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Fast-growing Avalara buys Zytax line, helping businesses process fuel excise taxes

Avalara is expanding again through an acquisition, announcing today that it has acquired the Zytax line of energy-related tax automation products. Avalara purchased the assets from Houston-based FuelQuest, incorporating a new business for the company in how fuel excise taxes are processed. “This acquisition continues Avalara’s longstanding strategy of extending our reach into new industries, providing… Read More


GeekWire Awards: Vote for Geekiest Office Space

Nerf gun wars, orange toilet paper, a cafeteria in a former bar, a great indoor putting green, and windows repurposed as whiteboards. Yes, tech company headquarters are some of the geekiest places in the world, and this is one of the most competitive categories in our annual GeekWire Awards — crowning the greatest tech pad in the Pacific Northwest. It’s time to… Read More

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Tech Moves: Apple CFO to retire; Vijay Vashee joins Versium board; and more

—Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer will retire at the end of September, the company announced today. Oppenheimer has served as the company’s CFO for the past decade, and has been a regular fixture on the company’s quarterly earnings conference calls. He’ll be replaced by Luca Maestri, who was previously Apple’s Vice President of Finance and Corporate… Read More

Scott McFarlane of Avalara

Avalara lands $30M in new funding to spur growth

Avalara announced today that it has raised $30 million in new financing in a funding round led by Battery Ventures and Sageview Capital, which are both existing investors in the company. The raise means that the Bainbridge Island-based tax software company has now raised more than $100 million in almost 10 years of doing business…. Read More


Why this tech company thrives on the color orange (even for the toilet paper in the bathrooms)

Some tech companies are known for their openness or work-life balance or design-oriented products. At Avalara, the culture is defined by the color orange. Orange? Yep, the Bainbridge Island company, which is in the rather mundane, but fast-growing business of making sales tax automation software, embraces the color orange like no other. On the wardrobes… Read More


Tech Moves: Avalara hires new CIO and engineering VP: Rivet & Sway taps CEO; etc.

—Avalara, the fast-growing maker of sales tax and compliance automation software, is bolstering its executive ranks with two key hires. The Bainbridge Island company recently named Peter Horadan as executive vice president of engineering and Tom Parker as Chief Information Officer. Horadan most recently served as senior vice president of engineering at Scout Analytics and… Read More


Tech Moves: Changes at SEOmoz; Polaris picks CEO-in-residence; Microvision names CFO; etc.

Jamie Steven has stepped down as chief marketing officer at SEOmoz, taking on the same role at Speedtest.net operator Ookla. “I’ve been flabbergasted by the amount of data these guys have and I’m thrilled to begin sharing it,” said Steven, noting that Ookla’s Speedtest is running about five million tests per day. “Put simply, broadband and… Read More


Avalara buys Tax Technology Services

Fast-growing Avalara is making another buy, purchasing Tax Technology Services for an undisclosed price. Avalara said in a release that the deal will extend its leadership in the area of sales tax exemption certificate management. Tax Technology Services is the maker of CertCapture, a service that acquires and maintains resale certificates, W-9s, excise tax, and other… Read More


Avalara acquires world’s largest database of Universal Product Codes

Avalara, the maker of sales tax automation technology is getting even bigger. The Bainbridge Island company today is announcing that it has purchased UPC Matrix Master, descbied as the the world’s largest database of Universal Product Codes with specialized sales taxability data. The database had previously been operated by Tax Matrix. Terms of the deal were not… Read More


Fast-growing Avalara opens new Seattle office at Pier 55

Avalara appears to be cornering the market on office space near the ferry terminals in the Puget Sound region. The maker of sales tax automation technologies, which recently moved into a new 17,500-square foot headquarters building on Bainbridge Island, is expanding along Seattle’s waterfront with new offices at Pier 55. It is the company’s second… Read More

Scott McFarlane of Avalara

Newsmakers 2011: Scott McFarlane guides Avalara

Avalara is based on Bainbridge Island, and the company’s software helps online merchants manage the mundane tasks of sales tax collection. Given those two attributes, it’s easy to understand why the company often gets overlooked. But Avalara — under the direction of founder and CEO Scott McFarlane — is executing on some big ideas in… Read More

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Fast-growing Avalara scores $7 million to cash out early investors

Avalara, the fast-growing Bainbridge Island company that helps online merchants manage sales tax collection, has raised an additional $7 million in venture capital financing. Sageview Capital provided the funding, which is being used to cash out early investors in the company, said CEO Scott McFarlane. The deal follows a $14 million round that Avalara closed… Read More

Scott McFarlane

Avalara scores $14 million to automate sales tax collection, sets goal for $100 million in revenue

Collecting sales tax can be a real pain for merchants. But Avalara wants to make that process, well, a little “less taxing.” The 7-year-old company, a hidden success story on Bainbridge Island,  just landed $14 million from Sageview Capital, Benaroya Capital and others, GeekWire has learned. The cash infusion, which brings total capital raised to… Read More