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As Facebook and Twitter push into social commerce, Seattle startup Comr.se raises cash

Comr.se, a social commerce startup that graduated from B2B incubator 9Mile Labs last year, has reeled in an additional $800,000 in capital that it will use to grow the team and add new customers. The company earlier this month rolled out a full public release of the technology, which allows brands using e-commerce platforms such as  Magento, Shopify,… Read More

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Rudy Gadre unplugged: Seattle super angel on what he looks for in entrepreneurs and more

Seattle super angel Rudy Gadre has probably done more than just about anyone to keep the entrepreneurial flames burning bright in the Pacific Northwest. Over the past three years, the former Facebook general counsel and Amazon.com exec has invested in a mind-numbing 60 startup companies, everything from online dating service Likebright to mobile shopping app… Read More

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Genomics startup ActX raises $1.9M in seed round

ActX, a Seattle startup that is developing technologies to make patient genomic data more useful in medical practice, has raised $1.9 million from members of the Alliance of Angels. ActX founder and CEO Andrew Ury said the deal was oversubscribed in the first six weeks, noting the “speed and efficiency” of the investors. Part of… Read More

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Startup leaders not happy with securities administrator’s support of regulations that could ‘cripple’ startups

Seattle angel investor Dan Rosen has worked hard in recent months to shed light on the potentially damaging effects that proposed regulations in the JOBS Act could have on startups, pointing out how the new rules would have the unintended consequence of making it harder for companies to raise money and potentially “cripple” angel investing in the… Read More

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Angel investing: The walls come tumbling down

Today is the first day it becomes legally permissible for startups and emerging companies to advertise their offerings. Or to tweet that they are raising money. Or to generally solicit for investors at public pitch events. What’s that you say? Startups have been generally soliciting at pitch events, demo days, conference contests, for some time now?… Read More

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BuildersCloud raises $1.1M from super angels Dave McClure, Rudy Gadre, others

BuildersCloud, a Bellevue company that helps construction companies share files and mobile collaboration for construction professionals, has raised $1.1 million in funding from a group of angels that includes 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, former Amazon.com and Facebook exec Rudy Gadre, Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel and others. Construction giant McKinstry also participated, alongside Denny Hill… Read More

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This startup just raised more than $1M to illuminate construction workers with an innovative ‘Halo Light’

Construction and road crew workers are constantly at risk in the field. But, as entrepreneurs Max Baker and Andrew Royal see it, the old-school reflective orange vest just isn’t enough protection. That’s why they created Illumagear, an innovative Seattle startup that’s developing new technologies to illuminate workers as they go about their jobs at construction sites…. Read More

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This dude just raised $800,000 in 4 hours for a sonic vibrator designed to stimulate the sex toy industry

There was certainly a lot of buzz around Robin Elenga’s latest angel financing round, literally and figuratively. Elenga is the maker of the Revel Body, an innovative new vibrator that we’ve written about in the past for being faster and quieter than other sex toys on the market. The tennis ball-shaped product, which can operate… Read More

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Dave McClure’s 500 Startups backs online presentation upstart 9Slides

9Slides, the maker of online presentation software that syncs video with slides, has raised capital from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups as well as angel investors such as Terrapass co-founder Karl Ulrich and Tom Miner. 9Slides rolled out its iPad app in February, competing alongside fellow Seattle area startup Haiku Deck. The company’s other backers include Rudy… Read More

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Proof of concept: Majority of angel investments made in revenue producing startups

Angel investors historically have placed bets at the earliest stages of a company’s formation, oftentimes when the business is nothing more than an idea on the back of a napkin. But as the venture capital marketplace shifts, so is angel investing. According to a new report out today from The Angel Resource Institute, Silicon Valley Bank and CB Insights,… Read More