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


Sports Hack Day: A 48-hour sports-themed hackathon during Super Bowl weekend

While most people will spend Super Bowl Sunday sitting on their couches, a group of hackers, data crunchers and sports fans will be doing something a little bit different in Seattle. Two nights before the Feb. 3 Super Bowl, developers and designers will come together for a unique weekend-long, sports-themed hackathon called Sports HackDay that culminates… Read More

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Context Relevant inks deal to help Concur mine travel data, raises $1.5 million

Seattle startup Context Relevant today announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Concur Technologies to bring its advanced data analytics offering to the maker of travel and entertainment expense management software. In addition, Context Relevant announced that it has raised an additional $1.5 million from Madrona Venture Group and angel investors. Total… Read More


Big data startup with UW ties lands cash from Accel

Trifacta, a San Francisco big data company co-founded by incoming University of Washington computer science professor Jeffrey Heer and University of California-Berkeley computer scientist Joe Hellerstein, emerged from stealth mode today with $4.3 million in funding from Accel Partners. All Things D reports on the funding, noting that Trifacta is trying to help close the “analysis… Read More


Facebook: The personalization engine for all of the Web

Facebook and its third-party applications today know a hell of a lot about each us: what content we read (Washington Post Social Reader); what music we listen to (Spotify); what movies we watch (Netflix). Facebook opened up a green field for the game creators, too: games with friends are just so much more engaging. However,… Read More


Big data startup SpaceCurve lands $3.5 million

Seattle big data startup SpaceCurve has pulled in $3.5 million in new financing, including investments by Reed Elsevier Ventures and new investor Triage Ventures. Total funding in the 12-person startup, which moved to Seattle from Silicon Valley, now stands at just over $6 million. SpaceCurve has yet to start rolling out its service to customers, but… Read More


Contest to award $100,000 to solve ‘big data graph problems’

Can’t get enough of big data? A new contest created by YarcData — a unit of Seattle supercomputer maker Cray Inc. — will give away $100,000 in prize money to those developers and software engineers who are best utilizing graph analytics in the areas of life sciences, healthcare, financial services, scientific research and government. “Many critical… Read More

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Obama pledges $200 million for ‘big data’ initiative

“Big data” is perhaps the hottest buzzword in technology these days. And now President Obama is jumping on the bandwagon, announcing a new $200 million R&D initiative today that’s designed to make better sense of the mountains of data being created and collected across a number of scientific disciplines, from biotechnology to geology. “By improving… Read More


SpaceCurve raises $2.7M for ‘big data’ service, names CEO

SpaceCurve, a Seattle startup that’s developing new ways to analyze location-based services, social media chatter and other information, has raised $2.7 million and named John Slitz as CEO. Investors in the round, a portion of which was previously reported by GeekWire, include Reed Elsevier Ventures, Divergent Ventures, Musea Ventures and others. Slitz is the former… Read More