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Cancer research startup Immune Design files for $60 million IPO

Immune Design Corp., a Seattle biotechnology company developing technologies to activate the body’s immune system to fight cancer, has filed to raise $60 million through an initial public offering. The company Like most biotech companies, Immune Design is losing money. It posted a net loss of $16 million last year, and has compiled an accumulated… Read More

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GeekWire 200 update: The hottest startups in Seattle tech

During the month of June, companies were moving up and moving off the GeekWire 200, our ranking of the top technology startup companies in the Pacific Northwest. Those climbing up the list include Seattle online photo editing startup PicMonkey, which now ranks #4; and cosmetics startup Julep, which ranks #5. Julep, led by former Starbucks exec and… Read More

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Google pledges $50 million to teach girls how to code

Google is investing $50 million over the next three years into its Made with Code effort, a new program that’s designed to encourage young girls to pursue computer science. The commitment comes after Google disclosed last month that just 17 percent of tech jobs at the search giant are held by women. “Nowadays, coding isn’t… Read More

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Purple power: Here’s the Chevy Malibu that UW students modified to win 2nd place in the EcoCar challenge

This is one of the most important car races on Earth, but it’s not about speed. Nope, this competition is all about methodically building a highly-efficient eco-friendly vehicle. Welcome to EcoCar 2, an international competition that pits 15 student-led teams against one another. The University of Washington’s Advanced Vehicle Works team just took second prize… Read More

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Google just quietly bought this stealthy Seattle startup led by ex-Clearwire researchers

Sometimes startups attract corporate attention after releasing cutting-edge products, or nailing down key customers. Others get gobbled up before they ever really get going. The latter situation appears to be the case with Alpental Technologies, a stealthy Seattle area startup that was just recently acquired by Google. Haven’t heard of Alpental? Don’t worry. Not much… Read More

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Photos: Macklemore rocks the Paramount for T-Mobile

Wow, can we all take a breath now? In an energy-soaked performance that included two renditions of “Can’t Hold Us” and some awesome crowd surfing episodes, the dynamic hip hop duo of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis unleashed a torrent of hits Wednesday night in their hometown of Seattle. The occasion happened to be T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier… Read More

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IT automation startup Puppet Labs scores $40 million

Portland-based IT automation startup Puppet Labs is growing fast, and now the company has more fuel to add to the fire. The company announced today $40 million in fresh funding, following a $30 million round last year. Existing investors — Cisco, Google Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Triangle Peak Partners, True Ventures and VMware —… Read More

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Cellular service provider Solavei files for bankruptcy

Solavei emerged on the scene two years ago with a high-profile list of investors, celebrity endorsers and an ambitious business model that relied on customers to spread the word about the company’s cellular phone service, earning cash along the way. From the beginning, Solavei’s multi-level marketing approach drew criticism, sparking hundreds of comments on GeekWire…. Read More

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Shares of Amazon jump nearly 3% after unveiling of new Fire Phone

Wall Street seems to like the Fire Phone, the Amazon.com smartphone that was announced today at an event in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Shares of Amazon.com jumped nearly $10 in trading this afternoon following the announcement of the device, which will begin shipping on July 25. The stock increased nearly three percent to $334, giving the… Read More

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Shares of Move Inc. jump on speculation of Trulia buyout

Trulia Inc. is still digesting Market Leader following last year’s $355 million acquisition of the Bellevue online real estate company. Now, could Trulia be on the prowl for an even bigger fish? According to a Benzinga report citing an unnamed source, San Francisco-based Trulia could be angling to buy Move Inc. for as much as… Read More

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Holy, Toledo! Zillow is now worth more than $5 billion

Investors like what they see in Zillow, and they keep sending the shares higher. The Seattle online real estate company — founded by former Expedia execs Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink nearly 10 years ago — surpassed $5 billion in market value this week. That’s a whopping valuation, more than triple the value of rival… Read More

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Seattle pet health insurance company Trupanion files for IPO

Is Fido hurt? Does Max need a little treatment? No worries, Seattle startup Trupanion is looking to fill your pet health insurance needs. The Seattle company, backed by Seattle-based Maveron and others, today filed to go public in what would be the latest company from the region to price an initial public offering. It did not list… Read More

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11 questions for author Geoffrey Moore: Education, housing and the middle class

Geoffrey Moore, the author of Crossing the Chasm and Escape Velocity, appeared in Seattle last month at the Technology Alliance’s annual luncheon. Moore gave a thoughtful talk, speaking about the risks of disenfranchising the middle class. (See earlier report:  Geoffrey Moore: How the tech industry is killing the middle class and what to do about it). After… Read More