion valuation.
Its project management software platform seems like an attractive target for a company like Microsoft or Google.
Staff Reporter and GeekWire 200 watcher Nat Levy: Avalara, Rover and OfferUp will go public
Nat Levy: There were plenty of expectations for a year full of Seattle tech IPOs heading into 2017, but Redfin was the only GeekWire 200 startup to go public last year. It was joined by Everett, Wash. figure maker Funko, which is a different kind of geeky company and not a GeekWire 200 startup. Not counting Funko, only four Seattle area tech and biotech companies have gone public since 2015.
I say 2018 will back that trend, with at least three Seattle area tech powerhouses going public. Avalara and Rover have both hinted at IPO ambitions in the past, and both have brought in some major cash in recent years.
OfferUp has global ambitions, but it also faces tons of competition from established players like Cragislist and new entries like Facebook market place. Going public would provide OfferUp another cash infusion to take down the competition.
One hurdle could be trust in the app. OfferUp has been adding new features to assuage safety concerns, and upping trust from users would put the company in better position to gain trust from investors in an IPO.
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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.
Georgia Bulldogs senior running back Sony Michel had a career day, which was capped off by the biggest run of his collegiate career.
With the game knotted at 48 in double overtime of the Rose Bowl, Michel took the snap out of the Wildcat on second and 12 and finished his run by crossing the goal line and sending his team on to the National Championship game.
Once moving downhill, his lower body power keeps him moving forward after contact. I look forward to watching Guice’s angry running on NFL Sundays.
Devin White, LB #40 (Soph)
Devin White was an All-SEC 1st team and 2nd team all American selection this season for good reason. He has a great combination of short area quickness to cover multiple holes within the trenches and speed to cover outside runs. I was very impressed with is impact as a blitzing LB. He consistently caused havoc as a blitzing LB because he was efficient dipping his shoulder and powerfully ripping through blocker’s arms to penetrate the line.
Delpit is only a freshman but possibly the next Jamal Adams type of safety. He has the speed to travel from one high to the sideline to cover a WR running a go route up the sideline. He also has the physical mentality to lay the wood on the WR once there. Delpit plays with a fiery attitude and has no issue joining the trenches to make tackles on the RB. I look for him to step his game up even more next season.
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Quenton Nelson, RG #56 (Sr)
This was another solid showing by the potential 1st round prospect. His combination of close combat strength and football IQ to flip his hips after contact makes him a fantastic run blocker. If he gets his hands inside on a defender, look for him to drive and pancake the block. In pass protection, he quickly recognized late LB blitzes. Nelson is the type of blocker who does not stop when he smells blood and immediately changes the attitude of an offense.
McGlinchey had a solid game as well and is looking like a great all-around prospect. His explosion out of his stance allows him to stay within balance and literally wait for the rusher to arrive. Once there, McGlinchey is technically refined by consistently shooting his hands inside, swiftly extending his arms to keep the rusher away from his body while smoothly readjusting his feet to get back into balance. In addition to his technical pass protection, he has good pulling speed, and the power to move the line when down blocking.
Te’Von Coney, LB #4 (Jr)
LB Coney was all over the field in this game. He used his hands very well to easily slide off blocks and make the tackle at the block point. His reactionary quickness was urgent allowing him to cover multiple holes amongst the width of the line. I can’t say enough about Coney’s game because he was possibly the most impactful player of the game. He hustled, played with technique, was physical at the contact point, and ran with speed all over the place. Even when he was on his knees he would bounce up and make solid tackles. He played with low pad level and balance so that he could be within his frame when tackling. https://twitter.com/NDTGifs/status/947958196169297920
Julian Love, DB #27 (Soph)
There are a ton of DBs out there that are either good at coverage OR good as a tackler. However, Julian Love is that DB that can do BOTH. His coverage skills are outstanding. Whether he’s in man or zone coverage he understands his technique. When in press he stayed on top to cut off the WR’s path to the deep pass. When in off man coverage, his drop stop was efficient and allowed him to quickly drive on routes. When in zone coverage he quickly recognized the route concept. He had multiple deflection this game. He also did not show any fear executing as a D gap, alley, or last option tackler either. I have been very impressed with Julian Love this season and he will be one of my top DBs for next season.
ASHBURN, Va. — The Washington Redskins opened 2018 dealing with trash bags instead of travel bags. The organization also opened its wallet for the purposes of re-signing one of its own free agents.
No, not that one, but keeping cornerback Quinton Dunbar does affect other potential deals.
The Redskins announced the “multi-year contract extension” Monday for the receiver-turned-cornerback who joined Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2015. Terms were not disclosed, but ESPN reported that the three-year contract is worth $10.5 million with $5.25 million guaranteed and a $3 million signing bonus.
The money is important, especially to Dunbar, but the real focus is the depth chart.
Beyond quarterback Kirk Cousins, Washington’s most interesting free agents are on the defensive side, including starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland. One of several members of what turned into a solid 2014 draft class, Breeland wrapped up a good season with an impressive showing against the New York Giants in Sunday’s regular-season finale. Good or not, there are many reasons to think he will not return for 2018.
From Breeland’s end, he will be one of the better cornerback options in the NFL’s upcoming free agent class. With the pass-heavy nature of the league these days, corners get paid. Just ask Josh Norman, who landed a massive contract from the Redskins in 2016. Breeland isn’t at Norman’s level, but he figures to receive some impressive offers.
That is the issue for the Redskins. Whether they want Breeland back or not, the corner has the marketplace leverage. “They have no say in the matter unless they pay full market price,” one source said over the weekend.
That the Redskins didn’t let 24 hours lapse from the end of the 2017 season before inking Dunbar could easily be inferred as them agreeing with that opinion.
Washington has several replacement options if Breeland exits. The 6-foot-2 Dunbar’s 40-game career includes seven starts. Fabian Moreau, the Redskins’ third-round pick in 2017, is part of the starter discussion, though he received limited work at corner during his rookie season. Shifting Kendall Fuller from the slot to the outside is another consideration, but the coaches might not want to mess with success after Fuller’s strong season.
There is a dramatic option: Cut Norman and retain Breeland.
Norman is two years into his five-year, $75 million contract with around $37 million already in his pocket. Another $13.5 million comes in 2018 with a $17 million salary cap charge – but only if Norman is on the roster by the fifth day of the new league year, which begins on March 14. Washington would save $8 million by releasing Norman.
This scenario is a long shot at best. Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate in 2017, Norman turned 30 in December. He remains one of the building blocks for the defense, though there were some rough spots late in the season. There is a way for the Redskins to retain Breeland, who turns 26 in January. “They have choices to make,” the same source said.
The primary focus on Monday for Norman and his teammates involved clearing out their lockers the day after Washington closed the regular season with an 18-10 loss at New York. The Redskins missed the postseason in both campaigns with Norman, though not because of the talented cover corner.
“There’s a saying, you can get trash bags or travel bags,” Norman said. “We got trash bags this year. There are no travel bags. We’re not going to see no opponents, no opponents are coming to see us. We don’t have a bye to where we can wait and see who we play next week. None of that. What we do have is trash bags, that’s cleaning out our lockers and going forward and looking forward to 2018, and I guarantee you it will be a better outcome than this one.”
Whatever the plan, keeping Dunbar gives the Redskins more options at cornerback. In the pass-heavy NFL, that is important regardless. In this case, it may further tip Washington’s hand in its appraisal of Breeland’s market.