‘Software is eating more of the world, faster’: Pandemic spotlights enterprise tech startups – GeekWire

‘Software is eating more of the world, faster’: Pandemic spotlights enterprise tech startups – GeekWire


Sunset over the Seattle skyline. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota)

Enterprise software companies have long dominated the Seattle and Pacific Northwest tech scene. They range from stalwarts such as Microsoft and F5 Networks, to a bevy of smaller startups developing cutting-edge software in cloud computing, cybersecurity, and other industries.

As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerates adoption of digital technology, the spotlight is shining brighter on the robust business-to-business technology ecosystem in Seattle and across the region amid the ongoing economic and health crisis.

Startups that sell to other businesses make up more than half of the GeekWire 200 list, our ranking of top privately-held Pacific Northwest technology companies, and 70% of the top 20.

A report from OpenView Venture Partners predicts that enterprise cloud software firms are largely “recession-proof” in part due to the increased reliance on cloud services amid the pandemic.

“For the tech sector, software is eating more of the world, faster,” said Ina Fried, Axios’ chief technology correspondent, at last month’s GeekWire Summit in a reference to a 2011 quote from early internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen.

Consumer spending in the U.S. has fallen amid the pandemic due to restrictions on people moving and general anxiety about job losses, according to
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