A dirty cloud? Amazon and Twitter receive failing grades in ‘green Internet’ report

Facebook, Google and Apple are considered leading innovators when it comes to deploying renewable energy to power its data centers and cloud-based technologies, while Amazon and Twitter are “stuck in a dirty energy past.” That’s the latest finding from Greenpeace’s report: Clicking Clean: How Companies are Building the Green Internet. The report, released today, details how… Read More


Former Microsoft VP Jon Roskill named Acumatica CEO

Jon Roskill, the former vice president of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Group, has been hired as the new chief executive of Acumatica, a Kirkland, Wash., company that makes cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) technology. Roskill, who left Microsoft last fall, started at Acumatica this week after spending several months getting up to speed on the Seattle… Read More


In a shift, Microsoft to offer OneDrive as standalone service for businesses

Microsoft plans to give businesses the ability to buy standalone subscriptions to its OneDrive service, attempting to compete more effectively with Box and other rivals in cloud storage and collaboration. OneDrive for Business — formerly known as SkyDrive Pro — has previously been available to businesses only as part of costlier Office 365 and SharePoint… Read More


Here’s why this startup ditched Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services has allowed countless startup companies to ramp up back-end infrastructure quickly and cost effectively. But, at a point, at least for some companies, AWS becomes too clunky and … too expensive. That’s what happened to Moz, the fast-growing Seattle maker of marketing software. In a blog post, newly-appointed CEO Sarah Bird explained… Read More


Four tech terms to forget in ’14

It’s 2014, and time to ring in the new and throw out the old. Old tech terms, that is: those made meaningless in 2013 by media and marketers. I occasionally rant about words that are overused and abused in tech (a popular 2013 noun, “selfie,” may join that group at narcissistic speed). But don’t think… Read More

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Silicon Valley VC view: 5 reasons why Seattle will become a hub of business cloud services

I’ve recently read several articles about the difficulties that Seattle entrepreneurs face when building business-to-business companies.  While some might find this discouraging, I actually see this as a great opportunity. From my perspective in Silicon Valley, the Seattle region is right on the cusp of developing its own enterprise start-up ecosystem, particularly focused on business… Read More


Watson has an API: IBM takes Jeopardy champ to the cloud

IBM announced today that it’s opening up partnerships for developers to work with Watson, its Jeopardy-winning supercomputer. What made it possible for Watson to beat Jeopardy champions like Seattle’s Ken Jennings wasn’t just its processing power, but its ability to learn from natural language. Now, it’s possible for companies to harness that capability by partnering… Read More


Q&A with Skytap CEO Thor Culverhouse: How this washed-up football player made the leap into tech

Thor Culverhouse is more than just an impressive name. He’s also the CEO at fast-growing cloud company Skytap. Although new to the company, having joined in July, Culverhouse has has hit the ground running. With years of experience at companies such as IBM, Stratavia and HP, the Washington State University electrical engineering grad expects to “hit the… Read More


Optimum scores cash to intelligently reduce energy use in buildings

Optimum Energy is heating up with additional cash from one of the country’s largest utilities. Edison Energy, a subsidiary of Edison International, today announced that it is contributing to Optimum’s latest financing efforts. The cash is an add-on to the company’s $12.2 million financing round, which was announced in June and included investments from Navitas Capital,… Read More


Amazon livid over decision to re-open bidding for $600 million CIA contract’s federal complaint over a $600 million contract to provide cloud computing services to the Central Intelligence Agency was made public today and shows how strongly the Seattle online giant believes it deserves to provide its services to the government. Back in March, it appeared Amazon had hit a home run with the CIA cloud computing deal, but IBM —… Read More


BuildersCloud raises $1.1M from super angels Dave McClure, Rudy Gadre, others

BuildersCloud, a Bellevue company that helps construction companies share files and mobile collaboration for construction professionals, has raised $1.1 million in funding from a group of angels that includes 500 Startups founder Dave McClure, former and Facebook exec Rudy Gadre, Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel and others. Construction giant McKinstry also participated, alongside Denny Hill… Read More


Tableau looks to help clients mash-up data with new cloud-based Tableau Online

Fresh off its initial public offering, Seattle-based Tableau Software today is unveiling a new cloud-based product called Tableau Online which allows users to easily share business data with customers, employees and partners. The company already offers downloadable business analytics tools, such as Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server. With the addition of the new product, Ellie Fields,… Read More


Concur continues to bet on the cloud, buys TRX and GDSX

Bellevue-based Concur is making some new buys, announcing today that the maker of travel and expense management has acquired technology solutions from Dallas-based GDSX and Atlanta-based TRX. Terms of the deals were not disclosed. The company labeled the buyout of GDSX as an asset purchase. “By integrating GDSX and TRX into the Concur T&E Cloud,… 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