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BoldIQ President and CEO Roei Ganzarski

Startup Spotlight: BoldIQ crunches real-time data to help organizations optimize business operations

The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this week announced that an “unprecedented” number of healthcare workers are infected with the deadly Ebola virus, raising questions about resource allocation and global health crisis management. The WHO cited shortages of personnel, scarcity and misuse of protective equipment, and medics working far more than the number of hours deemed safe. Crisis management of… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Proto-pasta supplies the ‘ink’ for lower-grade 3D printers

While 3D printing continues to make headlines and revolutionize production, options for individual consumers have been limited. Although personal 3D printers are becoming more accessible, the high-quality exotic materials necessary for many prints are generally only produced for commercial printers. That’s where Proto-pasta comes in. After raising more than $36,000 in a successful Kickstarter campaign this past November, the Vancouver,… Read More

PayRange CEO Paresh Patel

Startup Spotlight: PayRange announces $2.7M round from PayPal co-founder, ex-Google Payments boss

PayRange, a startup that allows vending machines to receive smartphone payments, today confirmed a $2.75 million round and announced notable investors like former Google Payments head Osama Bedier and PayPal co-founder Max Levchin. We noted the fresh funding last month, but now the Portland-based company has revealed its investors, which include people like Bedier, Levchin, former Visa… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Keebitz uses incentives to accelerate the referral process for dentists

Earlier this week, Keebitz, a service that helps dentists manage their referrals, celebrated its first birthday — and $4 million generated for its customers. Keebitz, which participated in the Microsoft Azure Accelerator powered by Techstars last year, has built a simple system that rewards patients with electronic gift cards when they refer their dentist. While the company hasn’t exactly reinvented… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: GiftStarter uses a crowdfunding platform for group gifting

Arry Yu arrived at Seattle’s Startup Weekend in March armed with little more than an idea and a 60-second pitch. Over the course of the weekend she found a team and garnered the necessary votes to win first place. Three months later, with backing from Startup Next Seattle, GiftStarter.co was born. The three-person startup aims to personalize and simplify… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Workfrom helps people find the best places to work remotely

It’s a familiar scene — professionals and students packed into Starbucks typing away on tiny end tables and chairs fashioned into laptop desks; surrounded by standing hopefuls eyeing their valuable real estate. It’s easier than ever to work remotely and that makes a coffee shop with WiFi a hot commodity. Though there are plenty of work-friendly businesses beyond the ubiquitous… Read More

LiveLabels CEO Tom Lindeman.

Startup Spotlight: Microsoft vet helps marijuana users figure out what they’re smoking with LiveLabels

Now that anyone 21 years old and up can legally walk into a store and purchase marijuana in Washington, you can certainly expect an influx of people wanting to get high. But one problem for those relatively new to marijuana is figuring out how different strains affect the body. Will that OG Kush give you more energy? Does the Lemon… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Shoppost lets retailers sell products in social media newsfeeds

Since people are spending more and more time looking at Facebook and Twitter, why not let them purchase items directly from their social media feeds? That’s the thinking behind Shoppost, a Seattle startup that’s developed an app to allow retailers to sell products directly in social media newsfeeds with interactive posts. A few years ago, CEO David Robb helped start a… Read More

Zombie-Based Learning co-founders David Hunter and Kishari Sing. Photo via ZBL.

Startup Spotlight: Zombie-Based Learning uses zombie comics to help students learn more effectively

As a middle and high school student, David Hunter wasn’t fond of the “stand and deliver” method of teaching. After dropping out, coming back to college to earn a Masters in Teaching, and later becoming an instructor himself, Hunter began understanding what key ingredient was missing from a student’s education. Zombies. Well, kind of. Hunter is the… Read More

Filelize founder Tim Nguyen.

Startup Spotlight: Filelize automatically stores, syncs your cloud files in one place

Being able to access and work on files in the cloud is often convenient, but it can be somewhat troublesome to constantly sync and track down documents that you have across different cloud services. That’s where Filelize wants to help. Founded in 2012, the 3-person Seattle-based startup organizes your recent files, email attachments, and web history into a single dashboard and… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: APImetrics helps developers keep tabs on API performance

As the mobile platform continues to grow, tech companies are relying on application programming interfaces — APIs — more than ever. While these APIs certainly can add functionality to an app or program, they can also cause problems for developers — and that’s exactly where a new Seattle startup wants to help out. APImetrics co-founders Nick Denny and David O’Neill —… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: CollegeMapper helps high school students get into college

Growing up with a family that had no college graduates and inside a house that was without plumbing for 12 years, it was somewhat of a miracle that Susanna Cerasuolo made it to Ohio State University in the first place. And once the Seattle entrepreneur graduated and later earned another degree from Harvard, Cerasuolo realized how education changed her life — and how… Read More

GreenBridge Computing CEO David Yunger.

Startup Spotlight: This former Microsoftie wants to replace your PC with a $100 cloud device

When David Yunger left Microsoft to start GreenBridge Computing, he knew that his cheap-yet-powerful computer work stations would help schools around the world gain access to the latest technology. But fast forward to today, and now it’s Fortune 500 companies that are showing serious interest in what Yunger’s company has built. Bellevue-based GreenBridge Computing, founded in… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Pol.is uses machine learning, data visualization to help large groups spur conversation

For the three entrepreneurs building pol.is, the problem was simple: Big groups of people trying to communicate effectively about a certain topic online was largely inefficient. That’s why they started pol.is, a new Seattle company that has developed a way to combine polling data from hundreds of people with machine learning and interactive data visualization. The end result… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: My Foot In The Door helps applicants market soft skills, land jobs

While serving as the marketing manager at Chempoint.com, Michael Scholl quickly learned that a resume can only show so much about a potential new worker after he experienced countless employee mismatches. The issue was particularly rampant with college grads, who often had trouble demonstrating their soft skills. “I realized that strong soft skills in the… Read More

Translational Software founder Don Rule.

Startup Spotlight: Translational Software helps physicians make sense of genetic tests

Working on groundbreaking genetic testing research in a lab is one thing, but actually using that data for actionable results in a clinical environment is another. That’s why Translational Software was founded back in 2009 by 14-year Microsoft veteran Don Rule, who started the Mercer Island-based company to provide the software that labs need to interpret… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: CarcodeSMS helps car dealerships use texts to communicate with buyers

There’s plenty of room for innovation in the car-buying space, and one Seattle startup thinks it has a great solution. Founded in 2011, CarcodeSMS gives car salespeople a phone number that helps them text and communicate with buyers more efficiently. The startup also offers an app that dealership staff can use to manage communication with… Read More