2018 has been an important year for tech in Seattle, with a wide array of new start-ups focusing on cutting-edge security strategies, big data and artificial intelligence among other things. Although Seattle has always been something of a hub for healthcare and medicine there's also companies that produce eco-friendly energy solutions, human resource software, virtual reality and children's entertainment. In the following post from DotCom Magazine we look at our five favorite new start-ups based in and around Seattle.
Instead of bringing your car to the mechanic's shop to have it repaired, Wrench will send out a mechanic, regardless of whether you're in your own driveway or a parking garage. The Seattle startup have managed to raise $5m in two rounds of funding from 2016 onwards and provides services to eight states in the west. They have said that over 80% of all auto services are able to be performed outside of a mechanic's shop and only work with individuals with more than five years' experience.
The immigration system in most countries, but more so in the US, is often very confusing and complicated. Boundless Immigration though is a company that aims to simplify the process. It does this by sending out a questionnaire in the language of the recipient and then takes the answers and inputs them into the appropriate immigration forms. They then have an independent solicitor to review all the documents and Boundless Immigration assists applicants with getting the documents together and interviews. The main focus of the company is marriage-based green card applications and is helped around 5,000 applicants every month.
A badass network security startup, Icebrg was founded by people who met at the Security Response Center at Microsoft, which is considered to be the equivalent of a tech SWAY team. John Carlson and William Peteroy have over 35 years of experience in network security and as well as Microsoft they've worked in the DoD. The company aids their clients in fending off potential hackers by leveraging the correlation, integration and scale of data in order to improve their systems.
Textio is a company that utilizes AI to assist companies in writing job listings to catch the attentions of jobseekers, providing word-by-word recommendations that is based on the data it gathers. Textio uses data that indicates whether individual choices of words can have an influence on if a jobseeker will apply for a specific job or not. The dashboard gives words persuasive scores and listings and it is all given in real time.
Tomorrow is a startup that claims it has designed and built the first app that can integrate life insurance, wills and trusts into one single platform that allows you to tick off their to-do list easily and quickly. You can create a trust and will for free and it helps families in collaborative approach in establishing executors, trustees and guardians.