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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 GetPetsHome.com. 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Jackson Fish Market debuts app to help teachers, realtors, restaurant owners make presentations

The six-person team at Seattle-based software design firm Jackson Fish Market knew that there were people making presentations on a regular basis — realtors, restaurant owners and teachers, to be specific. But often times, their slideshows lacked great design and used the not-so-pretty stock templates offered by programs like Microsoft PowerPoint and Apple KeyNote. So, to help those… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Placements.io helps publishers automate digital ad campaign fulfillment

When Edwin Fu worked at Salesforce, he learned what he calls a “dirty little secret” while interacting with companies like Microsoft Advertising, Facebook and Zynga. Fu found out that nearly all digital publishers that sell ads had a hard time managing the sale and fulfillment of direct ad campaigns. “It took 72 hours and between… Read More

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Online banking startup Simple acquired for $117 million

Simple, an online banking startup based in Portland, has agreed to be acquired by banking giant BBVA, based in Madrid, Spain, in a deal valued at $117 million, the companies announced this morning. It’s a big exit for the Rose City’s tech community, and the culmination of a meteoric rise for the online banking startup… Read More

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Why Seattle needs a WhatsApp

I woke up this morning thinking about WhatsApp. Not so much about the mouth-dropping $19 billion price tag that Facebook put on the five-year-old Santa Clara, Calif.-based startup, the biggest venture-backed M&A exit ever. But why a deal of this size, style and scope is so desperately needed in Seattle. I’ve argued in the past… Read More

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From Picnik to PicMonkey: How these entrepreneurs rebuilt one of Seattle’s hottest startups

When Google shut down the photo-editing site Picnik in early 2012, millions of users were left frustrated and angry. Some of Picnik’s original employees shared a similar sentiment. So, they packed up, bid adieu to the corporate world and quickly got to work recreating what was lost with a new service called PicMonkey. “Sixty million voices cried out when… Read More