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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

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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

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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

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Julep raises $30M in oversubscribed round, looks to build big beauty brand

With revenues more than tripling last year and new beauty products in the works, Seattle cosmetics and e-commerce powerhouse Julep has raised $30 million in fresh funding. Azure Capital, Madrona Venture Group and Altimeter Capital participated in the round, joining existing investors Maveron and Andreessen Horowitz. Total funding in Julep — founded seven years ago… Read More

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Mega-financing rounds push VC totals higher: $10 billion invested in 880 deals in Q1

A series of very large financing deals — including Cloudera ($900 million); TangoMe ($280 million); and Domo Technologies ($125 million) — helped propel U.S. venture capital totals to the highest level since second quarter of 2001. Investments jumped 44 percent to $10 billion, while deal activity rose five percent compared to the same quarter last… Read More

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New ‘Porch Premium’ service helps home remodelers nab leads from competitors

Home-improvement data startup Porch this morning launched a new “Porch Premium” service that aims to give home remodelers, contractors and other service providers new tools for generating business — including the ability to let customers contact them from the Porch profiles and project pages of their competitors. It’s the latest in a series of new… Read More

Category sponsor Brett Greene of Fresh Consulting with Haiku Deck founders Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway, winners of App of the Year.

Zillow, Haiku Deck, Tred nominated for Webby Awards honoring top apps, websites

Nominations were released today for the 18th annual Webby Awards, the Oscars-style bash for Internet innovation, creativity and other wacky stuff. As usual, Seattle area companies are well represented on the list of nominees, which spans categories in digital advertising, film, writing, website and mobile apps. There are eight Seattle-related innovations up for this year’s Webby… Read More

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Rich Barton, Reid Hoffman, Salman Khan and others named Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship

The U.S. Department of Commerce today announced 11 members of its Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship program, a new effort designed to spark entrepreneurial activity worldwide. In some ways, the program is kind of like a Peace Corps for business. “America’s entrepreneurial spirit has always been a key driver of our economic growth and success,” said Secretary… Read More

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Meet the winners of the UW Environmental Innovation Challenge

The sixth annual University of Washington Environmental Innovation Challenge took place Thursday in Seattle, with 23 teams competing with new technologies that re-imagined alternative fuels, recycling, solar power, water treatment and more. Here’s a look at the six winners of the event, chosen by a field of more than 170 judges from the community, with descriptions from… 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

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Tango Card grabs $3.3M, looks to expand rewards platform

Seattle startup Tango Card has scooped up $3.3 million in venture financing, new capital that it will use to expand its rewards platform and build on its team of 26 employees. Existing investors such as Allegro Venture Partners, Floodgate, Swan, Western Technology Investment and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors participated in the round. Total financing… Read More

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B2B accelerator 9Mile Labs inks key alliance with PARC

Over the past four decades, Xerox PARC has helped spark some amazing innovations, from the ethernet to laser printing to the graphical user interface. Now, PARC, originally founded in 1970 as the Palo Alto Research Center and reincorporated as a subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, is turning to Seattle to find some breakthrough innovations that… Read More

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Study: Venture capital flows in dense urban communities that are liberal, gay and educated

What’s makes for an innovative startup hub? Researchers have been diving into that topic for years, analyzing everything from the existence of large research institutions to the importance of risk capital. Now, researcher Richard Florida, co-founder and editor at large at The Atlantic Cities, takes a deep look into the topic and finds some fascinating… Read More