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Girl power: Seattle ranks 3rd for women entrepreneurs

Washington D.C., San Francisco and Seattle — these are the places to be if you’re a woman and want to start a business. That’s according to NerdWallet’s latest look at the best cities for female entrepreneurs. The personal finance site based their findings on five variables, with stats coming from the U.S. Census and Bureau… Read More

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Haiku Deck reaches 1M downloads, CEO says ‘we’re just at the start of something huge’

Things are rolling at Haiku Deck in the form of a new iPhone app and an impressive milestone. The Seattle-based presentation app maker just crossed the one million download mark, a notable achievement given the company’s series of pivots over the past four years. The TechStars Seattle grad, led by former Cranium executive Adam Tratt, originally… Read More

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Bootstrapper Studios founder Bryan Zug joins UP Global

UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed last year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, is bringing on Bootstrapper Studios co-founder Bryan Zug as its new Technical Project Manager. Zug started Bootstrapper back in July 2011 with co-founder Adam Wygle and created hundreds of event and Kickstarter videos, in addition to several other… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Pick2Pay helps shoppers maximize credit card rewards, online offers

There are thousands of credit card rewards and other offers out there for consumers, but it can be time-consuming to scour the Internet in search of every single one. Pick2Pay wants to help with that. The 3-person Bellevue startup describes its tool as a “juicy sandwich for savings,” layering credit card rewards, discounted gift cards,… Read More

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Marshall Kirkpatrick’s social media search startup Little Bird raises $1.7M, adds execs

Little Bird, a Portland-based startup that helps businesses identify top influencers on social media, today announced $1.7 million in additional funding and two new executives. The new investment was led by Oregon Angel Fund and ups total funding for the company to $2.7 million. Little Bird, an alum of Portland’s PIE incubator, was founded in October 2012 by… Read More

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Fast-growing Porch tops 100 employees, seeks new CTO, consolidates operations at new Seattle HQ

Seattle-based startup Porch, which last month landed a big partnership with home-improvement giant Lowe’s, has tripled in size to more than 100 employees in less than five months and is consolidating its engineering operations at its new Seattle headquarters by moving a dozen employees from San Diego. The growth is expected to continue. The well-funded startup is… Read More

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Washington House passes proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington State House today passed a proposed crowdfunding law with a 89-9 vote, as House Bill 2023 now moves to the Senate. HB 2023 would allow Washington state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period from Washington state residents in a crowdfunding campaign, with the funds being raised from non-accredited investors, as… Read More

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Front Desk raises $4M to help small service businesses manage scheduling, payments

Front Desk, the Seattle startup that helps businesses manage scheduling, payments, and other administrative tasks, has raised an additional $4 million. This round, led by Floodgate and a few of the region’s top angel investors, follows a $1 million round this past September. Total funding for Front Desk is now $7.2 million. The one-year-old Seattle company, led by… Read More

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IronBox wants to make email encryption seamless

While revelations from Edward Snowden and others have led to people worrying about the security of their digital correspondence, actually securing email is a harder task. Many of the tools that have been created for that purpose can be difficult to use, or hard to understand. IronBox wants to help. The Redmond-based security startup announced… Read More

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Boosting support of startups, Washington Technology Industry Association acquires NWEN

The Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA) today announced that it has acquired the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), combining efforts of the two non-profit organizations The WTIA will acquire all of NWEN’s intellectual property — brand names, member lists, program plans, historical files, etc. In addition, NWEN’s two marquee events — First Look Forum and Entrepreneur University — will now… Read More

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Why I support Washington’s proposed crowdfunding law

The Washington state legislature has a unique opportunity in front of it right now. It can pass a state-specific crowdfunding law. You can read the bill, which has already unanimously passed out of a House committee here. The bill would allow Washington state businesses to raise up to $1 million during any 12-month period from Washington… Read More

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Seattle online ad startup A6 acquires ReachLogic Media

A6 Corp., a Seattle online advertising startup led by veteran entrepreneur William Urschel, has acquired New York-based ReachLogic Media in a deal of undisclosed size. “We needed a way to service advertisers directly, and we needed to be in New York,” said Urschel in a release. “ReachLogic has a great team of (real-time bidding) experts… Read More

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National security expert Richard Clarke to advise Seattle big data startup Context Relevant

Seattle big data startup Context Relevant has struck a partnership with Richard Clarke’s cybersecurity consulting firm Good Harbor Security Risk Management. As part of the deal, Clarke, the former counterterrorism chief in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, is joining the company’s advisory board. “Cybersecurity is both a national security and an economic challenge… Read More

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As GoPro sets IPO, Contour plans ‘aggressive’ comeback — led by Apple vet, and original co-founder

Contour’s new owner is aiming to get the wearable action cam company back in the game — hiring an Apple veteran as its new CEO, bringing back one of Contour’s original co-founders as its technology chief, and restarting development on new versions of its products. The move comes as Contour’s larger rival, GoPro, files paperwork for its initial… Read More

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Advice for entrepreneurs: Focus more on solving problems, not building products

When Chris DeVore first meets with entrepreneurs looking for funding, the Founder’s Co-op general partner doesn’t want to hear about products being built or services provided. First and foremost, he wants to hear about problems — those that exist, and those that can be solved. “A lot of people, particularly first-time entrepreneurs, kind of want to… Read More

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Skytap lands $6.45 million, plans global expansion

Skytap, a Seattle startup that allows companies to test development environments in the cloud, has raised an additional $6.45 million in series C financing from existing investors OpenView Venture Partners, Ignition Partners, Madrona Venture Group, and WRF Capital. The company, led by CEO Thor Culverhouse, is growing fast. It boosted headcount by 30 percent in 2013, and… Read More

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Alma wants to help ease administrative burden for educators with cloud-based platform

While some K-12 schools may use a modern tech solution that performs one task really well — like information management systems or grade-book apps, for example — not many have a one-stop platform that can help educators and administrators accomplish multiple tasks. Portland-based startup Alma wants to give them one, and today the company unveiled a… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: MyUnfold wants to help millennials land jobs with LinkedIn-esque platform

For some job seekers, LinkedIn just doesn’t cut it as a method to show off their past accomplishments. That’s why MyUnfold thinks it has something better for 20-somethings to land a job. The 12-man Seattle startup launched its beta today to help young professionals establish themselves more effectively to potential employers. The platform allows users… Read More