Three deals show Boeing is a tech company that also makes jets

Boeing invested in Singularity University, an educational research center and innovation institute based at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. Boeing's HorizonX Ventures and WestRiver Group led a $32 million Series B investment round in SU, whose employees are seen here.

Boeing recently signed a trio of deals that highlight its growing role as a fast-moving, forward-thinking global technology company that also happens to make airplanes.

Boeing reported few jetliner sales in the perennially slow month of February. But it completed three agreements and investments that “reflect Boeing looking beyond airplanes coming out of Everett and Renton, and going into the supply chain to find little pockets to exploit,” said AirInsight Research analyst Addison Schonland.

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“They allow Boeing to see things from 50,000 feet,” he said. “I like what they’re doing. Expect to see more of it.”

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