The Wall Street Journal reports that Inrix is working with Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgain to raise $100 million through an IPO. Inrix declined to comment on the report. If Inrix goes ahead with the IPO, it would be a rare instance of a local company going public. In recent years, companies have tended o raise money privately or put themselves up for sale rather than go public. Zillow is one of the few exceptions. Kirkland-based Inrix, which has such large customers as Ford Motor and Audi, collects traffic data through arrangements with government organizations that have video cameras along roads as well as input from truck fleets and a large army of consumers who use its apps. Consequently, the company's traffic data includes information not only on highway traffic but also traffic conditions on side streets. The company has raised about $68 million in venture capital. Check out our story on the company earlier this year here.
Lazowska’s other initiatives include promoting K-12 STEM education and gender diversity in the UW program. He champions the notion that all students should study computer science to cultivate the “computational thinking” skills needed for the new century.
Lazowska marvels at the region’s transformation into a place “with distinctive and innovative activities in the broadest range of areas.” With his trademark enthusiasm for the UW and the local tech sector, this celebrated educator, researcher, adviser and booster has played an important role in that transformation.
Previous Tech Impact Champions
Tech Impact Champions are chosen not only for their achievements in technology but also for championing the region’s broader tech sector. Past inductees in Seattle Business magazine’s Hall of Technology Champions, previously called Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, are:
2012: John McAdams, former CEO, F5 Networks
2013: Jeremy Jaech, cofounder, Aldus and Visio, and chair emeritus, the Technology Alliance
2014: Steve Ballmer, former CEO, Microsoft
2015: Tom Alberg, cofounder, Madrona Venture Group