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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

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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

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Amazon livid over decision to re-open bidding for $600 million CIA contract

Amazon.com’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

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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 Amazon.com and Facebook exec Rudy Gadre, Isilon co-founder Sujal Patel and others. Construction giant McKinstry also participated, alongside Denny Hill… Read More

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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

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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

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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

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Avanade buys cloud management startup Opstera

Avanade is making another buy in the Seattle startup community, gobbling up cloud software startup Opstera in a deal of undisclosed size. The acquisition comes just 13 months after former Microsofties Paddy Srinivasan and Ranjith Ramakrishnan founded the cloud management upstart — a hot area in which Seattle’s Opscode and Portland’s Puppet Labs have each raised big investment… Read More

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After Symform stint, Matthew Schiltz takes charge at cloud startup Tier 3

Seattle technology executive Matthew Schiltz has landed a new startup gig — just a week after he left cloud storage startup Symform. Schiltz’s new employer is Tier 3, an enterprise cloud management platform startup backed by Madrona Venture Group, Ignition, Intel Capital and others. Bellevue-based Tier 3, which raised $10 million last September, touted 100… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: BuildersCloud makes construction document sharing a breeze

We first encountered BuildersCloud at GeekWire’s Startup Day last fall when 28-year-old co-founder Andrey Nokhrin took the first place prize in the Elevator Pitch competition. Well, the Bellevue startup continues to make headway, landing an investment from construction services giant McKinstry and attracting interest from other investors. Nokhrin actually knows the challenge of sharing building plans… Read More

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National Association of Realtors invests $3M in cloud storage startup Symform

The venture capital arm of the National Association of Realtors today announced that it is investing $3 million in Symform, the Seattle cloud storage and data recovery startup founded by former Microsoft engineers Praerit Garg and Bassam Tabarra. Total funding now stands at $20 million, including the recent investment from Second Century Ventures as well… Read More

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Why did Amazon Instant Video keep going, while Netflix sputtered?

Last month, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings separately took the stage at the Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and touted the significance of Netflix as a proud customer of Amazon Web Services. Both suggested that the alliance symbolized the importance of how two companies — which compete head-to-head in streaming of… Read More

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Seattle cloud services startup 2nd Watch raises $4.2 million

Madrona Venture Group is finishing the year with a bang, bankrolling a series of startup companies.  The latest is 2nd Watch, an Amazon Web Services premier partner and cloud services startup that just pulled in $4.2 million in funding. The 2nd Watch technology allows companies to operate more efficiently in the cloud, helping customers like… Read More

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The Monday blues: Gmail starts week with a big outage

About 20 minutes ago, I started encountering problems trying to connect to Google’s Gmail. And I’m not alone. A number of folks are reporting problems, with the Tweet stream lighting up with complaints. I thought the problem was fixed, since I was able to get back into Gmail a few moments ago, but then just… Read More

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Amazon Web Services’ Andy Jassy: The ‘economics of what we’re doing is extremely disruptive’ to the old-guard

Why is Amazon.com going to kick the butt of Microsoft, IBM and everyone else in cloud computing for a long time to come? Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy essentially laid out the case today at the company’s Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, telling some 20,000 attendees that the company’s focus on high-volume, low-margin businesses… Read More

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Office 365 migration service SkyKick raises $1.1 million

SkyKick, a Seattle startup designed to help businesses easily move to Office 365, confirmed with GeekWire that it has raised $1.1 million. The company will continue investing in research and development, build out its cloud technology platform and serve its small business customer base. SkyKick is formerly known as CloudVisors, which launched in April 2011. The company… Read More

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Amazon Web Services outage takes down sites, Virginia data center to blame (again)

Another problem at Amazon.com’s data center in Virginia has knocked several sites offline, the latest problem for the company’s cloud computing efforts. For whatever reason, it always seems to be the company’s data center in Virginia which causes problems. (Previously on GeekWire from April 2011: Massive failure at Amazon Web Services causes havoc for Quora, Foursquare… Read More

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Ignition backs cloud messaging startup Message Bus

Ignition Partners has invested in yet another cloud computing startup, backing 2-year-old Corte Madera, California startup Message Bus. North Bridge Venture Partners led the $11 million deal, with True Ventures and a number of angels also participating. With customers such as Qualaroo, SmartWaiver and AffordableTours.com, Message Bus has developed a service that increases the deliverability rates… Read More

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Cloud infrastructure startup Opscode nearly doubles staff, expands in Europe and Asia

Cloud infrastructure automation startup Opscode continues to grow at a rapid pace, announcing today that it is expanding operations in Europe and Asia. The Seattle startup has been on an accelerated growth path in recent months, nearly doubling its staff since closing its $19.5 million venture capital round from Ignition Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and… Read More

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Cloud startup Tier 3 raises $10 million

Tier 3, a Bellevue upstart that helps businesses manage IT infrastructure in the cloud, has raised $10 million in new financing. Backers of the 50-person company include Ignition Partners and Madrona Venture Group, two of Seattle’s most prominent venture capital firms. Intel Capital, the venture arm of the semiconductor giant, led the round. “We are big… Read More