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

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Security software startup SourceClear raises $1.5 million

SourceClear, a Seattle startup that helps developers identify security threats, has raised $1.5 million in financing. Backers of the company include Box Chief Trust Officer Justin Somaini; former Cisco VP Frank Marshall; former Cisco board member Mary Cirillo; Kinzer Capital; and Realise Capital Partners. The company is led by Mark Curphey, who previously headed the software security program… Read More

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Priceline buys Seattle hotel marketing startup Buuteeq

  Buuteeq, a Seattle startup that powers the Web sites for hotels around the world, was acquired today by Priceline in a deal of undisclosed size. Buuteeq will continue to operate as an independent business within The Priceline Group, joining other units such as Booking.com and Kayak. “We are delighted to welcome Buuteeq as the… Read More

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Seattle startup Porch hires Paul Allen’s former tech advisor

Parag Garg, the former Amazon architect who worked briefly as Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s top tech adviser, has landed at Porch, the fast-growing home-improvement data startup. Garg has joined the Seattle-based company as Director of Product, Real Estate and MyHome — overseeing areas including the Porch Home Report for home buyers, partnerships with sites including realtor.com, and the MyHome… Read More

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Backed by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Gatheredtable raises $2M to plan weekly meals for families

If you’re a busy person, cooking meals every night for the family can be a real pain, take up a lot of time and empty your wallet. But former Starbucks executive Mary Egan thinks otherwise. Her new startup, Gatheredtable, announced today a $2 million round to help fuel a national launch of its online service that automatically generates a menu of weekly meals,… Read More

Filelize founder Tim Nguyen.

Startup Spotlight: Filelize automatically stores, syncs your cloud files in one place

Being able to access and work on files in the cloud is often convenient, but it can be somewhat troublesome to constantly sync and track down documents that you have across different cloud services. That’s where Filelize wants to help. Founded in 2012, the 3-person Seattle-based startup organizes your recent files, email attachments, and web history into a single dashboard and… Read More

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X2 Biosystems raising $9.5M, partners with Major League Soccer for concussion software

Concussions suffered by athletes is a serious issue and one company from Seattle is on a mission to help curb the dangerous problem. X2 Biosystems has been quietly pushing forward with its concussion-preventing technology and today announced a new partnership with Major League Soccer. The MLS will begin using X2 Biosystems’ cloud-based ICE software, which provides… Read More

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Meet Wagon: An Uber for delivering giant objects

Back in 2008, Mike Hanson decided to do a little A/B test on Craigslist. He listed the same piece of furniture online twice — one with delivery included, and the other without. “I received so many calls from buyers interested in purchasing the couch with delivery that I had to pull the ad after just one hour,”… Read More

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Code Fellows switches its iOS curriculum to Apple’s new Swift programming language

Graduates of Code Fellows’s iOS Development Accelerator programs this year will be on the cutting edge when it comes to developing apps for the iPhone and iPad. The company announced today that its iOS development curriculum will now be focused on developing apps using Swift, the new programming language that Apple unveiled at its Worldwide… Read More

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InDemand Interpreting raises $8.8M to close the language gap in healthcare

InDemand Interpreting, which helps non-English speaking and deaf patients understand medical information at the hospital, today announced an $8.8 million round to help fuel product growth and bring on more marketing resources. Founded by Daniel and Elena Pirestani in 2007, the Wenatchee, Wash.-based company delivers video interpreting services to hospitals, clinics and physician practices. InDemand also… Read More

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Time Inc. buys family scheduling app Cozi

Seattle startup Cozi, founded in 2005 by former Microsoft manager Robbie Cape, has been acquired by Time Inc. in a deal of undisclosed size. The company, with about 10 million users, developed a Web site and mobile application designed to help families better schedule activities. “Cozi is a terrific fit for Time Inc.,” said Time… Read More

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Here’s the 650-word explanation on why this Seattle entrepreneur moved his startup to San Francisco

A few days ago, I stumbled upon the news that Sequoia-backed FutureAdvisor raised $15.5 million in fresh funding. It looked to be a straightforward venture capital story. And then something caught my eye: The dateline on the news release was listed as San Francisco. That was a surprise to me since founders and former Microsoft managers… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: APImetrics helps developers keep tabs on API performance

As the mobile platform continues to grow, tech companies are relying on application programming interfaces — APIs — more than ever. While these APIs certainly can add functionality to an app or program, they can also cause problems for developers — and that’s exactly where a new Seattle startup wants to help out. APImetrics co-founders Nick Denny and David O’Neill —… Read More

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Meet Mixby: This app uses beacons to unlock content at museums, events and more

Tucked away in one corner of the popular Tropical Butterfly House at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is a small blue device that promises to change how visitors experience the exhibit, improve how the Science Center engages with its visitors and — if one Seattle startup has its way — enhance the way we experience the world. It’s a beacon: an off-the-shelf,… Read More

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Time to ditch non-compete agreements to increase entrepreneurial talent, investor says

Chris DeVore has devoted many hours over the past few years to figure out how state and local government can best help startups. Now the Founder’s Co-op General Partner and Chair of Seattle’s Economic Development Commission has a new idea for Washington’s politicians: Increase technical talent and entrepreneurial activity in the region by no longer enforcing non-compete… Read More

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Napster co-founder emerges in Seattle with stealth ‘innovation studio,’ calls Silicon Valley unhealthy

Jordan Ritter grew up as an only child, never really putting down roots as his family moved between California, Texas and Florida. That nomadic and sometimes lonely experience impacted Ritter in his later years as the software developer and entrepreneur started companies such as Napster, Cloudmark and Servio. Startups — and more importantly the teams… Read More

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Vhoto hits 200K downloads in 1 month for iPhone app that scans your videos to find amazing photos

The folks at Vhoto are finding that users — and investors — seem to like the idea of an app that clips out the best photographic moments from a motion video. Vhoto today announced that it has seen more than 200,000 downloads for its app that debuted just one month ago. The Seattle startup also just brought on a new investor… Read More

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ExtraHop looks to build business analytics powerhouse, lands $41 million from early Splunk investor

ExtraHop CEO Jesse Rothstein doesn’t think his business analytics startup is simply creating a great product. The pony-tailed entrepreneur — who prior to co-founding ExtraHop worked as a senior architect at F5 Networks — believes they are doing much more than that by defining an entirely new category. Some big-name investors agree. ExtraHop today is… Read More

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Chart: As same-day shipping ramps up, retailers focus on free shipping

If same-day delivery is the future of retail, then the present is all about free shipping. Free shipping continues to gain in importance, hitting an all-time (non-holiday) high in the first quarter at 58 percent, according to ComScore. Free shipping in the fourth quarter, which is the busiest period for e-commerce, hit an even more impressive high at 67 percent. But… Read More