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These high school entrepreneurs built an iPhone case that calls emergency services with a squeeze

Most entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of starting a company in their 20s, 30s, and beyond. But for 31 Seattle-area teenagers, lessons of idea creation, execution, and teamwork came a little bit early. For the fifth consecutive year, a group called TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) Seattle helped mentor more than 30 high schoolers who spent the past eight… Read More

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EnergySavvy closes out financing round at $8.25 million

EnergySavvy, a Seattle startup that helps utilities implement energy-efficiency programs, has closed out its latest financing round at $8.25 million. The company had previously announced $7 million in early May, including cash from Prelude Ventures. New backers include EnerTech Capital and El Dorado Investment, a unit of PinnacleWest Capital, the investment arm of EnergySavvy customer… Read More

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Three mobile startup veterans raise $1.5M to provide cookie-like data for mobile apps

PushSpring has raised $1.5 million in capital to help mobile developers know their customers better so they can display more relevant ads inside of their applications. The Seattle-based company, which has been operating quietly for the past year, was founded by three Seattle mobile veterans: Karl Stillner, Steve Dossick and Tyler Davidson. Stillner, who is PushSpring’s… Read More

ActivityPal CEO Ike Singh.

Meet ActivityPal: An app that sets up activities with people in your social network

Some say that social media is actually making us less social as we spend more time scrolling through Facebook and Twitter feeds on the Internet, rather than physically hanging out with one another in the real world. Now a new startup wants to change that — with the help of, ironically, social media. ActivityPal recently launched its mobile app that… Read More

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WISErg raises $5M to help grocers turn overripe produce into fertilizer

It took four years, but WISErg’s geeky machine that turns old produce into fertilizer is attracting investor attention. The Redmond-based startup has raised $5 million of a $7 million Series B round from private investors, bringing total funding for the company up to $7.75 million. WISErg helps grocers recycle their old produce and unsold prepared foods with the “Harvester,”… Read More

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MobileRQ raises $2M to help app marketers send real-time contextual retail, hotel offers

People are spending more and more time on their smartphones, and that’s only good news for marketers of mobile apps. At least that’s what MobileRQ thinks. The Portland-based startup has raised an additional $2 million to help fuel development of its software that helps customers reach out to their mobile app user base in relevant and… 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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Can Millennials make it as tech entrepreneurs? Here are my 5 tips

You’ve heard the stereotypes: Millennials are entitled, narcissistic, and lazy. They are the Instagram junkie, selfie-taking, “Me! Me! Me!” generation, as Time Magazine put it. Yet while Boomers and Generation X struggle to adapt to the millennial mindset in the workplace, members of this new generation are carving their own paths as entrepreneurs – which… 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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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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Full text: How Uber and Lyft struck a deal in Seattle

The City of Seattle this morning released the full outline of the agreement that paves the way for Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other app-based transportation networks to continue operating in Seattle without caps on their service. The deal, announced by Mayor Ed Murray yesterday, would allow the companies to continue operating in the city without any limit on the… Read More

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Hashplex lands $400,000 in funding to bring cloud-based bitcoin mining to the masses

HashPlex, a company that hosts Bitcoin mining equipment, announced today that it raised $400,000 in a seed round. The round was led by Barry Silbert, the Founder of the Bitcoin Opportunity Corporation, and Facebook engineer Jason Prado. The Seattle-based company allows Bitcoin miners to send in their equipment – usually specially-designed circuits that run calculations… Read More

Glympse CEO Bryan Trussel.

Glympse raises $12 million to develop the ‘next wave’ of real-time location sharing

Things are really rolling for the folks at Glympse. Today the Seattle-based startup announced its biggest funding round yet, raising $12 million to help continue building out its location-sharing technology. “This means we’ve been able to distinguish ourselves against all the location companies out there, and have had a lot of success recently, and an optimistic future,” CEO… 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

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These college students are building an Uber for marijuana delivery

There’s an Uber for storage. There’s an Uber for moving couches. Now two young entrepreneurs are building an Uber for marijuana delivery. University of Washington students Megh Vakharia and Josiah Tullis are the co-founders behind Canary, a service that moves marijuana from the dispensary to your door. Vakharia and Tullis, who will be pitching at tonight’s TechCrunch Meetup… Read More

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Nokia acquires mobile analytics company Medio for ‘Here’ location platform

Nokia today announced its acquisition of Medio Systems, a Seattle-based mobile predictive analytics startup. Nokia ‘Here‘ location platform — which is not part of Microsoft’s Nokia devices acquisition — will use Medio’s predictive technology to bolster its real-time maps and location services with personalized recommendations, dynamic routes and other features. “We are entering the age of what I call… Read More

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Vanessa Fox launches Keylime Toolbox to help startups gather hard-to-find SEO data

Vanessa Fox is back on her SEO startup game. Fox, who previously founded Seattle-based search analytics business Nine by Blue, this week launched a new SEO-focused startup called Keylime Toolbox. While Nine by Blue — which was acquired by RKG in May 2013 — was more appealing to larger businesses, Keylime Toolbox is directed at those who may not… Read More