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Intuit buys online appointment startup Full Slate

Full Slate, a Seattle-based company that provided appointment scheduling tools to small businesses, announced today that it has been acquired by personal finance giant Intuit. The company will be joining Intuit’s Small Business Management Solutions Business and will be working closely with Demandforce, a San Francisco-based small business marketing and communications company acquired by Intuit… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: TruBalance predicts what will happen to your money

Many financial applications help consumers look into the past, indicating where things stand once the money is already gone. TruBalance, a Seattle startup that emerged from last year’s Seattle Startup Weekend: Women’s Edition, has another idea: Help predict where the cash is going to go in the future. “TruBalance helps you take charge of your… Read More

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Sequoia sinks $5M in FutureAdvisor to transform how people manage money

Sequoia Capital is investing $5 million in FutureAdvisor, a two-year-old Seattle startup that’s looking to transform the way people choose their investments and eliminate those pesky fees along the way. Total funding in the company, a graduate of the startup incubator Y Combinator, now stands at $6 million. In addition to the funding, the company is rolling… Read More

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Balance Financial lands cash, names new board members

It’s tax day, and that means millions of Americans are scrambling to get their financial houses in order. If you’re like me, managing personal finance information is a tedious chore, often placed behind yard work and bathroom cleaning. Luckily, some companies want to help. One of those is Balance Financial, a Bellevue startup that’s trying… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: This upstart thinks it can help you make money in the stock market

Can geeky algorithms beat the pros on Wall Street? Scott Juds, the founder of SumGrowth Strategies, which is developing a new automated stock picker called SectorSurfer, thinks so. Juds previously worked as a software engineer developing infrared photoelectric sensors — using those skills to optically encode tokens in casinos. Now, he’s combining his technology skills with… Read More

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Groupon IPO: Is this the next Amazon.com or Pets.com?

Group discount buying service Groupon, the granddaddy of the daily deals startups, debuted on the stock market this morning with its highly anticipated IPO, trading on the Nasdaq exchange as GRPN. This will be a fascinating one to watch as a litmus test for other startups and a gauge of the tech economy. It’s hard… Read More

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Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital backs small business lender, but don’t call it a bank

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is tossing his financial support behind a new Texas-based lending institution called Ascentium Capital. The idea behind the new entity — capitalized with $75 million of equity and a $250 million warehouse facility — is to support small businesses with the capital they need to grow their businesses. It is not… Read More