Ookla Acquired RootMetrics, EcoSPEARS’ HQ Move, and More Seattle Tech News

Here’s what you may have missed in the world of Seattle tech.
Written by Delilah Alvarado
December 20, 2021Updated: December 20, 2021
Photo: ecoSPEARS
Photo: ecoSPEARS

These Seattle companies are finding innovative ways to use their tech and expand into different sectors. Catch up on the latest tech news. This is the Built In Seattle weekly refresh.

Seattle Kraken launched NFTs. The National Hockey Lead’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, is partnering with Orange Comet to create and sell non-fungible tokens, or NFTs. The limited NFTs will be sold on the Orange Comet marketplace and go on sale on December 20. The NFTs are described as “innovative” and “mysterious.” [Built In Seattle]

Gympass acquired Trainiac. Gympass acquired Seattle-based fitness startup Trainiac, which provides one-on-one training. Gympass will now provide customers access to personal training through Trainiac. Trainiac raised $2.2 million in January, and NYC-based Gympass landed $220 million in June. [GeekWire]


“If there was ever any doubt about the essential nature of the internet, the past few years have certainly illuminated the importance of digital connectivity for us all. Our consumer applications empower users with real-time performance and coverage information, our enterprise solutions help operators manage and improve their networks, and our business and government partnerships help set industry standards.” — Adriane Blum, Ookla’s VP of marketing and communications

Ookla acquired RootMetrics. Ookla collects information on network performance through crowdsource tests. RootMetrics also collects similar data through controlled drive- and walk-testing. The acquisition will allow the two companies to provide actionable insights to help customers optimize their networks. Ookla is actively hiring throughout its teams. [Built In Seattle] 

EcoSPEARS is moving its HQ to the West Coast. Flordia-based ecoSPEARS is moving to Tacoma. EcoSPEARS works with private companies and government entities to lead environmental remediation projects in the U.S., Guam and Sweden, and is now focusing some of its efforts on Washington state. The company uses a technology that soaks up sediment from water and then removes and destroys any polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found. [Puget Sound Business Journal]

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