Simply Measured captures last year's Startup of the Year Award.

Social media analytics startup Simply Measured raises $20M, wants to be Seattle’s next tech titan

Simply Measured is simply on fire. Less than a year after the company took home GeekWire’s 2013 Startup of the Year award, the Seattle-based social media analytics startup is announcing a $20 million Series C round led by Trinity Ventures. CEO and co-founder Adam Schoenfeld said that the fresh funds will help the company grow its… Read More

Last year's expert champ, Avi Cavale, of Shippable.

How I raised $2 million in funding by playing ping pong

It all started at last year’s GeekWire ping pong and anniversary bash. I had just founded my company, Qhode (now called Shippable). We were building a geeky product, a continuous integration and deployment service targeted at software developers. Even though we were solving a real problem, I had no idea how to market it. I… Read More


Women-led co-working space Makers expanding in downtown Seattle

Just one year has passed since Makers opened its doors to the Seattle community, but the company is already growing out of its original offices. So, to create more room for members, Makers is expanding its co-working space inside the Guiry/Schillestad Building near Pike Place Market and adding an additional 4,000 square feet to bring the total… Read More


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


This Microsoft vet just scored $4 million to radically change the way you use email on mobile devices

Let’s face it. Managing email on a mobile device kind of sucks. It’s nearly impossible to find archived messages, let alone seamlessly connecting to one’s calendar, contacts or other third-party services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn or Facebook. The whole thing just seems ready for a refresh. Gordon Mangione, a tech industry veteran who worked as a corporate… Read More

Aaron Easterly with Caramel on the GeekWire podcast fetches $12M, plans to expand dog sitting marketplace

Online dog sitting marketplace has a new best friend: Menlo Ventures. The Silicon Valley venture capital firm, an early backer of, Uber and Tumblr, is leading a $12 million investment in the Seattle startup. That brings total funding in the 43-person company to nearly $25 million, making it the most heavily funded of… Read More


Pethub acquires GetPetsHome, offers free digital pet ID tags

Seattle startup PetHub, maker of a QR code pet-finding tag that attaches to a pet’s collar, today acquired Atlanta-based As a result of the deal, PetHub has acquired GetPetsHome’s user list and domain name. The three employees from GetPetsHome, which also made QR-coded ID tags for pets, will not be joining PetHub. GetPetsHome users will be… Read More

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Washington Senate passes proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington State Senate today passed a proposed crowdfunding law with a 46-2 vote, as House Bill 2023 now moves back to the House for a vote on amendments. If the changes are approved by the House and HB 2023 is signed by Gov. Jay Inslee, Washington state businesses will be able to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month… Read More


Protests in Ukraine delay Startup Weekend event: ‘We literally had people shot in the streets’

Tetiana Siianko was preparing to host a Startup Weekend event for women in Kiev, Ukraine, late last month. Unsurprisingly, amid the violent protests and civil uproar in the city, plans changed. “The event was cancelled because we literally had people shot in the streets,” Siianko said. “Our energy was more needed in the fight for democracy…. Read More


University of Washington grads sell content creation platform CloudPress to News Corp.

CloudPress, a content creation platform co-founded in Egypt by three University of Washington computer science graduates, today announced that it has been acquired by News Corp. Allen Chen, Mohamed El-Zohairy and Bobby Mathews all met at the UW in the early 2000s and went to work for companies like Amazon and Adobe. They reunited a few years… Read More


UP Global, Google to support women entrepreneurs with new worldwide initiative

The lack of females in startups and tech is a big issue to many, and now, Seattle-based UP Global is teaming up with Google in an effort to help support women entrepreneurs. UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed last year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, is launching an initiative called “Startup Women,” that… Read More

Vizify CEO and co-founder Todd Silverstein

Yahoo acquires social media visualization startup Vizify

Vizify, a Portland-based startup that turns your social media chatter into visualizations, today was acquired by Yahoo. Founded by Todd Silverstein, Jeff Cutler-Stamm, and Eli Tucker in 2011, Vizify is all about helping individuals make great first impressions. It does this by sucking in information that people already share online on social networking sites, and turning… Read More


Former Microsoft VP Jon Roskill named Acumatica CEO

Jon Roskill, the former vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, has been hired as the new chief executive of Acumatica, a Kirkland, Wash., company that makes cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology. Roskill, who left Microsoft last fall, started at Acumatica this week after spending several months getting up to speed on the Seattle… Read More


Gift-giving platform Gratafy expands to Chicago, now allows merchants to give free items away

Seattle-based Gratafy continues its expansion and today announced the availability of its app in Chicago. Already in Seattle and Los Angeles, the Windy City marks the third metro hub for Gratafy, which lets users send specific food and drinks from local restaurants, bars and nightlife venues to friends as gifts. “Chicago’s globally recognized culinary scene, high-energy… Read More

Opal Labs CEO George Huff. Photo courtesy of Opal Labs.

Opal Labs raises $2.1M to help big brands streamline social media campaign production

Opal Labs, a Portland-based startup that helps businesses streamline the production of social media campaigns, today announced $2.1 million in seed funding. The round, led by Oregon Angel Fund, will help Opal Labs continue building out its Opal Moments software that helps big brands plan and manage their content across social media streams. Opal Moments lets… Read More