Porch to go public | Amazon to spend $10B on satellite initiative

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Porch to go public: In a surprise twist after a seven-year startup saga, real estate technology company Porch says it will become publicly traded on the Nasdaq through a merger with a special purpose acquisition corporation, or SPAC, called PropTech Acquisition Corp. The deal values the Seattle company at $523 million. The announcement offers our first glimpse into Porch’s financials, and new insights into its unusual business model. SPACs, or blank-check companies, have been surging in popularity as an alternative means to go public.

Amazon crushes earnings: Customers are relying on Amazon more than ever — and it is showing up on the company’s bottom line. The Seattle tech giant blew past Wall Street expectations for its second quarter, reporting $88.9 billion in revenue and $5.2 billion in profits, despite spending $4 billion on COVID-19 initiatives. Here are the highlights: More Amazon news: The company is also staying busy in the air with its $10 billion Project Kuiper satellite program. The Federal Communications Commission just authorized Amazon’s plans for a Project Kuiper constellation of 3,236 satellites that would provide broadband internet access across a wide swath of the globe — but with certain conditions.

More earnings: Seattle tech giants Expedia and Redfin reported their second quarter financials Thursday, with varying results. Expedia saw revenue nosedive amid what CEO Peter Kern described as “likely the worst quarter the travel industry has seen in modern history.” Redfin, meanwhile, beat expectations after real estate demand rebounded following a slowdown earlier this year. “We’re inside a tornado,” said CEO Glenn Kelman.

Tech Moves: Museum of Flight has a new education leader; ex-Avalara president joins Banzai board; and more key personnel changes across the PNW tech industry.

Giant hornet update: Washington state agriculture officials say they trapped an Asian giant hornet earlier this month for the first time. They will now use infrared cameras to catch more specimens of the “murder hornets.”

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