Dave Herman previously worked on the Xbox and Kindle Fire

Tech Moves: Cyanogen hires mobile vets; Blucora taps ex-Buy.com exec; Ben Elowitz leaves Wetpaint; and more

—Cyanogen, which is looking to disrupt the mobile operating system market, has named former Amazon and Hulu employee Dave Herman as VP of product; former HTC engineering director Tyler Carper as VP of engineering; and former MediaTrek marketing executive Vik Natarajan as VP of global partnerships and distribution. Founded in 2013 in Seattle by Steve… Read More


Blucora paying $45M to purchase HowStuffWorks, the Internet’s how-to guide with 38 million monthly visitors

Blucora continues to expand through acquisitions. The Bellevue company today announced that it’s buying HowStuffWorks from Discovery Communications, paying $45 million for the Internet’s how-to guide for everything from automobile maintenance to gardening tips to job interview advice. Among the questions that people can get answered on HowStuffWorks: How do they make hollow chocolate Easter… Read More


Revenues increase 34% at Blucora, losses grow

Bellevue-based Blucora — operator of the TaxAct online tax preparation business and InfoSpace search business — saw its revenues rise by 34 percent during the third quarter to $124.1 million. Its net loss came in at $6.5 million, up from $2.4 million for the same period last year. “Our businesses performed well in the third… Read More


TaxAct bolsters personal finance tools with Balance Financial buy

Balance Financial, a 9-year-old Bellevue company that specializes in personal finance tools and services, has been acquired by Blucora’s TaxAct subsidiary. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Balance Financial CEO Devin Miller wrote in a blog post that the deal will benefit “customers, partners and employees.” “TaxACT is well-capitalized and boasts the valuable… Read More


Blucora to buy Monoprice for $180M, marking big move into electronics accessories

Bellevue-based Blucora is expanding its diverse set of product offerings today with the announcement that it plans to acquire Rancho Cucamonga, California Monoprice, an online retailer of speakers, cables, switches and other consumer electronics accessories. It’s a pretty hefty deal too, with Blucora paying $180 million in cash for the 11-year-old business. “Monoprice is a disruptive… Read More


Shares of Blucora spike as profit doubles in first quarter

Blucora, the Bellevue search and tax preparation company formerly known as InfoSpace, today reported a 43 percent first quarter revenue growth from the same time last year. Shares jumped nearly 10 percent in after hours trading. Revenue for the quarter was $165.3 million, with net income of $23.6 million, a growth of 107 percent from Q1 2012…. Read More


Shares of Blucora soar as revenue grows 46 percent

Blucora, the Bellevue search and tax preparation company formerly known as InfoSpace, today reported a 46 percent in revenue for the fourth quarter. Shares jumped more than 10 percent in after hours trading. It now has a market value of more than $600 million. Revenue for the quarter was $97 million, with net income of… Read More


Shares of Blucora soar 26 percent after big gains in Internet search revenue

Shares of Blucora skyrocketed more than 26 percent on Friday after the Bellevue Internet search and tax software company formerly known as InfoSpace posted strong earnings. The stock was trading at $16.13, a 7-year high according to Investor’s Business Daily. In a press release Thursday after the markets closed, Blucora CEO Bill Ruckelshaus said that… Read More


Blucora to move HQ to new Bellevue location

There’s a bit of shuffling going on in downtown Bellevue. High-tech clients are moving around the city, with Blucora (formerly InfoSpace) announcing today that it plans to moves it corporate headquarters to 36,763 square feet of space in the Plaza Center building at 10900 NE 8th Street. That’s a stone’s throw from the company’s current office… Read More


InfoSpace changes name to Blucora

One of Seattle’s longest-running Internet brands is being swept into the dust bin of history — and some may say it is about time. InfoSpace, the dot-com survivor founded by Internet entrepreneur Naveen Jain in 1996, today announced that it is changing its name to Blucora Inc. As part of the move, the Bellevue company… Read More