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Tech Moves: Urbanspoon names CEO; Bsquare CFO to depart; Ian Lurie returns as Portent CEO; and more

—Eight months after joining Urbanspoon, Keela Robison has been promoted to CEO from SVP and general manager. She is the first to hold the title in several years, following the Seattle company’s acquisition by IAC. Robison will draw heavily on her background for the job, given the restaurant review site’s investments in mobile. Most recently, Robison… Read More

Stephen Purpura

Context Relevant lands $21M, looks to bring ‘big data’ to Wall Street

Context Relevant CEO Stephen Purpura can’t tell you the Wall Street firms that are buying up his company’s predictive analytics software. Too much money is at stake. That’s because the big data offerings developed by Purpura’s 26-month-old Seattle startup have already become a serious competitive advantage in the financial services arena, and most of the… Read More

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National security expert Richard Clarke to advise Seattle big data startup Context Relevant

Seattle big data startup Context Relevant has struck a partnership with Richard Clarke’s cybersecurity consulting firm Good Harbor Security Risk Management. As part of the deal, Clarke, the former counterterrorism chief in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, is joining the company’s advisory board. “Cybersecurity is both a national security and an economic challenge… Read More

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Hey, y’all: Meet the Seattle researcher responsible for the awesome U.S. dialect quiz

My family is spread out across the country — from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wooster, Ohio to Seattle, Washington. Three distinct geographic locations in which people use different vernacular to express themselves — everything from the strip of land between the sidewalk and the street (A tree lawn of course!) to the carbonated beverages we… Read More

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Meet the Seattle 10: These innovative startups are looking to change the world

Seattle is ripe with innovation. From aerospace to biotechnology to software to retail, startup companies in this moss-covered part of the globe are breaking traditional boundaries, creating groundbreaking ideas that truly could change how we see the world. With that in mind, we’re excited to announce the Seattle 10, presented in partnership with the Museum… Read More

Stephen Purpura

Data analytics startup Context Relevant scores $7M series A from Madrona, Bloomberg and others

Context Relevant has reeled in $7 million in fresh funding, money that the Seattle company will use for continued development of its advanced analytics software. Investors in the round include Madrona Venture Group, as well as new investors such as Bloomberg Beta and Paul Allen’s Vulcan. Seattle angel investor Geoff Entress also made a large… Read More

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GeekWire Awards: Vote for Startup of the Year

We’re nearing the end of the voting for the GeekWire Awards, and today we’ve got a big category on hand: Startup of the Year. To qualify for Startup of the Year, companies had to be three years or younger, and on a fast-track to success. We’re expecting a tight competition in this field of contenders,… Read More

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Context Relevant inks deal to help Concur mine travel data, raises $1.5 million

Seattle startup Context Relevant today announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Concur Technologies to bring its advanced data analytics offering to the maker of travel and entertainment expense management software. In addition, Context Relevant announced that it has raised an additional $1.5 million from Madrona Venture Group and angel investors. Total… Read More