New ‘Porch Premium’ service helps home remodelers nab leads from competitors

Home-improvement data startup Porch this morning launched a new “Porch Premium” service that aims to give home remodelers, contractors and other service providers new tools for generating business — including the ability to let customers contact them from the Porch profiles and project pages of their competitors. It’s the latest in a series of new… Read More


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


Shares of Tableau Software skyrocket as profits soar

Tableau Software is enjoying life on Wall Street. The Seattle company, a maker of software to visualize data, saw its shares spike more than 15 percent in Tuesday trading after the company posted strong fourth quarter and full year results. The company, which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange last year, saw fourth quarter… Read More


Ignition leads $15M round in private cloud startup BlueData

Ignition Partners has led a $15 million venture capital round in BlueData, a stealthy Mountain View, California startup that’s developing private cloud technologies for businesses. Other investors in the round included Atlantic Bridge Ventures, Intel Capital, Amplify Partners and Data Collective. BlueData was founded last year by former VMware employees Kumar Sreekanti and Tom Phelan. The company… Read More


Versium raises $2.5M to help marketers crunch data that predicts customer behavior

Businesses today want to know as much as they can about their customers in order to better serve them. Often times, though, they are working only with information they’ve collected on their own. But when marketers combine their work with other, more general “real world” information — things like household income, social media activity, demographics… Read More


Big data startup Minetta Brook scores $2M to analyze stock news

Minetta Brook, a big data startup led by Deepak “DB” Bharadwaj and Prabhu Venkatesh, has raised $2 million in seed funding to continue work on its first product for the financial services sector. “We have built the world’s first automated real-time discovery engine for fast extraction of relevant streaming information and indirectly referenced content,” said Bharadwaj, who previously… Read More

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Data analytics startup Context Relevant scores $7M series A from Madrona, Bloomberg and others

Context Relevant has reeled in $7 million in fresh funding, money that the Seattle company will use for continued development of its advanced analytics software. Investors in the round include Madrona Venture Group, as well as new investors such as Bloomberg Beta and Paul Allen’s Vulcan. Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress also made a large… Read More


Big data startup SpaceCurve lands $10 million

SpaceCurve, which is developing a big data platform that it says provides “instantaneous intelligence” for location-based services, commodities and other markets, today is announcing that it has raised $10 million in venture funding. Investors in the deal include Triage Ventures, Reed Elsevier Ventures and Divergent Ventures. The money will be used to fund the Seattle company’s… Read More


Big offering for big data: Tableau prices stock at $31 per share

Tableau Software had been boosting its proposed price for Friday’s initial public offering for the past few weeks and now we’ve got a concrete number. The company will price its shares at $31 for Friday’s IPO and offer five million shares, while stockholders are offering 3.2 million shares. It marks the biggest tech IPO of the year, with… Read More


Heralded UW computer science professor scores $6.75M for GraphLab, looking to make better online recommendations

It was a major coup last summer when The University of Washington hooked computer science professor Carlos Guestrin, a leading data scientist and expert in machine learning. What wasn’t widely known at the time was that the Guestrin-led open source project, an ambitious undertaking known as, would soon sprout into its very own startup. But that’s… Read More


Fast-growing Tableau sets IPO range at $23 to $26 per share

Tableau Software, the fast-growing 10-year-old Seattle company which helps businesses and organization make better sense of their data, has set terms for its upcoming initial public offering, telling investors that it plans to sell 7.2 million shares at between $23 and $26 per share. At the $24.50 mid-point of that range, Tableau could raise $111.4… Read More


Ex-Microsoft exec lands $4.5M to help make life easier for product managers

We’ve been wondering what former Microsoft vice president Sanjay Parthasarathy has been building ever since we discovered his startup, Indix, 18 months ago.  Parthasarathy, who spent 19 years at Microsoft, including a stint running the company’s Startup Business Accelerator program, still isn’t saying much about Indix. However, he did just score $4.5 million in fresh funding from Nexus Venture… Read More


Versium debuts ‘LifeData’ analytics platform to help companies fully understand customers

A Seattle data technology startup is taking the phrase “know your customer” to a whole new level. Versium Analytics today introduced a new analytics platform called LifeData. Led by former InfoSpace executives Chris Matty and Kevin Marcus, the 12-month-old company is trying to help organizations learn more about their customers by using a patent-pending technology that verifies and cross-indexes large… Read More


How big data will transform politics, education and just about everything else

Big data requires big thinkers. And some of Seattle’s top minds — from University of Washington computer scientist Oren Etzioni to Context Relevant CEO Stephen Purpura to’s Charlie Bell — turned out this week as Madrona Venture Group hosted a round table discussion on the topic with authors Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier. Madrona’s Matt McIlwain,… Read More


This startup wants to be the Dropbox for ocean data

With the backdrop of fish swimming by at the Seattle Aquarium, OneOcean Corp. CEO Don Pickering on Tuesday night took the wraps off his company’s debut product, an ambitious new file sharing service called ClipCard. In the works for more than two years, OneOcean’s cloud-based service is a bit like Dropbox, just for  the massive… Read More


SpaceCurve claims Big Data record after processing petabytes of data per day

Seattle big data startup SpaceCurve announced today that it has set a real-time Big Data performance record for ingesting streaming data and spitting out numbers immediately for queries. SpaceCurve ran a full-blown analytics test on Tweet records that averaged 2,500 bytes in size and included location, user and time information. The rate of operation was done at millions… Read More


New computing institute on UW campus will focus on big data problems

The University of Washington is already a budding hub for computer science. Now, with some help from a national laboratory, the Seattle campus will become even more of a CS powerhouse. The UW and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have formed the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing. Researchers there will jointly focus on developing solutions related… Read More