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Blaze Bioscience raises $8.5M to help surgeons pinpoint cancer cells with ‘tumor paint’

Seattle biotechnology startup Blaze Bioscience has raised $8.5 million to continue developing technologies that  are designed to help surgeons more easily identify cancer cells in the body. Total funding in the company, with operations in the South Lake Union area of Seattle, now stands at $9.8 million. Blaze said that the money came from individual… Read More

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Seattle cloud startup Scope 5 raises $500,000 to track sustainability data

Seattle startup Scope 5 has scooped up $500,000 in angel financing, money that it will use to build out its cloud-based service for tracking sustainability data. Funding was provided in part by the Northwest Energy Angels. “Increasingly companies are connecting the social value of emissions reductions with the business value of reduced costs,” said Scope… Read More

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This startup just raised $1M for an algorithm to help employers fill engineering jobs

Everywhere you go in the tech industry these days companies are struggling to find smart engineers, designers and developers. Enter Group Talent. This Seattle/San Fran/NYC startup, which just scored $1 million in seed funding, has developed a matching engine that’s designed to pinpoint the perfect fit for your engineering jobs. Since Valentine’s Day is in… Read More

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TechStars grad FlexMinder raises $1.4 million to better manage healthcare accounts

The health care system in the U.S. remains a confusing landscape, which is creating all sorts of new business opportunities. FlexMinder, which aggregates and automates the reimbursement process for healthcare flexible spending accounts, believes its software can help solve an important piece of the health care puzzle.  And some investors agree. FlexMinder, a 2011 graduate… Read More

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Chart: The ‘Series A Crunch’ is alive and well

A lot has been written in recent weeks about the so-called “Series A Crunch” — the idea that many of the companies raising seed-rounds won’t be able to attract that ever-so-important next round of capital. Now, here’s a chart from Pitchbook which shows what is occurring. As you’ll see above, the number of seed-stage/angel deals… Read More

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Meet Rudy Gadre: This former Facebook and Amazon exec is lighting up Seattle’s angel scene

Rudy Gadre admits it. He’s a Seattle “homer.” And that deep hometown pride might be a very good thing for the region’s emerging startup scene. Gadre is fast becoming one of Seattle’s most important angel investors, bankrolling more than a dozen startups in the past two years. The former Facebook general counsel and Amazon.com VP doesn’t… Read More

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Seattle online collaboration startup Sandglaz raises cash

There’s no shortage of competition in the online collaboration space, creating tools to make teams work together more efficiently. The competitive landscape was highlighted earlier this month when Bellevue-based Smartsheet.com reeled in $26 million in fresh funding, and just today Seattle’s Liquid Planner unveiled a new set of project management tools. Now, another Seattle area… Read More

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Artifact scores cash to create mobile apps with ‘place identity’

Artifact Technologies has raised an additional $500,000 in angel financing, money that the Seattle area startup will use to create mobile applications that utilize location information in new ways. Total funding now stands at $2 million. “We see location as more than just data points,” said CEO Sam Teplitsky. “Our goal is to create ‘place identity,’… Read More

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Keiretsu Forum invests $15.8 million

Keiretsu Forum today announced that its Northwest chapter has invested $15.8 million in 27 companies during the first 10 months of the year, including startups such as Blaze Bioscience, InstaCover, SkyKick and Vega Performance Marketing. Technology investments topped the list at 39 percent, followed by life sciences (36 percent) and consumer/retail (20 percent).  The group now has more than 300 people investing in… Read More

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BuddyTV founder Andy Liu’s 8 tips on raising cash: ‘Not all money is good money’

Andy Liu is one of Seattle’s most sophisticated angel investors. He’s also one of the region’s most experienced entrepreneurs. That gives the poker-loving Wharton MBA — who continues to lead Seattle-based BuddyTV — a unique perspective from both sides of the startup fence. Speaking Monday at the Seattle Interactive Conference, Liu offered a few lessons… Read More

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Yabbly raises cash to create a Quora for everyday questions

  Internet searches on Bing or Google don’t always produce the best results. After all, what if you’re looking for the most romantic restaurant to celebrate an anniversary in Seattle or trying to decide whether Kauai or Maui would be a better holiday vacation with the kids? Sometimes, you need real feedback, from real people…. Read More

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After spurning acquisition offer, Seattle’s Freak’n Genius raises $525,000 angel round

Kyle Kesterson’s new animation startup, Freak’n Genius, has raised $525,000 in fresh funding from more than a dozen angel investors that include Zapd founder Kelly Smith; Jumala founder Virl Hill; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Chris Hurley; Ty Alevizos and others. Kesterson tells GeekWire that the company hit its original $450,000 funding goal within two weeks of… Read More