Communications startup Twisted Pair acquired by Motorola Solutions

Seattle startup Twisted Pair Solutions has been acquired by Motorola Solutions in a deal of undisclosed size. Twisted Pair’s technology creates an integrated communications system for smartphones, tablets and PCs into secure communication, allowing those devices to talk to each other seamlessly in mission-critical business, public safety and military applications. “The acquisition of Twisted Pair… Read More

Ray Ozzie

Ray Ozzie’s stealthy startup Talko raises $4 million

The last time we caught up with software pioneer Ray Ozzie, he was talking about the power of one’s connections in making startups a success. Well, Ozzie certainly is one of the most connected entrepreneurs we know, having succeeded Bill Gates as chief software architect at Microsoft and, before that, founding Lotus Notes and Groove… Read More


New technology turns Seattle fire trucks into mobile hotspots

Firefighters rely on real-time communication when responding to emergencies, so having a robust wireless system could mean the difference between life and death. Working in conjunction with In Motion Technology, the City of Seattle Fire Department has rolled out a new onBoard Mobile Networking System that’s designed to improve response times to incidents. (The Seattle… Read More


Study: People are more likely to lie when texting

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have concluded that text messaging leads people to be more deceitful than other modes of communication, including face-to-face interactions and video chat. “People are communicating using a growing range of methods, from Twitter to Skype,” says professor Ronald Cenfetelli, co-author on the paper. “As new platforms of communication… Read More


Startup Spotlight: Gibberin looks to transform voice communications

People have been jibber-jabbering for decades. Now, Dave Ferguson hopes folks will give Gibberin a shot. That’s the name of a new service and technology from the 43-year-old entrepreneur which is launching this week after several months in stealth mode. We’ve been tracking the company’s progress over the past few months, wondering what the 5-person… Read More


Varolii lands $8 million, names Bill Bryant, Lee Roberts to the board

Varolii, which helps airlines, utilities, banks and other companies send automated alerts to customers, has raised $8 million and named Seattle venture capitalist Bill Bryant and former FileNet CEO Lee Roberts to the board. The company’s existing investors — including BlueRun Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Institutional Venture Partners and InterWest Partners — participated in the round. Varolii… Read More


Former AT&T Wireless, McCaw Cellular veteran lands cash for group messaging startup Ivy

Mary Jesse has been at the forefront of wireless communications since its early days, serving as vice president of technology at McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless and chief technology officer at RadioFrame Networks. Now, Jesse is looking to take some of that knowledge and apply it to her own startup, IvyCorp, a 2-year-old Redmond company that’s hoping… Read More