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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

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Flowboard raises $750K for iPad presentation app, names ex-PowerPoint GM as advisor

Seattle-based iPad storytelling app Flowboard today announced a new $750,000 round and an updated iPad app. Flowboard, which lets anyone create touch-enabled stories on the iPad, released version 2.0 of its app and has added editable transitions, printing, save-as-PDF capabilities and new premium templates. The startup, which launched this past April, also announced a $750,000 round with participation from several… Read More

The Indix team at the Seattle office.

Indix raises $8.5M to build a massive database for product managers

It’s been less than six months since Indix launched, but the Seattle startup is already making moves and raising more money. Indix, an intelligence platform that helps businesses analyze and visualize a vast amount of up-to-date product information, today announced that it has raised another $8.5 million of a $9 million Series A-1 round co-led by Avalon Ventures… Read More

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FlexMinder raises $1.2M to manage refund processes for healthcare administrators

FlexMinder, a Seattle startup that helps healthcare administrators automate the insurance claims submission process, announced a $1.2 million Series A round on Tuesday. Led by CEO Lowell Rickefs, FlexMinder aggregates the reimbursement process for healthcare flexible spending accounts, which allow employees to save money by putting pretax dollars — up to $2,500 for healthcare and $5,000… Read More

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Hacking for Jesus: Top projects from ‘Code for the Kingdom,’ a faith-based hackathon for spiritual geeks

Niche hackathons are hot right now. Some solve legal issues and address challenges facing non-profits, while others aim to increase civic engagement and even help pets. There’s a movement among some programmers to consider how their work should, perhaps, be dedicated to higher causes. And now there’s another spin on the hackathon, and it happened… 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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City of Seattle doubles down on startups, names first liaison to boost city’s entrepreneurs

As part of Seattle’s effort to help support and expand the city’s startup community, the Office of Economic Development (OED) today named Seattle tech community veteran Rebecca Lovell as the new Startup Liaison for the City of Seattle. The position was created as part of the Startup Seattle program, originally launched by Red Russak as an… Read More

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Mobile health app maker Mindbloom acquired

  Mindbloom, a Seattle maker of mobile apps designed to help people live healthier lives, has been acquired in a deal of undisclosed size by Denver-based Welltok. Mindbloom’s 11 employees will be joining Welltok, which plans to use the acquisition as a base for expansion in Seattle. It will continue to operate Mindbloom’s apps, which… Read More