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Last-minute restaurant reservation service Table8 receives backing from Concur

A new mobile app called Table8 that allows foodies to book last-minute reservations at hard-to-get-into restaurants has raised $4.6 million in fresh funding, including cash from Bellevue-based Concur Technologies’ Perfect Trip Fund. Table8 just recently launched in San Francisco, with restaurant-goers able to pay a fee of $20 or more to slide into open slots… Read More

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Startup Spotlight: Former Microsofties help grocers, restaurants turn food scraps into fertilizer with WISErg

Americans aren’t exactly good at recycling food they don’t eat — in fact, 36 million tons of food waste was generated in 2011 alone. Now, two former Microsofties want to reduce that number and fix a growing problem with their new startup, WISErg. Founded in 2010, the 18-person Redmond-based company helps grocers and restaurants turn… Read More

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Bing Fund backs restaurant waiting-list app BuzzTable

Microsoft’s Bing Fund announced today that is making a strategic investment in New York City-based BuzzTable, marking the sixth Bing Fund investment since it was started last summer. Bing Fund, the newly-formed investment vehicle of Microsoft’s search engine that supports mobile and Web-based startups, recently invested in Sonar in Feburary and Seattle-based LikeBright one month prior to that. The BuzzTable platform consists of three… Read More

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Menuish helps you find restaurant menus on your phone

Like many couples hitting the town for a bite, Chris Eigner and Devon St. Clair started scrolling through their phones to find a good place to eat. But much to their frustration, most restaurants have flash-filled websites that are difficult to navigate, much like this Oatmeal comic demonstrates. So after dinner that night nine months ago,… Read More

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Allrecipes buys Food Wishes, plots world domination of online food videos

Seattle-based Allrecipes.com has acquired Food Wishes, a channel of popular how-to videos from  “Chef John” Mitzewich — saying it “adds YouTube’s largest, most viewed collection of how-to food videos to the world’s largest audience of online cooks” and “further establishes Allrecipes.com as the most powerful online destination for home cooks.” The headline on the news… Read More