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Madrona’s Matt McIlwain: Silicon Valley has a bad case of indigestion and may be ready for a correction

On Tuesday, we caught up with Madrona’s Matt McIlwain to talk about his firm’s new $300 million venture fund and why he’s so bullish about the Pacific Northwest startup community. Today, we’re back with the second part of the interview in which the veteran venture capitalist discusses everything from heated valuations to the effect of… Read More


Cloud storage startup Symform raises $11 million

There’s been a steady stream of venture capital activity in Seattle enterprise software companies in recent weeks, from the $50 million round for Apptio to the $19.5 million round for Opscode. Now, here comes another big deal. Symform, the Seattle cloud storage startup, today is announcing $11 million in new financing led by WestRiver Capital… Read More


Microsoft reaches carbon goal, but Greenpeace says its cloud is still too dirty

Reaching a goal it established three years ago, Microsoft says it has reduced its carbon emissions as a proportion of its revenue by 30 percent, compared with 2007 levels. “I’m pleased to report that we’ve met this goal through a combination of energy efficiency measures and an investment in high-quality externally verified renewable energy and carbon… Read More


Raveld reveals Klout-like score for cloud spending on AWS

It may start getting easier to make optimal Amazon Web Services purchasing decisions. Or, at least, less expensive. Raveld, a Seattle-based startup formed last year, is launching a new free service to help organizations decide which AWS resources they need. At its heart, it is a report containing what the company calls the Raveld Score,… Read More


Amazon’s DynamoDB: What it is, and why it matters

Guest Commentary: Amazon Web Services this morning announced a new service called DynamoDB — rolling out, in public form, a cloud database technology already used by several of Amazon’s internal teams. So what problem does it aim to solve? And is it worth a look? GeekWire wrote about the offering earlier today, but after listening to the… Read More


Amazon launches ‘DynamoDB’ cloud database service

Amazon Web Services has been dropping hints about a big announcement planned for this morning, and this is it. The company just launched a new cloud database service called DynamoDB, going public with technology that it has been using internally for Amazon Cloud Drive, IMDb, Kindle, and the advertising platform. Amazon, which competes against cloud services… Read More

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Q&A: Facebook engineering VP Jay Parikh explains what they look for in developers (and much more)

One of the first things that struck me upon entering Facebook’s 17-month-old engineering office in downtown Seattle today was the … silence. Despite the open newsroom-style environment on the 8th floor of 101 Stewart, coders worked away with very little verbal communication. Just the tap, tap, tap of keystrokes — presumably using Facebook chat to… Read More


New Zealand cloud computing company sets up shop in Seattle

GreenButton, a New Zealand company that helps businesses more easily move information to the cloud, has established new offices in Silicon Valley and Seattle. “Our presence in Silicon Valley and Seattle is critical to our success – both are large, diverse and highly literate technology communities,” said GreenButton CEO Scott Houston in a statement. “This… Read More


Ignition, Trilogy bankroll cloud database startup Xeround

Cloud database startup Xeround has reeled in $9 million in venture capital financing from Benchmark Capital and Giza Venture Capital. Seattle area investors Ignition Partners and Trilogy Partnership also participated in the latest funding round for the company, which describes itself as “an elastic, always-on database-as-a-service for your MySQL applications.” Xeround moved its headquarters from Israel to Bellevue… Read More

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Parallels names new finance and tech chiefs, prepping for possible IPO and acquisitions

Parallels, known for its software that lets Windows run on Macs, has hired new finance and technology chiefs, aiming to boost the cloud-services side of its business and prepare for future growth, including a possible initial public offering and acquisitions. The company’s new chief technology officer is Microsoft veteran Michael Toutonghi, who is leaving his… Read More

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Data furnaces: The next big thing in home heating?

Data centers produce massive amounts of heat, so much so that companies like Facebook have gone to extreme lengths to develop innovative cooling systems to make sure that servers don’t overheat. But what if you could turn the excess heat from data centers into a home heating solution? Researchers at Microsoft and The University of… Read More


Ignition’s Frank Artale leads $15M round in ServiceMesh

Back in August, I interviewed Frank Artale of Ignition Partners about the torrid investment pace that he’d engaged in since joining the Bellevue venture capital firm in March.  Well, that pace has continued right into the fall, with the former Microsoft and Citrix exec earlier this month leading a $40 million investment in Palo Alto,… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Lightning strikes (literally) to create online backup startup Newline

Entrepreneurs often talk about when lightning strikes, that special a-ha moment when inspiration hits. But for former Microsoft engineer Kory Gill lightning struck literally at his Woodinville home during a winter storm in 2007. “We heard it hit, and it was loud,” recalled Gill, noting that it knocked out the sprinkler system, cable modem and… Read More


Users report Gmail outage

At about 11:25 a.m. Pacific time today, my connection to Gmail failed on both my PC and my Mac. And it doesn’t look like it is just me. After posting to Twitter, a number of Gmail users also reported problems. We are tracking the situation and we will update the post as we learn more…. Read More


GeekWire Radio: Educating the next generation of geeks

In honor of back-to-school season, this week’s GeekWire radio show and podcast comes with an educational theme — featuring excerpts from past interviews with technology educators and one very impressive high school student. Our guests are Ed Lazowska (Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science at the University of Washington), Daniil Kulchenko (the 15 year-old entrepreneur who… Read More


Hotmail, MSN suffer outage

My wife just tried to log on to her Hotmail account, but no dice. A few minutes later a GeekWire reader sent me an email — not from their Hotmail account obviously — indicating an outage at both MSN and Hotmail. It is unclear how widespread the problem is, but Twitter is erupting with a… Read More

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Maritz sees Windows PCs below 20% in era of cloud, devices

Paul Maritz is now the CEO of VMware, but he was previously the longtime chief of Microsoft’s platforms group — overseeing products including Windows and generally considered third in command at the company in the 1990s, behind Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. So it’s always interesting to hear what he says about Windows these days… Read More


Amazon Web Services bracing for Hurricane Irene in Virginia

Seems like’s data center in Northern Virginia just can’t catch a break lately. And now here comes Hurricane Irene. Officials at the Amazon Web Services facility — a key piece of infrastructure for many high-profile websites, say in an online message to their customers that they’re “closely monitoring Hurricane Irene and making all possible preparations, e.g…. Read More


Microsoft teams with China’s top Linux vendor in the cloud

Microsoft and China Standard Software Co. plan to work together develop and sell cloud cloud computing technologies in the country. The companies announced the agreement last night. China Standard Software, also known as CS2C, is described as the country’s leading Linux vendor. The products resulting from the partnership will be built on Microsoft’s Hyper-V Open Cloud architecture and… Read More


Microsoft explains Office 365 outage, offers customer credit

Microsoft’s new Office 365 cloud-based service took a hit this week when customers were unable to access email and other programs for about three hours on Wednesday. As we noted at the time, Microsoft can’t really afford to lose customers as it engages in an intensely important battle with Google’s own cloud-based set of applications. Now,… Read More