OED Weekly Round-up: January 28-February 3

Two Seattle Startups are making moves. Olympia debates an important bill that impacts Seattle’s film industry. Snapchat is on the verge of going public.

1. Geekwire reports that Convoy has hired Uber’s former Seattle Engineering chief Tim Prouty. Convoy is a Seattle start-up that matches trucking and shipping companies to those that need freight moved. They are one of the fastest growing startups in Seattle, and hope that Prouty can help them continue their prosperous growth

2. KomoNews Reports that local filmmakers are lobbying Washington state government to pass a bill that would help keep film in Seattle.  This bill would provide 3.5 million dollars a year in tax credits to films shot in Washington state. There is a similar law in place that is set to expire in the coming months. “It’s urgent. We sunset. We go away. The state film office goes away. The incentive program goes away and then so will the filmmakers,” said Amy Lillard, executive director of Washington Filmworks. “They’ll be forced to go other places and I don’t want to see that.”

3. Snap’s IPO will be the largest in years, according to The Economist. Snapchat, Snap’s main venture, first found prominence in 2013 and has continued to grow immensely with a series of adaptive changes to their app. The Economist’s company profile gives valuable insight into how an unknown app can grow into a global presence.

4. Puget Sound Business Journal reports that Health Care Data startup KenSci has landed an 8.5 million dollar grant that will allow them to triple their employees. KenSci’s software uses patient data to help doctors predict and treat illness while cutting down on costs.