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Dashwire founder Ford Davidson leaving HTC, kicks around new startup idea

Seattle entrepreneur Ford Davidson is leaving HTC nearly three years after selling startup company Dashwire to the smartphone maker. “HTC recently launched the new HTC One m8, which is amazing, and our team on the software/service experience side, is rocking, so timing is good for me to get back to entrepreneurship,” Davidson tells GeekWire. His last… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Deal of the Year

There were some huge deals in the Pacific Northwest tech industry in the past 12 months — from mega financing rounds to blockbuster IPOs to impressive acquisitions. Today’s category in the GeekWire Awards — Deal of the Year — is all about those transactions. As with each of our categories, the five finalists below were… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Hire of the Year

Talent is the name of the game in the tech industry. And that’s why today’s category in the GeekWire Awards voting — Hire of the Year — is such a critical one. These companies and organizations picked up leading technologists, investors or executives in their quest to do something extra special. Last year’s winner of… Read More

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Kids activity Web site Sigby shuts doors; Tohula fades away too

Seattle-based Sigby is saying sayonara — just fifteen months after the company raised $1.2 million in cash from WRF Capital, Clear Fir and Trilogy Equity Partners. “Thanks for coming on the adventure with us, but Sigby is closing its doors,” says a message on the company’s Web site. Founded by former venture capitalist Katie Thompson, Sigby created a… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

TINYpulse founder David Niu (right) spent six months abroad with his family, interviewing business owners and learning all about people management, culture and leadership.

Startup advice: CEO shares lessons in company culture, employee morale with free book

When you travel to 15 countries and interview entrepreneurs about their advice on management, culture and leadership, you’re bound to come away with some useful insight. That’s exactly what TINYhr CEO David Niu did two years ago, buying a one-way ticket to New Zealand with his wife and 10-month old daughter. Not only did the six-month trip… Read More

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Online presentation startup 9Slides buys Seattle’s Now Meeting

Two Seattle area startups are joining forces with the goal of helping workers communicate more effectively. 9Slides, the 3-year-old online presentation company started by former Microsoftie Ruchit Garg, is buying Now Meeting, the latest startup from serial entrepreneur Shane Jones. As a result of the deal, Jones, who previously founded Seattle-based Daptiv, is joining 9Slides… Read More

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This startup figured out how to charge devices wirelessly through walls from 40 feet away

It’s been more than 12 years since Hatem Zeine first shared his crazy idea for wireless power with friends and colleagues. Back then, though, none of his peers really believed anything Zeine said. “And your next invention is time travel, right?” they would respond. Well, time travel isn’t quite here yet. But wireless charging — the kind that… Read More

Utrip co-founder and CEO Gilad Bernstein.

Utrip raises $750K to help plan your next vacation itinerary

Planning a trip can be a stressful task, and one Seattle startup wants to use artificial intelligence and local expertise to do it for you. Utrip today launched out of beta and also announced that it has raised $750,000 in a round led by Virtuoso CEO Matthew Upchurch and New York-based CB Alliance. Utrip, founded in April 2011… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geek of the Year

It’s time to kick off the voting in another key GeekWire Awards category — Geek of the Year. This is a special award, designed to recognize not just technical prowess but also efforts to strengthen the broader technology community. Reflecting that spirit, the voting in this category last year resulted in a rare tie, with computer scientist Oren… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Perk of the Year

In the war for tech talent, every little thing matters, including sweet workplace perks. That’s especially the case for smaller companies that can’t necessarily compete with tech giants on salary. That’s why we’re back again with the Perk of the Year category, which recognizes a company for providing an awesome perk, one which exemplifies their… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Some of the greatest technology companies have been started by teenagers or twenty-somethings: Microsoft, Facebook, Google. Young entrepreneurs can look at the world in new ways, transforming the way traditional industries operate in the process. That’s one of the reason why were excited once again to present the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, taking… Read More

Nouvola CEO and co-founder Paola Moretto with her $250,000 prize. Photo courtesy of OEN.

Cloud performance analytics startup Nouvola wins $256K at Angel Oregon

Portland-based Nouvola, a startup that helps companies deploy their cloud applications, won a $256,000 investment prize at the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network’s Angel Oregon 2014. Nouvola helps mid-market businesses monitor their cloud application performance and was founded in 2012 by CTO Paola Rossaro and CEO Paola Moretto, a former director for Intel’s Data Center Group. The 14-person team also won another… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Bootstrapper of the Year

Startup companies don’t always take wads of venture capital to get off the ground. Some of the most promising — and inspiring — companies are fueled by the passion, drive and persistence of founders who never took a dime of outside funding. That’s what today’s category is all about in the GeekWire Awards, our annual… 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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This marijuana startup is looking to raise $50M to help people find, purchase pot

For Brendan Kennedy, Michael Blue and Christian Groh, raising money a few years ago was a real slog. The reason was simple: Investors were wary of putting money behind a company that was involved in the marijuana industry. But now, as cannabis use has become more accepted and a majority of Americans now favor legalization, the three founders of Seattle-based Privateer Holdings are rolling… Read More

SNUPI co-founder Jeremy Jaech.

Husky Pride: Check out these 5 startups founded by University of Washington grads, professors

The talent and tenacity of graduates and professors from the University of Washington was on full display Tuesday evening inside the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The Seattle Tech Meetup held its second annual special free event at the UW campus and featured five startup founders who have connections to the… Read More

Act-On founder and CEO Raghu

Marketing automation startup Act-On raises $42M, sets sights on IPO

In one of the bigger tech-related fundraising rounds that the Portland area has seen over the past year, Beaverton, Ore.-based marketing automation software company Act-On today announced $42 million in new financing. Act-On builds cloud-based software that helps businesses of all sizes manage their marketing efforts across various categories from e-mails to analytics to SEO. Today’s… Read More