Carbon Robotics Got $30M, Avalara Hired a Senior VP, and More Seattle Tech News

Catch up on the latest Seattle tech news you might have missed.
Written by Cassidy Ritter
April 17, 2023Updated: April 17, 2023
Carbon Robotics' LaserWeeder in a field.
Carbon Robotics' LaserWeeder. | Photo: Carbon Robotics

Seattle tech companies made big moves last week. A robotic manufacturer for the agricultural industry pulled in capital, and a software company for e-commerce brands partnered with Amazon Web Services. Catch up on the latest with the Built In Seattle Weekly Refresh.

Fabric partnered with AWSSeattle-based fabric builds software and APIs to help e-commerce businesses revamp their online storefronts. Having recently partnered with AWS, fabric joined AWS Marketplace and has access to AWS resources and support. This will help speed up product development for fabric. The company raised a $140 million Series C round last year at a valuation of $1.5 billion. [Business Wire]

Seattle Tech Quote of the Week

“Carbon Robotics elegant use of AI, computer vision, robotics and lasers is the only solution that enables farmers to reduce their most expensive line item — weed control — without damaging plants or the soil. I am particularly impressed with the team’s fast pace of innovation to bring breakthrough products to market, boosting farmers’ profitability across conventional, organic and no-till practices.” — Rob Freelen, managing director of Sozo Ventures

Carbon Robotics raised $30M. Building artificial intelligence-powered robots for the agricultural industry, Carbon Robotics has developed a laser-weeding robot. The product, called LaserWeeder, is used by 20 farms across the U.S. and Canada. Carbon Robotics will use its recent $30 million Series C led by Sozo Ventures to fuel the development of cost-effective and efficient tools for farmers. This latest round follows Carbon Robotics’ $27 million Series B raised in 2021. Carbon Robotics is actively hiring for nearly a dozen roles. [Business Wire]

Avalara hired a senior VP of global salesThe Seattle tech company focused on tax compliance brought on Sean Flynn as its new senior VP of global sales. Flynn has previously worked for IBM, Gympass and InStride, to name a few. At Avalara, he will be responsible for the company’s go-to-market sales division. [Business Wire]

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