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The GeekWire Podcast this week featured discussions from the GeekWire Awards, an event that celebrates the top leaders, companies, and innovations in the Pacific Northwest. The event was held at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle and attracted a sold-out crowd. Finalists shared their thoughts on upcoming trends in their industries, the economy, and their plans for the future. The winners of various categories were also highlighted during the program.

One of the guests on the podcast was Gaurav Oberoi, the CEO of Lexion, an AI-powered contract management software company. He recently announced an agreement for Lexion to be acquired by Docusign for $165 million. Linda Lian, CEO of customer intelligence platform Common Room and a past Startup of the Year winner at the GeekWire Awards, was another guest. She was a finalist for CEO of the Year in this year’s awards. Gordon Pan, president of Baird Capital, a private equity and VC firm connected to Baird financial services and wealth management, also shared insights as a guest on the podcast.

Todd Owens, CEO of Kevala, a finalist for Startup of the Year, discussed the company’s focus on helping senior living and healthcare organizations with scheduling management. Steve Helmbrecht, CEO of Treasury4, a finalist for Deal of the Year, talked about their recent successful fundraising round of $20 million. Treasury4 specializes in assisting enterprises and public sector professionals with financial and treasury processes. The discussions on the podcast provided valuable insights into the experiences and perspectives of these industry leaders and award finalists.

The GeekWire Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in the Pacific Northwest, highlighting companies and individuals making significant contributions to their respective industries. The event serves as a platform for networking and sharing ideas among industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and startup founders in the region. The podcast provided a deeper look into the thought processes and strategies of the finalists and winners, shedding light on the innovation and creativity driving success in the region.

The acquisition of Lexion by Docusign for $165 million reflects the growing interest in AI-powered software solutions for contract management. This move signifies the potential for further advancement and development in this sector. The discussions on the podcast covered key trends and challenges within various industries, offering valuable insights for listeners interested in the tech and startup ecosystem in the Pacific Northwest. The GeekWire Awards are a testament to the vibrant and dynamic innovation landscape in the region, showcasing the diverse talent and expertise of its entrepreneurs and companies.

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